mwalker at aisvt.bfg.com
Sat Aug 15 16:10:27 EDT 1998
It's a bit hard to believe that a 90 degree Farenheit day with 80% humidity
would be classified as a nice day, but the way things have been going up
here in northern New England, it is well received.
Yesterday was so unusually nice, that I had to take the day off.
To my great pleasure, the butterflies abound. At one location off of a dirt
road near Lake Hortonia, Rutland Co., Vermont, I counted over 20 individuals
of Euphydryas phaeton (Baltimore Checkerspot), most nectaring on Milkweed.
Along with these stunning butterflies, I enjoyed watching over 12
individuals of Nymphalis milberti (Milbert's Tortoiseshell), also nectaring
on Milkweed. On some buds, there were as many as 6 butterflies. Also on
the Milkweed were several individuals of Satyrium sp. (Hairstreaks), with S.
edwardsii (Edwards) and S. calanus (Banded) being the two identified.
Eastern Tailed Blue
Common Wood Nymph
Northern Pearl Crescentspot
Little Wood Satyr (badly tattered)
and a few European-like Skippers
The Baltimore's were especially satisfying. I've never seen so many in one
Enjoying the heat in Vermont.
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