Sighting for November 25, 2020
Chickasawhatchee WMA, 7 Bridges Road
Dougherty County, GA
- Cloudless Sulphur 10
- Little Yellow common
- Sleepy Orange 10
- Gulf Fritillary 6
- Zebra Heliconian 20
- Pearl Crescent 3
- Common Buckeye 15
- Carolina Satyr 1
- Queen common
- Long-tailed Skipper 1
- Dorantes Longtail 2
- White Checkered-Skipper 2
- Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2
Habitat: Weedy fields with low vegetation near cypress swamps. Beggar Ticks, Field Mustard, Rattlebox, Asters, Weeds, etc.
Weather: 23-25C, Wind S 10-12 MPH, Partly Cloudy.
Never thought I would see this in SW Georgia: Queen Butterflies were COMMON if not ABUNDANT. In one very large multi-acre plot of blooming Field Mustard, Queen were everywhere. Photographed a Queen and a Zebra Heliconian in same frame (see pic).
Photographed the only Long-tailed Skipper of the day (They were common until recently).
Photographed one of the two Dorantes Skippers.
Did not try to ID the few small dark Grass Skippers I observed.
I positively identified a couple Tropical Checkered-Skipper(s) and a couple Common/White. I did not try to ID the 20 or so other Checkered-Skippers I saw.
Spent most of the time chasing grasshoppers and katydids.