Butterfly sighting

May 15 2015

SWBA field trip

Location: Bauer-Brockway Barrens and vicinity
Jackson County

This was a SWBA field trip scheduled for May 17 but rainy forecast caused it to be rescheduled for Friday, May 15. 8 people participated. We searched for butterflies for binocular viewing and photography for about 6.5 hours. This is the earliest (by a few days) that we have done the trip. We found 168 butterflies of 14 species. In the 9 years we have done this trip, this was the lowest number of Elfin species and 2nd lowest number of species. Probably the recent cold spell has delayed flight periods? It was great fun nonetheless. We did watch a Persius Duskywing lay an egg on lupine for the second year on this trip!

Harvester (photo by Sylvia Edlebeck)

Harvester (photo by Sylvia Edlebeck)

Cobweb Skipper (photo by Dan Sonnenberg)

Cobweb Skipper (photo by Dan Sonnenberg)

Persius Duskywing  (photo by Dan Sonnenberg)

Persius Duskywing (photo by Dan Sonnenberg)

Gorgone Checkerspot (photo by Sylvia Edlebeck)

Gorgone Checkerspot (photo by Sylvia Edlebeck)

Eastern Pine Elfin (photo by Pam Campbell)

Eastern Pine Elfin (photo by Pam Campbell)

butterfly watching

butterfly watching

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle (photo by Pam Campbell)

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle (photo by Pam Campbell)

Eastern Whip-poor-will (photo by Pam Campbell)

Eastern Whip-poor-will (photo by Pam Campbell)

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (photo by Pam Campbell)

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (photo by Pam Campbell)

Persius Duskywing egg

Persius Duskywing egg