Sighting for November 25, 2020

Roy Cohutta

Chickasawhatchee WMA, 7 Bridges Road
Dougherty County, GA

Habitat: Weedy fields with low vegetation near cypress swamps. Beggar Ticks, Field Mustard, Rattlebox, Asters, Weeds, etc.
Weather: 23-25C, Wind S 10-12 MPH, Partly Cloudy.
Finish: 1545
Start: 11:52

Never thought I would see this in SW Georgia: Queen Butterflies were COMMON if not ABUNDANT. In one very large multi-acre plot of blooming Field Mustard, Queen were everywhere. Photographed a Queen and a Zebra Heliconian in same frame (see pic).

Photographed the only Long-tailed Skipper of the day (They were common until recently).
Photographed one of the two Dorantes Skippers.

Did not try to ID the few small dark Grass Skippers I observed.

I positively identified a couple Tropical Checkered-Skipper(s) and a couple Common/White. I did not try to ID the 20 or so other Checkered-Skippers I saw.

Spent most of the time chasing grasshoppers and katydids.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 10
  • Little Yellow common
  • Sleepy Orange 10
  • Gulf Fritillary 6
  • Zebra Heliconian 20
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Queen common
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 2
  • White Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2

Long-tailed Skipper

Dorantes Longtail

Zebra Heliconian


Queen, Zebra Heliconian