First Butterfly of the Season

This year brought unusual swings in temperature. The first 2 weeks were our coldest days in a row and then the 3rd was usually warm with a week in the 60s and 70s. I'm not sure if that I why I saw these butterflies so early or just that I was outside enjoying the weather. I hope to keep a list of when I see various butterflies in the area to see if there is a trend for when they first arrive during the year.

My first butterfly was actually the Cabbage White followed closely by the Gulf Fritillary. I also saw a Goatweed Leafwing at the Heard, but did not get a picture of my own. (I have linked to a picture I took in March)

Editor Note: I wrote this in January, but didn't see I had to Publish it so now doing so in May.

Since I'm publishing this late, I'm adding additional sightings:
February added the Question Mark, the Common Checkered Skipper
March added the Orange Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Tiger Swallowtail, Red Admiral, American Lady
April Added the Giant Swallowtail, Eastern Black Swallowtail, Gray Hairstreak, Pipevine Swallowtail, Eastern tailed blue, checkered white, fiery skipper, Monarch

Also note that my sighting of the Gulf Fritillary was not normal and I suspect it was an overwintered Chrysalis that came out to early. We have had freezes since then and it would not have been able to survive. As of May 30, I'm still waiting to see my second one.

Publicado por butterflies4fun butterflies4fun, 31 de maio de 2015, 04:34 PM

Observações

Fotos / Sons

What

Borboleta-Das-Couves (Pieris rapae)

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Janeiro 25, 2015

Lugar

Allen, TX (Google, OSM)

Descrição

Cabbage White Butterfly - my first butterfly of the year. Sitting on prairie verbena although not in bloom yet. Temps have been unusually warm the past few days.

Fotos / Sons

What

Borboleta-Paixão (Dione vanillae)

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Janeiro 28, 2015

Descrição

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly in backyard on Zinnia (dead). There is passion vine in the area so suspect these are early ones that eclosed due to the warm weather we have been having. Multiple days in the 60's/70s.

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Fevereiro 8, 2015

Descrição

Question Mark flying on top of the Hoot Owl Trail at the Heard. It was a bright sunny day around 70. It was flying and basking on the Cedar Junipers. I also so another one but did not get a photograph.

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Fevereiro 14, 2015 05:13 PM CST

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Fevereiro 14, 2015 04:45 PM CST

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Março 15, 2015 03:37 PM CDT

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Março 15, 2015 04:00 PM CDT

Descrição

I originally thought this was a question mark but there is not the normal mark that identifies it. I've tried comparing the wing shape and with the bird bite it is challenging. What do others thnk?

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Março 25, 2015 06:36 PM CDT

Descrição

Large Butterfly flying over the creek. Not a good photo but you can see it is yellow with tiger stripes.

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Março 28, 2015 02:56 PM CDT

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Abril 1, 2015 05:28 PM CDT

Descrição

Gray Hairstreak

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Março 29, 2015 02:51 PM CDT

Descrição

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Março 29, 2015 02:52 PM CDT

Descrição

I asked a lepidopterist friend of mine in the area and he says white female orange sulphur

Fotos / Sons

What

Almirante-Vermelho (Vanessa atalanta)

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Março 29, 2015 03:41 PM CDT

Descrição

Not the best picture.

Fotos / Sons

What

Bela-dama-americana, Vanessa-Americana (Vanessa virginiensis)

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Março 29, 2015 03:40 PM CDT

Descrição

American Lady

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Abril 4, 2015 04:12 PM CDT

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Abril 4, 2015

Descrição

On Prairie Verbena

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Abril 6, 2015 01:26 PM CDT

Descrição

pipevine swallowtail

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Abril 12, 2015 01:23 PM CDT

Descrição

White rock Hilltops. All I had was my cell phone so was hard to get a really close picture. I can't see the tail but don't see any other choices that look better.

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Abril 19, 2015 03:06 PM CDT

Descrição

Checkered White or Cabbage white? Not 100% sure on this one.

Fotos / Sons

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Abril 20, 2015 05:09 PM CDT

Descrição

I think this is a Fiery skipper, but didn't see with wings closed.

Fotos / Sons

What

Borboleta-Monarca (Danaus plexippus)

Observador

butterflies4fun

Data

Abril 22, 2015 06:06 PM CDT

Descrição

Flying and would not stop so picture in flight

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