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Final Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for 2017: Week of 30 September

Well, it’s that time of year again — time to put the weekly Forecast into hibernation for another season.  I hope it’s been an inducement to get out and see some of the amazing butterfly fauna we enjoy here in … Continue reading

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ANS Field Trip to Plummer House Butterfly Garden

An intrepid group of butterfliers joined me and Tom Stock for a picture-perfect couple of hours in the butterfly garden and surrounding fields at the Parris Glendening Nature Preserve of the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary [MD, Anne Arundel Co.].  Diversity … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the week of 2017 September 23

Hard to believe we’re now in astronomical — if not meteorological — autumn, with a weekend on tap of summery high temperatures and significant humidity.  But these are excellent butterfly watching days, and we’ll remember them fondly at the winter … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for Week of 16 September 2017

Few items of note in the past week; dampness and cool weather prevailed through much of the week, although even last weekend brought in fewer sightings than expected given the terrific weather. Notable sightings included Giant Swallowtail in nearby West … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2017 September 9

As the days dwindle down, so too do our reports of new and interesting butterfly fauna, so the Forecast shifts into more of a contemplative and elegiac fall mode. Currently, the Leonard’s Skipper show dominates the field scene, with good … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2017 September 2

Sometimes you have to multitask in a hurry.  Sometimes you just aren’t fast enough. On last weekend’s field trip for the Natural History Field Studies course on Fall Butterflies, the class and I were focused on a Hayhurst’s Scallopwing, always … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2017 August 26

More reports of Gulf Fritillaries in the DC metro area came in this week, one in College Park and one in Northern VA.  Are we seeing an invasion (no sightings between here and SC) or a local, short-lived breeding colony? … Continue reading

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