Category Archives: general butterfly news

The Aphrodite Atlas Project (TAAP)

Historically, it appears that Aphrodite Fritillary regularly roamed east as far as Baltimore; records of collections in the 1980’s in Green Ridge State Forest are rather common in the field notes and memories of lepidopterists still active in the field. … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of April 20

HIGHLIGHTS:  American Copper, Silvery Blue, Spring Azure, Zebra Swallowtail, Olympia Marble, Black Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Juniper Hairstreak, Meadow Fritillary, American Lady, Pine Elfin, Brown Elfin (in MD), Appalachian Grizzled Skipper (VA). Warm weather and a couple of sunny days brought … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2019 April 13

HIGHLIGHTS:  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Zebra Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed-blue, Pearl Crescent, Juvenal’s Duskywing, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Falcate Orangetip, Henry’s Elfin, Brown Elfin It’s looking to be quite the good year for Henry’s Elfins, with numerous reports throughout the region and good … Continue reading

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(More or Less) Annual Azure Refresher

I usually try every spring to post some kind of nod to azure ID among the three most confusing of our early-season azures — Summer, Spring and Holly.  This year Harry LeGrand and Harry Pavulaan helped out with a post … Continue reading

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More Changes in Skipper Taxonomy

While creating a new genus, Burnsius, for some of the Pyrgus checkered skippers, Li et al in the PNAS paper discussed in the previous post also covered some 250 other skippers.  In all, the paper created 24 new taxa: 6 … Continue reading

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Burnsius, a New Genus of Skipper in the Mid-Atlantic

  Given that tomorrow is April 1 (aka April Fools’ Day) I figured I had best post this tonight so as not to be accused of making butterfly AFD jokes. Yes, it’s true — a new genus.  But … not … Continue reading

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New Home(s) for Back Issues of TTR

Editor Harry Pavulaan announced this week that back issues for one of the standard taxonomic references for butterflies, The Taxonomic Report (TTR), are now available online at several locations. As Harry notes in a recent listserv posting: >>TILS was reincorporated … Continue reading

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