Monthly Archives: April 2014

April is the coolest month!

Is there a lovelier time of year in South Jersey than late April? Our first flowering plants — high-bush blueberry, shadbush, sassafras, trailing arbutus, dwarf cinquefoil, various violets, and others — are blooming; black cherry and other trees and shrubs … Continue reading

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Special Attention for Frosted Elfin in 2014

Would you be interested in helping protect one of our state’s most endangered butterflies? Here’s a recent email from Robert Somes from the Endangered & Nongame Species Program: Spring is here. I have been checking the blog and things look … Continue reading

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Photo Forum version 3.1: An Overlooked Azure?

From the spring of 2008 through the spring of 2013 we logged a total of fewer than half a dozen reports of summer azures in their spring form for all six years combined. ¬†As of April 18, we have 8+ … Continue reading

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Photo Forum 3: The Complex Becomes Complexer

Look out, everyone! Trouble ahead! The weather report for today, tomorrow, and the weekend looks good for butterflies — with sunny skies and temperatures crossing into the 70s. Even more little blue butterflies should be flashing around here and there. … Continue reading

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Photo Forum 2: Suffering with Sulphurs

We could use some help with this one, everybody! Jesse Amesbury’s photo is our first report of sulphurs of any kind on the log this year, and so it seems a good time to get a discussion going on what … Continue reading

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April Jewels’ Day

    March’s cold and rain seemed to end suddenly on the first day of the new month with a delightful burst of sunshine and butterflies. ¬†Temperatures climbed well above 6o and stayed there for hours. At long last, we … Continue reading

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