Will Kerling photo’d this orange sulphur, apparently a survivor of Hurricane Sandy on 10-31-12, two days after the storm made landfall.
Superstorm Sandy’s high winds, devastating surf, and extensive damage to dunes, beaches, houses, businesses, parks, and wildlife areas meant October 2012 ended with bad news. Until those last few days, we were having another excellent month.
Observers reported 47 species in October, several on new late dates:
tiger swallowtail (new late date: 10-6)
little yellow (multiple reports for 5th month)
long-tailed skipper (93 reports and new late date: 10-24)
Horace’s duskywing (new late date: 10-24)
wild indigo duskywing (new late date: 10-25)
common checkered skipper
clouded skipper (new late date:10-14)
tawny-edged skipper (new l.d.: 10-5)
little glassywing (new l.d.:10-11)
broad-winged skipper (new l.d.:10-5)
Brazilian skipper (app. 4 different individuals)
Fresh cloudless sulphur egg photo’d by Will Kerling on 10-26-12.
Our total of 2287 records for the month brought our total for the year to 18,000+, already 5K more than our previous high for a single year (13,400 in 2010) — and we have November and December yet to come.
Thanks to each of who contributed your observations in October, 2012:
Michael O’ Brien
Keep them coming, everyone.
Here’s a significant find that came in a little late to be included in our original compilation of September reports: a sleepy orange found and photo’d by Deni Regensburg in her garden in Ocean View on 9-28-12. This record will be added into the end-of-year compilation.
For the full spreadsheet for October, go to the link below and hit the + sign for easier viewing: