Sighting for May 13, 2020

John and Nancy Crosby

Plum Orchard Cemetery Road other sites near Townsend, GA
McIntosh County, GA

From the Eulonia Exit at I-95 we continued on Hwy 57 W & turned South in Townsend on Steelbridge Road. We turned left and went East on Cox Rd. Immediately past Townsend WMA sign we checked the huge powerline cut but found no species where we usually get Georgia Satyr. We went Cox Rd back just past the intersection of Steelbridge Rd & turned on a dirt road to Plum Orchard Cemetery. In the roadside wetlands immediately after we turned we found 3 Georgia Satyr. Then we passed the cemetery & followed Wesley Rd where we found huge stands of Sparkleberry. There were only a few bushes full of fresh blooms, others were spent. We found only Oak Hairstreak, Horace’s Duskywing and Cloudles Sulphur. We checked Daws Road as the Palmetto blooms are beginning to open but we found only 1 Oak Hairstreak and no Palmetto Skippers. Back on Steelbridge Road where the woods and ditches were flooded from the Altamaha River a few weeks ago we found fresh thistle with a few skippers. We also checked the Chinquapin, Castanea pumila, a smaller relative of the American chestnut and found skippers.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Oak Hairstreak 10
  • Georgia Satyr 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 12
  • Whirlabout 4
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Twin-spot Skipper 4
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Whirlabout

Twin-spot Skipper

Oak Hairstreak

Oak Hairstreak

Horace's Duskywing

Georgia Satyr