Recent sightings

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Resaca De La Palma State Park
Cameron County, TX

36 species in about 1 1/2 hours. Not bad for bottom of winter! Highlights were Band-celled Sister, Mexican Bluewing, Texan Crescents, Zebra Heliconian, Blue and Red-bordered Metalmarks, Great Southern White, Mazan’s Scallopwing and Turk’s-cap White-Skipper,

  • Checkered White 6
  • Great Southern White 3
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Lyside Sulphur 3
  • Little Yellow 10
  • Silver-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 2
  • Blue Metalmark 15
  • American Snout 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 4
  • Zebra Heliconian 3
  • Texan Crescent 6
  • Vesta Crescent 3
  • Phaon Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • White Peacock 5
  • Band-celled Sister 1
  • Mexican Bluewing 1
  • Common Mestra 3
  • Queen 6
  • Brown Longtail 1
  • Mazans Scallopwing 1
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 6
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Laviana White-Skipper 2
  • Turk's-cap White-Skipper 1
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 6
  • Clouded Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper common
  • Whirlabout 3
  • Southern Broken-Dash 2
  • Common Mellana 1
  • Eufala Skipper 4

Band-celled Sister

Red-bordered Metalmark

Great Southern White

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Sabal Palm Sanctuary
Cameron County, TX

Pleasantly surprised by 25 species here in about 1 1/2 hours. This area did not get below freezing on January 7-8. Highlights were Julia Heliconian, several Blue Metalmarks and Great Southern White.

  • Checkered White 1
  • Great Southern White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 10
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 3
  • Fatal Metalmark 1
  • Blue Metalmark 8
  • American Snout 1
  • Julia Heliconian 2
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • White Peacock 2
  • Queen 1
  • Brown Longtail 6
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1
  • Eufala Skipper 1

Mark and Holly Salvato

Navy Wells Pineland Preserve, Homestead
Miami-Dade County, FL

  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak 4
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak

Mark and Holly Salvato

Everglades National Park, Homestead, Florida
Miami-Dade County, FL

  • Large Orange Sulphur 10
  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 8
  • Julia Heliconian 13
  • Zebra Heliconian 16
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • White Peacock 6
  • Florida Leafwing 5
  • Georgia Satyr 1
  • Florida Duskywing 2
  • Baracoa Skipper 2
  • Monk Skipper 1
  • Twin-spot Skipper 1

Florida Leafwing

Red-banded Hairstreak

Georgia Satyr

Baracoa Skipper

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak

Florida Duskywing

Julie Appleget

Loop Rd Monroe county portion
Monroe County, FL

very few butterflies

  • Great Southern White 2
  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary common
  • Julia Heliconian 1
  • Zebra Heliconian common
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • White Peacock 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 3
  • Berry's Skipper 1

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Berry's Skipper

Julie Appleget

Deering Estate
Miami-Dade County, FL

Dina Yellow lifer
not much butterfly activity

  • Dina Yellow 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 4
  • Monarch 1

Dina Yellow

Edward Perry IV

Bull Creek WMA
Osceola County, FL

It started out as a rather cool morning so few leps but before we left around 10:45 am a few managed to show. Very few nectar sources available.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 8
  • Phaon Crescent 4
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • White Peacock 4
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Eufala Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Eufala Skipper

Ron Smith

Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County, FL

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak was at North Palm Grove. I did not survey the park, these leps were incidental.

  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Pygmy-Blue 9
  • Obscure Skipper 1

Obscure Skipper

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Brett Badeaux

Monserate Mountain Preserve
San Diego County, CA

Mostly sunny, 59 degrees

  • Sara Orangetip 6
  • Painted Lady 11
  • West Coast Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 5

Painted Lady

West Coast Lady

Thomas Nix

Estero Llano Grande State park
Hidalgo County, TX

A mostly cloudy and somewhat windy day, but lots of butterflies nonetheless.

  • Southern Dogface 2
  • Large Orange Sulphur 6
  • Lyside Sulphur common
  • Little Yellow common
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 7
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 3
  • Cassius Blue abundant
  • Fatal Metalmark 5
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 3
  • American Snout 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Julia Heliconian 3
  • Mexican Fritillary 1
  • Vesta Crescent 2
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • White Peacock common
  • Mexican Bluewing 2
  • Common Mestra common
  • Queen abundant
  • Soldier 1
  • Brown Longtail 3
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 10
  • White-patched Skipper 3
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper common
  • Laviana White-Skipper common
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 8
  • Clouded Skipper 3
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Whirlabout 1
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1
  • Eufala Skipper 6

Mexican Fritillary

Sickle-winged Skipper

Common Mestra

Julia Heliconian

Western Pygmy-Blue

Tom Palmer

Marion Creek
Polk County, FL

few nectar sources

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Barred Yellow 16
  • Ceraunus Blue 7
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Carolina Satyr 11
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Least Skipper 1

John Lampkin

Babcock-Webb WMA
Charlotte County, FL

With Robert Epstein
70 - 80, sunny
Mesic Slash Pine/Saw Palmetto flatwoods.
Species observed during an unsuccessful five-hour woodpecker quest.
Some early spring blooms. Winter? What winter?
39 Red-bandeds were a delight

  • Polydamas Swallowtail 1
  • Zebra Swallowtail 1
  • Great Southern White 2
  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 39
  • Little Metalmark 7
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Phaon Crescent abundant
  • Pearl Crescent common
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • White Peacock abundant
  • Georgia Satyr 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Little Metalmark

Red-banded Hairstreak

Brett Badeaux

Mile Square Regional Park
Orange County, CA

Full sun, low 60s. 1 un-id sulphur Cloudless or Large Orange.

  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Marine Blue 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 10

Large Orange Sulphur

Brett Badeaux

Huntington Central Park - west side
Orange County, CA

Full sun, low 60s.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Monarch 9

Jim Egbert

Ft Morgan State Historic Site
Baldwin County, AL

Sunny
Wind southerly
Winds 10 - 15mph
Temps. Lower 60s - mid.70s

The sighting of only one Monarch at the Roscoe Rd site;made me wonder if the warm temps that followed the artic air from a couple of weekends ago;triggered their north movement out of the area?
In the last couple of years it has been the pattern that when the population that is more inland disappears the beach resident also are gone.I found the Ft Morgan population still strong;to early to leave.I’ll survey the area again over the next few weeks,until they make their departure.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch common
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 4

Monarch

Orange Sulphur

Brett Badeaux

UCI Ecological Preserve
Orange County, CA

low 60s, mostly sunny. My first butterfly of the year.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Jim Egbert

Roscoe Rd Orange Beach and West St Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

Sunny
Wind southerly
Winds 10 - 15
Temps. Mid 50s - Mid 70s

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye common
  • Monarch 1

Barred Yellow

Cloudless Sulphur

Monarch

American Lady

Michael Sandell

Barrier Island Sactuary
Brevard County, FL

  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • White Peacock 3

Dainty Sulphur

Julie Appleget

Seminole Wayside Park
Miami-Dade County, FL

  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Ceraunus Blue 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 5
  • Julia Heliconian 6
  • Zebra Heliconian 11
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Baracoa Skipper 3
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1
  • Monk Skipper 1

Monk Skipper

Southern Broken-Dash

Clouded Skipper

Julie Appleget

Zoo Miami
Miami-Dade County, FL

Unused parking lot edge bordered by pine Rocklands

  • Barred Yellow 4
  • Martial Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Eufala Skipper 1

Martial Scrub-Hairstreak

Martial Scrub-Hairstreak

Jim Egbert

Ft Morgan State Historic Site
Baldwin County, AL

There was a nice colony of Monarchs that was occupying the forested areas of the grounds.The fear was that the 3 nights in the 20s might have caused large die off in this colony.The Monarchs with their ability to range far up into the cold of Canada’s summer,allowed the colony to still be intact with no apparent drop in population.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch common
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 4

Gray Hairstreak

Monarch

Common Checkered-Skipper

Jim Egbert

Roscoe Rd Orange Beach
Baldwin County, AL

Sunny
Wind southerly
Winds 10 -15mph
Temps lower 60s - mid 70s
This was my 1st time out after 3 consecutive nights in the mid to upper 20s,and I found that most of the Spanish Needles burned to the ground along with other native wild flowers.The cold damage has reduced the availability of nectar sources to non native winter flowering plants;the most wide spread being volunteer Canola. Another source of nutritants is sap from a wide range of trees and bushes;usually with the help of woodpeckers opening portals in the bark.Weather permitting mid February will bring a new crop of nectaring opportunities just in time for the Monarchs to fuel up for there texture trip back north,and the early spring natives.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 11
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 9

Common Buckeye

Monarch

Cloudless Sulphur

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Hidalgo County, TX

Very windy. 3 1/2 hours. 30 species which is not too bad for bottom of winter! We enjoyed the Zebra H, Checkered Whites. Hadn’t seen a Sickle-winged Skipper in a while. We always like Common Mellanas!

  • Checkered White 12
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 3
  • Lyside Sulphur common
  • Little Yellow common
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue 2
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Fatal Metalmark 1
  • American Snout common
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 3
  • Phaon Crescent common
  • Red Admiral 8
  • White Peacock 9
  • Common Mestra 3
  • Queen common
  • Soldier 1
  • White-striped Longtail 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 1
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Laviana White-Skipper common
  • Clouded Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Common Mellana 2
  • Eufala Skipper 2

Soldier

Dorantes Longtail

Zebra Heliconian

Ronald Hedden

Back yard
Lubbock County, TX

Last Friday, it was 10 degrees F in the morning, and we had snow on the ground. Just five days later, it’s 80 degrees F with butterflies emerging!

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Southern Dogface 1

Southern Dogface

Mark Adams

Zilker Botanical Gardens, Austin, TX
Travis County, TX

14:15-16:15 CST. Sunny, warm (77-79 deg F), wind 0-10 mph. Few flowers were blooming at Zilker (not surprising), but there was a nice variety of early winter butterflies (6 species). The light was especially difficult for the Gulf Fritillary photo.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Tailed Orange 4
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 2

Pipevine Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Sleepy Orange

Tailed Orange

Gulf Fritillary

Cloudless Sulphur