Sighting for May 18, 2018

Edward Perry IV

Bull Creek WMA
Osceola County, FL

Survey started at 9 am and ended at 3:30 pm. It was mostly sunny, warm, and humid. We first did Cemetery Road, then entrance road to the loop. The shorter loop was then surveyed using crossroad which connects east and west loop. Major nectar sources were purple and Nuttall’s thistle, colic root, daisy fleabane, and Bidens alba. A new flower for me was Osceola’s plume or Zigadenus densus. We did see some butterflies utilizing it as a nectar source. Though we have probably seen as many dusted skippers in the month of May in the past, this was the first time we documented them.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 20
  • Black Swallowtail 14
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 9
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 12
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Little Yellow 11
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 13
  • Ceraunus Blue 10
  • Little Metalmark 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Phaon Crescent 7
  • Pearl Crescent 15
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • White Peacock 2
  • Carolina Satyr 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Zarucco Duskywing 8
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 2
  • Fiery Skipper 13
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 14
  • Whirlabout 24
  • Southern Broken-Dash 10
  • Arogos Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 47
  • Palmetto Skipper 23
  • Palatka Skipper 1
  • Monk Skipper 9
  • Dusted Skipper 173
  • Twin-spot Skipper 3
  • Brazilian Skipper 1

Palmetto Skipper

Gulf Fritillary

Palmetto Skipper

Zebra Swallowtail

Phaon Crescent

Gray Hairstreak

Monarch

Dusted Skipper

Cloudless Sulphur

Zebra Swallowtail

Delaware Skipper

Palmetto Skipper