Tom’s 2013 Sightings

01 (March 23) Cabbage White, Silver Spring MD

02-12 (April 14): Tom Tyler Nature Trail, Wicomico Co MD

02 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
03 Falcate Orangetip
04 Orange Sulphur
05 Brown Elfin
06 Henry’s Elfin
07 Gray Hairstreak
08 Eastern Tailed Blue
09 Summer Azure
10 Spring Azure
11 American Holly Azure
12 Mourning Cloak

13-18 (April 21): Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Prince George’s Co MD

13 Zebra Swallowtail
14 American Copper
15 Juniper Hairstreak
16 Variegated Fritillary
17 Pearl Crescent
18 Juvenal’s Duskywing

19-20 (April 26): Patuxent National Wildlife Visitors Center, Prince George’s Co MD

19 Common Checkered Skipper
20 Eastern Pine Elfin

21 (April 27) Horace’s Duskywing, Eastern Neck NWR, Kent County MD
22 (April 27) Black Swallowtail, Chino Farm, Queen Anne’s County MD

23-24 (May 2): Sideling Hill Rest Area, I70, Washington County MD

23 Dreamy Duskywing
24 Wild Indigo Duskywing

25-37 (May 2): Green Ridge State Forest, Allegheny County MD

25 Pipevine Swallowtail
26 Spicebush Swallowtail
27 Olympia Marble
28 Clouded Sulphur
29 Sleepy Orange
30 Silvery Blue
31 Meadow Fritillary
32 Question Mark
33 American Lady
34 Northern Cloudywing
35 Sleepy Duskywing
36 Cobweb Skipper
37 Common Roadside Skipper

38 (May 4) White M Hairstreak, Gambrill Park Road, Frederick County MD

39-40 (May 17): Soldiers Delight, Baltimore County MD

39 Silver-spotted Skipper
40 Dusted Skipper

41-43 (May 17): Northwest Branch, upstream from Colesville Road, Montgomery County MD

41 Red-spotted Purple
42 Peck’s Skipper
43 Zabulon Skipper

Update: Made it to the half way mark!

44 Sachem (May 31), Silver Spring, Montgomery County MD

45-47 (June 1): Gambrill Park Road, Frederick County MD

45 Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail
46 Little Wood Satyr
47 Indian Skipper

48-51 (June 2): Little Bennett Regional Park, Montgomery County MD

48 Great Spangled Fritillary
49 Silvery Checkerspot
50 Eastern Comma
51 Northern Pearly-eye

Update: A great hairstreak find (Striped) while searching for another hairstreak (Banded – dipped)!

52-57 (June 5): Northeast Branch Trail, Prince George’s County MD

52 Striped Hairstreak
53 Red-banded Hairstreak
54 Least Skipper
55 Cross Line Skipper
56 Little Glassywing
57 Dun Skipper

Update: Returned to the Striped Hairstreak location and found THREE Striped and SEVERAL Banded Hairstreaks before the rains came.

58 (June 6) Banded Hairstreak, Northeast Branch Trail, Prince George’s County MD

Update: A big day in the field at a dogbane “patch” in Charles County, where in addition to the FOYs below (Aaron’s Skipper being the standout), Rick Borchelt and I found the largest concentration of Banded Hairstreaks I have ever seen. At least 100, probably far more.

59 (June 9) Hayhurst’s Scallopwing, National Arboretum, Washington DC

60-65 (June 9): Friendship Landing Park, Charles County MD

60 American Snout
61 Tawny Emperor
62 Carolina Satyr
63 Southern Broken Dash
64 Aaron’s Skipper
65 Broad-winged Skipper

Update: The push to 70!

66 (June 11) Hackberry Emperor, Little Bennett Regional Park, Montgomery County MD

67-69 (June 14): Gambrill Park Road, Frederick County MD

67 Appalachian Azure
68 Tawny-edged Skipper
69 Hobomok Skipper

70 (June 14) Baltimore Checkerspot, west of Thurmont, Frederick County MD

71 (June 14) Monarch, Silver Spring MD

Update: A HUGE day at Eastern Neck NWR (30 species), but it left me just one shy of 80…

72-79 (June 15): Eastern Neck NWR, Kent County MD

72 Coral Hairstreak
73 Red Admiral
74 Common Buckeye
75 Common Sootywing
76 Swarthy Skipper
77 Northern Broken Dash
78 Delaware Skipper
79 Salt Marsh Skipper

Update: made it to 80!

80 (June 16) Painted Lady, National Arboretum, Washington DC

81 (June 22) Mulberry Wing, near Boyd’s, Montgomery County MD

82 (June 28) Edwards’ Hairstreak, Gambrill Park Road, Frederick County MD

83 (June 28) Common Wood Nymph, Green Ridge State Forest, Allegheny County MD

84-85 (June 28): Finzel Swamp, Garrett County MD

84 European Skipper
85 Long Dash

Update: Almost 90 and it’s only June 30th! This after a long, hot almost lepless trip to the Eastern Shore with Rick Borchelt and Beth Johnson. DeCoursey Road saved us at the last minute.

86-89 (June 29): Dorchester County MD

86 Great Purple Hairstreak — New Bridge
87 Cloudless Sulphur — DeCoursey Road
88 Viceroy — DeCoursey Road
89 Rare Skipper — DeCoursey Road

Update: 90 and beyond… Another trip to Western Maryland yields five more species in the hunt for 100.

90 (July 12) Northern Metalmark, Swain Hollow Road, Allegany County MD

91-95 (July 13): Various points in Garrett County MD

91 Appalachian Brown
92 Black Dash
93 Bog Copper
94 Aphrodite Fritillary

Update: an expected visitor in Silver Spring, and an amazing surprise at the Arboretum. An expected arrival in my Silver Spring yard was Fiery Skipper, a male and female. Touring the Arboretum later, Rick Borchelt and I lucked onto an amazing Checkered White, the first I’ve ever seen there. It was in the lavender beds near the National Herb Garden.

95 (July 14) Fiery Skipper, Silver Spring MD

96 (July 14) Checkered White, National Arboretum, Washington DC

Update: Moments before Rick Borchelt and I saw this bug, I said “This is the best place in Maryland to find Dion Skipper.” And then scored number 97. Had to delete Canadian Tiger Swallowtail after learning that the hybrid swarm of Tigers in the high Alleghenies are not Canadians based on DNA evidence. Not sure what the heck they are…

97 (July 21) Dion Skipper, New Bridge Public Boat Landing, Dorchester County MD

Update: After a hiatus during which I hit 100 species for the year — though not in Maryland (Palamedes Swallowtail, Gulf Fritillary, and Giant Swallowtail on August 5th in Duck, North Carolina, numbers 98, 99, and 100 for the year) — went out today, August 17, to the National Arboretum in DC and found number 98 in my quest to reach MD100. This was during the DC 4th of July Count, during which a team of intrepid counters found 33 species at the Arboretum and nearby Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Thanks to Beth Johnson, Bob Speaker, and Bob and Tamie Dewitt for their sharp eyes and enthusiasm on a great count!

98 (August 17) Ocola Skipper, National Arboretum, Washington DC

Update: Made it! First, on Friday September 6th, on a trip to St. Mary’s College of Maryland, I spotted a Clouded Skipper — number 99. Then on Saturday September 7th at Soldiers Delight, Rick Borchelt, Beth Johnson and I found several Leonard’s Skippers — number 100! What a great chase it’s been so far. Looking forward to adding a few more to the list. Little Yellow maybe? Or Long-tailed Skipper? We’ll see…

99 (September 6) Clouded Skipper, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s County MD

100 (September 7) Leonard’s Skipper, Soldiers Delight, Baltimore County MD

Update: On a foray to Hickory Point Road in Worcester County, Beth Johnson, Rick Borchelt and I waited out the clouds and, as the sun emerged, found a species that has maddeningly eluded us so far this year, Bronze Copper — a lifer for both Rick and Beth! We found a somewhat worn female nectaring on goldenrod. She also flew down into the grass to oviposit close to (though not on) the species’ preferred host plant, water dock. This species seems to have disappeared from Dorchester and Talbot counties in locations where it was once a gimme. We also found at least seven gorgeous Palamedes Swallowtails, a lifer for Beth and the first time I’ve seen them in Maryland. Will these be the last species on my MD100 list? I’m still hoping for a few more. Little Yellow? Long-tailed Skipper? Something really crazy like a Eufala Skipper or Queen or Southern Dogface down in St. Mary’s County? We’ll see…

101-102 (September 28, 2013): Hickory Point Road, Worcester County MD

101 Palamedes Swallowtail
102 Bronze Copper

18 Responses to Tom’s 2013 Sightings

  1. Tom Stock says:

    01 (March 23) Cabbage White, Silver Spring MD

    02-12 (April 14): Tom Tyler Nature Trail, Wicomico Co MD

    02 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
    03 Falcate Orangetip
    04 Orange Sulphur
    05 Brown Elfin
    06 Henry’s Elfin
    07 Gray Hairstreak
    08 Eastern Tailed Blue
    09 Summer Azure
    10 Spring Azure
    11 American Holly Azure
    12 Mourning Cloak

    13-18 (April 21): Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Prince George’s Co MD

    13 Zebra Swallowtail
    14 American Copper
    15 Juniper Hairstreak
    16 Variegated Fritillary
    17 Pearl Crescent
    18 Juvenal’s Duskywing

    19-20 (April 26): Patuxent National Wildlife Visitors Center, Prince George’s Co MD

    19 Common Checkered Skipper
    20 Eastern Pine Elfin

    21 (April 27) Horace’s Duskywing, Eastern Neck NWR, Kent County MD
    22 (April 27) Black Swallowtail, Chino Farm, Queen Anne’s County MD

    23-24 (May 2): Sideling Hill Rest Area, I70, Washington County MD

    23 Dreamy Duskywing
    24 Wild Indigo Duskywing

    25-37 (May 2): Green Ridge State Forest, Allegheny County MD

    25 Pipevine Swallowtail
    26 Spicebush Swallowtail
    27 Olympia Marble
    28 Clouded Sulphur
    29 Sleepy Orange
    30 Silvery Blue
    31 Meadow Fritillary
    32 Question Mark
    33 American Lady
    34 Northern Cloudywing
    35 Sleepy Duskywing
    36 Cobweb Skipper
    37 Common Roadside Skipper

    38 (May 4) White M Hairstreak, Gambrill Park Road, Frederick County MD

    39-40 (May 17): Soldiers Delight, Baltimore County MD

    39 Silver-spotted Skipper
    40 Dusted Skipper

    41-43 (May 17): Northwest Branch, upstream from Colesville Road, Montgomery County MD

    41 Red-spotted Purple
    42 Peck’s Skipper
    43 Zabulon Skipper

  2. Tom Stock says:

    Update: Made it to the half way mark!

    44 Sachem (May 31), Silver Spring, Montgomery County MD

    45-47 (June 1): Gambrill Park Road, Frederick County MD

    45 Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail
    46 Little Wood Satyr
    47 Indian Skipper

    48-51 (June 2): Little Bennett Regional Park, Montgomery County MD

    48 Great Spangled Fritillary
    49 Silvery Checkerspot
    50 Eastern Comma
    51 Northern Pearly-eye

  3. Tom Stock says:

    Update: A great hairstreak find (Striped) while searching for another hairstreak (Banded – dipped)!

    52-57 (June 5): Northeast Branch Trail, Prince George’s County MD

    52 Striped Hairstreak
    53 Red-banded Hairstreak
    54 Least Skipper
    55 Cross Line Skipper
    56 Little Glassywing
    57 Dun Skipper

  4. Tom Stock says:

    Update: Returned to the Striped Hairstreak location and found THREE Striped and SEVERAL Banded Hairstreaks before the rains came.

    58 (June 6) Banded Hairstreak, Northeast Branch Trail, Prince George’s County MD

  5. Tom Stock says:

    Update: A big day in the field at a dogbane “patch” in Charles County, where in addition to the FOYs below (Aaron’s Skipper being the standout), Rick Borchelt and I found the largest concentration of Banded Hairstreaks I have ever seen. At least 100, probably far more.

    59 (June 9) Hayhurst’s Scallopwing, National Arboretum, Washington DC

    60-65 (June 9): Friendship Landing Park, Charles County MD

    60 American Snout
    61 Tawny Emperor
    62 Carolina Satyr
    63 Southern Broken Dash
    64 Aaron’s Skipper
    65 Broad-winged Skipper

  6. Tom Stock says:

    Update: The push to 70!

    66 (June 11) Hackberry Emperor, Little Bennett Regional Park, Montgomery County MD

    67-69 (June 14): Gambrill Park Road, Frederick County MD

    67 Appalachian Azure
    68 Tawny-edged Skipper
    69 Hobomok Skipper

    70 (June 14) Baltimore Checkerspot, west of Thurmont, Frederick County MD

  7. Tom Stock says:

    71 (June 14) Monarch, Silver Spring MD

  8. Tom Stock says:

    Update: A HUGE day at Eastern Neck NWR (30 species), but it left me just one shy of 80…

    72-79 (June 15): Eastern Neck NWR, Kent County MD

    72 Coral Hairstreak
    73 Red Admiral
    74 Common Buckeye
    75 Common Sootywing
    76 Swarthy Skipper
    77 Northern Broken Dash
    78 Delaware Skipper
    79 Salt Marsh Skipper

  9. Tom Stock says:

    Update: made it to 80!

    80 (June 16) Painted Lady, National Arboretum, Washington DC

  10. Tom Stock says:

    Update: Recent sightings

    81 (June 22) Mulberry Wing, near Boyd’s, Montgomery County MD

    82 (June 28) Edwards’ Hairstreak, Gambrill Park Road, Frederick County MD

    83 (June 28) Common Wood Nymph, Green Ridge State Forest, Allegheny County MD

    84-85 (June 28): Finzel Swamp, Garrett County MD

    84 European Skipper
    85 Long Dash

  11. Tom Stock says:

    Update: Almost 90 and it’s only June 30th! This after a long, hot almost lepless trip to the Eastern Shore with Rick Borchelt and Beth Johnson. DeCoursey Road saved us at the last minute.

    86-89 (June 29): Dorchester County MD

    86 Great Purple Hairstreak — New Bridge
    87 Cloudless Sulphur — DeCoursey Road
    88 Viceroy — DeCoursey Road
    89 Rare Skipper — DeCoursey Road

  12. Tom Stock says:

    Update: 90 and beyond… Another trip to Western Maryland yields six more species in the hunt for 100. The biggest surprise was the swallowtail, a lifer for me and Rick Borchelt and Beth Johnson!

    90 (July 12) Northern Metalmark, Swain Hollow Road, Allegheny County MD

    91-95 (July 13): Various points in Garrett County MD

    91 Appalachian Brown
    92 Black Dash
    93 Bog Copper
    94 Aphrodite Fritillary
    95 Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

  13. Tom Stock says:

    Update: an expected visitor in Silver Spring, and an amazing surprise at the Arboretum. An expected arrival in my Silver Spring yard was Fiery Skipper, a male and female. Touring the Arboretum later, Rick Borchelt and I lucked onto an amazing Checkered White, the first I’ve ever seen there. It was in the lavender beds near the National Herb Garden.

    96 (July 14) Fiery Skipper, Silver Spring MD

    97 (July 14) Checkered White, National Arboretum, Washington DC

  14. Tom Stock says:

    Update: Moments before Rick Borchelt and I saw this bug, I said “This is the best place in Maryland to find Dion Skipper.” And then scored number 97. Had to delete Canadian Tiger Swallowtail after learning that the hybrid swarm of Tigers in the high Alleghenies are not Canadians based on DNA evidence. Not sure what the heck they are…

    97 (July 21) Dion Skipper, New Bridge Public Boat Landing, Dorchester County MD

  15. Tom Stock says:

    Update: After a hiatus during which I hit 100 species for the year — though not in Maryland (Palamedes Swallowtail, Gulf Fritillary, and Giant Swallowtail on August 5th in Duck, North Carolina, numbers 98, 99, and 100 for the year) — went out today, August 17, to the National Arboretum in DC and found number 98 in my quest to reach MD100. This was during the DC 4th of July Count, during which a team of intrepid counters found 33 species at the Arboretum and nearby Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Thanks to Beth Johnson, Bob Speaker, and Bob and Tamie Dewitt for their sharp eyes and enthusiasm on a great count!

    98 (August 17) Ocola Skipper, National Arboretum, Washington DC

  16. Tom Stock says:

    Update: Made it! First, on Friday September 6th, on a trip to St. Mary’s College of Maryland, I spotted a Clouded Skipper — number 99. Then on Saturday September 7th at Soldiers Delight, Rick Borchelt, Beth Johnson and I found several Leonard’s Skippers — number 100! What a great chase it’s been so far. Looking forward to adding a few more to the list. Little Yellow maybe? Or Long-tailed Skipper? We’ll see…

    99 (September 6) Clouded Skipper, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s County MD

    100 (September 7) Leonard’s Skipper, Soldiers Delight, Baltimore County MD

  17. Tom Stock says:

    Update: On a foray to Hickory Point Road in Worcester County, Beth Johnson, Rick Borchelt and I waited out the clouds and, as the sun emerged, found a species that has maddeningly eluded us so far this year, Bronze Copper — a lifer for both Rick and Beth! We found a somewhat worn female nectaring on goldenrod. She also flew down into the grass to oviposit close to (though not on) the species’ preferred host plant, water dock. This species seems to have disappeared from Dorchester and Talbot counties in locations where it was once a gimme. We also found at least seven gorgeous Palamedes Swallowtails, a lifer for Beth and the first time I’ve seen them in Maryland. Will these be the last species on my MD100 list? I’m still hoping for a few more. Little Yellow? Long-tailed Skipper? Something really crazy like a Eufala Skipper or Queen or Southern Dogface down in St. Mary’s County? We’ll see…

    101-102 (September 28, 2013): Hickory Point Road, Worcester County MD

    101 Palamedes Swallowtail
    102 Bronze Copper

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s