Recap of July 17 Annual DC Butterfly Count

From count coordinator Tom Stock (posted to washbutterflies on July 18):

Yesterday, six dedicated counters conducted the annual (since 1998) survey of butterflies at the National Arboretum. In six hours of counting, we tallied 32 species and 376 individuals (listed below). Highlights were a Little Yellow and a Silvery Checkerspot. Notable misses: Zebra Swallowtail, Common Wood Nymph.

I would like to thank each of the counters — Carrie Beall, Rick Borchelt, Walt Gould, Beth Johnson, and Bob Speaker. We all missed Pat Durkin!

I am especially grateful to Bob for his continuing dedication to the Butterfly Garden at the Washington Youth Garden, and to Rick for cutting through some red tape and helping get the count off the ground, and arranging for water at the Youth Garden and a cool space in which to tally up our count!

Here’s our list:

Pipevine Swallowtail (3)
Black Swallowtail (2)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (32)
Spicebush Swallowtail (7)
Cabbage White (13)
Clouded Sulphur (4)
Orange Sulphur (13)
Cloudless Sulphur (2)
Little Yellow (1)
Sleepy Orange (1)
Gray Hairstreak (5)
Red-banded Hairstreak (2)
Eastern Tailed Blue (18)
Summer Azure (3)
Great Spangled Fritillary (3)
Silvery Checkerspot (1)
Pearl Crescent (7)
American Lady (2)
Painted Lady (1)
Red Admiral (8)
Common Buckeye (4)
Red-spotted Purple (3)
Monarch (1)
Silver-spotted Skipper (29)
Hayhurst’s Scallopwing (9)
Horace’s Duskywing (13)
Wild Indigo Duskywing (1)
Common Checkered Skipper (1)
Least Skipper (40)
Peck’s Skipper (50)
Little Glassywing (1)
Sachem (96)

Tom Stock
Silver Spring, Md.

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