Tuesday, May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

I am known as a Oligoria maculata
Commonly called a Twin-spot Skipper
My underside wings have 3 white spots
Two close together and one slightly differs.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Oligoria-maculata

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Monday, May 20, 2024

May 20, 2024

I am a Delaware Skipper
I like to live in moist areas like marshes and fields
As a caterpillar I liked Bluestem and Switchgrass
Now, I find pink and white blooms ideal.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Anatrytone-logan

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

May 19, 2024

This plant is a Simpson's Zephyr Lily
It can survive only short periods that are dry
Other than that, it grows best in moist soil
And it's leaves are inconspicuous and fine.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.fnps.org/plant/zephyranthes-simpsonii

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Saturday, May 18, 2024

May 18, 2024

I am a Northern Cloudywing butterfly
I have some clear spots but am otherwise brown
When I want to mate
For a female, I'll wait
In forest clearings on or close to the ground.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources:  https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Thorybes-pylades

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Friday, May 17, 2024

May 17, 2024

I am a Loammi Skipper
Lopsided Indian grass is what I need to thrive
Sadly because of habitat loss
My species may not survive.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/museum-blog/protecting-rare-butterflies-of-floridas-pine-flats-and-prairies/

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

May 16, 2024

I might be a Needham's Skimmer
Or I might be a Golden-winged
But without a far more clear photo
Positive ID is a hard thing to swing.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: Judging by the first 2 pages on this web site, I am leaning towards Needham's Skimmer, but the photo needs to be a bit more clear to tell for sure:

https://public.fotki.com/gstrick3/misc-images-intende/auripennisneedhami5.html#media
https://public.fotki.com/gstrick3/misc-images-intende/auripennisneedhami2.html#media

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

May 15, 2024

I am a male Southern Broken Dash butterfly
As a Caterpillar I ate St. Augustine grass
As an adult I prefer Pickerelweed and Sweet Pepperbush
I've a two-part stigma, hence the name "Broken Dash".

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Wallengrenia-otho
https://northwestbutterflies.blogspot.com/2012/06/

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