Sighting for July 13, 2019

Edward Perry IV

Bull Creek WMA
Osceola County, FL

Rachel and I went out for a day of butterfly photography and fun but the count turned pretty serious when we started seeing some rare skippers. We surveyed entrance road and the shorter loop using Crossroad. Major nectar is blue mistflower, winged loosestrife, frogfruit, Bidens alba, and Carolina redroot. Loop east also has some prairie clover (Dalea sp.) blooming in patches near the bend at the pines. Near the end of the day we reached a recently burned zone that holds a lot of promise for a fall bloom. There we found the dotted skippers, each sitting on a narrow-leafed sunflower blossom. Overcast but hot; survey from 8 am to 3:15 pm. A good time was had by all.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 4
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 1
  • Great Southern White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • Barred Yellow 13
  • Little Yellow 4
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 33
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Ceraunus Blue 27
  • Little Metalmark 8
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Buckeye 13
  • White Peacock 4
  • Viceroy 4
  • Carolina Satyr 4
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 81
  • Confused Cloudywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Zarucco Duskywing 51
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 63
  • Dotted Skipper 4
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 31
  • Whirlabout 30
  • Southern Broken-Dash 67
  • Sachem 4
  • Arogos Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 8
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Palmetto Skipper 7
  • Berry's Skipper 1
  • Eufala Skipper 3
  • Twin-spot Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 2

Palmetto Skipper

Northern Cloudywing

Palmetto Skipper

Aaron's Skipper

Berry's Skipper

Dotted Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Arogos Skipper

Little Metalmark

Dorantes Longtail

Dotted Skipper

Confused Cloudywing