Superabundant Butterflies at Eastern Neck

As noted yesterday, I headed out this morning with a colleague to check out the Bayview Butterfly Garden at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Rock Hall, MD — north of the Bay Bridge in Kent Co.  It’s a small but very well stocked garden.  Every conceivable flower was hanging full of butterflies.  The two guys who are mostly in charge of this garden, Dave Gauntt and Zeeger De Wilde, have done a simply amazing job of selecting mostly native plants and the abundance of butterflies on this scorching day was phenomenal.  At any one time I could count more than 200 swallowtails of various species within a hundred yards of the garden entrance; dun skippers literally crawled over the joe-pye weed heads, and salt marsh skipper and broad winged skipper made appearances (the latter was quite common). Silvery checkerspot bordered on abundant.Bayview Butterfly Garden, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

WELL worth a visit.  Breakfast at Muskrat Alley in Rock Hall (with a very leppy marsh outside and across the road) and lunch at Whistle Fish in Chestertown were also worth the trip.

Codes below are from the NABA field trip
record form (c=common, a=abundant, s=superabundant, i.e., 100+)

-==| Field Trip |==-

Date: 07/18/2010
Number of Species: 28
Number of Individuals: 1136
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Notes: Hot (upper 90s), hazy, humid.  Principally visited the Bayview
Butterfly Garden, which was in full bloom with joe-pye weed,
bellamcanda, liatris, and numerous other flowering plants, mostly
native.  Huge butterfly concentrations.  In the field from 11 a.m.
until 2 p.m.

-==| List of Sightings for this Field Trip |==-
Common Name     Scientific Name Life Stage      Number Seen     Notes
Zebra Swallowtail       Eurytides marcellus     Adult   S
Black Swallowtail       Papilio polyxenes       Adult   C
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail       Papilio glaucus Adult   S
Spicebush Swallowtail   Papilio troilus Adult   S
Cabbage White   Pieris rapae    Adult   C
Clouded Sulphur Colias philodice        Adult   2
Orange Sulphur  Colias eurytheme        Adult   C
Little Yellow   Eurema lisa     Adult   3
Sleepy Orange   Eurema nicippe  Adult   1
Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus Adult   4
Eastern Tailed-Blue     Everes comyntas Adult   C
American Snout  Libytheana carinenta    Adult   1
Variegated Fritillary   Euptoieta claudia       Adult   C
Silvery Checkerspot     Chlosyne nycteis        Adult   C
Pearl Crescent  Phyciodes tharos        Adult   A
Question Mark   Polygonia interrogationis       Adult   1
American Lady   Vanessa virginiensis    Adult   2
Painted Lady    Vanessa cardui  Adult   1
Red Admiral     Vanessa atalanta        Adult   C
Common Buckeye  Junonia coenia  Adult   A
Silver-spotted Skipper  Epargyreus clarus       Adult   S
Hayhurst’s Scallopwing  Staphylus hayhurstii    Adult   1
Horace’s Duskywing      Erynnis horatius        Adult   3
Least Skipper   Ancyloxypha numitor     Adult   C
Sachem  Atalopedes campestris   Adult   1
Broad-winged Skipper    Poanes viator   Adult   C
Dun Skipper     Euphyes vestris Adult   A
Salt Marsh Skipper      Panoquina panoquin      Adult   1

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