I like to go out on a high note each year, and for 2017 it’s two species seen this week that have not been seen locally all year — a Little Yellow at Patuxent North Wildlife Refuge, and a Giant Swallowtail in Calvert Co.
Still AWOL but could show up before first frost: Bronze Copper anywhere on the Eastern Shore (or maybe even a repeat of Bonnie Ott’s 2016 amazing Howard Co MD sighting), and Great Purple Hairstreak anywhere on the lower Eastern Shore.
Among the week’s other good sightings were Checkered White and multiple Ocola Skippers in Anne Arundel Co on Saturday’s ANS field trip. The Painted Lady explosion continues; it’s been opined on other blogs that American Lady is scarce this year, but I would observe rather it’s out in regular numbers just completely swamped by the Painted Lady irruption (which is East-Coast-wide, well into Canada). A similar irruption on the West Coast is underway for California Tortoiseshell.
Over the coming slow season, please take a few minutes to think about what you value most from the Forecast, and from LepLog in general. In particular, let me know what you think about the LepLog Calendar — I put a tremendous amount of effort every year in trying to maintain an up to date field trip calendar for local counts and field trips but find it increasingly difficult to get leaders/organizers to send me information, or to send complete information that doesn’t require back-and-forth emails. The stats for that section of LepLog show it gets good viewership but without better cooperation I’m likely to drop this function in 2018.
Here’s hoping you get a chance to get out and add a few last species to your 2017 season lists; let us know what you find here at https://leplog.wordpress.com/ or by posting to Google Groups at MDLepsOdes if you do. I and many others will be posting on MDLepsOdes if we find anything special while the Forecast is on haitus until next April, so feed free to join us there.