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Date: Sun, 7 Jul 2019 22:33:26 -0400
From: Howard Hoople <howard.hoople...>
Subject: [MassLep] Horn Pond Mountain 7/7/2019


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I visited Horn Pond Mountain today ( Sunday, 7/7/2019, from ~ 11 am - 2pm. =
Sunny, mid-70=E2=80=99s). Not quite following my own advice, I did have my =
camera ready to go, but was also eating a sandwich as I left the parking ar=
ea and started on the non-paved trail at the bottom of the hill. Right at t=
hat point, a Common Buckeye accosted me. It kept flying in short bursts, th=
en landed =E2=80=9Cfacing=E2=80=9D me. With one hand managing the sandwich =
and the other the camera, I did get photos - several with it facing me, and=
then finally I was able to work around it and get a more traditional pictu=
re of it with the head at the top of the photo instead of the bottom. When =
I got home I was interested in how different the two photos - of the same b=
utterfly in the same spot - were. Here=E2=80=99s the one with its head =E2=
=80=9Cfacing=E2=80=9D me, i.e. with its head down: https://flic.kr/p/2gtE5M=
Q <https://flic.kr/p/2gtE5MQ> , and here it is when I got on the other side=
of it (ie with its head up): https://flic.kr/p/2gtEoQj <https://flic.kr/p/=
2gtEoQj> . With the head facing down, the eyespots on the hindwings are sor=
t of=E2=80=A6 malevolent looking? And with the head up, the butterfly looks=
more like a ... member of a circus?

Anyway, NJ Tea was abundant and in full bloom in typical spots for it at th=
e base of the hill and on the north slope. But NJ Tea in its typical locati=
on on top of the hill was only vigorous in one area (a 4=E2=80=99 x 8=E2=80=
=99 patch in full bloom https://flic.kr/p/2gtE5NB <https://flic.kr/p/2gtE5N=
B> ). Other typical areas on top had weak plants that were either weakly bl=
ooming or not at all. That at least raises the question of whether heavy tr=
affic in recent years has damaged the NJ Tea there.

I did see some hairstreaks in the NJ Tea on top of HPM, but not in any of t=
he vigorously blooming NJ Tea at the base or slope on the the north side of=
the hill. Other nectar sources on the north slope, that have typically bee=
n good locations for hairstreaks in late June/ early July, were in full blo=
om (Dogbane https://flic.kr/p/2gtEoNk <https://flic.kr/p/2gtEoNk> , Meadows=
weet https://flic.kr/p/2gtEoMU <https://flic.kr/p/2gtEoMU> , and Wood Lilie=
s https://flic.kr/p/2gtE5Ng <https://flic.kr/p/2gtE5Ng> ). I didn=E2=80=99t=
see any hairstreaks or other butterflies on any of these plants, either.

So in summary, there was a reasonable amount of nectar, and good conditions=
, but not the profusion of hairstreaks that I=E2=80=99m accustomed to seein=
g there at this time of year. Which of course, raises the question of wheth=
er typical numbers are going to be showing up late, or not at all.

Here=E2=80=99s the list for the two hours I was there=E2=80=A6

1 Common Buckeye
1 Tiger Swallowtail sp.
1 Duskywing sp. (very beaten up)
2 American Coppers
2 Summer Azures
3 Edwards=E2=80=99 Hairstreaks https://flic.kr/p/2gtEoQE <https://flic.kr/p=
/2gtEoQE>=20
1 Banded Hairstreak
1 Southern Cloudywing
1 Orange Sulphur

Howard

Howard Hoople
Andover MA


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=3Dutf-8"></head><body style=3D"word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: s=
pace; line-break: after-white-space;" class=3D"">I visited Horn Pond Mounta=
in today ( Sunday, 7/7/2019, from ~ 11 am - 2pm. Sunny, mid-70=E2=80=99s). =
Not quite following my own advice, I did have my camera ready to go, but wa=
s also eating a sandwich as I left the parking area and started on the non-=
paved trail at the bottom of the hill. Right at that point, a Common Buckey=
e accosted me. It kept flying in short bursts, then landed =E2=80=9Cfacing=
=E2=80=9D me. With one hand managing the sandwich and the other the camera,=
I did get photos - several with it facing me, and then finally I was able =
to work around it and get a more traditional picture of it with the head at=
the top of the photo instead of the bottom. When I got home I was interest=
ed in how different the two photos - of the same butterfly in the same spot=
- were. Here=E2=80=99s the one with its head =E2=80=9Cfacing=E2=80=9D me, =
i.e. with its head down: <a href=3D"https://flic.kr/p/2gtE5MQ" class=3D"">h=
ttps://flic.kr/p/2gtE5MQ</a>&nbsp;, and here it is when I got on the other =
side of it (ie with its head up): <a href=3D"https://flic.kr/p/2gtEoQj" cla=
ss=3D"">https://flic.kr/p/2gtEoQj</a>&nbsp;. With the head facing down, the=
eyespots on the hindwings are sort of=E2=80=A6 malevolent looking? And wit=
h the head up, the butterfly looks more like a ... member of a circus?<div =
class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">Anyway, NJ Tea was abundant=
and in full bloom in typical spots for it at the base of the hill and on t=
he north slope. But NJ Tea in its typical location on top of the hill was o=
nly vigorous in one area (a 4=E2=80=99 x 8=E2=80=99 patch in full bloom <a =
href=3D"https://flic.kr/p/2gtE5NB" class=3D"">https://flic.kr/p/2gtE5NB</a>=
). Other typical areas on top had weak plants that were either weakly bloo=
ming or not at all. That at least raises the question of whether heavy traf=
fic in recent years has damaged the NJ Tea there.</div><div class=3D""><br =
class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">I did see some hairstreaks in the NJ Tea o=
n top of HPM, but not in any of the vigorously blooming NJ Tea at the base =
or slope on the the north side of the hill. Other nectar sources on the nor=
th slope, that have typically been good locations for hairstreaks in late J=
une/ early July, were in full bloom (Dogbane <a href=3D"https://flic.kr/p/2=
gtEoNk" class=3D"">https://flic.kr/p/2gtEoNk</a>&nbsp;, Meadowsweet <a href=
=3D"https://flic.kr/p/2gtEoMU" class=3D"">https://flic.kr/p/2gtEoMU</a>&nbs=
p;, and Wood Lilies <a href=3D"https://flic.kr/p/2gtE5Ng" class=3D"">https:=
//flic.kr/p/2gtE5Ng</a>&nbsp;). I didn=E2=80=99t see any hairstreaks or oth=
er butterflies on any of these plants, either.</div><div class=3D""><br cla=
ss=3D""></div><div class=3D"">So in summary, there was a reasonable amount =
of nectar, and good conditions, but not the profusion of hairstreaks that I=
=E2=80=99m accustomed to seeing there at this time of year. Which of course=
, raises the question of whether typical numbers are going to be showing up=
late, or not at all.</div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=
=3D"">Here=E2=80=99s the list for the two hours I was there=E2=80=A6</div><=
div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">1 Common Buckeye</div><=
div class=3D"">1 Tiger Swallowtail sp.</div><div class=3D"">1 Duskywing sp.=
(very beaten up)</div><div class=3D"">2 American Coppers</div><div class=
=3D"">2 Summer Azures</div><div class=3D"">3 Edwards=E2=80=99 Hairstreaks <=
a href=3D"https://flic.kr/p/2gtEoQE" class=3D"">https://flic.kr/p/2gtEoQE</=
a>&nbsp;</div><div class=3D"">1 Banded Hairstreak</div><div class=3D"">1 So=
uthern Cloudywing</div><div class=3D"">1 Orange Sulphur</div><div class=3D"=
"><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">Howard</div><div class=3D""><br clas=
s=3D""></div><div class=3D""><div class=3D""><span style=3D"orphans: 2; wid=
ows: 2; font-size: 14px;" class=3D""><font class=3D"Apple-style-span" color=
=3D"#4D73F3" face=3D"Arial"><i class=3D"">Howard Hoople</i></font></span></=
div><div class=3D""><div style=3D"orphans: 2; widows: 2;" class=3D""><font =
color=3D"#4d73f3" face=3D"Arial" class=3D""><i style=3D"font-size: 14px;" c=
lass=3D"">Andover MA</i></font></div></div></div><div class=3D""><font colo=
r=3D"#4d73f3" face=3D"Arial" class=3D""><i style=3D"font-size: 14px;" class=
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