Rutland County Audubon undertook its seventeenth annual
“July 4” West
Ten participants took to the field at 9:00 a.m. on a clear but humid morning with a temperature reading of 68° F. By the time the day was over for the last participant about 3:30 p.m., the temperature was hovering around 87° F.
The 35 species tallied was in fact equal to the average over the past 16 years while the individual tally was some 116 short of the average. Looking over the species diversity and numbers, the highs and the lows over the past 16 years, it would appear to this observer that there is neither constancy nor predictability although the counts were undertaken in the same areas and almost the same calendar date. One variable seems to be the maturity and the passage of the season and that of the plant growth.
It was nice to record two Dion Skippers, among “the sweet
Here is the list: [For the most part we did not attempt
to differentiate between
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (1), Tiger Swallowtail sp. (2), Cabbage White (33), Clouded Sulphur (101), Bronze Copper (2), Coral Hairstreak (1), Acadian Hairstreak (1), Eastern Tailed-Blue (26), Great Spangled Fritillary (27), Aphrodite Fritillary (14), Atlantis Fritillary (4), Meadow Fritillary (172), Crescent sp. (34), Baltimore Checkerspot (3), Question Mark (2), Eastern Comma (2), Painted Lady (1), Red Admiral (6), White Admiral (2), Viceroy (2), Eyed Brown (13), Common Ringlet (5), Common Wood Nymph (12), Monarch (23), Least Skipper (5), European Skipper (60), Indian Skipper (1), Peck’s Skipper (4), Tawny-edged Skipper (1), Long Dash (3), Northern Broken-Dash (7), Little Glassywing (23), Dun Skipper (4), Dion Skipper (2). Total individuals, (600). Total species, (35).