Sighting for October 14, 2016

John Lampkin

Triple Creek Preserve
Hillsborough County, FL

With Marc C. Minno & field trip participants in the 2016 Florida Birding and Nature Festival.
2-5 pm; mid-80’s.
Dr. Minno spotted several larval shelters. The Clouded Skipper caterpillar makes partial cuts mid-leaf then rolls a tube around itself. Image after opening tube shows the cat, cuts and sticky residue. Careful examination revealed an asymmetrical pattern in the head, possibly the result of a developmental aberration or predation.
Other images show Southern Broken-Dash predation by an ambush bug and a Long-tailed Skipper larva (included in count list).

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Barred Yellow 5
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Ceraunus Blue 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Carolina Satyr 17
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 10
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Three-spotted Skipper 2
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 8
  • Whirlabout 10
  • Southern Broken-Dash 3
  • Ocola Skipper 9

Long-tailed Skipper caterpillar

Southern Broken-Dash

Clouded Skipper caterpillar

Clouded Skipper caterpillar