December 2019 Sightings

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands
Hidalgo County, TX

77 degrees and sunny. Always enjoyable.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Lyside Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Cassius Blue 7
  • Fatal Metalmark 1
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Vesta Crescent 2
  • Phaon Crescent 14
  • White Peacock 4
  • Monarch 5
  • Queen 10
  • Guava Skipper 1
  • Brown Longtail 5
  • Mournful Duskywing 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Laviana White-Skipper 1
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 2
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Common Mellana 2
  • Eufala Skipper 2

Cassius Blue

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Hidalgo County, TX

Sunny and 80 degrees. 23 species.

  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 5
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 3
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 1
  • Cassius Blue 1
  • Fatal Metalmark 1
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 1
  • American Snout common
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 4
  • Pale-banded Crescent 1
  • Phaon Crescent 3
  • Red Admiral 7
  • Common Mestra 2
  • Queen 4
  • Brown Longtail 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Laviana White-Skipper common
  • Whirlabout 1
  • Common Mellana 2

Common Mellana

Common Mellana

Pale-banded Crescent

John and Nancy Crosby

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

Sunny and 62 degrees.

  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Southern Skipperling 1

Southern Skipperling

Gulf Fritillary

Common Buckeye

Karl and Dorothy Legler

South Padre Island Nature Center
Cameron County, TX

Sunny and 7 degrees. 9 species in about 45 minutes.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Queen 2
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3

Dorantes Longtail

Daniel Jones

Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen
Hidalgo County, TX

  • Emerald Aguna 1

Emerald Aguna

Emerald Aguna

Amelia Grimm

Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden
Monroe County, FL

With Leigh Williams. 11:00am to 3:00pm. Clear, upper 70’s. Beautiful day to be at the gardens! Principal nectar plants: Wild Sage, Spanish Needles, Black Torch, Blue Porterweed, Trailing Indigo, Havana Skullcap, Morning Glory.

  • Great Southern White 10
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 3
  • Lyside Sulphur 5
  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue 10
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Mangrove Skipper 4
  • Hammock Skipper 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 2
  • Florida Duskywing 3
  • Three-spotted Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Monk Skipper 3

Lyside Sulphur

Lyside Sulphur

Barred Yellow

Mangrove Skipper

Monk Skipper

Three-spotted Skipper

Florida Duskywing

Dorantes Longtail

Ceraunus Blue

Cassius Blue

Orange-barred Sulphur

Great Southern White

Daniel Jones

Our Progreso Lakes yard
Hidalgo County, TX

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Florida White 1
  • Checkered White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Boisduval's Yellow 1
  • Mexican Yellow 1
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 5
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Red-bordered Pixie 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Texan Crescent 2
  • Vesta Crescent 2
  • Phaon Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • White Peacock 5
  • Common Mestra 1
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Queen 15
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Brown Longtail 5
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 3
  • White Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Laviana White-Skipper 2
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 2
  • Clouded Skipper 3
  • Double-dotted Skipper 2
  • Southern Skipperling 2
  • Fiery Skipper 8
  • Whirlabout 4
  • Southern Broken-Dash 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Common Mellana 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Brazilian Skipper

Gulf Fritillary

Red-bordered Pixie

Mexican Yellow

Florida White

Ken Wilson

Escondido yard
San Diego County, CA

Raining, off & on the past 3 days. Today’s temp was in the low 60s with heavy cloud cover. The sun appeared in mid-afternoon. Three Monarch caterpillars were seen.

  • Monarch 0

Monarch caterpillar

Karl and Dorothy Legler

National Butterfly Center
Hidalgo County, TX

78 to 84 degrees. 39 species. Overcast for about 2 hours. Then partly sunny. Somewhat windy. Dorothy took photo of White and Gray Hairstreak. The latter has white spots instead of orange at rear of hindwing and the post median line! This is pictured in Glassberg’s Swift Guide.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 3
  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Checkered White 6
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Large Orange Sulphur 6
  • Little Yellow 8
  • Dainty Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 7
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 3
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 1
  • Cassius Blue 5
  • Ceraunus Blue 5
  • Reakirt's Blue 2
  • Fatal Metalmark 4
  • Gulf Fritillary 4
  • Zebra Heliconian 2
  • Texan Crescent 1
  • Vesta Crescent 1
  • Phaon Crescent common
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Queen common
  • Guava Skipper 1
  • Brown Longtail 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper common
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper common
  • Laviana White-Skipper 5
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 4
  • Southern Skipperling 3
  • Fiery Skipper 12
  • Whirlabout 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Common Mellana 3
  • Eufala Skipper 8

Dusky-blue Groundstreak

Checkered White

Gray Hairstreak

Texan Crescent

Walter Wallenstein

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
Collier County, FL

  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Julia Heliconian 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 26
  • White Peacock 62
  • Ruddy Daggerwing 1
  • Queen 3
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Three-spotted Skipper 10
  • Ocola Skipper 27

Julia Heliconian

White Peacock

Three-spotted Skipper

Queen

Ruddy Daggerwing

Tropical Checkered-Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Antonia S Krueger

St Petersburg, FL
Pinellas County, FL

  • Cassius Blue 1

Daniel Jones

National Butterfly Center
Hidalgo County, TX

South garden and walking Hackberry Trail

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 5
  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Great Southern White 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 3
  • Lyside Sulphur 2
  • Mexican Yellow 1
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Dainty Sulphur 1
  • Marius Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Cassius Blue 3
  • Red-bordered Pixie 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Julia Heliconian 1
  • Isabella's Heliconian 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 6
  • Bordered Patch 1
  • Texan Crescent 3
  • Vesta Crescent 1
  • Phaon Crescent 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • White Peacock 1
  • Tropical Leafwing 3
  • Tawny Emperor 2
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Queen 3
  • Guava Skipper 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 2
  • White-patched Skipper 1
  • Laviana White-Skipper 3
  • Clouded Skipper 3
  • Southern Skipperling 2
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Southern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Common Mellana 2
  • Eufala Skipper 2

Spot-celled Sister

Marius Hairstreak

Silver-banded Hairstreak

Isabella's Heliconian

Gray Cracker

Spot-celled Sister

Ron Smith

National Butterfly Center
Hidalgo County, TX

Stopped by for a short visit while birding The Valley. Noticed a skipper in the front garden.

  • Purple-washed Skipper 1

Purple-washed Skipper

Jim Egbert

Gulf Shores ; State Hwy 180 E.
Baldwin County, AL

Temp. Mid to upper 70s
Partly to mostly cloudy
Wind , south to southwest 10-15mph
The sightings were made in a mixed patch of Spanish Needles and Lantana.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 3

Monarch

Tropical Checkered-Skipper

Cloudless Sulphur

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco
Hidalgo County, TX

79 degrees and sunny. Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk with leader Rick Snider. 11 people. 2 1/2 hours. 34 species. Photos by anonymous.

  • Florida White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Tailed Orange 1
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1
  • Western Pygmy-Blue 2
  • Cassius Blue 2
  • Red-bordered Metalmark 2
  • American Snout 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 3
  • Vesta Crescent 3
  • Red Admiral 5
  • White Peacock 1
  • Mexican Bluewing 2
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Queen 3
  • Soldier 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 2
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 3
  • White-patched Skipper 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper common
  • Laviana White-Skipper 2
  • Julia's Skipper 1
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Southern Skipperling 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Whirlabout 2
  • Southern Broken-Dash 2
  • Eufala Skipper 1

Mexican Bluewing

Mexican Bluewing

John and Nancy Crosby

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

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Common Buckeye 5

Cloudless Sulphur

Tom Palmer

Lake Blue Scrub
Polk County, FL

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Cassius Blue 2
  • Ceraunus Blue 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 2
  • Zebra Heliconian 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Three-spotted Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 2

Ken Wilson

Escondido yard
San Diego County, CA

Sunny, windy, with a high of 62. Found an Cloudless Sulphur in the shade around 10 AM. Not sure if it emerged this morning or late yesterday. It finally flew around 2 PM. At the same time, on the other side of my yard, I saw another fresh Sulphur on a fence. It stayed on the fence for about an hour before flying. 2 Monarch cats.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Monarch 0

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Daniel Jones

Our Progreso Lakes yard
Hidalgo County, TX

A westerly component to the wind the past couple of days seemed to blow in some unusual stuff. A brown skipper seemed to lack the costal dashes of Clouded Skipper and is currently unidentified.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Florida White 1
  • Checkered White 2
  • Great Southern White 1
  • Southern Dogface 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Orange-barred Sulphur 1
  • Large Orange Sulphur 1
  • Boisduval's Yellow 1
  • Mexican Yellow 1
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Mimosa Yellow 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Dusky-blue Groundstreak 2
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Fatal Metalmark 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Texan Crescent 2
  • Vesta Crescent 6
  • Phaon Crescent 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • White Peacock 2
  • Blue-eyed Sailor 1
  • Common Mestra 1
  • Carolina Satyr 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Queen 10
  • Soldier 1
  • Mercurial Skipper 1
  • Zilpa Longtail 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • Brown Longtail 6
  • Sickle-winged Skipper 1
  • Funereal Duskywing 2
  • White Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Laviana White-Skipper 2
  • Julia's Skipper 2
  • Fawn-spotted Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Double-dotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 2
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Whirlabout 1
  • Common Mellana 1
  • Eufala Skipper 2

Florida White

Boisduval's Yellow

Mexican Yellow

Orange-barred Sulphur

Zilpa Longtail

Mercurial Skipper

Blue-eyed Sailor

Ron Smith

Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County, FL

(22-121) Sunny skies. Temp reached 74.

  • Statira Sulphur 1
  • Barred Yellow 35
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 2
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 11
  • Eastern Pygmy-Blue 1
  • Cassius Blue 3
  • Ceraunus Blue 8
  • Little Metalmark 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Phaon Crescent 11
  • White Peacock 20
  • Monarch 1
  • Mangrove Skipper 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 1
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Three-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Skipperling 3
  • Fiery Skipper 9
  • Sachem 1
  • Monk Skipper 1
  • Obscure Skipper 3

Cassius Blue

Ceraunus Blue

Eastern Pygmy-Blue

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Phaon Crescent

Little Metalmark

Nancy Lemcke

Sterling Village Boynton Beach my garden
Palm Beach County, FL

Nectaring after heavy rains. 1st time I have seen this butterfly.

  • White Peacock 1

White Peacock

Walter Wallenstein

Markham Park
Broward County, FL

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Large Orange Sulphur 2
  • Barred Yellow 1
  • Cassius Blue 8
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 7
  • Julia Heliconian 3
  • Zebra Heliconian 11
  • White Peacock 14
  • Ruddy Daggerwing 1
  • Monarch 10
  • Queen 8
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Dorantes Longtail 6
  • Three-spotted Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Linda Romine

Shawnee State Forest, FR#5
Scioto County, OH

Sunny, upper 50’s, 11:00-2:45. Walked in from upper end of Road #5 off FR#2 about 2 miles. This sighting ties for latest butterfly sighting for me.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Ron Smith

Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County, FL

(19-112). w/ John & Ivy Gibbons. Four Statira’s in late December was not expected. Images credits - JGibbons: Horace’s & Metalmark. Smith: all others.

  • Statira Sulphur 4
  • Barred Yellow 22
  • Dainty Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Pygmy-Blue 1
  • Cassius Blue 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 11
  • Little Metalmark 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 4
  • Phaon Crescent 13
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • White Peacock 28
  • Monarch 2
  • Dorantes Longtail 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Three-spotted Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 10
  • Obscure Skipper 2

Statira Sulphur

Statira Sulphur

Little Metalmark

Horace's Duskywing

Obscure Skipper

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Ken Wilson

A city park in Fremont
Alameda County, CA

Partly sunny, low 60s. This site had previously been an over-wintering location for Monarchs. On January 10, 2012, according to park staff there were an estimated 4200 Monarchs there that day. They said on a normal year only 200-300 Monarchs stayed over-winter but a wet winter the previous year helped boost the numbers. Last year (2018) an estimated 10 Monarchs over-wintered there and this year only 5 have been observed. The pictures were taken 01/10/12.

  • Monarch 1

Monarch

Monarch

Walter Wallenstein

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
Collier County, FL

  • Zebra Heliconian 34
  • White Peacock 5
  • Ruddy Daggerwing 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Three-spotted Skipper 8

Bart Jones

my yard, Midtown Memphis
Shelby County, TN

While cleaning the windows on my car, I was very surprised to see a mint-fresh Cloudless Sulphur fly by. The temps have been in the upper 60s low 70s for the past few days, so that may have prompted it to eclose.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1

Walter Wallenstein

Long Key Natural Area
Broward County, FL

Sun finally came out, had to go see what was utilizing the blooming Jack-In-The-Bush

  • Giant Swallowtail 6
  • Barred Yellow 3
  • Atala 3
  • Gulf Fritillary 7
  • Julia Heliconian 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 16
  • White Peacock 4
  • Ruddy Daggerwing 31
  • Monarch 3
  • Dorantes Longtail 4

Ruddy Daggerwing

Giant Swallowtail

John and Nancy Crosby

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

After 3 days of rain it was sunny & 75 degrees today!

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Barred Yellow 4
  • Little Yellow 22
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Ceraunus Blue 44
  • Gulf Fritillary 3
  • Phaon Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Fiery Skipper 2

Common Buckeye

Phaon Crescent

Southern Skipperling

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Gulf Fritillary

Gray Hairstreak

Little Yellow

Denis C. Quinn

1 mile west of US route 1 on Mason-Dixon MD/PA line.
Chester County, PA

Very surprised to see this as with many long walks in woods and not seeing any of expected butterflies in milder days recently.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Amelia Grimm

Vacant lots along Ave B at 5th Street on Big Pine Key.
Monroe County, FL

Sunny and warm. 1:40pm - 2:00pm. With Leigh Williams.

  • Large Orange Sulphur 12
  • Ceraunus Blue 6
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • White Peacock 10
  • Monarch 2
  • Hammock Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Southern Broken-Dash 3
  • Sachem 2

Southern Broken-Dash

Fiery Skipper

Ceraunus Blue

Ron Smith

Dinner Island Ranch WMA
Hendry County, FL

(22-87) First visit. Lots of acreage. Quite a few leps along Road 5, but didn’t have much time to spend.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Barred Yellow 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Ceraunus Blue 1
  • Gulf Fritillary 1
  • Julia Heliconian 1
  • Zebra Heliconian 12
  • Phaon Crescent 4
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • White Peacock 7
  • Carolina Satyr 23
  • Monarch 5
  • Queen 3
  • Long-tailed Skipper 7
  • Dorantes Longtail 4
  • White Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Whirlabout 1
  • Eufala Skipper 3

Gray Hairstreak

Julia Heliconian

Queen

Red-banded Hairstreak

Ken Wilson

Escondido yard
San Diego County, CA

Partly cloudy, mid 60s, breezy at times.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Monarch 2

David H. Bartholomew

Mitchell Park, in Palo Alto
Santa Clara County, CA

A Red Admiral was enjoying the sunshine, of which there hasn’t been much the past month and a half. Nice way to end the year.

  • Red Admiral 1