Monday, 13 June 2011

Butterfly Report 16 May to 5 June, 2011

In the last report I mentioned that it was hoped to see three rare Hairstreaks that have previously been sighted in the Kingston area. I am happy to report that the Gray Hairstreak has been seen a Frontenac Park, on the Cataraqui trail east of Perth Road village and at Menzel park just outside our area. Also the Juniper Hairstreak which was not seen last year within the 50 km radius of Kingston has been seen north of Odessa and at Parrots Bay Conservation area. The Early Hairstreak remains elusive though some were seen north of Ottawa.
      There have been reports of quite a number of new arrivals since the last update. They include Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, Question Mark, Meadow Fritillary, Monarch, Viceroy, Northern Cloudywing, American Copper, Common Ringlet and Little Wood Satyr. The Skippers have also started to be observed. To date the Hobomok, Arctic, Common Roadside and Indian Skippers have been reported.
      The other main news is the sudden and unexpected arrival of Giant Swallowtails. Several have been seen in the last few days all the way from Chaffeys Locks to Roblin but surprising not from Prince Edward Point, the only location where they were observed last year.  

John Poland 

                                               Juniper Hairstreak
Photo:  John Poland

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