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Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 11:04:10 -0400
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MassLep] Hadley (Conte) Thursday, Amherst skip yesterday


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Howdy folks,

Walked the dog yesterday morning near our home in Amherst, by Amethyst Broo=
k Conservation Area. We crossed paths with an orange grass-skipper that was=
basking alongside Allen Mill Road. Based on my photos of its open wings, i=
Naturalist suggested Zabulon. Does this seem right to folks? I was unable t=
o get an underwing view.=20
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/93547817 <https://www.inaturalist.=
org/observations/93547817>=20

On Thursday, roughly 12:15 to 1:30, my wife, son, and I took the dog around=
the Fort River Trail in our local division of Silvio O. Conte NWR, on Mood=
y Bridge Road in Hadley. Butterfly activity there was the most that I=E2=80=
=99d seen in weeks. Mosquito activity was also pretty high along the northe=
rn section of the loop, the part that runs through the floodplain forest an=
d along the river, so has the most shade and least breeze. Probably not coi=
ncidentally, the trail was underwater in at least two locations. Butterflie=
s were overwhelmingly in the big meadow around the parking lot; exceptions =
noted below.

Monarch - double-digit totals, including three on a single Joe-Pie-Weed inf=
lorescence.=20
Pearl Crescent - most abundant species, even more so than Monarchs; mostly =
in the big meadow but a few scattered along other parts of the trail=20
European Cabbage White - several but not as many as the above two
sulphurs - mostly seen from a distance, and all in flight, so not sure whic=
h species=20
unidentified skippers - a few near the first bend in the trail, before the =
fork; seemed brown rather than orange, and on the large side.=20
Viceroy - 1-2
Azure sp. - fluttering in a small sunny patch along the most mosquito-infes=
ted stretch of the aforementioned northern section of trail
ETB - on the trail in the most open section of the southern rim, right wher=
e the service road from the NWR HQ intersects it

Nearly as many species of butterfly (8) as bird (10).=20
https://ebird.org/checklist/S94079573 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S9407957=
3>=20

Also 5+ species of odonates:=20
Green Darner (Anax junius) - several, mostly in the big meadow by the parki=
ng lot
Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) - 1 male near the parking area, 2+ femal=
es scattered around the loop=20
Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum) - immature or female on the railing n=
ear the trail=E2=80=99s fork=20
2+ other meadowhawks, probably but not definitely the same species, near t=
he turtle & frog pond=20
Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) - 1, hanging in the sumacs along the =
open section of the trail=E2=80=99s northern rim
spreadwing damselflies (Lestes sp.) - a few on the frog & turtle pond, too =
far away to even dream of a species ID, and one next to the observation dec=
k facing the eastern meadow which I was at least able to photograph:=20
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/93438725 <https://www.inaturalist.=
org/observations/93438725>=20

Plus a few Locust Borers (the black-and-yellow longhorn beetle with a great=
fondness for goldenrod flowers), and 4 Painted Turtles.

Cheers,

Josh



Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
https://www.facebook.com/opihi

Vice-president, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/

Northeast Chapter head, Dragonfly Society of the Americas
https://www.dragonflysocietyamericas.org/northeastdsa

Citizen science pages:
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/opihiman
https://ebird.org/profile/MTk1MTQw/US-MA=20



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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""><div class=3D"">Howdy folk=
s,</div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">Walked the dog=
yesterday morning near our home in Amherst, by Amethyst Brook Conservation=
Area. We crossed paths with an orange grass-skipper that was basking along=
side Allen Mill Road. Based on my photos of its open wings, iNaturalist sug=
gested Zabulon. Does this seem right to folks? I was unable to get an under=
wing view.&nbsp;</div><div class=3D""><a href=3D"https://www.inaturalist.or=
g/observations/93547817" class=3D"">https://www.inaturalist.org/observation=
s/93547817</a>&nbsp;</div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=
=3D"">On Thursday, roughly 12:15 to 1:30, my wife, son, and I took the dog =
around the Fort River Trail in our local division of Silvio O. Conte NWR, o=
n Moody Bridge Road in Hadley. Butterfly activity there was the most that I=
=E2=80=99d seen in weeks. Mosquito activity was also pretty high along the =
northern section of the loop, the part that runs through the floodplain for=
est and along the river, so has the most shade and least breeze. Probably n=
ot coincidentally, the trail was underwater in at least two locations. Butt=
erflies were overwhelmingly in the big meadow around the parking lot; excep=
tions noted below.</div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"=
">Monarch - double-digit totals, including three on a single Joe-Pie-Weed i=
nflorescence.&nbsp;</div><div class=3D"">Pearl Crescent - most abundant spe=
cies, even more so than Monarchs; mostly in the big meadow but a few scatte=
red along other parts of the trail&nbsp;</div><div class=3D"">European Cabb=
age White - several but not as many as the above two</div><div class=3D"">s=
ulphurs - mostly seen from a distance, and all in flight, so not sure which=
species&nbsp;</div><div class=3D"">unidentified skippers - a few near the =
first bend in the trail, before the fork; seemed brown rather than orange, =
and on the large side.&nbsp;</div><div class=3D"">Viceroy - 1-2</div><div c=
lass=3D"">Azure sp. - fluttering in a small sunny patch along the most mosq=
uito-infested stretch of the aforementioned northern section of trail</div>=
<div class=3D"">ETB - on the trail in the most open section of the southern=
rim, right where the service road from the NWR HQ intersects it</div><div =
class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">Nearly as many species of b=
utterfly (8) as bird (10).&nbsp;</div><div class=3D""><a href=3D"https://eb=
ird.org/checklist/S94079573" class=3D"">https://ebird.org/checklist/S940795=
73</a>&nbsp;</div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">Also=
5+ species of odonates:&nbsp;</div><div class=3D"">Green Darner (Anax juni=
us) - several, mostly in the big meadow by the parking lot</div><div class=
=3D"">Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) - 1 male near the parking area, 2+=
females scattered around the loop&nbsp;</div><div class=3D"">Autumn Meadow=
hawk (Sympetrum vicinum) - immature or female on the railing near the trail=
=E2=80=99s fork&nbsp;</div><div class=3D""><span class=3D"Apple-tab-span" s=
tyle=3D"white-space:pre"> </span>2+ other meadowhawks, probably but not def=
initely the same species, near the turtle &amp; frog pond&nbsp;</div><div c=
lass=3D"">Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) - 1, hanging in the sumacs =
along the open section of the trail=E2=80=99s northern rim</div><div class=
=3D"">spreadwing damselflies (Lestes sp.) - a few on the frog &amp; turtle =
pond, too far away to even dream of a species ID, and one next to the obser=
vation deck facing the eastern meadow which I was at least able to photogra=
ph:&nbsp;</div><div class=3D""><a href=3D"https://www.inaturalist.org/obser=
vations/93438725" class=3D"">https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/93438=
725</a>&nbsp;</div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">Plu=
s a few Locust Borers (the black-and-yellow longhorn beetle with a great fo=
ndness for goldenrod flowers), and 4 Painted Turtles.</div><div class=3D"">=
<br class=3D""></div><div class=3D"">Cheers,</div><div class=3D""><br class=
=3D""></div><div class=3D"">Josh</div><div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div>=
<div class=3D""><br class=3D""></div><br class=3D""><div class=3D"">
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e-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-al=
ign: start; text-indent: 0px;">Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.<br class=3D"">Amherst,=
MA</div><div style=3D"color: rgb(0, 0, 0); letter-spacing: normal; text-tr=
ansform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-=
width: 0px; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px;"><a href=3D"https://www.fa=
cebook.com/opihi" class=3D"">https://www.facebook.com/opihi</a><br class=3D=
""></div><div style=3D"color: rgb(0, 0, 0); letter-spacing: normal; text-tr=
ansform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-=
width: 0px; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px;"><br class=3D""></div><div=
style=3D"color: rgb(0, 0, 0); letter-spacing: normal; text-transform: none=
; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; t=
ext-align: start; text-indent: 0px;">Vice-president, Hampshire Bird Club</d=
iv><div style=3D"color: rgb(0, 0, 0); letter-spacing: normal; text-transfor=
m: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width:=
0px; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px;"><a href=3D"https://hampshirebir=
dclub.org/" class=3D"">https://hampshirebirdclub.org/</a></div><div style=
=3D"color: rgb(0, 0, 0); letter-spacing: normal; text-transform: none; whit=
e-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-al=
ign: start; text-indent: 0px;"><br class=3D""></div><div style=3D"color: rg=
b(0, 0, 0); letter-spacing: normal; text-transform: none; white-space: norm=
al; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-align: start; t=
ext-indent: 0px;">Northeast Chapter head, Dragonfly Society of&nbsp;the Ame=
ricas</div><div style=3D"color: rgb(0, 0, 0); letter-spacing: normal; text-=
transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-strok=
e-width: 0px; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px;"><a href=3D"https://www.=
dragonflysocietyamericas.org/northeastdsa" class=3D"">https://www.dragonfly=
societyamericas.org/northeastdsa</a></div><div style=3D"color: rgb(0, 0, 0)=
; letter-spacing: normal; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-s=
pacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-align: start; text-indent=
: 0px;"><br class=3D""></div><div style=3D"color: rgb(0, 0, 0); letter-spac=
ing: normal; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; =
-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px;">Citiz=
en science pages:</div><div style=3D"color: rgb(0, 0, 0); letter-spacing: n=
ormal; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webki=
t-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px;"><a href=3D"=
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399" class=3D"">http://bugguide.net/user/vie=
w/2399</a></div><div style=3D"text-align: start; text-indent: 0px;"><a href=
=3D"https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/opihiman" class=3D"">https://w=
ww.inaturalist.org/observations/opihiman</a></div><div style=3D"text-align:=
start; text-indent: 0px;"><a href=3D"https://ebird.org/profile/MTk1MTQw/US=
-MA" class=3D"">https://ebird.org/profile/MTk1MTQw/US-MA</a>&nbsp;</div><di=
v style=3D"text-align: start; text-indent: 0px;"><br class=3D""></div></div=
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