It might not feel much like butterfly weather out there today (I had to wear a jacket to lunch!) but the butterfly season is well underway. I have heard of reports of nearly a dozen species so far this year (Eastern Pine Elfin, Brown Elfin, Hoary Elfin, Cabbage White, Mustard White, Clouded Sulphur, Northern Spring Azure, Green Comma, Grey Comma, Satyr Comma, and Mourning Cloak), and there are several other species possible (Bog Elfin, Western Pine Elfin, Eastern Comma, Milbert’s Tortoiseshell, Juvenal’s Duskywing, Dreamy Duskywing). In the coming week it looks like there’ll be a few days suitable for butterfly activity (any sunny day that hits 15 degrees is suitable, unless it is really windy), so get your nets or cameras ready!
If you’ve followed the blog over the past couple years then I’m probably sounding like a broken record, but it is important to survey in spring as species like the elfins and duskywings are only present this time of year. To learn more about elfins and duskywings check out their recently updated profiles here.
We are still working on the 2012 data, but it should be ready to be posted on the website in the next couple of weeks.