Key West leps next week?

Michael Gochfeld gochfeld at
Tue Jan 8 22:53:28 EST 2002

Years ago I had a wonderful trip to the Keys.  The most interesting
butterfly sites were on Big Pine Key.
Pygmy Blues (Brephidium) were common in the Salicornia flats east of the
highway.  Keep an eye out for the spectacular moth Composia fidelissima
(Faithful Beauty) a striking black and white moth with red marks on
forewings.  Roadsides were also goods with lots of blues (all identified
were cassius).

However, the Keys are the only place I have ever had someone try to break
into my trunk by hammering out the lock.  Fortunately I heard the noise
and chased them off (there was an expensive video camera in it). So be
cautious. I lived in NYC for 8 yrs and never had that experience. It was
on one of the small keys to the south (or west) of Big Pine.

Michael Gochfeld

Richard Worth wrote:

> Randy,
> If so inclined, there is camping in the Everglades, on Long Pine Key.
> I did much work in there with Bartram's Hairstreak and Florida
> Leafwing. Mosquitos can be fierce, though.  Down in the Keys you
> might try Bahia Honda State Park.  Never stayed but it looked like
> nice camping facilities and is just a step away from Big Pine Key
> after crossing the 7-mile bridge.  Nice small stretch of tropical
> beach with palm trees, too (c'mon, I'm desperate here in Or-ee-gone!)
> The Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine can be a great spot to photograph.
> Try Watson's Hammock and the Blue Hole area.  I also had some luck in
> the salt marsh areas on the south end of the island, different
> species.  Don't know about the time of year but there is stuff year
> round.  The little Key Deer are really cool if you've never seen one.
> Good luck,  Rich
> >Folks,
> >
> >Next week on Wednesday Roger Rittmaster and I plan on flying down to
> >Miami, Fla. and have Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and most
> >of the day free on Friday to look for butterflies and photograph
> >them, so a trip to the Keys seems in order. Of course its probably
> >not the best time of year but the offer couldn`t be passed up
> >anyway. Anyone know of any good places to stay or camp in or on the
> >way to the keys?
> >
> >My November trip to southern Fla. was pretty good but I missed a lot
> >of the extreme southern local species. My 5 day road trip report
> >from that trip can be found at
> > with lots of
> >photos.
> >
> >Thanks,
> >
> >Randy Emmitt
> >Rougemont, NC
> >cell 919 641 2311 (works well in Fla. too.)
> >
> >Randy Emmitt Photography
> >
> >Carolina Butterfly Society webmaster
> >
> >
> >
> >
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