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Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of May 18

HIGHLIGHTS:  Palamedes Swallowtail, Sachem, Little Wood Satyr, Least Skipper, Hobomok Skipper, Tawny-edged Skipper, Golden Banded-skipper (VA), Northern Crescent, Hoary Edge It may seem like spring was rushed and that we should still be in the middle of it, but from … Continue reading

Sat, 18 May 2019 01:59:07 +0000

Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of May 11

HIGHLIGHTS:  Dusted Skipper, Giant Swallowtail, Viceroy This week, as the Zebra Swallowtail first brood dwindles, Giant Swallowtail was reported flying (in multiples) in Green Ridge State Forest.  No reports yet for Palamedes locally but it is on the wing in … Continue reading

Fri, 10 May 2019 12:20:55 +0000

Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of May 4

HIGHLIGHTS:  Red-banded Hairstreak, Cloudless Sulphur, Variegated Fritillary, Common Buckeye, Roadside Skipper, Peck’s Skipper, Monarch, Appalachian Azure, Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail, Hoary Elfin (NJ), Hessel’s Hairstreak (NJ) It’s been a good season so far for lycaenids, with all the expected azures, elfins, … Continue reading

Fri, 03 May 2019 18:54:30 +0000

Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of April 27

HIGHLIGHTS:  Frosted Elfin, Cobweb Skipper, Harvester After a spate of new sightings last week, the pace of additional emergents has slowed down a bit this week. Arguably the best sighting of the week was a Harvester reported from the Washington … Continue reading

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:22:53 +0000

Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of April 20

HIGHLIGHTS:  American Copper, Silvery Blue, Spring Azure, Zebra Swallowtail, Olympia Marble, Black Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Juniper Hairstreak, Meadow Fritillary, American Lady, Pine Elfin, Brown Elfin (in MD), Appalachian Grizzled Skipper (VA). Warm weather and a couple of sunny days brought … Continue reading

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 19:12:36 +0000

Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast for the Week of 2019 April 13

HIGHLIGHTS:  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Zebra Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed-blue, Pearl Crescent, Juvenal’s Duskywing, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Falcate Orangetip, Henry’s Elfin, Brown Elfin It’s looking to be quite the good year for Henry’s Elfins, with numerous reports throughout the region and good … Continue reading

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 20:29:18 +0000

(More or Less) Annual Azure Refresher

I usually try every spring to post some kind of nod to azure ID among the three most confusing of our early-season azures — Summer, Spring and Holly.  This year Harry LeGrand and Harry Pavulaan helped out with a post … Continue reading

Mon, 08 Apr 2019 12:39:04 +0000

Mid-Atlantic Butterfly Field Forecast 2019 April 6

  Welcome to a new year of the Field Forecast!! We’ll be back more or less every weekend until October with recent notable sightings and my predictions for what to look for in the upcoming two weeks. RECENT HIGHLIGHTS:  Henry’s … Continue reading

Sat, 06 Apr 2019 11:50:16 +0000

More Changes in Skipper Taxonomy

While creating a new genus, Burnsius, for some of the Pyrgus checkered skippers, Li et al in the PNAS paper discussed in the previous post also covered some 250 other skippers.  In all, the paper created 24 new taxa: 6 … Continue reading

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 02:22:38 +0000

Burnsius, a New Genus of Skipper in the Mid-Atlantic

  Given that tomorrow is April 1 (aka April Fools’ Day) I figured I had best post this tonight so as not to be accused of making butterfly AFD jokes. Yes, it’s true — a new genus.  But … not … Continue reading

Sun, 31 Mar 2019 22:44:08 +0000

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