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Rogue River Butterfly Count

Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

By Ranger Steve Mueller


The Rogue River Butterfly Count was held on June 23, 2013 and sometimes one cannot get an adequate look to identify a species. This was a case with a hairstreak in a tree. The North American butterfly Association rules allow us to count the hairstreak species provided no other hairstreaks were identified to species. This was the only hairstreak sighted. It is early in the season for this group of butterflies. Most hairstreaks will not emerge from the chrysalis until near July 4. The lone unidentified duskywing is a species that is usually done flying by this date because it is more of a spring butterfly. This year’s count was held early but we still did well with 24 species and 212 individuals sighted.

A cool spring delayed normal flowering about three weeks and insect emergence was also delayed. Life has been playing catch up and flower blooming dates were almost on schedule by late June. When observing butterflies we pay attention to flowers, birds, mammals, and all life to make the day as fun a possible. We got great looks at a Green Heron and several other species. Consider joining us for the Newaygo count on July 27, at 9 a.m.

This day our focus was on butterfly nature niches. We saw the following species and the number sighted follows each name.

Rogue River Butterfly Count Sightings

Black Swallowtail – 2

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail -10

Spicebush Swallowtail – 3

Cabbage White – 25

Clouded Sulphur -1

Orange Sulphur – 1

American Copper – 1

Hairstreak species – 1

Summer Azure – 8

Summer Azure egg- 1 observed as laid

Pearl Crescent – 2

Baltimore Checkerspot -3

Eastern Comma – 1

Mourning Cloak -1

American Lady – 1

Red-spotted Purple – 2

Viceroy – 3

Little Wood Satyr – 53

Monarch – 3

Silver-spotted Skipper – 1

Duskywing species – 1

European Skipper – 81

Indian Skipper – 3

Peck’s Skipper – 1

Hobomok Skipper – 1

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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