It might not feel like it, but butterfly season is (nearly) upon us. I know of one butterfly sighting to date – a Mourning Cloak back on April 13 in Woodstock, NB. With the next warm spell I’m sure the first Atlas records for 2015 will be documented.
Last summer an excellent butterfly resource was released: The ROM Field Guide to Butterflies of Ontario. While the book obviously has an Ontario focus, it is the most concise field guide available for the 90 species that have been recorded in the Maritimes. Butterflies of Ontario features 167 species, whereas Butterflies of Canada features 293 species, and Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East features 625 species. This means less flipping through pages of species that couldn’t possibly occur here. Butterflies of Ontario features all Maritimes species except our coastal specialties: Short-tailed Swallowtail, Maritime Ringlet, and Salt Marsh Copper. So if you’re in the market for a field guide I highly recommend this new book. More information on it is available here. Butterflies of Ontario can be ordered from your local bookstore or from online vendors.
If you need any butterfly atlas supplies (envelopes, data cards, ectc) please let me know.