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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2018 September 15

  HIGHLIGHTS: Leonard’s Skipper (continuing, MD), White M Hairstreak (MD), Great Purple Hairstreak (continuing, MD), Ocola Skippers, Long-tailed Skippers It appeared for a while that there would be nothing but hurricane-related woe to report, and the uncooperative weather of the … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for Week of 2018 September 8

HIGHLIGHTS:  Brazilian Skipper (VA and MD), Long-tailed Skipper (MD), continuing fresh Juniper Hairstreaks (VA and MD), White M Hairstreak (MD), Great Purple Hairstreak (MD) Two — count ’em, two — pics of the week to share in this Forecast.  And … Continue reading

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Brazilian Skipper in MD

Almost as if summoned by yesterday’s Forecast — and my note to fellow MD butterfly observers to be checking their cannas — I glanced at my ONE potted canna in the back yard on the way to filling the bird … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of September 1

HIGHLIGHTS:  Great Purple Hairstreak, Juniper Hairstreak, Clouded Skipper, Harvester Lycaenids take pride of place on the Forecast this week, with FOY Great Purple Hairstreak on the Eastern Shore, a species that has become increasingly difficult to see in MD in … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2018 August 25

HIGHLIGHTS:  Palamedes Swallowtail (near Baltimore!!), Clouded Skipper, Diana Fritillary, Banded Hairstreak This is the time of year we’re accustomed to out-of-range shorebirds and waders; but Palamedes Swallowtail?? This pristine Palamedes showed up in a suburban garden in the Sparrows Point … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2018 August 18

HIGHLIGHTS:  Common Sootywing, Hayhurst’s Scallopwing, Swarthy Skipper Another decidedly low-key week for butterflies across the mid-Atlantic, and the off-on rain chances for the weekend are likely to dampen (pun intended) enthusiasm for being out in the field again. Skippers provided … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2018 August 11

Sorry, no highlights to report this week.  While the uptick in numbers has been noticeable this past week, there’s been very little new or newsworthy to report.  Find us a highlight for next week’s Forecast! The expected grass skippers are … Continue reading

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