Field Notes
1/1/10-5/31/10


A total of 50 species of butterflies were reported in the first five months of 2010, compared to 50 species reported in the first 5 months of 2009, 43 species reported in the first 5 months of 2008 and 47 species reported in the first 5 months of 2007.  For the third consecutive year, butterflies emerging during the first 5 months of 2010 tended to emerge on dates either consistent with or earlier than they did in the previous year.  Of the 50 species that emerged during this reporting period in 2010, 23 emerged within a week of their date of first emergence in 2009 and 22 species emerged at least a week earlier than they did in 2009.  Only 4 species emerged at least a week later than they did in 2009. 

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

3/1- MOURNING CLOAK (1) (NP- Branford Supply Pond, Branford)

3/7- EASTERN COMMA (1) (HG- Whippoorwill Rd., Old Lyme)

3/9- Mourning Cloak (1) (RMo- Trumbull Nature Center, Trumbull); Eastern Comma (1) (TG- Sleeping Giant St. Park, Hamden)

3/10-COMPTON TORTOISESHELL (1) (DT- Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington); Mourning Cloak (1) (HG- Old Lyme)

3/16- Eastern Comma (1), Mourning Cloak (1) (JHi- Knowlton Hill Preserve, Ashford)

3/17-Mourning Cloak (1) (PD- Naugatuck Industrial Park, Naugatuck); MILBERT’S TORTOISESHELL (MS- Ferry Lane, South Windsor); Eastern Comma (2), Mourning Cloak (1) (CH- Huntington St. Park, Redding)

3/19- Mourning Cloak (2) (PD- Rt. 63, Watertown); CABBAGE WHITE (1) (BB- Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby); CABBAGE WHITE (1) (DT- Rails to Trails, Farmington)

3/20-Anglewing sp. (1), Cabbage White (1) (MN- Niantic); Eastern Comma (2) (PD- Canfield Park, Prospect); Mourning Cloak (1) (CK- North Guilford)

3/21-Eastern Comma (1) (CK- North Guilford); SPRING AZURE (1) (CF- Nehantic St. Forest)

3/25- Spring Azure (1) (JHi- Church Farm, Ashford)

4/1-  Spring Azure (1) (RC- Salem); Mourning Cloak (2) (DT- Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington); Spring Azure (2) (Danny- Sleeping Giant St. Park, Hamden)

4/2-  Cabbage White (1), Spring Azure (12), Eastern Comma (1), Compton Tortoiseshell (1) (BKS, PS- Macricostas Preserve, New Preston & Steep Rock Reservation, Washington); Spring Azure (1) (HG- Old Lyme); Spring Azure (15) (HG- Pleasant Valley- Lyme)

4/3- Cabbage White (1) (JB- Edgerton Park, New Haven)

4/4- Cabbage White (1) (JB- Hamden); Cabbage White (1) (RZ- Newington); Cabbage White (1), Spring Azure (1) (RMa- Clinton/Westbrook town line)

4/5- Cabbage White (1) (DA- Chester); Mourning Cloak (1) (DA- Middletown)

4/7- CLOUDED SULPHUR (1), Spring Azure (numerous), Duskywing sp. (1) (PD- Wilby High School, Waterbury) 

4/8- Sulphur sp. (1), Spring Azure (1) (DA- Middletown)  

4/11-EASTERN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL (1) (RMa- River Rd, Killingworth); JUVENAL’S DUSKYWING (1) (CF, PSa- Pleasant Valley, Lyme); JUNIPER HAIRSTREAK (1) (CF, PSa- Gungy Road, Lyme); WEST VIRGINIA WHITE (2) (T. Fiore, K. Wallstrom- western Litchfield County) 

4/12- FALCATE ORANGETIP (1), Mourning Cloak (1), Juvenal’s Duskywing (1) (BB, GH- Bluff Head, North Guilford); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1) (LR-C, Sessions Woods, Burlington)

4/13- ORANGE SULPHUR (1) (FM- Stratford Point, Stratford); BLACK SWALLOWTAIL (1), Mourning Cloak (CS, SS- Long Beach Blvd, Stratford) 

4/14- Cabbage White ( a few), Clouded Sulphur (1) (RZ- Young Farm, Newington) 

4/15- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1) (RZ- Newington); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1) (DA- Gillette Castle, East Haddam); Falcate Orangetip (30+), Juniper Hairstreak (1), Compton Tortoiseshell (1), Mourning Cloak (1) (HG- Bluff Head, North Guilford); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (3), Cabbage White (2), Spring Azure (3), Eastern Comma (1), Mourning Cloak (1) (BB- Steep Rock & Hidden Valley Reservation, Washington); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Eastern Comma (1) (FM- Westport) 

4/20- Cabbage White (4), Clouded Sulphur (1), Spring Azure (15), Eastern Comma (1), Juvenal’s Duskywing (6) (RC- Walden Preserve, Salem); Cabbage White (1), EASTERN PINE ELFIN (a few) (HG- Cemetery, Rt 138, Voluntown)
 
4/21- AMERICAN LADY (1) (HG- Lyme); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (7), Cabbage White (1), Spring Azure (15-20), Anglewing (1) (DB- Salem)

4/23- AMERICAN  COPPER (numerous) (JHi- Columbia); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail,  Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, Eastern Comma, Juvenal’s Duskywing (RZ- Station 43 Preserve, South Windsor); West  Virginia White (2) (PS- Hidden Valley Preserve, Washington); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Cabbage White (2), EASTERN TAILED-BLUE (2), Juvenal’s Duskywing (11) (PD- Naugatuck Industrial Park, Naugatuck)

4/24- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, (2), West Virginia White (3), Cabbage White (2), Clouded Sulphur, Eastern Pine Elfin (7), Eastern Tailed-Blue, Spring Azure (5), Juvenal’s Duskywing (BKS, PS- Steep Rock Reservation, Washington); Cabbage White (numerous), Clouded Sulphur (numerous), American Copper (2) (MN- Union Cemetery, Niantic); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1) (CH- Bethel); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Cabbage White (2), Clouded Sulphur (2), Mourning Cloak (1) (DA- Earle Park, Glastonbury); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (3), Cabbage White (1), Sulphur sp. (numerous), American Copper (numerous), Juniper Hairstreak (3), Eastern Tailed-Blue (numerous), Spring Azure (numerous), Juvenal’s Duskywing (numerous) (CF, PSa- Gungy Road, Lyme)   

4/29- Eastern Tailed-Blue (1), Vanessa sp. (1) (MN- Niantic)

4/30- West Virginia White (1), Eastern Tailed-Blue (1), Spring Azure (1) (BB, GH- Hidden Valley Preserve, Washington); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (numerous) (DA- Chester)

5/1-   Black Swallowtail (2-3), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (15+), SPICEBUSH SWALLOWTAIL (2-3), Cabbage White (2-3), Falcate Orangetip (10+), Juniper Hairstreak (3-4), Eastern Tailed-Blue (3-4), Juvenal’s Duskywing (20+) (LG, MOB- CBA Field Trip); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (a few) (DA- Oxford); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (8) (RMa- Rt. 148, Killingworth to Chester)

5/2-   Clouded Sulphur (2) (DA- Chester); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1) (RMa- Killingworth); RED ADMIRAL (1) (DB- Salem); Black Swallowtail (1), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (20+), Spicebush Swallowtail (1), Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur (numerous), American Copper (10), Eastern Tailed-Blue (5), PEARL CRESCENT (4), Mourning Cloak (1), Juvenal’s Duskywing (6) (BKS, PS- Steep Rock Reservation, Washington & Macricostas Preserve, New Preston); COMMON BUCKEYE (1) (Bob MacDonnell)

5/4-   Pearl Crescent (CH- Newtown); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (2), Cabbage White (2), Clouded Sulphur (4), FROSTED ELFIN (8), Spring Azure (3), Pearl Crescent (6), American Lady (2), Red Admiral (1), Juvenal’s Duskywing (2) (RC- Salem)

5/5-   Red Admiral (1) (CH- Redding) ; SILVER-SPOTTED SKIPPER (1) (HG- Old Lyme)

5/6-   Tawny Emperor (30 caterpillars) (CK- North Guilford)

5/10- Black Swallowtail (2), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Clouded Sulphur (2) (HG- Ely Ferry Road, Lyme); LONG DASH (1), HOBOMOK SKIPPER (1) (Bob MacDonnell- Walden Preserve, Salem)

5/11- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, American Copper, Frosted Elfin,  Eastern Tailed-Blue, Azure sp., Pearl Crescent, American Lady, DREAMY DUSKYWING,  Juvenal’s Duskywing, Hobomok Skipper (RC- Salem) 

5/13- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (5), Cabbage White (3), Clouded Sulphur (2), American Copper (3), Pearl Crescent (4), PAINTED LADY (1), Red Admiral (3), LITTLE WOOD-SATYR (1), Juvenal’s Duskywing (2) (BB- Bent-of-the-River Sanctuary, Southbury); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (2), Red Admiral (1), Moths: Nessus Sphinx Moth (CK- North Guilford); LITTLE WOOD-SATYR (2) (DA- Chester); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (2), Cabbage White (1), Clouded Sulphur (1), American Copper (12+), Pearl Crescent (12+), American Lady (3), LITTLE WOOD-SATYR (2), WILD INDIGO DUSKYWING (12), INDIAN SKIPPER (1) (HG- Route 82 powerline right-of-way, Lyme); Black Swallowtail (1), America Lady (1) (RZ- Churchill Park, Newington)
   
5/14- Red Admiral (1) (RMo- Trumbull); Red Admiral (2), PECK’S SKIPPER (2) (HG- Old Lyme); Monarch (1) (GW- Harkness Memorial St. Park, Waterford)

5/15- Spicebush Swallowtail (2) (HG- Old Lyme); COMMON RINGLET (2) (RC- Walden Preserve, Salem); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (3), Clouded Sulphur (3), American Copper (20), Frosted Elfin (1), GRAY HAIRSTREAK (1), Eastern Tailed-Blue (1), CHERRY GALL AZURE (5), Pearl Crescent (5), American Lady (5), Red Admiral (10), Little Wood-Satyr (1), Dreamy Duskywing (6), SLEEPY DUSKYWING (1), Juvenal’s Duskywing (25), COBWEB SKIPPER (10), Peck’s Skipper (3), Hobomok Skipper (1), DUSTED SKIPPER (1) (LB, MOB- Mansfield Hollow Dam, North Windham)   

5/16- Black Swallowtail (1), American Lady (a few), Red Admiral (numerous) (MN- Niantic); Cabbage White, Pearl Crescent, American Lady, Red Admiral, Little Wood-Satyr, Silver-spotted Skipper, Juvenal’s Duskywing (RZ- Cedar Mountain, Newington); Moths: Snowberry Clearwing (1) (CK- North Guilford); TAWNY-EDGED SKIPPER (1) (HG- Old Lyme); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Painted Lady (1), Red Admiral (1) (RMa- Roast Meat Hill, Killingworth); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Cabbage White (1), Azure sp. (1), Red Admiral (1) (JB- Farm River St. Park, East Haven) 

5/18- Cabbage White (2), American Lady (3), Red Admiral (1) (CL, GL- Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven)

5/20- Black Swallowtail (1), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Red Admiral (1) (CL, GL- Branford)

5/21- Red Admiral (numerous) (GH- Crook Horn Road, Southbury); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), American Lady (2), Red Admiral (1) (CL, GL- Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (2), American Lady (1), Red Admiral (3) (CL, GL- River Road, Clinton/Killingworth town line); American Copper (2), Pearl Crescent (1), American Lady (2), Red Admiral (2), Little Wood-Satyr (2), Wild Indigo Duskywing (numerous), Peck’s Skipper (numerous), Tawny-edged Skipper (1), Dusted Skipper (1) (PD- Naugatuck Industrial Park, Naugatuck); Hobomok Skipper (HG- Gungy Road, Lyme) 

5/22- RED-SPOTTED PURPLE (2) (CS, SS- Eisenhower Park, Milford); Spicebush Swallowtail, American Copper, Eastern Tailed Blue, Pearl Crescent, American Lady, Little Wood-Satyr (numerous), RED-SPOTTED PURPLE, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Indian Skipper, Dusted Skipper (HG- Gungy Road, Lyme)

5/23- VICEROY (2), NORTHERN CLOUDYWING (1) (BKS, PS- Macricostas Preserve, New Preston)
 
5/24- WHITE ADMIRAL (1) (DB- Mumford Farm, Salem)

5/27- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Spicebush Swallowtail (1), Little Wood-Satyr (1) (RMo- Trumbull Nature Center, Trumbull) 

5/28- Black Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, American Copper, Pearl Crescent (numerous), Baltimore Checkerspot (caterpillars, numerous), Eastern Comma, American Lady, Red Admiral, Viceroy, Little Wood-Satyr (numerous), Common Ringlet, Northern Clousywing, SOUTHERN CLOUDYWING, Juvenal’s Duskywing, Wild Indigo Duskywing, LEAST SKIPPER, EUROPEAN SKIPPER, Peck’s Skipper, Tawny-edged Skipper, Hobomok Skipper, Dusted Skipper (BKS, PS- Macricostas Preserve, New Preston & Steep Rock Preserve, Washington)

5/29- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), American Copper (1), Eastern Tailed-Blue (5), Pearl Crescent (10), Red Admiral (1), Little Wood-Satyr (100+), Southern Cloudywing (1), European Skipper (1), Peck’s Skipper (1), Tawny-edged Skipper (3), Long Dash (15), Hobomok Skipper (5) (BB, MOB- CBA Field Trip, Trumbull Nature Center, Trumbull); American Copper (a few), Eastern Tailed-Blue (1), Pearl Crescent ( a few), American Lady (2), Little Wood-Satyr (numerous), Northern Cloudywing (1), Dusted Skipper (1) (HG- Gungy Road, Lyme); Monarch (1) (HG- Westbrook High School, Westbrook); BRONZE COPPER (1), Red-spotted Purple, Indian Skipper (4) (BKS, PS- Macricostas Preserve, New Preston); Frosted Elfin (3) (LB- Walden Preserve, Salem)

5/30- Silver-spotted Skipper (1), Wild Indigo Duskywing (30+), Peck’s Skipper (4), Tawny-edged Skipper (1), ZABULON SKIPPER (1), Dusted Skipper (1) (PD- Naugatuck Industrial Park, Naugatuck); Black Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage White, American Copper, Eastern Tailed-Blue, SUMMER AZURE, American Lady ( a few), Little Wood-Satyr ( a few), Southern Cloudywing ( a few), Northern Cloudywing ( a few), Juvenal’s Duskywing ( a few), Tawny-edged Skipper, Hobomok Skipper ( a few), Dusted Skipper ( a few) (JH- Gungy Road, Lyme); Silver-spotted Skipper (1) (RMa- Acer Gardens, Deep River)        

5/31- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (2), Cabbage White (2), Clouded Sulphur (1), Eastern Tailed-Blue (1), Pearl Crescent (10), American Lady (1), Red Admiral (2), Red-spotted Purple (2), Viceroy (10+), Little Wood-Satyr (30+), Common Ringlet (2), Silver-spotted Skipper (2), HOARY EDGE (2), Northern Cloudywing (4), Wild Indigo Duskywing (10+), Indian Skipper (2), Peck’s Skipper (4), Tawny-edged Skipper (2), Hobomok Skipper (10+), Zabulon Skipper (2) (PD- Powerline right-of-way, Route 44, West Hartford); Black Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, GREAT SPANGLED FRITILLARY, American Lady, Viceroy, Common Ringlet, Silver-spotted Skipper, Hoary Edge, Northern Cloudywing, Wild Indigo Duskywing, European Skipper, Peck’s Skipper (RZ- Northwest Park, Windsor); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail (a few), American Copper, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Pearl Crescent ( a few), Eastern Comma, American Lady ( a few), Red Admiral, Red-spotted Purple (a few), Little Wood Satyr (a few), Common Ringlet (a few), Silver-spotted Skipper, Northern Cloudywing, Juvenal’s Duskywing, Wild Indigo Duskywing ( a few), Peck’s Skipper (a few), Tawny-edged Skipper (a few), Hobomok Skipper (a few), Zabulon Skipper, Moths: Snowberry Clearwing Moth (1) (JH- Airline Trail, Colchester); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (2), Red-spotted Purple (1) (RMa- Killingworth)        

Contributors: DA- Diane Adams, BB-Bill Banks, DB- David Bingham, LB- Lenny Brown, JB- Janine Bujalski, RC- Rich Chyinski, PD- Peter DeGennaro, CF- Catherine Ferguson,  LG- Larry Gall, HG- Hank Golet, TG- Tom Granucci, CH- Chris Hadin, GH- Greg Hanisek, JHi- Joan Hill, JH- John Himmelman, CK- Cindy Kobak, CL- Carol Lemmon, GL- Gary Lemmon, FM- Frank Mantlik, RMa- Robin Matterfis, RMo- Ruth Mohr, MN- Maryann Nazarchyk, NP- Noble Proctor, LR-C- Laura Rogers-Castro, PSa- Pete Satagaj, CS- Charla Spector, SS- Steve Spector, BKS- BK Stafford, PS- Peary Stafford, MS- Mark Szantyr, DT-Diane Tucker, GW- Glen Williams, RZ- Roy Zartarian

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