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.

Posted by butterflies4fun butterflies4fun, May 31, 2015 16:34

Observations

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What

Cabbage White Pieris rapae

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

January 25, 2015

Place

Allen, TX (Google, OSM)

Description

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.

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What

Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

January 28, 2015

Description

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.

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What

Question Mark Polygonia interrogationis

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

February 8, 2015

Description

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.

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What

Common Checkered-Skipper Burnsius communis

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

February 14, 2015 05:13 PM CST

Photos / Sounds

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What

Question Mark Polygonia interrogationis

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

February 14, 2015 04:45 PM CST

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What

Orange Sulphur Colias eurytheme

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

March 15, 2015 03:37 PM CDT

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What

Goatweed Leafwing Anaea andria

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

March 15, 2015 04:00 PM CDT

Description

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?

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What

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Papilio glaucus

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

March 25, 2015 06:36 PM CDT

Description

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

Photos / Sounds

What

Pearl Crescent Phyciodes tharos

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

March 28, 2015 02:56 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

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What

Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

April 1, 2015 05:28 PM CDT

Description

Gray Hairstreak

Photos / Sounds

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What

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Papilio glaucus

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

March 29, 2015 02:51 PM CDT

Description

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Photos / Sounds

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What

Clouded Yellows Genus Colias

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

March 29, 2015 02:52 PM CDT

Description

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

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What

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

March 29, 2015 03:41 PM CDT

Description

Not the best picture.

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What

American Lady Vanessa virginiensis

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

March 29, 2015 03:40 PM CDT

Description

American Lady

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What

Eastern Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

April 4, 2015 04:12 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

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What

Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

April 4, 2015

Description

On Prairie Verbena

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What

Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

April 6, 2015 01:26 PM CDT

Description

pipevine swallowtail

Photos / Sounds

What

Eastern Tailed-Blue Cupido comyntas

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

April 12, 2015 01:23 PM CDT

Description

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.

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What

Checkered White Pontia protodice

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

April 19, 2015 03:06 PM CDT

Description

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

Photos / Sounds

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What

Fiery Skipper Hylephila phyleus

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

April 20, 2015 05:09 PM CDT

Description

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

Photos / Sounds

What

Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

April 22, 2015 06:06 PM CDT

Description

Flying and would not stop so picture in flight

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