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Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2019 02:20:21 +0000 (UTC)
From: 'Wendy Howes' via MassLep <masslep...>
Subject: [MassLep] High Ridge WMA, Westminster 7/25

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Although I had no takers for the field trip scheduled for this MassWildlife=
area in Westminster on 7/25, I had nestbox monitoring responsibilities tha=
t could keep me busy there, so I looked for butterflies and checked nestbox=
es in the fields along the Old East Gardner Road section. The fields we ver=
y overgrown due to a new policy of mid-August mowing of all fields. The mai=
n nectar source was Common Milkweed; there wasn't much of anything else. I =
didn't wade into the high-grass fields.
On a 7/24 walk off Coldbrook Road in the Ware River Watershed in Barre--a w=
alk not specifically devoted to butterflies--I saw many butterflies but did=
n't keep a count. Species included good numbers of Monarchs, E. Tiger Swall=
owtails, Common Wood Nymphs, and Pearl Crescents; some Dun Skippers and Lit=
tle Wood-Satyrs; and at least 2 Northern Pearly-Eyes. Encouraged by the eme=
rgence of so many Leps, I was expecting more at High Ridge and was a bit di=
sappointed, except for the high Monarch turnout.

11 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail1 Great Spangled Fritillary1 Cabbage White5 Clo=
uded Sulphur1 Orange Sulphur52 Monarch3 American Copper18 common Wood Nymph=
2 Pearl Crescent1 Little Wood-Satyr1 unidentified hairstreak flying in part=
ly-shaded woods
Wendy HowesHardwick

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<div><span style=3D"font-size: 13.3333px;">Although I had no takers for the=
field trip scheduled for this MassWildlife area in Westminster on 7/25, I =
had nestbox monitoring responsibilities that could keep me busy there, so I=
looked for butterflies and checked nestboxes in the fields along the Old E=
ast Gardner Road section. The fields we very overgrown due to a new policy =
of mid-August mowing of all fields. The main nectar source was Common Milkw=
eed; there wasn't much of anything else. I didn't wade into the high-grass =
fields.</span>
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<div style=3D"font-size: 13.3333px;">On a 7/24 walk off Coldbrook Road in t=
he Ware River Watershed in Barre--a walk not specifically devoted to butter=
flies--I saw many butterflies but didn't keep a count. Species included goo=
d numbers of Monarchs, E. Tiger Swallowtails, Common Wood Nymphs, and Pearl=
Crescents; some Dun Skippers and Little Wood-Satyrs; and at least 2 Northe=
rn Pearly-Eyes. Encouraged by the emergence of so many Leps, I was expectin=
g more at High Ridge and was a bit disappointed, except for the high Monarc=
h turnout.<br>

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<div>11 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail</div>

<div>1 Great Spangled Fritillary</div>
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<div style=3D"font-size: 13.3333px;">1 Cabbage White</div>

<div style=3D"font-size: 13.3333px;">5 Clouded Sulphur</div>

<div style=3D"font-size: 13.3333px;">1 Orange Sulphur</div>

<div style=3D"font-size: 13.3333px;">52 Monarch</div>

<div style=3D"font-size: 13.3333px;">3 American Copper</div>

<div style=3D"font-size: 13.3333px;">18 common Wood Nymph</div>

<div style=3D"font-size: 13.3333px;">2 Pearl Crescent</div>

<div style=3D"font-size: 13.3333px;">1 Little Wood-Satyr</div>

<div style=3D"font-size: 13.3333px;">1 unidentified hairstreak flying in pa=
rtly-shaded woods</div>

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<div style=3D"font-size: 13.3333px;">Wendy Howes</div>

<div style=3D"font-size: 13.3333px;">Hardwick</div>

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