Sighting for April 21, 2013

Rick Borchelt

Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary
Prince George's County, MD

Despite the cool temps, we were able to score a couple of FOY butterflies along the Critical Area Driving Tour through mostly upland woods along the Patuxent River/Jug Bay. Beth Johnson and Tom Stock also came along. Zebra Swallowtails were common, and the Eastern Tiger Swallowtails included 2 dark-form females. The Variegated Fritillary and American Copper were both surprisingly early for this slow spring.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 7
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Falcate Orangetip 3
  • American Copper 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

American Copper