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Final Mid-Atlantic Lep Field Forecast of the 2014 Season

It’s been quite the interesting – and sometimes frustrating — season, an exceedingly slow start for many of our larger butterflies especially, low numbers but reasonable diversity through the summer, some puzzling absences of several usual suspects and few individuals of often-abundant species, and a final explosion of grass skippers but few of the southern migrants that makes autumnal lepping here in the mid-Atlantic so rewarding. 576 more words

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Mid-Atlantic Field Lep Forecast for Weekend of 2014 Sept. 13-14

Very little new to report this week; mostly continuations of end-of-summer populations that are dwindling and a few late fall specialties.

Leonard’s Skipper is finally on the wing locally, with up to 9 reported at a time last week from Soldiers Delight (Baltimore Co MD). 515 more words

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Mid-Atlantic Field Lep Forecast for the Weekend of 2014 Sept. 6-7

While overall numbers of many butterflies are declining as the summer draws to a close, diversity is still pretty high even though there are no regional FOYs to report this week. 358 more words

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Dark Variegated Fritillary at USNA

Tom Stock and I ventured out into the sweltering heat and humidity for the closest good butterflying to home that we could find — the US National Arboretum.  244 more words

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Southern MD Sightings

Beth Johnson and I spent the day Friday visiting Point Lookout State Park for southern migrants and St. Mary’s Lake on an unsuccessful search for the newly reported Red-veined Pennant.  450 more words

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Mid-Atlantic Field Lep Forecast for the Weekend of 2014 Aug. 23-24

A couple of very interesting finds in the region this week that suggests we may have a strong finish to this middling 2014 season.

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Mid-Atlantic Lep Field Forecast for Weekend of 2014 Aug. 9-10

The southern skipper migration seems to have started, with reports of Fiery Skippers from Silver Spring and from the Glendening Butterfly Garden in Anne Arundel Co MD. 465 more words

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