Mission TX week 4

Jan 22-28

My trip species count is growing despite the slow recovery of butterfly populations here in Texas from the early January cold weather.  Highlights this week were scheduled butterfly outings at Resaca de la Palma and Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, the latter led by Mike Rickard, local Texas butterfly expert.  The one lowlight was stepping into what must have been a nest of chiggers at Resaca - by day’s end I counted over 100 bites on my left leg!

New Species:  Sleepy Orange Abaeis nicippe, Dainty Sulphur Nathalis iole, Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus, Silver-banded Hairstreak Chlorostrymon simaethis, Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus, Marine Blue Leptotes marina, Ceraunus Blue Hemiargus ceraunus, Blue Metalmark Lasaia sula, Vesta Crescent Phyciodes graphica, Painted Lady Vanessa cardui, White Peacock Anartia jatrophae, Common Mestra Mestra amymone, Empress Leilia Asterocampa leilia, South Texas Satyr Hermeuptychia hermybius, Brown Longtail Urbanus procne, Tropical Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus oileus, Julia's Skipper Nastra julia, Southern Skipperling Copaeodes minima

New Species:  18     Total trip species:  51      Species Photographed:  45


Highlight Species: Silver-banded      Hairstreak

Photographed at Resaca de la Palma, 1/26/15.  Unfortunately my pursuit of this green gem took me through tall grass full of chiggers, whose bites will be festering for the next two weeks.

© Chris Tenney 2014