Belated results, but here they are!
The fourth ever Rockingham County butterfly count was held on 8/28/14 with mostly clear skies and temperatures ranging from 78-90 degrees. Six observers in two parties tallied 42 species and 857 butterflies. 224 of those were Sachem, 138 Eastern tailed Blue. Just to give you an idea of how bad this year has been for butterflies, let’s take a look at the numbers of last years most numerous butterflies! Last year we had 1101 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, this year only 12! Carolina Satyr went from 582 to 83 and Silver-spotted skipper from 271 to 22.
One species was new to the park area, though long overdue: Red-banded Hairstreak.
Misses were: Black Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Cloudless Sulphur, Question Mark or Eastern Comma, Painted Lady, Red Admiral and Common Wood-nymph.
Many thanks to the counters!
12-Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
33-Great Spangled Fritillary