Sighting for October 4, 2014

Linda Cooper

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
Okeechobee County, FL

This is the infamous ‘Death by Skipper’ trip done each fall at the prairie. High water limited access to only park roads. The first cold front of the season moved through the area that morning bringing rain until 10:30 and partly to mostly cloudy skies the rest of the day. Even with those obstacles the group managed to find 18 skipper species including Florida Dusted enamored with nectar INSIDE Pine Lilies Lilium catesbaei. Best nectar sources: Pickerelweed, Pine Lily, Spanish Needles, Frog Fruit. Four states were represented by participants from SC, OH, MI & FL - DForsythe, JKline, SSmith, JRiley, LRomine, JAnno, LBecker, SFarnsworth, LCooper. Though not everyone saw everything it was a successful day in a remote area of Florida.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 9
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 6
  • Great Southern White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Little Yellow 7
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Little Metalmark 8
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Phaon Crescent 8
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • White Peacock 17
  • Viceroy 2
  • Carolina Satyr 6
  • Georgia Satyr 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Zarucco Duskywing 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Swarthy Skipper 5
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Whirlabout 7
  • Southern Broken-Dash 3
  • Sachem 1
  • Delaware Skipper 14
  • Aaron's Skipper 10
  • Palmetto Skipper 2
  • Berry's Skipper 2
  • Monk Skipper 1
  • Dusted Skipper 7
  • Eufala Skipper 3
  • Twin-spot Skipper 12
  • Ocola Skipper 7

Dusted Skipper

Aaron's Skipper

Dusted Skipper

Dusted Skipper