Well, 2018 is in the rearview mirror, and most of you should have been able to send your season sightings to the Maryland Biodiversity Project (MBP) by now. It was a very good year, with one entirely new butterfly species confirmed for MD (Northern Crescent) and 8 new county records. Good work, everyone!
As you know, the late Dick Smith for many years did yeoman’s work in cultivating and maintaining a far-flung cohort of butterfly observers in MD who would send in new records every year and updated as state and county lists he meticulously hand-updated every spring about this time. And then I’d go in and edit all the PDF tables by hand. It took us a couple of weeks of tedious, dedicated work to do this every year.
While we’re keeping up the tradition of noting and sharing new records for Maryland’s butterfly fauna, beginning two years ago we turned to MBP as our depository of record for these new range or species data. In other words, in order to “count” for our purposes here at LepLog and for maintaining the integrity of Dick’s decades of data, all new records need to be captured on MBP.
Without further ado, here are the new 2018 state and county records (the links take you into MBP for further information):
New species for MBP (1)
New county records for MBP (8)
Species ID 633 – Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius) recorded by Rick Borchelt was new for Prince George’s Co. (View)
Species ID 633 – Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius) recorded by Josh Emm was new for Baltimore Co. (View)
Species ID 633 – Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius) recorded by Jim Wilkinson was new for Howard Co. (View)
Species ID 508 – Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius) first observed by Beth Johnson, record submitted by Shannon Schade was new for Queen Anne’s Co. (View)
Species ID 525 – Henry’s Elfin (Callophrys henrici) recorded by Linda Hunt was new for Howard Co. (View)
Species ID 614 – Northern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia egeremet) recorded by Frode Jacobsen was new for Washington Co. (View)
Species ID 556 – Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta) recorded by Rick Borchelt was new for Washington Co. (View)
Species ID 16033 – White Admiral (Limenitis arthemis) recorded by Rick Borchelt was new for Washington Co. (View)
[Note: I’ve included here only species-level observations in the county list]
Maryland Biodiversity Project also keeps detailed records at the quad level, and we Maryland butterfliers did a LOT of quad-busting in 2018 (and a shameless plug — many of them came from students in my Natural History Field Studies program!). I’ve left in the genus-level records (i.e, Celastrina sp.) for these 831 NEW QUAD RECORDS in the following PDF document:
I’m hoping we’ll be able to shatter these impressive totals in 2019 — which would be helped by a few more sunny weekends!
With great appreciation for MBP’s tireless work to help us better understand Maryland’s butterfly (and moth) fauna, and especially to Bill Hubick for pulling these data for us.