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Sea Rim Butterfly Count -- 16 July 2000

The third annual Sea-Rim Butterfly count was held on July 16th, 2000. Despite this being the hottest day of the summer to that date, 99oF plus, our count was a success. The 2000 total far surpassed past results with 25 species and 236 total individuals. Cumulatively, 31 species have been seen on this count.

Like Christmas Bird Counts, butterfly counts are held as a one day event. The 24 hour count is held on a day during a set period before and after July 4th each year. In a 15-mile diameter circle, not overlapping any other circle, all butterflies found alive and actually observed are counted. Just like CBCs, butterfly counts provide snapshots of what is going on locally and what if any trends can be discerned.

A few interesting events on this years counts include watching a Eastern King bird eat a Cloudless Sulphur butterfly. A Variegated Fritillary also was seen being carried away to be eaten by a Green Darner dragonfly.

One count participant remarked how much bird-watching paralleled butterfly watching. Both required looking for field marks to id the animal and keeping your eyes open.

Also on our count lest we forget our birds our group tallied 50 species of birds while counting butterflies. All in all not a bad summer day.

Ken Sztraky

Species

98

99

00

Total

SWALLOWTAILS

 

 

 

 

Pipevine Swallowtail

3

7

1

11

Black Swallowtail

2

0

0

2

Giant Swallowtail

0

1

6

7

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

2

0

0

2

WHITES        
Great Southern White

2

1

20

23

SULPHURS        
Cloudless Sulphur

0

1

15

16

Little Yellow

4

0

10

14

HAIRSTREAKS        
Gray Hairstreak

4

0

12

16

BLUES        
Western Pygmy-Blue

0

0

1

1

HELICONIANS AND FRITILLARIES        
Gulf Fritillary

15

13

20

48

Variegated Fritillary

30

2

40

72

TRUE BRUSH-FOOTS        
Phaon Crescent

3

0

3

6

Common Buckeye

0

0

8

8

ADMIRALS AND RELATIVES        
Red Admiral

2

0

0

2

Viceroy

0

0

1

1

EMPERORS        
Tawny Emperor

0

0

2

2

SATYRS        
Monarch

1

0

0

1

Queen

6

2

12

20

SPREAD-WING SKIPPERS        
Long-tailed Skipper

0

2

0

2

Horace's Duskywing

0

0

2

2

Funereal Duskywing

0

1

0

1

Common Checkered-Skipper

0

20

30

50

Tropical Checkered-Skipper

0

20

4

24

GRASS SKIPPERS        
Least Skipper

0

0

1

1

Southern Skipperling

0

8

30

38

Dun Skipper

0

0

3

3

Eufala Skipper

0

0

1

1

Twin-spot Skipper

0

1

2

3

Brazilian Skipper

0

0

1

1

Salt Marsh Skipper

0

0

10

10

Ocola Skipper

0

0

1

1

         
Totals

74

79

236

389

         
Species Totals

12

13

25

 
         
Cumulative Total Species    

31