Sighting for August 18, 2016

Brant Reif

Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Polk County, IA

My boys and I went on two separate walks through the park hitting the prairie before lunch and the woodland/wetland trail after lunch. The temperature approached 90 after lunch, but the lack of a stiff breeze allowed us to spot many more butterflies here than I remember in the past. This has become an annual trip for me and my boys on the last day of our summer break.

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur common
  • Little Yellow common
  • Bronze Copper 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue common
  • Meadow Fritillary common
  • Pearl Crescent common
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye common
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 5
  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Monarch common
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Bronze Copper

Common Buckeye

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Little Yellow

Monarch

Orange Sulphur

Northern Pearly-eye

Viceroy

Pearl Crescent

Viceroy

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Bronze Copper