Recent sightings

Beth Polvino

Merritt Island Causeway 1 mile past Max Brewer Causeway Bridge
Brevard County, FL

Merritt Island Causeway 1 mile past Max Brewer Causeway Bridge in small parking area with shrubs, bushes and grass. Here I saw another 11 species but my total species for the day was 15. Again Great Southern White’s are everywhere. I have images of all of the species for today.

  • Great Southern White abundant
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Pygmy-Blue 6
  • Ceraunus Blue 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 6
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Whirlabout 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 4

Red-banded Hairstreak

Whirlabout

Eastern Pygmy-Blue

Beth Polvino

River Breeze Park
Volusia County, FL

There were hundred’s of Great Southern White all over the park and immediate areas. My first 11 species day of 2017.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Great Southern White abundant
  • Ceraunus Blue 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 9
  • Zebra Heliconian 2
  • Pearl Crescent common
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • White Peacock 2
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Whirlabout 5
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 8

Gulf Fritillary

Great Southern White

Salt Marsh Skipper

Brett Badeaux

Monserate Mountain Preserve
San Diego County, CA

Mostly sunny with periods of cloud cover. 68f

  • Anise Swallowtail 2
  • Pale Swallowtail 2
  • Sara Orangetip common
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Spring Azure 6
  • Painted Lady 15
  • West Coast Lady 6
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Mournful Duskywing 3
  • Funereal Duskywing 1

William D. Beck

Arizona Trail nr. Molino Basin St. Catalina Mtns
Pima County, AZ

Warm sunny day 70F.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail
  • Spring White
  • Sara Orangetip
  • Brown Elfin
  • Spring Azure
  • Texan Crescent

Texan Crescent

Brown Elfin

Sara Orangetip

Pipevine Swallowtail

Brett Badeaux

San Juan Loop and Chiquito Trail near Lake Elsinore
Riverside County, CA

Sunny, 70f, very few nectar sources

  • Sara Orangetip common
  • Spring Azure 4
  • Sonoran Blue 2
  • California Tortoiseshell 3
  • Mourning Cloak 3
  • California Sister 2

Sonoran Blue

California Tortoiseshell

Sonoran Blue

Beth Polvino

Shore Drive Boat Ramp Park, St Augustine, FL
St. Johns County, FL

  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

Long-tailed Skipper

David H. Bartholomew

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
Santa Clara County, CA

Pleasantly warm sunny day, lots of greenery but no flowers yet (except willow catkins). All butterflies seen were going to mud or sunning themselves.

  • Spring Azure 24
  • California Tortoiseshell 8
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Red Admiral 4

Red Admiral

Spring Azure

California Tortoiseshell

California Tortoiseshell

Beth Polvino

Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive Savannah NWR
Jasper County, SC

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Black Swallowtail

Cloudless Sulphur

John Heyse

Carquinez Shoreline, Crockett
Contra Costa County, CA

59F

  • Spring Azure 1
  • West Coast Lady 1

Spring Azure

Beth Polvino

Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive Savannah NWR
Jasper County, SC

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral

Cloudless Sulphur

Brett Badeaux

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
Orange County, CA

Full sun turned to cloudy, high of 70f.

  • Anise Swallowtail 1
  • Sara Orangetip 50+
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Bramble Hairstreak 1
  • Brown Elfin 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Marine Blue 1
  • Silvery Blue 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Painted Lady 4
  • West Coast Lady 1
  • Mournful Duskywing 1

Anise Swallowtail

Bramble Hairstreak

James Lancaster

West Riverside, New Orleans
Orleans Parish, LA

Female depositing eggs throughout garden. Had dual bent wingtips and appeared to possibly struggle to plant abdomen on milkweeds firmly for egg-laying.

  • Monarch 1

Monarch

Barb Zwiers

Backyard 217 Elmwood
St. Johns County, FL

  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

Long-tailed Skipper

Brett Badeaux

Fullerton Arboretum
Orange County, CA

Full sun, high 70f

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Cloudless Sulphur 15+
  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Marine Blue 10
  • Gulf Fritillary 10+
  • Mourning Cloak 3
  • West Coast Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Monarch 20+
  • Funereal Duskywing 1

Cloudless Sulphur

West Coast Lady

Cabbage White

Red Admiral

Cloudless Sulphur

Daniel Jones

National Butterfly Center, Mission
Hidalgo County, TX

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 3
  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 12
  • Southern Dogface 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 5
  • Lyside Sulphur 5
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 5
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 10
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 2
  • Cassius Blue 2
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Reakirt's Blue 2
  • American Snout 50
  • Gulf Fritillary 6
  • Julia Heliconian 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 10
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Mexican Fritillary 1
  • Bordered Patch 1
  • Crimson Patch 2
  • Texan Crescent 15
  • Chestnut Crescent 1
  • Vesta Crescent 6
  • Phaon Crescent 20
  • Red Admiral 8
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • White Peacock 5
  • Band-celled Sister 1
  • Mexican Bluewing 3
  • Common Mestra 2
  • Tropical Leafwing 10
  • Angled Leafwing 2
  • Tawny Emperor 3
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 15
  • White-striped Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 10
  • White Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 12
  • Laviana White-Skipper 8
  • Common Streaky-Skipper 1
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 5
  • Clouded Skipper 10
  • Southern Skipperling 2
  • Fiery Skipper 8
  • Whirlabout 4
  • Southern Broken-Dash 2
  • Common Mellana 3
  • Celia's Roadside-Skipper 1
  • Eufala Skipper 5

Angled Leafwing

Angled Leafwing

Common Streaky-Skipper

Chestnut Crescent

Carolina Satyr

Band-celled Sister

Double-dotted Skipper

Rich Kostecke

Lake Fayette-Multi-use Trail from Park Prairie Park to Oak Thicket Park
Fayette County, TX

Warm (80-85), sunny, and breezy. A few clumps of dewberry (Rubus trivialis) were the only flowering plants. Many butterflies were nectaring on the dewberry. Common Checkered-skippers more accurately classified as Common/White Checkered-skippers

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 7
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Southern Dogface 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 8
  • American Snout 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Phaon Crescent 5
  • Pearl Crescent 15
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 23
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Common Mestra 2
  • Goatweed Leafwing 8
  • White-striped Longtail 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

White-striped Longtail

Gray Hairstreak

Dusky-blue Groundstreak

Common Buckeye

Cloudless Sulphur

Common Mestra

Ken Wilson

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
San Diego County, CA

Partly cloudy to cloudy, high of 70. Winds were gusty and a factor. One no ID, possibly a Marine Blue.

  • Sara Orangetip 30+
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Sonoran Blue 2
  • California Tortoiseshell 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Sara Orangetip

Sonoran Blue

Sonoran Blue

Butterfly Walk at Estero

Estero Llano Grande State Park
Hidalgo County, TX

54 species plus a possible Ruddy Hairstreak. Led by Rick Snider. About 17 people attended. Highlights included male and female Chestnut Crescent (male has more of the chestnut color), Mexican Bluewing, Silver-banded Hairstreak, White Scrub-Hairstreak, Julia and Zebra Heliconian, Tropical Leafwing, Red-bordered Metalmark, Band-celled Sister, Potrillo Skipper, White-patched Skipper, White-striped Longtail, Julia’s Skipper, Olive-clouded Skipper and Celia’s Roadside-Skipper.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Giant Swallowtail 3
  • Checkered White 1
  • Southern Dogface 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Large Orange Sulphur 3
  • Lyside Sulphur 6
  • Tailed Orange 1
  • Little Yellow 4
  • Silver-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • White Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak common
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue common
  • Fatal Metalmark 3
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 2
  • American Snout common
  • Gulf Fritillary 4
  • Julia Heliconian 6
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Texan Crescent common
  • Chestnut Crescent 3
  • Vesta Crescent 6
  • Phaon Crescent common
  • Red Admiral 2
  • White Peacock 4
  • Band-celled Sister 1
  • Mexican Bluewing 5
  • Common Mestra 6
  • Tropical Leafwing 5
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Queen common
  • White-striped Longtail 2
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 3
  • Potrillo Skipper 1
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 3
  • White-patched Skipper 1
  • Funereal Duskywing 3
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Laviana White-Skipper 4
  • Julia's Skipper 2
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 10
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Whirlabout 6
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Celia's Roadside-Skipper 2
  • Eufala Skipper 5
  • Olive-clouded Skipper 1

Olive-clouded Skipper

Chestnut Crescent

Chestnut Crescent

John Heyse

Martinez Marsh
Contra Costa County, CA

60F second butterfly of the year - it’s been cold and wet.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Daniel Jones

National Butterfly Center, Mission
Hidalgo County, TX

11:00 am to 2:00 pm

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 8
  • Southern Dogface 3
  • Large Orange Sulphur 3
  • Lyside Sulphur 5
  • Mimosa Yellow 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 8
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 10
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 25
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Reakirt's Blue 1
  • Fatal Metalmark 5
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 1
  • American Snout 20
  • Gulf Fritillary 5
  • Mexican Silverspot 1
  • Julia Heliconian 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 2
  • Mexican Fritillary 1
  • Crimson Patch 3
  • Texan Crescent 20
  • Chestnut Crescent 2
  • Vesta Crescent 5
  • Phaon Crescent 15
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • White Peacock 2
  • Mexican Bluewing 3
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Carolina Satyr 2
  • Queen 10
  • White-striped Longtail 2
  • Brown Longtail 8
  • White Checkered-Skipper 10
  • Laviana White-Skipper 8
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 5
  • Clouded Skipper 30
  • Double-dotted Skipper 2
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Southern Broken-Dash 4
  • Eufala Skipper 8

Chestnut Crescent

Double-dotted Skipper

White-striped Longtail

Black Swallowtail

Mexican Silverspot

Chestnut Crescent

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Valley Nature Center and Frontera Audubon in Mission.
Hidalgo County, TX

32 species. 2 hours. The male Chestnut Crescent is very rare. The underside was almost completely blank. It was reluctant to open its wings for more than a fraction of a second. Other highlights included Mexican Bluewing, Gulf Fritillary, Zebra Heliconian, Banded Patch, White-patched Skipper, Funereal and Mournful Duskywings, Mazans Scallopwing and White-striped Longtail.

  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 3
  • Cassius Blue 4
  • American Snout 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 4
  • Bordered Patch 1
  • Texan Crescent 6
  • Chestnut Crescent 1
  • Vesta Crescent 2
  • Phaon Crescent common
  • Red Admiral 2
  • White Peacock 2
  • Mexican Bluewing 1
  • Common Mestra 1
  • Queen 3
  • White-striped Longtail 1
  • Mazans Scallopwing 2
  • White-patched Skipper 1
  • Mournful Duskywing 3
  • Funereal Duskywing 2
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper common
  • Laviana White-Skipper 3
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Eufala Skipper 2

Chestnut Crescent

Mazans Scallopwing

White-striped Longtail

Chestnut Crescent

Brett Badeaux

Santa Margarita Preserve
San Diego County, CA

mostly cloudy, high 60s.
1 un-id sulphur, 1 un-id blue

  • Sara Orangetip 38
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Marine Blue 1
  • Fatal Metalmark 2
  • Mourning Cloak 3

Sara Orangetip

Marine Blue

Brown Elfin

Steven Glynn

Areas near Dividing Creek and Fairton
Cumberland County, NJ

Mostly sunny and unseasonably warm 69 degrees. My FOS butterflies in South Jersey. In addition to identified, an additional (5) anglewing sp. were seen.

  • American Snout 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

American Snout

Jim Wilkinson

Miller Library, Ellicott City
Howard County, MD

Comma was flying around a brushy stream valley in the early afternoon–temperature was in the mid 60s

  • Eastern Comma 1

Barb Zwiers

217 Elmwood Drive
St. Johns County, FL

  • Black Swallowtail
  • Giant Swallowtail
  • Palamedes Swallowtail
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Monarch
  • Long-tailed Skipper

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Monarch chrysalis

Black Swallowtail

Monarch

Giant Swallowtail

Palamedes Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch caterpillar

Long-tailed Skipper

Jean Evoy

NW Livingston Loop Arcadia
DeSoto County, FL

Observed at a patch of Bidens and wild radish along the road adjacent to an orange grove.

  • Great Southern White common
  • Barred Yellow
  • Dainty Sulphur common
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Ceraunus Blue
  • Phaon Crescent
  • Common Buckeye
  • White Peacock
  • Queen
  • Dorantes Longtail
  • Fiery Skipper abundant

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

James Lancaster

West Riverside, New Orleans, LA
Orleans Parish, LA

Medium sized female monarch laying eggs throughout garden for over 30 minutes. 72 degrees F and sunny, 10am.

  • Monarch 1

Monarch

Jim Egbert

Ft Morgan Historic Site
Baldwin County, AL

Sunny
Wind Southerly
Winds 10 - 15mph
Temps Lower 50s - mid 60s

  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2

Eric Whiteside

Key West Botanical Gardens
Monroe County, FL

  • Cuban Crescent 8

Cuban Crescent

Cuban Crescent