Bountiful Brown Elfins in Frederick Watershed

2013 brown elfin Frederick BAJTom Stock, Beth Johnson and I returned to one of the powerlines along Gambrill Park Road in the Frederick Municipal Watershed Forest on Saturday, hoping to do better than I had done last week in the short period before Sunday’s showers rolled in.  We did not expect, however, to find Brown Elfins in the kind of abundance we did — while each of us had slightly different numbers, we each had 25 or more, a personal high count for this species at any one location for me.  They are clearly ovipositing on the abundant blueberry along the powerline trail, and are most often seen basking on the broad, dark green leaves of mountain laurel, from which the males dart out to harass passing females or male interlopers.

In addition to the Brown Elfins, Tom’s eagle eye spotted a Pine Elfin in the same location, nectaring on the same blueberry bushes.

Aside from elfins, we saw:

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (11, all yellow form)

Cabbage White (1)

Orange Sulphur (1)

Spring Azure (2)

Eastern Tailed-blue (1)

White-M Hairstreak (6)

Juvenal’s Duskywing (14)

Horace’s Duskywing (1)

Dreamy Duskywing (6)

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