Recent sightings

Ken Wilson

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
San Diego County, CA

Mostly sunny, 75 degrees, light breeze. Conditions are quite dry.

  • Becker's White
  • Sleepy Orange

John and Nancy Crosby

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

We’ve had only one morning with freezing temperature at 29 two mornings ago, but sunny & 68 this afternoon.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2

Gray Hairstreak

Common Buckeye

Cloudless Sulphur

Daniel Jones

Jones Yard at Progreso Lakes
Hidalgo County, TX

  • Salome Yellow 1

Salome Yellow

Salome Yellow

Salome Yellow

Roy Cohutta

Chickasawhatchee WMA
Dougherty County, GA

Four (4) pairs of mated-Queen butterflies.

Second winter season Monarch monitoring at this location. All the Monarch butterflies looked frisky and in good shape. Will any survive the winter here?

1430-1600, 63-34F, Wind S 8-14MPH, Cloud Cover 60%, Mustard field next to swamp, coastal plain of southwest Georgia.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 20
  • Queen 50

Monarch

Common Buckeye

American Lady

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Zebra Heliconian

Queen

Queen

Queen

Queen

Queen

Monarch

Little Yellow

Cabbage White

Karl and Dorothy Legler

National Butterfly Center in Missiion
Hidalgo County, TX

Sunny and 80 degrees. 32 species. (Unfortunately the forecast for tomorrow is a low of 30!) The Red-bordered Metalmark is female.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Checkered White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Lyside Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow common
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red-lined Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 3
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Reakirt's Blue 3
  • Fatal Metalmark 2
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 4
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 11
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • White Peacock 12
  • Common Mestra 2
  • Carolina Satyr 3
  • Queen 21
  • Mournful Duskywing 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 4
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper common
  • Laviana White-Skipper common
  • Southern Skipperling 3
  • Fiery Skipper 2

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Red-bordered Metalmark

Red-lined Scrub-Hairstreak

Bart Jones

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

Sightings from 1/15 and 1/17.

  • Great Southern White
  • Cloudless Sulphur
  • Orange-barred Sulphur
  • Large Orange Sulphur
  • Lyside Sulphur
  • Barred Yellow
  • Little Yellow
  • Dainty Sulphur
  • Gray Hairstreak
  • Martial Scrub-Hairstreak
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
  • Gray Ministreak
  • Cassius Blue
  • Ceraunus Blue
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Zebra Heliconian
  • Phaon Crescent
  • Common Buckeye
  • Mangrove Buckeye
  • Monarch
  • Queen
  • Mangrove Skipper
  • Hammock Skipper
  • Dorantes Longtail
  • Florida Duskywing
  • Common Checkered-Skipper
  • Fiery Skipper
  • Southern Broken-Dash
  • Monk Skipper
  • Eufala Skipper

Gray Ministreak

Gray Ministreak

Lyside Sulphur

Hammock Skipper

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Large Orange Sulphur

Mangrove Skipper

Monk Skipper

Phaon Crescent

Zebra Heliconian

Martial Scrub-Hairstreak

Ken Wilson

Escondido backyard
San Diego County, CA

Partly cloudy & 71 degrees.

  • Cabbage White
  • Cloudless Sulphur
  • Large Orange Sulphur
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • West Coast Lady
  • Monarch

Cloudless Sulphur

West Coast Lady

Gulf Fritillary

Cabbage White

Ron Smith

Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County, FL

(15-57) Sunny with temps 60-70.

  • Barred Yellow 9
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 6
  • Ceraunus Blue 2
  • Little Metalmark 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 7
  • Phaon Crescent 11
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • White Peacock 6
  • Monarch 3
  • Queen 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Three-spotted Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 4

Little Metalmark

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Red Admiral

Ceraunus Blue

John and Nancy Crosby

Altamaha WMA S of Darien, GA
McIntosh County, GA

63 degrees, we have not yet had a freeze this winter.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 3
  • American Lady 2

Barred Yellow

Cloudless Sulphur

Zebra Heliconian

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

American Lady

Estero Park Butterfly (etc.) Walk

Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco.
Hidalgo County, TX

Afternoon walk was led by Park Naturalist John Yochum. 81 degrees and sunny. We had nine people and 33 species of butterfly. Photos by Karl Legler. The number of Giant Whites was impressive! Nectaring on Mexican Olive tree.

  • Giant White 5
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 9
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 24
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 2
  • Texan Crescent 1
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 8
  • White Peacock 8
  • Band-celled Sister 2
  • Mexican Bluewing 1
  • Common Mestra 1
  • Queen 45
  • Soldier 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 3
  • Potrillo Skipper 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 8
  • Laviana White-Skipper 9
  • Julia's Skipper 1
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 2
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Eufala Skipper 2

Band-celled Sister

Giant White

Potrillo Skipper

Potrillo Skipper

John and Nancy Crosby

Harris Neck NWR
McIntosh County, GA

50 degrees, sunny. We have not yet had a freeze this winter on Georgia’s coast.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Phaon Crescent

Red-banded Hairstreak

Fiery Skipper

Common Buckeye

Phaon Crescent

Daniel Jones

Jones yard at Progreso Lakes
Hidalgo County, TX

Warm day after a couple in the 50’s.

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Giant White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Large Orange Sulphur 5
  • Mexican Yellow 1
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Reakirt's Blue 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 8
  • Zebra Heliconian 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Texan Crescent 1
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • White Peacock 2
  • Band-celled Sister 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 3
  • Soldier 1
  • White-striped Longtail 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 5
  • Variegated Skipper 1
  • Funereal Duskywing 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 20
  • Laviana White-Skipper 3
  • Julia's Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 10
  • Double-dotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Common Mellana 1
  • Eufala Skipper 5

Mexican Yellow

Giant White

Zebra Heliconian

Variegated Skipper

Roy Cohutta

Chickasawhatchee WMA
Dougherty County, GA

The counts on the Monarch and Queen butterflies are conservative. I did not observe any mated-pairs today. My last report from this location was on New Year’s Day.

1445-1615, 63-64F, Wind W 10-19, Cloud Cover 1-5%, Field next to swamp, All butterflies nectaring on mustard. 31.47031289321586, -84.37646176120741

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 25
  • Queen 60
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Monarch, Queen

Monarch

Cabbage White

Queen

Queen

Cabbage White

Pearl Crescent

Monarch

Karl and Dorothy Legler

National Butterfly Center
Hidalgo County, TX

78 degrees and sunny. Plenty of butterflies including very scarce ones. 46 species.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Southern Dogface 2
  • Large Orange Sulphur 3
  • Lyside Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow common
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Dainty Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 1
  • Cassius Blue 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 2
  • Reakirt's Blue 5
  • Fatal Metalmark 1
  • Curve-winged Metalmark 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 4
  • Zebra Heliconian 9
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Texan Crescent 1
  • Phaon Crescent 5
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 12
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • White Peacock 2
  • Malachite 1
  • Band-celled Sister 2
  • Common Mestra 2
  • Carolina Satyr 4
  • Queen 9
  • White-striped Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper common
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper common
  • Laviana White-Skipper common
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Southern Skipperling 3
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Whirlabout 4
  • Sachem 1
  • Eufala Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Band-celled Sister

Zebra Heliconian

Malachite

Dusky-blue Groundstreak

White-striped Longtail

Band-celled Sister

David H. Bartholomew

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
Santa Clara County, CA

Springlike 64 degree weather brought out just a few butterflies, but included a first-of-year Spring Azure.

  • Spring Azure 1
  • California Tortoiseshell 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak

California Tortoiseshell

California Tortoiseshell

Spring Azure

Dennis Vollmar

John Stretch Park
Palm Beach County, FL

10am to 12pm, 80 degrees, partly cloudy, no wind

  • Great Southern White 20+
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Julia Heliconian 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 40+
  • Cuban Crescent 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • White Peacock 10+
  • Ruddy Daggerwing 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Queen 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Dorantes Longtail 3
  • Three-spotted Skipper 6
  • Clouded Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Cuban Crescent

Ocola Skipper

Three-spotted Skipper

Cuban Crescent

Great Southern White

Julia Heliconian

Clouded Sulphur

Ruddy Daggerwing

Orange-barred Sulphur

Least Skipper

Southern Skipperling

Ken Wilson

Escondido backyard
San Diego County, CA

Recent sightings for the past week. Temps ranged from 62 to 71.

  • Cabbage White
  • Cloudless Sulphur
  • Large Orange Sulphur
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Painted Lady
  • Monarch

Red Admiral

Large Orange Sulphur

Gulf Fritillary

Cloudless Sulphur

Ronda G Spink

Chinsegut Wildlife Environmental Area, Big Pine Tract
Hernando County, FL

Weather was clear, 79°-81°, 6-11mph winds

  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Barred Yellow 11
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Zarucco Duskywing 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Zarucco Duskywing

Cloudless Sulphur

Ceraunus Blue

Ken Wilson

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
San Diego County, CA

Partly Cloudy, 71 degrees, light breeze.

  • Becker's White
  • Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Becker's White

Ronda G Spink

Felburn Park Area-Near the Barge Canal
Citrus County, FL

Weather was mostly clear, 75°, 9mph winds

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 35
  • Phaon Crescent 11
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Phaon Crescent

Common Buckeye

Cloudless Sulphur

Ceraunus Blue