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Regal Fritillaries mob milkweed on the 2013 Ft. Indiantown Gap tour

Regal Fritillaries mob milkweed on the 2013 Ft. Indiantown Gap tour

From the official news release:

This July, visitors are invited to see the only population of rare Regal Fritillary butterflies in Pennsylvania at Fort Indiantown Gap, near Annville, Lebanon County.Free guided tours will be given at 10 a.m. on July 4, 5, 11 and 12.

Those wishing to attend should arrive at least 30 minutes early to fill out necessary paperwork, attend a mandatory safety and orientation briefing, and receive driving instructions. Tours will last approximately three hours, but attendees can leave earlier if needed.The tours, which have been offered for more than 10 years, allow the public to see this rare butterfly and its associated habitat on military training ranges, as well as many other natural spectacles on the 17,000-acre military post, which serves as the Pennsylvania National Guard’s headquarters.

The Regal Fritillary is considered a Pennsylvania invertebrate species of immediate conservation need.”As one of the busiest National Guard Training Centers in the country, Fort Indiantown Gap is also a leader on the environmental forefront because we place a very high priority on being environmentally aware,” said Lt. Col. Robert Hepner, commander of Fort Indiantown Gap. “These butterfly tours, given by our biologists, provide excellent insight on not only the regal fritillary butterfly but also on the flora, fauna, and wildlife that inhabit beautiful Fort Indiantown Gap and our dedication to safeguard these spectacular natural resources.”

Participants should meet at the Fort Indiantown Gap Recreation Center in Building 13-190, located at the intersection of Asher Miner Road, Clement Avenue and Route 443 (GPS coordinates in decimal degrees: North 40.431, West 76.591).Visitors of all ages are encouraged to bring cameras and binoculars and should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a nature walk on well-maintained trails or mowed paths. Feel free to bring insect repellent, sun screen, and other personal comfort items. Drinking water will be provided. No reservations are required and no rain dates will be scheduled.The tours also will include information related to current efforts to restore native grassland habitat across Pennsylvania and current efforts to raise Regal Fritillary caterpillars from eggs in a lab with support from the PA Wild Resource Program and in partnership with ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park and Pennsylvania State University. The ultimate goal is to return the Regal Fritillary to areas where they were located in the recent past.

Fort Indiantown Gap is home to 112 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan priority species. It also provides a wide variety of habitats for 36 species of mammals, 143 breeding species of birds, 34 species of reptiles and amphibians, 25 species of fish, 792 species of plants, and many notable species of invertebrates including 85 species of butterflies and 243 species of moths. The installation also features 1,000 acres of scrub oak and pitch pine barrens and over 4,500 acres of native grassland habitat – the largest in the state.Fort Indiantown Gap is the only live-fire, maneuver military training facility in Pennsylvania. It balances one of the region’s most ecologically diverse areas with a military mission that annually supports 19,000 Pennsylvania  National Guard personnel and more than 130,000 other states’ Guard, military, law enforcement, and civilian personnel each year. For more information about the tours, send email to:, or call the Wildlife Office at 717-861-2449.

Southwestern Research Station, Portal, AZ

Southwestern Research Station, Portal, AZ

Ants of The Southwest: 26 July-5 August 2014.
This workshop is designed for students, biologists, and other individuals who have some background in biology at the college level. This course is designed with curriculum that complements rather than competes with the California Academy of Sciences Ant Course. Although we will cover basic taxonomy and systematics, the major focus of this course will be on the ecology and behavior of ants. For the full announcement click here:

Lepidoptera Course: 14-23 August 2014.
Designed for students, amateur naturalists, conservation biologists, and other biologists who have an interest in learning more about butterflies and moths, the course will emphasize taxonomy, ecology, and field identification of lepidopterans in southeastern Arizona. Lectures will include background information on the biology of animals and their importance in pollination biology. Field trips will provide participants with collecting, sampling, and observation techniques and lab work will provide instruction on specimen identification, preparation, and labeling.

Weevil Course: 5-13 August 2014
The Weevil Course is targeted towards students, postdocs, and other biologists who have a strong interest in understanding weevil diversity and taxonomy. The course will emphasize weevil taxonomy, identification, and natural history, with an emphasis on North American taxa including the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. Lectures will include background information on the diversity and biology of weevils and their ecological relevance. Lab identification practices will introduce key identification resources and focus on recognizing key diagnostic features for weevil families, subfamilies, genera, and (where suitable) species. These practices will draw upon a wide range of reference taxa provided by the instructor team. Field trips to diverse shrub and desert habitats of the surrounding Coronado National Forest will provide participants with specialized collecting, sampling, and observation techniques for weevils.

Dawn S. Wilson, Director Southwestern Research Station P.O. Box 16553
Portal, Arizona 85632

Phone: 520-558-2396

Fax: 520-558-2018



Palamedes Swallowtail on Swamp Milkweed, 2013 July 27, Pocomoke City MD

Palamedes Swallowtail on Swamp Milkweed, 2013 July 27, Pocomoke City MD

Both numbers and diversity have been picking up over the past week, building into what looks like it might be a very productive August, so different from the lep slump that has been much of the summer season so far.

The butterfly garden at the Parris Glendening Preserve’s Plummer House in Lothian was the hoppin’ place to be for butterflies on Monday, with four Southern Cloudywings at the top of the list.  This incredible small garden – with lots of lantana, several species of milkweed, zinnias, and verbenas, plus host plants of various kinds – also hosted multiple Sleepy Oranges, Cloudless Sulphur, American Snout, and an assortment of grass skippers including large numbers of Dun, Crossline, and Peck’s.  The Cloudless Sulphurs are showing up pretty much everywhere these days, with several booking it across the Beltway just this morning on my drive to work.

King’s Hairstreak was looking worn but viable still on Saturday at its location along Careytown Branch near Whaleyville MD.  The key, I’ve discovered, is that like many satyrium hairstreaks they retreat back into the canopy pretty early in the day so catching them before the sun is very high and the dew is still on the ground seems the best option.

Maryland also apparently supports at least one relatively robust population of Palamedes Swallowtail along the swamps of the Pocomoke River east of Pocomoke City.  At least seven and probably many more (they were not nectaring but skittering around through the dense vegetation) were seen on Saturday.  In the same general location were Great Purple Hairstreak, more American Snouts, and building numbers of Cloudless Sulphur, Common Buckeye, and Variegated Fritillary.  Clethra is in full bloom there and elsewhere on the Eastern Shore now and was drawing in dozens if not hundreds of Eastern Tiger, Spicebush, and Zebra Swallowtails.  Silver-spotted Skippers were flying in the hundreds.

Fresh Juniper (Olive) Hairstreaks have been reported at a number of locations, especially in PA, this week.  Likewise, Zabulon Skipper (mostly males so far) is emerging for its next flight.  Viceroys have also been popping up in DE, PA, and MD.

The Monarch drought seems to be ending, with sightings this week in good numbers on the MD and DE Eastern Shore, PA, CT, VT, MA and elsewhere up and down the seaboard, although not in numbers we often see them.  Still, plenty of time to recover population density before the southward migration.  Most of the ones I was seeing appeared to be locally eclosed – very fresh and showing little or no signs of migration wear.

Hessel’s Hairstreak made an appearance in an Atlantic white-cedar swamp in Moore Co NC, nectaring late in the day on sweetshrub.  Ten Lace-winged Roadside Skippers shared this habitat.  Hoary Edge was still on the wing in Moore Co as well, in the Sandhills Community College Gardens, along with Fiery Skipper, Southern Cloudywing, and Whirlabout.  Several Mottled Duskywings were among the species seen at the Sandy Mush Game Lands in Buncombe Co NC on Sunday.  We could see Whirlabout here in the DC metro area this year; seems to be the start of a good flight of these Fiery Skipper-look alikes; it was also seen at the Pitt County (NC) Arboretum on July 30.  Ocola Skipper was found there on Monday as well; another one to watch for in the DC area on days following strong breezes from the south.

A last brood of Summer Azure is emerging now that will fly through early September; David Wright points out in a PaLepsOdes posting that these autumn azures frequently present with broader black borders and considerably more ventral spotting, occasionally showing up as f. ‘marginata’ with a brownish-black margin on the underside of the hind wing.  Red-banded Hairstreaks seem to be making a better showing with a summer flight than they did this spring, when they were very hard to find.

Harvester was reported ovipositing among woolly aphids near Pittsburgh PA this week; here in the DC area there haven’t been enough aphids to support a Harvester hunt, although the recent warm, humid weather might bring on more.

OF SPECIAL NOTE:  For those of you weathering the August heat on the Outer Banks or elsewhere in the Carolinas, the Carolina Butterfly Society has a number of opportunities for field explorations (info courtesy of Dennis Burnette; email below):

Aug. 10, Sat. – Carolina Butterfly Society will have an official butterfly walk at the Latta Plantation meadow and power line path and at Cowan’s Ford WR fields in Mecklenburg County near Charlotte. The event is being organized by Carl Ganser, who is on the CBS board. More information will be sent out, but you can contact Carl right now for details at, cell 312-351-5350.

Aug. 17, Sat.  – The Triad Chapter of CBS will hold a butterfly walk at Haw River State Park in Guilford Co. Well explore the power line right of way and woodland edges near the wetlands in this relatively new state park on the Guilford/ Rockingham County line. Leader: Dennis Burnette <>

Aug. 22, Thurs. – Rockingham County Butterfly Count. Counts are like regular butterfly walks except that a designated person records the species and numbers of individual butterflies we see and reported to the North American Butterfly Association. Beginners are welcome. Contact: Brian Bockhahn <>

Aug. 25, Sun.  Official Carolina Butterfly Society field trip: Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, McBee, SC. Because of the potential heat, we will drive various parts of the refuge, getting out of our air-conditioned cars to investigate when we see butterflies. Leader: Dennis Forsythe <>

Please let me know what you’re finding out there so I can pass it along to other readers of the Forecast!  Follow mid-Atlantic butterfly sightings at and on Google Groups at MDLepsOdes.


For those of you headed out into the field over the long weekend, here are some notes that might influence your travels.

Spring flights of most species are over, and we won’t see many of the univoltines until next spring.  Second broods are emerging for a number of common species, and we’re noticing the first push of southern migrants into the area.  Things to watch for this long holiday weekend:
The area’s FOY Cloudless Sulphurs (Dorchester Co.; Little Bennett Regional Park) and Fiery Skippers (National Arboretum) were noted this week.
Grass skippers are showing up as second brood, with fresh Little Glassywing, Peck’s, and Dun Skippers on the wing across the area.  New brood Zabulon is not yet noted as flying.  Closer to the Bay and coast, Salt Marsh, Broad-winged, Aaron’s and Delaware Skippers were abundant at Eastern Neck NWR in the butterfly garden.  Rare Skipper was nectaring on buttonbush along DeCoursey road last weekend.  European Skippers are superabundant in Finzel Swamp and other western Maryland and West Virginia locations; Hobomok is just finishing up at Finzel but both Long Dash and Black Dash are in good flights.
On the swallowtail front, new broods of Black, Zebra, and Eastern Tiger Swallowtails are on the wing, which means we should keep an eye out for Giant Swallowtail second brood.  Like last year, Giant Swallowtails are being seen regularly in the Northeast (Maine, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont) and in the Carolinas.  Here in the mid-Atlantic, Giants have been scarce, with sightings mostly along the Potomac at various locations, especially in western Maryland.  Second brood has not yet been seen.  Fresh Pipevine Swallowtails are working the huge Aristolochia vines over the National Herb Garden gazebos at the National Arboretum.
This is proving to be a banner year for Satyrium hairstreaks, especially Coral Hairstreak, which has been seen in numbers at various locations in the DC metro area (especially along the Northeast Branch trail in College Park) and in Delaware (along the MD/DE line near Delmar).  Any patch of common milkweed or butterfly weed is worth checking out.  Striped and Banded Hairstreaks are beginning to fade from a strong flight in June, but Edwards’ Hairstreak has just begun to fly in the Frederick Watershed Forest this past weekend; it has been flying for a few days longer than that in the Northeast states.  Red-banded Hairstreak should be in a second brood soon if it isn’t already; this was a rather scarce species this spring.  Olive Hairstreak should also be looked for about now in its second flight.  The elusive King’s Hairstreak was not yet flying at its best-known location on the Eastern Shore, assuming of course that yours truly and colleagues overlooked it on our hunt for this species on June 29.  It is, however, on the wing just to our south in Virginia and North Carolina.  Great Purple Hairstreak is showing up on dogbane and buttonbush at its regular spots in Dorchester Co.
Common Buckeyes are beginning to show up in some numbers on the Eastern Shore, so should be expected most anywhere in the mid-Atlantic.  A new brood of Red Admiral – rather scarce this spring – has emerged in various locations.  Fresh American Lady has been spotted across the region, but Painted Lady is still very uncommon.  None of these three species is present in anywhere like the huge irruptive numbers of 2012.  Anglewings seem mostly to be in summer torpor; a fresh brood has emerged and was seen in mid-June but they will mostly aestivate during the hottest days of summer and re-emerge (and overwinter) later in the year.  Common Wood Nymph is having a strong flight on the Eastern Shore, especially in the milkweed field across from the temporary visitor center at Blackwater NWR.  This is an exceptionally dark, almost black, form.  And here’s a reminder that Harry Pavulaan is interested in hearing about any fresh flights of Little Wood Satyr in the DC area and suburbs after July 1.
Hackberry and Tawny Emperors are flying and can be expected most anywhere hackberry and sugarberry trees are found, especially along watercourses.  Locations along the C&O Canal would be a likely spot.  Second brood Viceroy is emerging; look for it around willows.  Baltimore Checkerspots have been reported in many locations around the state this season, including Montgomery, Frederick and Garrett counties.  Good locations are Little Bennett Regional Park near the Kinglsey Road parking lot and in the fields past the boardwalk at Finzel Swamp.  They’re still pretty fresh. The Bath Co. VA count also logged Diana Fritillary.  Aphrodite Fritillary is freshly on the wing at Big Meadow in the Shenandoah NP.  Atlantis Fritillary, Common Ringlet and Pink-edged Sulphur were abundant last weekend at Spruce Knob Lake WV.
Not reported yet this year but expected any day now are Northern Metalmark in Green Ridge State Forest (fresh brood is emerging in VA and was noted on last week’s Bath Co NABA count), Bronze Copper on the Eastern Shore, and Little Yellow most anywhere on the Coastal Plain or Piedmont.  Last summer’s incursion of Dainty Sulphur isn’t going to repeat, it appears, but observers should look for it in last summer’s locations. Checkered White seems even more scarce than usual this season; perhaps someone will report a second brood sightings in the next couple weeks (mid-July seems to be the beginning for that brood).
2013 Fort Indiantown Gap PA Regal Fritillary and Grassland Tours are Friday July 5, Saturday July 6, Thursday July 11, and Friday July 12.
Feedback on whether you find this weekend forecast of interest would be appreciated.  Please let me know what you find over the weekend so I can share it with others in future weekend forecasts, and I hope to run into you in the field!

Rick Borchelt

College Park, MD
Follow mid-Atlantic butterfly sightings at and on Google Groups at MDLepsOdes. 



Tom is coordinating this year’s annual NABA count for DC and issued the following notice:

>>Tom Stock here. I would like to invite one and all to the District of Columbia 4th of July Butterfly Count at the National Arboretum — which will be held this year on Saturday, August 17 (rain date August 18). The details:

WHEN: Saturday, August 17, 2013 — beginning at 9:00 a.m. and lasting until mid to late afternoon (the Arboretum closes at 5 p.m.), depending on heat and butterfly activity. (The count’s rain date is Sunday, August 18 — if in doubt, contact Tom Stock, email below.) The count will end at 4 p.m. at the latest to allow for a “Tally Rally” to compile a list of our sightings, the location of which will be determined the day of the count. We will either rally on the Arboretum grounds or go off the grounds to a local restaurant.

MEETING PLACE: We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Arboretum Visitor Center near the R Street entrance. As one enters from R Street, the lot is to the left. Based on the number of participants, we may carpool from there to other locations. 

WHO: ALL ARE WELCOME. No experience is necessary. All are invited to come out and have fun while contributing to butterfly study and conservation. One caveat: the count is not recommended for small children (under age 10-12) given the expected heat, lots of sun and bugs, and tall, brambly vegetation.  I would encourage you to count for at least a couple of hours, but you don’t need to commit to a full day. 

WHERE: We will be counting within the grounds of the Arboretum, which encompasses a wide variety of habitats — from open field to forest to cultivated gardens.

EQUIPMENT: Wear comfortable field clothing, remembering the seasonal realities of a hot sun in open meadows, poison ivy, ticks, and the possibility of biting insects. We will be doing a lot of walking on well cleared paths and roadways, but there may be some “bush whacking” through high grass with lots of brambles, poison ivy, and even very nasty mile-a-minute. So long pants and comfortable walking shoes are encouraged. Also be sure to wear or bring sun screen, insect repellent, and a hat.  Bring lots of water (and Gatorade), and lunch. There are restrooms located at a few strategic locations around the Arboretum.  Close focus binoculars are very helpful, and we encourage you to bring cameras. There will be plenty of plants — if not butterflies — to photograph, though priority will be on counting butterflies rather than on waiting for photographers to shoot. I will have butterfly field guides, but bring one if you have one. 

COUNTING FEE: $3 for ages 12 and older. This fee is passed along to the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) to cover the costs of coordinating the counts and compiling the data. You may also sign up to receive a copy of NABA’s 2013 July 4th Count national report ($7 for members, $10 for non-members).

CONTACT INFORMATION: If you plan to participate or have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me, Tom Stock, at altomomatic |AT| Verizon |DOT| net.<<


Beth Johnson, Walter Gould, Tom Stock and I covered Sector 11 (mostly Little Bennett Regional Park) as part of the 25th annual western Montgomery Co. annual count. Highlights were Baltimore Checkerspot, Mulberry Wing, and Hobomok Skipper. Nectar sources included plentiful common milkweed and dogbane. Hairstreaks were almost absent — only one seen by our count team, and it was at the staging area in the Black Hill Visitor Center parking lot. By contrast, we had astonishingly high numbers of Great Spangled Frits.

The Mulberry Wings were very fresh, with deep cocoa brown uppersides.

Overall, the various sectors of the count yielded up 42 species, about average for this count.



Mulberry Wing — photo Beth Johnson


Mulberry Wing — photo Rick Borchelt


Baltimore Checkerspot — photo Walter Gould

Full Sector 11 list:

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 13
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 9
  • Checkered White 63
  • Clouded Sulphur 9
  • Orange Sulphur 29
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 25
  • ‘Summer’ Spring Azure 7
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 102
  • Silvery Checkerspot 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Baltimore Checkerspot 3
  • Question Mark 8
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Northern Pearly-eye 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 19
  • Northern Cloudywing 1 (Walter only on this one, but with a photo)
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Little Glassywing 90
  • Mulberry Wing 2
  • Hobomok Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5

regal fritThe dates for 2013 Fort Indiantown Gap (PA) Regal Fritillary Butterfly and Grassland Tours are Friday July 5, Saturday July 6, Thursday July 11, and Friday July 12.

Please, arrive at 9:30 am to fill out required paperwork (release form is attached). The orientation and safety brief begins at 9:45 a.m. and the tour group leaves from the Recreation Center promptly at 10 a.m. The tour will be approximately 3 hours long; attendees can leave the field tour earlier if needed.

Please, make sure that you have the information for THIS YEAR (2013) as press releases and web postings from previous years are still floating around the Internet.

If you are traveling using Interstate 81, please use the Fort Indiantown Gap exit (# 85 or 85B depending on your direction of travel). There will be “Butterfly Tour signs with arrows” directing you to the Recreation Center (at the intersection of Asher Miner Road, Clement Avenue, and State Route 443). It is directly across from the Area 12 Picnic Area on Clement Avenue.

Sorry, Google Maps and MapQuest websites have difficulty with Fort Indiantown Gap addresses, so we inserted a MapQuest Map link to the Recreation Center (around 1,000 feet east of Marquette Lake). You can navigate using street names or insert the GPS coordinates.

After the brief orientation, tour attendees will caravan/carpool/convoy to the grassland habitat. All participants must be escorted by Wildlife staff as the grassland areas are restricted areas. The walking tour is for all ages and will follow gravel trails and mowed grass trails. If you have requirements related to parking, walking, or accessibility, then let us know and we will make accommodations as best as we are able.

Feel free to bring your biting insect repellent, sun screen, and other personal comfort items. Drinking water will be provided.

Reservations or pre-registrations are not required and the tour is FREE. No rain dates will be made.

The event is rain or shine…with the caveat that the sunnier and hotter the weather, the more likely a tour is to see a Regal Fritillary. Butterflies typically hide in vegetation while it is raining!

This tour is for all ages and levels of butterfly identification skills. We provide educational activities, entertainment, and special features for children. While the focus of the tour is the Regal Fritillary butterfly, we will draw attention to other insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and native plants found in the grassland habitat areas.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to send us an email (preferred method) or call the phone number (connected to an answering machine) listed in the Press Release. We will try to respond as quickly as possible; however, the male adult regals are already flying so we are in the field most of the day.

We look forward to seeing you, your family, and friends this summer.


Thank you,

Fort Indiantown Gap Wildlife Office



Announcing MDLepsOdes, a new Google list for sightings and discussion of the field biology of butterflies and odonates.

Over the years, the butterfly and ode communities have grown closer in our joint interest in and mutual commitment to field and ecology work.  A great example is the very useful and active sister list to the north, PALepsOdes, after which MDLepsOdes is modeled.  What we find so useful about PALepsOdes is that it reaches both communities, butterfliers and ode specialists, for whom there is an increasing overlap of interest and field activity and whose field observations enrich our knowledge of both orders of insects.  The collegial and respectful discussions that inform PALepsOdes will be what we strive for here.

There are plenty of resources for butterfly gardening, rearing leps, and general educational information about insects, but this list is created especially for those of us who are interested in field work. We welcome pictures, but this isn’t primarily a site for sharing good photography unless it is part of a field work or sightings discussion.  We won’t be too picky about geographic limits of MDLepsOdes as long as the location is within a day trip’s distance for most Marylanders.

Most importantly, this isn’t a list to debate the politics of GMOs or restoration schemes or to entertain the flame wars that erupt from time to time on some of our other local lists.  Issues that touch on butterfly field research or observation — such as collecting and permit rules, access to study sites, etc. — will be welcome within reason.  As moderator, I won’t hesitate to pull the plug on posts or posters that wander repeatedly off topic or descend into the uncivil.

MDLepsOdes seeks to complement, not replace, the discussions at washbutterflies, VA-MD-DE-Bugs, and VaLeps.  Each of these lists has its focus, just as MDLepsOdes will.  If you want to follow sightings and field activities with a minimum of other distractions, this is the place the find them.

Other than that, MDLepsOdes works like all the other listservs at Google Groups:  You subscribe yourself, and if the time comes that you want to leave the list, you unsubscribe yourself.  There are also digest modes and vacation stops and other bells and whistles that are explained at the Google Groups site. To keep from being spammed, I will be approving all requests to join the list, so give me a day or so to do that.  If you have any problems, just drop me a note.

I want to drop a special invitation to the Maryland ode community — I for one would really like to see/hear about what’s being seen where.  And to those of you lep people who’ve dropped out of the other discussions, welcome back!

Special thanks to Tom Stock and Beth Johnson, who’ve provided encouragement and beta testing for the listserv to make signing up as easy as possible.  I’ll continue to rely on them to provide counsel as issues in list management come up.

We look forward to seeing you at MDLepsOdes, and please share this information freely!

To sign up, go to!forum/mdlepsodes

Dick Smith will present a short slide show on barrens butterflies and then lead the group for about 2 miles through the globally rare serpentine barrens ecosystem at Soldiers Delight 1 pm — 4 pm. We will search for locally-occurring and serpentine endemic mid-spring butterflies such as the fragile Falcate Orangetip, the small and attractively bark-scalloped Eastern Pine Elfin, and the bluestem grass dependent Cobweb and Dusted Skippers. Additionally, we will examine and identify several of the native grasses and wildflowers seldomly seen in abundance elsewhere around Maryland.

Close-focus binoculars are recommended, but butterfly net-and-release (with in-jar identification) will be conducted by the leader. Educational and fun for kids and adults! Hike will be cancelled if raining or overcast, but slideshow will be presented regardless of weather status.Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information, call (443) 778-4973 (office – weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) or (410) 997-7439 (home) (please call after 7:30 p.m.). Cost: Free! Donations welcome.

More information on the Soldiers Delight serpentine barrens (including map and driving directions), its butterflies and other wildlife, and nature activities scheduled there is available at the following websites:


Please join the Washington Area Butterfly Club on Saturday, May 11 for an informative talk on Butterfly Gardening, “Intro to Butterfly Gardening.”

Presenters Frank Boyle and Kathleen Lathrop,will share their trials and tribulations, plus tips and resources from over 20 years of Butterfly Gardening in both urban and rural settings.

WHO:    Washington Area Butterfly Club Members and open to the public

WHERE: Long Branch Nature Center

625 S. Carlin Springs Road

Arlington, VA 22204

WHEN: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Directions – click here:   map

Please do not call the Nature Center.  For inquiries please respond to Frank Boyle at


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