Index to Skidaway.net

Birds of Chatham County

Skippers of Chatham County

Odonata of Chatham County

Chatham County, GA Butterflies

Swallowtails through Nymphalids

There are about 725 species of butterflies and skippers in North America, of which at least 164 can be found in Georgia.  There have been 109 species recorded in Chatham County.  That includes five previously undocumented species added to the record in 2005 through 2007. The current initiative to locate, photograph  and document species and recognized sub-species is: 75.  On these two pages there are images of: 69.  The common names and listing order are those of the North American Butterfly Association, 8 September 2004. 

Species

Brief Annotation

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Skidaway

Papilionidae

Pipevine Swallowtail

Battus philenor

6 April - 19 May Skidaway Island

19 May 2006, Skidaway Island, Chatham County, GA      

ü

Black Swallowtail

Papilio polyxenes

9 March 2007

6 February 2008

Common in marsh area of SNWR through August

18 August 2007, Chatham County, GA      

ü

Giant Swallowtail

Papilio cresphontes

14 August  2005, Skidaway Island

4 April 2007, Skidaway Island

       

ü

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Papilio glaucus

30 May 2007, Skidaway Island

Common summer resident

30 July 2005, Skidaway Island, Chatham County, GA      

ü

Spicebush Swallowtail

Papilio troilus

16 May 04

Appears uncommon on coast

       

ü

Palamedes Swallowtail

Papilio palamedes

Common resident

17 Feb 2008, Solomon Tract SNWR 

27 Mar 2007, Skidaway Island

Host Red Bay declining rapidly

27 August 2007, Skidaway Island, Chatham County, GA   30 Agust 2007, Skidaway Island, Chatham County, GA  

ü

Pieridae

Checkered White

Pontia protodice

24 June 2006, Ft Pulaski NM

27 May 2007, Ft Pulaski NM

26 June 2006, Ft Pulaski NM, Chatham County, GA        
Cabbage White

Pieris rapae

9 February 2008, Largo Road

30 November 2007, Largo Road

Tim Mille,r 30 November 2007, Largo Road, Chatham County, GA        

Great Southern White

Ascia monuste

9 May 2008, Skidaway Island

15 December 2007, Tybee Island

15 December 2007, Tybee Island, Chatham County, GA Diana churchill 12 December 2007, Tybee Island, Chatham County, GA    

ü

Orange Sulphur

Olias eurytheme

11 February 2008, Largo Road

     

Cloudless Sulfur

Phoebis sennae

Common, flies year round

     

ü

Little Yellow

Eurema lisa

11 January 2008, Largo Road

21 October 2007, Skidaway Island, Chatham County, GA      

ü

Sleepy Orange

Eurema nicippe

17 Feb 2008, Solomon Tract SNWR

     

ü

Lycaenidae

Great Purple Hairstreak

Atlides halesus

19 October 2005, Skidaway Island      

ü

'Southern' Oak Hairstreak

Satyrium favionus favionus

19 May 2006, Skidaway Island      

ü

White M Hairstreak

Parrhasius m-album

5 March 2007, Skidaway Island        

ü

Gray Hairstreak

Strymon melinus

21 March 2008, Skidaway Island

     

ü

Red-banded Hairstreak

Calycopus cecrops

18 March 2006, Skidaway Island

      ü

Eastern Pygmy Blue

Brephidium isophthalma

2 October 2006, Ft Pulaski

21 September 2007, Ft Pulaski

     

ü

Cassius Blue

Leptotes cassius

27 August 2007, Skidaway Island

1 December 2007, Tybee Island

27 August 2007, Skidaway Island, Chatham County, GA      

ü

Spring Azure

Celestrina ladon ladon

1 February 2008, Skidaway Island

Tim Miller, 1 February 2008, Savannah, Chatham County, GA      

ü

'Summer' Azure

Celestrina ladon neglecta                    

22 May 2006, Skidaway Island

       

ü

Nymphalidae

American Snout

Libythenea carinenta

         

Gulf Fritillary

Agaulis vanillae

Common late summer. Can fly all year

   

ü

 

Zebra Longwing

Heliconius charithonia

11 January 2008, Largo Road

     

ü

 

Variegated Fritillary

Euptoieta claudia

21 April 2008, Skidaway Island (FC)

      ü
Texan 'Seminole' Crescent

Phyciodes texana seminole

22 September 2007, Solomon Tract, SNWR

22 Septwember 2007, SNWR Solomon Tract, Chatham County, GA

Tim Miller

       

Phaon Crescent

Phyciodes phaon                

31 March 2008, Skidaway Island

20 October 2007, Skidaway Island

20 Octboer 2007, Skidaway Island, Chatham County, GA - Fitz Clarke Fitz Clarke       ü

Pearl Crescent

Phyciodes tharos                     

      ü

Question Mark

Polygonia interrogationis

17 Feb 2008, Solomon Tract SNWR

      ü

American Lady

Vanessa virginiensis

11 January 2007, Largo Road

30 October 2005, Skidaway Island, Chatham County, GA 29 October 2006, Skidaway Island, Chatham County, GA    

ü

 

Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui

5 February 2007 Largo Road

23 August 2005, Skidaway Island

 

23 August 2005, Skidaway Island, Chatham County, GA     ü

Red Admiral

Vanessa Atalanta

Fairly common late season

1 February 2008, Skidaway Island

     

ü

Common Buckeye

Junonia coenia

Common

9 February 2008, Largo Road              28 December 2007

     

ü

White Peacock

Anartia jatrophae

       

ü

Red-spotted Purple

Lamenitis arthemis

        ü

Viceroy

Lamenitis archippus

21 April 2008, Skidaway Island (FC)       ü

Hackberry Emperor

Asterocampa celtis

23 April 2008, Largo Road (TM) 24 April 2006, Skidaway Island, Chtham county, GA   ü

Tawny Emperor

Asterocampa clyton

18 Sep 2007, Largo Road (TM) 19 Sepember 2007, Chatham County, GA

Tim Miller

  19 Sepember 2007, Chatham County, GA

Tim Miller

   

Southern Pearly-eye

Enodia portlandia

18 March 2008, Largo Road

10 November 2007, SNWR Solomon Tract

      ü

Creole Pearly-eye

Enodia creola

         

Appalachian Brown

Satyrodes appalachia

26 August 2007, SNWR*

Tim Miller

       

Gemmed Satyr

Cyllopsis gemma

17 March 2008, Skidaway Island     ü

Carolina Satyr

Hermeuptychia sosybius

20 December 2007, Largo Road      

ü

Little Wood-Satyr

Megisto cymela

26 March 2008, Skidaway Island      

ü

 

Viola's Form - Little Wood-Satyr

Megisto cymela viola

24 March 2008, Skidaway Island     ü

Monarch

Danaus plexipus

Can be found all year, Skidaway Island   ü

Queen

Danaus gilippus

      ü

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Books
Butterflies of the East Coast, An Observers Guide, 2005. Cech, R and G Tudor,  Princeton
Butterflies of Georgia, 2004.  Daniels, Jaret C.,  Adventure Publications
Butterflies of North America, 2003.  Brock and Kaufman., Houghton-Mifflin
Butterflies through Binoculars, The East, 1999.  Glassberg, Jeffrey., Oxford University
John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide. 2000. Amphoto
Seaside Plants of the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts, 1987.  Duncan W., and  M. Duncan, Smithsonian
 
Web sites
Bioquip - supplies for collecting
Butterflies of America - Excellent photography and ecology from the Arctic to Panama
Georgia Butterflies - Jim Flynn's excellent state-wide site 
Georgia Lepidoptera
MSU/Big Sky Institute (from NPWRS) - all butterflies and moths of North America and Mexico
North American Butterfly Association
Southern Lepidopterists Society
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