As predicted, we had a number of “firsts” this past week – Falcate Orangetip, Cabbage (Small) White, Henry’s Elfin. Given a few more warm days, even if they are drizzly, the weekend sun should provide emergence of more azures (possibly Spring Azure as well as the “Spring” Summer Azure already about), Clouded and Orange Sulphurs, and two more elfins, Brown and Eastern Pine.
More reports came pouring in from Virginia over the weekend for flying Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Juvenal’s Duskywing, Zebra Swallowtail, and Sleepy Orange. We can expect all of these over the next two weeks in the DC area. And we can also hope for additional southern migrants like Painted Lady to be out on cress, henbit, dead-nettle, and dandelion. Early-season hairstreaks before the end of April are likely to include White-M, Gray, Juniper and Red-banded – any or all could pop early given a few extra-warm days.
The strong southwesterly gales of this week seem to have brought early migrants up from the south; Common Green Darners were reported all over the Delmarva, the DC area, and into PA. A Red Admiral turned up on Chincoteague Island, fresh and almost certainly migrant.
Here’s hoping the weekend forecast pans out, and if you’re in the field please remember to post or send your sightings for the next Weekend Forecast. In the meantime, visit us at https://leplog.wordpress.com/ and on Google Groups at MDLepsOdes.