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Butterfly Field Forecast for Week of 2017 June 24

  It’s seldom this happens this early in the season, but for the past week no new FOYs were reported for our area (to me, anyway). But we did see good flights of some of the coastal/marsh skippers — Dion, … Continue reading

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Butterfly Field Forecast for Week of 2017 June 17

The very warm weather brought, as expected, a burst of new butterfly activity, producing new satyrium hairstreaks Coral Hairstreak and Striped Hairstreak, Silver-bordered Fritillary, Harris’ Checkerspot, Common Ringlet, Atlantis Fritillary, Black Dash, Baltimore Checkerspot, and Fiery Skipper. The Coral and … Continue reading

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Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2017 June 10

The terrific couple days of sunshine brought out a few new characters for the weekly sightings list, including Harris’ Checkerspot, Southern Broken-dash, and confirmed Appalachian Azure. This week, all the expected grass skippers were out and about:  Peck’s, Hobomok, Zabulon, … Continue reading

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Dates Set for 2017 Ft Indiantown Gap (PA) Regal Fritillary Tours

From the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs comes the following information about the 2017 dates for the Regal Frit tour, something of a hegira for lep folks in the East: The dates for 2017 Fort Indiantown Gap (FIG) … Continue reading

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Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2017 June 3

All it takes is just a little bit of sunshine to set things popping, which we had at the end of this week:  Great Spangled Fritillary, Long Dash, Hackberry Emperor, Northern Pearly-eye, and Silvery Checkerspot all showed up locally in … Continue reading

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Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2017 May 27 (Memorial Day Weekend)

The combination of the late-May lull (most of the spring generations are done, the spring univoltines are gone for another year, and many summer butterflies have not yet emerged) and the cool and cloudy weather have conspired to keep our … Continue reading

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Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2017 May 20

Headliners this week are skippers again:  More Northern and Southern Cloudywings, a banner Common Sootywing flight, and FOY Dun and Tawny-edged Skippers.  Dusted Skippers are still out for those who have not seen them yet, Common Roadside-skippers were regularly seen, … Continue reading

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