Sighting for June 9, 2017

Allen Belden

West Lake Park South Trail
Broward County, FL

Amethyst Hairstreak(s) seen on four days: June 5 and 7-9. All sightings were either between 7:00am and 9:00am or between 5:00pm and 7:00pm. (They were sought at most other times of day.) All sightings were within a 50 square foot area of mangrove thicket adjacent to a small tropical hardwood hammock. At least one female (appeared bright blue in flight due to blue dorsum) and one male (appeared dull in flight) were observed and probably no more than two total; only one individual was seen during any given time. Nectaring was observed at the tops of the tallest (10-12 feet) Black Mangroves (Avicennia germinans) and usually well concealed among the leaves. A male nectared briefly in open-wing position, revealing a deep violet dorsum. A female was observed apparently checking out egg-laying sites on White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), although no egg was found. List shows for each species the largest number of individual seen on a single day during the four-day period.

  • Palamedes Swallowtail 1
  • Great Southern White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Statira Sulphur 6
  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Atala 1
  • Amethyst Hairstreak 2
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Fulvous Hairstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 10
  • Mangrove Buckeye 1
  • White Peacock 1
  • Mangrove Skipper 3
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Monk Skipper 2

Monk Skipper

Mangrove Skipper

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Amethyst Hairstreak

Amethyst Hairstreak