Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Butterflies in the Minno Yard (Gainesville, FL): July 2012

We found 21 species of butterflies in our yard in Gainesville in July.  Most abundant were Horace’s Duskywings, Cassius Blues, and Gulf Fritillaries. The most frequently visited flower was Snow Squarestem (Melanthera nivea) (Asteraceae).  Interestingly Brazilian Skippers and Zebra Heliconians are back after several years of absence.

Broad-winged Skippers (Hesperiidae: Eudaminae)
Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)

Spreadwing Skippers (Hesperiidae: Pyrginae)
Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)
Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus  (albescens?)

Grass Skippers (Hesperiidae: Hesperiinae)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Swallowtails (Papilionidae: Papilioninae)
Giant Swallowtail (Heraclides cresphontes)

Sulphurs (Pieridae: Coliadinae)
Barred Yellow (Eurema daira)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)

Hairstreaks (Lycaenidae: Theclinae)
White M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Blues (Lycaenidae: Polyommatinae)
Ceranus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius)

Milkweed Butterflies (Nymphalidae: Danainae)
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Passionflower Butterflies (Nymphalidae: Heliconiinae)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae nigrior)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charitonius)

Snout Butterflies (Nymphalidae: Libytheinae)
American Snout (Libytheana bachmanii)

Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae: Nymphalinae)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

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