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Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2019 19:16:18 -0400
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MassLep] Have butterflies gone extinct?

Today I took a butterflier from Indiana around to see a few spots within
his time constraints.

We started at Horn Pond Mt. hoping to find some hairstreaks and were
there from 9:15am to 10:35am in 80 degree sunny weather and saw:

NOTHING - Not a single butterfly and we looked at all the normal places.
There are a few locations of NJ Tea but no takers.

Our second stop was Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester where in 88 degree
sunny weather from 12:30 to 2pm we did see a few butterflies:

Spicebush Swallowtail - 2 (one could hardly fly as it had a malformed wing)

Cabbage White - 3

Little Wood Satyr - 1

Silver-spotted Skipper - 2

Hoary Edge - 2 (still fresh looking)

Hobomok Skipper - 1

Little Glassywing - 1

The lack of butterflies is real this year. Therefore, we need more
reports to MassLep and the Facebook page to encourage us to get out
there in the field.

Steve Moore

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