Sighting for July 4, 2013

Robert D. Bell

Sand Ridge State Forest
Mason County, IL

Warm, sunny day. The Regal Fritillaries we encountered were hiding down in the grass, not feeding on the butterfly milkweed or common milkweed that were in bloom. We were amazed to see the all-white common milkweed!

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 2
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 13
  • Cloudless Sulphur 10
  • Little Yellow 100+
  • Coral Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 22
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 6
  • Regal Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 13
  • Question Mark 6
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 19
  • Hackberry Emperor 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

Common Milkweed