Butterfly Encounter 2016

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

The counts are complete and the results will be posted on Monday. Once again, Cabbage White butterflies topped the list followed by Silver Spotted Skipper at #2. The surprise #3 was Great Spangled Fritillary with 22 sightings. The last time for comparable numbers was 2005. Overall, numbers were low, the second lowest total in 15 years. This is due to unusual weather. May 2015 was unusually cool with highs only in the 50sF on some days. This unseasonably cool weather possibly delayed butterfly development. Plants that typically flower by the 3rd week in July had buds that were not yet open. We hit a peak time for Great Spangled Fritillaries this year. For those interested in Monarchs, they were there (9 sighted) but still not up to the 30s typical prior to the 2012 drought year.

Update:Full counts for 2016 are now posted

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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