Category Archives: Field Trips/Annual Counts

Summer Travel Planning

It’s that time of year when I’m getting antsy to get out in the field to see new places and new butterflies.  I just returned from the southern California desert and the incredible spectacle of millions of Painted Ladies on … Continue reading

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New MD Butterfly Records for 2018

Well, 2018 is in the rearview mirror, and most of you should have been able to send your season sightings to the Maryland Biodiversity Project (MBP) by now.  It was a very good year, with one entirely new butterfly species … Continue reading

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2018: The Butterfly Year in Review

Watching snow falling on the garden outside my kitchen window this morning, it appears I can finally call a wrap to this year’s butterfly season.  For weather, 2018 had it all in the mid-Atlantic states — very early season warm … 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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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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Etiquette for the Field — 10 Tips

Even more so than birding or botanizing, butterfly observation benefits from multiple eyes in the field as we look for interesting leps.  But it also poses some challenges for group outings. Here are the 10 etiquette guidelines we try to … Continue reading

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