Can we still call it a summer azure? Photo by Will Kerling on 11-11-12 at Cape May Point.
I’ve updated the original November 12 post below by adding the final compilation for the month and the list of November’s contributors.
Yesterday’s warm weather brought out the butterflyers and the butterflies. We had seventeen different observers out and about (and reporting) and we found sixteen species in a single November day.
At the moment we have recorded eighteen species for the month:
black swallowtail (caterpillars only)
eastern tailed blue
The two species seen earlier in the month but not reported yesterday are eastern comma (reported on 11-10-12) and fiery skipper (seen this month only on 11-1-12).
Last fall we recorded nineteen species for the month. Two falls ago, 2010, we had our best November in our five years of logging, recording twenty-three species. Three species found in both those Novembers and not yet recorded this month are American snout, variegated fritillary, and common checkered skipper. Has the storm limited our chances of finding any of those three this year? The last snout this year (so far) was seen on 10-26; the last sightings of fritillary and checkered skipper were both on 10-21.
Good luck out there, everyone!
Update 11-12-12: Chip Krilowicz has found our 19th species for the month. Thank you, Chip!
Variegated fritillary 11-12-12 at Pennington Farm. Photo by Chip Krilowicz.
Final November Update and Compilation:
Chip’s variegated was the last new species added for the month of November and we ended with nineteen for the month.
Here’s the compilation for all records for the month. Hit the plus sign for easier viewing:
Thanks to each of who contributed your observations in November, 2012:
Bridget and Patrick O’Connor
Chris & Paula Williams
Shawn & Jessica Wainwright
Let me know if I overlooked anyone.
Have a refreshing winter break, South Jersey butterflyers, and see you right back here come next spring — or maybe come another “winter” like 2012’s, when butterflies flew in every month.