Butterfly census washed out

The Brunner Island Butterfly survey July 14 was washed out by drizzle the whole day. Data collected would not be reliable, since very few butterflies are on the move on cloudy and rainy days. One fortuitous outcome of the day, however, was the discovery of a large colony of a very common, but often missed butterfly, due to the fact that they are small and stay low to the ground.  These are the Eastern Tailed Blues, relatives of the Hairstreaks and Azures, whose larvae feed on various legumes. The Bush Clover, Lespedeza, is a legume and is part of the wetlands vegetation, planted as one of the nitrogen-fixing plants. The profile of one of these little guys would easily fit on a dime! The pictures were kindly donated by Fred Habeggar, a Lancaster County naturalist who conducts the Holtwood NABA butterfly count.

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