Thanks to everyone who joined us for the North American Butterfly count yesterday. Sixteen individuals braved the heat and spent 7-8h in the field despite a heat index over 100F.
We observed butterflies within a 6 mile radius of Lick Creek Park in several locations including Lick Creek Park, Bee Creek park, Wolf Pen Creek, and the Millican Reserve.
I would like to give special thanks to Bruce and Shirley who worked hard to explain field marks to the less experienced (such as myself). I’d also like to thank the Millican Reserve for allowing access to their property, and have copied them onto this email. Species observed on their property are italicized, and underlined in the list below. While we did not find a huge number of butterflies on this particular count at Millican it was superb for odonates (dragonflies and damselflies), and a separate list is currently being compiled of non-butterfly organisms seen throughout the day.
We counted 201 individual butterflies, finishing the day with 30 species. This result is very similar to last year when we counted 202 individual butterflies, and 28 species. If anybody notices any mistakes on this please let me know ASAP before I officially submit it.
Giant Swallowtail 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
Cloudless Sulphur 5
Little Yellow 57
Sleepy Orange 1
Dainty Sulphur 1
Gray Hairstreak 3
Red-banded Hairstreak 2
Ceraunus Blue 3
Reakirt’s Blue 1
American Snout 1
Gulf Fritillary 9
Silvery Checkerspot 4
Phaon Crescent 2
Pearl Crescent 8
American Lady 1
Common Buckeye 4
Hackberry Emperor 3
Tawny Emperor 5
Carolina Satyr 1
Horace’s Duskywing 7
Common Checkered-Skipper 28
Tropical Checkered-Skipper 7
Clouded Skipper 13
Least Skipper 1
Southern Skipperling 8
Fiery Skipper 11
LICK CREEK PLANT AND CRITTER LIST
NABA BUTTERFLY COUNT
16 JULY 2016
ODONATES: DAMSELFLIES AND DRAGONFLIES
Blue-fronted Dancer, Argia apicalis
Citrine Forktail, Ischnura hastata
Common Green Darner, Anas junius
Widow Skimmer, Libellula luctuosa
Common Whitetail, Libellula lydia
Eastern Amberwing, Perithemis tenera
Eastern Pondhawk, Erythemis simplicollis
Wandering Glider, Pantala flavescens
Swift Setwing Dythemis velox
ORTHOPTERA: GRASSHOPPERS, CRICKETS, ETC.
American Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca americana
Pictured Grasshopper, Dactylotum bicolor (nymph)
(note: true Aztec Grasshopper, Lactista azteca, does not occur in the United States)
HEMIPTERA: TRUE BUGS, APHIDS, ETC.
Dog-day Cicada, Tibicen sp.
Rainbow Scarab, Phaneus vindex
Delta Flower Beetle, Trigonopeltastes delta
Texas Click Beetle, Alaus lusciosus
LEPIDOPTERA: MOTHS (AND BUTTERFLIES, OF COURSE)
Inchworm Moth(s), family Geometridae
DIPTERA: TRUE FLIES
Bee Flies, Bombyliidae
HYMENOPTERA: BEES, WASPS, ANTS, ETC.
Tarantula-hawk, Pepsis sp.
Sweat Bee, family Halictidae
Honey Bee, Apis mellifera
Eastern Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa virginica
ARACHNIDA: SPIDERS, SCORPIONS, ETC.
Garden Spider, Argiope sp.
Wolf Spider, Rabidosa sp.
Green Lynx Spider, Peucetia viridans
Globular Drop, Olygyra orbiculata
OSTEICHTHYES: BONY FISHES
Sunfish sp., Lepomis sp.
Largemouth Bass, Microptera salmoides
AMPHIBIA: SALAMANDERS AND FROGS
Frog sp. Did anyone get a specific ID?
REPTILIA: TURTLES, LIZARDS, AND SNAKES
Rough Green Snake, Opheodrys aestiva
Northern Bobwhite, Colinus virginianus
Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Mississippi Kite, Ictinia mississippiensis
Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
Inca Dove, Columbina inca
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus americanus
Chimney Swift, Chaetura pelagica
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus
Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus
White-eyed Vireo, Vireo griseus
American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica
Carolina Chickadee, Poecile carolinensis
Tufted Titmouse, Baeolophus bicolor
Carolina Wren, Thryothorus ludovicianus
Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
Indigo Bunting, Passerina cyanea
Human, Homo sapiens (introduced)
Eastern Cottontail, Sylvilagus floridanus
Domestic Dog, Canis familiaris (introduced)