Riverlands butterflies

butterfly2On Saturday, June 21 we held the 15th annual 4th of July Butterfly Count at the Susquehanna Riverlands. These counts are conducted by volunteers in order to monitor butterfly populations, and also serve as an opportunity to educate the general public about these eye-catching insects.  We located 31 different species during the day and counted 767 individual butterflies. The most common of the 31 species was the Cabbage White, making up nearly half of all the butterflies sighted. The highlight of the day was the sighting of an Atlantis Fritillary, a new species for the Riverlands’ count.

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