Sighting for December 26, 2015

Sandy-Crystal Vaughn

backyard in southeast Houston (Clear Lake City)
Harris County, TX

This male Orange-barred Sulphur showed up at lunchtime on December 26th. A front moved in on the 27th. It has been a number of years since seeing this species in the area. Emailed Don Dubois, the butterfly guru of our local NABA chapter. I live next to Galveston Bay; Don lives caddy-corner—70 miles across the Houston area. He gave me permission to quote him:

“The orange-barred sulphurs were reasonably common in 2008 and 2009 but then disappeared until this year when I saw single individuals in July and August. In 2008 and 2009 there were up to eight at a time in the yard and they were present for six month stretches both years.”

  • Orange-barred Sulphur 1

Orange-barred Sulphur