Sighting for December 17, 2021

Roy Cohutta

Chickasawhatchee WMA
Dougherty County, GA

I was hoping to find another late Southern Dogface. I photographed one here a few days ago. (14 Dec 2021, https://sightings.naba.org/sightings/20750 ).

A stink bug photo-bombed the Long-tailed Skipper.

I photographed a Cabbage White mated-pair. The top individual seemed more interested in taking nectar.

I observed 5 Queen mated-pairs on this date. (A pair was photographed here on 14 Dec.)

Numbers for Queen and Monarch butterflies are a conservative estimate. The vegetation appeared to be dripping with them.

1400-1600, 73-76F, Wind SE 4-8MPH, Cloud Cover 96%, It was cloudy but warm. Habitat was a mustard field next to a swamp.

  • Cabbage White 15
  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • Little Yellow 5
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 10
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 50
  • Queen 150
  • Long-tailed Skipper 15
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 4

Zebra Heliconian

Zebra Heliconian

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Queen

Monarch

Long-tailed Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper