April and late March Butterfly Sightings – compiled by Carolyn Heberlein
 
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From: Dave Robichaud 
Date: Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 10:17 PM
Subject: FOY Mourning Cloak
 
Hi all. I was at Montlake Fill at around 11 Am today and saw my first Mourning Cloak of the year. I haven’t been around much lately, so this probably isn’t news to many of you, but I haven’t seen much activity on this group reporting sightings and I thought I would try to get the ball rolling.
Dave Robichaud
Montlake.
 
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From: Al Wagar 
Date: Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 9:38 PM
Subject: Re: FOY Butterflies Continued
 
Hi again,
 
 3 cabbage whites today between U District & N Seattle.  Getting to be dime a dozen so don’t bother posting.
 
Al
 
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From: Regina Johnson 
Date: Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 8:08 AM
Subject: Re: More FOY Reports
 
FOY butterfly on March 5th in Tumwater, a cabbage white.
 
FOY native butterfly on March 28 in Littlerock, a spring azure.  Just one on Monday, a
handful on Wednesday, and a dozen or so on Thursday.  FOY garter snakes on Thursday
too, and a report of fresh bear tracks in Grand Mound.
 
All locations in Thurston county.
 
Regina
 
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From: Daniel Leonard
Date: Sat, Apr 2, 2016 at 4:57 AM
Subject: Re: FOY Butterflies Continued
 
We saw a Mourning Cloak actively flying at Wawawai County Park on the Snake River in Whitman County the afternoon of March 19, 2016.
 
Joyce and Dan Leonard 
 
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From: John Baumann 
Date: Sat, Apr 2, 2016 at 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: FOY Butterflies Continued
 
From J Baumann, Spokane:  We got ’em flying like crazy in spots near here.  Reports of Mourning Cloaks in numbers, Cal Torts near Lake Spokane, Echo Azures, Orange Tips, Satyr Commas and some unspecified Elfins.  May the sightings continue!
 
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From: John Baumann 
Date: Sun, Apr 3, 2016 at 7:37 PM
Subject: Re: More FOY Reports
 
Hi, folks!
 
We’re starting to see some more colors out in the far east here.  Sheridan’s Greenies are skimming the sagebrush near Hog Lake, it was great to see them at several locations near the lake.  The single butterfly allowed me a photo with a cell phone, I didn’t know these clumsy camera app things were capable of this much fine detail!
-A. sara 5 males
-C sheridanii, 6
-C echo nigrescens, 2
-G lygdamus   1 male
-N antiopa   2
 
Good to hear the meadowlarks calling, too!
 
John Baumann, Brenda McCracken
Spokane
 
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From: Julie O’Donald
Date: Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 7:17 PM
Subject: Re: FOY Butterflies Continued
 
Butterflies are finding their way to the habitat garden here in south Snohomish County.
 
On  April 6th things picked up a bit and the first Satyr Anglewing was seen near the nettle patch. On April 7th three more Satyr Anglewings were flitting about a 3 acre native growth protection area with nettles nearby.
 
Also since April 7th Echo Azures have been present in the garden daily. The same day a fresh Cedar Hairstreak spent some time on Pacific Madrone flowers. And a white came and went, probably a Cabbage White.
 
On April 17th two Red Admirals were present, one (or more) Echo Azure, a white, and a Brown Elfin.
 
It’s been especially good to see the Brown Elfin and Cedar Hairstreak since I don’t see them often.
 
That’s it so far,
Julie
 
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From: Shirley Sekarajasingham 
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 8:24 PM
Subject: butterfly sightings in Bainbridge Island
 
This photo of a Brown Elfin/Callophrys augustinus was taken at our house on April 1!!!  Two of them were flying around in our yard in rhododendrons.  Sorry it took me so long to get this to you. I thought it seemed early, although I have no access to records of butterfly sightings in BI over the years.  The first photo is not crisp, but it captures the colors well anyway…..the second photo is on our dining room window.
—shirley
 
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From: D R 
Date: Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 10:54 AM
Subject: FOY Red Admiral
 
Hi all,
I had my FOY Red Admiral flutter over and land in my back yard this morning. Thanks, hot weather!
Dave Robichaud
Montlake
 
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From: Regina Johnson 
Date: Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 10:07 PM
Subject: Re: foy posts
 
Here’s what I have:
 
Cabbage white, March 5, Tumwater, Thurston Co.
Spring azures, March 28, Littlerock, Thurston Co.
Mourning cloaks, April 16, Wynoochee Lake, southern Olympics, Grays Harbor Co.; also
what sure looked like a Clodius Parnassian
Anise swallowtail, April 18, Littlerock, Thurston Co.
West Coast lady, Apr 21, Quilcene, Jefferson Co., on stinging nettles
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