Butterfly Journal For 11/05/2021 – 11/12/2021

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Since my last Butterfly Journal report I recorded 6 observations, bringing the 2021 annual butterfly total for my garden to 597 (30 species)*.

[*The overall 2021 annual butterfly total to 598 (31 species).]

Butterfly Sightings 11/05/2021 – 11/12/2021

11/9/2021 Cloudless Sulphur – Phoebis sennae 1
11/12/2021 Cabbage White – Pieris rapae 1
11/12/2021 Ocola Skipper – Panoquina ocola 1
11/12/2021 Fiery Skipper – Hylephila phyleus 3

From a window on Tuesday I spotted a Cloudless Sulphur floating above the garden for a minute or two, but it quickly moved on without making a stop. There are still a few floral enticements it might have tasted: saliva, lantana, a few zinnias and cosmos. Or how about some fresh button chrysanthemums?  Yesterday a Fiery Skipper found a sunny spot to pause among the flowers of this passalong plant.

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

After a busy week it was a relief to spend some time in the garden yesterday afternoon. The day was sunny and mild. I planted narcissus, hyacinths, muscari and allium yesterday—still a few more bulbs to place.

A butterfly drew me outside. I had spotted it earlier but it didn’t stay. When it returned (presumably it was the same one) it paused among a large planting of shasta daisies before moving through the garden. I couldn’t get very close to it but I don’t think I have ever been so pleased to see a Cabbage White! This was the tenth one of 2021 and the first one here since mid-July.

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

While trying to photograph the Cabbage White I noticed skippers in front of me. I shifted the camera toward them just as the Cabbage White took off and felt their touch. I’ve never had a butterfly land on my hand before, much less two. It was a sweet moment but the timing was decidedly awkward.

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

I helped them settle back onto lantana.

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Autumn color exploded this week and throughout the neighborhood and along our routes around town the views have been spectacular. The last time I wrote a butterfly journal entry there was a prediction for our first freeze that never materialized.  Tomorrow (Sunday) a hard freeze (30°F.) is expected.

 

17 thoughts on “Butterfly Journal For 11/05/2021 – 11/12/2021

  1. automatic gardener

    I have to say that because of your journal, I’ve been paying attention to butterflies in my garden. I have had quite a few skippers and one that landed near me to enjoy the sun. It’s colors were really highlighted. What fun to have them land on you. I usually get yucky bugs on me.

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  2. Kris P

    Great pics once again! I’ve never seen better shots of a cabbage white. I thought of you yesterday as I watched the cloudless sulpurs flitting about. There seems to be a lot of mating activity going on among them but I still haven’t managed a photo and I’ve yet to see any caterpillars either. Meanwhile, their host plant, my Senna bicapsularis has been hit hard by our current late season heatwave.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I hardly know how to act around snow Judy. We get very little but occasionally a big one falls. It’s thrilling at first. Thanks for following along with my butterfly journey.

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  3. Cathy

    A beautiful shot of the skipper on your Chrysanthemums. I had to giggle at your delight in seeing cabbage whites… I have had hundreds, and many caterpillars eating things in my veg garden too!

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  4. Pauline

    What a fantastic season you have had, so many different varieties. I haven’t seen any here for a while now, so I think it will be next year before I see any more.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It has been rewarding to monitor the butterflies this year. I saw two more just after writing this journal report. We are colder here now with just a light frost the other day but I don’t expect to see many more. Your autumn garden is looking wonderful. Enjoy.

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