Recent sightings

Julie Appleget

Chassahowitzka WMA
Hernando County, FL

9:30 to 12:00

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 17
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Phaon Crescent 5
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Carolina Satyr 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6
  • Sleepy Duskywing 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Whirlabout 1
  • Twin-spot Skipper 1

Sleepy Duskywing

Appalachian Brown

Henry's Elfin

Marcie Daniels

Summerville
Dorchester County, SC

Very hot day…90 was the high
7 butterfly species

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Gulf Fritillary

Silver-spotted Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Palamedes Swallowtail

Ronald Hedden

Canyon Lakes (Lake 6)
Lubbock County, TX

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 10
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Southern Dogface 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Dainty Sulphur 12
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 1
  • Reakirt's Blue 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 8
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 20
  • Yucca Giant-Skipper 2

Western Pygmy-Blue

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Maia Briggs

Swanson Park 1011 N Maize Ct, Wichita, KS 67212
Sedgwick County, KS

  • Goatweed Leafwing 1

Goatweed Leafwing

Kathy Malone

Cheeks Bend Road at Cheeks Bend Bluff Overlook Trail
Maury County, TN

81 warm degrees nudged Henry’s to fly.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Henry's Elfin 4
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 3

Spring Azure

Henry's Elfin

Tom Palmer

Marion Creek
Polk County, FL

First day of spring. Some plum trees still blooming, Ti-Ti beginning to bloom. A few thistles in bloom.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 4
  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 3
  • Checkered White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Dainty Sulphur 16
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Phaon Crescent 4
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Carolina Satyr 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Northern Cloudywing 8
  • Zarucco Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Whirlabout 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2

Maia Briggs

Private Residence West Wichita
Sedgwick County, KS

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Christopher Leslie

Scorpion Canyon Loop trail and Smuggler's Road on Santa Cruz Island, CA
Santa Barbara County, CA

Gabb’s Checkerspot subspecies Atrifasciata found on California Golden Violets near hilltop on Scorpion Canyon Loop trail. Sara Orangetips, Monarchs, and Pale Swallotails found along Scorpion Creek along with West Coast Lady caterpillars on Malva Neglecta. Anise Swallowtail, Gray Hairstreak, American Lady found along Smuggler’s road. Partly cloudy day in the 60’s F.

  • Anise Swallowtail 4
  • Pale Swallowtail 2
  • Sara Orangetip 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Gabb's Checkerspot 1
  • American Lady 1
  • West Coast Lady 1
  • Monarch 4

American Lady

Sara Orangetip

West Coast Lady caterpillar

Gray Hairstreak

Sara Orangetip

Anise Swallowtail

Gabb's Checkerspot

Ken Wilson

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
San Diego County, CA

Sunny, 87 degrees, breezy at times. One no ID duskywing. Not a great day for photography. The canyon’s were like a raceway as most species where darting by today. I’m sure I missed a few.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spring White 1
  • Checkered White 3
  • Desert Orangetip 1
  • Sara Orangetip +20
  • Sleepy Orange 5
  • Dainty Sulphur +10
  • Bramble Hairstreak 3
  • Sonoran Blue +20
  • Silvery Blue 1
  • Acmon Blue 2
  • Wright's Metalmark 3
  • California Patch common
  • Sagebrush Checkerspot 2
  • Tiny Checkerspot 7
  • Variable Checkerspot common
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Orange Skipperling 2

California Patch

Variable Checkerspot

William D. Beck

Carr Canyon (road to top), Huachuca Mountains
Cochise County, AZ

The hilltoppers were really busy until about noon. Many Arizona Hairstreaks on nectar, and also hill-topping.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail
  • Two-tailed Swallowtail
  • Pearly Marble
  • Thicket Hairstreak
  • Juniper Hairstreak
  • Arizona Hairstreak
  • Spring Azure
  • Zela Metalmark
  • Bordered Patch
  • Mylitta Crescent
  • Painted Lady
  • Common Buckeye
  • Short-tailed Skipper
  • Mournful Duskywing

Juniper Hairstreak

Short-tailed Skipper

Thicket Hairstreak

Arizona Hairstreak

Arizona Hairstreak

Kathy Malone

Cheeks Bend Road at Cheeks Bend Bluff Overlook Trail
Maury County, TN

67 degrees, sunny, but cool breeze/wind. Had hard freeze two nights this week.

  • Falcate Orangetip 4
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 3

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

William D. Beck

Incinerator Ridge, Santa Catalina Mountains
Pima County, AZ

Thicket Hairstreaks hill/tree topping at the very south end and high point of the ridge. 8048’ elevation, 64F at 1130AM. Amazing spot!

  • Thicket Hairstreak 2

Thicket Hairstreak

Walter Wallenstein

Davie
Broward County, FL

  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Great Southern White 1
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 2
  • Cassius Blue 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Julia Heliconian 4
  • Zebra Heliconian 26
  • Malachite 2
  • Ruddy Daggerwing 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Three-spotted Skipper 5
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Monk Skipper 1

Gulf Fritillary

Julia Heliconian

Malachite

Ron Smith

Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County, FL

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Dainty Sulphur 4
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 6
  • Eastern Pygmy-Blue 10
  • Ceraunus Blue 8
  • Gulf Fritillary 17
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • White Peacock 12
  • Mangrove Skipper 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 21
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Obscure Skipper 5

Obscure Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Mangrove Skipper

Phaon Crescent

Ceraunus Blue

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Barred Yellow

Alice Anderson

Dona Ana County, Organ Mts-Desert Peaks Natl Monument, northwest of Radium Springs, between Faulkner Canyon and Broad Canyon, in Cedar Mts.
Dona Ana County, NM

Weather sunny, calm. On a low hill. Vegetation overgrazed Chihuahuan Desert Scrub, dominant species creosote bush. Many small forbs in bloom. This site is east of the range shown in BTB:The West for Pima Orangetip. In other years, we have seen and photographed Pima Orangetips hilltopping in the Dona Ana Mts a few miles east of this site. All the Black Swallowtails were male. Later we saw a Sara Orangetip in an arroyo bottom.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spring White 8
  • Desert Orangetip 12

Jeanette Klodzen

Bluebell-Baird Trail - Chautauqua Park (Boulder)
Boulder County, CO

Far east side of trail

  • Hoary Comma 2

Mark and Holly Salvato

Everglades National Park
Miami-Dade County, FL

  • Palamedes Swallowtail 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 25
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Florida Leafwing 10
  • Florida Duskywing 6
  • Baracoa Skipper 1
  • Palatka Skipper 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Palatka Skipper

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak

Florida Leafwing

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak

Florida Leafwing

Brett Badeaux

Cool Canyon and Hornblende Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
San Diego County, CA

Sunny and warm day. Unidentified skipper likely Juba

  • Pale Swallowtail 1
  • Becker's White
  • Spring White 2
  • Checkered White
  • Sara Orangetip common
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Sleepy Orange 12
  • Dainty Sulphur common
  • Great Purple Hairstreak 1
  • Bramble Hairstreak 16
  • Marine Blue 5
  • Western Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silvery Blue 3
  • Acmon Blue 8
  • Wright's Metalmark 18
  • California Patch abundant
  • Sagebrush Checkerspot 1
  • Variable Checkerspot abundant
  • Painted Lady 6
  • Queen 1
  • Arizona Powdered-Skipper 2
  • Propertius Duskywing 1
  • Funereal Duskywing 6
  • White Checkered-Skipper common
  • Northern White-Skipper 4
  • Orange Skipperling 5

Variable Checkerspot

Arizona Powdered-Skipper

California Patch

Sagebrush Checkerspot

Sleepy Orange

William D. Beck

Box Canyon, Santa Rita Moutains
Pima County, AZ

The warmer weather has really turned up the butterfly numbers - notice the skippers!

  • Pipevine Swallowtail
  • Pearly Marble
  • Sara Orangetip
  • Southern Dogface
  • Mexican Yellow
  • Dainty Sulphur
  • Great Purple Hairstreak
  • Juniper Hairstreak
  • Gray Hairstreak
  • Marine Blue
  • Spring Azure
  • Fatal Metalmark
  • Zela Metalmark
  • American Snout
  • Bordered Patch
  • Tiny Checkerspot
  • Texan Crescent
  • Mourning Cloak
  • Painted Lady
  • Common Buckeye
  • Empress Leilia
  • White-striped Longtail
  • Golden-headed Scallopwing
  • Arizona Powdered-Skipper
  • Mournful Duskywing
  • Common Checkered-Skipper
  • Common Streaky-Skipper
  • Orange Skipperling
  • White-barred Skipper

Arizona Powdered-Skipper

Mournful Duskywing

White-striped Longtail

Common Streaky-Skipper

Orange Skipperling

White-barred Skipper

John Heyse

at home Crockett
Contra Costa County, CA

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Ringlet 1

John Heyse

briones park
Contra Costa County, CA

63-68F

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Silvery Blue 2
  • Mylitta Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Mylitta Crescent

Jeanette Klodzen

700N 2200W
Salt Lake County, UT

First one of the year

  • Cabbage White 1

Venice Kelly

Dead man's gulch, about 3 miles west of the town of Lyons
Boulder County, CO

we had to come several thousand feet down the mountain so we could see some early butterflies. Dead man’s gulch is 5,669’ elevation. very dry this year the creek wasn’t running at all, only a few pools here and there among the boulders. no flowers yet either. but we were happy to see a few butterflies chasing each other. it was about 68F and partly sunny. we were there from 11:45 am to 1:15pm.

  • Sheridan's Hairstreak 3
  • Hoary Comma 11
  • Mourning Cloak 5

John Heyse

at home, Crockett
Contra Costa County, CA

One of the Pipevine Swallowtails nectared on a cherry tree for at least five minutes, as my cat watched closely.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Red Admiral 1

John Heyse

Martinez Marsh, Carquinez Shoreline, Martinez
Contra Costa County, CA

63F, 62F
The Cabbage White appeared only at Martinez Marsh. The rest were at the Carquinez Shoreline Park.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sara Orangetip 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Silvery Blue 6
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Common Ringlet 4
  • Monarch 1

Linda Cooper

Blackwater River State Forest
Okaloosa County, FL

Driving through forest in chilly 48-59 degrees. 11 am -3:30 pm. Clear to mostly cloudy. Not many blooming trees or wildflowers. MaryAnn Friedman, Linda Cooper.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 3
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Carolina Satyr 2
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2

Henry's Elfin

Wim van Dam

Birabent Canyon
Santa Barbara County, CA

  • Anise Swallowtail 1
  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Pale Swallowtail 1
  • Sara Orangetip 10
  • Bramble Hairstreak 1
  • Acmon Blue 2
  • Mylitta Crescent 3
  • Mourning Cloak 4
  • California Sister 1
  • Common Ringlet 4
  • Monarch 2
  • Propertius Duskywing 8

John Heyse

at home Crockett
Contra Costa County, CA

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1

John Heyse

Carquinez Shoreline, Crockett
Contra Costa County, CA

63F weak sun

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sara Orangetip 4
  • Common Ringlet 1

Cabbage White

Sara Orangetip

Sara Orangetip

Brett Badeaux

Santa Margarita Preserve, Fallbrook
San Diego County, CA

Started partly cloudy followed by full sun close to end, around 80f

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 9
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Desert Orangetip 2
  • Sara Orangetip 10
  • Bramble Hairstreak 7
  • Marine Blue 2
  • Silvery Blue 15
  • Mormon Metalmark 30+
  • Gabb's Checkerspot 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Lorquin's Admiral 10
  • Funereal Duskywing
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1

Lorquin's Admiral

William D. Beck

South End of Spring Mountains nr Goodspring
Clark County, NV

Gorgeous day….hot and lots of butterflies!

  • Anise Swallowtail
  • Spring White
  • Desert Orangetip
  • Sheridan's Hairstreak
  • Desert Elfin

Desert Elfin

Desert Elfin

Sheridan's Hairstreak

Ron & Lori Smith

Collier-Seminole State Park
Collier County, FL

We stopped in just briefly to look for Salt Marsh Skippers. Windy & mostly cloudy.

  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Mangrove Buckeye 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 7

Barred Yellow

Salt Marsh Skipper

Ron & Lori Smith

Eastern portions of Everglades Natl. Park
Miami-Dade County, FL

Lots of roadside thistle in bloom.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 22
  • Julia Heliconian 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 7
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • White Peacock 15
  • Whirlabout 14
  • Palatka Skipper 8
  • Twin-spot Skipper 7

Large Orange Sulphur

Whirlabout

Twin-spot Skipper

Red-banded Hairstreak

Palatka Skipper

Brett Badeaux

Silverado Canyon and Bedford Peak trail
Orange County, CA

Full sun 62-80f. The checkerspots were final instar larvae. Also seen: one female of the rarely sighted day flying silkmoth Walters’ saturnia moth

  • Anise Swallowtail 2
  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Pale Swallowtail 9
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sara Orangetip common
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • California Dogface 4
  • Bramble Hairstreak 9
  • Brown Elfin 8
  • Sonoran Blue 2-3
  • Silvery Blue 25+
  • Acmon Blue 3
  • Mormon Metalmark 10
  • Variable Checkerspot 7
  • Painted Lady 6
  • Propertius Duskywing 3
  • Funereal Duskywing common

Silvery Blue

Variable Checkerspot caterpillar

Laurel Rhodes

Scherer-Thaxton Preserve
Sarasota County, FL

With Dusty Rhodes(photos). 78-81F. Full sun. Hiked 2.5 hrs. Twinspot Skipper has unusual extra spots on ventral. Metalmark colors muted. Thistles and Bidens were top nectar sources.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 2
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Dainty Sulphur 9
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Ceraunus Blue 6
  • Little Metalmark 13
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Phaon Crescent 9
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • White Peacock 14
  • Queen 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Zarucco Duskywing 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 4
  • Fiery Skipper 10
  • Whirlabout 3
  • Southern Broken-Dash 2
  • Sachem 3
  • Twin-spot Skipper 2

Southern Broken-Dash

Whirlabout

Twin-spot Skipper

Red-banded Hairstreak

Little Metalmark

Northern Cloudywing, Twin-spot Skipper

Marcie Daniels

Summerville, SC
Dorchester County, SC

First of Season Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Jeanette Klodzen

Sentry Trail (Antelope Island)
Davis County, UT

  • Milbert's Tortoiseshell 2

Ron Smith

Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County, FL

Windy and very dry. Nice count of Mangrove Skippers. Spicebush not always found at the park.

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Pygmy-Blue 9
  • Ceraunus Blue 5
  • Gulf Fritillary 6
  • Phaon Crescent 4
  • White Peacock 9
  • Mangrove Skipper 9
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 21
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Obscure Skipper 4

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Obscure Skipper

Obscure Skipper

Spicebush Swallowtail

Long-tailed Skipper

Erik Andersson

Spanish Fork - Near Dominguez Hill
Utah County, UT

  • Milbert's Tortoiseshell 2

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Mona Long

at my home in Gold Hill
Cabarrus County, NC

Four of my Black Swallowtails emerged today. It’s supposed to snow tomorrow =(

  • Black Swallowtail 4

Black Swallowtail

Walter Wallenstein

Everglades National Park
Miami-Dade County, FL

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak 3
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 9+
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Queen 2
  • Florida Duskywing 5
  • Baracoa Skipper 4
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Southern Broken-Dash 2
  • Twin-spot Skipper 6

Florida Duskywing

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak

Ken Wilson with Bob Gorman

San Clemente, various locations
Orange County, CA

Partly cloudy, a high of 69 degrees, and breezy up on the hilltops.

  • Anise Swallowtail 2
  • Pale Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sara Orangetip 2
  • California Dogface 1
  • Great Purple Hairstreak 1
  • Bramble Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Silvery Blue 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Funereal Duskywing 3
  • Umber Skipper 2

Anise Swallowtail

Bramble Hairstreak

Pale Swallowtail

Silvery Blue

Umber Skipper

Great Purple Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Scott Anderson

Certified home garden 1427 Marietta
Cobb County, GA

First butterfly of the season identified in my garden.

  • American Snout 1

Brett Badeaux

Anza Borrego Desert State Park
San Diego County, CA

Full sun, 65f to around 80f, very little wind. Checked a side canyon near Sentenac Canyon, then explored Plum Canyon along with the wash and hills leading to it. Many unidentified whites, most probably Spring, a few unid blues.

  • Black Swallowtail 4-5
  • Spring White common
  • Desert Orangetip common
  • Sara Orangetip common
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Dainty Sulphur 12
  • Sonoran Blue 50+
  • Silvery Blue 2
  • California Patch 35
  • Sagebrush Checkerspot 1
  • Tiny Checkerspot 3
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Funereal Duskywing 7
  • White Checkered-Skipper 9

Desert Orangetip

California Patch

Spring White

Tiny Checkerspot

Sonoran Blue

Sagebrush Checkerspot

Denis C. Quinn

Nottingham County Park, Nottingham, PA 19362
Chester County, PA

Sunny, breezy, 66°, rocky path with grassy patches to the sides made this norhtern slope good today. The ‘Buck Trail’ is the area of the park, nearest West Ridge Road. This was a mile and a half walk.

  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 5

Question Mark

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Denis C. Quinn

1 mile West of U.S. Route 1 on MD/PA border 19362
Chester County, PA

Fully sunny sky, 66°, breezy, gusts to 19 MPH. Cabbage in Ag field and Commas in Wooded areas

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Comma 3

ohn heyse

San Bruno Mtn.
San Mateo County, CA

65F
with david rawlinson, dave bartholomew

  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Moss' Elfin 3

Moss' Elfin

Moss' Elfin

Allen Belden

Dutch Gap Conservation Area
Chesterfield County, VA

Sunny, somewhat windy, high in the low 70s. All Falcate Orangetips were males. An Orange or Clouded Sulphur also seen. An Eastern Comma seen apparently exploring potential egg laying sites at the branch tips of a still dormant Winged Elm (Ulmus alata). An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail also seen nearby in a residential neighborhood.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 6
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 11
  • American Snout 1
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Zebra Swallowtail