February 2018 Sightings

Amelia Grimm

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Janes Scenic Drive
Collier County, FL

With L Williams. Sunny, 81 degrees. Viceroy and Monarch in Cypress and willow area near Water Treatment area. All others along drive into prairie.

  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Little Metalmark 5
  • Phaon Crescent 8
  • White Peacock 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Three-spotted Skipper 2

Amelia Grimm

Navy Wells
Miami-Dade County, FL

With LWilliams. 4:15pm - 5:30pm. Also seen were 2 Faithful Beauty Moths and 12 Bella Moths.

  • Barred Yellow 4
  • Ceraunus Blue 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 2

Ken Wilson

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
San Diego County, CA

Sunny, 77 degrees, light wind. Conditions are extremely dry. This area has received little to no rainfall the past calendar year. The Sonoran Blue count is conservative as males are on constant patrol looking for the still non-existent females. Nectar source is scarce. One blue seen but not positively ID’d.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Sara Orangetip 5
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Bramble Hairstreak 1
  • Sonoran Blue 10+
  • Wright's Metalmark 1

Wright's Metalmark

Sara Orangetip

Bramble Hairstreak

Ken Wilson with Bob Gorman

San Clemente
Orange County, CA

Sunny, 72 degrees, a light wind. All 3 hairstreaks were all seen hilltopping.

  • Anise Swallowtail
  • Cabbage White
  • Cloudless Sulphur
  • Great Purple Hairstreak
  • Bramble Hairstreak
  • Brown Elfin
  • Gray Hairstreak
  • Spring Azure
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Mourning Cloak
  • Painted Lady
  • Monarch
  • Funereal Duskywing
  • Umber Skipper

Great Purple Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Bramble Hairstreak

Anise Swallowtail

Walter Wallenstein

Long Key Natural Area
Broward County, FL

2:00-3:15pm

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Barred Yellow 4
  • Atala 7
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 31
  • White Peacock 8
  • Monarch 5
  • Queen 3

Dale Bonk

Tall Cypress Natural Area
Broward County, FL

A nice area with at least five habitat types. Duskywing, Queen, fritillary on woods’ edge; sulfur in hardwood hammock; Atala on Coontie.

  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Atala

Queen

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

John Heyse

at home Crockett
Contra Costa County, CA

66F

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1

John Heyse

Crockett Hills Park, Crockett
Contra Costa County, CA

65F

  • Spring Azure 1
  • Mourning Cloak 5

Spring Azure

Mourning Cloak

Brett Badeaux

Daley Ranch
San Diego County, CA

Full sun, mid 70s

  • Brown Elfin 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • California Sister 7
  • Mournful Duskywing 4
  • Umber Skipper 1

Gray Hairstreak

Brett Badeaux

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
San Diego County, CA

Full sun 75F, 1 unidentified white, 1 blue likely Ceraunus, 1 hairstreak gray or mallow-scrub

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Spring White 1
  • Sara Orangetip 12
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Great Purple Hairstreak 1
  • Bramble Hairstreak 18
  • Sonoran Blue 25+
  • Silvery Blue 2
  • Wright's Metalmark 5
  • Painted Lady 1

Black Swallowtail egg

Sara Orangetip

Sonoran Blue

Bramble Hairstreak

Silvery Blue

Marcus Gray

The Alamo, San Antonio
Bexar County, TX

Sunny day (60F) following multiple days of cool (40F), rainy weather.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1

Anabella Miller

Las Vegas, NM
San Miguel County, NM

Downtown Las Vegas. Approximately 55 degrees fahrenheit when spotted. 12:00pm.

  • Question Mark 1

Question Mark

John Heyse

Alum Rock Park
Santa Clara County, CA

60-71F, with D. Rawlinson, J. Hibbard, N. Asquith.

  • Mustard White 27
  • Sara Orangetip 4
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Sonoran Blue 20+
  • California Tortoiseshell 1
  • Mourning Cloak 8

Sonoran Blue

Sonoran Blue

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

Ken Wilson

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
San Diego County, CA

Sunny, mid 80s, little wind. One no ID large white.

  • Sara Orangetip
  • Sleepy Orange
  • Bramble Hairstreak
  • Gray Hairstreak
  • Sonoran Blue
  • Silvery Blue
  • Wright's Metalmark
  • Painted Lady

Sonoran Blue

Bramble Hairstreak

Laurel Rhodes

Babcock-Webb WMA near Punta Gorda
Charlotte County, FL

With Dusty Rhodes. Early spring birding trip morphed into a butterfly search. Most sightings roadside or in a recently burned flatwoods. 75F, light wind, partly cloudy. Will be back soon for spring thistles.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Barred Yellow 4
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Little Metalmark 21
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Phaon Crescent 12
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • White Peacock 13
  • Georgia Satyr 1
  • Whirlabout 1

John Lampkin

Fred and Idah Schultz Preserve
Hillsborough County, FL

With Joe Mustion
9:30 - 12; 74-80 sun and clouds
The Julia colony survived the hard freezes

  • Checkered White 1
  • Great Southern White 27
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 6
  • Ceraunus Blue 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 11
  • Julia Heliconian 5
  • Zebra Heliconian 13
  • Red Admiral 1
  • White Peacock 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 1

Red Admiral

Clouded Skipper

Julia Heliconian

Amelia Grimm

Indies Road, Ramrod Key
Monroe County, FL

With LWilliams. Warm 84 degrees and windy.

  • Large Orange Sulphur 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Mangrove Buckeye 25
  • Monarch 2

Jean Evoy

Arcadia
DeSoto County, FL

In an area with a lot of Carolina Jessamine and wild cherry in bloom. The butterflies seemed to be more attracted to the Jessamine than to the cherry blossoms.

  • Giant Swallowtail
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • Great Southern White
  • Cloudless Sulphur
  • Barred Yellow common
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Zebra Heliconian
  • White Peacock
  • Monarch
  • Queen
  • Long-tailed Skipper
  • Dorantes Longtail
  • Whirlabout

Long-tailed Skipper

Cloudless Sulphur

Brett Badeaux

Fullerton Arboretum
Orange County, CA

Full sun low 70s

  • Cabbage White
  • Cloudless Sulphur
  • Gray Hairstreak
  • Marine Blue
  • Western Tailed-Blue
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Red Admiral
  • Monarch
  • Funereal Duskywing
  • Fiery Skipper
  • Umber Skipper
  • Eufala Skipper

Eufala Skipper

Monarch

Gulf Fritillary

Western Tailed-Blue

Tom Palmer

Marion Creek
Polk County, FL

Carolina jessamine, Chickasaw plum and Florida pennyroyal are blooming and suddenly there are butterflies where few were present a week or so ago.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 2
  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Giant Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 10
  • Barred Yellow 13
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • White Peacock 1
  • Carolina Satyr 2
  • Queen 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Zarucco Duskywing 1
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1

John Heyse

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

65, 59F

  • Cabbage White 2
  • California Tortoiseshell 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Brett Badeaux

Fallbrook, various areas
San Diego County, CA

Mostly sunny, 70f, 1 unidentified blue and 1 unidentified white. Pretty good selection for drought year

  • Anise Swallowtail 1
  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sara Orangetip 14
  • Bramble Hairstreak 19
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Marine Blue 2
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Silvery Blue 10
  • Satyr Comma 3
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • California Sister 2
  • Propertius Duskywing 1
  • Mournful Duskywing 6
  • Funereal Duskywing 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 2

Silvery Blue

Sara Orangetip

Anise Swallowtail

Bramble Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Ron Smith

Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County, FL

Bidens was blooming like always, as well as scattered patches of lantana and sleepy morning (Mallow host).

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Ceraunus Blue 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Phaon Crescent 21
  • American Lady 1
  • White Peacock 2
  • Mangrove Skipper 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • White Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Monk Skipper 1

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

David H. Bartholomew

Sunol Regional Wilderness
Alameda County, CA

So dry, the roadway along Alameda Creek is being watered down for the construction vehicles, otherwise there would have been few butterflies to be seen. Most of what I was able to photograph were puddling.

  • Mustard White 6
  • Sara Orangetip 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Silvery Blue 1
  • Mourning Cloak 4
  • Propertius Duskywing 2

Propertius Duskywing

Silvery Blue

Spring Azure

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Mustard White

Orange Sulphur

Brett Badeaux

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Orange County, CA

Full sun 70f

  • Anise Swallowtail 2
  • Bramble Hairstreak 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 6
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Silvery Blue 5
  • Mormon Metalmark 7
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Mournful Duskywing 6
  • Funereal Duskywing 5

Silvery Blue

Bramble Hairstreak

Anise Swallowtail

Tom Palmer

Ocala National Forest
Marion County, FL

Plum trees done or nearly done; few butterflies on them. Larger species using Carolina jessamine. Roadside wildflowers absent.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Zebra Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Southern Dogface 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Phaon Crescent 7
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Dorantes Longtail 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zarucco Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 1

Barbara Peck

Anderson River Park
Shasta County, CA

Early for Pipevine Swallowtails. Drought conditions this year. Very cold freezing nights expected starting tomorrow.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 8
  • Mourning Cloak 4

Pipevine Swallowtail

Effie Smith

Cow Creek Road
Levy County, FL

Possibly an early record sighting.

  • Texan Crescent 1

Texan Crescent

Ron Smith

Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County, FL

A new park discovery this month has been Little Metalmark, first found by Mark Kenderdine on Feb 8th. I found three today at a stand of thistle within coastal scrub. (The last known Pinellas County report I know of was in May 1999, 20 or so miles north of Fort De Soto).

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 8
  • Ceraunus Blue 2
  • Little Metalmark 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Phaon Crescent 12
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Mangrove Skipper 3
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • White Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Monk Skipper 1

Monk Skipper

Giant Swallowtail

Little Metalmark

Little Metalmark

Allen Belden

James River Park (Pony Pasture area)
Richmond city, VA

Mostly sunny, high in the mid 70s. First butterfly of the year!

  • Eastern Comma 1