Sunday, April 5, 2009

Butterfly Survey

Today I completed the first of my butterfly surveys of the year. This survey is done on my property and covers a 1.5 mile walking loop. The survey covers many habitats including gardens (native and ornamental), deciduous forests, jack pine stands, fallow farm field, and little blue stem fields.

Spring Azure:

Today, I found three species on the survey. While not conducting the survey, I saw an additional species, Cabbage White (Pieris rapae). Here are the results from the survey:

Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)-6
Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)-12
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)-2

Eastern Comma:

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