Sighting for October 26, 2020

Roy Cohutta

Big Ben WMA, Spring Creek Unit
Taylor County, FL

70s, breezy, partly cloudy.
09:30 AM - 16:00 PM
Drove and walked over 18 miles.
Mainly taking photos of butterflies;
An actual survey would have yielded a much higher count.
Habitats: Swamp, Wet flatland forest, Dry Sand Hills, Salt Marsh

The single male Southern Dogface appeared to be patrolling a very large area. I chased him for about an hour. Many times I lost him for several minutes in the thick underbrush, but thankfully he came back around.

A male Ceraunus Blue looked fairly fresh and was photographed in flight.

The single Palamedes I saw/photographed looked beat up. It was nectaring on the only blooming/fresh Horrid Thistle (Cirsium horridulum) I saw all day. The rest were bloomed out.

While on the topic of Swallowtails, the lone Zebra Swallowtail looked in good shape, but I did not chase it or get a photo.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 1
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 1
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Little Yellow common
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 9
  • Zebra Heliconian 5
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Common Buckeye common
  • White Peacock 10
  • Viceroy 5
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Queen 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper abundant
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Ocola Skipper 4

Ceraunus Blue

Southern Dogface

White Peacock

Tropical Checkered-Skipper

Palamedes Swallowtail

White Peacock

Southern Dogface

Ceraunus Blue

Ceraunus Blue