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Spectacular time for Butterflies

I've bumped into several regular butterfly observers in our region who marvel at what a spectacular butterfly season it's been. I agree.

Compared to 2009, populations of some butterfly species have been huge.

Even as we enter the fall season, you still have time to enjoy observing butterflies (and other critters) in our Delaware Valley parks and wildlife management areas.

I recommend in particular the area south of the C & D canal (and south of Delaware City); Elk Neck State Park in Cecil County, Maryland; and Nottingham County Park in Pennsylvania, not far from the Herr's potato chips plant.
Or a ride to Delaware coastal areas and/or Cape May County, New Jersey.

We're getting some Southern "immigrants" now, such as the Cloudless Sulphur, Little Yellow, and Fiery Skipper.

For specific species counts, check the NABA (North American Butterfly Association) website, to which I contribute sightings...


http://www.naba.org/sightings/sightings.html

Check out particular species in a good butterfly book, and you're in business!

Posted at 7:26pm on September 21, 2010 by Allan Loudell

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