Stuck inside? ID some NYC butterflies!

We should all be staying at home and away from other people to limit the spread of COVID-19. So if you have a few minutes this evening, why not get a little nature fix by identifying some NYC butterflies?

Here are the New York County butterfly observations that still need ID confirmation (and I've broken out various groups in more detail below): https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?verifiable=any&project_id=49510&place_id=any (note: You can tick the "reviewed" checkbox to the right of the filter bar if you want to revisit observations you'd already seen in the past). Don't follow the herd, of course -- make the IDs in which you are personally confident.

For reference, here's the work-in-progress Manhattan Butterfly List (using a lot of Research Grade data from iNaturalist): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Y2mNKMNXqtk4Ms820YvKXaaTySSYoxtcGlq7znoCjtY/edit?usp=sharing

Some groups to explore for those of you who specialize:

Below: a female sulphur butterfly that I observed last summer in Hudson River Park. I think she is a white form Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) based on the narrow black border on the dorsal hindwing that does not fully enclose pale spots, and only small spots in the dark forewing margin, but she is one of many butterfly observations in the city that still lacks ID confirmation.

Tagging some top identifiers -- thanks for all you do! @nycbirder @wayne_fidler @nlblock @greengenes @kdstutzman @sadawolk @maractwin @susanhewitt

Posted on March 27, 2020 12:16 AM by djringer djringer

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Even though I love to photograph them with my iPhone whenever I get the chance, I am not confident on NYC butterfly ID-ing, except for what I consider to be the very easiest species.

Posted by susanhewitt about 4 years ago

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