A Thousand Entries, Two New Skippers, & Admiral Immigration

Least skipper, photo’d by Chip Krilowicz, Supawna Meadows, Salem Co, 4-20-12

We have reached 1100 entries for April with more than a week left to go. (Last year we totaled 880 for the whole month.)

And our log’s year list, augmented by the two early skippers pictured here, has reached forty-two.

See our log for the details.

We are also witnessing a significant (and possibly growing?) northbound invasion of red admirals, apparently part of a widespread movement. Cynthia Allen — thank you, C.A. — has passed along an article describing the flood of admirals into Canada: A tidal wave of butterflies into eastern Canada

Maybe all we need now to make this a truly magnificent month for butterflyers is some rain, to end the long local drought, and to help insure that emerging caterpillars (of all species) will find some fresh green leaves when they break from their eggs.

Keep exploring and reporting, everyone!

If anyone has a sharp, current photo of two or three (or more) red admirals together that you would be willing to contribute to our blog, please pass along.

I am always looking for new photos of butterflies to post, so pass along others of interest as well: nacotejackATgmailDOTcom.

Thanks to Chip and Dave for the photos here — and to all of you who have already been contributing your shots. Keep ’em coming!


Male zabulon skipper, photo’d by Dave Amadio in his backyard in West Deptford, Gloucester, 4-21-12

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