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Allegan Butterfly Count


By Ranger Steve Mueller

By Ranger Steve Mueller

Conditions were excellent for the Allegan State Game Area Butterfly Count. Clear skies with temperatures between 70 and 81 degrees F provide butterflies with good flying weather. Butterfly emergence for many species is later than expected due to this year’s weather conditions. People joined with the West Michigan Butterfly Association (WMBA) to learn identification and to enjoy wild areas. We carpooled and even encountered other people looking for butterflies. What joy!

The Newaygo Count in the Manistee National Forest, Rogue River State Game Area Count, Grand River Count in Ottawa County, and the Muskegon State Game Area Count held by WMBA will occur during July. The Allegan count was held on July 5, and species sighted are listed in Table 1. The results from the Rogue River SGA Count will be published in a nature niche column, but visit the WMBA Web Site for results from all our counts. A $5 membership sent to our treasurer will keep you connected for club activities (address on web site) www.graud.org/wmba.html.

2105 Allegan SGA Butterlfy Count No.


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2

Spicebush Swallowtail 1

Whites & Sulphurs

Cabbage White 7

Clouded Sulphur 6

Blues and Hairstreaks

American Copper 2

Bog Copper 6

Coral Hairstreak 18

Edward’s Hairstreak 693

Banded Hairstreak 25

Striped Hairstreak 2

Summer Azure 2

Brushfooted Butterflies

American Snout 1

Great Spangled Fritillary 17

Aphrodite Fritillary 21

Pearl Crescent 2

Gray Comma 3

Mourning Cloak 1

Red Admiral 53

Red-spotted Purple 2

Hackberry Emperor 6

Tawny Emperor 2

Eyed Brown 1

Appalachian Brown 1


European Skipper 8

Northern Broken Dash 5

Delaware Skipper 3

Mulberry Wing 1

Broad-winged Skipper 1

Dion 1

Black Dash 1

Dun Skipper 2

Total Adult Individuals 896

Early Life Stages

Spicebush Swallowtail larva on Sassafras 1

Edward’s Hairstreak eggs oak 5

Karner Blue larva 4

Monarch larva on milkweed 1

Total Species 30

Allegan SGA Butterfly Count

Time 0900 – 1715 hrs (1 party)

AM 100% sunshine

PM 100% sunshine

70 – 81 F

Wind stilll to light breeze for short period in early afternoon

Total Party hours 8.0 hrs

Total Party Miles on foot 3.3 miles

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, or call 616-696-1753.

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Tri County AYSO teams take top spots

Tri County U12 Girls take first place at the Allegan AYSO Halloween Classic Invitational

Tri County U12 Girls take first place at the Allegan AYSO Halloween Classic Invitational

Tri County U14 Girls take second place at the Allegan AYSO Halloween Classic Invitational

Tri County U14 Girls take second place at the Allegan AYSO Halloween Classic Invitational

The Allegan AYSO Halloween Classic Invitational was held last weekend. Forty-one AYSO teams competed in tournament play. Only the top four teams of each division went on to compete in championship play on Sunday. Tri County (region 1298) brought four AYSO teams.

The U12 Tri County Girls competed in a bracket of 10 total teams and only the top 4 of that bracket of 10 went on. They ended Saturday in first place and then played two games on Saturday and came out in first place in the championship.

The U12 Boys competed in a bracket of eight teams, where the top two from each bracket of 4 went on to play on Sunday. They placed fourth in their division.

The U14 girls competed in a bracket of five teams. They were in first place at the end of Saturday and placed second in the championships games on Sunday.

The U10 boys team also competed, but did not place on Saturday.

All four teams represented Tri County Soccer well. The sportsmanship and endurance they showed was phenomenal. Many thanks to the kids for their hard work and dedication.  Also a big thank you to the coaches, families and friends for all the hard work they did. If anyone is interested in signing up for Tri County AYSO REGION 1298 soccer, they can go to the web page for information. It is tricountyayso.com.


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