The weather Saturday looks perfect for an impromptu LepTrek to Lake Artemesia, where Tom Stock in particular recently found a really nice diversity and high numbers of late-season butterflies. This informal butterfly walk will begin at 10 am in the Lake Artemesia parking lot (there is only one) and the troop will proceed around the lake counterclockwise (that is, beginning along the western shore with the abelia). We’ll finish up by 1 pm and folks are welcome to decamp with me after to a local eatery (probably Bagel Place in College Park but happy to take alternate suggestions at the time). Should be continuing good nectar sources available, with goldenrod coming on as well the swamp milkweed, passionflower, pickerel weed, abelia, clovers, and various composites. (Note: Birders might want to come early and bird the lake first using the Luther Goldman birding trail, recently written up in collegepark.patch.com: http://collegepark.patch.com/articles/trail-heads-birds-of-a-feather-walk-lake-artemesia-together.
For those who don’t know it, Lake Artemesia is an artificial lake area managed by MNCPPC that was created as soil was removed for construction of Greenbelt Metro. It adjoins the confluence of Paint Branch and Indian Creek. It also happens to be one of the very best butterfly spots inside the Beltway.
DIRECTIONS TO LAKE ARTEMESIA: From the Capital Beltway (I-95), take Kenilworth Avenue (Rte. 201) south and inside the Capital Beltway for 0.5 mile. Turn right on Greenbelt Road (Rte 193) following it 0.75 miles. Turn right on Branchville Rd. after Beltway Plaza (see sign for Lake Artemesia) following it for 0.7 miles. The road will bear left and left again crossing under Greenbelt Road where it changes its name to Balew Avenue. Just after the stop sign at Berwyn Road, turn left into the parking lot for Lake Artemesia. The lake, not visible from the parking lot, is about two blocks further down Balew Avenue. Look for the black Prius with RNGRIK plates.
An RSVP would be appreciated but not strictly necessary, but if the weather turns dicey or there’s any other problem I’ll post a cancellation note to LepLog (www.leplog.wordpress.com) and email anyone who has expressed an interest.