Category Archives: Forecasts

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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Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2017 July 8

  New Jersey butterfliers were doing metaphorical (and possible literal) cartwheels last week over what could be the first documented Great Purple Hairstreak in the state in some 128 years.  Now it’s true that we haven’t had a Great Purple … Continue reading

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Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of the Fourth of July 2017

The “butterfly doldrums” in the mid-Atlantic typically runs from about mid-June to mid-July, when population explosions of last-brood locals are augmented by interesting southern migrants.  But this week we’re solidly in the doldrums, with just a few new highlights to … Continue reading

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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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