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Allegan Butterfly Count

This Little Wood Satyr butterfly was one of many species of butterflies seen in the Allegan Butterfly Count.

This Little Wood Satyr butterfly was one of many species of butterflies seen in the Allegan Butterfly Count.

The West Michigan Butterfly Association butterfly counts are underway, with one in the Allegan State Game Area on June 21. Twenty-four species and 191 individuals were sighted. The preference is to hold the count closer to the 4th of July when second broods and summer broods of butterflies are on the wing. Personal schedules made it necessary to hold the count a bit early this year and several species had not emerged for flight. It was still between flight periods for some. No fritillaries, one hairstreak, and few sulphurs were flying. Bog Coppers were not flying yet. Some butterflies do not have a spring brood and others do not fly until summer is well in progress.

The solstice day count was good and enjoyable. Things like the federally dndangered Karner Blue were not flying yet. Several hairstreaks like the Hickory, Edward’s, and Banded will soon be flying in large numbers. An abundance of sulphurs instead of a just a few will be emerging from pupae. A list of 24 species and numbers seen follows. The counts are a great opportunity to learn butterflies and to associate them with nature niche habitat needs. The results from the Rogue River State Game Area Count that begins at the Howard Christensen Nature Center will be reported next week. The Newaygo Count in the Manistee National Forest will be held on July 27th at 9 a.m. We meet at the Plumb’s Grocery at the corner of M-82 and M-37. Contact me if you plan to participate because weather could alter the date.

Allegan Butterfly Species Sightings

Giant Swallowtail -1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – 5

Spicebush Swallowtail – 7

Cabbage White – 43

Clouded Sulphur -4

Orange Sulphur -1

Purplish Copper -1

Edward’s Hairstreak -1

Eastern Tailed Blue – 2

Summer Azure – 6

Pearl Crescent -1

Comma species undetermined -1

American Lady -1

Red Admiral -1

Red-spotted Purple – 12

Viceroy -1

Little Wood Satyr – 28

Monarch – 2

Silver-spotted Skipper – 10

Southern Cloudywing – 6

Northern Cloudywing -1

European Skipper – 30

Indian Skipper – 7

Hobomok Skipper – 6

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at the odybrook@chartermi.net Ody Brook, 13010 Northland Dr, Cedar Springs, MI 49319-8433.


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