[Ctleps-l] Branford yard

Peter DeGennaro degennap at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 16:05:50 EDT 2016

Hi Donna,

I agree that it's a Cassius Blue, very cool find! They are known to stray
to some extent; however, any this far north are likely the result of the
chrysalis or larva being transported through human means. Interestingly,
the closely related Marine Blue did stage a widespread incursion into the
East from the western US a number of years ago, though that was an
east-west movement as opposed to north-south.

Peter DeGennaro

On Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 3:36 PM, Donna <sunny19682 at comcast.net> wrote:

> While out checking the gardens about an hour ago, I happened upon this
> butterfly that I am unsure of the ID - I believe it is a Cassius Blue based
> on my two butterfly books which call it a stray into our area.  Please feel
> free to correct it.  Not sure of the plant it was taking nectar from (a
> "weed" I let grow) but stayed for about a half hour before I returned
> inside.
> Also had 3 Spicebush Swallowtails, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Broad-winged Skipper,
> 1 Cabbage White, 1 Monarch and 1 tiger Swallowtail.
> Donna Lorello
> Branford
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