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Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 03:15:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: Lauren Miller-Donnelly <laurenisquax...>
Subject: [MassLep] Westport and Allens Pond

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Hello everyone, I spent the majority of my day down at the coast yesterday
(9/23/17). I want to make sure these emigrating butterflies are recorded. I
am so interested in this!

The morning started with a Painted Lady flying with the migrating birds at
Gooseberry at dawn. We saw several Monarchs flying against the wicked
north winds also and one Red Admiral, also.

Later in the day I conducted my Monarch tagging program and we had loads of
Monarchs! The grassland was littered with them I estimate to be over 100.
Later there were painted ladies coming off the water ALL DAY! Some
Monarchs also. We encountered 2 Zabulon Skippers and 1 Red-banded skipper
on the trail. There were at least 20 Painted Ladies along the way and we
tagged 20 Monarchs (5 reared). We also collected several 5th instar cats.
I am doing a tiny experiment and I am keeping caterpillars raised from egg
stage separate from caterpillars found at stage 4 or 5 instar to compare
success rates (I have already had a Monarch in 4th star i found in the wild
that just withered and died right away). I am finding some egg-collected
cats even have parasites, I have had two failed chyrsalis as the evil larva
eats the chrysalis from the inside. One chrysalis had one larva the other
had 2. I think they were flies, & I squished them.


I was at Horseneck State Preservation from 3PM to 4:30 and over 10 Painted
Ladies landed on shor while i was walking. 2 Monarchs off the water at
least 5 flying west to east along the coast.

Lasty two years ago when the common checkered skipper was seen in
Northhampton I saw the same species in the Community Garden in Dartmouth on
the same day, so keep your eyes pealed. I am headed there today.

Lauren Miller-Donnelly
Westport, MA

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<div dir=3D"ltr">Hello everyone, I spent the majority of my day down at the=
coast yesterday (9/23/17). I want to make sure these emigrating butterflie=
s are recorded. I am so interested in this!<div><br></div><div>The morning =
started with a Painted Lady flying with the migrating birds at Gooseberry a=
t dawn. =C2=A0We saw several Monarchs flying against the wicked north winds=
also and one Red Admiral, also.=C2=A0</div><div><br></div><div>Later in th=
e day I conducted my Monarch tagging program and we had loads of Monarchs! =
=C2=A0The grassland was littered with them I estimate to be over 100. =C2=
=A0Later there were painted ladies coming off the water ALL DAY! =C2=A0 Som=
e Monarchs also. =C2=A0We encountered 2 Zabulon Skippers and 1 Red-banded s=
kipper on the trail. =C2=A0There were at least 20 Painted Ladies along the =
way and we tagged 20 Monarchs (5 reared). =C2=A0We also collected several 5=
th instar cats. I am doing a tiny experiment and I am keeping caterpillars =
raised from egg stage separate from caterpillars found at stage 4 or 5 inst=
ar to compare success rates (I have already had a Monarch in 4th star i fou=
nd in the wild that just withered and died right away). =C2=A0I am finding =
some egg-collected cats even have parasites, I have had two failed chyrsali=
s as the evil larva eats the chrysalis from the inside. =C2=A0One chrysalis=
had one larva the other had 2. =C2=A0I think they were flies, &amp; I squi=
shed them. =C2=A0 =C2=A0</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>=C2=A0I wa=
s at Horseneck State Preservation from 3PM to 4:30 and over 10 Painted Ladi=
es landed on shor while i was walking. 2 Monarchs off the water at least 5 =
flying west to east along the coast. =C2=A0</div><div><br></div><div>Lasty =
two years ago when the common checkered skipper was seen in Northhampton I =
saw the same species in the Community Garden in Dartmouth on the same day, =
so keep your eyes pealed. I am headed there today. =C2=A0</div><div><br></d=
iv><div>Lauren Miller-Donnelly</div><div>Westport, MA</div><div><br></div><=
/div>

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