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New Monarch Papers Cast Doubt on Summer Decline, Especially in the East

I noted in an earlier post that a spate of new papers representing long-term citizen science monitoring of Eastern Monarch fall migration populations published last month failed to observe the precipitous decline in Monarchs reported from their Oyamel fir wintering grounds in Mexico or trumpeted in the media for the American plains.  358 more words

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When did "Common Milkweed" Become Common?

 Ed. Note:  I recently ran across this very interesting October 2013 blog piece on Blogspot from Beatriz Moisset’s excellent (and excellently referenced) Pollinators site (the specific URL for this article is… 698 more words

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Mid-Atlantic Weekend Lep Field Forecast for 2015 Aug. 29-30

A couple of very exciting FOYs get headline billing in this Forecast: very early Clouded and Long-tailed Skippers. The Clouded Skipper was reported from the Howard County Conservancy property (MD) last weekend, and the… 608 more words

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In Memoriam -- Bob Speaker

As many of you learned from Tom Stock’s report of the DC Annual Count results, the area lep community lost one of its most vibrant and respected mentors recently in the passing of Bob Speaker: 280 more words

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Mid-Atlantic Weekend Lep Field Forecast for 2015 Aug 22-23

Early appearances of southern specialties and the return of some recently scarce butterflies top the Forecast this week. Little Yellow was seen again this past weekend at Eastern Neck NWR in MD, along with a half-dozen… 694 more words

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Mid-Atlantic Weekend Lep Field Forecast for 2015 Aug. 8-9

 Ocola Skipper headlines this forecast, with a report last week from a Harford Co MD yard. As regular readers know, we’ve been predicting a good fall for southern migratory skippers, but this is still the only Ocola reported so far in our area. 519 more words

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Mid-Atlantic Weekend Lep Field Forecast for 2015 Aug. 1-2

Another butterfly that’s been AWOL all this summer showed up locally this week in the form of a Giant Swallowtail at Hoyle’s Mill in Montgomery Co. 688 more words

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