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
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
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 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 W. Morrical, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor of Biochemistry
> Department of Biochemistry
> University of Vermont College of Medicine
> Burlington, VT 05405 U.S.A.
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