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June 17-23, 2012
Omaha, Nebraska

Red Admiral

Backyard butterfly weekly list.  Number indicates the number of days sighted.  Names in bold represent new sightings for the year.

Butterflies:

Cabbage White(4)
Red Admiral(2)
Monarch(2)
Question Mark(1)
Painted Lady(1)

Skippers:

Sachem(4)

Moderate butterfly activity in the yard last week.  Monarchs returned to the list for the first time in five weeks.  I am also starting to see more butterflies during the week, after I get home from work.  This means they are feeding into the late afternoon, early evening hours, after most of the yard has gone into shade.  Unfortunately, I didn't have a lot of opportunities for photos.  Yesterday we had rain in the morning and high winds in the afternoon, but I did manage to get a picture of the Red Admiral(Vanessa atalanta) pictured above the fold.

Sachems are becoming abundant and they are starting to perform their mating rituals. There is seldom a time when they are not seen in the yard.   This brings me to some housekeeping.  I have revised last week's ID of a Crossline Skipper to a male Sachem.  I don't really know how I missed it as almost every Skipper I have trouble identifying turns out to be a Sachem.  I have not recorded a Crossline skipper yet this year.

So, what are you seeing in your area?

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