Sighting for October 12, 2015

Mark Adams

Browns Gap Turnpike (Rt 810), Clark Rd (Rt 674), Jones Mill Rd (Rt 811), Piedmont Store (Rt 614)
Albemarle County, VA

I am unlikely to see a day like this again soon. The late season butterfly diversity was good: 18 species in 3.5 hours. Highlights included my first Mourning Cloak since spring, my first Albemarle Painted Lady this season, and numerous sulphurs (though no Cloudless), Cabbage Whites, Variegated Frits, and Eastern Commas/Question Marks.

  • Cabbage White 15
  • Clouded Sulphur 40
  • Orange Sulphur 14
  • Sleepy Orange 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 30
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Question Mark 5
  • Eastern Comma 12
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 4
  • Sachem 3

Question Mark

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Buckeye

Mourning Cloak

Red Admiral

Variegated Fritillary