South Florida Butterfly Trip 2017

Our most excellent trip leader, Alana Edwards, picked us up at the Miami Airport on Friday afternoon to kick off the Sunstreak Tours "South Florida and the Keys" trip from May 12-20. Based for most of the trip at the Quality Inn in Florida City broken up by two nights at the Holiday Inn Express on Marathon Key, our group of seven butterfliers would hit quite a few locations south of Miami, head into the Everglades, and drive all the way down to Key West, picking up a total of 62 species along the way of which 21 were "lifers" for me. Several of the folks on the trip had done this trip with Alana before and had pretty good ideas of where and what to look for, but everybody still got at least one new species and enjoyed a number of interesting other sightings. Following are some of my photos from the trip, starting with a few of the more interesting critters, bugs and birds, before getting to pictures of 45 of those butterflies.

Our first day turned up one of my target species, both adults and the caterpillars of the Atala, along with the Florida variation of the Viceroy and a good number of other species. On Sunday, our big day in the Everglades, the mosquitos went from bad to ridiculously annoying, but were worth it for good looks at a Florida Leafwing. Appropriately armored against them for the remainder of the trip, they were never anywhere near as bad, and we'd be treated the next day to a rare Schaus' Swallowtail posing for photographs for at least 40 minutes, and the following day rewarded with a sighting of the Amethyst Hairstreak along with several other new species for me. Every day provided even more new ones for me and it's always fun sharing those moments with the rest of the group.

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Critters

Snail

Snail

Snail

Snail

Florida Softshell Turtle

Horseshoe Crab

Green Iguana

Green Iguana

Green Iguana

Corn Snake

Everglades Racer

Schooling Fish

Brown Anole

Brown Anole

Lizard

Manatee

Manatee

Manatee

Odonates

Band-winged Dragonlet

Halloween Pennant

Halloween Pennant

Eastern Pondhawk

Plants

Mangrove

Orchid

Passion Vine

Seascape

Waterlily

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grasshoppers

Eastern Lubber

Eastern Lubber

Eastern Lubber

Eastern Lubber

Spiders

Golden Orb-Weaver

Golden Orb-Weaver

Golden Orb-Weaver

Spiny Orb-Weaver

Spider

Spider

Birds

Brown Pelican

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Gray Kingbird

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Laughing Gull

Laughing Gull

Magnificent Frigatebird

Scaly-breasted Munia

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Purple Gallinule

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

Rooster

Swallowtail Kite

White Ibis

White Ibis

White Ibis

White Ibis

White-crowned Pigeon

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Shorebirds

Shorebirds

Butterflies

Papilionidae (Swallowtails)

Polydamas Swallowtail
(Battus polydamas)

Giant Swallowtail
(Papilio cresphontes)

Schaus' Swallowtail
(Papilio aristodemus)

Schaus' Swallowtail
(Papilio aristodemus)

Schaus' Swallowtail
(Papilio aristodemus)

Schaus' Swallowtail
(Papilio aristodemus)

Palamedes Swallowtail
(Papilio palamedes)

Palamedes Swallowtail
(Papilio palamedes)

Palamedes Swallowtail
(Papilio palamedes)

Palamedes Swallowtail
Eggs

Pieridae (Whites & Sulphurs)

Great Southern White
(Ascia monuste)

Pink-spot Sulphur
(Phoebis neleis)

Pink-spot Sulphur
(Phoebis neleis)

Statira Sulphur
(Phoebis statira)

Lyside Sulphur
(Kricogonia lyside)

Barred Yellow
(Eurema daira)

Little Yellow
(Eurema lisa)

Little Yellow
(Eurema lisa)

Dina Yellow
(Eurema dina)

Dina Yellow
(Eurema dina)

Dainty Sulphur
(Nathalis iole)

Lycaenidae (Hairstreaks & Blues)

Atala
(Eumaeus atala)

Atala
(Eumaeus atala)

Atala
Caterpillars

Amethyst Hairstreak
(Chlorostrymon maesites)

Amethyst Hairstreak
(Chlorostrymon maesites)

Amethyst Hairstreak
(Chlorostrymon maesites)

Fulvous Hairstreak
(Electrostrymon angelia)

Fulvous Hairstreak
(Electrostrymon angelia)

Fulvous Hairstreak
(Electrostrymon angelia)

Gray Hairstreak
(Strymon melinus)

Martial Scrub-Hairstreak
(Strymon martialis)

Martial Scrub-Hairstreak
(Strymon martialis)

Martial Scrub-Hairstreak
(Strymon martialis)

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak
(Strymon acis)

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak
(Strymon acis)

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak
(Strymon acis)

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak
(Strymon acis)

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
(Strymon istapa)

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
(Strymon istapa)

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
(Strymon istapa)

Cassius Blue
(Leptotes cassius)

Cassius Blue
(Leptotes cassius)

Eastern Pygmy-Blue
(Brephidium isophthalma)

Eastern Pygmy-Blue
(Brephidium isophthalma)

Eastern Pygmy-Blue
(Brephidium isophthalma)

Eastern Pygmy-Blue
(Brephidium isophthalma)

Ceraunus Blue
(Hemiargus ceraunus)

Ceraunus Blue
(Hemiargus ceraunus)

Ceraunus Blue
(Hemiargus ceraunus)

Riodinidae (Metalmarks)

Little Metalmark
(Calephelis virginiensis)

Little Metalmark
(Calephelis virginiensis)

Nymphalidae (Brushfoots)

Monarch
Caterpillar

Florida Leafwing
(Anaea floridalis)

Florida Leafwing
(Anaea floridalis)

Georgia Satyr
(Neonympha areolata)

Georgia Satyr
(Neonympha areolata)

Gulf Fritillary
(Agraulis vanillae)

Gulf Fritillary
(Agraulis vanillae)

Gulf Fritillary
(Agraulis vanillae)

Zebra Heliconian
(Heliconius charithonia)

Zebra Heliconian
(Heliconius charithonia)

Viceroy
(Limenitis archippus)

Viceroy
(Limenitis archippus)

Viceroy
(Limenitis archippus)

Ruddy Daggerwing
(Marpesia petreus)

Ruddy Daggerwing
(Marpesia petreus)

Ruddy Daggerwing
(Marpesia petreus)

Florida Purplewing
(Eunica tatila)

Florida Purplewing
(Eunica tatila)

Florida Purplewing
(Eunica tatila)

Florida Purplewing
(Eunica tatila)

Florida Purplewing
(Eunica tatila)

White Peacock
(Anartia jatrophae)

White Peacock
(Anartia jatrophae)

White Peacock
(Anartia jatrophae)

Common Buckeye
(Junonia coenia)

Mangrove Buckeye
(Junonia evarete)

Mangrove Buckeye
(Junonia evarete)

Pearl Crescent
(Phyciodes tharos)

Phaon Crescent
(Phyciodes phaon)

Hesperiidae (Skippers)

Mangrove Skipper
(Phocides pigmalion)

Mangrove Skipper
(Phocides pigmalion)

Hammock Skipper
(Polygonus leo)

Florida Duskywing
(Ephyriades brunneus)

Florida Duskywing
(Ephyriades brunneus)

Florida Duskywing
(Ephyriades brunneus)

Florida Duskywing
(Ephyriades brunneus)

Florida Duskywing
(Ephyriades brunneus)

Horace's Duskywing
(Erynnis horatius)

Horace's Duskywing
(Erynnis horatius)

Tropical Checkered-Skipper
(Pyrgus oileus)

Tropical Checkered-Skipper
(Pyrgus oileus)

Southern Skipperling
(Copaeodes minimus)

Three-spotted Skipper
(Cymaenes tripunctus)

Three-spotted Skipper
(Cymaenes tripunctus)

Three-spotted Skipper
(Cymaenes tripunctus)

Three-spotted Skipper
(Cymaenes tripunctus)

Three-spotted Skipper
(Cymaenes tripunctus)

Baracoa Skipper
(Polites baracoa)

Baracoa Skipper
(Polites baracoa)

Monk Skipper
(Asbolis capucinus)

Southern Broken-Dash
(Wallengrenia otho)

TBD Skipper
 

Moths

Moth
Caterpillar

Faithful Beauty
Moth
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