We could not have asked for better weather during the July 8th ButterflyWalk. Clear blue skies and comfortable temperatures welcomed the eighteen nature lovers that joined Vermont Entomological Society naturalists and entomologists for an exploratory stroll on the Birds of Vermont Museum grounds. Make sure to check out the list of the many butterflies, insects, and other miscellaneous critters participants got to experience up close!
To learn more about the Vermont Entomological Society check out their website, where you can find gorgeous photos and information about the society.
Butterflies, Insects, and Misc. Critters viewed on July 8th:
Atlantis Fritillary Butterfly
Clouded Sulphurs Butterfly (male)
Dun Skipper Butterfly
Question Mark Butterfly
Northern Pearly Eye Butterfly
Red Admiral Butterfly
Sod Grass Veneer Moth
Mottled Snout Moth
Gypsy Moth (caterpillar)
Misc. Flying Species:
Enallagma Skimming Bluet (blue damselfly)
Bright Green Damselfly
12-Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly
Red Dragon Fly
Dragon Fly (exoskeleton)
Scorpion Fly (female)
Serpent Fly (mimics wasp)
Case-bearing Leaf Beetle
Grey Grasshopper (gripped and turned a dime – VERY IMPRESSIVE!)
Large Tan Spider(male)
Crab Spider (3 sited, 1 was eating another insect)
Frogs & Tadpoles
Black Billed Cuckoo (heard and sighted)
Interested in identifying butterflies in your own backyard? Check out “Gardens With Wings” for help identifying butterflies by their shape, wingspan, opened and closed wing color, common name and family name.
After yesterday’s rain it was perfect weather this morning for a leisurely walk along the forest trails behind the museum. Five birders enjoyed great looks at Ovenbirds, a Hermit thrush, a Blackburnian warbler, a Yellow-rumped warbler and two Yellow-bellied sapsuckers. The Northern flicker nesting near the museum also made several appearances for our delight.
After the walk we enjoyed coffee and cake seated in front of the viewing window while Rose-breasted grosbeaks and Ruby-throated hummingbirds came in to the feeders. What could be better than that?!
We were open last Saturday to celebrate and support the Great Backyard Bird Count. Naturally, we counted birds—and a few others—as well. Our results from that open time follow, and we will have our full count results posted to eBird as well.
Observed on February 19th, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Northern Cardinal (female)
We also observed an Eastern Cottontail and 3 Red Squirrels.
How did your counts go?
Guest post from Ali Wagner, Birder and Museum Member
Last fall, a few of Vermont’s counties decided to take part in a friendly challenge of seeing and reporting the most species of birds during the 2011 calendar year. This has morphed into a state-wide challenge with all counties eagerly participating.