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Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:39:48 -0400
From: Howard Hoople <howard.hoople...>
Subject: [MassLep] How Long Do Butterflies Live?


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Adult butterflies don=E2=80=99t usually live very long. Although some speci=
es can live as long as 11 months, most have much shorter lifespans.

I=E2=80=99ve seen some Common Buckeyes at the Lightning Tree/Sanborn reserv=
ation in Andover over the past several weeks. There were a lot of them at t=
his location last year, but this year the most that I=E2=80=99ve seen at an=
y one time was three. So I=E2=80=99m not sure how many have been there this=
year, although I=E2=80=99m pretty sure it=E2=80=99s fewer than last year.

One of the Common Buckeyes I saw this year on 8/30 was in good condition, e=
xcept that it had a significantly damaged left front wing. I=E2=80=99ve see=
n the same individual several times since then, identifying it by that uniq=
ue damage. Most recently, I saw it in the same spot on 9/26, considerably m=
ore worn, but it still looks like the same individual to me. I was there ye=
sterday (9/27) and didn=E2=80=99t see it, so it may have finished its run. =
But I=E2=80=99ll keep looking.

It=E2=80=99s fun to look for butterflies in perfect condition. But the old,=
battered veterans are a lot of fun, too. They=E2=80=99re the survivors. He=
re=E2=80=99s the photo of it that I took on 8/30: https://flic.kr/p/2jM5NyU=
. And there are three adjacent photos that were taken on 9/10, 9/18 and 9/=
26!

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"">Adult butterflies don=E2=
=80=99t usually live very long. Although some species can live as long as 1=
1 months, most have much shorter lifespans.<div class=3D""><br class=3D""><=
/div><div class=3D"">I=E2=80=99ve seen some Common Buckeyes at the Lightnin=
g Tree/Sanborn reservation in Andover over the past several weeks. There we=
re a lot of them at this location last year, but this year the most that I=
=E2=80=99ve seen at any one time was three. So I=E2=80=99m not sure how man=
y have been there this year, although I=E2=80=99m pretty sure it=E2=80=99s =
fewer &nbsp;than last year.</div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div =
class=3D"">One of the Common Buckeyes I saw this year on 8/30 was in good c=
ondition, except that it had a significantly damaged left front wing. I=E2=
=80=99ve seen the same individual several times since then, identifying it =
by that unique damage. Most recently, I saw it in the same spot on 9/26, co=
nsiderably more worn, but it still looks like the same individual to me. I =
was there yesterday (9/27) and didn=E2=80=99t see it, so it may have finish=
ed its run. But I=E2=80=99ll keep looking.</div><div class=3D""><br class=
=3D""></div><div class=3D"">It=E2=80=99s fun to look for butterflies in per=
fect condition. But the old, battered veterans are a lot of fun, too. They=
=E2=80=99re the survivors. Here=E2=80=99s the photo of it that I took on 8/=
30: <a href=3D"https://flic.kr/p/2jM5NyU" class=3D"">https://flic.kr/p/2jM5=
NyU</a> . And there are three adjacent photos that were taken on 9/10, 9/18=
and 9/26!</div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">Howard=
</div><div class=3D""><i style=3D"color: rgb(77, 115, 243); font-family: Ar=
ial; font-size: 14px; orphans: 2; widows: 2;" class=3D""><br class=3D""></i=
></div><div class=3D""><i style=3D"color: rgb(77, 115, 243); font-family: A=
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class=3D"">Andover MA</i></font></div></div><div class=3D""><font color=3D=
"#4d73f3" face=3D"Arial" class=3D""><i style=3D"font-size: 14px;" class=3D"=
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