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