Sighting for November 4, 2016

Vicki DeLoach

Etowah River Park
Cherokee County, GA

Hundreds of butterflies in the last month at wildflowers along the Etowah River - an oasis in our drought for good numbers of Monarchs passing through (as recently as yesterday), as well as 15+ other species including rare Checkered White’s, consistently good numbers of Little Yellow’s, and lingering Long-tailed skippers. Some species, like Sleepy Orange’s, have wrapped up. Here are 17 species we’ve seen just this month.

We don’t know how long the wildflowers have been there - wildly seeded & not maintained. This new park and its footbridge provide access. It will be interesting to see what wildflowers, and butterfly species, fly in the Spring there. I still have a few visitors in my home butterfly garden including Long-tailed skipper (today), Cloudless sulphurs, Gulf fritillaries, and Clouded skippers.

  • Checkered White
  • Cabbage White
  • Orange Sulphur
  • Cloudless Sulphur
  • Little Yellow
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Variegated Fritillary
  • Pearl Crescent
  • American Lady
  • Common Buckeye
  • Red-spotted Purple
  • Monarch
  • Long-tailed Skipper
  • Common Checkered-Skipper
  • Clouded Skipper
  • Fiery Skipper
  • Ocola Skipper

Checkered White

Little Yellow

Long-tailed Skipper

Gulf Fritillary

Monarch

Common Buckeye

American Lady