Sighting for September 24, 2017

Bill Berthet

Ralph Simmons Memorial WMA
Nassau County, FL

Survey dates Sept. 22-24 2017 11-3 each day 12 hours field time. Partly cloudy to cloudy Mid 80’s NE winds 5-15
Hurricane Irma destroyed the Lake Hampton dam flooding the bottom land forest along Lake Hampton and Scott’s Landing Roads.
The Hurricane also downed huge oaks, and many broken pines.
Some forest roads covered with debris or flooded, along with bent vegetation. Forest is closed.

Habitats surveyed include: Upland Longleaf Pine, Upland Slope Forests, Sandhill, Mesic and wet Longleaf Pine flatwoods, seepage/drainage slopes, and roadside hotspots.

Nectar sources in the following Genera: Elephantopus, Lilium, Carphephorus, Liatris, Clitoria, Verbena, Bidens, Eupatorium, Diodia, Marshallis, Conoclinium, Dalea, and Agalinis.

8 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Females were dark forms.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 16
  • Zebra Swallowtail 18
  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 78
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 9
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 48
  • Southern Dogface 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 148
  • Barred Yellow 42
  • Little Yellow 193
  • Sleepy Orange 48
  • Gray Hairstreak 11
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • Ceraunus Blue 15
  • Gulf Fritillary 230
  • Zebra Heliconian 8
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Painted Lady 25
  • Common Buckeye 106
  • White Peacock 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 5
  • Viceroy 1
  • Southern Pearly-eye 1
  • Creole Pearly-eye 1
  • Carolina Satyr 35
  • Common Wood-Nymph 9
  • Monarch 4
  • Queen 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 472
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Zarucco Duskywing 11
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 8
  • Clouded Skipper 4
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 29
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Whirlabout 44
  • Southern Broken-Dash 6
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Sachem 5
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Byssus Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Palmetto Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 5
  • Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper 2
  • Twin-spot Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 345

Black Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Gulf Fritillary

Long-tailed Skipper

Little Yellow

Ocola Skipper

Monarch

Queen

Southern Pearly-eye

Zebra Swallowtail

Common Buckeye caterpillar