Category Archives: sightings

2016 Update of PA Butterfly Atlas

Once again David Wright has updated his fine Atlas of Pennsylvania Butterflies, the 15th such edition since the project begain in 1995.  Drawing a host of sources — historical and contemporary, listed at the back of the report, and updated … Continue reading

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2015: The Butterfly Year in Review

The flight season for 2015 will likely go down in lep history for the mid-Atlantic as a middling year, known best for its huge hole in the middle of summer, when a lot of expected species just never showed up … Continue reading

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LRGV Field Notes: Chasing Rarities, Mopping Up

Today Tom, Jim Brighton, and Tom Feild spent the day with me tracking down the farflung rarities that had turned up over the week at places other than those we’d visited or in the interim since we’d been there.  Our … Continue reading

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Westward Ho! To Falcon State Park

We got back so late last night from a long sojourn to Falcon State Park in Starr Co. that I was too exhausted to do more than just tally up the day’s sightings before crashing, but it was another amazing … Continue reading

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Field Notes: A Day of LRGV Birds with a Few Good Butterflies Thrown In

Tom Stock and I had planned today as a vigil at Estero Llano Grande State Park for the often-sited Northern Jacana, a Central and South American wader that has been showing up regularly there.  We arrived a few minutes after … Continue reading

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Field Notes: Texas Butterfly Festival Day 2!

With a first US record butterfly under our belts from Day 1, we headed out this morning for a leisurely boat survey of a couple of miles of the Rio Grande behind the National Butterfly Center, best for birds (both … Continue reading

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Field Notes: First US Record, Shadowed Hairstreak

So I noted yesterday that we had a pale gray hairstreak on the crucita flowers on our foray to Hugh Ramsey Nature Park near Harlingen during the Texas Butterfly Festival.  Flurries of emails and texts and forwarded pictures overnight yielded … Continue reading

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