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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for Week of 2017 August 19

Without question the best butterfly sighting of the week came from the Silver Spring back yard of Tom Stock, an immaculate vagrant (presumably) Gulf Fritillary.  This is a rare but occasional visitor from the Gulf states, and if it arrives … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Field Butterfly Forecast for the Week of 2017 August 12

Despite a couple of days of gorgeous weather, very little in the way of butterfly sightings came in for the Forecast this week.  A second Ocola Skipper makes the list, but the highlight of the week was a late report … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2017 August 5

True to last week’s Forecast, Ocola Skipper made its first appearance in the region at the Glendening Nature Preserve boardwalk into Jug Bay last weekend, heralding a month of so of winnowing through clouds of grass skippers (all the expected … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2017 July 29

The big summer push of many skippers is evident this week — or at least was before the weekend’s monsoon started — with fresh Zabulon, Peck’s, and Sachem flying this morning even in my suburban yard.  Fiery Skipper is beginning … Continue reading

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Butterfly Field Forecast for Week of 2017 July 22

No sooner had the electrons fired on last week’s Forecast than a dozen or so sightings came in for Sleepy Orange and Cloudless Sulphur in varied locations across the area, mostly in the vicinity of senna or partridge pea and … Continue reading

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Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2017 July 15

It’s time to start keeping an eye out for southern migrants, especially skippers, and 2017’s FOY Long-tailed Skipper showed up this week in Northern VA.  Fiery Skippers continue to be seen occasionally, while to our south in the Carolinas Whirlabouts … Continue reading

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Summer on DelMarVa

Tom Stock and I went yesterday in unsuccessful search of King’s Hairstreak, which was reported last weekend at one of its known locations along the DE/MD line on the lower Eastern Shore.  Alas, we were unsuccessful — this is a … Continue reading

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