Montgomery Co. Mulberry Wing, Baltimore Checkerspot

Beth Johnson, Walter Gould, Tom Stock and I covered Sector 11 (mostly Little Bennett Regional Park) as part of the 25th annual western Montgomery Co. annual count. Highlights were Baltimore Checkerspot, Mulberry Wing, and Hobomok Skipper. Nectar sources included plentiful common milkweed and dogbane. Hairstreaks were almost absent — only one seen by our count team, and it was at the staging area in the Black Hill Visitor Center parking lot. By contrast, we had astonishingly high numbers of Great Spangled Frits.

The Mulberry Wings were very fresh, with deep cocoa brown uppersides.

Overall, the various sectors of the count yielded up 42 species, about average for this count.



Mulberry Wing — photo Beth Johnson


Mulberry Wing — photo Rick Borchelt


Baltimore Checkerspot — photo Walter Gould

Full Sector 11 list:

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 13
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 9
  • Checkered White 63
  • Clouded Sulphur 9
  • Orange Sulphur 29
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 25
  • ‘Summer’ Spring Azure 7
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 102
  • Silvery Checkerspot 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Baltimore Checkerspot 3
  • Question Mark 8
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Northern Pearly-eye 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 19
  • Northern Cloudywing 1 (Walter only on this one, but with a photo)
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Little Glassywing 90
  • Mulberry Wing 2
  • Hobomok Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
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2 Responses to Montgomery Co. Mulberry Wing, Baltimore Checkerspot

  1. KHG says:

    Just joined the blog, I recently made this for an art class:

    The butterflies are made of paper and paint. I am an artist, not an entomologist, so I took liberty with the colors and the Latin.

  2. Pingback: Northern Pearly- Eye Butterfly | Winged Beauty

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