January 2020 Sightings

Mark and Holly Salvato

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Sebastian
Indian River County, FL

  • Ceraunus Blue
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Mangrove Buckeye
  • Monarch 2
  • Queen 1

Mangrove Buckeye

Red Admiral

Mark and Holly Salvato

Sebastian Inlet State Park, Sebastian
Indian River County, FL

  • Polydamas Swallowtail 1
  • Great Southern White 1
  • Atala 6
  • Fulvous Hairstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue 6
  • Ceraunus Blue 14
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 2
  • Mangrove Skipper 7
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Monk Skipper 1

Monk Skipper

Zebra Heliconian

Fulvous Hairstreak

Polydamas Swallowtail

Atala

Ron & Lori Smith

Everglades Natl. Park
Miami-Dade County, FL

(18-108). No leafwings. (FL -18)

  • Great Southern White 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 3
  • Barred Yellow 30
  • Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak 3
  • Ceraunus Blue 12
  • Gulf Fritillary 6
  • Julia Heliconian 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 11
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • White Peacock 2
  • Georgia Satyr 8
  • Monarch 8
  • Queen 7
  • Dorantes Longtail 2
  • Florida Duskywing 2
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Clouded Skipper 8
  • Monk Skipper 1

Georgia Satyr

Baracoa Skipper

Zebra Heliconian

Florida Duskywing

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak

Tropical Checkered-Skipper

Clouded Skipper

Ron & Lori Smith

Navy-Wells
Miami-Dade County, FL

(7-20) Barred Yellow was the first lep of the year. Off and running… FL-7

  • Barred Yellow 4
  • Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak 4
  • Ceraunus Blue 5
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • White Peacock 1
  • Queen 1
  • Baracoa Skipper 4

Barred Yellow

White Peacock

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak

Gulf Fritillary

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak

Ken Wilson

Escondido yard
San Diego County, CA

Sunny, mild winds, mid 60s. Two Monarch caterpillars
.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1

Ron & Lori Smith

Long Key Natural Area
Broward County, FL

(12-52). First visit. We wish we could have had more time. The preserve offered lots of iguanas to step around… (FL-25)

  • Giant Swallowtail 3
  • Barred Yellow 6
  • Atala 3
  • Cassius Blue 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Julia Heliconian 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 19
  • White Peacock 7
  • Ruddy Daggerwing 7
  • Monarch 2
  • Queen 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 2

Ruddy Daggerwing

Ruddy Daggerwing

Atala

Cassius Blue

Walter Wallenstein

Flamingo, Everglades National Park
Miami-Dade County, FL

  • Little Yellow 5
  • Eastern Pygmy-Blue 4
  • Ceraunus Blue 45
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 5
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1

Eastern Pygmy-Blue

Ceraunus Blue

Fiery Skipper

Salt Marsh Skipper

Queen

Eastern Pygmy-Blue

Ron Smith

Weedon Island Preserve
Pinellas County, FL

(9-21) Pinkish legs show well on Statira. My first January record of the species in Pinellas. (FL-29).

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 1
  • Statira Sulphur 4
  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Mangrove Buckeye 2
  • White Peacock 3
  • Monarch 5
  • Fiery Skipper 2

Mangrove Buckeye

Statira Sulphur

Amelia Grimm

Boca Chica Beach, on Geiger Key, along path beyond the barricade at the end of the road.
Monroe County, FL

Mostly sunny, warm. All seen during CBC for Key West, from 7:15am to 10:45am. With Leigh Williams. Nectar plants include Bidens alba, Sleepy morning, Scorpion-tail, Sea Rocket, Sea Lavender, Bay Cedar, Snow Squarestem.

  • Great Southern White 30
  • Large Orange Sulphur 4
  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 15
  • Cassius Blue 5
  • Ceraunus Blue 30
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Mangrove Buckeye 8
  • Mangrove Skipper 5
  • Hammock Skipper 6

Barred Yellow

Mangrove Buckeye

Gray Hairstreak

Little Yellow

Large Orange Sulphur

Great Southern White

Ken Wilson

San Clemente hilltop
Orange County, CA

Hazy skies, 64 degrees with light winds.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • West Coast Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 4

West Coast Lady

Red Admiral

Gray Hairstreak

John and Nancy Crosby

Sea Way NE, Shellman Bluff, GA
McIntosh County, GA

Sunny and 72 degrees. We still have not have a freeze this year.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 2

Karl Legler

National Butterfly Center
Hidalgo County, TX

Sunny and 77 degrees. 30 species in a casual couple of hours. Not bad for mid-winter!

  • Checkered White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Lyside Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 8
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Dainty Sulphur 2
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 3
  • Reakirt's Blue 3
  • Fatal Metalmark 2
  • American Snout 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 4
  • Texan Crescent 1
  • Phaon Crescent 3
  • Red Admiral 3
  • White Peacock 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Queen 4
  • White Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Laviana White-Skipper 5
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Southern Skipperling 9
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Whirlabout 1
  • Eufala Skipper 3

Fatal Metalmark

Southern Dogface

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Edward Perry IV

Jetty Park, Cape Canaveral
Brevard County, FL

Atalas were seen at rest mainly in a sea hibiscus tree, Thespesia populnea. This could be the farthest north documentation to date. Due to inclusion of coontie plants in county, state, and federal landscaping projects, these butterflies are steadily moving up the east coast of Florida, especially along the barrier islands. Image and observation by a friend, Pam Higginbotham.

  • Atala 60+

Atala

Ron Smith

Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County, FL

(16-164) Lots of sunshine. (FL-37).

  • Barred Yellow 57
  • Dainty Sulphur 3
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 16
  • Eastern Pygmy-Blue 5
  • Ceraunus Blue 12
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Phaon Crescent 19
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • White Peacock 32
  • Mangrove Skipper 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 3
  • Fiery Skipper 7
  • Monk Skipper 2
  • Obscure Skipper 1

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Monk Skipper

Mangrove Skipper

Red Admiral

Dainty Sulphur

Matt Orsie

Key Deer NWR - Big Pine Key
Monroe County, FL

Two locations within the refuge

  • Great Southern White 7
  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Martial Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Pygmy-Blue 13
  • White Peacock 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Mangrove Skipper 2
  • Hammock Skipper 4
  • Florida Duskywing 4
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Southern Broken-Dash 3
  • Monk Skipper 1
  • Obscure Skipper 5

Monk Skipper

Eastern Pygmy-Blue

Martial Scrub-Hairstreak

Obscure Skipper

Ron & Lori Smith

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
Pinellas County, FL

(16-87) Sunny afternoon. Lots of bidens in bloom. (FL-42).

  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 4
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Dainty Sulphur 4
  • Ceraunus Blue 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 5
  • White Peacock 38
  • Monarch 3
  • Dorantes Longtail 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Three-spotted Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 7

Horace's Duskywing

Tropical Checkered-Skipper

Three-spotted Skipper

Little Yellow

American Lady

Walter Wallenstein

Dagney Johnson
Monroe County, FL

Short, 30 minute walk with S.Wallenstein, R.Warner, & E.Perry from 3:30-4:00

  • Julia Heliconian 7
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Three-spotted Skipper 2

Julia Heliconian

Julia Heliconian

Walter Wallenstein

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Monroe County, FL

With S.Wallenstein, R. Warner, & E. Perry. We had a riot!

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Silver-banded Hairstreak 6
  • Cassius Blue 3
  • Ceraunus Blue 5
  • Julia Heliconian 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 3
  • White Peacock 2
  • Mangrove Skipper 1
  • Hammock Skipper 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 4
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Three-spotted Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Whirlabout 1

Silver-banded Hairstreak

Silver-banded Hairstreak

Three-spotted Skipper

Silver-banded Hairstreak

Long-tailed Skipper

Walter Wallenstein

Navy Wells Pineland Preserve
Miami-Dade County, FL

A windy but beautiful day in the field with S.Wallenstein, R.Warner, & E. Perry

  • Barred Yellow 4
  • Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak 8
  • Fulvous Hairstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue 5
  • Ceraunus Blue 25
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • White Peacock 5
  • Queen 7
  • Three-spotted Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Baracoa Skipper 4
  • Whirlabout 1
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1
  • Eufala Skipper 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 1

White Peacock

Ceraunus Blue

Southern Broken-Dash

Fulvous Hairstreak

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak

Whirlabout

Eufala Skipper

Bart Jones

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

Partly cloudy with intermittent light showers. Two hours in the field.

  • Great Southern White
  • Large Orange Sulphur
  • Barred Yellow
  • Little Yellow
  • Gray Hairstreak
  • Martial Scrub-Hairstreak
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
  • Gray Ministreak
  • Cassius Blue
  • Ceraunus Blue
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Phaon Crescent
  • Red Admiral
  • Queen
  • Hammock Skipper
  • Three-spotted Skipper
  • Southern Broken-Dash
  • Eufala Skipper

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Red Admiral

Queen

Phaon Crescent

Monk Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Barred Yellow

Hammock Skipper

Gray Ministreak

Ken Wilson

Escondido yard
San Diego County, CA

Sunny, 65 degrees.

  • Mourning Cloak 2

Mourning Cloak

Bart Jones

Key West Botanic Garden and Boca Chica Key
Monroe County, FL

With Leigh Williams and Amy Grimm.

  • Great Southern White
  • Cloudless Sulphur
  • Orange-barred Sulphur
  • Large Orange Sulphur
  • Barred Yellow
  • Little Yellow
  • Dainty Sulphur
  • Gray Hairstreak
  • Martial Scrub-Hairstreak
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
  • Cassius Blue
  • Ceraunus Blue
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Common Buckeye
  • Mangrove Buckeye
  • White Peacock
  • Monarch
  • Mangrove Skipper
  • Hammock Skipper
  • Long-tailed Skipper
  • Florida Duskywing
  • Common Checkered-Skipper
  • Three-spotted Skipper
  • Fiery Skipper
  • Monk Skipper
  • Eufala Skipper

Florida Duskywing

Cassius Blue

Little Yellow

Monk Skipper

Orange-barred Sulphur

Orange-barred Sulphur

Martial Scrub-Hairstreak

Mangrove Skipper

Mangrove Skipper

Mangrove Buckeye

Bart Jones

Long Beach Rd. Big Pine Key, Scout Key, and Bahia Honda State Park
Monroe County, FL

With Leigh Williams and Amy Grimm. Unable to get a photograph of the Miami Blue, but was clearly seen by all three of us.

  • Great Southern White
  • Large Orange Sulphur
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
  • Eastern Pygmy-Blue
  • Cassius Blue
  • Miami Blue
  • Ceraunus Blue
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Mangrove Buckeye
  • Mangrove Skipper
  • Hammock Skipper
  • Three-spotted Skipper
  • Southern Broken-Dash
  • Obscure Skipper

Southern Broken-Dash

Three-spotted Skipper

Obscure Skipper

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Eastern Pygmy-Blue

Ceraunus Blue

Ronda G Spink

Crystal River Preserve State Park Eco Walk Trail
Citrus County, FL

Weather: Partly to mostly cloudy, 83 degrees, 8mph wind

  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Phaon Crescent 4
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • White Peacock 1
  • Carolina Satyr 17
  • Queen 1

JoAnna N Clayton

Mangrove Cay Gandy area
Pinellas County, FL

Little Yellow count exceptional for South Pinellas. Statira Sulphers a pleasant surprise.

  • Polydamas Swallowtail 1
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 1
  • Statira Sulphur 2
  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Little Yellow 30+
  • Ceraunus Blue 30+
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Mangrove Buckeye 3
  • White Peacock 20+
  • Monarch 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Southern Skipperling 4
  • Fiery Skipper 12

Mangrove Buckeye

Southern Skipperling

Monarch

Statira Sulphur

Little Yellow

John and Nancy Crosby

Harris Neck NWR
McIntosh County, GA

Our first ‘hard freeze’ is forecast in a week. It was 80 degrees at Harris Neck & very dry so butterflies are having a hard time finding scarce blooms to survive. The Red Admiral did escape the lizard. Note difference in 2 Ceraunus Blues.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 15
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 3

Common Buckeye

Barred Yellow

Ceraunus Blue

Red Admiral

Ceraunus Blue

Barred Yellow

Dainty Sulphur

Little Yellow

Barred Yellow

Ceraunus Blue

Mike Troyan

National Butterfly Center
Hidalgo County, TX

Overcast/sun breezy 70-80
I would appreciate help identifying Mystery Bug
owlseer7@aol.com TY

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Checkered White 10
  • Great Southern White 2
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Lyside Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 10
  • Dainty Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 4
  • Reakirt's Blue 1
  • Fatal Metalmark 2
  • American Snout 5
  • Gulf Fritillary 4
  • Zebra Heliconian 5
  • Mexican Fritillary 1
  • Vesta Crescent 1
  • Phaon Crescent 3
  • Red Admiral 3
  • White Peacock 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 10
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 4
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 4
  • Laviana White-Skipper 15
  • Mexican Sootywing 2
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Southern Skipperling 5
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Common Mellana 1

Brown Longtail

Common Mellana

Clouded Skipper

Cassius Blue

Great Southern White

Dainty Sulphur

Mexican Fritillary

Dorantes Longtail

Little Yellow

Phaon Crescent

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

mystery butterfly

Mexican Sootywing

Large Orange Sulphur

Fatal Metalmark

Mike Troyan

Estero Llano Grande State Park
Hidalgo County, TX

Many Thanks to all the wonderful people I met on the Butterfly Walk (the guy from New Yuuark)
Thanks for the Lifers-And I didn’t get the Chiggers chasing the Common Mestra !

  • Checkered White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Mexican Bluewing 1
  • Common Mestra 1
  • Queen 2
  • Dorantes Longtail 2
  • Brown Longtail 1
  • Variegated Skipper 1
  • White-patched Skipper 6
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Laviana White-Skipper 8
  • Julia's Skipper 1
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Southern Skipperling 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Whirlabout 1

White-patched Skipper

Variegated Skipper

Red-bordered Metalmark

John and Nancy Crosby

Tabby Oaks, Shellman Bluff, GA 31331
McIntosh County, GA

Only 58 degree high today but we saw a Butterfly!

  • Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral

Mike Troyan

National Butterfly Center
Hidalgo County, TX

South Texas Satyr, recently split from Carolina Satyr flies in southern Texas

  • Checkered White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 8
  • Mimosa Yellow 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 4
  • Reakirt's Blue 1
  • American Snout 8
  • Gulf Fritillary 5
  • Zebra Heliconian 10
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Texan Crescent 5
  • Phaon Crescent 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Carolina Satyr 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Queen 10
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 2
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Laviana White-Skipper 10
  • Southern Skipperling 5
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Eufala Skipper 2

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Phaon Crescent

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Texan Crescent

Phaon Crescent

Carolina Satyr

Texan Crescent

Brown Longtail

Eufala Skipper