Here’s a Gulf Fritillary that I saw at the Bailey Tract on Sanibel Island. It’s a larger butterfly with a wingspan of 3½ inches. The silvery spots on the underside of the wings are very striking. You can just see a small part of the orange upper side of the wings. Gulf Fritillaries stay in the warm southern states because they can’t stand freezing temperatures.
I took this photo of two damselflies mating along the Pond Apple Trail on Sanibel Island. I submitted the photo to my favorite insect web site ( http://www.bugguide.net ) and someone identified these insects as Rambur’s Forktails. There wasn’t much information available about them, but I did find out that they are pretty common. They are found over most of the United States, Mexico, and all the way south to Chile. They are even found in Hawaii.
Here’s an interesting moth I found clinging to the side of a building near the Sanibel Lighthouse. It was identified by someone on Bugguide.net as a Pluto Sphinx Moth. The wing span of this moth is 2 to 2½ inches. It’s found in many South American countries, but in the United States it is found only in Florida and south Texas.
I spent many mornings on St. George Island trying to get a nice sunrise photo of the lighthouse. I kept missing the shot because either the sky was completely clear or it was completely covered with clouds. Finally, near the end of our stay, the perfect combination of clouds and clear sky produced this shot for me.