Week of March 27, 2017

 Monarchs are hitting north Texas (and beyond) on their return trip from Mexico. Queens are also heading north with a sighting this week (rather early) in Kaufman County. Spring specilty species are on the wing, like Falcate Orangetip and Henry's Elfin, for a bit longer before they disappear for another year. New species will be on the wing on a daily basis from now on so let me know if you see something not on the list below.

Many species are sexually dimorphic (males and females look differently). Click on the links below to see more information and photos.


Silver Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)

Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)

Southern Cloudywing (Thorybes bathyllus)

Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)

Hayhurst's Scallopwing (Staphylus hayhurstii)

Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)

Juvenal's Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)

Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)




Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Cobweb Skipper (Hesperia metea)

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris huron)

Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone l. logan)

Dun Skipper (Euphyes vestris metacomet)





Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus p.philenor)


Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)


Eastern Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio g. glaucus)



Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Mexican Yellow (Eurema mexicana)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia l. lisa)

Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)


Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)


Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)


Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)




Falcate Orange-tip (Anthocharis midea texana)

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)




Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)

Olive Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)

Henry's Elfin (Callophrys henrici)

Red-Banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

Dusky-Blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

White-M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)



Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido c. comyntas)

Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)




American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

Monarch (Danaus p. plexippus

Queen (Danaus gilippus)



Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)


Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Painted Lady (Vanessa carudi)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)


Goatweed Leafwing (Anaea andria)


Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)


Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)


Common Buckeye (Junonia c. coenia)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes t. tharos)

Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes p. phaon)


Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis g. gemma)

Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)



Thanks to Jim McDermott, Judith Sikora, Roger Sanderson, Melanie Schuchart for reporting. Report your sightings.

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