Recent sightings

Jim Wilkinson

Watts Branch Stream Valley Park
Montgomery County, MD

  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Little Glassywing 1

Little Glassywing

Lucy Merrill-Hills

The No Name Rest Area and the No Name Trailhead, Glenwood Springs
Garfield County, CO

The No Name Trailhead has become my favorite trail of the three trails I visit in my county, as each time I go, I see new-to-me butterfly species. This month, I’ve seen twenty new species on that trail.

10:30-12:50, sunny, 86 degrees, elevation about 6000 feet

  • Anise Swallowtail 3
  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 14
  • Pale Swallowtail 8
  • Mustard White 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Western Tailed-Blue 2
  • Boisduval's Blue 1
  • Atlantis Fritillary 4
  • Northern Crescent 2
  • Satyr Comma 1
  • Oreas Comma 1
  • Weidemeyer's Admiral 4
  • Canyonland Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Northern Cloudywing 6
  • Rocky Mountain Duskywing 5

Clouded Sulphur

Russet Skipperling

Cabbage White

Mustard White

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

Oreas Comma

Canyonland Satyr

John and Nancy Crosby

Harris Neck NWR Wildlife Drive
McIntosh County, GA

85 degrees, full sun. We were amazed at the buttonbush and thistle, fresh and in full bloom on Woody Pond Dam. There was also helitrope and clover. We also hiked the road opposite Goosepond where there is usually water but we are 12” behind on rain this year and there was no water but a little helitrope blooming. The fogfruit on Wildlife Drive in one spot where we usually see Little Metalmark and Phaon Crescent had been mowed too short but we found a little they missed and all the crescents on it. Unfortunately the fogfruit at Barbour River Landing was killed along with the bahaya grass except for a tiny bit so we found no crescents there yesterday.

  • Palamedes Swallowtail 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Barred Yellow 12
  • Little Yellow 19
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Phaon Crescent 11
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Zarucco Duskywing 5
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Whirlabout 8
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 9

Gulf Fritillary

Horace's Duskywing

Little Yellow

Palamedes Swallowtail

Phaon Crescent

Whirlabout

Zarucco Duskywing

Salt Marsh Skipper

Barred Yellow

Melissa Bruesehoff

Warren
Macomb County, MI

Partly sunny 78degrees. A Question Mark visited milkweeds, but moved quickly I couldn’t take its picture. Had a Monarch, tiger swallowtail and Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting all at the same time. An adventrous afternoon at certified butterfly garden #2490.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 9

Brian McGurgan

Hatcher Pass (61.77153° N, 149.30811° W)
Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK

On the drive from Anchorage we had dense, low clouds and cool weather with occasional drizzle well past Palmer, so I was beginning to despair for good butterflying conditions. However, as we drove into the mountains toward Hatcher Pass we left the clouds below and came out into beautiful sunshine with occasional small puffy clouds and a light breeze. Temperatures were in the high fifties as I got started at 12:15pm and were in the high sixties as I finished at 4pm. I’ve uploaded lots of photos due to the trickiness with some of these IDs. Observations were between 3,000 to roughly 3,600 feet in elevation, all above the treeline. I started near the parking area below Independence Mine just before the ranger station and on the eastern slope overlooking the parking area, and then spent the rest of the afternoon along the south-facing slope of Skyscraper Mountain. Polixenes Arctic (Oeneis polixenes) and Theano Alpine (Erebia pawloskii) counts are conservative. For the Polixenes Arctics, I only counted those I successfully photographed but other likely individuals were observed. The Melissa Arctic (Oeneis melissa), Theano Alpines, and Mountain Fritillaries (Boloria alaskensis) were all first-time sightings for me (at least documented with photos in the case of the fritillaries, which were very common). No White-veined Arctics (Oeneis bore) were observed but maybe it’s still early for them at this location. A beautiful day in the mountains and wonderful alpine butterflying.

  • Mustard White 1
  • Palaeno Sulphur 2
  • Cranberry Blue 3
  • Mormon Fritillary common
  • Mountain Fritillary common
  • Freija Fritillary 1
  • Milbert's Tortoiseshell common
  • Theano Alpine 10
  • Melissa Arctic 1
  • Polixenes Arctic 4

Freija Fritillary

Mustard White

Melissa Arctic

Mormon Fritillary

Mormon Fritillary

Mountain Fritillary

Mountain Fritillary

Mountain Fritillary

Polixenes Arctic

Polixenes Arctic

Polixenes Arctic

Polixenes Arctic

Polixenes Arctic

Polixenes Arctic

Polixenes Arctic

Theano Alpine

Theano Alpine

Theano Alpine

Cranberry Blue

Cranberry Blue

Jeff Gesell

Jacobsburg State Park
Northampton County, PA

Partly cloudy, breezy, upper 80s. Good variety and the milkweed is blooming…unfortunately nothing wanted to stay still for photos! Hoary Edges are out. Single worn Hobomok Skipper…nearing the end of their flight. Zabulon Skippers appear worn and with lower numbers, approaching the end of their first brood.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White common
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 7
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 16
  • Meadow Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 7
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Hoary Edge 3
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Hobomok Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 10
  • Dun Skipper 3

Pearl Crescent

Monarch caterpillar

Hobomok Skipper

Little Wood-Satyr

Cabbage White

Zabulon Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Crossline Skipper

Hoary Edge

Northern Cloudywing

Dun Skipper

Hackberry Emperor

John and Nancy Crosby

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

85 degrees, sunny with a nice breeze.

  • Palamedes Swallowtail 6
  • Great Southern White 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 5
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Zarucco Duskywing 2
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Whirlabout 6
  • Sachem 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 10

Fiery Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Great Southern White

Palamedes Swallowtail

Whirlabout

Salt Marsh Skipper

Zebra Heliconian

Horace's Duskywing

Zarucco Duskywing

Silver-spotted Skipper

Gulf Fritillary

Long-tailed Skipper

Linda Cooper

Avon Park Air Force Range
Polk County, FL

NABA butterfly count. The range is in both Polk and Highlands Cos. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Weather: 82°-86°, winds 6-11 mph; sun a.m.-10%, p.m.-40%, some rain. Lots of nectar choices. LCooper, SFarnsworth, DFraser, MHoffman, NPrine, DJSmith.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 45
  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 13
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Barred Yellow 9
  • Little Yellow 14
  • Sleepy Orange 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 129
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 13
  • Ceraunus Blue 38
  • Little Metalmark 8
  • Gulf Fritillary 15
  • Phaon Crescent 28
  • Pearl Crescent 27
  • Common Buckeye 72
  • White Peacock 76
  • Viceroy 13
  • Carolina Satyr 27
  • Georgia Satyr 14
  • Queen 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 42
  • Zarucco Duskywing 30
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Southern Skipperling 4
  • Fiery Skipper 16
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Whirlabout 25
  • Southern Broken-Dash 21
  • Sachem 6
  • Delaware Skipper 13
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Palmetto Skipper 2
  • Eufala Skipper 5
  • Twin-spot Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 21

Georgia Satyr

Pearl Crescent

Zarucco Duskywing

Red-banded Hairstreak

Aaron's Skipper

Little Metalmark

Gray Hairstreak

Lucy Merrill-Hills

The Morrow Draw Trail, Rifle
Garfield County, CO

It’s been about a month since I walked this trail; today I saw two new species and a tiny dark brown butterfly that I could not photograph or identify.

11-12:45, sun with clouds, then rain, 87 degrees

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Two-tailed Swallowtail 2
  • Checkered White 2
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 8
  • Taxiles Skipper 5

Taxiles Skipper

Taxiles Skipper

Taxiles Skipper

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Tom Fiore

areas surrounding Jamaica Bay, and the Rockaways
Queens County, NY

Coral Haistreaks freshly-out in at least 2 locations, incl. in Brooklyn (F.B. Field) but adjacent to Jamaica Bay, utilizing Orange Milkweed at that site, and going to var. dogbanes and other nectar-flowers at the Neponsit ‘barrens’ area. An E. Tailed-Blue was photo’d. with virtually no tails, despite otherwise an fresh [2nd-brood] look. Rather fresh-looking, but not photo’d. were Am. Coppers. A sole Variegated Fritillary played hard-to-photo at ‘egg marsh’ area by Jamaica Bay, a male in fresh & feisty condition. The Am. Lady and Common Buckeyes seen all appeared quite fresh, one Buckeye seemed to be ovipositing on some small plants in thick vegetation. Little Wood-Satyrs were easily the most-commonly seen species of the day, and in multiple locations. Delaware Skippers and Crossline Skipper appeared to be very freshly-out; probably rather less-so of a single Zabulon Skipper noted. Some additional/poss. species were seen too-quickly to make ID determinations, incl. some small dark skippers. Poison-Ivy was the most-regularly seen plant! Weather: hot by afternoon with full sun, temp. at shore cooler than midtown parts of city, with a southerly [on-shore] breeze for the afternoon. The most time was spent at the Neponsit area on the Rockaways. A bit of time was also taken to seek Salt-Marsh Skipper but none were noticed on this outing.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 12+
  • Orange Sulphur 8+
  • American Copper 4
  • Coral Hairstreak 10++
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5+
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6+
  • Little Wood-Satyr 30++
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Swarthy Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Delaware Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Zabulon Skipper

Crossline Skipper

Delaware Skipper

Swarthy Skipper

Common Buckeye

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

John and Nancy Crosby

Barbour Landing Boat Ramp Landing at Harris Neck NWR
McIntosh County, GA

83 degrees sunny. Helitrope was the primary nectar source.

  • Barred Yellow 26
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 2
  • Little Metalmark 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 8
  • Zarucco Duskywing 5
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Whirlabout 8
  • Sachem 1
  • Dun Skipper 1
  • Eufala Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper common

Little Metalmark

Little Metalmark

Ceraunus Blue

Barred Yellow

Eufala Skipper

Gulf Fritillary

Horace's Duskywing

Salt Marsh Skipper

White Checkered-Skipper

Dun Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Whirlabout

Zarucco Duskywing

Variegated Fritillary

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

John and Nancy Crosby

Harris Neck NWR Docks at Entrance
McIntosh County, GA

84 degrees, partially cloudy. Checked for Eastern Pygmy-blue on host plant and Ox-eye Daisies at entrance docks.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Eufala Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper common

Salt Marsh Skipper

Salt Marsh Skipper

Eufala Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

John and Nancy Crosby

Harris Neck NWR Lucas Tract on the South Side on Harris Neck Road
McIntosh County, GA

85 degrees, sunny. We walked along the edges of the new meadow created when pine trees cut due to beetle infestation for 20 minutes. We tried to check all the milkweed as some was was still blooming. There were less than 12 very tiny pieces of helitrope on the way in. We have never seen Juniper Hairstreak this late in the year, this is a FOS for us in GA.

  • Barred Yellow 5
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Little Metalmark 1

Little Metalmark

Barred Yellow

Juniper Hairstreak

Jeanette Klodzen

Mormon Trail
Morgan County, UT

Walked the 1st 3 miles and back
Slow day for butterflies

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail
  • Two-tailed Swallowtail
  • Checkered White
  • Purplish Copper
  • Western Tailed-Blue
  • Relict Fritillary
  • Northern Checkerspot
  • Northern Crescent
  • Field Crescent
  • Weidemeyer's Admiral
  • Common Ringlet
  • Northern Cloudywing
  • Dreamy Duskywing
  • Common Checkered-Skipper

Denis C. Quinn

2-3 miles above Galena, MD on MD 213 on southbound side
Kent County, MD

While I was a passenger riding up MD 213 just a few miles above Galena, MD there was a long stretch of roadside Dogbane where there were hundreds of Cabbage Whites, and many Orange Sulphurs were seen.

  • Cabbage White abundant
  • Orange Sulphur common

Jim Wilkinson

Watts Branch Stream Valley Park
Montgomery County, MD

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Northern Pearly-eye 2

Northern Pearly-eye

Melissa Bruesehoff

Warren
Macomb County, MI

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 7

Scott Anderson

Sleeping Turtles Preserve North
Sarasota County, FL

10am-1pm, 82-88 degrees, partly cloudy, calm

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 6
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 16
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Ceraunus Blue 19
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Phaon Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • White Peacock 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 7
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Whirlabout 10
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1
  • Monk Skipper 1
  • Eufala Skipper 1

John and Nancy Crosby

Steelbridge Road
McIntosh County, GA

82 degrees, partly cloudy. We also surveyed Plum Cemetery Road and Old River Road seeing only 3 Palamedes in 2 hours. We found good nectar sources on Plum Cemetery Road but few on Old River Road.

  • Palamedes Swallowtail 1
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Little Metalmark 3
  • Phaon Crescent 4
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Whirlabout 3
  • Sachem 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Whirlabout

Dun Skipper

Clouded Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Little Metalmark

Little Metalmark

Phaon Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Palamedes Swallowtail

John and Nancy Crosby

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

Sunny pleasant day at 85 degrees! A couple of days ago it was 104!

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 5
  • Great Southern White 9
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Whirlabout 4
  • Sachem 3
  • Dun Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 6

Long-tailed Skipper

Horace's Duskywing

Dun Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Whirlabout

Salt Marsh Skipper

Sachem

Gray Hairstreak

Gulf Fritillary

Great Southern White

Giant Swallowtail

Palamedes Swallowtail