Week of July 10, 2017

 With frequent rains this early summer there is certainly no shortage of nectar sources available. All the usual suspects are on the wing. We are beginning the time when southern stray species start showing up and right on time a report has come that a Long Tailed-Skipper (Urbanus proteus) was seen Ellis County. Queens are easily found in the field -- and if you've planted Gregg's Mistflower you can pretty much be assured of their presence. Monarchs are also around, although not nearly as common as Queens. All of our resident Swallowtails are on the wing.

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)

Long Tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)

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)




Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)



Sachem (Atalopedes campestris huron)

Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon)

Broad-Winged Skipper (Poanes viator zizaniae)

Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone l. logan)

Dun Skipper (Euphyes vestris metacomet)




Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus p.philenor)


Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)


Eastern Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio g. glaucus)



Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Mexican Yellow (Eurema mexicana)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia l. lisa)

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)

Olive Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)



Red-Banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

Dusky-Blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

White-M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)



Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido c. comyntas)

Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)




American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

Monarch (Danaus p. plexippus

Queen (Danaus gilippus)



Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)


Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa c. celtis)

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)


Painted Lady (Vanessa carudi)



Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)


Goatweed Leafwing (Anaea andria)


Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)


Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)


Common Buckeye (Junonia c. coenia)

Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne n. nycteis)

Gorgone Checkerspot (Chlosyne gorgone carlota)


Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia adjutrix)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes t. tharos)

Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes p. phaon)

Vesta (Graphic) Crescent (Phyciodes graphica vesta)

Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis g. gemma)

Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)

Little Wood-Satyr (Megisto c. cymela)

Common Wood Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)


Thanks to Deborah Rayfield, Jim McDermott, Judith Sikora, Roger Sanderson, Melanie Schuchart for reporting. Report your sightings.

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