A new butterfly for Nova Scotia!

Ron Wilson got a nice surprise in his yard in Berwick August 3rd – the first ever Nova Scotia record of Variegated Fritillary! This is a southern species that in most years colonizes much of the northern United States, the Canadian prairies, and southwestern Ontario. In the Maritimes it is previously known from New Brunswick, though there are no records from the Atlas period.

Variegated Fritillary. Photographed by Ron Wilson on 3 August, 2015, in Berwick, NS.

Variegated Fritillary. Photographed by Ron Wilson on 3 August, 2015, in Berwick, NS.

Ron’s record appears to be quite isolated. There have been no Variegated Fritillary records submitted to eButterfly from anywhere else in eastern Canada in 2015. Often extralimital records such as the Berwick butterfly are associated with large northward irruptions, but that doesn’t appear to be the case this time.

Records for hairstreaks continue to come in. Since mid July, Striped Hairstreak has been found at Stellarton (Ken McKenna, Phil Schappert, and Derek Bridgehouse), Heathbell, Pictou County (Peggie Scanlan), Kentville (James Churchill and Mark Elderkin), Boisetown , Northumberland County (Ken MacIntosh), and Blackville, Northumberland County (Ken MacIntosh). Banded Hairstreak has been found at Kentville (James Churchill and Mark Elderkin), Kingston, Kings County (Liz Cameron), and Port Williams, Kings County (James Churchill). Acadian Hairstreak has been found at Moncton (Peter Gadd). There are probably many other records out there – these are just the ones that have been reported through email or eButterfly!

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