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BUTTERFLIES – My 2006 Nature Checklist

Butterflies play with shadows also

I decided to split up my 2006 Nature Checklist into 5 different categories; Butterflies & Skippers, Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals and Birds! I would like to start this series with my 45 Butterfly & Skipper species found within Western New York State. There is no doubt that my 2006 numbers are slightly lower than previous years and this is primarily due to it raining every weekend from Late July through Columbus weekend in October. The rain kept me from getting out in the field each weekend and shortened the amount of time which adults were able to be located flying around during the late summer/fall months.

summer azure Friday it hatched

Here is my list of Butterflies and Skippers which I have listed in taxonomic order by common name (I would be happy to send you their Latin name for any species in question):

1. Black Swallowtail

16. Meadow Fritillary

31. Common Ringlet

2. E. Tiger Swallowtail

17. Pearl Crescent

32. Comm Wood-Nymph

3. West Virginia White

18. Baltimore Checkerspot

33. Monarch

4. Cabbage White

19. Question Mark

34. Silver-spotted Skipper

5. Clouded Sulphur

20. Eastern Comma

35. Dreamy Duskywing

6. Orange Sulphur

21. Gray Comma

36. Juvenal Duskywing

7. American Copper

22. Mourning Cloak

37. C. Checkered Skipper

8. Striped Hairstreak

23. American Lady

38. Least Skipper

9. Eastern Tailed Blue

24. Red Admiral

39. European Skipper

10. Spring Azure

25. White Admiral

40. Indian Skipper

11. Summer Azure

26. Red-spotted Purple

41. Peck’s Skipper

12. G. Spangled Fritillary

27. Viceroy

42. Long Dash

13. Aphrodite Fritillary

28. Northern Pearly-eye

43. Hobomok Skipper

14. Atlantis Fritillary

29. Eyed Brown

44. Dun Skipper

15. Silver-bordered Fritillary

30. Little Wood-Satyr

45. Pepper n Salt Skipper

First Day of Butterflies Common Checkered Skipper

My first butterflies were located on the 11th of April with 4 Eastern Comma’s and 1 Mourning Cloak along Bay State Road. My peak of butterflies observed was 22 species within 3 hours on the 21st of July 2006. In past years I have broken 30 species within a day’s time.

Baltimore in the leaf shadow Great Spangled Fritillary

Even with this strange weather, there were a few butterfly highlights which I could not forget to report! The first had to be relocating a Baltimore Checkerspot on the 13th of July. This is the first which I have seen these guys flying around since 2002. I also enjoyed photographing the Common Checkered Skipper over at the Jamestown Audubon on the 10th of September 2006. The Silver-bordered Fritillary’s were wonderful while spending the day with Jeremy Martin on a flickr get-together at the Zaepfel Nature Sanctuary. My last memory was raising and releasing so many Monarch Butterflies this year for their migration south!

Silver-Bordered Fritillary Silver Bordered Fritillary

I can’t wait to see what butterflies in 2007 will bring me.

12 responses

  1. thehendricksreport

    Man you ALWAYS have the best photos. What kind of camera do you use? What size zoom? I know photography isn’t all in the camera, but was just curious.

    Gorgeous Pictures!

    3 January 2007 at 8:31 pm

  2. These pictures are from two different cameras! One is a sony point and shoot camera! I think Sony’s have a great macro feature on them! The others are from my Nikon D70s DSLR!! Higher end but takes a bit more time to edit the pictures!

    3 January 2007 at 8:46 pm

  3. Wow, Mon@rch, these are great photos! I’m thrilled when I can get a photo of a butterfly with its wings open. You’ve got some great memories – thanks for sharing! About how many Monarchs did you raise/release? This whole post is so awesome!!

    3 January 2007 at 9:47 pm

  4. Thanks Pam and they are just as much fun as the birds are! Hmm, we did a bunch of them and can’t really remember (sorry)! I am going to work on the blog on my amphibians that I saw which should be another good one!

    3 January 2007 at 10:36 pm

  5. As I was scrolling down your list to get to this point I just saw “Question Mark.” I’m going to be getting out my butterfly books and looking at all that you found – now you’ve really got my curiousity peaked with “Question Mark!” Amphibians will be a great post, too!

    4 January 2007 at 8:24 am

  6. Tom, that’s quite a nice list and some fantastic shots to go with it. I’d love to see a Baltimore checkerspot one of these days… well, springs only 3 months away, right?

    4 January 2007 at 8:34 am

  7. Beautiful pictures! Would you recommend a butterfly field guide that would cover Minnesota? I’d like to learn more and try to id some this summer.

    4 January 2007 at 9:17 am

  8. Heather (Ephemeron)

    I’d say it was a good year for butterflies! You definitely made 2006 a more beautiful year for me!!

    4 January 2007 at 12:23 pm

  9. Rick

    Tom just a wonderful list of butterflies

    4 January 2007 at 5:08 pm

  10. @ Naturewoman – they have a ? on the wing! It is one of the comma’s which is like the big picture on the upper top (but that one is the Eastern Comma)!
    @ Marty – I was very excited seeing the Baltimore and thanks for the kind words! I can’t can’t wait for spring to get here! Yaaa
    @ Lynne – without a doubt, the Kenn Kaufman guide is the best one out there right now!
    @ Heather – thanks and I have also enjoyed your photostream also!
    @ Rick – thanks!

    4 January 2007 at 7:33 pm

  11. NatureShutterbug

    Wonderful shots. As a butterfly novice I was wondering what the butterflies were in the pictures – anyway to add names?

    4 January 2007 at 8:26 pm

  12. Thanks Nature Shutterbug, if you hold your mouse over the picture, it will say what the species name is! Or you could always click on the picture and you can see its name in flickr!

    4 January 2007 at 8:43 pm

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