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Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2019 00:53:38 -0400
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MassLep] Amherst Buckeye etc.


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Howdy leppers,

I came home on Wednesday afternoon to a mid-sized, strongly marked butterfl=
y in our garden in east Amherst. It had two big eyespots under its hindwing=
, so my first thought was American Lady. Then it flexed its wings, and I re=
alized that it had just been severely backlit, and the eyespots were actual=
ly on the *upperside* of the wings. I had just worked out, which always add=
les my brain a bit, so it took me a minute to figure out what I was seeing:=
Common Buckeye! First one ever for our yard, and I think only the second I=
=E2=80=99ve ever seen in western MA (the other being one that Tom Gagnon po=
inted out to me near Arcadia MAS a few years ago). Very active, I couldn=E2=
=80=99t get a photo of it. May have been 3-4 individuals, or just one that =
was really active and kept appearing in different corners of our front and =
side yard=E2=80=A6.

Earlier on Wednesday, I had some time to kill in Pelham while my car was ge=
tting some maintenance, and there was a couple of milkweed clumps outside. =
In the second patch found and photographed at least four different Monarch =
caterpillars, the first I=E2=80=99ve seen this year. All four were small, b=
ut all different sizes, making me wonder if they were different ages or if =
the bigger ones were just better fed. Looked at home, but all I could find =
on our own milkweed was a dead one, speared on the proboscis of some sort o=
f predatory hemipteran which was carrying it around.

Also spent a little time in the Hadley Honeypot. Was looking for a bird whi=
ch did not cooperate, but did notice that there seemed to be a Monarch in s=
ight almost any time I looked around.

A definite uptick in overall lep activity around our yard Wednesday and Thu=
rsday. A summary:

Tiger Swallowtail 1-2 (the usual fly-bys)
Spicebush Swallowtail 1 (nectaring in our big 2-species Monarda/Bee Balm pa=
tch)
Cabbage White, lots (at least 4 in sight simultaneously more than once, nec=
taring on the spearmint, attacking our neighbors=E2=80=99 kale, etc.)
no lycaenids of any sort
Common Buckeye 1+ (seen both Wednesday afternoon and Thursday)
American Lady 1 (nectaring on the spearmint)
Monarch 1+ (adult, flying through)
GS Fritillary (nectaring on Common Milkweed)
dull little brown grass-skippers, lots (maybe Broken-Dash? Or Dun? Or Glass=
ywing? Most in our side-yard annual wildflower meadow)
Silver-spotted Skipper 2+ (one very worn, another much fresher)
Wild Indigo Duskywing 1 (not 100% on the ID, but it was in the immediate vi=
cinity of the Baptisia that my wife planted about a year and a half ago)
Common Sootywing 1 (nectaring on the spearmint; this species always seems t=
o show up when the mint blooms)
Hummingbird Clearwing 1 ((nectaring on the Monarda on Thursday)
Snowberry Clearwing 1 (nectaring on Wednesday near the Monarda, but actuall=
y seemed to be visiting blooms of my wife=E2=80=99s numerous Valerian plant=
s)

Cheers,

Josh




Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA

Webmaster, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/

Northeast Chapter, Dragonfly Society of the Americas
https://bryanpfeiffer.com/nedsa/

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pace; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space;" class=3D""><div class=3D"">Ho=
wdy leppers,</div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">I ca=
me home on Wednesday afternoon to a mid-sized, strongly marked butterfly in=
our garden in east Amherst. It had two big eyespots under its hindwing, so=
my first thought was American Lady. Then it flexed its wings, and I realiz=
ed that it had just been severely backlit, and the eyespots were actually o=
n the *upperside* of the wings. I had just worked out, which always addles =
my brain a bit, so it took me a minute to figure out what I was seeing: Com=
mon Buckeye! First one ever for our yard, and I think only the second I=E2=
=80=99ve ever seen in western MA (the other being one that Tom Gagnon point=
ed out to me near Arcadia MAS a few years ago). Very active, I couldn=E2=80=
=99t get a photo of it. May have been 3-4 individuals, or just one that was=
really active and kept appearing in different corners of our front and sid=
e yard=E2=80=A6.</div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">=
Earlier on Wednesday, I had some time to kill in Pelham while my car was ge=
tting some maintenance, and there was a couple of milkweed clumps outside. =
In the second patch found and photographed at least four different Monarch =
caterpillars, the first I=E2=80=99ve seen this year. All four were small, b=
ut all different sizes, making me wonder if they were different ages or if =
the bigger ones were just better fed. Looked at home, but all I could find =
on our own milkweed was a dead one, speared on the proboscis of some sort o=
f predatory hemipteran which was carrying it around.</div><div class=3D""><=
br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">Also spent a little time in the Hadley =
Honeypot. Was looking for a bird which did not cooperate, but did notice th=
at there seemed to be a Monarch in sight almost any time I looked around.</=
div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">A definite uptick =
in overall lep activity around our yard Wednesday and Thursday. A summary:<=
/div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">Tiger Swallowtail=
1-2 (the usual fly-bys)</div><div class=3D"">Spicebush Swallowtail 1 (nect=
aring in our big 2-species Monarda/Bee Balm patch)</div><div class=3D"">Cab=
bage White, lots (at least 4 in sight simultaneously more than once, nectar=
ing on the spearmint, attacking our neighbors=E2=80=99 kale, etc.)</div><di=
v class=3D"">no lycaenids of any sort</div><div class=3D"">Common Buckeye 1=
+ (seen both Wednesday afternoon and Thursday)</div><div class=3D"">America=
n Lady 1 (nectaring on the spearmint)</div><div class=3D"">Monarch 1+ (adul=
t, flying through)</div><div class=3D"">GS Fritillary (nectaring on Common =
Milkweed)</div><div class=3D"">dull little brown grass-skippers, lots (mayb=
e Broken-Dash? Or Dun? Or Glassywing? Most in our side-yard annual wildflow=
er meadow)</div><div class=3D"">Silver-spotted Skipper 2+ (one very worn, a=
nother much fresher)</div><div class=3D"">Wild Indigo Duskywing 1 (not 100%=
on the ID, but it was in the immediate vicinity of the Baptisia that my wi=
fe planted about a year and a half ago)</div><div class=3D"">Common Sootywi=
ng 1 (nectaring on the spearmint; this species always seems to show up when=
the mint blooms)</div><div class=3D"">Hummingbird Clearwing 1 ((nectaring =
on the Monarda on Thursday)</div><div class=3D"">Snowberry Clearwing 1 (nec=
taring on Wednesday near the Monarda, but actually seemed to be visiting bl=
ooms of my wife=E2=80=99s numerous Valerian plants)</div><div class=3D""><b=
r class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">Cheers,</div><div class=3D""><br class=
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