Last month when we were staying in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, my wife and I hiked in Estero Bay Preserve State Park one afternoon. There were several color coded trails in the park, but there was no map or any sign indicating how long each trail was. So we picked one randomly and started walking. We walked for about an hour and a half and then were lost for a while. I did have a GPS receiver with me, but it was useless without a map or the coordinates of where we had parked the car. Eventually, we turned around and went back the way we had come to reach our car.
Along the way, I was able to photograph these 3 butterflies. The 1st one is a white peacock (Anartia jathrophae). According to Butterflies through binoculars (J. Glassberg, 1999), this species is found in North America only in Florida and along the coasts of the southern states to Texas.
The next one appears to be a mangrove buckeye (Junonia evarete) found in North America only in Florida and southern Texas.
Finally, a very small butterfly that may or may not be the eastern pygmy blue (Brephidium isophthalma), which is also a very southern species. According to Glassberg, that species is supposed to have 4 marginal spots on its hind wings; the specimen in the picture had 7 spots.
In any case, it was good to see the local species with restricted ranges.