The Occasional Newsletter of the Vermont Butterfly Survey
September 2005
Vol. 4 No. 2

Here's another issue of CHRYSALIS, an irregular 
e-mail newsletter about the Vermont Butterfly 
Survey. You're getting this because you have 
signed on as a VBS volunteer. If you'd rather not 
receive this newsletter, please reply to this 
e-mail and asked to be removed from the mailing 
list. Thanks for joining the survey.

Kent McFarland


1. Data Delivery
2. Have You Left VBS?
3. Tracking VBS Volunteer Time Helps with Funding
4. Vermont’s First Common Checkered-skipper Found
5. Web Page Pick – Vermont Entomological Society

It is that time of year to box your data and mail 
it into the VBS office.  The sooner we get it, 
the sooner it is in the database. And this year 
it is more critical than ever that we get it all 
in the database quickly so we can assess our 
block coverage and create a game plan for the 
last field season in 2006. Thanks to all of you for your hard work!

If you don’t think you’ll be able to do any more 
survey work, PLEASE take a few minutes to gather 
and return any of your unused voucher cards and 
glassine envelopes. We need them back. You can mail them to:

Kent McFarland
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
27023 Church Hill Road
Woodstock, VT 05091


The State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program provides 
federal dollars to every state to support 
conservation aimed at preventing fish and 
wildlife populations from declining and avoiding 
potential listing under state or federal 
Endangered Species Acts. Congress created the 
program in 2001. Funds appropriated under the 
State Wildlife Grants program are allocated to 
the states according to a formula that takes into 
account each state's size and population. The 
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is responsible 
for the administration of SWG funds in Vermont.

A major portion of VBS funding is through a State 
Wildlife Grant. This is federal funding annually 
appropriated to each state for non-game wildlife 
research and conservation. This grant is a 3:1 
matching grant. In other words, we have to 
provide one dollar for every three federal 
dollars. The matching portion can be private 
grants and donations or in-kind donations such as 
the volunteer work that you do for this project.

For this upcoming field season we provided a form 
for each person to track their volunteer time to 
help us meet our match. You received this in your 
participant packet in April.  PLEASE send in this 
form with your data so we can meet our match.

In order to make the best use of the State 
Wildlife Grants program, Congress charged each 
state and territory with developing a statewide 
Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy 
(CWCS). These strategies will provide an 
essential foundation for the future of wildlife 
conservation and a stimulus to engage the states, 
federal agencies and other conservation partners 
to strategically think about their individual and 
coordinated roles in prioritizing conservation 
efforts in each state and territory.

VBS has contributed key butterfly information to 
this plan to help determine which species are of 
concern. The plan is finished and can be read at
Reported by Kevin “sweet nectar” Hemeon, Vermont Butterfly Survey volunteer

With news of Common Checkered-Skipper flying in 
good numbers in New York, only about 50 miles 
from the Vermont border, I grabbed the net and 
headed for a favorite butterflying spot in Pownal on August 25.

After 6 p.m., and after coming up empty for the 
day, I had given up hope. The only skippers I'd 
seen were Pecks Skipper, Least Skipper, and maybe 
a Tawny-edged Skipper. There would be no 
Checkered-Skipper today. Or would there?

Before getting into the truck for the drive home, 
I took one more look back over the field. 
Something different was flying. It looked almost 
gray in the distance and flew like an Duskywing 
species. I got close enough to see it was indeed a Common Checkered.

Then it flew... and flew... and flew. I chased it 
around the field four or five times, losing it in 
the poor light and growing shadows. I lost it one 
more time and couldn't relocate it.  Muttering to 
myself, Theyll never believe this, I headed for 
the truck, dejected. Then it flew once more. It 
fluttered about briefly and landed on a red 
clover. Trying desperately to keep my shadow from 
passing over this tiny butterfly, I got close 
enough for a swing. And before the sun would 
sent, I landed Vermont's first Common Checkered-Skipper.
The Vermont Entomological Society is hub of 
insect activity in the Green Mountain State. 
Founded 1993, VES is open to anyone interested in 
insects (and other invertebrates). Members range 
from casual insect watchers to amateur and 
professional entomologists. They welcome members 
of all ages, abilities and interests.
VES is dedicated to the study, conservation, and 
appreciation of invertebrates. They sponsor 
selected research, workshops and field trips for 
the public, including children. VES publishes a 
quarterly newsletter that features insect events 
and field trips, as well as general contributions 
from members or other entomologists.

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Vermont Butterfly Survey
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
2723 Church Hill Rd.
Woodstock, Vermont 05091
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