Chapters: Georgia-Piedmont event Saturday 3/11 Panola Mountain State Park

The North American Butterfly Association’s Georgia-Piedmont Chapter invites you to join us on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Panola Mountain State Park. We look forward to having Scott Anderson share his stories and pictures of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) National Butterfly Center. Ten years ago, NABA broke ground for what has become the largest native plant botanical garden in the US, established to advance our mission of conservation and education. Scott has been there and experienced it first-hand. Join us as he shares his experiences and takes us on a virtual journey to this magical place.

Note: $5 parking fee

For more information about the NABA – Georgia-Piedmont Chapter, please visit http://nabageorgia.weebly.com

Events: New Jersey Chapter monthly meeting 3/7

The North American Butterfly Association’s New Jersey Butterfly Club invites you to our monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7:30pm. Past president Joe Burgiel will present “2016 Year in Review,” a look back at the many programs, field trips, and events that members enjoyed last year. The meeting will be held at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Haggerty Education Center, 53 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960. All are welcome!

For more information about the NABA – New Jersey Butterfly Club, please visit http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabanj/index.html

Chapters: Florida-TAL Field Trip 3/5 Montezuma Bluffs

Montezuma Bluffs Field Trip – Sunday, March 5, 2017

The NABA-Hairstreak chapter will be exploring the Bluffs and looking for the target species, the Falcate Orangetip. Other species that will be on the target species list will include Mourning Cloak and Eastern Comma.

To carpool, meet at 7:00 a.m. SHARP at the Village Square Blvd shopping area, at the eastern end near Newks Restaurant. We will take a short driving break at the home of Hairstreak Chapter members Sonny and Ginger Pinckard, who live just south of Americus, GA. We expect to arrive there around 9:30 AM. It’s just a short 30 to 45-minute drive to Montezuma Bluffs from their house.

If you would rather meet us at Montezuma Bluffs (Montezuma Bluffs Wildlife Management Area, Crooks Landing Road, off GA 49 North, Montezuma, GA 31063) we expect to muster and start the Field Trip from there at 10:30 a.m. Be at the parking lot at 10:30 a.m. Take SR 49, 2.3 miles north from the town of Montezuma to Crooks Landing Road. The entrance will be on your left.

Be sure to bring close-focusing binoculars, water, and a lunch. For more information about Montezuma Bluffs: http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/3224-montezuma-bluffs-wildlife-management-area.

Be sure and check our website (http://www.naba-hairstreak.com/) to check on possible status updates. Look for a notice on the front page.

If you have questions, please contact Brian Lloyd at (850) 212-0058 or email him at Blloyd@Lloyd-usa.com.

Chapters: Florida-TAL event Saturday 3/4

“Saving the Monarch: The Important Role of Local Agencies” presented by David Cook, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Scott Davis, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge – Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Monarch butterfly is a beautiful and iconic insect that has captured the interest and wonder of individuals from school-age children to university researchers with its annual fall migration from southern Canada to central Mexico. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) south of Tallahassee is the only site in the southeastern U.S. that is listed as part of the protected area network in the North American Monarch Conservation Plan.

As its first official event in 2017, the Hairstreak Chapter will have two local Monarch experts present the program. David Cook, the Invertebrate Conservation Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FL FWC), has been coordinating the Monarch tagging program at St. Marks NWR for many years and will discuss general Monarch biology, findings from the nationwide Monarch tagging program as well as from St. Marks NWR specifically, and current FL FWC conservation efforts on Monarchs. Scott Davis started the Monarch-Milkweed Initiative at St. Marks NWR (“Milkweed Tuesday”) and will discuss our area’s native milkweeds that Monarchs depend upon during their northward migration, the food and shelter plants that Monarchs depend upon during their southward migration, the current causes of milkweed decline and what is being done to reverse the decline, and what each of us can do in our yards to help Monarchs.

The location for this program will be Conference Room A in the Leroy Collins Public Library, 200 W. Park Ave. in Tallahassee. There is a social half-hour beginning at 2:00 p.m. Remember that parking at the library lot is NOT free after one hour.

For more information about the NABA-Hairstreak chapter, please visit http://www.naba-hairstreak.com/

Chapters: Broward Chapter Event 2/14

(Schaus’ Swallowtail, photographed by Holly L. Salvato)

“Sea level rise vs. host plant habitat enhancement for the endangered Schaus swallowtail Butterfly”

Speaker Jaeson Clayborn, PhD Candidate, Koptur Lab, Dept. of Biology, FIU presents his assessment for the federally endangered Schaus swallowtail butterfly. The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at UF has conducted ongoing scientific efforts to prevent the extinction of this endemic Florida race of Schaus Swallowtail, Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus.

The Schaus’ swallowtail or island Swallowtail is a species of American butterfly in the family Papilionidae. It is found in southern Florida with subspecies in the Bahamas, Hispaniola, and Cuba. Historically it occurred in tropical hardwood hammocks from South Miami to Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida.

Meeting starts: 7pm, social hour: 6.30pm at the Broward County Extension Office, 3245 College Ave., Davie, FL 33314.

For further info visit our website: www.browardbutterflies.org or email BCBCmail@gmail.com.

Chapters: Panola Mountain State Park – Georgia-Piedmont

(Creole Pearly-eye photographed by Allen Belden: https://sightings.naba.org/sightings/5065)

On Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Panola Mountain State Park, please join us as we hear from Dr. James Porter, Meigs Professor of Ecology, University of Georgia. Dr. Porter will announce a major new discovery of the presence of three lookalike species of Pearly Eye butterflies within Athens-Clarke County’s newest conservation area, The Tallassee Forest. The presence of three virtually indistinguishable, but genetically distinct, species at the same time and in the same place is almost unheard of outside the tropics. Athens-Clarke County’s decision to purchase the Tallassee Forest with public funds and a grant from the Riverview Foundation has preserved a natural area that protects, not just rare species, but also a rare ecological phenomenon. Please also save the date for a butterfly walk on June 17, 2017, An Insiders Trip to the Tallassee Forest, Athens-Clarke County’s newest conservation area, led by Dr. Porter.

Note: $5 parking fee

Chapters: North New Jersey Meeting 2/7


(Hessel’s Hairstreak, taken by chapter president Sharon Wander and her husband Wade Wander)

The North American Butterfly Association’s New Jersey Butterfly Club invites you to an exciting free program on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Haggerty Education Center, 53 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960.

Please join us as Wade Wander presents “Persistence, Perspicacity, and Perspiration: All the Other Cool Stuff Seen at the NABA Members Meeting,” a whimsical review of the amazing array of insects, reptiles and amphibians, and birds photographed by New Jersey Butterfly Club members in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

For more information about the NABA – New Jersey Butterfly Club, please visit http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabanj/index.html

Butterfly Habitat Network: Focus on Southern California


(Hermes Copper photographed by Ken Wilson earlier this year)

Lycaena hermes is the focus of today’s entry, where NABA hopes to establish managed habitat for the beleagured Hermes Copper who have suffered habitat loss due to wildfies in Southern California.

Here’s a great introduction to the Hermes Copper from American  Butterflies by Daniel Marschalek:

http://www.naba.org/pubs/ab213_4/ab213_4_Hermes_Copper.pdf

American Butterflies covered the natural disaster during 2003 closely, including this follow-up:

http://www.naba.org/pubs/ab133/ab133hermes_copper_thornes_hairstreak.pdf

Here’s the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service species profile for the Hermes Copper:

https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp0/profile/speciesProfile?spcode=I05C

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Butterfly Habitat Network – Focus on Klots’ Bog


(Georgia Satyr photographed by Jeffrey Glassberg in 2010 at Klots’ bog)

Today we are going to take a closer look at the three species that we will be targeting as part of the Butterfly Habitat Network’s potential satellite location in the Lakehurst, Ocean County, New Jersey area, Klots’ Bog. Want to help us preserve these species through direct land management? Join or Donate today!

http://naba.org/chapters/nabanj/sites/lakehurst.html

Named after entomologist Alexander B. Klots, author of Butterflies of the World this habitat is described via this great post by Rick over at Lep Log: https://leplog.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/wading-through-lep-history-at-klots-bog/.

(Female Bog Copper, photographed by Jeffrey Glassberg at Klots’ Bog in 2010)

Lycaena epixanthe is a member of the Lycaenidae family, and loves the environment that the bog provides. You can learn more about them on the New Jersey chapter page:

http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabanj/butterflies/bog_copper.html

(Two-spotted Skipper photographed by Tom Murray in 2004)

Euphyes bimacula is notable for its strong orange appearance and enjoys wetlands like the bog. The Massachusetts NABA chapter has more information:

http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabambc/construct-species-page.asp?sp=two-spotted-skipper

(Georgia Saytr photographed by Tom Palmer earlier this year)

Neonympha areolatus is our third and final species of special concern in this landscape. Its eyespots are a major feature when identifying this species; you can learn more about them on the New Jersey NABA chapter page:

http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabanj/butterflies/georgia_satyr.html

Georgia Satyr at Lakehurst bonus: https://blogs.stockton.edu/sjbfs/2011/06/26/and-now-we-have-81/

Butterfly Habitat Network: Focus on South Florida

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South Florida is the subject of this week’s series on the Butterfly Habitat Network (BHN) regional locations, where we have numerous species that are at risk and need our help. Two federally listed species have been mismanaged: Schaus’ Swallowtail & the Miami Blue. Their habitats were managed in ways that met other priorities rather than the butterflies (building picnic areas, etc). NABA’s American Butterflies publication has a great overview: http://www.naba.org/pubs/ab213_4/ab213_4_South_Florida_Imperiled_Butterflies.pdf

Let’s take a closer look at some of these species.

Miami Blue (Cyclargus thomasi)
One of NABA’s own southeast Florida chapters is named after them: http://miamiblue.org/. This gorgeous butterfly is also the current symbol of the BHN.

This female endangered Miami Blue Butterfly is nectaring on Painted Leaf Flowers Copyright 2005 Michelle Wisniewski [#Beginning of Shooting Data Section] Nikon D70 Focal Length: 400mm Optimize Image: Custom Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB) Noise Reduction: OFF 2005/01/17 16:25:19.1 Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority White Balance: Direct sunlight Tone Comp: Auto RAW (12-bit) Lossless Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern AF Mode: AF-C Hue Adjustment: 0° Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000) 1/400 sec - F/9 Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached Saturation: Enhanced Exposure Comp.: 0 EV Sharpening: Auto Lens: VR 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6 D Sensitivity: ISO 200 Image Comment: [#End of Shooting Data Section]
This female endangered Miami Blue Butterfly is nectaring on Painted Leaf Flowers
Copyright 2005 Michelle Wisniewski
If  you haven’t already, check out our excellent article on this threatened species on our website: http://www.naba.org/miamiblue.html

Schaus’ Swallowtail (Papilio aristodemus)

Called one of Florida’s rarest butterflies by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Schaus’ Swallowtail has previously received grants from NABA to conserve this endangered species. Here’s the FWS fact sheet on them: https://www.fws.gov/southeast/pubs/facts/schaus_swallowtail_fs.pdf


(Schaus’ Swallowtail, photographed by Holly L. Salvato)

Here is Jaeson Clayborn discussing the Habitat Enhancement project at Biscayne National Park: http://miamiblue.org/schaus-swallowtail-habitat/

(Check out this gem of an email I found from the Yale.edu website: http://mailman.yale.edu/pipermail/leps-l/2002-May/007673.html It discusses both the Miami Blue and Schaus’ Swallowtail and some of NABA’s early efforts to conserve them in the area)

Florida Leafwing (Anaea troglodyta)

Pictured above, check out the WeButterfly beta page on this species: https://www.webutterfly.org/beta/Species/Details/1013 from that link:
“This species is in danger of becoming extinct, because its rock pineland habitat in southern Florida and the Keys has largely disappeared and because of the misuse of anti-mosquito sprays, which kill these and other endangered butterflies, and subject the people of the area to toxic chemicals that endanger their health and that of their children. Some treat this butterfly as a subspecies of Tropical Leafwing.”

Here’s a short pieces by Mark Salvato on Leafwings: http://www.naba.org/pubs/ab161/amb161Florida_Leafwing_frass.pdf

Bertram Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon acis)


(Photo by Linda Evans)

Here’s a great blog post from Linda Evans with pictures from Hank Poor on the Bertram Scrub-Hairstreak’s nectar plants for this endangered species: http://miami-blue-chapter-naba.blogspot.com/2010/07/nectar-plants-for-bartrams-scrub.html

Zestos Skipper (Epargyreus zestos ) – Unfortunately now extinct in this area

(A Zestos Skipper, from the awesome Butterflies of Cuba website, photographed by Robert Brown: http://www.butterfliesofcuba.com/epargyreus-zestos—zestos-skipper.html)

Sadly the Zestos Skipper has vanished from South Florida, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes they are likely extinct here. If we don’t act to conserve these endangered and threatened species, they may wind up like the Zestos Skipper! Here are some pieces from the Miami Blue chapter site on it:

http://miamiblue.org/the-zeztos-skipper/

http://www.miamiblue.org/butterflies/zestos_skipper.htm