January 2017 Sightings

Jim Egbert

Plantation Rd Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

Partly Cloudy
Wind. Southerly
Winds 10 - 15
Temps. mid 60s - mid 70s

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Monarch 3

Cloudless Sulphur

Eric Carpenter

Comanche Bluff Trail, Taylor Park, Granger Lake, Granger WMA
Williamson County, TX

New county record and one of the most northern records of this species in the U.S.

  • Malachite 1

Malachite

Malachite

Michael Sandell

Audubon House Trail, Vero Beach
Indian River County, FL

  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • White Peacock 14
  • Monarch 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Eufala Skipper 1

White Peacock

Barred Yellow

Michael Sandell

Pelican Island NWR, Bird's Impoundment Trail
Indian River County, FL

  • Mangrove Buckeye 15
  • Mangrove Skipper 1

Mangrove Buckeye

Mangrove Skipper

Daniel Jones

Estero Llano Grande State Park
Hidalgo County, TX

only a twenty minute stop

  • Checkered White 1
  • Silver-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue 15
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • White Peacock 2
  • Guatemalan Cracker 1
  • Blomfild's Beauty 1
  • White-patched Skipper 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2

Blomfild's Beauty

Guatemalan Cracker

Silver-banded Hairstreak

Jim Egbert

Plantation Rd. Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

Partly Cloudy
Wind. Southerly
Winds. 10 - 15
Temps mid 50s. - lower 70s

  • Fiery Skipper 1

Michael Sandell

Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area
Indian River County, FL

  • Mangrove Buckeye 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Horace's Duskywing

Michael Sandell

Environmental Learning Centre
Indian River County, FL

  • Atala 8

Atala

Daniel Jones

National Butterfly Center, Mission
Hidalgo County, TX

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Florida White 1
  • Checkered White 3
  • Great Southern White 2
  • Southern Dogface 4
  • Large Orange Sulphur 8
  • Lyside Sulphur 8
  • Little Yellow 15
  • Mimosa Yellow 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 6
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 10
  • Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Pearly-gray Hairstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue 5
  • Cyna Blue 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Reakirt's Blue 10
  • Red-bordered Pixie 7
  • Curve-winged Metalmark 2
  • Falcate Metalmark 5
  • American Snout 50
  • Gulf Fritillary 5
  • Julia Heliconian 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 6
  • Mexican Fritillary 8
  • Crimson Patch 3
  • Pale-banded Crescent 1
  • Phaon Crescent 10
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 12
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • White Peacock 10
  • Banded Peacock 1
  • Malachite 1
  • Common Mestra 5
  • Tropical Leafwing 2
  • Tawny Emperor 5
  • Monarch 2
  • Queen 50
  • Soldier 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 6
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 10
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Laviana White-Skipper 12
  • Julia's Skipper 2
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 2
  • Clouded Skipper 30
  • Southern Skipperling 8
  • Fiery Skipper 20
  • Whirlabout 1
  • Eufala Skipper 6

Julia Heliconian

Florida White

Curve-winged Metalmark

Malachite

Pearly-gray Hairstreak

Pearly-gray Hairstreak

Jim Egbert

Plantation Rd. Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

Sunny
Wind southwest
Winds 10 - 15
Temps. lower 40s. - lower 60s
Strong cold front due for the weekend; low temps predicted in the mid 20s.

  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Michael Sandell

Audubon House
Indian River County, FL

  • White Peacock 1
  • Three-spotted Skipper 2

Three-spotted Skipper

Three-spotted Skipper

Elizabeth Golden

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Miami-Dade County, FL

  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 13
  • Julia Heliconian 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 37
  • White Peacock 6
  • Monarch 8
  • Queen 1
  • Mangrove Skipper 7
  • Long-tailed Skipper 3
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 44
  • Monk Skipper 2

Gulf Fritillary

Tropical Checkered-Skipper

Mangrove Skipper

Michael Sandell

Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area; Southwest Trail
Indian River County, FL

  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • White Peacock common
  • Monarch 4
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1

White Checkered-Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Barred Yellow

Ken Wilson

Tijuana River Valley Regional Park, San Diego
San Diego County, CA

Partly sunny, 70 degrees.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2

Monarch

Mourning Cloak

Red Admiral

Ken Wilson with Bob Gorman

San Clemente, various locations
Orange County, CA

Sunny, 72 degrees. Spotted two no ID sulphurs. The Mourning Cloak number includes 3 adults and a estimated 20 larva.

  • Sara Orangetip 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 2
  • Marine Blue 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Mourning Cloak 20+
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Monarch 1

Michael Sandell

Wabasso Scrub Conservation Area
Indian River County, FL

  • Little Yellow 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Little Yellow

Fiery Skipper

Michael Sandell

Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area South trail
Indian River County, FL

  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2

Zebra Heliconian

Horace's Duskywing

Common Buckeye

Mark Adams

Zilker Botanical Gardens, Austin, TX
Travis County, TX

14:15-16:15 CST. Sunny, warm (77-79 deg F), wind 0-10 mph. Few flowers were blooming at Zilker (not surprising), but there was a nice variety of early winter butterflies (6 species). The light was especially difficult for the Gulf Fritillary photo.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Tailed Orange 4
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 2

Pipevine Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Sleepy Orange

Tailed Orange

Gulf Fritillary

Cloudless Sulphur

Ronald Hedden

Back yard
Lubbock County, TX

Last Friday, it was 10 degrees F in the morning, and we had snow on the ground. Just five days later, it’s 80 degrees F with butterflies emerging!

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Southern Dogface 1

Southern Dogface

Jim Egbert

Ft Morgan State Historic Site
Baldwin County, AL

There was a nice colony of Monarchs that was occupying the forested areas of the grounds.The fear was that the 3 nights in the 20s might have caused large die off in this colony.The Monarchs with their ability to range far up into the cold of Canada’s summer,allowed the colony to still be intact with no apparent drop in population.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch common
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 4

Gray Hairstreak

Monarch

Common Checkered-Skipper

Jim Egbert

Roscoe Rd Orange Beach
Baldwin County, AL

Sunny
Wind southerly
Winds 10 -15mph
Temps lower 60s - mid 70s
This was my 1st time out after 3 consecutive nights in the mid to upper 20s,and I found that most of the Spanish Needles burned to the ground along with other native wild flowers.The cold damage has reduced the availability of nectar sources to non native winter flowering plants;the most wide spread being volunteer Canola. Another source of nutritants is sap from a wide range of trees and bushes;usually with the help of woodpeckers opening portals in the bark.Weather permitting mid February will bring a new crop of nectaring opportunities just in time for the Monarchs to fuel up for there texture trip back north,and the early spring natives.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 11
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 9

Common Buckeye

Monarch

Cloudless Sulphur

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Hidalgo County, TX

Very windy. 3 1/2 hours. 30 species which is not too bad for bottom of winter! We enjoyed the Zebra H, Checkered Whites. Hadn’t seen a Sickle-winged Skipper in a while. We always like Common Mellanas!

  • Checkered White 12
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 3
  • Lyside Sulphur common
  • Little Yellow common
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue 2
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Fatal Metalmark 1
  • American Snout common
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 3
  • Phaon Crescent common
  • Red Admiral 8
  • White Peacock 9
  • Common Mestra 3
  • Queen common
  • Soldier 1
  • White-striped Longtail 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 1
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Laviana White-Skipper common
  • Clouded Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Common Mellana 2
  • Eufala Skipper 2

Soldier

Dorantes Longtail

Zebra Heliconian

Julie Appleget

Seminole Wayside Park
Miami-Dade County, FL

  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Ceraunus Blue 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 5
  • Julia Heliconian 6
  • Zebra Heliconian 11
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Baracoa Skipper 3
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1
  • Monk Skipper 1

Monk Skipper

Southern Broken-Dash

Clouded Skipper

Julie Appleget

Zoo Miami
Miami-Dade County, FL

Unused parking lot edge bordered by pine Rocklands

  • Barred Yellow 4
  • Martial Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Eufala Skipper 1

Martial Scrub-Hairstreak

Martial Scrub-Hairstreak

Michael Sandell

Barrier Island Sactuary
Brevard County, FL

  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • White Peacock 3

Dainty Sulphur

Jim Egbert

Roscoe Rd Orange Beach and West St Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

Sunny
Wind southerly
Winds 10 - 15
Temps. Mid 50s - Mid 70s

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye common
  • Monarch 1

Barred Yellow

Cloudless Sulphur

Monarch

American Lady

Jim Egbert

Ft Morgan State Historic Site
Baldwin County, AL

Sunny
Wind southerly
Winds 10 - 15mph
Temps. Lower 60s - mid.70s

The sighting of only one Monarch at the Roscoe Rd site;made me wonder if the warm temps that followed the artic air from a couple of weekends ago;triggered their north movement out of the area?
In the last couple of years it has been the pattern that when the population that is more inland disappears the beach resident also are gone.I found the Ft Morgan population still strong;to early to leave.I’ll survey the area again over the next few weeks,until they make their departure.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch common
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 4

Monarch

Orange Sulphur

Brett Badeaux

UCI Ecological Preserve
Orange County, CA

low 60s, mostly sunny. My first butterfly of the year.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

John Lampkin

Babcock-Webb WMA
Charlotte County, FL

With Robert Epstein
70 - 80, sunny
Mesic Slash Pine/Saw Palmetto flatwoods.
Species observed during an unsuccessful five-hour woodpecker quest.
Some early spring blooms. Winter? What winter?
39 Red-bandeds were a delight

  • Polydamas Swallowtail 1
  • Zebra Swallowtail 1
  • Great Southern White 2
  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 39
  • Little Metalmark 7
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Phaon Crescent abundant
  • Pearl Crescent common
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • White Peacock abundant
  • Georgia Satyr 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Little Metalmark

Red-banded Hairstreak

Tom Palmer

Marion Creek
Polk County, FL

few nectar sources

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Barred Yellow 16
  • Ceraunus Blue 7
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Carolina Satyr 11
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Thomas Nix

Estero Llano Grande State park
Hidalgo County, TX

A mostly cloudy and somewhat windy day, but lots of butterflies nonetheless.

  • Southern Dogface 2
  • Large Orange Sulphur 6
  • Lyside Sulphur common
  • Little Yellow common
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 7
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 3
  • Cassius Blue abundant
  • Fatal Metalmark 5
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 3
  • American Snout 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Julia Heliconian 3
  • Mexican Fritillary 1
  • Vesta Crescent 2
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • White Peacock common
  • Mexican Bluewing 2
  • Common Mestra common
  • Queen abundant
  • Soldier 1
  • Brown Longtail 3
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 10
  • White-patched Skipper 3
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper common
  • Laviana White-Skipper common
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 8
  • Clouded Skipper 3
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Whirlabout 1
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1
  • Eufala Skipper 6

Mexican Fritillary

Sickle-winged Skipper

Common Mestra

Julia Heliconian

Western Pygmy-Blue

Brett Badeaux

Mile Square Regional Park
Orange County, CA

Full sun, low 60s. 1 un-id sulphur Cloudless or Large Orange.

  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Marine Blue 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 10

Large Orange Sulphur

Brett Badeaux

Huntington Central Park - west side
Orange County, CA

Full sun, low 60s.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Monarch 9

Brett Badeaux

Monserate Mountain Preserve
San Diego County, CA

Mostly sunny, 59 degrees

  • Sara Orangetip 6
  • Painted Lady 11
  • West Coast Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 5

Painted Lady

West Coast Lady

Jim Egbert

Plantation Rd. Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

AM rain;sunny by mid day
Wind. Southerly
Winds 10 - 15 mph
Temps mid 60s - mid 70s

  • Cloudless Sulphur 3

Ron Smith

Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County, FL

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak was at North Palm Grove. I did not survey the park, these leps were incidental.

  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Pygmy-Blue 9
  • Obscure Skipper 1

Obscure Skipper

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Julie Appleget

Deering Estate
Miami-Dade County, FL

Dina Yellow lifer
not much butterfly activity

  • Dina Yellow 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 4
  • Monarch 1

Dina Yellow

Edward Perry IV

Bull Creek WMA
Osceola County, FL

It started out as a rather cool morning so few leps but before we left around 10:45 am a few managed to show. Very few nectar sources available.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 8
  • Phaon Crescent 4
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • White Peacock 4
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Eufala Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Eufala Skipper

Mark and Holly Salvato

Navy Wells Pineland Preserve, Homestead
Miami-Dade County, FL

  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak 4
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak

Mark and Holly Salvato

Everglades National Park, Homestead, Florida
Miami-Dade County, FL

  • Large Orange Sulphur 10
  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 8
  • Julia Heliconian 13
  • Zebra Heliconian 16
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • White Peacock 6
  • Florida Leafwing 5
  • Georgia Satyr 1
  • Florida Duskywing 2
  • Baracoa Skipper 2
  • Monk Skipper 1
  • Twin-spot Skipper 1

Florida Leafwing

Red-banded Hairstreak

Georgia Satyr

Baracoa Skipper

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak

Florida Duskywing

Jim Egbert

Plantation Rd Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

AM rain;mid day sunny;PM rain
Wind East to Southeasterly
Winds 15 - 20mph
Temps. Low 60s - Low 70s
1st swallowtail of 2017

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Resaca De La Palma State Park
Cameron County, TX

36 species in about 1 1/2 hours. Not bad for bottom of winter! Highlights were Band-celled Sister, Mexican Bluewing, Texan Crescents, Zebra Heliconian, Blue and Red-bordered Metalmarks, Great Southern White, Mazan’s Scallopwing and Turk’s-cap White-Skipper,

  • Checkered White 6
  • Great Southern White 3
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Lyside Sulphur 3
  • Little Yellow 10
  • Silver-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 2
  • Blue Metalmark 15
  • American Snout 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 4
  • Zebra Heliconian 3
  • Texan Crescent 6
  • Vesta Crescent 3
  • Phaon Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • White Peacock 5
  • Band-celled Sister 1
  • Mexican Bluewing 1
  • Common Mestra 3
  • Queen 6
  • Brown Longtail 1
  • Mazans Scallopwing 1
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 6
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Laviana White-Skipper 2
  • Turk's-cap White-Skipper 1
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 6
  • Clouded Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper common
  • Whirlabout 3
  • Southern Broken-Dash 2
  • Common Mellana 1
  • Eufala Skipper 4

Band-celled Sister

Red-bordered Metalmark

Great Southern White

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Sabal Palm Sanctuary
Cameron County, TX

Pleasantly surprised by 25 species here in about 1 1/2 hours. This area did not get below freezing on January 7-8. Highlights were Julia Heliconian, several Blue Metalmarks and Great Southern White.

  • Checkered White 1
  • Great Southern White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 10
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 3
  • Fatal Metalmark 1
  • Blue Metalmark 8
  • American Snout 1
  • Julia Heliconian 2
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • White Peacock 2
  • Queen 1
  • Brown Longtail 6
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1
  • Eufala Skipper 1

Julie Appleget

Loop Rd Monroe county portion
Monroe County, FL

very few butterflies

  • Great Southern White 2
  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary common
  • Julia Heliconian 1
  • Zebra Heliconian common
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • White Peacock 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 3
  • Berry's Skipper 1

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Berry's Skipper

Jim Egbert

Plantation Rd Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

Rain early;sunny by mid morning
Wind Westerly
Winds 15 - 20 mph
Temps. Lower 60s - mid 70s

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 3

Common Buckeye

Monarch

John Lampkin

Merritt Island NWR
Brevard County, FL

OBservations during a Manatee Audubon field trip. Windy with temps in the high 60’s - low 70’s
Too many Great Southern Whites to count—in the thousands.

  • Great Southern White sa
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Mangrove Buckeye
  • White Peacock
  • Salt Marsh Skipper abundant

Jim Egbert

Roscoe Rd & Russian Rd
Baldwin County, AL

Sunny
Wind west north westerly
Winds 15 - 20 with gusts to +30mph
Temps mid 50s - lower 70s

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 16
  • Sleepy Orange 7
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 7
  • Common Buckeye common
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 9

Cloudless Sulphur

Sleepy Orange

Long-tailed Skipper

Monarch

Gray Hairstreak

Tom Nix

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center
Hidalgo County, TX

Highlights in a couple of hours of effort between 11 am and 1 pm were a lifer Mexican Silverspot laying eggs, and both American and Painted Ladies

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Checkered White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Southern Dogface common
  • Large Orange Sulphur common
  • Lyside Sulphur 4
  • Little Yellow common
  • Sleepy Orange 4
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 5
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 2
  • Ceraunus Blue 2
  • Fatal Metalmark 1
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 1
  • American Snout abundant
  • Gulf Fritillary common
  • Mexican Silverspot 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Texan Crescent abundant
  • Pale-banded Crescent 1
  • Vesta Crescent common
  • Phaon Crescent 5
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • White Peacock abundant
  • Queen abundant
  • Soldier 1
  • Brown Longtail common
  • White Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper common
  • Laviana White-Skipper 6
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper common
  • Fiery Skipper 7
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Eufala Skipper 1

Mexican Silverspot

Mexican Silverspot

American Lady

Painted Lady

Brown Longtail

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Bentsen State Park
Hidalgo County, TX

41 species. Temp=83. Highlights (besides photos) were Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak, Red-bordered Metalmark, and Fawn-spotted Skipper.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Great Southern White 7
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Lyside Sulphur 7
  • Mexican Yellow 4
  • Tailed Orange 1
  • Little Yellow 12
  • Mimosa Yellow 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Reakirt's Blue 2
  • Fatal Metalmark 12
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 1
  • American Snout 7
  • Gulf Fritillary 4
  • Mexican Fritillary 2
  • Texan Crescent 3
  • Vesta Crescent 2
  • Phaon Crescent common
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • White Peacock 9
  • Common Mestra 1
  • Queen 1
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 4
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Laviana White-Skipper common
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 3
  • Orange Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1
  • Eufala Skipper 1

Mimosa Yellow

Tailed Orange

Fatal Metalmark

Mexican Fritillary

Mexican Yellow

Tom Palmer

Lake Blue Scrub
Polk County, FL

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Barred Yellow 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 4
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 3
  • Clouded Skipper 1

Jim Egbert

East Canal Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, AL

Sunny
Wing southerly
Winds 10 - 15mph
Temps mid 40s - lower 60s

  • Red Admiral 1

Bill Ellis

Arroyo Colorado near Rio Hondo
Cameron County, TX

on Anacahuita (Wild Olive)

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Falcon State Park
Starr County, TX

26 species. 83 degrees. Not bad for the bottom of winter! (On Jan 7-8 the Valley had its 2nd below freezing event in 26 years.) Temps at Falcon were down to 27 degrees.
Highlights included Nysa Road-side Skipper, Desert Skipper, Funereal Duskywing and numbers of Gray Hairstreaks. Oddly we did not notice any American Snouts. No Cloudless Sulphurs.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 1
  • Southern Dogface 2
  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Lyside Sulphur 5
  • Little Yellow 8
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Dainty Sulphur 10
  • Gray Hairstreak 11
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 3
  • Ceraunus Blue 13
  • Reakirt's Blue 3
  • Fatal Metalmark 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 4
  • Texan Crescent 2
  • Vesta Crescent 7
  • Phaon Crescent common
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Soldier 6
  • Funereal Duskywing 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Desert Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Laviana White-Skipper 6
  • Southern Skipperling 4
  • Nysa Roadside-Skipper 1
  • Eufala Skipper 4

Vesta Crescent

Black Swallowtail

Nysa Roadside-Skipper

Brett Badeaux

Santa Margarita Preserve
San Diego County, CA

Full sun, high 50s. This area got so much rain recently it caused the Santa Margarita River to overflow, destroying much of the riparian habitat and preventing access to the sage scrub area

  • Sara Orangetip 1
  • Satyr Comma 1

Satyr Comma

Sara Orangetip

Laurel Rhodes

Celery Fields Park and Audubon Center
Sarasota County, FL

Monthly survey. With John Lampkin, Jean Evoy, Bill Evoy, Karen Finch, Jane Wallace, Dale Wallace. Mid 60’s, sunny, breezy. Much of site had been close mowed recently. Nectar was scarce except for Bidens alba and Ricardia grandiflora.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Dainty Sulphur 14
  • Ceraunus Blue 7
  • Phaon Crescent 7
  • White Peacock 18
  • Viceroy 1
  • Queen 2
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Southern Skipperling 12
  • Fiery Skipper 25
  • Whirlabout 3
  • Eufala Skipper 1

John Heyse

Crockett Hills Park
Contra Costa County, CA

57F First butterfly of the year.
Mourning Cloak

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak

Brett Badeaux

Fullerton Arboretum
Orange County, CA

Full sun, 70F-77F

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 15
  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Marine Blue 7
  • Gulf Fritillary 10
  • Mourning Cloak 7
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Monarch 20+

Cloudless Sulphur

Large Orange Sulphur

Gray Hairstreak

Jim Egbert

Roscoe Rd Orange Beach,and Ft Morgan Historic Site
Baldwin County, AL

Sunny
Wind southwesterly
Winds 10 - 15mph
Temps. Mid 30s. - low 60s

Three year ago after a rare snow and ice even ,the small winter Monarch population could have been wiped out;but they didn’t appear to have been affected.I followed this population over the next few weeks;then they were gone .
What changed?The weather returned to normal , spring flowers had started showing,making food much more available;but they were gone.The survey was personal difficult because of my allergy to pine pollen;the pollen is so thick at times it looks like a yellow fog,coat everything.
Last year at the end of Febuary;the same third week as the year before the winter Monarchs where gone .The winter was cooler on average , wild flowers had not started show yet,but the pines were putting out their clouds of yellow,and the Monarchs were gone .Then it occurred to me maybe I was not the only one that had a problem with pine pollen.
This year the winter Monarchs population was larger than usual;they were dripping off the the threes.The weather has been much warmer this winter,and the pines started putting on the pollen producing cones very early.The Monarch population had remained thick through the season;until this week.The pine pollen came a full month earlier and was as thick as my sinuses,and as in the past three winter seasons the winter Monarchs are now gone;with the exception of 4 Monarchs at Ft Morgan on this day.
This is a simple observation of the small winter population we have here on the Ft Morgan peninsula,and what appears to be their trigger to depart,they will be followed for additional data points to add to these three to see if the hypothesis holds up.

  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye common
  • Monarch 5
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 5

Karl and Dorothy Legler

National Butterfly Center
Hidalgo County, TX

47 species. 3 hours. 79 degrees. Highlights were Mexican Bluewing, Mexican Fritillary, Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak, Julia Heliconian, Band-celled Sister and White-striped Longtail.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 4
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 2
  • Southern Dogface 3
  • Large Orange Sulphur 5
  • Lyside Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow common
  • Sleepy Orange 4
  • Dainty Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 7
  • Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 6
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 3
  • Reakirt's Blue 4
  • Fatal Metalmark common
  • American Snout 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 4
  • Julia Heliconian 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 5
  • Mexican Fritillary 4
  • Texan Crescent 9
  • Vesta Crescent 6
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 8
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • White Peacock 7
  • Band-celled Sister 1
  • Mexican Bluewing 1
  • Common Mestra 12
  • Tawny Emperor 2
  • Carolina Satyr 2
  • Queen common
  • White-striped Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 5
  • White Checkered-Skipper common
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Laviana White-Skipper common
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 7
  • Southern Skipperling 5
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Sachem 3
  • Eufala Skipper 5

White-striped Longtail

Mexican Fritillary

Zebra Heliconian

Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak

Brett Badeaux

Powder Canyon
Los Angeles County, CA

Sunny, 75f high. Low quality sage scrub and grassland habitat

  • Sara Orangetip 13
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Acmon Blue 2
  • Mourning Cloak 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • West Coast Lady 1

Sara Orangetip

Tom Palmer

Panther Point Trail
Polk County, FL

This is a new trail on the east side of Lake Hancock. Limited habitat diversity.

  • Barred Yellow 5
  • Zebra Heliconian 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • White Peacock 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Carolina Satyr 6
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 3

Jim Egbert

Roscoe & Russian Rd Orange Beach,Splinter Hill Bog Nature Conservancy Site
Baldwin County, AL

Sunny
Wind southwesterly
Winds 15 - 20 mph
Temp. low 50s - upper 60s
1st Southern Dogface in many years, Zarucco Duskywing 1st Duskywing not Juvenal’s Duskywing,a nd Phaon Crescent was nice to see since they were scarce last year.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye common
  • Monarch 1
  • Zarucco Duskywing 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 4

David H. Bartholomew

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
Santa Clara County, CA

Three First-of-Year Butterflies for me.

  • California Tortoiseshell 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral

California Tortoiseshell

Mourning Cloak