Massachusetts Butterfly Big Year update 3

I seem to have picked a particularly bad year to try this. I've missed several species that are well known to be plentiful at certain times and locations, having to scramble to find alternate places for them. Everyone is commenting how few butterflies seem to be around this year. I just drove across the state and back today and struck out on all four target species. The only new one for the year that I got today was European Skipper, an invasive that is widely common, just now starting to fly. I was at the summit of Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts, and struck out on the high-altitude specialists there. I suspect they will be there on a second try, I'm just slightly early and the weather was cooler than expected.

My count is now at 60 species. Mid-June is always slow here, and hopefully things will pick up soon. Of course, the utility company doing transmission line work at one of my favorite spots isn't helping...

On the plus side, I'm getting out in the field more this year than I usually do, and seeing a lot of interesting things besides butterflies too. Today I had a bear cross the road in front of me (but too quickly for a photo). Bee-mimic robber flies yesterday. A family of Ruffed Grouse last week.

Posted by maractwin maractwin, June 23, 2021 22:08

Observations

Photos / Sounds

Observer

maractwin

Date

June 21, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)

Observer

maractwin

Date

June 23, 2021 02:15 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)

Observer

maractwin

Date

June 23, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

Comments

Here in SW MI I'm used to seeing tons of various butterflies in our yard by now. I've seen less than 10. Looks like we have problem.

Posted by codyhough over 1 year ago (Flag)

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