I've just returned from a week-long jaunt around central and southern Florida where I managed to squeeze in a couple of butterfly expeditions between the endless rounds of shopping and sight-seeing. The weather was absolutely perfect - sunny, 75 degrees, and low-humidity.
Many butterflies remain on the wing all year round and I was lucky enough to get to see around 40 species - of which I have reasonable photos of about 33. I'll be posting some of these in the next few weeks - several beautiful swallowtails, exotic longwings, stately brushfoots, tiny hairstreaks and blues, and lots of enigmatic hard-to-identfy skippers.
I'd certainly recommend this destination for anyone wanting to grab some butterfly watching opportunities during our long, drab, prematurely snowy wintertime. I'd be happy to share my knowledge of the best spots to see particular species for anybody who's planning a similar vacation.