Recent sightings

John and Nancy Crosby

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

After 2+ inches of much needed rain yesterday we have a few new butterflies. 85 degrees, sunny.

  • Palamedes Swallowtail 3
  • Great Southern White 5
  • Gulf Fritillary 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 7
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 6
  • Zarucco Duskywing 2
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 5

Great Southern White

Whirlabout

Salt Marsh Skipper

Palamedes Swallowtail

Northern clou

Zarucco Duskywing

Horace's Duskywing

Horace's Duskywing

Gulf Fritillary

Long-tailed Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sachem

Zabulon Skipper

Brian McGurgan

Westchester Lagoon (61.20861° N, 149.92225° W)
Anchorage Municipality, AK

Mostly sunny and 72° with a light breeze from 5:50 to 6:40pm, and smoky haze and odor from distant wildfires. I walked north from the lagoon along the Coastal Trail a short ways. Butterfly activity was very light but it was nice to find a vibrant newly-eclosed Tortoiseshell.

  • Western Tailed-Blue 2
  • Milbert's Tortoiseshell 1

Western Tailed-Blue

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Jim Wilkinson

Watts Branch Stream Valley Park
Montgomery County, MD

  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Little Glassywing 1

Little Glassywing

Brian McGurgan

Point Woronzof Park (61.20097° N, 150.02126° W)
Anchorage Municipality, AK

Sunny with a light breeze and 70° from 6:15 to 7pm. Conservative counts but fewer Common Ringlets than last week at this location. I was glad this evening for close views of the Mormon Fritillaries that had eluded me and my camera last week. My wife was waiting patiently for me throughout, and as we were about to get in the car she heard movement among the trees across the road. We were happy to find a porcupine there, and watched it climb a large birch tree.

  • Greenish Blue 8
  • Mormon Fritillary 4
  • Common Ringlet 2

Common Ringlet

Greenish Blue

Greenish Blue

Greenish Blue

Mormon Fritillary

Mormon Fritillary

Mormon Fritillary

Common Ringlet

Lucy Merrill-Hills

The No Name Rest Area and the No Name Trailhead, Glenwood Springs
Garfield County, CO

The No Name Trailhead has become my favorite trail of the three trails I visit in my county, as each time I go, I see new-to-me butterfly species. This month, I’ve seen twenty new species on that trail.

10:30-12:50, sunny, 86 degrees, elevation about 6000 feet

  • Anise Swallowtail 3
  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 14
  • Pale Swallowtail 8
  • Mustard White 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Western Tailed-Blue 2
  • Boisduval's Blue 1
  • Atlantis Fritillary 4
  • Northern Crescent 2
  • Satyr Comma 1
  • Oreas Comma 1
  • Weidemeyer's Admiral 4
  • Canyonland Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Northern Cloudywing 6
  • Rocky Mountain Duskywing 5

Clouded Sulphur

Russet Skipperling

Cabbage White

Mustard White

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

Oreas Comma

Canyonland Satyr

Karlo and Alison Mirth

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Westchester County, NY

10:30 AM - 6:15 PM, mostly sunny in the 70s.

Common Milkweed was in peak bloom throughout the park. Little Glassywings were abundant. It was hard to find a milkweed plant without one to six on it.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 5
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Oak Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 7
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 9
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 5
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Appalachian Brown 5
  • Little Wood-Satyr 35
  • Common Wood-Nymph 15
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 12
  • Hoary Edge 6
  • Southern Cloudywing 8
  • Northern Cloudywing 2
  • Least Skipper 8
  • European Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 3
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Little Glassywing abundant
  • Delaware Skipper 25
  • Hobomok Skipper 2
  • Dion Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 5

Oak Hairstreak

Eastern Comma

Banded Hairstreak

Common Buckeye

Dion Skipper

Delaware Skipper

Delaware Skipper

Brian McGurgan

Front yard, East Anchorage
Anchorage Municipality, AK

Sunny with temperature in the high sixties at about 3:55pm. I was working from home this afternoon and saw an orange butterfly flutter past the back deck. I hadn’t seen a fritillary in the yard or neighborhood before so ran outside with the camera. I found a Mormon Fritillary in the front yard and followed it a couple of houses down the block to get photos.

  • Mormon Fritillary 1

Mormon Fritillary

Mormon Fritillary

John and Nancy Crosby

Harris Neck NWR Wildlife Drive
McIntosh County, GA

85 degrees, full sun. We were amazed at the buttonbush and thistle, fresh and in full bloom on Woody Pond Dam. There was also helitrope and clover. We also hiked the road opposite Goosepond where there is usually water but we are 12” behind on rain this year and there was no water but a little helitrope blooming. The fogfruit on Wildlife Drive in one spot where we usually see Little Metalmark and Phaon Crescent had been mowed too short but we found a little they missed and all the crescents on it. Unfortunately the fogfruit at Barbour River Landing was killed along with the bahaya grass except for a tiny bit so we found no crescents there yesterday.

  • Palamedes Swallowtail 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Barred Yellow 12
  • Little Yellow 19
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Phaon Crescent 11
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Zarucco Duskywing 5
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Whirlabout 8
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 9

Gulf Fritillary

Horace's Duskywing

Little Yellow

Palamedes Swallowtail

Phaon Crescent

Whirlabout

Zarucco Duskywing

Salt Marsh Skipper

Barred Yellow

Melissa Bruesehoff

Warren
Macomb County, MI

Partly sunny 78degrees. A Question Mark visited milkweeds, but moved quickly I couldn’t take its picture. Had a Monarch, tiger swallowtail and Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting all at the same time. An adventrous afternoon at certified butterfly garden #2490.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 9

Jeff Gesell

Jacobsburg State Park
Northampton County, PA

Partly cloudy, breezy, upper 80s. Good variety and the milkweed is blooming…unfortunately nothing wanted to stay still for photos! Hoary Edges are out. Single worn Hobomok Skipper…nearing the end of their flight. Zabulon Skippers appear worn and with lower numbers, approaching the end of their first brood.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White common
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 7
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 16
  • Meadow Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 7
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Hoary Edge 3
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Hobomok Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 10
  • Dun Skipper 3

Pearl Crescent

Monarch caterpillar

Hobomok Skipper

Little Wood-Satyr

Cabbage White

Zabulon Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Crossline Skipper

Hoary Edge

Northern Cloudywing

Dun Skipper

Hackberry Emperor

Brian McGurgan

Hatcher Pass (61.77153° N, 149.30811° W)
Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK

On the drive from Anchorage we had dense, low clouds and cool weather with occasional drizzle well past Palmer, so I was beginning to despair for good butterflying conditions. However, as we drove into the mountains toward Hatcher Pass we left the clouds below and came out into beautiful sunshine with occasional small puffy clouds and a light breeze. Temperatures were in the high fifties as I got started at 12:15pm and were in the high sixties as I finished at 4pm. I’ve uploaded lots of photos due to the trickiness with some of these IDs. Observations were between 3,000 to roughly 3,600 feet in elevation, all above the treeline. I started near the parking area below Independence Mine just before the ranger station and on the eastern slope overlooking the parking area, and then spent the rest of the afternoon along the south-facing slope of Skyscraper Mountain. Polixenes Arctic (Oeneis polixenes) and Theano Alpine (Erebia pawloskii) counts are conservative. For the Polixenes Arctics, I only counted those I successfully photographed but other likely individuals were observed. The Melissa Arctic (Oeneis melissa), Theano Alpines, and Mountain Fritillaries (Boloria alaskensis) were all first-time sightings for me (at least documented with photos in the case of the fritillaries, which were very common). No White-veined Arctics (Oeneis bore) were observed but maybe it’s still early for them at this location. A beautiful day in the mountains and wonderful alpine butterflying.

  • Mustard White 1
  • Palaeno Sulphur 2
  • Cranberry Blue 3
  • Mormon Fritillary common
  • Mountain Fritillary common
  • Freija Fritillary 1
  • Milbert's Tortoiseshell common
  • Theano Alpine 10
  • Melissa Arctic 1
  • Polixenes Arctic 4

Freija Fritillary

Mustard White

Melissa Arctic

Mormon Fritillary

Mormon Fritillary

Mountain Fritillary

Mountain Fritillary

Mountain Fritillary

Polixenes Arctic

Polixenes Arctic

Polixenes Arctic

Polixenes Arctic

Polixenes Arctic

Polixenes Arctic

Polixenes Arctic

Theano Alpine

Theano Alpine

Theano Alpine

Cranberry Blue

Cranberry Blue

John and Nancy Crosby

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

85 degrees, sunny with a nice breeze.

  • Palamedes Swallowtail 6
  • Great Southern White 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 5
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Zarucco Duskywing 2
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Whirlabout 6
  • Sachem 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 10

Fiery Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Great Southern White

Palamedes Swallowtail

Whirlabout

Salt Marsh Skipper

Zebra Heliconian

Horace's Duskywing

Zarucco Duskywing

Silver-spotted Skipper

Gulf Fritillary

Long-tailed Skipper

Tom Fiore

areas surrounding Jamaica Bay, and the Rockaways
Queens County, NY

Coral Haistreaks freshly-out in at least 2 locations, incl. in Brooklyn (F.B. Field) but adjacent to Jamaica Bay, utilizing Orange Milkweed at that site, and going to var. dogbanes and other nectar-flowers at the Neponsit ‘barrens’ area. An E. Tailed-Blue was photo’d. with virtually no tails, despite otherwise an fresh [2nd-brood] look. Rather fresh-looking, but not photo’d. were Am. Coppers. A sole Variegated Fritillary played hard-to-photo at ‘egg marsh’ area by Jamaica Bay, a male in fresh & feisty condition. The Am. Lady and Common Buckeyes seen all appeared quite fresh, one Buckeye seemed to be ovipositing on some small plants in thick vegetation. Little Wood-Satyrs were easily the most-commonly seen species of the day, and in multiple locations. Delaware Skippers and Crossline Skipper appeared to be very freshly-out; probably rather less-so of a single Zabulon Skipper noted. Some additional/poss. species were seen too-quickly to make ID determinations, incl. some small dark skippers. Poison-Ivy was the most-regularly seen plant! Weather: hot by afternoon with full sun, temp. at shore cooler than midtown parts of city, with a southerly [on-shore] breeze for the afternoon. The most time was spent at the Neponsit area on the Rockaways. A bit of time was also taken to seek Salt-Marsh Skipper but none were noticed on this outing.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 12+
  • Orange Sulphur 8+
  • American Copper 4
  • Coral Hairstreak 10++
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5+
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6+
  • Little Wood-Satyr 30++
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Swarthy Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Delaware Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Zabulon Skipper

Crossline Skipper

Delaware Skipper

Swarthy Skipper

Common Buckeye

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Linda Cooper

Avon Park Air Force Range
Polk County, FL

NABA butterfly count. The range is in both Polk and Highlands Cos. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Weather: 82°-86°, winds 6-11 mph; sun a.m.-10%, p.m.-40%, some rain. Lots of nectar choices. LCooper, SFarnsworth, DFraser, MHoffman, NPrine, DJSmith.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 45
  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 13
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Barred Yellow 9
  • Little Yellow 14
  • Sleepy Orange 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 129
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 13
  • Ceraunus Blue 38
  • Little Metalmark 8
  • Gulf Fritillary 15
  • Phaon Crescent 28
  • Pearl Crescent 27
  • Common Buckeye 72
  • White Peacock 76
  • Viceroy 13
  • Carolina Satyr 27
  • Georgia Satyr 14
  • Queen 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 42
  • Zarucco Duskywing 30
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Southern Skipperling 4
  • Fiery Skipper 16
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Whirlabout 25
  • Southern Broken-Dash 21
  • Sachem 6
  • Delaware Skipper 13
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Palmetto Skipper 2
  • Eufala Skipper 5
  • Twin-spot Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 21

Georgia Satyr

Pearl Crescent

Zarucco Duskywing

Red-banded Hairstreak

Aaron's Skipper

Little Metalmark

Gray Hairstreak

Lucy Merrill-Hills

The Morrow Draw Trail, Rifle
Garfield County, CO

It’s been about a month since I walked this trail; today I saw two new species and a tiny dark brown butterfly that I could not photograph or identify.

11-12:45, sun with clouds, then rain, 87 degrees

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Two-tailed Swallowtail 2
  • Checkered White 2
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 8
  • Taxiles Skipper 5

Taxiles Skipper

Taxiles Skipper

Taxiles Skipper

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Jeanette Klodzen

Mormon Trail
Morgan County, UT

Walked the 1st 3 miles and back
Slow day for butterflies

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail
  • Two-tailed Swallowtail
  • Checkered White
  • Purplish Copper
  • Western Tailed-Blue
  • Relict Fritillary
  • Northern Checkerspot
  • Northern Crescent
  • Field Crescent
  • Weidemeyer's Admiral
  • Common Ringlet
  • Northern Cloudywing
  • Dreamy Duskywing
  • Common Checkered-Skipper

John and Nancy Crosby

Barbour Landing Boat Ramp Landing at Harris Neck NWR
McIntosh County, GA

83 degrees sunny. Helitrope was the primary nectar source.

  • Barred Yellow 26
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 2
  • Little Metalmark 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 8
  • Zarucco Duskywing 5
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Whirlabout 8
  • Sachem 1
  • Dun Skipper 1
  • Eufala Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper common

Little Metalmark

Little Metalmark

Ceraunus Blue

Barred Yellow

Eufala Skipper

Gulf Fritillary

Horace's Duskywing

Salt Marsh Skipper

White Checkered-Skipper

Dun Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Whirlabout

Zarucco Duskywing

Variegated Fritillary

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

John and Nancy Crosby

Harris Neck NWR Docks at Entrance
McIntosh County, GA

84 degrees, partially cloudy. Checked for Eastern Pygmy-blue on host plant and Ox-eye Daisies at entrance docks.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Eufala Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper common

Salt Marsh Skipper

Salt Marsh Skipper

Eufala Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

John and Nancy Crosby

Harris Neck NWR Lucas Tract on the South Side on Harris Neck Road
McIntosh County, GA

85 degrees, sunny. We walked along the edges of the new meadow created when pine trees cut due to beetle infestation for 20 minutes. We tried to check all the milkweed as some was was still blooming. There were less than 12 very tiny pieces of helitrope on the way in. We have never seen Juniper Hairstreak this late in the year, this is a FOS for us in GA.

  • Barred Yellow 5
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Little Metalmark 1

Little Metalmark

Barred Yellow

Juniper Hairstreak

Denis C. Quinn

2-3 miles above Galena, MD on MD 213 on southbound side
Kent County, MD

While I was a passenger riding up MD 213 just a few miles above Galena, MD there was a long stretch of roadside Dogbane where there were hundreds of Cabbage Whites, and many Orange Sulphurs were seen.

  • Cabbage White abundant
  • Orange Sulphur common