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Monday, July 9, 2018

Alot Has Happened since May

So it has been awhile since an update. Much has happened.
This year has not been about  how may species in 2018, but rather focusing on adding species to my Michigan list and visiting locations I have not been to before.
On June 30, 2018, my son David and I did a (very long) day trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Our target was Two-spotted Skipper (Euphyes bimacula). Through internet searching, we had a location that looked promising. After a 5.5 hour drive from Lansing, we arrived at Scott's Marsh just south of Shingeton. We walked around for a good hour and half with no sightings. On our way back to the car we found 2 Two-spotted Skippers. One (a female) was oviposting. Interesting thing about these skippers is that they land near the top of the host plant and then move backwards down the plant. I have never seen this in any other butterfly/skipper.

Euphyes bimacula - Two-spotted Skipper
July 4, 2018
Schoolcraft County, Michigan

Michigan Life Butterfly #121





















Tuesday, May 22, 2018

First post for 2018

It has been a slow start to the butterfly season here in Michigan. Cloudy, rainy, and cold to cool weather has been the norm. It adds up to poor butterflying. Having said that, some decent sightings have occurred. My son, David, found  2 Early Hairstreaks (Erora lactus) at an undisclosed location in  Emmet County. While my luck has not been as good, I have been able to locate 15 species, including 3 species of elfins (Eastern Pine, Brown, and Hoary) and Chryxus Arctic (Oeneis chyrxus).
We have a 3 day weekend coming up, so I hope to get out and look for a few more species. 

Hoary Elfin (Callophrys polios)
Kalkaska County
May 20, 2018















Chryxus Arctic (Oeneis chryxus)
Kalkaska County
May 20, 2018





Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017 Butterfly and Skippers

I was ask to post a list of the 102 species of butterflies and skippers I recorded in Michigan in 2017. So here they are.

 
102   Date County Location
         
  Papilionidae      
  Pipe-vine Swallowtail      
  Zebra Swallowtail      
X Black Swallowtail 5/1/2017 Gratiot Maple River SGA
  Old World Swallowtail - stray      
X Giant Swallowtail 5/22/2017 Eaton  
X Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5/1/2017 Gratiot Gratiot/Saginaw SGA
X Canadian Tiger Swallowtail 5/27/2017 Isabella N. Winn Road
X Spicebush Swallowtail 5/7/2017 Washtenaw Waterloo SRA
  Pieridae      
X Checkered White 8/5/2017 Livingston  
  Western White - stray      
X Mustard White 7/2/2017 Washtenaw Waterloo SRA
X West Virginia White 6/3/2017 Mackinac Fish Road
X Cabbage White 4/8/2017 Ingham Haslett
  Large Marble - Isle Royale      
X Olympia Marble 5/13/2017 Clare  
X Clouded Sulphur 5/3/2017 Ingham Riverbend Natural Area
X Orange Sulphur 6/11/2017 Isabella Wyman Road
X Pink-edged Sulphur 6/2/2017 Chippewa H-40
  Southern Dogface - stray      
  Cloudless Sulphur - immigrant      
  Orange-barred Sulphur - stray      
  Mexican Yellow - stray      
X Little Yellow  8/5/2017 Monroe West County Park
  Sleepy Orange - stray      
  Dainty Sulphur - immigrant      
  Lycaenidae      
X Harvester 8/5/2017 Monroe Petersburg SGA
X American Copper 5/10/2017 Ingham Dansville SGA
X Bronze Copper 8/13/2017 Gratiot Maple River SGA
X Bog Copper 7/22/2017 Chippewa W Farm Truck Trail
X Dorcus Copper 7/4/2017 Oakland Brandt Road Fen
  Purplish Copper      
X Coral Hairstreak 7/1/2017 Gratiot Gratiot/Saginaw SGA
  Acadian Hairstreak      
X Edward's Hairstrewak 4/7/2017 Oakland Shiawassee Basin Preserve
X Banded Hairstreak 6/19/2017 Ingham My back yard
X Hickory Hairstreak 6/24/2017 Gratiot Gratiot/Saginaw SGA
X Striped Hairstreak 7/1/2017 Gratiot Gratiot/Saginaw SGA
  Northern Hairstreak - stray/rare      
X Brown Elfin 5/15/2017 Chippewa Forest Road - 3344
X Hoary Elfin 5/15/2017 Chippewa Forest Road - 3344
  Frosted Elfin      
  Henry's Elfin      
X Eastern Pine Elfin 5/10/2017 Ingham Dansville SGA
X Western Pine Elfin 5/15/2017 Chippewa Forest Road - 3344
  White M Hairstreak - stray      
  Early Hairstreak      
  Red-banded Hairstreak - stray      
X Gray Hairstreak 5/13/2-17 Newaygo Newaygo Prarie Plant Preserve
  Reakirt's Blue - stray      
X Eastern-tailed Blue 5/22/2017 Eaton State Secondary Complex
  Western-tailed Blue      
X Spring Azure 4/15/2017 Ingham Dansville SGA
X Northern Azure 5/15/2017 Chippewa Forest Road - 3344
X Summer Azure 6/22/2017 Ingham Williamston Twp Park
X Silvery Blue 5/13/2017 Newaygo 6199 Popular Ave. 
  Northern Blue      
X Karner Blue 7/9/2017 Allegan Allegan SGA
  Greenish Blue      
  Riodinidae      
  Swamp Metalmark      
  Nymphalidaes      
X American Snout - immigrant 6/29/2017 Ingham My back yard
X Monarch 5/29/2017 Clinton Rose Lake WMA
  Queen - stray      
  Gulf Fritillary - stray      
X Variegated Fritillary - immigrant 7/18/2017 Clinton Rose Lake WMA
X Great Spangled Fritillary 6/22/2017 Ingham Williamston Twp Park
X Aphrodite Fritillary 7/9/2017 Allegan Allegan SGA
  Regal Fritillary - extirpated / stray      
  Atlantis Fritillary      
  Bog Fritillary      
X Silver-boardered Fritillary 7/8/2017 Jackson Grand River Fen
        B.s.atrocostalis      
X Meadow Fritillary 5/27/2017 Osceola Ford Road
  Frigga Fritillary      
  Freija Fritillary      
  Gorgone Checkerspot - ???      
X Silvery Checkerspot 8/20/2017 Washtenaw Leonard's Preserve
X Harris' Checkerspot 6/6/2017 Hillsdale Lost Nations SGA
X Pearl Crescent 5/22/2017 Eaton Davis Hwy Conservation Area
X Northern Crescent 6/3/2017 Chippewa East Lake Road
  Tawny Crescent      
X Baltimore Checkerspot 6/22/2017 Ingham Williamston Twp Park
X Question Mark 6/2/2017 Mackinac East Lake Road
X Eastern Comma 3/24/2017 Ingham Fenner Nature Center
  Satyr Comma      
X Green Comma 5/15/2017 Chippewa Forest Road - 3344
  Hoary Comma - extirpated ??      
X Gray Comma 5/15/2017 Chippewa Forest Road - 3344
  Compton Tortiseshell      
  California Tortiseshell - stray      
X Mourning Cloak 4/2/2017 Gratiot Gratiot/Saginaw SGA
X Milbert's Tortiseshell 6/2/2017 Chippewa H-40
X American Lady 5/13/2017 Newaygo Newaygo Prarie Plant Preserve
X Painted Lady 7/30/2017 Ingham Williamston Twp Park
X Red Admiral 4/14/2017 Ingham MSU Campus
X Common Buckeye 7/30/2017 Ingham Bunker Road Preserve
X Red-spotted Purple 5/28/2017 Clinton Rose Lake WMA
         L.a. arthemis      
         L.a. astyanax      
X Viceroy 5/29/2017 Van Buren Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery
  Goatweed Leafwing - stray      
  Hackberry Emperor      
X Tawny Emperor 7/29/2017 Monroe Petersburg SGA
X Northern Pearly Eye 6/25/2017 Washtenaw Waterloo SRA
X Eyed Brown 6/6/2017 Hillsdale Lost Nations SGA
X Appalachian Brown 6/24/2017 Gratiot Gratiot/Saginaw SGA
X Mitchell's Satyr 7/8/2017 Jackson Grand River Fen
X Little Wood Satyr 5/28/2017 Clinton Rose Lake WMA
X Common Ringlet 5/28/2017 Ingham Dansville SGA
X Common Wood Nymph 6/22/2017 Ingham Williamston Twp Park
  Red-disked Alpine      
  Macoun's Arctic      
  Chryxus Arctic      
X Jutta Arctic 6/2/2017 Chippewa Forest Road - 3141
  Hesperiidae      
X Silver-spotted Skipper 5/10/2017 Ingham Dansville SGA
  Long-tailed Skipper - stray      
  Hoary Edge      
X Southern Cloudywing 5/29/2017 Barry Barry SGA
X Northern Cloudywing 5/29/2017 Barry Barry SGA
X Dreamy Duskywing 5/7/2017 Washtenaw Waterloo SRA
X Sleepy Duskywing 5/7/2017 Washtenaw Waterloo SRA
X Juvenal's Duskywing 5/1/2017 Gratiot Gratiot/Saginaw SGA
X Horace's Duskywing 7/29/2017 Monroe Petersburg SGA
  Mottled Duskywing      
  Funereal Duskywing - stray      
  Columbine Duskywing      
X Wild Indigo Duskywing 5/3/2017 Ingham Riverbend Natural Area
  Perius Duskywing      
  Grizzled Skipper      
X Common Checkered Skipper 5/11/2017 Ingham My back yard
X Common Sootywing 5/22/2017 Eaton Davis Hwy Conservation Area
X Arctic Skipper 5/27/2017 Isabella N. Winn Road
  Swarthy Skipper - stray      
X Least Skipper 5/28/2017 Ingham Dansville SGA
X Powershiek Skipperling 7/4/2017

X European Skipper 6/20/2017 Ingham MSU Campus
X Fiery Skipper 10/8/2017 Gratiot Maple River SGA
  Common Branded Skipper      
  Ottoe Skipper      
X Leonard's Skipper 8/13/2017 Clare Garfield Rd / Cedar Rd.
X Cobweb Skipper 5/13/2017 Osceola Ford Road
X Indian Skipper 5/27/2017 Isabella N. Winn Road
X Peck's Skipper 6/6/2017 Hillsdale Lost Nations SGA
X Tawny-edged Skipper 6/6/2017 Monroe Petersburg SGA
X Crossline Skipper 6/20/2017 Ingham MSU Campus
X Long Dash 5/27/2017 Isabella N. Winn Road
X Northern Broken Dash 7/1/2017 Montcalm Feck Road
X Little Glassywing 6/24/2017 Gratiot Gratiot/Saginaw SGA
  Sachem - stray      
X Delaware Skipper 6/24/2017 Gratiot Gratiot/Saginaw SGA
X Mulberry Wing 6/24/2017 Gratiot Gratiot/Saginaw SGA
X Hobomok Skipper 5/27/2017 Isabella N. Winn Road
X Zabulon Skipper - stray 8/12/2017 Branch Rotary Park - Coldwater
X Broad-winged Skipper 7/1/2017 Gratiot Gratiot/Saginaw SGA
X Dion Skipper 6/24/2017 Gratiot Gratiot/Saginaw SGA
  Duke's Skipper      
X Black Dash 6/24/2017 Gratiot Gratiot/Saginaw SGA
  Two-spotted Skipper      
X Dun Skipper 7/1/2017 Montcalm Feck Road
X Dusted Skipper 5/13/2017 Newaygo 6199 Popular Ave. 
  Pepper & Salt Skipper      
X Common Roadside Skipper 5/15/2017 Chippewa Forest Road - 3344
  Eufala Skipper - stray      
  Ocola Skipper - stray      

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 Keeps Rolling Along

Wow! I can't believe I have not posted anything since June 20. Sorry for the lack of effort.
This year has been incredible. Many hours in the field, miles on the car and more miles on foot. But it has been worth it. In July, I participated in a survey for Mitchell's Satyr in Jackson County, Michigan. We had 23 individuals! A great butterfly.
The years current total is 97 species. A personal best in Michigan for me. There are enough species left that I have not seen this year to make it to 100. Getting to 100 this year was not what I was looking to do. I planned on going for a 100 butterfly year after I retired (about 4yrs away), but it may happen sooner.

Mitchell's Satyr - Neonympha mitchellii
 2017-7-8
Jackson County, Michigan










Gray Comma - Polygonia progne2017-8-9
Clinton County, Michigan
Rose Lake WMA

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Great Butterflies in 2017

What a great year so far! I was given directions to a Jutta (Balder's) Arctic location in Michigan's upper peninsula. So I made a trip to the UP in early June to look for this specie. I found the arctic on June 3, 2017 in a Black Spruce / Tamarack bog on Fs 3141 - Thanks Todd Jones. It took about an hour before one came flying by. It finally landed about 5 minutes later and posed for pictures. An excellent lifer butterfly. 
Today, June 20, while at work, I saw a few Crossline Skippers and European Skippers. These marked my 61st and 62nd species for the year in Michigan. The Crossline Skippers were new to Ingham County for me. Many more skippers should be appearing in the next week.

Jutta Arctic - Oeneis jutta ascerta
June 3, 2017
Chippewa County, Michigan

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Chippewa County May 15,2017

On May 15, my son David and I took a day trip to Chippewa County, Michigan looking for butterflies. Our main target was Henry's Elfin which we failed to locate. We did however come across
4 species of elfins. We had Eastern Pine Elfin, Western Pine Elfin, Brown Elfin and Hoary Elfin. We had 10 species of butterflies for the day. We concentrated our time along Forest road 3344. The weather was perfect; high around 75 and little to no wind.

Western Pine Elfin - Incisalia eryphon
May 15, 2017
 Chippewa County, Michigan
South Wilwin Road
Michigan Life #117









Hoary Elfin - Incisalia polia
May 15, 2017
Chippewa County, Michigan
Forest Road 3344











Brown Elfin - Incisalia augustinus
May 15, 2017
Chippewa County, Michigan
Forest Road 3344

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Moving Along in 2017

After a couple of days in the mid 60's, butterflies are becoming more prevalent.
On May 10, I went to Dansville SGA in Ingham County. A great place for all things outdoors.
Ran up a nice list of early May butterflies. Fourteen species were recorded.
Best sighting for the day was an Eastern Pine Elfin. This is only my second sighting for Ingham County. The elfin was in approximately the same location as the previous sighting. I had missed it
here the last couple of years.
Also in the days list were Eastern Tiger, Spicebush and Black Swallowtail. Also had FOY (first of year) American Copper and Silver-spotted Skipper.


Eastern Pine Elfin
Dansville SGA
5/10/2017