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Return of the Weekly Field Forecast

The season started rather early but has since settled down to a more normal pace, with most of the early butterflies beginning to make appearances in the mid-Atlantic.  The weekly butterfly field forecast for the 2020 season will pick up … Continue reading

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 15:36:18 +0000

New MD Butterfly Field Checklist

As I noted here recently, there was a flurry of taxonomic activity in the world of North American butterflies over the past year, captured in J Pelham’s new Catalogue.  For Maryland butterfliers,  I spent some time yesterday updating our field … Continue reading

Sun, 01 Mar 2020 15:26:40 +0000

New “Approximation” of NC Butterflies

Many of us eagerly await the annual update of NC butterfly records put together by Harry LeGrand and Tom Howard, and I’m happy to note it just came out.  It’s both an atlas and a species account for butterflies and … Continue reading

Sun, 23 Feb 2020 01:19:33 +0000

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

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