1 WHITE-M HAIRSTREAK (pristine, knock-out Morpho blue; personal early record for me. Fern Valley)
6 Summer (Spring brood) Azure (mostly investigating the emerging buds of highbush blueberry in Fern Valley)
6 Small (Cabbage) Whites
1 Orange Sulphur
5 Eastern Commas
1 Mourning Cloak (Fern Valley)
Air temperature in the low 70sF.
That’s the good news. The less good news is that the former butterfly garden has been whittled down yet again to make room for asparagus beds (more mission creep from the Washington Youth Garden). At this point, the size of the butterfly garden and its general disrepair suggest that it is too small and too poorly managed to be a useful butterfly watching resource going forward. A huge new pavilion has gone up where the shed used to be; the construction for this building is why all the buddleia were removed (to make room for construction equipment).