Connecticut Butterfly Association

Field Notes

1/1/07-5/31/07


After a record early sighting of Clouded Sulphur on January 7th, there was a lull in butterfly activity and no butterflies reported until March 14th. Even after that butterfly sighting on March 14th, there was notably less butterfly activity in the spring of 2007 when compared to 2006. While there were 54 species of butterflies reported in the first five months of 2007, only 47 species were reported in the first five months of 2007. Butterflies emerging during the first five months of 2007 tended to emerge on dates either consistent with or later than they did in 2006. Of the 47 species that emerged during this reporting period, 20 emerged within a week of their date of first emergence in 2006 and 19 species emerged at least a week later than they did in 2006. Only 8 species emerged at least a week earlier than they did in 2006. The trend towards late emergences was particularly noticeable in the case of the species that emerged in early spring. 16 of the 20 species that emerged within a week of first emergence in 2006 emerged in the last two weeks of May.

Please note that caps indicate the first record posted for the year and italics indicate the last.


1/7- CLOUDED SULPHUR (1) (BY- Guilford Rockpile, Guilford)


3/14- EASTERN COMMA (1) (GH- Lake Quassapaug, Middlebury)


3/28-CABBAGE WHITE (1) (RM- Milford)


3/31- Cabbage White (1), MOURNING CLOAK (1) (BB- Seymour); Eastern Comma (1), MOURNING CLOAK (1) (PS- Steep Rock Reservation- Washington); Cabbage White (1) (BS- Stonington)


4/3- Moths: Metarranthis sp. (BS- Stonington)


4/9- Mourning Cloak (1) (RC- East Lyme)


4/11- Mourning Cloak (1) (RZ- Newington); Eastern Comma (1) (RC- East Lyme); Cabbage White (1) (Newington Public Library, Newington)


4/19- Mourning Cloak (1) (BB- Seymour); Cabbage White (1) (MN- Niantic); Cabbage White (1) (RM- Milford)


4/20- SPRING AZURE, Mourning Cloak (DB, RC- Walden Preserve, Salem); Cabbage White (2) (RM- Milford); Mourning Cloak (12+) (PS- Macricostas Preserve, Washington); Mourning Cloak (1) (BB- Seymour); Mourning Cloak (1) (DT- Hill-Stead Museum); Mourning Cloak (6+) (HG- Nehantic St. Park, Lyme); GRAY HAIRSTREAK (1), Spring Azure (marginata form ) (1) (HG- Lyme); Spring Azure (a few), RED ADMIRAL (1) (JH- Killingworth); Cabbage White (4) (DA- Chester)


4/21- Eastern Comma (2), Mourning Cloak (2), Red Admiral (2), PAINTED LADY (1) (BB- Bent-of-the-River Sanctuary, Southbury); Cabbage White (1) (BB- Seymour); Cabbage White (2) (DA- Chester); Cabbage White (1), Eastern Comma (1), Red Admiral (1) (DT- West Hartford); Eastern Comma (1), Mourning Cloak (5), Red Admiral (1) (PS- Macricostas Preserve, Washington); Cabbage White (4) (RZ- Young Farm, Newington); Cabbage White (3) (RZ- Newington)


4/22- Cabbage White, Gray Hairstreak, Spring Azure, Anglewing sp., Mourning Cloak, Moths: Grapevine Epimenis (5-6) (RC- southeastern CT); Cabbage White (numerous), Mourning Cloak (1), Moths: Grapevine Epimensis, White-striped Black Moth (1) (RZ- Cedar Mountain, Newington); Cabbage White ( a few), Anglewing sp. (1), Mourning Cloak ( a few) (DA- North Quarter Park, Chester); Cabbage White (1) (RMa- Madison); Cabbage White (4) (RMa- Middletown)


4/24- Clouded Sulphur (1) (RZ- Young Farm, Newington); Clouded Sulphur (1) (RMa- Madison)


4/25- Cabbage White (a few), Spring Azure, Mourning Cloak (FM- Nell’s Rock Trail, Nell’s Rock Road, Shelton)


4/29- EASTERN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL (1) (DA- East Lyme)


4/30- MONARCH (1) (FM- Longshore Club Park, Westport); Clouded Sulphur (1) (FM- Near Compo Beach, Westport)


5/1- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), EASTERN TAILED BLUE (8+), Spring Azure (a few), Mourning Cloak (1) (HG- Lyme); Cabbage White (6), Spring Azure (20), Red Admiral (1) (RZ- Ancient Highway trail, Newington); Cabbage White (numerous), Anglewing sp. (1), Mourning Cloak (2), Moths: White-striped Black Moth (4) (RZ- Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newington)


5/3- Spring Azure ( a few), JUVENAL’S DUSKYWING (1) (HG- Pleasant Valley, Lyme); Cabbage White (a few), Spring Azure (1-2) (DA- Chester); Cabbage White (4-5), Eastern Tailed Blue (1), Spring Azure (8-10), Vanessa sp. (1), Red Admiral (1) (RC- Salem)

5/4- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Cabbage White (15+), Clouded Sulphur (2), Spring Azure (6), Juvenal’s Duskywing (3), Moths: Grapevine Epimenis Moth (1) (BB- Lake Wintergreen section, West Rock Ridge State Park, New Haven); EASTERN PINE ELFIN ( a few), Spring Azure ( a few), Eastern Comma (a few), AMERICAN LADY (1), Moths: Grapevine Epimenis (24+) (JH- Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth); Clouded Sulphur (1), AMERICAN LADY (1), Moths: Grapevine Epimenis (1) (MN- Niantic); EASTERN PINE ELFIN (6+), Spring Azure ( a few), Mourning Cloak, Vanessa sp. (1) (HG- Voluntown); EASTERN PINE ELFIN, Spring Azure (5-6) (three color forms: lucia, marginata, violacea), Mourning Cloak (6) (KW- Wadham’s Road, Cornwall); Cabbage White (1), EASTERN PINE ELFIN (1), Spring Azure (2) (marginata), Mourning Cloak (1), American Lady (1), Juvenal’s Duskywing (CT- Wapawog WMA, East Haddam); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), EASTERN PINE ELFIN (1), Spring Azure (6), Mourning Cloak (6), Red Admiral (1) (PS- Steep Rock Reservation, Washington)


5/5- FALCATE ORANGETIP (10) (all males), JUNIPER HAIRSTREAK (3), BROWN ELFIN (3) (BB, LB- Top of ridge, West Rock Ridge St. Park, New Haven); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), SPICEBUSH SWALLOWTAIL (1), Spring Azure (numerous) (JH- County Road, Madison); COLUMBINE DUSKYWING (1) (HG, CT- East Hampton); Moths: Grapevine Epimenis (1) (DA- Chester); Cabbage White (1) (DA- Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), SPICEBUSH SWALLOWTAIL (2), Cabbage White, Eastern Pine Elfin (4), Spring Azure (10), American Lady (1), Juvenal’s Duskywing (2) (BB, LB, BKS, PS, KW- Steep Rock Reservation, Washington)


5/6- Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur (CT- Machimoodus St. Park, East Haddam); Black Swallowtail (1), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Cabbage White (2), Falcate Orangetip (5-7), Juniper Hairstreak (3-4), Eastern Tailed Blue (1), Juvenal’s Duskywing (2) (LG, MOB, CBA field trip, West Rock Ridge St. Park, New Haven)


5/7- Cabbage White, Henry’s (?) Elfin (1), Eastern Pine Elfin (30+), Gray Hairstreak (1), Spring Azure (10+), Mourning Cloak (2) (CT- Babcock Pond WMA, Colchester); Cabbage White ( a few), Sulphur sp. ( a few), Mourning Cloak (2), Moths: Grapevine Epimenis (1) (DA- Machimoodus St. Park, East Haddam)


5/8- BLACK SWALLOWTAIL (1-2), Baltimore Checkerspot (hundreds of caterpillars), Mourning Cloak, Juvenal’s Duskywing (MN- Machimoodus St. Park, East Haddam); American Lady (1) (MN- Haddam Meadows St. Park, Haddam); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1) (MN- Haddam), Eastern Pine Elfin (1), Spring Azure (1) (MN- Chatfield Hollow St. Park, Killingworth)


5/9- Black Swallowtail (1) (RM- Milford); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, FROSTED ELFIN, Spring Azure, Mourning Cloak, Juvenal’s Duskywing (RC- Walden Preserve, Salem); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail ( a few), AMERICAN COPPER ( a few), Eastern Tailed Blue ( a few), Spring Azure ( a few), Juvenal’s Duskywing ( a few), (HG- Pleasant Valley, Lyme) , Spicebush Swallowtail (1), Summer Azure (1), Red Admiral (1), Monarch (3) (including 1 caterpillar) (DA- Westport)


5/11- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1) (MR- Clinton)


5/12- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (3), Cabbage White (15+), Sulphur sp. (2), American Copper (1), Eastern Tailed Blue (8+), PEARL CRESCENT (2), Vanessa sp. (3) (JB- Fresh Meadows Sanctuary, Cheshire); Falcate Orangetip (2) (LB- Bluff Head, North Guilford)


5/13- PIPEVINE SWALLOWTAIL (4-5) (RC- Lyme); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, American Copper, Eastern Tailed Blue, Spring Azure, Pearl Crescent, Vanessa sp. (1), Juvenal’s Duskywing (RC- southeastern CT); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (4), Cabbage White (a few), Spring Azure (a few) (RZ- Ancient Highway Trail, Cedar Mountain, Newington); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, WEST VIRGINIA WHITE (4), Cabbage White, American Copper, Spring Azure, American Lady, Juvenal’s Duskywing (PS- Washington); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (a few) (DA- Chester to Killingworth)


5/14- Cabbage White (a few), Vanessa sp. (1), Juvenal’s Duskywing (2) (DA- Chester); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Eastern Pine Elfin (3), Juvenal’s Duskywing (GH- Whittemore Sanctuary, Woodbury)


5/15- Pipevine Swallowtail (3-6) (HG, MN- Lyme), Frosted Elfin (12) (HG-Walden Preserve, Salem)


5/16- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (3), Cabbage White (10-12), Vanessa sp. (1), Moths: Grapevine Epimenis (1) (DA- Haddam Meadows St. Park, Haddam); Black Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Spring Azure, American Lady, Red Admiral, Juvenal’s Duskywing (PS- Macricostas Preserve, Washington)


5/17- Black Swallowtail (3), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, Spring Azure, MEADOW FRITILLARY, Pearl Crescent, Juvenal’s Duskywing, COMMON SOOTYWING (PS- Macricostas Preserve, Washington)


5/20- Black Swallowtail (1), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Vanessa sp. (1) (RZ- Young Farm, Newington)


5/21- Black Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, American Copper, Frosted Elfin, Eastern Tailed Blue, Azure sp., Pearl Crescent, Eastern Comma, Vanessa sp., Dreamy (?) Duskywing, Juvenal’s Duskywing, WILD INDIGO DUSKYWING (RC- Walden Preserve, Salem)


5/22- ORANGE SULPHUR (1) (HG- Rt. 145 powerline right-of-way, Westbrook); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail ( a few), Spicebush Swallowtail, American Copper (numerous), Juniper Hairstreak (1), Eastern Tailed Blue ( numerous), Pearl Crescent (numerous), American Lady (numerous), Silver-spotted Skipper (1), Duskywing sp. ( a few), Tawny-edged (?) Skipper (MN- Lyme)


5/23- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, American Copper ( a few), Eastern Tailed Blue ( a few), Pearl Crescent (a few), American Lady ( a few), Red Admiral, LITTLE WOOD-SATYR ( a few), NORTHERN CLOUDYWING, Wild Indigo Duskywing, INDIAN SKIPPER (a few) (HG- Lyme); Juniper Hairstreak (1) (HG- Old Lyme); Moths: Cecropia Moth (MN- Niantic); Monarch (1) (CL, GL- Stratford); dark Swallowtail sp. (1), Mourning Cloak, LITTLE WOOD-SATYR (RMa- Mungertown Road, Madison)


5/24- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Clouded Sulphur ( a few), Orange Sulphur (1), American Copper ( a few), Eastern Tailed Blue ( a few), Pearl Crescent ( a few), American Lady ( a few), PECK’S SKIPPER (a few), TAWNY-EDGED SKIPPER (a few) (HG- East Haddam); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Cabbage White, American Copper ( a few), COMMON RINGLET ( a few), TAWNY-EDGED SKIPPER (HG- Haddam Meadows St. Park, Haddam); Spicebush Swallowtail (1) (DA- Chester)


5/25- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, American Copper, Eastern Tailed Blue (numerous), Pearl Crescent (numerous), RED-SPOTTED PURPLE, Duskywing sp., Peck’s Skipper, Tawny-edged Skipper, ZABULON SKIPPER (1) (CT- Moodus); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, American Copper, Juniper Hairstreak, Eastern Pine Elfin, Eastern Tailed Blue (numerous), Pearl Crescent (numerous), American Lady, Red Admiral, Little Wood-Satyr, Silver-spotted Skipper, Juvenal’s Duskywing, Duskywing sp., Peck’s Skipper, Tawny-edged Skipper, DUSTED SKIPPER (CT- Babcock WMA, Colchester); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, American Copper, Eastern Tailed Blue (numerous), Pearl Crescent (numerous), Baltimore Checkerspot caterpillars (numerous), American Lady, Little Wood-Satyr (50+), Common Ringlet (20), Northern Cloudywing, Duskywing sp., Peck’s Skipper (CT- Machimoodus St. Park, East Haddam); Clouded Sulphur, American Copper, Eastern Tailed Blue (numerous), Pearl Crescent (numerous), American Lady, Silver-spotted Skipper, Juvenal’s Duskywing, Duskywing sp., Peck’s Skipper (CT- Wapawog WMA, East Hampton)


5/26- Frosted Elfin (40-50), HOBOMOK SKIPPER (1), Dusted Skipper (HG- Walden Preserve, Salem); Pipevine Swallowtail (1), HOBOMOK SKIPPER (1), (HG-Lyme); CHERRY GALL AZURE (5), DREAMY DUSKYWING (1), COBWEB SKIPPER (1) (LB- Mansfield Hollow Dam, Windham)


5/27- Eastern Tiger Swalowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, American Copper, Pearl Crescent, Little Wood-Satyr, Peck’s Skipper, Tawny-edged Skipper, LONG DASH, Hobomok Skipper, SOUTHERN CLOUDYWING, Dreamy Duskywing, Juvenal’s Duskywing, Moths: Pink-legged Tiger Moth, Nessus Sphinx Moth (AB- Hamden); VICEROY (1) (AB- Broken Arrow Nursery, Hamden)


5/28- Moths: Luna Moth (3) (CL- Branford)


5/29- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (3), Cabbage White (2), SUMMER AZURE (3-4), Pearl Crescent (5-6), Red Admiral (?) (1), Little Wood-Satyr (3-4), Silver-spotted Skipper (4-5) (DA- Deep River); Black Swallowtail (2), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (4), Cabbage White (8), American Copper (2), Juniper Hairstreak (1), Eastern Tailed Blue (2), Pearl Crescent (7), Red Admiral (1), Red-spotted Purple (3), Little Wood Satyr (50+), Common Ringlet (20+), COMMON WOOD NYMPH (2), Monarch (1), Dreamy Duskywing (1), Juvenal’s Duskywing (3), Zabulon Skipper (1) (BB-Bent-of-the-River Sanctuary, Southbury); Moths: Pandorous Sphinx Moth (1) (CK- North Guilford); Moths: Prometheus Moth (1), Cecropia Moth (2) (CL- Branford)


5/30- dark Swallowtail sp. (1), Cabbage White (3), Sulphur sp. (2), Little Wood Satyr (15+), Peck’s Skipper (1) (DA- Long Hill Estate, Middletown)


5/31-Red-spotted Purple (RC- East Lyme); Black Swallowtail (1) (AB- Broken Arrow Nursery, Hamden)


Contributors: DA- Diane Adams, BB- Bill Banks, DB- David Bingham, AB- Andy Brand, LB- Lenny Brown, JB- Janine Bujalski, RC- Rich Chyinski, LG- Larry Gall, HG- Hank Golet, GH-Greg Hanisek, JH- John Himmelman, CK- Cindy Kobak, CL- Carol Lemmon, GL- Gary Lemmon, FM- Frank Mantlik, RMa- Robin Matterfis, RM- Robert Muller, MN- Maryann Nazarchyk, MR- Marjorie Reid, BKS- BK Stafford, PS- Peary Stafford, BS- Beth Sullivan, CT- Clay Taylor, DT- Diane Tucker, KW- Kristine Wallstrom, BY- Bill Yule, RZ- Roy Zartarian


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