Friday, January 11, 2013

Butterflies of 2012

In putting together a mammal and herptile list, I figure I might as well share my butterfly list for last year as well (I'll also eventually get back to birds and post my final 305 bird list from 2012 and a summary at some point!). 2012 was an amazing year for butterflies in Ontario w/ many rarities recorded in high numbers. My personal list is going to be a bit patchy as I'm putting it together from rough notes, emails, and eButterfly entries but I think I can remember most of the species I saw (butterfliers, please let me know if any of my picture ID's are incorrect). One of my new years resolutions this year is to keep better field notes of other wildlife sightings than just birds. Butterflies marked w/ a '*' were lifers.


Silver-spotted Skipper
*Northern Cloudywing

Photo by Mark Field - Rainy River District

*Dreamy Duskywing

Photo by Mark Field - Everard Road, Thunder Bay District

*Common Checkered-Skipper

Photo by me - iBinned (record shot...?)

Common Least Skipper
European Skipper
Fiery Skipper
*Indian Skipper

Photo by Mark Field

*Hobomok Skipper

Photo by Mark Field - Everard Road, Thunder Bay District


Black Swallowtail
Giant Swallotail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Photo by me - Everard Road, Thunder Bay District

Spicebush Swallowtail

Whites and Sulphurs

Cabbage White
*Mustard White - first seen at Moosonee Sewage Lagoons
Clouded Sulphur
*Little Yellow - multiples seen at Point Pelee
*Sleepy Orange - 1 Point Pelee (NW Beach) w/ Marianne Reid Balkwill, Tom Preney, and Russ Jones
*Dainty Sulphur - multiples at Hillman Marsh

Photo by me -Hillman Marsh, Shorebird Cell

Coppers, Hairstreaks, Blues

Bronze Copper

Photo by me - iBinned at Couture Dyke, Hillman Marsh

Banded Hairstreak
*White-M Hairstreak -first seen at Sparrow Field w/ Matt Timpf. Saw another later in the summer w/ Marianne

Photo by me (I need a real camera)

Gray Hairstreak
Eastern Tailed-Blue
Spring Azure
Summer Azure
*Silvery Blue

Photo by Mark Field - Rainy River District


American Snout
Variegated Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
*Silver-bordered Fritillary

 Photo by Mark Field - Rainy River District

*Silvery Checkerspot

Photo by Mark Field - Agawa Bay

Pearl Crescent

Photo by me - Hillman Marsh

Northern Crescent
Baltimore Checkerspot

Photo by me -Sunnybrook Park, Toronto

Question Mark
Eastern Comma
Mourning Cloak

Photo by Mark Field - Everard Road, Thunder Bay District

American Lady
Painted Lady
Red Admiral
Common Buckeye
 Photo by me - Comber Sewage Lagoons
White Admiral

Photo by Mark Field - Rainy River Sewage Lagoons


 Photo by me - St. Clair National Wildlife Refuge

Hackberry Emperor
Appalachian Eyed Brown
Little Wood Satyr

 Photo by Mark Field - Rocky Point

Common Ringlet
Common Wood-Nymph
Red-spotted Purple

Total Species: 52 
Total Lifers: 14


Blake A. Mann said...

A great year for butterflies! I just did a mini-presentation on butterflies at our naturalist club on Wednesday. I could have gone on for over an hour with all the photos I took this year!
You need to get a good camera some day...

dwaynejava said...


Great posting. I think we were finding many of the local rarities in parallel over the summer. Nice summary of the year with respect to butterflies. I agree with Blake, you need a better camera :-p

Jeremy Hatt said...

Some day. Some day. For now, my records shots will be iBinned or iScoped haha.

That would have been a great presentation, Blake! Last year was the year of the butterfly.

Thanks, Dwayne. Though I doubt 2 years in a row, I do hope that this summer is good for butterflies again since I'll be based in Essex County. Want to build up my life list!