Sighting for February 28, 2019

Allen Belden

East bank of the C-111 Canal east of Everglades National Park and south of Route 9336
Miami-Dade County, FL

Fast and wary, the Tropical Buckeye behaves nothing like its common congener. Mostly fresh males seen establishing territories along a narrow strip of mowed herbaceous vegetation adjacent to a water management canal. Flight quick and low to the ground with frequent short stops to land on or near porterweed, the host plant, which is abundant here. Usually landed no more than a few inches off the ground, but occasionally disappeared into taller vegetation along the canal bank. Apparently fearless, skirmishes observed between males, with other butterfly species, and even with a dragonfly. One worn individual — perhaps a female from an earlier brood — flushed at close range and observed only briefly before it sought cover. Many nectar plants around, but no nectaring observed.

  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cassius Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 8
  • Julia Heliconian 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Tropical Buckeye 5
  • White Peacock 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Baracoa Skipper 2

Tropical Buckeye

Tropical Buckeye