Sighting for July 31, 2013

Shane Patterson

Fox River WMA
Van Buren County, IA

Weather: 81-79 °F, partly cloudy to mostly sunny, with light NW winds.
Habitat: woodland borders, second growth, uplands, hayfields, ponds, gravel roads, restored prairie, and floodplain woods/meadows. Medicago sativa (along roads), Trifolium pratense, and Monarda fistulosa were the most prevalent and popular nectar sources.
Notes: The Painted Lady was actually my first of the summer. The Juniper Hairstreaks were up fairly high in a Juniperus grove by the SW parking lot. Fiery Skipper and Sachem had recently invaded and were conspicuous in roadside habitats. The second brood of Zabulon Skipper was out in full force at dense forest edges. Similarly, as is often the case in late July-Aug in southern IA, fresh-looking Delaware Skippers were perching alertly in meadows.

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Giant Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 20
  • Orange Sulphur 30
  • Little Yellow 13
  • Dainty Sulphur 2
  • Bronze Copper 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 80
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Silvery Checkerspot 1
  • Pearl Crescent 14
  • Question Mark 1
  • Gray Comma 4
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 19
  • Common Wood-Nymph 7
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 23
  • Horace's Duskywing 7
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Least Skipper 75
  • Fiery Skipper 17
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3
  • Sachem 13
  • Delaware Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 9
  • Dun Skipper 2

Silvery Checkerspot

Gray Comma

Painted Lady

Horace's Duskywing