Hi Kevin,  Very much enjoyed your 'autobiography' in the recent VES 
newsletter.  Thanks for sharing your life history and your 
butterfly/dragonfly, etc pursuits.

My first of season monarch 'hatchling' (what do you call it???) has 
just flown off on this lovely summer day.  Unfortunately did not 
catch whether it was m of f... but it's safely emerged from its 5th 
stage instar when collected - 14 days from chrysalis.

ruth stewart
e dorset

At 09:23 AM 8/14/2010, you wrote:
>As a matter of curiosity, I wanted to make a request. I am wondering 
>about the status of the Checkered Skippers that were found towards 
>the end of the survey period. They were first found in 05, then 
>refound in 07 more commonly and widespread. Seen again in 08. I 
>haven't heard any reports since and as the sightings were end of 
>August into Sept. it is soon time to look. I am just curious as to 
>whether they have continued to move north, whether they are more 
>common where they have been found previous, whether they are even 
>still around. Look in alfalfa or straw fields. There is a creeping 
>mallow I believe they use. Hay fields don't usually have this plant 
>as it is biennial and gets chocked out by the grass in a hay field. 
>It flies like a duskywing and appears grayish. It moves fast, 
>aggressively chases anything and is difficult to get close to. I saw 
>them in Tamarac NY a couple of years ago at a dairy farm. This isn't 
>in VT but, is very close. The big thing was, there were a couple of 
>fields that were crawling with them. This seems to be more than just 
>a vagrant flying in. It would be nice to watch and document.a 
>current northward expansion in progress.

E. Dorset, Vermont