Butterfly count
I have been doing a North American Butterfly Association July Fourth Butterfly Count for the past five years with Steve Biasetti. Numerous members of ELIAS have participated including Andy Murphy, Aaron Virgin and my wife Susan. We go out at a reasonable hour, 8 am, and cover Central Suffolk CBC territory. It is usually hot but rewarding. We have seen up to 35 species and have that great feeling the Elliot Porter described as “a moment of discovery” when many beautiful swallowtails, like Black, Tiger and Spicebush, and Hairstreaks, like small jewels, are discovered. Then there are skippers, like fall warblers, small, fast rather cryptic making them difficult to identify.

Would you like to spend the day counting butterflies?
Jay Kuhlman

Would you like to spend the day counting and looking for butterflies? On July 5th the North American Butterfly Association is sponsoring a count. Jay Kuhlman who has organized the count in our area for the past 8 years, uses the same circle as the Central Suffolk Christmas Bird Count (CBC). In the past participants have seen at least thirty species of butterflies and at a less hectic pace than a CBC. The count starts at 8 am and goes until 5 or until it rains. (Butterflies hide in the rain.) Steve Biasetti and Andy Murphy have participated in the past. Jay would welcome anyone interested in going into the field or garden watching, please call Jay if you are interested in participating at 631 878 4461.
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