Butterfly Bonanza at the Florida/Georgia Line
Ixia Chapter Field Trip: Simmons State Forest. September 12, 2010Written and photographed by Bill Berthet
Waving hands, Cheshire smiles were aglow as I was greeted by 7 other members
of the Ixia chapter at the Burger King parking lot in Callahan. We headed North to Ralph E. Simmons Memorial State Forest. We picked up another Ixia member on the way and had a "TWO CAR" caravan.
Finally getting by all the commotion, we stopped at a spot where you can observe Frosted Elfin butterflies in March.
Reaching the bottomland forest, you realize how little filtered light gets through the forest canopy. This area was home to a small cane break, Switchcane (Genus: Arundinaria ) a small bamboo in the grass family (Poaceae) it is the host plant for Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper, Clouded and Delaware Skippers, and Southern Pearly-Eye.
I pointed out a huge tree (Genus: Celtis) which is the host tree for Tawney and Hackberry emperors, Question Mark, and Snout butterflies. Returning back to the cars we had lunch, found one Giant Skipper egg on Yucca Filamentosa, then motored over to the power line road entrance into Simmons S.F. scaring up a Common Wood Nymph along the way.