February 2019 Sightings

John Heyse

Crockett Hills Park
Contra Costa County, CA

61F very fresh Mourning Cloak
mostly cloudy, weak sun

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak

Amelia Grimm

Ft. Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Key West
Monroe County, FL

Sunny, 79 degrees. 11;40am - 3:30pm. With Leigh Williams.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 2
  • Large Orange Sulphur 9
  • Lyside Sulphur 3
  • Barred Yellow 12
  • Gray Hairstreak 6
  • Martial Scrub-Hairstreak 5
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 10
  • Gray Ministreak 4
  • Cassius Blue 12
  • Ceraunus Blue 8
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Julia Heliconian 2
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Southern Broken-Dash 5
  • Sachem 1

Julia Heliconian

Gray Ministreak

Barred Yellow

Sachem

Ceraunus Blue

Allen Belden

Rockwood Park
Chesterfield County, VA

Sunny, high in the mid 60s. In addition, either an Eastern Comma or Question Mark was seen.

  • American Snout 1

American Snout

Linda Romine

Shawnee State Forest, FR#7 near FR#2
Scioto County, OH

Mostly sunny with thin patches of cirrus, 60 degrees. My earliest FOS butterfly sighting yet! Four days prior temps were in negative territory due to “Polar Vortex”.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Brett Badeaux

Fallbrook
San Diego County, CA

Full sun low 50’s

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Desert Orangetip 1
  • Sara Orangetip 15
  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Wright's Metalmark 1
  • Mormon Metalmark 6
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Painted Lady 15
  • West Coast Lady 1

Sara Orangetip

Desert Orangetip

Allen Belden

Forest Hill Neighborhood
Richmond city, VA

High in the mid 60s and the high for the previous four days in the 60s or 70s.

  • Cabbage White 1

Ron Smith

Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County, FL

(10-83) Upper 70s, full sun. Saw the first metalmarks I’ve seen at the park since early August.

  • Barred Yellow 40
  • Eastern Pygmy-Blue 2
  • Little Metalmark 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 6
  • Phaon Crescent 21
  • Mangrove Skipper 4
  • Long-tailed Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 5

Phaon Crescent

Mangrove Skipper

Little Metalmark

Brett Badeaux

Fallbrook
San Diego County, CA

  • Checkered White 1
  • Desert Orangetip 6
  • Sara Orangetip 15
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Acmon Blue 1
  • Mormon Metalmark 8
  • Painted Lady 20+
  • West Coast Lady 1
  • Mournful Duskywing 3
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1

Dainty Sulphur

Sara Orangetip

William D. Beck

Huachuca Mtns, Carr Canyon nr Sierra Vista
Cochise County, AZ

  • Brown Elfin
  • Spring Azure
  • Mourning Cloak
  • Painted Lady

Brown Elfin

Brett Badeaux

near San Clemente
San Diego County, CA

Full sun high 50’s

  • Checkered White
  • Cabbage White
  • Sara Orangetip
  • Gray Hairstreak
  • Marine Blue
  • Silvery Blue
  • Mourning Cloak
  • American Lady
  • Painted Lady
  • West Coast Lady
  • Red Admiral
  • Monarch

Silvery Blue

Tom Palmer

Ocala National Forest
Marion County, FL

Very little blooming except plum trees; Very little activity around trees.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 16
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Ceraunus Blue 8
  • Phaon Crescent 22
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Zarucco Duskywing 2
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2

Jim Hengeveld

Crandon Park
Miami-Dade County, FL

  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • White Peacock 2
  • Mangrove Skipper 2
  • Monk Skipper 1

Mangrove Skipper

Monk Skipper

Tom Palmer

Crooked Lake WEA
Polk County, FL

  • Zebra Swallowtail 5
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Great Southern White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Barred Yellow 5
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Carolina Satyr 18
  • Dorantes Longtail 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Zarucco Duskywing 1
  • Southern Skipperling 2
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1

Mark and Holly Salvato

Turkey Creek Sanctuary, Palm Bay
Brevard County, FL

  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Cassius Blue 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Three-spotted Skipper 10

Three-spotted Skipper

Ron Smith

Boulware Springs Park
Alachua County, FL

w/ Lori. Terrible pix, but a Great Purple nevertheless.

  • Great Purple Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 1

Amelia Grimm

Long Key Natural Area and Natura Center
Broward County, FL

  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Dainty Sulphur 2
  • Atala 7
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 12
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Three-spotted Skipper 1

Warren A. Jacobs

National Butterfly Center
Hidalgo County, TX

  • Great Southern White
  • Little Yellow
  • Carolina Satyr
  • White Checkered-Skipper
  • Fiery Skipper
  • Eufala Skipper

Eufala Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Carolina Satyr

White Checkered-Skipper

Checkered White

john heyse

Crockett Hills Park
Contra Costa County, CA

56F

  • Mourning Cloak 2

Mourning Cloak

Ron Smith

Sawgrass Lake Park
Pinellas County, FL

The most reliable site that I know of for Silver-spotted Skipper in Pinellas.

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Fiery Skipper 2

Horace's Duskywing

Silver-spotted Skipper

David H. Bartholomew

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
Santa Clara County, CA

Noon to 3:00 PM. Sunny, but chilly, in the low 50’s. Willow catkins are the only nectar source, over-winterers the only butterflies seen.

  • California Tortoiseshell 3
  • Mourning Cloak 6

California Tortoiseshell

Mourning Cloak

Christi Kapp

Makinson's Island County Park
Osceola County, FL

It was a beautifully warm winter day (over 80 degrees) and I spotted this Satyr on some grass at about 5pm est.

  • Carolina Satyr 1

Carolina Satyr

Amelia Grimm

National Key Deer Wildlife Refuge
Monroe County, FL

Big Pine Key environs 1:00 - 1:30pm

  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Florida Duskywing 2
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1

William D. Beck

Sutherland Heights Subdivision, North Tucson
Pima County, AZ

Quite the snow storm (for us) last week; the mtns still covered. But it would seem the Great Purple Hairstreak pulled through, and is back at its tree top look out!

  • Great Purple Hairstreak 1

Great Purple Hairstreak

Great Purple Hairstreak

Great Purple Hairstreak

Daniel Jones

Progreso Lakes yard
Hidalgo County, TX

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Florida White 1
  • Checkered White 1
  • Southern Dogface 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 4
  • American Snout 2
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • White Peacock 1
  • Carolina Satyr 4
  • Monarch 3
  • White-striped Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 5
  • Mazans Scallopwing 1
  • Funereal Duskywing 4
  • White Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 20
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 1
  • Double-dotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 3
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Common Mellana 1
  • Celia's Roadside-Skipper 1
  • Eufala Skipper 2

Double-dotted Skipper

Monarch

Celia's Roadside-Skipper

Brazilian Skipper

Mazans Scallopwing

Florida White

Ken Wilson

Escondido
San Diego County, CA

We had our first warm day in several weeks: a high of 65 degrees, breezy, full sun.

  • Sara Orangetip
  • Cloudless Sulphur
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Painted Lady

Randy Harrod

Cheekwood Estate, Nashville
Davidson County, TN

First butterfly of season

  • Question Mark 1

Kelly Ducham

My yard
Collier County, FL

  • Cassius Blue 7
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • White Peacock 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Queen

Zebra Heliconian

Tom Palmer

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Alachua County, FL

  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

John Heyse

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Maricopa County, AZ

65-69F

  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Queen 4

American Snout

Queen

Allen Belden

Lucky Hammock: Frog Pond Wildlife Management Area
Miami-Dade County, FL

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • White Peacock 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Queen 8
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 2

Allen Belden

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

  • Palamedes Swallowtail 2
  • Cassius Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 8
  • Julia Heliconian 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 3
  • White Peacock 1
  • Florida Duskywing 6
  • Baracoa Skipper 3
  • Monk Skipper 1

Monk Skipper

Baracoa Skipper

Baracoa Skipper

Florida Duskywing

Linda Romine

East Fork State Park North Shore area
Clermont County, OH

Seen while surveying winter firefly species. A complete surprise since temperature was about 43 degrees, with sun through cirrus clouds.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Allen Belden

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

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 4
  • Gulf Fritillary common
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Queen 2
  • Florida Duskywing 8
  • Baracoa Skipper 2
  • Monk Skipper 1
  • Twin-spot Skipper 3

Brett Badeaux

Anza-Borrego Desert State Parlk
San Diego County, CA

  • Becker's White
  • Spring White
  • Desert Orangetip
  • Sara Orangetip
  • Orange Sulphur
  • Sleepy Orange
  • Sonoran Blue
  • Acmon Blue
  • Mormon Metalmark
  • California Tortoiseshell
  • Painted Lady
  • Funereal Duskywing
  • White Checkered-Skipper

Spring White

Linda Romine

Shawnee State Forest, FR#2
Scioto County, OH

Seen while driving into the forest, was unable to locate any more butterflies while walking west end of FR#5 or FR#7, or at the “magic” parking lot on FR#1.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Linda Romine

Buzzard Roost Rock Trail
Adams County, OH

All seen in or near the prairie about midway on the 2 mile trail. Full sun, upper 50’s or low 60’s, occasional slight breeze.

  • Eastern Comma 8

Warren A. Jacobs

Okaloacoochie Slough SF
Hendry County, FL

  • Black Swallowtail
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • White Peacock
  • Queen
  • Long-tailed Skipper

Gulf Fritillary

White Peacock

Queen

Black Swallowtail

Long-tailed Skipper

John Heyse

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Maricopa County, AZ

70-75F

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • American Snout 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 3

Sleepy Orange

Monarch

Queen

Red Admiral

Allen Belden

East bank of the C-111 Canal east of Everglades National Park and south of Route 9336
Miami-Dade County, FL

Fast and wary, the Tropical Buckeye behaves nothing like its common congener. Mostly fresh males seen establishing territories along a narrow strip of mowed herbaceous vegetation adjacent to a water management canal. Flight quick and low to the ground with frequent short stops to land on or near porterweed, the host plant, which is abundant here. Usually landed no more than a few inches off the ground, but occasionally disappeared into taller vegetation along the canal bank. Apparently fearless, skirmishes observed between males, with other butterfly species, and even with a dragonfly. One worn individual — perhaps a female from an earlier brood — flushed at close range and observed only briefly before it sought cover. Many nectar plants around, but no nectaring observed.

  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cassius Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 8
  • Julia Heliconian 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Tropical Buckeye 5
  • White Peacock 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Baracoa Skipper 2

Tropical Buckeye

Tropical Buckeye

Allen Belden

Key Largo
Monroe County, FL

Very little flying here in spite of hot, sunny weather, decent rainfall, and many nectar plants in flower.

  • Large Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cassius Blue 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Julia Heliconian 4

Brett Badeaux

near Pala
San Diego County, CA

2 unid blue

  • Anise Swallowtail
  • Checkered White
  • Desert Orangetip
  • Sara Orangetip
  • Great Purple Hairstreak
  • Bramble Hairstreak
  • Brown Elfin
  • Gray Hairstreak
  • Mormon Metalmark
  • American Lady
  • Painted Lady
  • West Coast Lady
  • Red Admiral
  • Mournful Duskywing

Anise Swallowtail