Category Archives: Identification tips

A Note about Nets

Yes, yes. I know this is a third-rail issue to some of us in the butterfly community, but it IS azure time and many of our azures (and others) really have to be looked at in hand for a certain … Continue reading

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An Annual Azure Refresher!

In what has become an annual tradition for our local azure guru, Harry Pavulaan, I have some new updates and I’m linking to a couple of the previous posts on LepLog about the complex azure complex here in the mid-Atlantic.  … Continue reading

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Butterflies of Pennsylvania: A Field Guide

Oddly enough, while the U.S. East Coast and Northeast historically have been the nexus of American butterfly observations and field work, few identification guides particular to this region have been produced.  True, there was Glassberg’s early photographic guide to butterflies … Continue reading

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Driving Virginia’s Back Roads for Dianas

I’ve been wanting to see Diana Fritillaries again ever since the late ’90s, when I last saw them around the trails I used to hike when I lived in Tennessee near the Smokies.  But for a multitude of reasons — … Continue reading

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Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2017 April 8

The past week and weekend showed a steady increase in species diversity and numbers, including Silvery Blue, American Lady, Zebra Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed-blue, Meadow Fritillary, Pearl Crescent, Henry’s Elfin and Black Swallowtail. Unless I missed the report, the azures on … Continue reading

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Questionable Commas

There’s a great post currently up on the South Jersey Butterfly B/log that makes for intriguing reading when sorting out this spring’s Eastern Commas and Question Marks.  At issue is regular sightings of Eastern Comma with “broken” punctuation on the … Continue reading

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New Addition to the Library: Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

I’m happy to add the PDF version of the USDA’s 1997 Caterpillars of Eastern Forests, a 118-page guide to caterpillar identification, rearing, collection and identification.  At this size, it’s not going to be comprehensive, but I was very impressed both … Continue reading

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