Sunday, 1 May 2011

Butterfly Report January 1, 2011 to April 30, 2011

John Poland has become keen on observing and recording species of butterflies in the Kingston area, and has even put together a "Pictorial Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of the Kingston Region".  The KFN is keeping records of butterflies and dragonflies along with the copious records of birds.  John sends this report of butterfly sightings since the first of the year:

Butterfly Report  1 January to 30 April 2011

The first butterflies that  were reported this year were seen on the trails at Skycroft by the Opinicon Road on 12 April. These were the Eastern and Grey Commas, Compton’s Tortoiseshell and Mourning Cloak which are all overwintering species. These four butterflies have been seen since at several locations especially in woodland on the shield but also in Kingston.  The first non wintering adult butterfly to be seen was a Cabbage White on 23 April. During the last week several new species have been seen but only the Spring Azure has been seen in any numbers. New butterflies that have been reported from the Cataraqui Trail off the Perth Road, trails along the Opinicon Road and the Helen Quilliam Sanctuary are Mustard White, West Virginia White, Olympia Marble, Eastern Pine Elfin, Henry’s Elfin, American Lady and Spring Azure.

John Poland

                                           Olympia Marble

                                                       Photo: R. Burke

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