Recent sightings

Dec 18

Jim Egbert

West St Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

Wind returned to the S. today pushing up the temps from upper 40s to upper 60s .Sighting are repetitive this time of year, but these are some our winter residents. .

  • Little Yellow 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 5
  • Monarch 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 4
Dec 17

Laurel Rhodes

Scherer-Thaxton Preserve
Sarasota County, FL

With Karen, Marty (photo), Marie (photo), and Riz. Partly cloudy and then full sun; 72F; 2.5 hrs. We were thrilled to see so many Hairstreaks this late in the season. Key nectar plants: Asters.

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Red-banded Hairstreak

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Dainty Sulphur

  • Barred Yellow 18
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 8
  • Ceraunus Blue 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • White Peacock 10
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 2
Dec 16

Jim Egbert

Wolf Bay Tr Orange Beach
Baldwin County, AL

I am still looking for the end of the White Peacock sightings at this location, and this may be the day.

  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • White Peacock 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
Dec 15

Cynthia Slack Ehlinger

Clambake parking lot, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich
Fairfield County, CT

Unusual late date. medium-small yellow butterfly with slight orange tinge, shape of sulfurs, flew up out of weedy lawn area, seen while driving slowly by. No photo.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
Dec 15

Jim Egbert

Plantation Rd Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

Wind switched to the SE today allowing temps to get into the low 70s.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Fiery Skipper 1
Dec 15

Sally Volk

Roma Bluffs World Birding Center, Roma, TX
Starr County, TX

Saw in the middle garden near monks caps and other bushes.

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Gulf Fritillary

  • Gulf Fritillary 1
Dec 14

Daniel Jones

National Butterfly Center, Mission
Hidalgo County, TX

from 11:00 to 15:30. I missed getting a photo of Jeffrey Gassberg’s Ruddy Hairstreak.

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Tropical Leafwing

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Carolina Satyr

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Silver-banded Hairstreak

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White Peacock

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Soldier

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 1
  • Southern Dogface 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Large Orange Sulphur 5
  • Lyside Sulphur 5
  • Tailed Orange 2
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Silver-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 5
  • Ruddy Hairstreak 1
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 25
  • Cassius Blue 2
  • Ceraunus Blue 5
  • Red-bordered Pixie 1
  • American Snout 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 8
  • Zebra Heliconian 4
  • Bordered Patch 2
  • Vesta Crescent 2
  • Phaon Crescent 10
  • Red Admiral 8
  • White Peacock 5
  • Malachite 1
  • Common Mestra 1
  • Tropical Leafwing 2
  • Tawny Emperor 25
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Queen 40
  • Soldier 10
  • Brown Longtail 3
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 3
  • White Checkered-Skipper 20
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 8
  • Laviana White-Skipper 8
  • Julia's Skipper 2
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 3
  • Clouded Skipper 50
  • Southern Skipperling 5
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Whirlabout 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Eufala Skipper 3
Dec 14

Jim Egbert

Plantation Rd Guf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

  • Gulf Fritillary 7
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
Dec 13

Jim Egbert

Plantation Rd Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
Dec 13

Daniel Jones

Our Yard, Weslaco
Hidalgo County, TX

Butterflies seen yesterday or today.

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Silver-banded Hairstreak

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Tropical Checkered-Skipper

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Brazilian Skipper

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Silver-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Bordered Patch 1
  • Elada Crescent 1
  • Vesta Crescent 1
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 2
  • Guava Skipper 1
  • Brown Longtail 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 8
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 2
  • Clouded Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
Dec 12

Jim Egbert

Plantation Rd Gul;f Shores
Baldwin County, AL

lower 40s in AM, to upper 50s in the afternoon mostly clear with some high thin clouds. The only sighting was on the wing by 9AM.

  • Monarch 1
Dec 11

Jim Egbert

Wolf Bay Tr Orange Beach East Canal Rd Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

Low 30s start warmed only to the upper 50s,another clean day here in Lower Alabama aka LA.

  • Red Admiral 1
  • White Peacock 1
Dec 10

Jim Egbert

Gulf State Park, Lake Shelby,Gulf Shores and Florida Point, Orange Beach
Baldwin County, AL

Upper 30s,morning;warmed only to the upper 50s for the afternoon. Spanish Needles is providing food to the beach goers.
The lake is in the tertiary dune area; where Florida Point aka west end of Perdido Key is a secondary dunes area.

  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 6
Dec 9

Jeanette Klodzen

Corner of 600N 2200W
Salt Lake County, UT

The month long record (near record) warmth is having an affect.

  • Painted Lady 1
Dec 9

Alice Anderson

Las Cruces, Valley View Park, Heske Garden
Dona Ana County, NM

Warm, sunny, very light breeze. There has been frost at night. Butterflies were nectaring on a cultivated Rosemary in Heske Garden, alongside honeybees. Elsewhere in the park were Checkered Whites and one Painted Lady.

  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 5
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
Dec 9

Jim Egbert

West St Gulf Shores and Wolf Bay Tr.Orange Beach
Baldwin County, AL

Today started in the lower 40s and warmed to the mid 60s. Checked on a couple of locations; both produced some good sightings.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 12+
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • White Peacock 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 6
Dec 8

Jim Egbert

Plantation Rd Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

  • Gulf Fritillary 1
Dec 7

Jim Egbert

Plantation Rd Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

More of the same in this location; cooler today low 60s for high, started in upper 40s with clear skies.

  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Monarch 7
  • Fiery Skipper 2
Dec 6

Jim Egbert

E 16th Ave Gulf Shores and Wolf Bay Ter. at Oak St Orange Beach
Baldwin County, AL

Surprise; Surprise additional White Peacock sighting, and they were definitely different individuals from the sighting of a couple of days ago, and they appeared to be a courting couple. Warm and partly cloudy, back into upper 70s.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • White Peacock 2
Dec 6

John Heyse

Martinez Marsh
Contra Costa County, CA

63F

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Western Pygmy-Blue

  • Western Pygmy-Blue 1
Dec 5

Jim Egbert

Plantation Rd Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

Early season Camellia are getting all of the attention now even
though the Thorny Olive hedge is full of flowers. This was another warm and mostly sunny day, highs in the upper 70s.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 8
  • Fiery Skipper 1
Dec 4

Jim Egbert

Meyer Pk Gulf Shores; Wolf Bay Ter and Oak St,and Hwy 161 Orange Beach
Baldwin County, AL

AM lower 60s, fog burned off with the sun rise, but it left every thing dripping with a heavy dew. PM got into the upper 70s. I took about an hour to check on a couple of the colony sights for the White Peacock I found in Aug.; to see how the host plant were doing after the cold spell from mid Nov.; and found that the Frog Fruit flower heads had been killed back, and the Water Hyssop showed a little frost burn as well….As I was leaving the 1st sight I found a small patch of Spanish Needles and there was a badly worn White Peacock feeding and sunning.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 1
  • White Peacock 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 3