For some of us, *every* year is a Big Year!  Here’s where I’ll keep track of mine in 2012.

1.  Summer azure, Celastrina neglecta.  11 March.  Jug Bay Critical Area Drive, PG Co. MD

2.  Cabbage white, Pieris rapae.  11 March.  Merkle Wildlife Refuge, PG Co. MD

3.  Eastern comma, Polygonia comma.  11 March.  Merkle Wildlife Refuge, PG Co. MD

4.  Mourning cloak, Nymphalis antiopa.  14 March.  Nanticoke BSA Reservation, Sharptown, Dorchester Co, MD

5.  Clouded sulphur, Colias philodice.  14 March.  Nanticoke BSA Reservation, Sharptown, Dorchester Co, MD

6.  Orange sulphur, Colias eurytheme.  17 March.  Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge North Tract, Anne Arundel Co. MD

7.  Falcate orange-tip, Anthocharis midea.  17 March.  Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge North Tract, Anne Arundel Co. MD

8.  Question mark, Polygonia interrogationis.  17 March.  Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge North Tract, Anne Arundel Co. MD

9.  Giant swallowtail, Paplio creshphontess.  23 March.  Charleston Tea Plantation, Wadlamaw Island, Charleston Co SC

10. Cloudless sulphur, Phoebis sennae.  23 March. Charleston Tea Plantation, Wadlamaw Island, Charleston Co SC

11. Eastern tiger swallowtail, Papilio glaucus.  23 March. Charleston Tea Plantation, Wadlamaw Island, Charleston Co SC

12.  Palamedes swallowtail, Papilio palamedes. 26 March.  Middleton Place, Charleston, Dorchester Co SC

13.  Pearl crescent, Phyciodes tharos. 26 March.  Middleton Place, Charleston, Dorchester Co SC

14.  Juvenal’s duskywing, Erynnis juvenalis.  31 March.  Rachel Carson Conservation Park, Montgomery Co MD

15.  Spring azure, Celastrina ladon.  31 March.  Rachel Carson Conservation Park, Montgomery Co MD

16.  Holly azure, Celastrina idella, 4 April.  Tom Tyler Nature Trail, Mardela Springs, Wicomico Co MD

17.  Henry’s elfin, Callophrys henrici.  4 April.  Tom Tyler Nature Trail, Mardela Springs, Wicomico Co MD

18.  Brown elfin, Callophrys augustinus.  4 April.  Tom Tyler Nature Trail, Mardela Springs, Wicomico Co MD

19.  Spicebush swallowtail, Papilio troilus.  4 April.  Tom Tyler Nature Trail, Mardela Springs, Wicomico Co MD

20.  American lady, Vanessa virginiensis.  4 April.  Tom Tyler Nature Trail, Mardela Springs, Wicomico Co MD

21.  Eastern tailed-blue, Cupido comyntas.  4 April.  Tom Tyler Nature Trail, Mardela Springs, Wicomico Co MD

22.  Pipevine swallowtail, Battus philenor.  6 April.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD

23.  Silvery blue, Glaucopsyche lygdamus.  6 April.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD

24.  Dreamy duskywing, Erynnis icelus.  6 April.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD

25.  Sleepy duskywing, Erynnis brizo.  6 April.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD

26.  Wild indigo duskywing, Erynnis baptisiae,  6 April.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD

27.  Variegated fritillary, Euptoieta claudia.  6 April.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD

28.  Cobweb skipper, Hesperia metea.  6 April.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD

29.  Zebra swallowtail, Eurytides marcellus.  6 April.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD

30.  Gray hairstreak, Strymon melinus.  6 April.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD

31.  Silver-spotted skipper, Epargyreus clarus.  6 April.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD

32.  Red admiral, Vanessa atalanta.  6 April.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD

33.  Eastern pine elfin, Callophrys niphon.  7 April.  Governor Bridge Natural Area, Prince George’s Co MD

34.  Common buckeye, Junonia coenia.  7 April.  Governor Bridge Natural Area, Prince George’s Co MD

35.  Red-banded hairstreak, Calycopis cecrops.  8 April.  Governor Bridge Natural Area, Prince George’s Co MD

36.  Sleepy orange, Abaeis nicippe.  8 April.  Patuxent Park-Merkle Wildlife Management Area Critical Area Driving Tour, Prince George’s Co, MD

37.  American snout, Libytheana carinenta.  8 April.  Patuxent Park-Merkle Wildlife Management Area Critical Area Driving Tour, Prince George’s Co, MD

38.  Juniper hairstreak, Callophrys gryneus.  8 April.  Patuxent Park-Merkle Wildlife Management Area Critical Area Driving Tour, Prince George’s Co, MD

39.  Frosted elfin, Callophrys irus.  14 April.  Millville Road, Furnace Town, Wicomico Co MD

40.  Horace’s duskywing, Erynnis horatius.  29 April.  Hoyle’s Mill Conservation Park, Montgomery Co MD

41.  Zabulon skipper, Poanes zabulon.  29 April.  Hoyle’s Mill Conservation Park, Montgomery Co MD

42.  Sachem, Atalopedes campestris.  29 April.  Hoyle’s Mill Conservation Park, Montgomery Co MD

43.  Least skipper, Ancyloxypha numitor.  29 April.  Hoyle’s Mill Conservation Park, Montgomery Co MD

44.  Common checkered-skipper, Pyrgus communis.  29 April.  Hoyle’s Mill Conservation Park, Montgomery Co MD

45.  Painted lady, Vanessa cardui.  5 May.  Governor Bridge Natural Area, Bowie, Prince George’s Co. MD

46.  Red-spotted purple, Limenitis arthemis.  5 May.  Governor Bridge Natural Area, Bowie, Prince George’s Co. MD

47.  Viceroy, Limenitis archippus.  6 May.  Melwood Road old fields, Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s Co. MD

48..  Little yellow, Eurema lisa.  6 May.  Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s Co MD

49.  Common sootywing, Pholisora catullus.  6 May.  Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s Co MD

50.  Summer azure, Celastrina neglecta.  12 May.  Frederick Municipal Watershed Forest, Frederick Co, MD

51.  Little wood satyr, Megisto cymela.  12 May.  Frederick Municipal Watershed Forest, Frederick Co, MD

52.  Hobomok skipper, Poanes hobomok.  12 May.  Frederick Municipal Watershed Forest, Frederick Co, MD

53.  Tawny-edged skipper, Polites themistocles.  12 May.  Lilypons Water Gardens, Frederick Co, MD

54.  Appalachian tiger swallowtail, Papilio appalachiensis.  19 May.  Old Legislative Road, Frostburg, Allegany Co MD

55.  Appalachian azure, Celastrina neglectamajor.  19 May.  Old Legislative Road, Frostburg, Allegany Co MD

56.  Indian skipper, Hesperia sassacus.  19 May.  Old Legislative Road, Frostburg, Allegany Co MD

57.  Black swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes.  19 May.  Finzel Swamp, Finzel, Garrett Co. MD

58.  American copper, Lycaena phlaeas.  19 May.  Finzel Swamp, Finzel, Garrett Co. MD

59.  Northern cloudywing, Thorybes pylades.  20 May.  Piney Orchard Natural Area, Odenton, Anne Arundel Co MD

60.  Little glassywing, Pompeius verna.  20 May.  Piney Orchard Natural Area, Odenton, Anne Arundel Co MD

61.  Southern broken-dash, Wallengrenia otho.  20 May.  Piney Orchard Natural Area, Odenton, Anne Arundel Co MD

62.  Delaware skipper, Anatrytone logan.  31 May.  Lewis Wharf Road, Dorchester Co MD

63.  Broad-winged skipper, Poanes viator.  31 May.  Lewis Wharf Road, Dorchester Co MD

64.  Swarthy skipper, Nastra lherminier.  31 May.  Lewis Wharf Road, Dorchester Co MD

65.  Appalachian brown, Satyrodes appalachia.  31 May.  New Bridge Road boat ramp, Dorchester Co MD

66.  Crossline skipper, Polites origenes.  3 June.  Frederick Municipal Watershed Forest, Frederick Co MD

67.  Great spangled fritillary, Speyeria cybele.  3 June.  Frederick Municipal Watershed Forest, Frederick Co MD

68.  European skipper, Thymelicus lineola.  3 June.  Frederick Municipal Watershed Forest, Frederick Co MD

69.  Dun skipper, Euphyes vestris.  3 June.  Howard County Conservancy, Howard Co MD

70.  Fiery skipper, Hylephila phyleus.  26 June.  Blairs Pond, Kent Co DE

71.  Rare skipper, Problema bulenta.  26 June.  Decoursey Bridge Rd, Dorchester Co MD

72.  Common wood nymph, Cercyonis pegala.  26 June.  Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co MD

73.  Atlantis fritillary, Speyeria atlantis.  30 June.  Spruce Knob Recreation Area, Pendleton Co WV

74.  Aphrodite fritillary, Speyeria aphrodite.  30 June.  Spruce Knob Recreation Area, Pendleton Co WV

75.  Long dash, Polites mystic.  30 June.  Spruce Knob Recreation Area, Pendleton Co WV

76..  Black dash, Euphyes conspicua.  30 June.  Spruce Knob Recreation Area, Pendleton Co WV

77.  Pink-edged sulphur, Colias interior.  30 June.  Spruce Knob Recreation Area, Pendleton Co WV

78.  Gray comma, Polygonia oreas.  30 June.  Spruce Knob Recreation Area, Pendleton Co WV

79.  Northern broken-dash, Wallengrenia egeremet.  1 July.  Canaan Valley NWR, Tucker Co WV

80.  Northern pearly-eye, Enodia anthedon.  1 July.  Canaan Valley NWR, Tucker Co WV

81.  Silvery checkerspotChlosyne nycteis.  30 June.  Spruce Knob Recreation Area, Pendleton Co WV

82.  King’s hairstreak, Satyrium kingi.  4 July.  Chesapeake Forest, Wicomico Co MD

83.  Checkered white, Pontia protodice.  4 July.  Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Dorchester Co MD

84.  Salt marsh skipper, Panoquina panoquin.  4 July.  Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Dorchester Co MD

85.  Edwards’ hairstreak, Satyrium edwardsii.  6 July.  Frederick Municipal Watershed Forest, Frederick Co MD

86.  Clouded skipper, Lerema accius.  14 July.  US National Arboretum, DC

87.  Ocola skipper, Panoquina ocola.  14 July.  US National Arboretum, DC

88.  Hackberry emperor, Asterocampa celtis.  2 August.  Choptank River Fishing Pier Park, Talbot Co side, MD

89.  Dainty sulphur, Nathalis iole.  3 August.  Woodstock Equestrian Center, Beallsville, Montgomery Co MD

90.  Aaron’s skipper, Poanes aaroni.  10 August.  CMBO garden in Goshen, Cape May Co NJ

91.  White-M hairstreak, Parrhasius m-album.  13 August.  Brookhaven Gardens, Wheaton, Montgomery Co. MD

92.  Small wood nymph, Cercyonis oetus.  19 August.  YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Larimer Co CO

93.  Western white, Pontia occidentalis.  19 August.  YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Larimer Co CO

94.  Ruddy copper, Lycaena rubidus.  19 August.  YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Larimer Co CO

95.  Hoary comma, Polygonia gracilis.  19 August. Cow Creek Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer Co CO

96.  Western branded skipper, Hesperia colorado.  19 August. Cow Creek Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer Co CO

97.  Weidemeyer’s admiral, Limenitis weidemeyerii.  19 August. Cow Creek Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer Co CO

98.  Field crescent, Phyciodes pulchella.  19 August.  Cow Creek Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer Co CO

99.  Queen Alexandra’s sulphur, Colias alexandra.  19 August.  Cow Creek Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer Co      CO

100. Mormon fritillary, Speyeria mormonia.  21 August.  Cache la Poudre Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer Co CO

101. Green comma, Polygonia faunus.  21 August.  Cache la Poudre Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer Co CO

102. Mead’s sulphur, Colias meadii.  21 August.  Cache la Poudre Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer Co CO

103. Purplish copper, Lycaena helloides.  21 August.  Cache la Poudre Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer Co CO

104. Purplish fritillary, Boloria montinus.  21 August.  Cache la Poudre Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer Co CO

105. Uncas skipper, Hesperia uncas.  23 August.  Pawnee National Grasslands, Weld Co CO.

106.  Leonard’s Skipper, Hesperia leonardus.  1 September.  Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area, Baltimore Co MD

107.  Dion Skipper, Euphyes dion,  2 September.  Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria VA

108.  Long-tailed Skipper, Urbanus proteus.  4 September. Plummer House, Glendening Preserve, Anne Arundel Co MD

109.  Brazilian Skipper, Calpodes ethlius.  28 October.  J.C. Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, Wake Co., NC

And a few out-of-the-States finds:

Small copper, Lycaena phlaeas.  17 April.  Boboli Gardens, Firenze, Italy.

Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni.    17 April.  Boboli Gardens, Firenze, Italy

Wall brown, Lasiommata megara.    17 April.  Boboli Gardens, Firenze, Italy

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