Sighting for December 25, 2021

Roy Cohutta

Chickasawhatchee WMA
Dougherty County, GA

The numbers and species on this list look unusual for late December for SW Georgia (at least to me).

Again, the vegetation (mostly mustard), appeared to be dripping with Queen and Monarch butterflies. Numbers are conservative estimates. I saw one (1) Queen mated-pair.

1300-1400, 70-73F, Wind SW 13-21MPH, Wind made photography challenging, Cloud Cover 25-35%. Habitat was a large mustard field next to a swamp in the upper coastal plains (Dougherty Plain) of southwest Georgia. 31.470647083018523, -84.37639592801261

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Little Yellow 6
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 6
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 40
  • Queen 160
  • Long-tailed Skipper 4

Common Buckeye

Little Yellow

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Common Buckeye

Monarch

Zebra Heliconian

Zebra Heliconian

Queen

American Lady