Category Archives: Identification tips

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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(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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New Year, New Checklist

UPDATE:  The Word version wasn’t working well for a lot of you, so I’ve uploaded it as a new PDF document.  Enjoy! I took advantage of a slow period this week to update the Maryland Butterfly Field Checklist to note … 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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Adventures in Quad-busting: MD Cherry Run Quad

Of the many wildlife management areas in the state, Indian Springs WMA in Washington Co. stands out as one that has been seriously ignored by butterfly observers.  Using the new “heat map function” of the Maryland Biodiversity Project, you can … Continue reading

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In the Field with NHFS

Saturday, our group from the Audubon Naturalist Society’s Natural History Field Studies program (all taking the Butterflies of Spring class) trooped out to Patuxent Research Refuge in search of early leps and other interesting bits of natural history.  We did … Continue reading

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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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