Florida Week 15

Thank you, Susan Kolterman, for guiding me to three s. FL specialties - Florida duskywing, hammock skipper, and Florida purplewing.  We searched several hammocks in the upper keys before melting in the near-90 degree afternoon heat; then Susan mapped directions to several Martial and Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak sites.  And thanks also to Linda Evans for directing me to Susan.

My camper was to be serviced on Monday, so I spent the weekend hiking trails in the everglades.  Not many butterflies in this dry season, but some great walks among the gators with very few mosquitoes.  

Two days later my weekly food shopping at Wal-Mart was marred by the burglary of my van (while a Wal-Mart guard was sitting (sleeping?) just a few cars away).  Maybe it’s all just context.  The small version: the shock of having my vehicle vandalized; the larger version: on a planet where so much of humanity must survive day-to-day, I have the time and means to engage in a mad year-long pursuit of butterflies.  So I move on, and hope that the proceeds from my computer and camera feed a few hungry mouths.

On my way to Tennessee, stops at Kissimmee Prairie SP and Osceola NF were also productive, including lots of attractive loammi skippers and the Zarucco duskywing.   A couple of skippers photographed at Kissimmee have me flummoxed, so I post them below with the hopes that a follower of this blog can help with the ID.

New Species:  Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus, Martial Scrub-Hairstreak Strymon martialis, Eastern Pygmy-Blue Brephidium pseudofea, Cuban Crescent Anthanassa frisia, Viceroy Limenitis archippus, Florida Purplewing Eunica tatila, Hammock Skipper Polygonus leo, Confused Cloudywing Thorybes confusis, Florida Duskywing Ephyriades brunnea, Zarucco Duskywing Erynnis zarucco, Least Skipper Ancyloxypha numitor, Tawny-edged Skipper Polites themistocles, Dun Skipper Euphyes vestris, Loammi Skipper Atrytonopsis loammi, Ocola Skipper Panoquina ocola 

New Species:  15     Total trip species:  185    Species Photographed:  178


Loammi Skipper at Kissimmee Prairie SP


Unidentified Skipper at Kissimmee Prairie SP


Unidentified Skipper at Kissimmee Prairie SP

Week 14 

© Chris Tenney 2014