Sighting for August 5, 2013

Shane Patterson

Sedan Bottoms WMA
Appanoose County, IA

Time: 15:30-18:45
Weather: 84-82 °F, mostly sunny to partly cloudy, humid, and calm.
Habitat: I focused the majority of the visit in nicely restored mesic prairie/meadow and sunny woodland margins at the property’s western extent; Liatris pycnostachya, Monarda fistulosa, and Pycnanthemum virginianum were blooming abundantly. I spent the remaining time (18:00-18:45) along fields, sloughs, and gravel roadsides down in the namesake lowlands.
Notes: This is the second year in a row that I have encountered Southern Cloudywing late July-Aug at this location. Among smaller species on this visit, Tawny-edged Skippers were most conspicuous, as males were persistently swirling up to chase off invaders, including bees and wasps.

  • Black Swallowtail 18
  • Giant Swallowtail 8
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Checkered White 1
  • Cabbage White 25
  • Clouded Sulphur 35
  • Orange Sulphur 80
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Bronze Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 55
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 12
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 35
  • Silvery Checkerspot 1
  • Pearl Crescent 25
  • Question Mark 1
  • Gray Comma 6
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 30
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 8
  • Common Wood-Nymph 24
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Southern Cloudywing 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 4
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 22
  • Northern Broken-Dash 6
  • Sachem 1
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 3

Southern Cloudywing

Gray Comma