Field Notes
8/1/09-12/31/09


2009 was another mediocre year for migrating Monarchs.  The highest reported total was 62 individuals reported on October 11th. With the notable exception of Sachems, relatively few southern immigrants were reported this year. Only three Cloudless Sulphurs were reported, on August 6th, August 25th and September 23rd, respectively.  A single Little Yellow was reported on September 13th and a single Common Checkered Skipper was reported on August 5th.  Fiery Skipper was first reported on August 26th, and continued to be reported in small numbers through September 26th.  Ocola Skipper and Long-tailed Skipper were not reported at all in 2009.  Sachems, however, were first reported on July 27th and continued to be reported near the coast in good numbers during the reporting period, with the last individual being reported on October 31st.  For the second year in a row, Red-banded Hairstreaks were reported from an inland locality, Naugatuck. Coral Hairstreak was reported on the extraordinarily late date of September 25th.   

Please note that caps indicate the first record posted for the year and italics indicate the last.

8/1-  Cabbage White (1), WHITE M HAIRSTREAK (1), Summer Azure (1), Wild Indigo Duskywing (60+), Peck’s Skipper (2), Tawny-edged Skipper (1) (PD- Naugatuck Industrial Park, Naugatuck); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Red-spotted Purple (1) (CL, GL- Branford)

8/5-  COMMON CHECKERED SKIPPER (1) (PD- Lockwood Farm, Hamden)  

8/6-  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (2), CLOUDLESS SULPHUR (1), Monarch (2) (RM- Milford) 

8/7-  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Spicebush Swallowtail (1), Summer Azure (1), Eastern Comma (3), Red-spotted Purple (2), Monarch (1), Silver-spotted Skipper (1), Peck’s Skipper (2), Little Glassywing (2) (DL- Branford); Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (1) (JL- Enfield Senior Center, Enfield)

8/10-Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail (2), Cabbage White, Monarch (1), Peck’s Skipper, Broad-winged Skipper, Moths: Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (RZ- Newington); Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (1) (JL- Enfield Senior Center, Enfield)

8/11-Summer Azure (1) (RZ- Newington)

8/12-Striped Hairstreak (1) (HG- Old Lyme)  

8/14-Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, Eastern Tailed Blue, Summer Azure, Great Spangled Fritillary, Pearl Crescent, Anglewing sp., American Lady, Appalachian Brown, Little Wood-Satyr, Common Ringlet, Common Wood Nymph, Monarch, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Peck’s Skipper, Northern Broken Dash, Zabulon Skipper, Dun Skipper (RC- Salem); Zabulon Skipper (1), Moths: Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, Snowberry Clearwing Moth (2) (JL- Enfield Senior Center, Enfield)  

8/15-Moths: Snowberry Clearwing Moth (1) (JL- Enfield Senior Center, Enfield); AMERICAN SNOUT (1), TAWNY EMPEROR (1) (LB- Chaffinch Island Park, Guilford)  

8/16-Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Spicebush Swallowtail (2) (caterpillar), Monarch (1) (egg), Silver-spotted Skipper (1), Peck’s Skipper (2), Tawny-edged Skipper (1) (DA- Chester); American Snout (1), Hackberry Emperor (1) (JP- Chaffinch Island Park, Guilford)

8/17- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Great Spangled Fritillary (3), American Lady, Monarch, Silver-spotted Skipper, Least Skipper (2), Peck’s Skipper (4), Tawny-edged Skipper (8), Zabulon Skipper (1), Broad-winged Skipper (20), Moths: Snowberry Clearwing Moth (1) (JL- Enfield Senior Center, Enfield); Zabulon Skipper (1) (HG- Old Lyme)

8/18- Black Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Summer Azure, American Lady, Red-spotted Purple, Tawny Emperor (1), Monarch, Silver-spotted Skipper, Peck’s Skipper (numerous), Tawny-edged Skipper, Zabulon Skipper, Broad-winged Skipper, Dun Skipper, Moths: Drexel’s Dantana (20) (caterpillars) (HG- Old Lyme)  

8/20- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Spicebush Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Great Spangled Fritillary, Pearl Crescent, Eastern Comma, Viceroy, Common Ringlet, Common Wood Nymph, Monarch, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Least Skipper, Peck’s Skipper, Zabulon Skipper, Dun Skipper (MN, RZ- Walden Preserve, Salem); American Copper (1), Silver-spotted Skipper (3), Peck’s Skipper (1) (DA- Haddam Public Library, Haddam); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Monarch (3) (DA- Haddam Meadows St. Park, Haddam)
 
8/22- Cabbage White (3), Clouded Sulphur (1), Orange Sulphur (1), Sulphur sp. (2), Eastern Tailed Blue (10, Pearl Crescent (2), Monarch (3), Least Skipper (2), Peck’s Skipper (9), Tawny-edged Skipper (2), Broad-winged Skipper (20) (LB, MOB- CBA Field Trip, Jared Elliot Preserve, Guilford); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (1), Cabbage White (2), American Snout (5+), Question Mark (1), Hackberry Emperor (1) (LB, MOB- CBA Field Trip- Chaffinch Island Park, Guilford); Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (2), Cabbage White (2), Red-spotted Purple (1), Silver-spotted Skipper (4), Peck’s Skipper (1), Tawny-edged Skipper (2), Broad-winged Skipper (3) (LB, MOB- CBA Field trip, Van Wilgen’s Nursery, North Branford)        

8/24- Least Skipper, Peck’s Skipper, Tawny-edged Skipper, Zabulon Skipper, Dun Skipper (DB- Salem); Cabbage White (3), Orange Sulphur (2), American Copper (1), White M Hairstreak (?) (1), Gray Hairstreak (2), Eastern Tailed-Blue (5+), Viceroy (1), Wild Indigo Duskywing (15) (PD- Naugatuck Industrial Park, Naugatuck)         

8/25- Orange Sulphur (numerous), Eastern Tailed-Blue (numerous), Harvester (1) (RC- Walden Preserve, Salem); Black Swallowtail (1), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (2), Cabbage White (3), Summer Azure (2), American Snout (7+), Question Mark (1), Hackberry Emperor (3-4), Monarch (1), Zabulon Skipper (1), Broad-winged Skipper (1) (PD- Chaffinch Island Park, Guilford); Cloudless Sulphur (1) (FM- Longview Rd., Westport)  

8/26- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (2), Cabbage White (numerous), Anglewing sp. (1), Monarch (a few), Silver-spotted Skipper (1), FIERY SKIPPER (1), Peck’s Skipper (1), Broad-winged Skipper (1), Moths: Milkweed Tussock Moth (caterpillar) (1) (DA- Westport); Pipevine Swallowtail (1) (caterpillar), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (2), Great Spangled Fritillary (1), Monarch (1), Silver-spotted Skipper (1) (DA- Chester) 

8/27- Cabbage White (2), Clouded Sulphur (2), Monarch (1), Red-spotted Purple (1), Silver-spotted Skipper (1), Least Skipper (4), Peck’s Skipper (3), Tawny-edged Skipper (2), Zabulon Skipper (2), Dun Skipper (3) (DB- Salem)

8/30- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Gray Hairstreak, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Great Spangled Fritillary, Pearl Crescent, Baltimore Checkerspot (caterpillars), Red-spotted Purple, Viceroy, Common Ringlet, Common Wood Nynph, Monarch, Silver-spotted Skipper, Least Skipper, Peck’s Skipper, Tawny-edged Skipper (PS- Macricostas Preserve, Washington)
 
9/1- Gray Hairstreak (1) (HG- Old Lyme)

9/2-  American Snout (1), Painted Lady (1) (HG- Old Lyme)

9/3-  Red-banded Hairstreak (1) (PD- Naugatuck) 

9/5-  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Dark Swallowtail sp., Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, American Copper, Gray Hairstreak, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Summer Azure, Great Spangled Fritillary, Pearl Crescent, American Lady, Painted Lady, Common Buckeye, Common Wood Nymph, Monarch, Least Skipper, LEONARD’S SKIPPER, Peck’s Skipper, Little Glassywing, Sachem, Zabulon Skipper, Broad-winged Skipper, Dun Skipper (RC, MOB- CBA Field Trip, Haley Farms St. Park, Groton); Spicebush Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, American Copper, Gray Hairstreak, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Silver-bordered Fritillary (1), Pearl Crescent, Peck’s Skipper, Dun Skipper (HG- Lyme); Cabbage White (2), Clouded Sulphur (3), Orange Sulphur (2), Red-banded Hairstreak (1), Hairstreak sp. (1), Eastern Tailed-Blue (5), Peck’s Skipper (1) (PD- Naugatuck Industrial Park, Naugatuck); American Snout (1) (Bo Zaremba- Sylvan Nursery, Westport)

9/7 -  Red-banded Hairstreak (1), Red-spotted Purple (2) (LB- Valley Service Road, North Haven) 

9/13- LITTLE YELLOW (1) (LB- Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven); Leonard’s Skipper (3) (LB- Vinny’s Nursery, Wallingford) 

9/14- White M Hairstreak (1), American Snout (1) (MN- Harkness St. Park, Waterford) 

9/18- Cabbage White ( a few), Clouded Sulphur ( a few), Orange Sulphur ( a few), American Copper (1), Great Spangled Fritillary (1), Pearl Crescent ( a few), Eastern Comma (2), Monarch (1) (Machimoodus St. Park, East Haddam) 

9/19- Spicebush Swallowtail (1), Cabbage White, Viceroy, Monarch (RZ- Grace Church, Newington); Monarch (10) (RC- Hammonassett St. Park, Madison)

9/20- Monarch (26) (RC- Hammonassett St. Park, Madison); Zabulon Skipper (1) (LB- Lighthouse Point St. Park, New Haven)

9/21- PIPEVINE SWALLOWTAIL (1), Clouded Sulphur (1), Great Spangled Fritillary (2), Monarch (1) (DA- Chester)  

9/22- Sachem (4) (CS, SS- Milford) 

9/23- Cloudless Sulphur (1) (RE- Lighthouse Point St. Park, New Haven)

9/24- Gray Hairstreak (1) (DB- Salem)

9/25- Coral Hairstreak (1) (GH- Naugatuck St. Forest, Naugatuck)
 
9/26- Eastern Tailed-Blue (1), Variegated Fritillary (1), Pearl Crescent (1), Silver-spotted Skipper (1), Wild Indigo Duskywing (1), Fiery Skipper (3), Broad-winged Skipper (1) (LB- Lighthouse Point St. Park, New Haven) 

9/30- Sachem (2) (CS, SS- Milford)

10/5- Cabbage White (3+), Clouded Sulphur (8+), American Lady (1), Painted Lady, Monarch (numerous) (JH, A. Block- Lighthouse Point St. Park, New Haven)

10/8- Cabbage White (5+), Clouded Sulphur (6), Red Admiral (1), Common Buckeye (1), Monarch (12+) (A. Block- Sherwood Island State Park, Westport)

10/11-Cabbage White (1), Eastern Comma (1), Viceroy (1) (PD- Naugatuck Industrial Park, Naugatuck); Eastern Comma (PD- Naugatuck); Cabbage White, Orange Sulphur (numerous), Red Admiral (1), Viceroy (3), Monarch (62) (B. Webster- Stratford)

10/20- Monarch (5) (CL, GL- Lighthouse Point St. Park, New Haven); Eastern Comma (1), Monarch (1) (CL, GL- Chaffinch Island Park, Guilford); Monarch (1) Hammonassett St. Park, Madison); Eastern Comma (1) (FM- McKinney Refuge, Stratford); Monarch ( a few) (FM- Long Beach, Stratford); Black Swallowtail (1), Cabbage White ( a few), Clouded Sulphur ( a few), Monarch (1) (FM- Stratford Point, Stratford)

10/25-Cabbage White (3), Clouded Sulphur (10), Orange Sulphur (4), Fritillary sp., Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Monarch, Sachem (?) (Frederick Bouchard- Lighthouse Point St. Park, New Haven)

10/29-Clouded Sulphur (2), Orange Sulphur (4), Question Mark (1), Monarch (1) (A. Block- Hammonassett St. Park, Madison)

10/31-Sachem (1) (BB, GH- Hammonassett St. Park, Madison); Orange Sulphur (7), Painted Lady (1) (LB- Lighthouse Point St. Park, New Haven)

11/7- American Lady (1) (MN- Children’s Museum, Niantic)

11/8- Eastern Comma (1) (PD- Naugatuck Industrial Park, Naugatuck); Clouded Sulphur (3), Eastern Comma (2) (DB- Salem)

11/20- Monarch (1) (PC- Guilford)

11/22- Clouded Sulphur (2) (RZ- Fort Saybrook Monument Park, Old Saybrook)

Contributors: DA- Diane Adams, DB- David Bingham, BB- Bill Banks, LB- Lenny Brown, PC- Peggy Carter, RC- Rich Chyinski, PD- Peter DeGennaro, RE- Richard English, HG- Hank Golet, GH- Greg Hanisek, JH- Joan Hill, JL- Janet PaPointe, CL- Carol Lemmon, GL- Gary Lemmon, DL- Donna Lorello, FM- Frank Mantlik, RM- Robert Muller, MN- Maryann Nazarchyk, JP- John Paton, CS- Charla Spector, SS- Steve Spector, PS- Peary Stafford, RZ- Roy Zartarian
 


 
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