Category Archives: Maryland Big Year

News and notes from my Maryland Butterfly Big Year 2010

The Story of a Butterfly Big Year

It began as a crazy idea hatched in the doldrums of the long, nasty winter of 2012-13 – though “long” and “nasty” pretty much describes all winters for any butterfly field enthusiast who lives anywhere north of Florida. A freak … Continue reading

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Weekend Lep Forecast for 2-3 August 2013

Both numbers and diversity have been picking up over the past week, building into what looks like it might be a very productive August, so different from the lep slump that has been much of the summer season so far. … Continue reading

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Old Hundredth — Reaching the MD100 Goal

In Return of the King, Gandalf and Pippin look far across the expanse to Mordor, where Sauron’s armies are building and about to attack Gondor.  Pippin knows that Frodo and Sam have to avoid those armies to destroy the Ring, … Continue reading

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Weekend Lep Forecast for 27-28 July 2013

The break in the high temperatures and oppressive humidity this week is likely to lure more of us into the field over the weekend, so please let me know what you’re finding out there so I can pass it along … Continue reading

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A Mid-Atlantic Megisto Mystery

Both Harry Pavulaan and David Wright (MD and PA, respectively) have put out data calls recently for information on summer sightings of Little Wood Satyr.  David explains: >>The Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela) is one of our commonest butterflies and … Continue reading

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Lep Forecast for Weekend of 2013 July 20

Many of us were in the field this past weekend, and there’s a lot to report.  As always, let me know what you’re finding out there so I can pass it along to the other readers of the Forecast! This … Continue reading

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Field Notes — Bog Copper in Maryland

Saturday morning was as unpromising as they come for me and Tom Stock, holed up at a hotel in Frostburg and afraid our planned Garrett Co. trip was a wash-out.  The forecast for the day got worse every time we … Continue reading

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