FOY Falcate Orange-tip

Still stinging with the disappointment of having to call off the WABC field trip to Nassawango, I headed out to Oxbow Nature Preserve near Laurel (Anne Arundel Co.) for the 90 whole minutes of feeble sunshine we had today.  Worth it; FOY falcate orange-tip was basking on a west-facing slope along the lake (although I searched diligently, without success, for any Dentaria).  Only other butterflies were an Eastern comma and an unidentified (but probably) question mark.

This is an interesting area with some high pines, lots of vaccinium (of at least two species), and scatted holly.  Will bear watching as the season progresses.  It’s rumored to be one of the largest natural freshwater lakes in MD — a cut-off oxbow bend in the Patuxent River.  Could also easily have plenty of nectar sources like pickerel weed and joe-pye in season.

An added bonus was the chorus of a hundred or more toads in full trill along the southwest end of the lake, interspersed with plenty of spring peepers, and a couple of waves of warblers through the beech trees.

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2 Responses to FOY Falcate Orange-tip

  1. Marcy says:

    Rick, I spoke with you briefly on Sunday at oxbow Lake. I try to keep track of all the flora and fauna that people see at the Oxbow. It is certainly an interesting place to find all sorts of species. With almost 250 acres, there are different habitats in which to look, too. In case you are interested, here are the species seen last 9/25/10: Red Admiral, Red-spotted Purple, Monarch, Buckeye, Orange Sulfur, Cabbage White, Spicebush Swallowtail, Question Mark, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, and Least Skipper. Good luck the next time you visit.

    • Rick says:

      Marcy — thanks SO MUCH for saying hello. AND for offering to point out the rusties on the trail. I’d already just seen the rusties, but had a great time on the walk around the lake. I plan to come back often since I just live just down road in College Park. I’m anxious to visit a little later in the season when there may be some satyrids and coppers down in the marsh.

      As I came back to the observation deck an hour or so later, there was a veritable swarm of warblers moving through — 20 or so palms, a half dozen pine warblers, and my FOY black and white. Very birdy place. And watched one of the Caspians snatch a frog off the surface along the edge. Pretty exciting.

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