Weekend Lep Field Forecast for the Weekend of 2015 April 11

Question Mark with a horde of Gonia frontosa flies on dried scat [2015 April 5, Green Ridge State Forest, MD -- photo by REB]

Question Mark with a horde of Gonia frontosa flies on dried scat [2015 April 5, Green Ridge State Forest, MD — photo by REB]

Finally, a weekend of warm and sunny weather on tap this weekend – at least from the vantage point of Thursday long-range forecasts! The warmer weather and sunshine should bring out another flush of new FOY butterflies.

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.

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3 Responses to Weekend Lep Field Forecast for the Weekend of 2015 April 11

  1. Jeff Cagle says:

    Any recommended sites for seeing Elfins this weekend? Also, the checklist shows that Harvesters fly once in April. Is that correct?

    • Rick says:

      Depends on where in the area you are, and which Elfins you want to see. So far, only Henry’s have been reported, and those from various sites on the Eastern Shore: Furnace Town, Nassawango, and any of the Chesapeake Lands (hunting areas) in Wicomico Co. But they should be out this weeekend closer to DC; a good place to see both Eastern Pine and Henry’s is Patuxent Tract South, but they weren’t there last weekend (see the LepLocale listing for directions). The premiere Brown Elfin spot is in the Frederick Watershed Forest on the ridge below the radio tower just south of the intersection of Gambrill Park Road and Tower Road.

  2. Jeff Cagle says:

    Thanks!

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