I've only recently become interested in butterflies, so my field
experience with the subspecific forms you mention is thus far very
limited. But it sounds like an interesting genetics problem. The
individual wood-nymph I mentioned, which I netted and observed in the
hand, would appear to fall into the ssp. ochraceae camp-- it had a
distinctly light yellowish patch, no dark red or orange tones. The
location was definitely Champlain lowlands; I will send more specific info
regarding quad and GPS location.
On Mon, 22 Jul 2002, Grkovich, Alex wrote:
> You might describe the "Common Wood Nymphs" more fully. There are at least
> three distinct taxa involved in central/northern New England:
> Ssp. nephele (Northern Wood Nymph)- dark, large, no FW light patch.
> Ssp. maritima (Maritime Wood nymph) - dark, orange to orange-red FW patch.
> Ssp. ochraceae - Ochre (?) Wood Nymph - the patch is lighter, more
> yellowish. Occurs in southern New England but might be found in the
> Champlain lowlands.
> I don't think these should be ignored or overlooked; they're an important
> part of the science. Just because they're largely (or wholly ignored) in the
> most recent guides doesn't mean they do not exist or that they're all of a
> sudden unimportant. The occurrence of these forms should be well-documented
> across the state, in my opinion.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Scott W. Morrical [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Friday, July 19, 2002 3:51 PM
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> > Subject: Baltimore & others, S. Burlington
> > And it came to pass in the reign of George II that a great cloudy
> > darkness was upon the land, and of butterflies there were none. Then one
> > day the sun emerged and shone upon the land, and lo, the butterflies
> > appeared and there was great rejoicing!
> > The following seen along trail network SE of Dorset Park (Swift x Spear
> > Sts.), South Burlington, today, 7/19/02. This site is an interesting mix
> > of dry & wet fields, small creeks, and mixed woodlands, which bears
> > further scrutiny for both leps and birds. Part of this area is
> > scheduled to be developed into the Vermont Community Botanical Gardens; at
> > least better than more condos and hockey rinks.
> > Cabbage White (many)
> > Clouded Sulfur (10+)
> > Eastern Tailed Blue (2)
> > Baltimore Checkerspot (1) -- will survey this area more thoroughly for
> > turtlehead on a future visit
> > Northern/Pearl Crescent (5+)
> > Great Spangled Fritillary (3)
> > Question Mark (1)
> > Common Wood Nymph (10+)
> > Eyed Brown (1)
> > Little Wood-Satyr (1)
> > Silver-spotted Skipper (1)
> > European Skipper (3)
> > Tawny-edged Skipper (2)
> > Also had an immature Mourning Warbler at this site today.
> > Scott
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