[Ctleps-l] Branford yard

Steve Walter swalter15 at verizon.net
Fri Aug 19 19:05:16 EDT 2016

Not bad. Better than what my spell checker does with Yellow-breasted Chat.


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[mailto:ctleps-l-bounces at mailman.yale.edu] On Behalf Of Christopher Mangels
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2016 7:00 PM
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Sorry, I meant to type nectaring, not 'nectarine'  (which my spell-checker



On Aug 19, 2016, at 6:57 PM, Christopher Mangels <nyctflora at charter.net
<mailto:nyctflora at charter.net> > wrote:

Just FYI, the plant in the photo that the insect is resting (nectarine?) on
appears to be Conzya canadensis (var. canadensis), which is a noted nectar
plant for Karner blue.


Chris Mangels



On Aug 19, 2016, at 5:32 PM, Steve Walter <swalter15 at verizon.net
<mailto:swalter15 at verizon.net> > wrote:

I had the good luck to come across a Leptotes Blue in New York in 1993. My
initial thought, of course, was the eastern species Cassius Blue. As it
turned out, it was a Marine Blue, one of several that turned up in the east
that year. So that it was I expected in this case. In comparing to my photo
collection of both species, I believe Donna's find is indeed a Cassius Blue,
based on the extensive white patches on both FW and HW. Congratulations on a
fabulous find.


Steve Walter

Bayside, NY


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[mailto:ctleps-l-bounces at mailman.yale.edu] On Behalf Of Alex Grkovich
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2016 4:57 PM
To: Peter DeGennaro <degennap at gmail.com <mailto:degennap at gmail.com> >; Donna
<sunny19682 at comcast.net <mailto:sunny19682 at comcast.net> >
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Subject: Re: [Ctleps-l] Branford yard


Subspecies strigosus [= thersippus] has strayed to eastern Mass.a few years
ago. This is the southwestern ssp of the Queen.


So west to east strays can take place.





From: Peter DeGennaro < <mailto:degennap at gmail.com> degennap at gmail.com>
To: Donna < <mailto:sunny19682 at comcast.net> sunny19682 at comcast.net> 
Cc: Butterfly Posting < <mailto:CTLEPS-L at mailman.yale.edu>
CTLEPS-L at mailman.yale.edu>
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2016 4:05 PM
Subject: Re: [Ctleps-l] Branford yard


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


Also had 3 Spicebush Swallowtails, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Broad-winged Skipper, 1
Cabbage White, 1 Monarch and 1 tiger Swallowtail.


Donna Lorello


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