Butterfly Watching and Research in the Red Hills

January 4th, 2016 by Red Hills

butterfly by Sally Jue
 Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU-TV
Monarchs are cool, but they’re the only butterflies we see in this area that aren’t 100% local.  Click here and trek through a couple of different habitat types and get a hint of the diversity of butterflies we have here in the Red Hills of Florida and Georgia.  Scroll down for a complete list of species we saw in the video.  Music for the piece comes from Haiqiong Deng‘s performance on Local Routes.  She performed two songs; the other song aired in the same episode as this segment.  If you missed it, you can watch it on the Local Routes page.

Dean and Sally help coordinate a few butterfly counts a year, where citizen scientists can help get a sense of the butterfly populations in our area.  If you’re interested, you can contact them at dsjue@embarqmail.com.  You can also learn more about local butterfly goings on at the North American Butterfly Association Hairstreak Chapter’s web page.

Link to Rob’s full blog and video here.

Filmed at Klapp-Phipps Park unless otherwise specified.

0:11  Spicebush swallowtail nectaring(longleaf habitat)
0:18  Little metalmark (longleaf)
0:25  Golden-banded skipper nectaring on hairy leaf cup
0:39  Tropical checkered skipper
1:15  Cloudless sulfur
1:24  Golden-banded skipper
1:32  Golden-banded skipper
1:38  Golden-banded skipper nectaring
1:52  Golden-banded skipper nectaring
2:05  Golden-banded skipper
2:09  Long-tailed skipper caterpillar (garden pole bean plant)
2:16  Long-tailed skipper (longleaf)
2:34  Gray hairstreak
3:02  Spicebush swallowtail (longleaf)
3:20  Spicebush swallowtail nectaring (longleaf)
3:55  Spicebush swallowtail (longleaf)
4:11  Phaon crescent (longleaf)
4:19  Long-tailed skipper nectaring (longleaf)
4:50  Golden-banded skipper
4:52  Golden-banded skipper nectaring
4:56  Zabulon skipper
5:05  Golden-banded skipper nectaring


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