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June 17-23, 2012
Backyard butterfly weekly list. Number indicates the number of days sighted. Names in bold represent new sightings for the year.
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?