Butterfly Journal For 7/2/2021- 7/12/2021

July 11, 2021 -Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

The number of butterfly sightings around pbmGarden has increased recently, perhaps simply because I am actively searching for them 2-3 times most days. Since my last report I have recorded 33 individuals from 10 species. The species are all normal for this region at this time of year.

07/03/2021 Gray Hairstreak – Strymon melinus 1
07/03/2021 Fiery Skipper – Hylephila phyleus 2 Common lantana; echinacea
07/04/2021 Sachem – Atalopedes campestris 1 Echinacea
07/04/2021 Silver-spotted Skipper – Epargyreus clarus 1
07/05/2021 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) 1 Buddleja davidii (Butterfly Bush)
07/05/2021 Fiery Skipper – Hylephila phyleus 1 Common lantana
07/06/2021 Ocola Skipper – Panoquina ocola 1 Verbena bonariensis
07/06/2021 Common Buckeye – Junonia coenia 1 Verbena bonariensis
07/06/2021 Gray Hairstreak – Strymon melinus 1 Echinacea
07/07/2021 Horace’s Duskywing – E. horatius 2 females (thanks to H. LeGrand for ID – 1 nectaring on common lantana; 1 on monarda
07/07/2021 ?Fiery Skipper – Hylephila phyleus 1 on peony leaves
07/09/2021 Silver-spotted Skipper – Epargyreus clarus 1 Buddleja davidii (Butterfly Bush)
07/09/2021 Horace’s Duskywing – E. horatius 1 Rudbeckia laciniata (Green-Headed Coneflower)
07/09/2021 Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) 2 Buddleja davidii (Butterfly Bush); Common lantana
07/09/2021 American Lady – Vanessa virginiensis 1 Verbena bonariensis
07/10/2021 Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) 1 Buddleja davidii (Butterfly Bush)
07/10/2021 Ocola Skipper – Panoquina ocola 1 Buddleja davidii (Butterfly Bush)
07/10/2021 Horace’s Duskywing – E. horatius 3 1 on Buddleja davidii (Butterfly Bush); 2 on Common lantana
07/11/2021 Horace’s Duskywing – E. horatius 2 1 on Buddleja davidii (Butterfly Bush); 1 on Common lantana
07/11/2021 Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) 2 Buddleja davidii (Butterfly Bush); Common lantana
07/11/2021 Ocola Skipper – Panoquina ocola 1 Common lantana
07/11/2021 American Lady – Vanessa virginiensis 1 Buddleja davidii (Butterfly Bush)
07/11/2021 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) 1 Buddleja davidii (Butterfly Bush)
07/12/2021 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) 1 Common lantana
07/12/2021 Silver-spotted Skipper – Epargyreus clarus 1 Common lantana and Rudbeckia laciniata (Green-Headed Coneflower)
07/12/2021 Horace’s Duskywing – E. horatius 1 Common lantana and Rudbeckia laciniata (Green-Headed Coneflower)

I am taking many photographs to help with identifications. Here are some representative butterflies seen during this period.

July 3, 2021 -Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) on Liatris spicata ‘Blazing Star’

July 3, 2021 -Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

July 6, 2021 -Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)

July 6, 2021 -Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

July 6, 2021 -Ovipositing Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

There have been 9 Horace’s during this period. Below is a fresh female and the following two images are a more worn female.

July 7, 2021 -Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) -Female

July 7, 2021 -Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) -Female. On Monarda (Bee Balm)

Same individual as above.

July 7, 2021 -Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) -Female. On Monarda (Bee Balm)

Two views of same American Lady…

July 9, 2021 -American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

July 9, 2021 -American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Skippers are difficult for me to identify. I have not noticed Sachems before this year. Either I haven’t seen them, I ignored them or possibly I mistook them for Fiery Skippers.

July 9, 2021 -Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)

July 10, 2021 -Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) -1

July 10, 2021 -Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)

Silver-spotted skippers are easy to identify and are frequent visitors to my garden.

July 11, 2021 -Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)

Common lantana is in full bloom now, starting to attract many insects including this Ocola skipper.

July 11, 2021 -Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)

July 11, 2021 -Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

July 11, 2021 -Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

The “silver” spot is not visible in this picture. I took this photo this morning and appreciate the butterfly choosing a color-coordinated background.

July 12, 2021 -Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)

July 12 2021 -Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)

For 2021 I have observed 100 individuals from 19 species.
There are 177 species known for the state of North Carolina and 105 in my particular county of Chatham.

18 thoughts on “Butterfly Journal For 7/2/2021- 7/12/2021

  1. Eliza Waters

    A nice variety of visitors you’ve recorded, Susie. I’m just starting to see more here. The happy news is on Saturday, we had our first Monarch visit and she laid many eggs in the patch. Looking forward to seeing the instars soon.

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  2. Pauline

    What an amazing selection you have in your garden, you are obviously growing the right food plants for them all and the message has been passed along to visit your garden!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I have enjoyed seeing all these butterflies Pauline. The main native plant they like is just coming into full flower: Rudbeckia laciniata. Butterfly bush, common lantana and verbena bonariensis are all non-native but do provide a big draw to the garden.

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  3. Frogend_dweller

    This is a great record and very interesting. You have so many different kinds of skippers. I think we have about three kinds here and I tend to lump them together. Interesting to see the universal pull of buddleia too!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. Those little skippers are easy to lump together. Only in the past couple years have I tried to be accurate and posting them on iNaturalist to ask for help in recognizing them. In my state of North Carolina there are over 70 skippers. Many of them look just the same to me so I will always have a hobby trying to learn them! Buddleia is reportedly invasive but I’m keeping the one I have. Apparently now some sterile strains are available that still provide for butterflies.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks, I’m glad. Yes, The swallowtails are beautiful. I am just starting to see a few more Eastern Tiger Swallowtails recently in the garden, not as many as I remember.

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  4. Kris P

    You are a true lepidopterist, Susie! As I was leaving the house yesterday, I saw what I thought was a swallowtail and I tried getting out my phone to grab a photo but it was already flitting on its way and lunch with friends awaited. I tried stalking my garden, camera in hand, later in the day but the only photos I captured were of cabbage whites. I saw several dragonflies in flight today too, which is unusual, but maybe they’re enjoying our increasing humid conditions.

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  5. Cathy

    You have seen so many Susie, and recording them all must have been a fun project. Now that the summer flowers are opening I am slowly seeing more here too, although the rain has possibly kept numbers low this year. The skippers and the duskywing are pretty.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The butterflies have made for a good project this year. It’s turned out to be a lot of work trying to ID those little skippers! Hope you get a better balance between rain and sunshine. (Would be nice here too.)

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Isn’t it amazing? I keep checking my garden with quick, random walk-throughs 2-3 times a day. Some days nothing, but most days I find something. You have so many good pollinator plants–hope you’ll see lots of butterflies.

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