Week of August 13, 2018

 A little rain can really make a difference. Plants are rejuvenating and the butterflies are responding. We'll start seeing more monarchs in the next week or two as the "pre-migration migration" begins as a ripple of breeding monarchs move south into the area and join our resident population. Mid-August is usually the beginning of the time when interesting species start showing up from the south but so far nothing out of the ordinary has been seen.

Many species are sexually dimorphic (males and females look differently). Click on the links below to see more information and photos.


Silver Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)

Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)

Southern Cloudywing (Thorybes bathyllus)

Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)

Hayhurst's Scallopwing (Staphylus hayhurstii)

Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)

Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)








Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)




Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus p.philenor)

Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Eastern Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)


Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)


Mexican Yellow (Eurema mexicana)


Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)




Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)

Northern Oak Hairstreak
(Satyrium favonius autolycus)

Olive Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus castalis)

Red-Banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

Dusky-Blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus franki)

White-M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)

Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido c. comyntas)

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)

Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)






American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

Monarch (Danaus p. plexippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Red-Spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)

Viceroy (Limenitis a. archippus)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Painted Lady (Vanessa carudi)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)

Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne n. nycteis)

Gorgone Checkerspot (Chlosyne gorgone carlota)

Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia adjutrix)

Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana)

Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)


Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes t. tharos


Goatweed Leafwing (Anaea andria)


Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis g. gemma)

Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)

Common Wood Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)



Thanks to Daniel Steele, Deborah Rayfield, Caitlin Beauchamp, and Melanie Schuchart for reporting their sightings. If you see something not on the above list, let me know.

Email Dale Clark