48 species of butterflies was the number at the dinner tally after an all day (July 11th) butterfly count that covered Westchester NY. A few weeks ago, I received a call asking if I was interested in participating in the Westchester butterfly count and I promised I would help out. It was a great opportunity to work alongside an impressive list of naturalists, that included folks like, Guy Tudor, Jeffery Glassberg, Rick Cech, Rich Kelly, Steve Finn and Don Riepe all, who participated in the count.
My team got off to a slow start, due to the lack of butterflies at some of our assigned locations, which was attributed to all the rain we had. However, as the day progressed, we began picking up some nice target species in Acadian Hairstreak, Delaware Skipper and Baltimore Checkerspot.
I had a terrific time soaking up as much as I could learning from some of the best naturalists, who were not only identifying butterflies, but plants and insects as well. By the end of the day I was able to call out a few species (the easy ones) on my own.
It was a long day with many teams covering many assigned locations. While my team were hot and tired at the end of it all we came out felling pretty good about our numbers. I will update this post with the report, once the data is made available to me.
Tags: Westchester Butterfly Count, butterfly, Baltimore Checkerspot, Acadian Hairstreak