Recent sightings

David H. Bartholomew

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
Santa Clara County, CA

Painted Ladies were hilltopping, Red Admiral was a fly-by. Warm for December, 74 degrees.

  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Jim Wilkinson

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Queen Anne's County, MD

flying on a sunny afternoon two days after snowfall

  • Eastern Comma 1

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
Hidalgo County, TX

We have had a few days with miserable weather: lows in the 30’s, strong winds, rain and even some snow in the Valley. Many ratty butterflies at end of season. 26 species. Dorothy’s photo of Snout.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Lyside Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 8
  • Reakirt's Blue 1
  • Fatal Metalmark 2
  • American Snout 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Vesta Crescent 6
  • Phaon Crescent 10
  • White Peacock 5
  • Common Mestra 1
  • Queen 31
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 1
  • White-patched Skipper 1
  • Funereal Duskywing 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Laviana White-Skipper 2
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Eufala Skipper 3

American Snout

White-patched Skipper

Vesta Crescent

Steve Walter

Crocheron Park
Queens County, NY

40 degrees. I think that’s the coldest temperature that I have ever seen a butterfly flying.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Brett Badeaux

Huntington Central Park
Orange County, CA

Warm and sunny. 1 unidentified phoebis sulphur

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 12
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Painted Lady 3
  • West Coast Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Monarch 30+
  • Fiery Skipper 3

William D. Beck

Hugh Ramsey Nature Park in Harlingen
Cameron County, TX

Was very happy to get out to the park (before the cold front) and saw TWO White Scrub-Hairstreaks!

  • Silver-banded Hairstreak
  • Gray Hairstreak
  • White Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
  • Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak
  • Clytie Ministreak

White Scrub-Hairstreak

White Scrub-Hairstreak

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Resaca de La Palma State Park
Cameron County, TX

84 degrees. Partly cloudy. Found 33 species. Dorothy took photos of the Band-celled Sister, Julia Heliconian, Blue Metalmark, and Giant White.

  • Great Southern White 1
  • Giant White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 1
  • Lyside Sulphur 1
  • Boisduval's Yellow 3
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Mimosa Yellow 1
  • Silver-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 2
  • Blue Metalmark 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 4
  • Julia Heliconian 4
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Vesta Crescent 3
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • White Peacock 5
  • Band-celled Sister 1
  • Common Mestra 2
  • Queen 4
  • Brown Longtail 1
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 20
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Laviana White-Skipper 3
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper common
  • Whirlabout common
  • Sachem 1
  • Common Mellana 2
  • Eufala Skipper 1

Silver-banded Hairstreak

Orange-barred Sulphur

Boisduval's Yellow

Giant White

Blue Metalmark

Julia Heliconian

Band-celled Sister

Amelia Grimm

Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden
Monroe County, FL

2:30pm - 4:00pm. With Leigh Williams. Partly cloudy, 82 degrees. Lots of large trees down and more open area. Many nectar plants blooming, including White Sage, Fire-bush, Saltbush, Bidens, Joy-weed, and Schefflera.

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cassius Blue 6
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Monarch 5
  • Fiery Skipper 2

Amelia Grimm

Saddlebunch Key roadsides
Monroe County, FL

With Leigh Williams. 1245pm - 2:15pm. Sunny, 82 degrees. Saw 10 Monarch’s along the road on Sugarloaf Key prior to getting to Saddle-bunch Key. This is a first for this area.

  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 5
  • Ceraunus Blue 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Mangrove Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Amelia Grimm

Yard on Big Pine Key.
Monroe County, FL

Seen flying back and forth in yard for about 10 minutes and then across the street and into the pineland area. No nectar plants blooming today.

  • Monarch 1

Steven Rosenthal, Harry Zirlin

Orient Beach State Park, beach/playground parking area
Suffolk County, NY

around 12:15, temps in upper 40s, bright sun

Monarch was a fresh male.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 1

Jim Egbert

Bon Secour NWR
Baldwin County, AL

Sunny by noon
Wind; light and from the NW
Temp; mid 70s
Monarchs are still come here on the beach, and they are still filtering in.They were seen inland from 10 to 15 miles from the coast,yesterday.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 9
  • Long-tailed Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 3

Monarch

Ocola Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Jim Egbert

Week Bay NERR, Mannich Ln, and Bay Rd E. Magnolia Springs
Baldwin County, AL

Cloudy AM but Sunny earl afternoon.
Wind was light and Northerly
Temps. started the day in the lower 50s, and warmed to mid 70s.
When the sun came out,and warmed up butterflies became very energetic.This made getting a good photo very difficult, which is the reason I have nothing to show.

  • Checkered White 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Sleepy Orange 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary common
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Monarch common
  • Long-tailed Skipper 12
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper common
  • Ocola Skipper 3

Jeanette Klodzen

White Rock Trail (Antelope Island)
Davis County, UT

Quite a surprise but temps have been above normal and no snow yet.

  • Clouded Sulphur 2

Ron Smith

Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County, FL

Many of the leps feeding in one field on the abundant and blooming sleepy morning. Obscure prefers Carolina sea-lavender

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Barred Yellow 23
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 18
  • Ceraunus Blue 33
  • Gulf Fritillary 9
  • Phaon Crescent 13
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • White Peacock 17
  • Monarch 16
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 3
  • Three-spotted Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Obscure Skipper 2

Obscure Skipper

Three-spotted Skipper

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak