June 28, 2023

Butterfly BIG YEAR (Florida)

Lori and I set out to see how many species of butterflies we could find in the state of Florida during 2023. There are approx. 165 species that breed in Florida. Back in 2015 we found 139 and photographed them all.

In 2023 we found 147 and photographed them all. Our list:

January - we ended the month at 47.
Highlights: Florida Leafwing
Tropical Buckeye
Cuban Crescent
Florida Purplewing
Lyside Sulphur
Martial Scrub-Hairstreak
Baracoa Skipper
Hayhurst's Scallopwing

February - we ended the month at 69
Highlights; Polydamas Swallowtail
Silver-spotted Skipper
Henry's Elfin
Juvenal's Duskywing
Texan Crescent
American Snout
Frosted Elfin

March - we ended the month at 97
Highlights; Southern Dogface
Confused Cloudywing
Dusky Roadside-Skipper
Sleepy Duskywing
Eastern Pine Elfin
Giant Yucca-Skipper
Golden-banded Skipper
Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper
Pepper and Salt Skipper
Zabulon Skipper
Broad-winged Skipper
Swarthy Skipper
Fulvous Hairstreak
Statira Sulphur

APRIL - we finished the month at 115
Highlights; White M Hairstreak
Salt Marsh Skipper
(Common) Western Pygmy-Blue
Intricate Satyr
Hessel's Hairstreak
Cofaqui Giant-Skipper
Banded Hairstreak
Striped Hairstreak
Appalachian Brown
Great Purple Hairstreak
Amethyst Hairstreak

MAY - we finished the month at 129
Highlights; Dukes' Skipper
Schaus' Swallowtail
Pink-spot Sulphur
Florida Duskywing
Dina Yellow
King's Hairstreak
Eastern Tailed-Blue
Cabbage White
Byssus Skipper
Goatweed Leafwing

JUNE - we finished the month at 137
Highlights; Meske's Skipper
Arogos Skipper
Florida Dusted "Loammi" Skipper
Palmetto Skipper
Gemmed Satyr
Painted Lady
Mimosa Yellow

JULY - We finished the month at 139
Highlights: Neamathla Skipper
Eufala Skipper

AUGUST - We finished the month at 141
Highlights: Florida White
Bahamian Swallowtail

SEPTEMBER - We finished the month at 147.
Highlights: Dotted Skipper
Common Wood-Nymph
Yehl Skipper
Dion Skipper
Berry's Skipper
Crossline Skipper

Species we did not see in 2023 (just not enough time and luck)
Orange Sulphur
Brown Elfin (spring)
Coral Hairstreak (spring)
Silver-banded Hairstreak
Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak
Gray Ministreak
Miami Blue
Dingy Purplewing
Silvery Checkerspot
Mourning Cloak (late winter/spring)
Creole Pearly-eye
Hoary Edge
Wild Indigo Duskywing
Funereal Duskywing
Common Sootywing (doubtful)
Little Glassywing
Reversed Roadside-Skipper (spring)

Posted on June 28, 2023 08:16 PM by ron284 ron284 | 1 observation | 1 comment | Leave a comment