Why look at butterflies? Because of the thrill of IDing something
new, that I haven't ever noticed before! Today it was my first
Silvery Blue and Harvester.
Thank you, Kent, for your visit and information to the Arlington area last Fri. I suspect several other than myself are new to butterflying, so I hope you take time to continually pass along information to the list - like where to look for the Angelwings (woods), and the fact that food source and availability for instars will affect the size of the adult (larger later in the season)...
I saw several 'blues' today. Since these are subject to special studies, how many vouchers might you suggest? (I just re-read your note saying '6-10 specimens would be ideal, from any one location on any one date'). How might we list the whites, sulphurs and azures for quanity? For instance, in the field I surveyed today I counted 13 blue butterflies. I netted 5 (2 in one shot!). 2 were Silvery Blues and the rest Spring Azures ( altho one that I collected has distinctive spots on the upper hind wing similar to what is shown for Cherry Gall Azure (plate 23/6). Since I was unable to specifically ID many of the distant flyers, how do I list them for quanity? Same is true for sulphurs, and whites......???
I discovered I still have voucher cards from last year (4854-74) - shall I discard?
If any others of you did not get a checklist of known VT Butterflies with Flight Periods, etc., request one. It's most helpful for us first-timers.
Lastly, thanks for the info on your 'field' camera. I have promptly misplaced it and the order info. Could you post it for a suggestion for all of us - esp. since you have done all the leg work and field testing.