New Butterfly!

A new butterfly to put on my species list… Hackberry Emperor!

I was just looking around and I saw something land on the pine tree. I was guessing it was this butterfly then I debunked that id and this went on for about a minute. (A minute is a long time when you are trying to id something just from memory)

It is a great feeling to have when you see a species you haven’t seen or heard of for the first time, especially in their natural habitat.

Hackberry Emperor
Hackberry Emperor | Alice Mary Herden | April 2020

By the time I got out of the car to take more photos, it flew away peacefully into the forest!


Links:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/hackberry_emperor.htm

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/hackberry-emperor/

https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/celtis-occidentalis


More Cloudless Sulphurs

Clouded, Orange, Dog Face, trying to ID these are confusing, but looking at quite a few photos I may have found a way to ID Cloudless Sulphur; the eyes

Cloudless Sulphur | September 2019 | Alice Mary Herden
Cloudless Sulphur | September 2019 | Alice Mary Herden

In a previous post, I noticed that the eyes are two-toned and looking at the other sulphur butterflies they are not.

Cloudless Sulphur | September 2019 | Alice Mary Herden
Cloudless Sulphur | September 2019 | Alice Mary Herden

If this is not the case, I will be sure to update this post!

Ceraunus Blue butterfly

If anyone knows about these little blues, they are very hard to photograph. Every time you try to get just close enough they fly away. It was my lucky day today, I was able to capture not one but two!


Links

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/ceraunus_blue.htm

 

Southern Dogface Butterflies

While in-between assignments I was able to get some nature photography in! First stop was a quick couple of hours at Citrus Tract in Withlacoochee State Forest. Loads of Southern Dogface butterflies and Pipevine Swallowtails.

Southern Dogface | July 18 | Alice Mary Herden
Southern Dogface | July 18 | Alice Mary Herden
Pipevine Swallowtail | July 18 | Alice Mary Herden
Pipevine Swallowtail | July 18 | Alice Mary Herden

The last time I visited Citrus WMA was June 17 and June 20, and there were so many Queens and Bella Moths… only saw a few on this day. As I gather more details I believe this is some good information to keep track of.


Links:

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/southern-dogface/

Host plants: Bastard Indigo and Summer Farewell

 

Delaware Skipper

You will see Delaware Skippers and other variety of butterflies sharing and gathering nectar a top thistles. Their long proboscis helps the skippers reach deep for the nectar.

If I find an illustration the flower part of a thistle I will posted it.

Delaware Skipper | July 4 | Alice Mary Herden
Delaware Skipper | July 4 | Alice Mary Herden