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Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:19:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: Serge Matheny <pretzellogic555...>
Subject: [MassLep] The Painted Lady and Red Admiral Invasion at Long Pasture Audubon Sanctuary/Barnstable/Cape Cod

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Hello, everyone,

I noticed some people observing large concentrations of Painted Lady's and
Red Admirals. I observed the same phenomenon today at Long Pasture during
one of my censuses. Every field was invaded by PL's. I couldn't believe it.
They were foraging on every possible wildflower, including goldenrod, wild
aster, Joe Pye weed, clover, thistle, and Mountain mint. A high count of 41
individuals were seen predominately in one patch of goldenrod at one census
location. This same patch had 8 very fresh Red Admirals also foraging, and
giving very close looks, paying me little mind at all!!

What a great finale to another butterfly census season! It sure got a slow
start for me, but ended with a bang! I'm suspecting these butterflies were
blown in by the recent tropical storm Jose, although folks in Westport
observed them flying against the predominate north/ne winds we've had....

Serge Matheny

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<div dir=3D"ltr">Hello, everyone,<div><br></div><div>I noticed some people =
observing large concentrations of Painted Lady&#39;s and Red Admirals. I ob=
served the same phenomenon today at Long Pasture during one of my censuses.=
Every field was invaded by PL&#39;s. I couldn&#39;t believe it. They were =
foraging on every possible wildflower, including goldenrod, wild aster, Joe=
Pye weed, clover, thistle, and Mountain mint. A high count of 41 individua=
ls were seen predominately in one patch of goldenrod at one census location=
. This same patch had 8 very fresh Red Admirals also foraging, and giving v=
ery close looks, paying me little mind at all!!</div><div><br></div><div>Wh=
at a great finale to another butterfly census season! It sure got a slow st=
art for me, but ended with a bang! I&#39;m suspecting these butterflies wer=
e blown in by the recent tropical storm Jose, although folks in Westport ob=
served them flying against the predominate north/ne winds we&#39;ve had....=
</div><div><br></div><div>Serge Matheny</div></div>

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