Sighting for June 11, 2020

John and Nancy Crosby

Tabby Oaks, Shellman Bluff, GA 31331
McIntosh County, GA

92 degrees midday. We discovered a colony of Intricate Satyrs in late March and a 2nd brood today. We believe the ‘Carolina Satyrs’ reported here are actually Intricate Satyrs. Flight was very low to the ground and they flew only a few feet, (noticeably less skiddish and consistently easier to approach in field than Carolina Satyr). Two different grasses which are described as host plants are found here in maritime forest with numerous old oaks and grassy areas inbetween along a coastal river with lots of fresh water on the penisular. Intricate Satyrs have a postmedian line that is relatively straight above M-3 but forms a corner or bump, distad around M-3. Researchers identified a “sinuous band gap (SBG) near the ventral hindwing tornus, between the posterior most eyespot and the connection between the postmedian and submarginal lines. In Intricate Satyrs the SBG was observed to be larger and more open.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 3
  • Southern Pearly-eye 1
  • Gemmed Satyr 5
  • Carolina Satyr 6
  • Whirlabout 1

Palamedes Swallowtail

Southern Pearly-eye

Whirlabout

Gemmed Satyr