Rick’s 2013 Sightings

Well, the season started very early this year, with a sighting just six days into the new year!  Here’s where I’ll be recording my sightings for the year.

I’m also attempting a Big Year of sorts in 2013 — Logging 100 species in Maryland during the 2013 flight season.  Several of us came close to this mark in 2012, and with a little luck I’ll be able to hit the century mark before the end of next December.  While I’ll be keeping track of all the butterflies I see this year, in Maryland and elsewhere, the number in brackets at the end of each entry will record whether they count toward the MD100 total.

Update after Memorial Day Weekend:  Met my goal of 50 by June 1 — breathing a little easier now!

Update — Reached 60 on June 5 with Appalachian Azure in Gambrill State Park.  Tom’s breathing hard on my heels with the spectacular Striped Hairstreak find on June 5 in College Park.

Update — broke 70 species over the June 8-9 weekend on a birthday bash trip for Tom Stock to Charles County.  Highlights were Aaron’s Skipper, several Southern Broken-dashes, and both Emperors.  

Update — broke 90 species this weekend with a day in Garrett Co with Tom Stock and a day in Dorchester Co with Tom and with Beth Johnson. 

Update — Standing at 96 today after a fabulous two days in Green Ridge SF and Garrett Co.  Surely I can score three more for MD100 this year!!!

Update — #97 after Checkered White at the Arboretum.

UPDATE July 27 — MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! Pushed through the goal of 100 yesterday with King’s Hairstreak and then #101 with Palamedes Swallowtail.  Huzzah!

Update July 29 — the numbers keep rolling in.  #102, Southern Cloudywing this afternoon at the butterfly garden of the Plummer House at the Glendening Preserve, Anne Arundel Co.

Update Sept. 28 — Tally stands at 105 with the addition yesterday of my life Bronze Copper in the Hickory Point Swamp of Worcester Co MD.

01   American Lady, Vanessa virginiensis.  6 January.  Patuxent Wildlife Refuge North Tract, Anne Arundel Co MD [MD100-001]

02  Cabbage White, Pieris rapae.  24 March.  Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC.  [MD100-002]

03  Mourning Cloak, Nymphalis antiope.  29 March.  Tom Tyler Nature Trail, Chesapeake Forest Lands, Wicomico Co MD [MD100-003]

04  Summer Azure, Celastrina neglecta.  30 March.  Calvert Cliffs State Park, Calvert Co MD [MD100-004]

05  Henry’s Elfin, Callophyris henrici.  6 April.  Patuxent National Wildlife Research Refuge, Anne Arundel Co MD [MD-005]

06  Eastern Comma, Polygonia comma.  7 April.  Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Prince George’s Co MD [MD-006]

07  Question Mark, Polygonia interrogationis.  7 April.  Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Prince George’s Co MD [MD-007]

08  Orange Sulphur, Colias eurytheme.  7 April.  Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Prince George’s Co MD [MD-008]

09  Falcate Orangetip, Anthocaris medea.  8 April.  Piney Ridge Nature Reserve, Anne Arundel Co MD [MD-009]

10  Juvenal’s Duskywing, Erynnis juvenalis.  8 April.  Piney Ridge Nature Reserve, Anne Arundel Co MD [MD-010]

11 Sleepy Duskywing, Erynnis brizo.  10 April.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD.  [MD100-011]

12  Silvery Blue, Glaucopsyche lygdamus.  10 April.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD.  [MD100-012]

13  Holly Azure, Celastrina idella.  13 April.  Flag Pond Nature Park, Calvert Co MD [MD100-013]

14  Spring Azure, Celastrina ladon.  13 April.  Flag Pond Nature Park, Calvert Co MD [MD100-014]

15  Zebra Swallowtail, Eurytides marcellus.  13 April.  Flag Pond Nature Park, Calvert Co MD [MD100-015]

16  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus.  13 April.  Flag Pond Nature Park, Calvert Co MD [MD100-016]

17  Spicebush Swallowtail, Papilio troilus.  13 April.  Flag Pond Nature Park, Calvert Co MD [MD100-017]

18  Brown Elfin, Callophrys augustinus.  14 April.  Tom Tyler Nature Trail, Wicomico Co MD [MD100-018]

19  Gray Hairstreak, Strymon melinus.  14 April.  Tom Tyler Nature Trail, Wicomico Co MD [MD-100-019]

20  Eastern Tailed-blue, Cupido comyntas.  14 April.  Tom Tyler Nature Trail, Wicomico Co MD [MD-100-020]

21  Eastern Pine Elfin, Callophrys niphon.  18 April.  Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge, South Tract, Prince George’s Co MD [MD100-021]

22  Pearl Crescent, Phyciodes tharos.  18 April.  Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge, South Tract, Prince George’s Co MD [MD100-022]

23  Juniper Hairstreak, Callophrys gryneus.  18 April.  Governor Bridge Natural Area, Anne Arundel Co MD  [MD100-023]

24  Clouded Sulphur, Colias philodice.  18 April.  Governor Bridge Natural Area, Anne Arundel Co MD [MD100-024]

25  American Copper, Lycaena phlaeas.  21 April.  Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Prince George’s Co MD [MD100-025]

26  Variegated Fritillary, Euptoieta claudia.  21 April.  Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Prince George’s Co MD [MD100-026]

27  Black Swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes.  27 April.  Chino Farms Bioblitz, Queen Anne’s Co MD [MD100-27]

28  Horace’s Duskywing, Erynnis horatius.  27 April.  Chino Farms Bioblitz, Queen Anne’s Co MD [MD-10028]

29  White M Hairstreak, Parrhasius m-album.  28 April.  Frederick Municipal Watershed Forest, Gambrill Park Rd, Frederick Co MD [MD100-29]

30.  Pipevine Swallowtail, Battus philenor.  2 May.  Sideling Hill Rest Area, I-68, Washington Co MD [MD100-30]

31.  Olympia Marble, Euchloe olympia.  2 May.  Allegany Co MD [MD100-31]

32.  Northern Cloudywing, Thorybes pylades.  2 May.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD [MD100-32]

33.  Dreamy Duskywing, Erynnis icelus.  2 May.  Sideling Hill Rest Area, I-68, Washington Co MD [MD100-33]

34.  Meadow Fritillary, Boloria bellona.  2 May.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD [MD100-34]

35.  Common Roadside-Skipper, Amblyscirtes vialis.  2 May.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD [MD100-35]

36.  Sleepy Orange, Abaeis nicippe.  2 May.  Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany Co MD [MD100-36]

37.  Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta.  4 May.  Nassawango Creek Preserve, Furnacetown, Worcester Co MD [MD100-37]

38.  Cobweb Skipper, Hesperia metea.  5 May.  Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, Baltimore Co MD [MD100-38]

39.  Frosted Elfin, Callophrys irus.  10 May.  Millville Road, Nassawango Creek Preserve, Snow Hill, Worcester Co MD [MD100-39]

40.  Silver-spotted Skipper, Epargyreus clarus.  10 May.  Idylwild Wildlife Management Area, Federalsburg, Caroline Co MD [MD100-40]

41.  Zabulon Skipper, Poanes zabulon.  11 May.  DeCoursey Bridge on the Transquaking River, DeCoursey Bridge Road, Dorchester Co [MD100-41]

42.  Dusted Skipper, Atrytonopsis hianna.  17 May.  Soldiers Delight Natural Area, Baltimore Co MD [MD100-42]

43.  Red-spotted Purple, Limenitis arthemis.  17 May.  Rachel Carson Greenway, Silver Spring, Montgomery Co MD [MD100-43]

44.  Peck’s Skipper, Polites peckius.  17 May.  Rachel Carson Greenway, Silver Spring, Montgomery Co MD [MD100-44]

45.  Gray Comma, Polygonia progne.  21 May.  Savage River State Forest along Swamp Road, Garrett Co MD [MD100-45]

46.  Least Skipper, Ancyloxypha numitor.  24 May.  Beallsville, Rickman Equestrian Center, Montgomery Co MD [MD100-46]

47.  Common Checkered-skipper, Pyrgus communis.  24 May.  Rickman Equestrian Center, Montgomery Co MD [MD100-47]

48.  Red-banded Hairstreak, Calycopis cecrops.  24 May.  Rickman Equestrian Center, Montgomery Co MD [MD100-48]

49.  Little Wood Satyr, Megisto cymela.  24 May.  Rickman Equestrian Center, Montgomery Co MD [MD100-49]

50.  Dun Skipper, Euphyes vestris.  26 May.  DeCoursey Bridge Road, Dorchester Co MD [MD100-50]

HUZZAH!!! HALF-WAY TO 100!!!

51.  Viceroy, Limenitis archippus.  26 May.  DeCoursey Bridge Road, Dorchester Co MD [MD100-51]

52.  Indian Skipper, Hesperia sassacus.  27 May.  Frederick Municipal Watershed Forest, Frederick Co MD [MD100-52]

53.  Hobomok Skipper, Poanes hobomok.  27 May.  Frederick Municipal Watershed Forest, Frederick Co MD [MD100-53]

54.  Baltimore Checkerspot, Euphydryas phaeton.  1 June.  Marriottsville Road at Patapsco River crossing, Woodstock, Howard Co MD [MD100-54]

55.  Northern Pearly-eye, Enodia anthedon.  1 June.  Marriottsville Road at Patapsco River crossing, Woodstock, Howard Co MD [MD100-55]

56.  Little Glassywing, Pompeius verna.  1 June.  Robertson Nature Center, Columbia, Howard Co MD [MD100-56]

57.  Sachem, Atalopedes campestris.  1 June.  Robertson Nature Center, Columbia, Howard Co MD [MD11-57]

58.  Silvery Checkerspot, Chlosyne nycteis.  4 June.  Northeast Branch Trail, College Park, Prince George’s Co MD [md100-58]

59.  Banded Hairstreak, Strymon calanus.  4 June.  Northeast Branch Trail, College Park, Prince George’s Co MD [MD-100-59]

60.  Appalachian Azure, Celastrina neglectamajor.  5 June.  Gambrill State Park, Frederick Co MD [MD100-60]

61.  Striped Hairstreak, Satyrium liparops.  6 June.  Northeast Branch Trail, College Park, Prince George’s Co MD [MD100-61]

62.  Appalachian Brown, Satyrodes appalachia.  8 June.  Purse State Park, Charles Co MD [MD100-62]

63.  Carolina Satyr, Hermeuptychia sosybius.  8 June.  Purse State Park, Charles Co MD [MD100-63]

64.  Monarch, Danaus plexippus.  8 June.  Purse State Park, Charles Co MD [MD100-64]

65.  Great Spangled Fritillary, Speyeria cybele.  8 June.  Friendship Landing Road, Charles Co MD [MD100-65]

66.  Tawny Emperor, Asterocampa clyton.  8 June.  Friendship Landing, Nanjemoy, Charles Co MD [MD100-66]

67.  Hayhurst’s Scallopwing, Staphylus hayhurstii.  9 June.  US National Arboretum, Washington DC  [MD100-67]

68.  Aaron’s Skipper, Poanes aaroni.  9 June.  Friendship Farm Park and Landing, Nanjemoy, Charles Co MD  [MD100-68]

69.  American Snout, Libytheana carinenta.  9 June.  Friendship Farm Park and Landing, Nanjemoy, Charles Co MD  [MD100-69]

70.  Hackberry Emperor, Asterocampa celtis.  9 June.  Friendship Farm Park and Landing, Nanjemoy, Charles Co MD  [MD100-70]

71.  Southern Broken-dash, Wallengrenia otho.  9 June.  Friendship Farm Park and Landing, Nanjemoy, Charles Co MD  [MD100-71]

72.  Broad-winged Skipper, Poanes viator.  9 June.  Friendship Farm Park and Landing, Nanjemoy, Charles Co MD  [MD100-72]

73.  Coral Hairstreak, Satyrium titus.  15 June.  Eastern Neck NWR, Rock Hall, Kent Co MD [MD100-73]

74.  Common Sootywing, Pholisora catullus.  15 June.  Eastern Neck NWR, Rock Hall, Kent Co MD [MD100-74]

75.  Swarthy Skipper, Nastra lherminier.  15 June.  Eastern Neck NWR, Rock Hall, Kent Co MD [MD100-75]

76.  Delaware Skipper, Anatrytone logan.  15 June.  Eastern Neck NWR, Rock Hall, Kent Co MD [MD100-76]

77.  Salt Marsh Skipper, Panoquina panoquin.  15 June.  Eastern Neck NWR, Rock Hall, Kent Co MD [MD100-77]

78.  Northern Broken-dash, Wallengrenia egeremet.  15 June.  Eastern Neck NWR, Rock Hall, Kent Co MD [MD100-78]

79.  Wild Indigo Duskywing, Erynnis baptisiae.  2 May.  Sideling Hill Rest Stop, I-68, Washington Co MD [MD100-79] playing catch-up on one I hadn’t recorded earlier

80.  Crossline Skipper, Polites origenes.  6 June.  Northeast Branch Trail, College Park, Prince George’s Co MD [MD100-80]  playing catch-up on another one I hadn’t recorded earlier

81.  Common Buckeye, Junonia coenia.  15 June.  Eastern Neck NWR, Rock Hall, Kent Co MD [MD100-81]

82.  Mulberry Wing, Poanes massasoit.  22 June.  Rubin’s Bog, Boyds, Montgomery Co MD [MD100-82]

83.  Great Purple Hairstreak, Atlides halesus.  24 June.  Newbridge Road Public Landing, Vienna, Dorchester Co MD [MD100-83]

84.  Common Wood Nymph, Cercyonis pegala.  24 June.  Blackwater NWR, Cambridge, Dorchester Co MD [MD100-84]

85.  Edwards’ Hairstreak, Satyrium edwardsii.  28 June.  Frederick Municipal Watershed Forest, Frederick Co MD [MD100-85]

86.  Tawny-edged Skipper, Polites themistocles.  28 June.  Frederick Municipal Watershed Forest, Frederick Co MD [MD100-86]

87.  European Skipper, Thymelicus lineola.  28 June.  Finzel Swamp, Garrett Co MD [MD100-87]

88.  Long Dash, Polites mystic.  28 June.  Finzel Swamp, Garrett Co MD [MD100-88]

89.  Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio appalachiensis.  28 June.  Finzel Swamp, Garrett Co MD [MD100-89]

90.  Rare Skipper, Problema bulenta.  29 June.  DeCoursey Road, Dorchester Co MD [MD100-90]

91.  Cloudless Sulphur, Phoebis sennae.  29 June.  DeCoursey Road, Dorchester Co MD [MD100-91]

92.  Fiery Skipper, Hylephila phyleus.  1 July.  US National Arboretum, Washington DC [MD100-92]

[unnumbered]  Regal Fritillary, Speyeria idalia.  5 July.  Ft. Indiantown Gap, Lebanon Co PA.  [not a MD sighting]

[unnumbered]  Aphrodite Fritillary, Speyeria aphrodite.  5 July.  Ft. Indiantown Gap, Lebanon Co PA.  [not a MD sighting]

93.  Northern Metalmark, Calephelis borealis.  12 July.  Swain Hollow Road, Little Orleans, Allegany Co MD [MD100-93]

94.  Black Dash, Euphyes conspicua.  13 July.  Mosser Road, Oakland, Garrett Co MD [MD100-94]

95.  Bog Copper, Lycaena epixanthe.  13 July.  Garrett Co MD [MD100-95]

96.  Aphrodite Fritillary, Speyeria aphrodite.  13 July.  Big Run State Park, Garrett Co MD [MD100-96]

97.   Checkered White, Pontia protodice.  14 July.  US National Arboretum, Washington DC [MD100-97]

98.  Clouded Skipper, Lerema accius.  20 July.  US National Arboretum, Washington DC [MD100-98]

99.  Dion Skipper, Euphyes dion.  21 July.  New Bridge Public Landing, Dorchester Co. MD [MD100-99]

100. King’s Hairstreak, Satyrium kingi.  27 July.  Nelson Road at Careytown Branch, Whaleyville, Worcester Co MD [MD100-100]  CELEBRATION!!

101. Palamedes Swallowtail, Papilio palamedes.  27 July.  Hickory Point Road, Pocomoke City, Worcester Co MD [MD100-101]

102. Southern Cloudywing, Thorybes bathyllus.  29 July.  Plummer House, Glendening Preserve, Lothian, Anne Arundel Co MD [MD100-102]

103  Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui.  3 September.  Carville Price Road, Church Hill, Queen Anne’s Co MD [MD100-103]

104. Leonard’s Skipper, Hesperia leonardus.  7 September.  Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, Owings Mills, Baltimore Co MD [MD100-104]

105.  Bronze Copper, Lycaena hyllus.  28 September.  Hickory Point Swamp, Pocomoke City, Worcester Co MD [MD100-105]

 

2 Responses to Rick’s 2013 Sightings

  1. Ellen Dunham-Jones says:

    Inspiring list! I found out while searching for info on early sightings of butterflies. Despite a very icy winter, it was 74 today on March 3 and my husband and I saw 3 Question Mark butterflies along a nature trail in Athens, GA. Seemed awfully early to me!

    • Rick says:

      We actually had both Comma and Question Mark, along with a couple of Mourning Cloaks, in Virginia and MD last weekend — a little too chilly yesterday, and too cloudy today. With the ice/snow storm moving in tonight, and single-degree temps the rest of the week, I think it will be awhile before we see them again!

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