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Final Forecast of the 2016 Season — Week Beginning 2016 Sept 24

It’s the month of final hurrahs for summer butterflies; except for a few irruptive southern migrants like Common Buckeye we’re seeing the last of the large flights of butterflies for the season. If you’re lucky enough to have found the … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week Beginning 2016 Sept 17

This weekend promises – or at least hints at – rain, which the area needs very badly as the nectar sources typically don’t produce much nectar under drought stress. But the warm, dry weather has brought a spate of fall … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week Beginning 2016 Sept 10

Diversity and numbers are up this week, a last hurrah for the season, led by the seasonal emergence this week of Leonard’s Skippers at Soldiers Delight in Baltimore Co.  It’s all downhill from here, folks! The major explosion of Sachems … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week Beginning 2016 Sept 3

With the remnants of Hermine due to visit the mid-Atlantic toward the middle and end of the Labor Day weekend, the Forecast is a little up in the air (pun intended) for what’s likely to be out and about in … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week Beginning 2016 Aug 27

This week begins the Season of the Sachem. Every lantana, every zinnia, every Joe Pye weed flowerhead has its golden-brown skippers in attendance, 99 percent of which will turn out to be Sachems. This week the preponderance is overwhelmingly bright … Continue reading

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Lepping the Northwoods

I had a few days before I had to be in Minneapolis at midweek for a journalism conference, so I flew in early for mostly birding in advance of the meeting.  My visit coincided with the hottest temps of the … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2016 August 6

  I missed most of this past week in the field in Maryland and environs myself, out chasing butterflies in Minnesota’s Northwoods. Nice leps, but low numbers and diversity. But then again, that’s pretty much the story in the mid-Atlantic … Continue reading

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