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      Nature Report: Peak Butterfly Season

      It is prime time for butterflies in the Rio Grande Valley, and if you are looking for the best place to see a variety of colorful butterflies then the National Butterfly Center south of Mission is the place to go.

      Marianna Wright, Director of National Butterfly Center, "This is the peak of butterfly season, and we expect as long as there is some sun peeking out we will have great butterflies until the first really big cold front."

      More than 300 species of butterflies occur in the Rio Grande Valley, and most of them can be found at the National Butterfly Center.

      Wright, "The North American Butterfly Association put the Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas because we do have more butterflies than anywhere else in North America. We have got over 150 species that can be found only in South Texas, and more than 200 species documented here on the property."

      So if you want to see a tropical rarity like the falcate skipper or beautiful red-bordered pixie the North American Butterfly Center has them.

      Louie Rivera, Groundskeeper, "Here at the park the variety of species that you can see on any given day is amazing. We are a special park. As you can see all the butterflies here on all the different native plants that we have, makes this place really special."

      The butterfly park is open seven days a week to the public, and the annual Texas Butterfly Festival is coming up.

      Wright, "The Texas Butterfly Festival will run from November 2 to the 5 and on Saturday November 2 we will be open to the public for free from 9 am till 1 pm with all kinds of educational activities and programs for children and families."