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New Year, New Names

While working on 2020 updates to the MD Butterfly Field Checklist we use in the MDLepsOdes Group, I’ve picked up a number of new taxonomic name combinations for us here in the mid-Atlantic.  These are all listed now in the … Continue reading

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 19:56:33 +0000


Happy New Lep Year — and a Challenge

It’s hard to tell at this point what kind of year we’ll have butterfly-wise in 2020, but if the warm weather persists we may well see early emergence of some of our spring species.  In the last two weeks of … Continue reading

Thu, 02 Jan 2020 00:10:46 +0000


2019 Butterfly Records for Maryland

The butterfly season has come and (almost surely) gone for 2019; many of us were in the field this year, and there were several new county records established. The late Dick Smith until his death maintained an accounting of which … Continue reading

Sat, 21 Dec 2019 16:27:31 +0000


Something to be Thankful For

Well, unless you’ve hied yourself down to Mission TX for the butterfly festival (or all winter!), chances are you’re going through butterfly pictures you took this summer, or sorting butterfly specimens you pinned up, or making mental notes about butterflies … Continue reading

Sun, 24 Nov 2019 14:35:44 +0000


Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast — FINAL REPORT of 2019 for Week of Sept. 28

HIGHLIGHTS:  Little Yellow, continuing Dainty Sulphurs, widespread Long-tailed Skippers Well, another field season has flown past.  Seems like just a few weeks ago we were sorting through azures and elfins. The season is ending with a bang, including the continuing … Continue reading

Fri, 27 Sep 2019 23:59:13 +0000


Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2019 September 21

HIGHLIGHTS:  Dainty Sulphur Happy Autumnal Equinox!  With apologies for getting this penultimate Forecast for 2019 out the door late — I’ve just returned from a long week in California, only to find myself at memorial services for a treasured journalist … Continue reading

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 02:18:36 +0000


Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2019 September 7

HIGHLIGHTS:  Long-tailed Skipper, Leonard’s Skipper [Note to readers:  LepLog will be on hiatus next week because I will be on business travel] It appears the track of Hurricane Dorian won’t have had sufficient force or the best trajectory to sweep … Continue reading

Sat, 07 Sep 2019 03:37:53 +0000


Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2019 August 31

HIGHLIGHTS:  Giant Swallowtail, Gemmed Satyr A very slim Forecast this week, given that the season is winding down and most of what we are seeing we’ve been seeing throughout the season. A full third brood (not typical for our area) … Continue reading

Sat, 31 Aug 2019 15:19:52 +0000


Long-tailed Blue Invades the UK

Thought readers might be interested in the press release issued yesterday by the UK’s Butterfly Conservation charity organization. Climate change is causing a striking butterfly from southern Europe to appear in record-breaking numbers across the south of England, wildlife charity … Continue reading

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 10:46:29 +0000


Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2019 August 24

HIGHLIGHTS:  Hayhurst’s Scallopwing, Great Purple Hairstreak Late summer usually brings higher numbers of butterflies but dwindling diversity, and that certainly seems to be the case for 2019.  We’re seeing some of the largest population spikes in recent memory for Cloudless … Continue reading

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 23:14:54 +0000


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