Got out yesterday (23rd) in an attempt to selvage the Aug.
butterfly statistics but it's slow going.
White sp. - several
Sulphur sp, incl. orange sulphurs - several
C. Ringlets - many
Monarch - l female nectaring on goldenrod and white asters. In area
entire hour I was there, but was fresh and alone!
Crescent sp - several
C. Wood Nymph - 1
Frit sp flybys - 2
N. Pearly Eyed - 1
BUT did also ID my first probable Lance Tipped Darner
dragonfly. I had long, close up views and drew
pictures. When I got back to check my book, I was not able to id it
immediately as I believe it was the yellow form, female which is not
pictured. The ID marks that struck me immediately were the yellow
lateral thorax lines, the markings on the segments, the LONG, leaf like
cerci, and the amber colored wings with larger, rectangle stigma
marks. The eyes and body were brown, no eye color as in D thru
B. Is there a website where I might find other pictures of
this species? This species was seen near a wetland area
clinging to a 'gone to seed' parsnip plant about eye level.
Many large dragonflies (darners?) were flying yesterday, mostly high and
Also located a tenacious song sparrow feeding young!
Charlie & Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, Vermont