Sighting for June 16, 2018

Chris Edwards

Shimek State Forest and vicinity
Lee County, IA

Five of us conducted the Shimek State Forest butterfly count. The number of Great Spangled Fritillaries nectaring on common milkweed at the Donnellson Unit of Shimek State Forest was incredible — 400 in one field.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Giant Swallowtail 8
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 57
  • Clouded Sulphur 17
  • Orange Sulphur 33
  • Little Yellow 17
  • Banded Hairstreak 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 41
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 12
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 510
  • Pearl Crescent 102
  • Question Mark 5
  • Eastern Comma 6
  • Gray Comma 3
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Hackberry Emperor 3
  • Tawny Emperor 3
  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 17
  • Monarch 14
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 23
  • Northern Cloudywing 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 7
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Delaware Skipper 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 4