January 2018 Sightings

Tom Peterson

Anza-Borrego State Park
San Diego County, CA

Sunny, about 75 F

  • Marine Blue 3

Marine Blue

Dale Bonk

Lucky Hammock WMA
Miami-Dade County, FL

Generally birding, but noticed these butterflies as well.

  • Great Southern White 1
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Monarch 3

Great Southern White

Keith Godwin

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Bexar County, TX

Hiking a trail in the State Natural area in north Bexar County - spotted a Leafwing and after seeing the image - realized it must ba a Tropical Leafwing! Rare for this area.

  • Tropical Leafwing 1

Tropical Leafwing

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Valley Nature Center in Weslaco.
Hidalgo County, TX

We found 15 species (plus a probable Julia’s Skipper). This was the first mild day in 12 days! Had a period of cold, windy, wet, overcast weather. Even done to 30 degrees on 2 nights! This weather probably killed nearly all butterflies but all the ones today were in fresh condition! Apparently a new population of butterflies has appeared!

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Lyside Sulphur 4
  • Silver-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Cassius Blue 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 7

Tropical Checkered-Skipper

Silver-banded Hairstreak

Walter Wallenstein

Long Key Natural Area
Broward County, FL

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 7
  • Zebra Heliconian 42
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Queen 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Giant Swallowtail

Painted Lady

Laurel Rhodes

Myakka River State Park
Sarasota County, FL

Hiked the park’s interior with Dusty Rhodes. Breezy with temps. in high 60s. Full sun. Modest sightings but welcome nonetheless. Asters and Polygala being used for nectar. Wonderful being outside after the cold spell we have had here. Also saw 2 Red-banded Hairstreaks yesterday at Scherer-Thaxton Preserve.

  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Little Yellow 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 1

Amelia Grimm

No Name Key, end of the road
Monroe County, FL

Sunny, very windy, 70 degrees. With LWilliams.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Mangrove Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

Amelia Grimm

Ohio Key beach, Florida Keys
Monroe County, FL

Sunny, 70 degrees, very windy. With LWilliams. 6 Polka-dot wasp moth on Bay Cedar.

  • Gulf Fritillary 1

William D. Beck

Hiway 79 South of Florence
Pinal County, AZ

Temp near 80F had Great Purple hairstreaks quite common hill-topping in the Palo Verdes trees on several low hills checked. Beautiful.

  • Great Purple Hairstreak common

Great Purple Hairstreak

Great Purple Hairstreak

Jim Egbert

Ft Morgan Historic Site
Baldwin County, AL

Sunny
Temps mid 30s - mid 50s
Winds easterly
Speed 10 - 15mph

This was the 1st morning that it has not been in the 20s since the arctic blast arrived last weekend.The colony of Monarchs that over winter took a good hit. It will take a few more days to see how those that weather this event will shuffle out.The next few weeks are going to tough ones, at least until their nectaring sources rebound.

  • Monarch 11

Monarch

Karl and Dorothy Legler

National Butterfly Center
Hidalgo County, TX

We found 12 species (including an unidentified Orange). This was the first day over 70 degrees since Christmas Eve! After long cold period few, if any, butterflies survived. BUT apparently new butterflies have emerged!

  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Lyside Sulphur 4
  • Little Yellow 10
  • Reakirt's Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Mexican Fritillary 1
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Queen 20
  • White Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Laviana White-Skipper 1

Reakirt's Blue

Brett Badeaux

Fullerton Arboretum
Orange County, CA

Partly cloudy, low 70s.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Marine Blue 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Monarch 6

Large Orange Sulphur

Amelia Grimm

Back yard on Big Pine Key
Monroe County, FL

Submitting for Leigh Williams. Sunny and warm. The Red Admiral was flying low around the backyard and then landed on the ground. It stayed for about 10 minutes and then flew away. Photos taken.

  • Red Admiral 1

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands
Hidalgo County, TX

83 and sunny. 15 species. Limited flowers.

  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Lyside Sulphur 6
  • Tailed Orange 1
  • Little Yellow 4
  • Cassius Blue 4
  • American Snout 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Queen 4
  • White Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2

Cassius Blue

Tailed Orange

Daniel Jones

Our Progreso Lakes yard
Hidalgo County, TX

  • Great Southern White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Lyside Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 3
  • White Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Laviana White-Skipper 1
  • Julia's Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 5
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Olive-clouded Skipper 1

Monarch

Great Southern White

Western Pygmy-Blue

Julia's Skipper

Olive-clouded Skipper

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Resaca de la Palma State Park
Cameron County, TX

8 species (a few got away). They got snow and freezing temperatures since Christmas. Not much in the way of flowers.

  • Lyside Sulphur 1
  • Boisduval's Yellow 1
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Vesta Crescent 1
  • Common Mestra 1
  • Funereal Duskywing 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1

Sleepy Orange

Boisduval's Yellow

Walter Wallenstein

Scout Key
Monroe County, FL

  • Cassius Blue 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 3

Walter Wallenstein

Bahia Honda State Park
Monroe County, FL

Most of park is off limits, Hurricane Irma hit it pretty hard. Area by old bridge & Calusa Beach open but habitat severely altered.

  • Gulf Fritillary 4
  • Monarch 1

Walter Wallenstein

Long Key Natural Area
Broward County, FL

2:15pm-3:50pm

  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 2
  • Atala 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 17
  • Phaon Crescent 8
  • White Peacock 15
  • Ruddy Daggerwing 2
  • Monarch 5
  • Queen 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Fiery Skipper 2

Dale Bonk

Babcock Webb WMA (could be Lee county?)
Charlotte County, FL

Red-cockaded Woodpecker habitat…longleaf pine barrens. Only carrying the scope, so photos were kinda tricky.

  • Little Metalmark 1
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Georgia Satyr 1

Little Metalmark

Georgia Satyr

William D. Beck

Catalina Mts nr Tucson, Gordon Hirabayashi Campground
Pima County, AZ

Sunny and warm today….and quite a number of Brown Elfins perched in the Manzanita.

  • Brown Elfin 8

Brown Elfin