MBA updates

2014 Results mapped: The Google Maps have been updated. They now include all data submitted last year. Check them out here. The species-level maps and species lists for each square should all be correct, but there are some minor details in the notation provided for each square (what you see when you click on a map) that will be fixed soon. If you notice that any of your records are missing please let me know (jklymko@mta.ca). A special thanks to Alan Macnaughton of the University of Waterloo for maintaining these maps!

Banded Hairstreak. Photographed 13 July, 2015, in Kentville, NS, by James Churchill

Banded Hairstreak. Photographed 13 July, 2015, in Kentville, NS, by James Churchill

Hairstreak alert: James Churchill found Banded Hairstreak at a patch of milkweed today (July 13) in Kentville, NS. This same milkweed patch hosted Banded and Striped Hairstreak last year. James commented that about half of the milkweed in the patch is now in flower. Milkweed is not a host plant to the caterpillars of our hairstreak species (i.e. the caterpillars don’t eat the leaves), but their flowers is a great place to look for nectaring adults. It’s always a good idea to check milkweed flowers when you see them!

Baltimore alert: Richard Mash and Ken McKenna found large numbers of Baltimore Checkerspots the weekend of July 4 in Nova Scotia. They got it in at least five different atlas squares in Pictou, Antigonish, and Guysborough counties. Up until the end of the 2014 field season this species had only been recorded in six squares in NS during the atlas period. Keep your eyes out for them in and around wetland habitats, including ditches. We may have passed the peak of their abundance, but some will be around for a couple more weeks.

Greenish Blue alert: Roy LaPointe has been monitoring the Greenish Blue population he found at the St. Leonard, NB, airport on June 27. He has seen the population swell, with at least 36 present July 10. Be sure to check Silvery Blues carefully, especially if you’re in northern New Brunswick, because you never know where another population of Greenish Blue could be awaiting discovery!

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