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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2018 July 21

HIGHLIGHTS:  Giant Swallowtail (MD), Diana Fritillary (VA), Palamedes Swallowtail (MD), Little Yellow (DC) The listservs this past week have been full of weeping and gnashing of teeth over what a poor lep season 2018 has been for most species in … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2018 July 14

HIGHLIGHTS:  Northern Metalmark, Bronze Copper, King’s Hairstreak, Ocola Skipper, Juniper (Olive) Hairstreak, Swarthy Skipper The big news this week is the annual flight of Northern Metalmarks in Green Ridge State Forest, one of the largest flights we’ve seen in recent … Continue reading

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Lep Scouting on the Eastern Shore

Tom Stock and I took advantage of what we thought would be picture-perfect butterfly observing conditions to do a targeted strike for King’s Hairstreak and a general scouting mission for my upcoming Eastern Shore field trip for the Audubon Naturalist … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2018 July 7

HIGHLIGHTS:  Rare Skipper, Common Sootywing, Harvester, Edwards’ Hairstreak, Appalachian Azure, Hackberry Emperor, Tawny Emperor; Bog Copper, Black Dash. Sachem Today’s widespread rains followed by what is shaping up to be a glorious weekend seem tailor-made for good butterfly watching.  While … Continue reading

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Belated Missive from the Albany Pine Bush

It seems like a lifetime ago since I was up in the Adirondacks, but in fact it was barely a month ago.  But it’s been such a sprint at work since then that I’ve just not had a chance to … Continue reading

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Modest Relief from the Heat in the Mountains

Tom Stock and I spent most of yesterday checking out nectar sources in the Catoctin Mountains, from the Sand Flats area of the Frederick municipal watershed to Gambrill State Park to the Ridenour Swamp near Wolfsville.  To say we had … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2018 June 30

HIGHLIGHTS:  Mulberry Wing, Common Wood Nymph, Pepper and Salt Skipper, Northern Broken-dash Finally a sunny weekend in store, even if it comes with sizzling temperatures.  Most everything we expect should be out this next week; with last week’s sightings we … Continue reading

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