April 2014 Sightings

Matthew O'Donnell

USGS National Center, Reston
Fairfax County, VA

  • Cabbage White 1

Michael Drake

Morris Arboretum
Philadelphia County, PA

Finally spring is here!!
3 unidentified Anglewings sped by

  • Cabbage White 1

Steven Glynn

Estero Llano State Park
Hidalgo County, TX

Most activity was around the butterfly garden in the tropical zone area.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Checkered White common
  • Southern Dogface 2
  • Lyside Sulphur 4
  • Dainty Sulphur common
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 1
  • Reakirt's Blue 2
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Elada Crescent 4
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Mexican Bluewing 1
  • Tropical Leafwing 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Queen 1
  • Brown Longtail 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper common
  • Laviana White-Skipper 2
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 6
  • Sachem 2

Dusky-blue Groundstreak

Red-bordered Metalmark

Jim Lynch

Houston, Texas
Harris County, TX

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1

Spicebush Swallowtail

Jim Wilkinson

7030 Tech Drive, Elkridge
Howard County, MD

  • Cabbage White 1

John Lampkin

Rothenbach Park
Sarasota County, FL

With Jane Lampkin & Karen Finch

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 1
  • Great Southern White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Barred Yellow 5
  • Dainty Sulphur 50
  • Ceraunus Blue 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 4
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • White Peacock 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Twin-spot Skipper 1

James Fleullan

Savannah NWR (Solomon Tract)
Chatham County, GA

  • Palamedes Swallowtail 3
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Gemmed Satyr 10
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Falcate Orangetip

Little Wood-Satyr

Red-banded Hairstreak

Robert Grosek

Vestal, NY
Broome County, NY

50 degrees
sunny
some breeze

  • Mourning Cloak 2

Mourning Cloak

Steven Glynn

Chiricahua Mountains from South Fork to Rustler Park to Pinery Canyon areas
Cochise County, AZ

Sunny, but windy (30-40mph)

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 4
  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Checkered White 3
  • Juniper Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Arizona Hairstreak 8
  • Reakirt's Blue 2
  • Spring Azure common
  • Acmon Blue 1
  • Zela Metalmark 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • West Coast Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Pacuvius Duskywing 4
  • Funereal Duskywing common

Arizona Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Gorgone Checkerspot

Arizona Hairstreak

Tom Fiore

Hook Mt.
Rockland County, NY

All of the overwinter-ers looked in very good shape. Air temp. 60 F., late-day looking.

  • Eastern Comma 8
  • Mourning Cloak 10

Mourning Cloak

Steven Glynn

Miller Canyon area
Cochise County, AZ

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Checkered White common
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Arizona Hairstreak 7
  • Spring Azure common
  • Zela Metalmark 6
  • Bordered Patch 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Pacuvius Duskywing 3
  • Funereal Duskywing common
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper common
  • Orange Skipperling 3

Arizona Hairstreak

Zela Metalmark

Arizona Hairstreak

Orange Skipperling

John Heyse

Carquinez Shoreline - Crockett
Contra Costa County, CA

61-62F
male Pipevine Swallowtail on Salvia
male Monarch on Asian pear

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sara Orangetip 2
  • Silvery Blue 3
  • Mylitta Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Ringlet 5
  • Monarch 1

Pipevine Swallowtail

Monarch

John E. DiOrio

Heislerville
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Spring Azure 2

John Lampkin

Felt's Preserve
Manatee County, FL

With Jane Lampkin and Karen Finch.
Karen spotted the Fulvous Hairstreak, the photo is mine.
Fulvous is uncommon this far north in Florida.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Great Southern White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Dainty Sulphur 6
  • Fulvous Hairstreak 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 3
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • White Peacock 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 6

Fulvous Hairstreak

Fiery Skipper

Dennis Holmes

Culp Valley & Vista Pt Trail & Plum Cyn. in Anza Borrego Desert State Park
San Diego County, CA

Rob Santry and I visited Anza Borrego Desert State Park on a windy cool day.

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Checkered White 1
  • Great Purple Hairstreak 3
  • Juniper Hairstreak 6
  • Marine Blue 4
  • Sonoran Blue 1
  • Square-spotted Blue 1
  • Wright's Metalmark 6
  • Mormon Metalmark 8
  • California Patch abundant
  • Tiny Checkerspot 10
  • Painted Lady 20
  • Funereal Duskywing 3
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1

Tiny Checkerspot

California Patch

Black Swallowtail

Mormon Metalmark

Sonoran Blue

Jim Lynch

Houston, Texas
Harris County, TX

sunny afternoon in my unmowed yard, a variety of wildflowers and grasses

  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2

Common Checkered-Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Kenneth Bosso

Backyard butterfly garden.
East Baton Rouge Parish, LA

First monarch I have seen this year. It landed on several A. curassavica plants.

  • Monarch 1

Monarch

John Lampkin

Alafia River State Park
Hillsborough County, FL

With Jane Lampkin, Karen Finch, Roy Morris and Kathy Cherry

  • Palamedes Swallowtail 1
  • Great Southern White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 5
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Carolina Satyr 2
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Twin-spot Skipper 1

John Lampkin

Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve
Hillsborough County, FL

With Jane Lampkin and Karen Finch

+ 1 Duskywing sp.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 1

Dennis Holmes

Telegraph Pass, Betty's Kitchen, Mittry Lake & West Wetlands Park.
Yuma County, AZ

Rob Santry and I visited the Yuma area. One Western Diamond Back Rattler didn’t welcome us in a desert wash, but otherwise we enjoyed our visit! There were Mallow Scrub-Hairstreaks at each of our stops!

  • Checkered White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 12
  • Dainty Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 7
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 5
  • Marine Blue 9
  • Ceraunus Blue 6
  • Reakirt's Blue 4
  • Palmer's Metalmark 3
  • Painted Lady 25
  • Queen 4
  • Funereal Duskywing 3
  • White Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Saltbush Sootywing 2
  • Fiery Skipper 2

Saltbush Sootywing

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Ceraunus Blue

Reakirt's Blue

Western Pygmy-Blue

Southern Dogface

Palmer's Metalmark

Western Pygmy-Blue

Reakirt's Blue

John Heyse

Perkins Canyon, Mt. Diablo
Contra Costa County, CA

59-63 F

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Two-tailed Swallowtail 1
  • Pale Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sara Orangetip 3
  • Silvery Blue 6
  • Mylitta Crescent 4
  • Painted Lady 2
  • California Sister 1
  • Common Ringlet 2
  • Propertius Duskywing 7

Douglas Buege

Cherokee Marsh
Dane County, WI

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Allan R. Loudell

Along School Bell Road, Bear
New Castle County, DE

This Cabbage White was my first butterfly sighting for 2014.

Difficult to believe - considering the protracted cold (and some 20 snowstorms) of this past winter and early spring - but this year’s Cabbage White sighting actually beat my first Cabbage White sighting last year - April 9th, 2013. My memory was faulty. It was two years ago, that I sighted my first butterfly of the year much earlier, again a Cabbage White, on March 12th, 2012.

The Delaware Nature Society’s Jim White actually saw his first Cabbage White mid-week last week in far northern New Castle County.

  • Cabbage White 1

Tom Fiore

Mount Loretto State Forest & Unique Area (Staten Island)
Richmond County, NY

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Barb Sendelbach

Limecrest Road, Sparta
Sussex County, NJ

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Matthew O'Donnell

Burke
Fairfax County, VA

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Brad Ensing

Hemlock Crossings Park
Ottawa County, MI

While out on a nature walk, saw the first butterfly of the year. A well preserved Mourning Cloak went sailing past.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Dennis Holmes

Bob' Gap
Los Angeles County, CA

Rob Santry and I briefly visited Bob’s Gap on our way home from the desert.

  • Pearly Marble 2
  • Painted Lady 10
  • Yucca Giant-Skipper 3

Pearly Marble

Adam Endress

Ocala National Forest - Riverside Island
Marion County, FL

Cofaqui Giant Skipper looked fresh and was seen ~100 yards down from Lake Delancy Rec. Area parking lot on the left side near several Yucca plants.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Zebra Swallowtail 15
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 5
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Little Metalmark 22
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Phaon Crescent 8
  • Pearl Crescent >25
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Carolina Satyr 2
  • Southern Cloudywing >25
  • Dotted Skipper 6
  • Whirlabout 3
  • Cofaqui Giant-Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Florida Canyon
Pima County, AZ

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 3
  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Two-tailed Swallowtail 2
  • Checkered White 4
  • Reakirt's Blue 1
  • Spring Azure common
  • Zela Metalmark 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Bordered Patch 1
  • Tiny Checkerspot 4
  • Elada Crescent common
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper common

Bordered Patch

Tiny Checkerspot

Elada Checkerspot

Steven Glynn

7 Springs Campground area- Tonto NWR
Maricopa County, AZ

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 3
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Two-tailed Swallowtail 2
  • Checkered White 4
  • Acmon Blue 1
  • Sagebrush Checkerspot 3
  • Elada Crescent common
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • West Coast Lady 1

Sagebrush Checkerspot

Sagebrush Checkerspot

John Heyse

Mitchell, White Canyons, Olofson Ridge, Mt. Diablo
Contra Costa County, CA

71-78F
male Orangetip, very small
Brown Elfin on hop tree - most were on hop trees

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Pale Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sara Orangetip 11
  • Brown Elfin 9
  • Silvery Blue 4
  • Acmon Blue 5
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • California Sister 2
  • Common Ringlet 11
  • Propertius Duskywing 2

Brown Elfin

Sara Orangetip

john heyse

George Miller Shoreline Park, Pt. Richmond
Contra Costa County, CA

72-77F
female western pine elfin on poison oak

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 7
  • Anise Swallowtail 2
  • Western Pine Elfin 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Acmon Blue 1
  • Field Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 20
  • Common Ringlet 14

Western Pine Elfin

Jane Hurwitz

near NJ Audubon Headquarters, Bernardsville, NJ
Somerset County, NJ

  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 1

Mike Reese

Necedah NWR
Juneau County, WI

My first Wisconsin butterflies of the year!

  • Mourning Cloak 3

Jeanette Klodzen

Little Cottonwood Trail
Salt Lake County, UT

68degrees – snow hanging on in spots — started walk 3:30pm

  • Satyr Comma 2+
  • Hoary Comma 2+
  • Mourning Cloak 3
  • Milbert's Tortoiseshell 1

Steven Glynn

Silverado Canyon/Maple Springs access area
Orange County, CA

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail common
  • Pale Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 4
  • California Dogface 1
  • Marine Blue 1
  • Boisduval's Blue 1
  • Mormon Metalmark 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • West Coast Lady 2
  • California Sister common
  • Funereal Duskywing 3
  • Umber Skipper 2

California Sister

Behr's Hairstreak

Umber Skipper

John Heyse

Crockett Hills Park
Contra Costa County, CA

very small Anise Swallowtail - about the size of a Cabbage White.

1st Lorquin’s Admiral of the year.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Anise Swallowtail 2
  • Two-tailed Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Large Marble 1
  • Sara Orangetip 3
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Northern Checkerspot 1
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Lorquin's Admiral 2
  • Common Ringlet 4
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2

Lorquin's Admiral

Anise Swallowtail

Brett Forsyth

Just outside of Guelph in my yard
Wellington County, incl. Guelph, ON

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mara Meisel

Shenandoah National Park, Rapidan Fire Road (from 2500 to 2700 ft. elevation)
Madison County, VA

All butterflies seen were flitting, resting, or puddling. The only wildflowers blooming at these elevations were coltsfoot (plenty) and a couple of hepaticas. Toothwort in bud, so we’re hoping to see West Virginia Whites soon.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Spring Azure 6
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Jim Wilkinson

Centennial Park
Howard County, MD

Also two anglewings flying but could not ID to species

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

John Lampkin

Red Bug Slough
Sarasota County, FL

With Jane Lampkin and Karen Finch

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Dainty Sulphur 2
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 5
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • White Peacock 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Fiery Skipper 30

John Lampkin

Lily Pond, Harriman State Park
Rockland County, NY

As reported by survey partner Alan Wells
Temps in the 50’s, sunny

  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Mourning Cloak 13

Glenn Koppel

Sunken Garden Trail, Moraine State Park
Butler County, PA

  • Mourning Cloak 3

John Heyse

Carquinez Shoreline Park - Crockett
Contra Costa County, CA

Painted Lady migrants are here now.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 6
  • Anise Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sara Orangetip 3
  • Field Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Lorquin's Admiral 1
  • Common Ringlet 4
  • Monarch 1

Painted Lady

Field Crescent

Michael Diederich

Route 100, Somers, New York
Westchester County, NY

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jeanette Klodzen

Mormon Trail
Morgan County, UT

Just ~1.5miles to the “camp”. Didn’t count on way back. Still around a foot in spots (especially the northern side of the mts).

  • Sara Orangetip 2
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Satyr Comma 2+
  • Hoary Comma 1+
  • Mourning Cloak 19+
  • Milbert's Tortoiseshell 3+

John Heyse

Donner Canyon, Mt. Diablo
Contra Costa County, CA

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Two-tailed Swallowtail 1
  • Pale Swallowtail 1
  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Silvery Blue 1
  • Acmon Blue 1
  • Northern Checkerspot 2
  • Mylitta Crescent 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • California Sister 4
  • Common Ringlet 8
  • Propertius Duskywing 4

Pale Swallowtail

Northern Checkerspot

Steven Rosenthal

Pennsville NJ- just south of the final NJ turnpike toll before Delaware
Salem County, NJ

on a slow bus ride down the NJ turnpike from NYC to DC a lot of traffic made for an easy vigil for butterflies. The above location clearly appeared to be the line between the “butterfly” and “no butterfly” zones from north to south. Plenty of cabbage whites and a couple of yellow sulphurs close to DC.

  • Cabbage White 2

Mary & Tom Fiore

Riverside Park, Manhattan near 115 St.
New York County, NY

seen by mom & son; first of year for TF.

  • Cabbage White 1

John Lampkin

Shell Mound, Cockroach Bay
Hillsborough County, FL

With Jane Lampkin

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Great Southern White 26
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Dainty Sulphur 11
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 8
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • White Peacock 1
  • Queen 9
  • Fiery Skipper 8

White M Hairstreak

Linda Cooper

Tillis Hill area of Withlacoochee State Forest
Citrus County, FL

This was one team of the Annutteliga Hammock NABA count compiled by Don Stillwaugh. Team Two - Skip and Jane Blanchard, Buck and Linda Cooper. Much Sparkleberry in bloom but not many hairstreaks taking advantage of its nectar. Baracoa Skipper was new to the count. This is the most Southern Dogfaces we have ever seen.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 35
  • Zebra Swallowtail 27
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Southern Dogface 40
  • Cloudless Sulphur 14
  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Dainty Sulphur 4
  • Oak Hairstreak 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Phaon Crescent 13
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Carolina Satyr 11
  • Little Wood-Satyr 13
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zarucco Duskywing 5
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Baracoa Skipper 2
  • Whirlabout 10

Baracoa Skipper

Common Buckeye

Baracoa Skipper

Tom Palmer

Ocala National Forest
Putnam County, FL

Thistle plentiful,, but little on it. I found one Cofaqui egg on Yucca filamentosa in general area where adult reported recently.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 4
  • Zebra Swallowtail 6
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Little Metalmark 5
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Phaon Crescent 26
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Carolina Satyr 32
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 2
  • Northern Cloudywing 8
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Dotted Skipper 1
  • Whirlabout 3
  • Sachem 1

Dotted Skipper

Glenn Koppel

Succop Conservancy
Butler County, PA

  • Eastern Comma 1

Rick Borchelt

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Suffolk city, VA

Very warm (upper 70s), sunny, light breeze. Washington Ditch and associated boardwalk.

  • Zebra Swallowtail abundant
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip common
  • Henry's Elfin 27
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure abundant
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Eastern Comma 3

Zebra Swallowtail

Henry's Elfin

Rick Borchelt

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Jericho Ditch
Suffolk city, VA

Start of a very warm, sunny weekend. Henry’s Elfin, Zebra Swallowtails, and Palamedes were all on the wing; later in the weekend Henry’s was especially common on flowering horse sugar (Symplocos) and along the sandy ditch trails.

  • Zebra Swallowtail abundant
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure superabundant

Zebra Swallowtail

Dennis Holmes

Mima Mounds National Natural Area
Thurston County, WA

Two individual Hoary Elfin’s were flying and seemed to be patrolling their territory.

  • Anise Swallowtail 2
  • Hoary Elfin 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 6
  • Two-banded Checkered-Skipper 3

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

John Heyse

Perkins Canyon, Mt. Diablo
Contra Costa County, CA

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Two-tailed Swallowtail 2
  • Pale Swallowtail 4
  • Sara Orangetip 4
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Silvery Blue 2
  • Northern Checkerspot 2
  • Mylitta Crescent 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Lorquin's Admiral 1
  • California Sister 3
  • Common Ringlet 13
  • Propertius Duskywing 3
  • Common Sootywing 1

Sara Orangetip

Pale Swallowtail

Jan Chu

Kona, south of Natural Area Reserve, off old highway cut
Hawaii County, HI

Also seen were Gulf Fritillaries, Monarchs off the shoreline.

  • Pea Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Monarch 6

Pea Blue

Mark Salvato

Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park
Miami-Dade County, FL

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 8
  • Great Southern White 3
  • Large Orange Sulphur 13
  • Barred Yellow 27
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Dainty Sulphur 2
  • Silver-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Cassius Blue 57
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Little Metalmark 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 26
  • Julia Heliconian 6
  • Zebra Heliconian 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 18
  • Phaon Crescent 52
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 27
  • White Peacock 51
  • Viceroy 3
  • Florida Leafwing 2
  • Georgia Satyr 2
  • Queen 2
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Baracoa Skipper 2
  • Whirlabout 3
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Palatka Skipper 3
  • Monk Skipper 2
  • Eufala Skipper 1

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak

Florida Leafwing

Andrew Block

Van Cortlandt Park
Bronx County, NY

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Allan R. Loudell

White Clay Creek Preserve
Chester County, PA

First Blues of 2014; ditto for the Commas.
Cabbage White population everywhere has increased exponentially over the past week.
Almost all butterflies observed were flying rather than nectaring…

  • Cabbage White 16
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 3

Jim Wilkinson

7030 Tech Drive, Elkridge
Howard County, MD

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2

Jim Wilkinson

Gateway Business Park, Columbia
Howard County, MD

  • Falcate Orangetip 2

Falcate Orangetip

Warren A. Jacobs

Fulmer Rd Spring Mount
Montgomery County, PA

  • Spring Azure 1

Matthew O'Donnell

Greenspings farm area
James City County, VA

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4

Matthew O'Donnell

William and Mary campus
Williamsburg city, VA

Skipper and hairstreak sp. in flight only

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 7
  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Rick Borchelt

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Jericho Ditch
Suffolk city, VA

Sightings for both April 12 and 13. Continuing warm and sunny; Palamedes and Zebra Swallowtail numbers building considerably. Kicked up a Henry’s Elfin every 20 feet or so along Williamson Ditch.

  • Zebra Swallowtail abundant
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 8
  • Henry's Elfin common
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure superabundant
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3
  • Carolina Roadside-Skipper 1

Carolina Roadside-Skipper

Brenda Inskeep, Thomas Fiore

Rosa Hartman Park, Stamford
Fairfield County, CT

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Tom Fiore, & "entomological" friend

Hook Mt.
Rockland County, NY

Falcate Orangetip males just out; Spring Azure prob. among 1st of year at site; Mourning Cloaks in very good condition. A 70 degree day after a lot of very chilly early April days. Few flowers so far…

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 8

Falcate Orangetip

John Heyse

Martinez Marsh, Carquinez Shoreline, Martinez
Contra Costa County, CA

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Northern Checkerspot 2
  • Mylitta Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Lorquin's Admiral 1
  • Common Ringlet 4
  • Monarch 2

Western Tiger Swallowtail

John Heyse

my backyard, Crockett
Contra Costa County, CA

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 1

John Heyse

George Miller Shoreline Park, Pt. Richmond
Contra Costa County, CA

67-69F

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 11
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Boisduval's Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 20
  • Common Ringlet 29
  • Umber Skipper 3

Boisduval's Blue

Umber Skipper

Boisduval's Blue

Jim Wilkinson

Riley's Lock on C&O Canal
Montgomery County, MD

  • Zebra Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Spring Azure 2

Dennis Holmes

Along Gilman Road in the Whiskeytown Shasta Trinity National Recreation Area
Shasta County, CA

Indra’s of the shastensis subspecies are beginning their flight.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 15
  • Anise Swallowtail 2
  • Indra Swallowtail 3
  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spring White 10
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Silvery Blue 4
  • Mylitta Crescent 2
  • Painted Lady 2
  • California Sister 2
  • Common Ringlet 4
  • Propertius Duskywing 10
  • Common Roadside-Skipper 1

Indra Swallowtail

Common Roadside-Skipper

Linda Cooper

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park, Indigenous Park, Fran Ford White-crowned Pigeon Preserve
Monroe County, FL

Nectar plants limited to Bidens alba.

  • Polydamas Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Great Southern White 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 14
  • Lyside Sulphur 3
  • Barred Yellow 21
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 4
  • Cassius Blue 6
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 11
  • Monarch 4
  • Queen 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Three-spotted Skipper 10
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Southern Broken-Dash 6
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Glenn Koppel

State Game Lands 284
Mercer County, PA

  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Glenn Koppel

State Game Lands 284
Mercer County, PA

  • Red Admiral 1

Bart Jones

Meeman-Shelby Forest count circle
Shelby County, TN

Results from the Meeman-Shelby Forest spring count. 10 Harvesters is a VERY high number.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 96
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Falcate Orangetip 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 7
  • Orange Sulphur 25
  • Harvester 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 24
  • Pearl Crescent 65
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Goatweed Leafwing 9
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 29
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 26
  • Horace's Duskywing 8
  • Common Sootywing 5
  • Pepper and Salt Skipper 2
  • Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper 1

Harvester

Rick Borchelt

Patuxent National Wildlife Research Refuge South Tract
Prince George's County, MD

There’s a quarter-mile of powerline right-of-way at the east end of Cash Lake that has been managed to promote the growth of shadbush and highbush blueberry. This is always a good spot to find Eastern Pine Elfin and Henry’s Elfin; today was no exception. Warm (mid-60’s), partly sunny and breezy. In the field 12:30-3:00 pm.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 5
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2

Eastern Pine Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Jim Wilkinson

Gateway Business Park, Columbia
Howard County, MD

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Orange Sulphur 5

Falcate Orangetip

Rick Borchelt

Green Ridge State Forest
Allegany County, MD

Warm (mid-60’s), full sun, light breeze. Various locations in and adjacent to Green Ridge State Forest.

  • Cabbage White common
  • Olympia Marble 14
  • Falcate Orangetip abundant
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 3
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure abundant
  • Silvery Blue 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 3
  • Dreamy Duskywing 1
  • Sleepy Duskywing common
  • Juvenal's Duskywing common

Olympia Marble

Curtis A. Lehman

Youghiogheny River Trail
Fayette County, PA

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • West Virginia White 3
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Falcate Orangetip 4
  • Spring Azure 7
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

John Heyse

Crockett Hills Park
Contra Costa County, CA

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sara Orangetip 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Acmon Blue 2
  • Northern Checkerspot 3
  • Painted Lady 6
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Lorquin's Admiral 2
  • California Sister 2
  • Common Ringlet 13
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Umber Skipper 2

Sachem

Northern Checkerspot

Mike Reese

Necedah NWR
Juneau County, WI

First elfin of the year in Wisconsin

  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Brown Elfin

Jim Wilkinson

Gateway Business Park, Columbia
Howard County, MD

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 6
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Comma 1

Falcate Orangetip

Tom Fiore

Hook Mt.
Rockland County, NY

Falcate Orangetip males going well; 2 American Ladys hill-topping & chasing each other for king-of-the-hill; each slightly worn-looking. All other butterflies seen in very good condition. Still few flowers… not staying sunny, & cool without the sun out… (photo: T. Fiore)

  • Cabbage White 8+
  • Falcate Orangetip 15+
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 8+
  • American Lady 2

Falcate Orangetip

Robert Grosek

Grippen Park, Endicott
Broome County, NY

69 degrees, sunny, slight breeze

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Comma 1

Steven Glynn

Glassboro Woods
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Henry's Elfin abundant
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 9

Spring Azure

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Spring Azure

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

John Heyse

Carquinez Shoreline Park - Crockett
Contra Costa County, CA

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 4
  • Northern Checkerspot 1
  • Variable Checkerspot 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Ringlet 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Umber Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Variable Checkerspot

Mike Smith

west of Covington, Va.
Alleghany County, VA

3 Grizzled Skippers - 2 nectaring on dwarf cinqufoil, one at a mud puddle.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Brown Elfin 6
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Silvery Blue 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Dreamy Duskywing 1
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2
  • Grizzled Skipper 3

Grizzled Skipper

Grizzled Skipper

Andrew Block

Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining
Westchester County, NY

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Michael Drake

Morris Arboretum
Montgomery County, PA

3 azure sp seen

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red Admiral 1

James Fleullan

Savannah NWR (Solomon Tract)
Chatham County, GA

The Azure pictured is most likely a Holly Azure based on location and it’s proximity to the host plant.

  • Spring Azure 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Creole Pearly-eye 1
  • Gemmed Satyr 2
  • Carolina Satyr 10
  • Little Wood-Satyr 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Jim Wilkinson

Woods near Dorsey Run Road
Howard County, MD

  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4

Juvenal's Duskywing

John Lampkin

Lily Pond, Harriman State Park
Rockland County, NY

53 - 57 degrees, sunny and windy
Weekly survey with Alan Wells and Danny Albantides
Average of 1/3 butterfly per person

  • Spring Azure 1

Henry Kindervatter

Mercer County Park; Power Lines near Lake
Mercer County, NJ

I have been observing a well-established colony of Falcate Orangetips since 2008 in this location, but they have been a bit late this year, probably due to extended cold weather. I was pleasantly surprised today when I finally saw them, even though the temperature was around 59 degrees with a 15-20 mph wind.

  • Falcate Orangetip 38

Falcate Orangetip

Falcate Orangetip

Michael Diederich

Greenwich Audubon Center, Greenwich
Fairfield County, CT

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Andrew Block

Round Valley R.A., Lebanon
Hunterdon County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1

Steven Rosenthal

Prairie Ridge at Terre Noire Preserve, outside Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Clark County, AR

highlight of a nice two hour visit in 80 degree sunshine. many more seen in Malvern, about 30 miles to the north, and headed your way….

  • Monarch 12

Jim Wilkinson

Gateway Business Park, Columbia
Howard County, MD

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1

Falcate Orangetip

Tom Fiore

Hook Mt.
Rockland County, NY

Late-day visit, thus Falcates not patrolling much; clouds increased limiting hill-topping effect. Gray Hairstreak & Red Admiral each first-of-year & in good condition. A few more flowers in bloom.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Gray Hairstreak

Jeanette Klodzen

Antelope Island - White Rock Trail
Davis County, UT

A couple unID’d whites

  • Anise Swallowtail 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 5+
  • Common Checkered-Skipper abundant
  • Juba Skipper 5+

Omar Amaro

Fort Lauderdale airport, south end
Broward County, FL

Adult monarch in flight

  • Monarch 1

Monarch

Allan R. Loudell

Driving southbound Route 13 just south of Wilmington
New Castle County, DE

My first Sulphur of 2014!

  • Cabbage White Numerous
  • Clouded Sulphur 1

Steven Rosenthal

Garvan Woodland Gardens and adjacent nature preserve, Lake Hamilton, Arkansas
Garland County, AR

nice spot about an hour out of Little Rock, sunny 85 degrees

  • Zebra Swallowtail 2
  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Goatweed Leafwing 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr abundant
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Hoary Edge 1

Dave Eib, Seth Wollney

Clay Pit Ponds State Park (Staten Island, N.Y. City)
Richmond County, NY

first-of-year here.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Glenn Koppel

Jennings Environmental Center
Butler County, PA

Nice numbers of West Virginia Whites including a pair mating, see photo. Weather finally warming enough here to get some activity.

  • West Virginia White 12
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

West Virginia White

Nils Helstrom

Mountainside Park
Morris County, NJ

Hiked main pipe-line trail about mid-day. Warm in the sun but temps dropped later in the afternoon when it clouded over. Three Gray Hairstreaks in one trip was a high count for me! Also saw a Bluish Spring Moth.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Falcate Orangetip common
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Mourning Cloak 5
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 4

Mourning Cloak

Brown Elfin

Gray Hairstreak

Curtis A. Lehman

Ohiopyle State Park
Fayette County, PA

  • West Virginia White 12
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Spring Azure 8
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2

Robert D. Bell

Sand Ridge State Forest
Mason County, IL

A beautiful, warm day. The goatweed leafwing immediately greeted us as we parked

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Olympia Marble 13
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Goatweed Leafwing 1

Daniel Getman

Backyard, Kirksville, MO
Adair County, MO

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Allan R. Loudell

Along Dutch Neck Road & path extending along C & D Canal, near red barn, south of Delaware City
New Castle County, DE

My first Falcate Orangetip ever at this location!

Also, my first Pearl Crescent of 2014.

Temperatures in the lower 60’s.

  • Cabbage White 20+
  • Falcate Orangetip 1 male
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 16
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Curtis A. Lehman

State Game Land 302
Greene County, PA

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • West Virginia White 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Spring Azure 8
  • Eastern Comma 5
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 7
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Steven Glynn

General area search of different hotspot locations near Millville, NJ
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White common
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue common
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing common
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Falcate Orangetip

American Copper

Henry's Elfin

Juniper Hairstreak

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Laurel Rhodes

Myakka River State Park
Sarasota County, FL

With Dusty Rhodes (photos). Temp. 85F, full sun. Spent 2 hours along the park road in meadows. Most activity on Nuttall’s thistle; Mock Bishop’s Weed attracted female Black Swallowtails. Bidens was present but scarce.

  • Black Swallowtail 25+
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Queen 3
  • Soldier 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zarucco Duskywing 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Monk Skipper 2
  • Twin-spot Skipper 8

Twin-spot Skipper

Soldier

Monk Skipper

Black Swallowtail

Jim Lynch

south side of the inner loop of Houston, my front yard
Harris County, TX

Probably warmest day of year so far, 88 degrees, strong easterly wind, flowers in butterfly garden are just starting to bloom.

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Tawny Emperor

Common Checkered-Skipper

Giant Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Tawny Emperor

Henry Halama

Amagansett, Eastern Long Island
Suffolk County, NY

under sunny sky with the temperature around 65 F. The Hoary Elfin was a lifer.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Brown Elfin 15
  • Hoary Elfin 2

Rob Santry

Canyons and washes east of Big Pine in Eastern California's Owen's Valley
Inyo County, CA

In four years of trying to photograph the Small Blue, this is the first time I’ve seen them flying! This species can skip eclosing multiple years due to drought and this part of California has been in severe drought for years.

  • Becker's White 6
  • Checkered White 4
  • Pearly Marble 1
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 2
  • Dotted Blue 2
  • Small Blue 5
  • Silvery Blue 3
  • Acmon Blue 1
  • Sagebrush Checkerspot 6
  • Painted Lady 40
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 4
  • Mojave Sootywing 1

Sagebrush Checkerspot

Small Blue

John Heyse

Perkins Canyon, Mt. Diablo
Contra Costa County, CA

  • Two-tailed Swallowtail 4
  • Pale Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Large Marble 1
  • Sara Orangetip 2
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Silvery Blue 1
  • Mylitta Crescent 2
  • Painted Lady 7
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Lorquin's Admiral 3
  • California Sister 3
  • Common Ringlet 19
  • Propertius Duskywing 1
  • Umber Skipper 1

Rob Santry

Road Trip to Red Rocks State Park to Lone Pine in Eastern California's Owen's Valley
Inyo County, CA

My wife and I drove into the Mojave Desert to Red Rocks State Park and then drove to the known Small Blue colony located in the Alabama Hills on the Whitney Portal Road, west of the town of Lone Pine. Again, Small Blues were flying! This trip is the first time I’ve been able to get photographs of Small Blue due to California’s severe drought.

  • Becker's White 10
  • Checkered White 10
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 15
  • Dotted Blue 5
  • Small Blue 4
  • Sagebrush Checkerspot 2
  • Painted Lady 50
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

John Heyse

Geo. Miller Shoreline Park, Pt. Richmond
Contra Costa County, CA

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 9
  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Large Marble 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Boisduval's Blue 4
  • Field Crescent 3
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 16
  • Common Ringlet 72
  • Sandhill Skipper 1
  • Umber Skipper 1

Rob Santry

Canyons and washes east of Big Pine in Eastern California's Owen's Valley
Inyo County, CA

Our final day and more photographs of Small Blues. These canyons and washes had plenty of wildflowers blooming and the buckwheats were perfect.

  • Becker's White 8
  • Checkered White 3
  • Sara Orangetip 1
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 1
  • Dotted Blue 1
  • Small Blue 3
  • Sagebrush Checkerspot 5
  • Painted Lady 50
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Mojave Sootywing 3

Small Blue

Mojave Sootywing

Kenneth Bosso

Baton Rouge backyard butterfly garden - WayStation 7700
East Baton Rouge Parish, LA

Landed on a sweet orange tree.

  • Giant Swallowtail 1

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail