Recent sightings

Tom Palmer

My yard
Polk County, FL

  • Polydamas Swallowtail 5
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 1
  • Cassius Blue 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Three-spotted Skipper 1

Daniel Jones

National Butterfly Center
Hidalgo County, TX

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Great Southern White 2
  • Large Orange Sulphur 10
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 10
  • Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 25
  • Clytie Ministreak 2
  • Cassius Blue 10
  • Fatal Metalmark 2
  • Red-bordered Pixie 20
  • American Snout 5
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Julia Heliconian 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Mexican Fritillary 2
  • Bordered Patch 2
  • Texan Crescent 2
  • Phaon Crescent 8
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • White Peacock 5
  • Spot-celled Sister 1
  • Mexican Bluewing 6
  • Common Mestra 2
  • Tropical Leafwing 5
  • Pale-spotted Leafwing 2
  • Tawny Emperor 50
  • Pavon Emperor 1
  • Carolina Satyr 6
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 50
  • Soldier 5
  • White-striped Longtail 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 6
  • Two-barred Flasher 1
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 6
  • White Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Laviana White-Skipper 6
  • Turk's-cap White-Skipper 1
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 50
  • Clouded Skipper 25
  • Common Mellana 1
  • Eufala Skipper 10

Gulf Fritillary

Two-barred Flasher

Tropical Leafwing

Pavon Emperor

Spot-celled Sister

Pale-spotted Leafwing

Pale-spotted Leafwing

Pale-spotted Leafwing

Pale-spotted Leafwing

Pale-spotted Leafwing

Scott Anderson

Sleeping Turtles Preserve North
Sarasota County, FL

1115am-1245pm, 77-81 degrees, sunny, calm

  • Barred Yellow 83
  • Ceraunus Blue 9
  • Gulf Fritillary 6
  • Phaon Crescent 27
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • White Peacock 28
  • Queen 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 38
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Three-spotted Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Ocola Skipper 2

Linda Romine

William H. Harsha Lake
Clermont County, OH

Sunny, mid 40’s, no breeze. 12:30-2:30pm. Likely the latest Pearl Crescent I have seen in Ohio. I saw one 17 November 2007 for previous record late date.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 2

Edward Perry IV

Mason Terrace, Melbourne, FL, 32935
Brevard County, FL

Yard butterflies.

  • Polydamas Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 1
  • Atala 1
  • Cassius Blue 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

Orange-barred Sulphur

Orange-barred Sulphur

Josh Gilbert

51 Long Hill Rd, Clinton, CT 06413
Middlesex County, CT

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

John and Nancy Crosby

Sea Way NE, Shellman Bluff, GA
McIntosh County, GA

Sunny and 77 degrees.

  • Great Southern White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Barred Yellow 4
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 15
  • Zebra Heliconian 2
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Long-tailed Skipper 12
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Zebra Heliconian

Zebra Heliconian

Sleepy Orange

Scott Anderson

Red Bug Slough
Sarasota County, FL

11am-130pm, 80-80 degrees, sunny, calm

  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 1
  • Barred Yellow 5
  • Ceraunus Blue 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • White Peacock 23
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 3
  • White Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 11
  • Fiery Skipper 11
  • Brazilian Skipper 2

Brazilian Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Dennis Vollmar

John Pennekamp State Park
Monroe County, FL

9:15 to 11:30 mostly cloudy changing to mostly sunny. no wind 81 degrees

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Silver-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Cassius Blue 6
  • Zebra Heliconian 3
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • White Peacock 6
  • Malachite 1
  • Mangrove Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Phaon Crescent

Fiery Skipper

Malachite

Zebra Heliconian

Zebra Heliconian

Silver-banded Hairstreak

White Peacock

Malachite

Mangrove Skipper

Silver-banded Hairstreak

Phaon Crescent

Cassius Blue

Cassius Blue

Ron Smith

Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County, FL

Concentrated on three species. Sunny with temps reaching 75. The scrub-hairstreaks were on the abundant Sleepy Morning plants found throughout the park.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Barred Yellow 228
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 107
  • Ceraunus Blue X
  • Gulf Fritillary X
  • Phaon Crescent X
  • Common Buckeye 98
  • Mangrove Buckeye 1
  • White Peacock X
  • Monarch X
  • Long-tailed Skipper X
  • Dorantes Longtail X
  • White Checkered-Skipper X
  • Southern Skipperling 2
  • Fiery Skipper X
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Dennis Vollmar

Dagny Johnson Tropical Botanic Hammock
Monroe County, FL

11:45 to 1pm. No wind, sunny,

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Julia Heliconian 7
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Mangrove Skipper 1

Julia Heliconian

Mangrove Skipper

Mangrove Skipper

Julia Heliconian

Alan R Mennig

White Horse Village Retirement Community, Newtown Square
Delaware County, PA

Sunny, 65 degrees

  • Orange Sulphur 1

John and Nancy Crosby

Sea Way NE, Shellman Bluff, GA
McIntosh County, GA

79 degrees and sunny! No frost yet. We think we had a Sleepy Orange yesterday and today but could not get close enough to confirm.

  • Great Southern White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Little Yellow 4
  • Cassius Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 22
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Long-tailed Skipper 15
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Cloudless Sulphur

Great Southern White

Fiery Skipper

Common Buckeye

Gulf Fritillary

Long-tailed Skipper

Denis C. Quinn

1 mile west of US route 1 on Mason-Dixon MD/PA line.Nottingham,PA
Chester County, PA

The temperature was 67 under a mostly sunny sky as I walked through the paths of the woods and me in shorts, just inside and on the sunny side, I saw this sighting amongst Greenbriers and Wineberry from almost seventy-five feet away. I was basically birding with binoculars at the time.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1

Cloudless Sulphur

Ron Smith

Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County, FL

(27-471) 9:30-1:30. Mostly sunny. Many species nectaring on Sleepy Morning (Waltheria indica), which is utilized by Mallow Scrub-Hairstreaks as their host plant here. An incredible late November day of butterflying. 2nd-highest total of Mallows for the park, 2nd-ever park record of Sleepy Orange and 3rd-ever park record for Variegated Fritillary. The mosquitoes were just as numerous.

  • Great Southern White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Statira Sulphur 3
  • Barred Yellow 144
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 62
  • Eastern Pygmy-Blue 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 6
  • Gulf Fritillary 17
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Phaon Crescent 51
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 80
  • White Peacock 30
  • Monarch 25
  • Queen 1
  • Mangrove Skipper 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 14
  • Dorantes Longtail 8
  • White Checkered-Skipper 4
  • Three-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Monk Skipper 3
  • Obscure Skipper 7
  • Ocola Skipper 2

Mangrove Skipper

Monarch

Monk Skipper

Obscure Skipper

Sleepy Orange

Variegated Fritillary

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Little Yellow

Eastern Pygmy-Blue

Roy Cohutta

Chickasawhatchee WMA, 7 Bridges Road
Dougherty County, GA

Habitat: Weedy fields with low vegetation near cypress swamps. Beggar Ticks, Field Mustard, Rattlebox, Asters, Weeds, etc.
Weather: 23-25C, Wind S 10-12 MPH, Partly Cloudy.
Finish: 1545
Start: 11:52

Never thought I would see this in SW Georgia: Queen Butterflies were COMMON if not ABUNDANT. In one very large multi-acre plot of blooming Field Mustard, Queen were everywhere. Photographed a Queen and a Zebra Heliconian in same frame (see pic).

Photographed the only Long-tailed Skipper of the day (They were common until recently).
Photographed one of the two Dorantes Skippers.

Did not try to ID the few small dark Grass Skippers I observed.

I positively identified a couple Tropical Checkered-Skipper(s) and a couple Common/White. I did not try to ID the 20 or so other Checkered-Skippers I saw.

Spent most of the time chasing grasshoppers and katydids.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 10
  • Little Yellow common
  • Sleepy Orange 10
  • Gulf Fritillary 6
  • Zebra Heliconian 20
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Queen common
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 2
  • White Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2

Long-tailed Skipper

Dorantes Longtail

Zebra Heliconian

Queen

Queen, Zebra Heliconian

John and Nancy Crosby

Sea Way NE, Shellman Bluff, GA
McIntosh County, GA

Sunny and 79 degrees for a high today. My first crop of zinnias self seeded this second crop. They are only 12” tall vs 4-5 feet tall for the first crop but they are blooming and providing nectar for lots of butterflies!

  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Little Yellow 5
  • Cassius Blue 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 25
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Long-tailed Skipper 18
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 4

Cloudless Sulphur

Barred Yellow

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Fiery Skipper, Ocola Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Sachem

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Scott Anderson

Scherer Thaxton
Sarasota County, FL

11am-115pm, 75-81 degrees, sunny, windy

  • Barred Yellow 49
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Ceraunus Blue 24
  • Little Metalmark 5
  • Gulf Fritillary 6
  • Phaon Crescent 57
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • White Peacock 29
  • Viceroy 2
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Southern Skipperling 5
  • Ocola Skipper 2

Warren A. Jacobs

West Norriton Twp
Montgomery County, PA

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Orange Sulphur

Roy Cohutta

Albany Nursery WMA
Dougherty County, GA

1400-1600, 22-23C, Wind NNW 10MPH, Full Sun, Field with low vegetation (Beggars Tick, Field Mustard) near wooded swamp areas.
I was mainly looking for grasshoppers, but could not ignore the butterflies, many of which still looked to be in good shape.
I have had the Dorantes here at this location before this late in the season. But it is always a surprise to see any and they are rare here. I took the photos to partly assure myself. The ventral and flight shots posted here are of the identical individual.
The Zebra Heliconian(s) were at the edge of the swamp. There was a handful of them floating around in the same general area. They seem somewhat late for Georgia and they and the Dorantes were not expected today.
I probably just missed the Tropical Checkered-Skippers when I was here a few days ago. It is no longer a surprise to see them in SW Georgia in the right habitat.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Little Yellow 4
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 11
  • Zebra Heliconian 5
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye common
  • Long-tailed Skipper 4
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 1

Dorantes Longtail

Zebra Heliconian

Zebra Heliconian

Dorantes Longtail

Tropical Checkered-Skipper