Sighting for August 11, 2016

Tom Fiore

preserve lands & back roads, Somerville & nearby
Lincoln County, ME

Firstly, comment on a sighting from farther north in Maine by Steve Glynn the day before: form of “Dorcas” Copper in that location is known as “Clayton’s” and is (at least) form L.d. claytoni - which some accept as a full species in Maine & New Brunswick Canada. Here in mid-south Maine, the 11th was hot, 90+ with humidity & sun. Recently out in new broods here were Blk. Swallowtail, Amer. Copper, Pearl Crescent, Common Ringlet (which last was also being seen at least 3 days prior to then.) Despite decent species-variety, overall no’s. of butterflies continue on mostly-low side. It is dry in southern Maine, a mild drought.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 12+
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Harvester 1
  • American Copper 20+
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 6+
  • Atlantis Fritillary 8+
  • Silver-bordered Fritillary 1
  • Meadow Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 10+
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • White Admiral 1
  • Viceroy 4
  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Eyed Brown 3
  • Common Ringlet 8+
  • Common Wood-Nymph 20+
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 2