Resources to learn about local butterfly sightings in Maryland, DC, and the MidAtlantic
On May 7, I led a group survey & practice session with Kathryn, Patti, Sue, Nieves, Andres, and Gail. Thank you all for coming out! I do plan on holding additional open practice sessions like this one, so stay tuned for announcements. Unfortunately, not much was in bloom yet so we had a hard time… Continue reading First Trip Report of 2018
Welcome to the 2018 season of monitoring Woodend Sanctuary’s butterflies! Since many of you are new to observing & identifying butterflies, I thought I’d start this year’s blog posts by reiterating a few tips about what to look for when you see an unfamiliar butterfly. The first observation to make when you see a new… Continue reading Butterflying for Beginners
Happy first day of survey season, all! Although the weather *looks* kind of gloomy outside my window, the thermometer tells me it’s creeping slowly toward butterfly conditions, aka 60 degrees F. Hooray! Just as a quick reminder, here are the protocol basics for doing a butterfly survey: Temperature is at least 60 degrees F when… Continue reading Woodend’s 2018 Survey Season officially starts!
With the light frost we had on Tuesday morning, I think it’s pretty safe to say we are at or near the end of the butterfly survey season for this year. I’m still hearing reports from around the area, through Rick Borchelt’s LepLog blog (great resource, check it out!) and the MDLepsOdes Google group. So… Continue reading 2017 Results: Three new species!
How can you tell look-alike Eastern Commas and Question Mark butterflies apart? Two main field marks.
I think it might surprise many people how rewarding late summer and early autumn butterfly watching can be. I’m not just talking about the monarch migration, either, although that tends to get the most attention & media coverage. In fact, this time of year has a lot of other benefits for a keen butterfly watcher,… Continue reading Fall Butterflying