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The Rochester Butterfly Club is an independent club formed to promote the study of butterflies in Western New York. We focus on habitat, environment, life cycles, education, and reporting our findings.
SAVE THE DATE: MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. BUTTERFLIES, THEIR BIOLOGY AND BEAUTY By Jon Dombrowski
Downstairs meeting room, Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, just west of Twelve Corners. The meeting room is on the lower level, access from back of building.
Meadow Fritillary, Jon Dombrowski
Join us for an illustrated talk by butterfly club member Jon Dombrowski as we explore a butterfly's anatomy through close up photography. Butterflies are not only beautiful creatures but also have fascinating abilities. Learn how butterflies navigate, find food, manage to eat, control their proboscis, taste with their feet and much more.
Jon says his interest in butterflies took on more significance for him when he purchased a digital camera in 2004 and discovered the fun of digital photography. This Meadow Fritillary is just one of the wonderful photographs Jon will show us!
The Rochester Butterfly Club is an independent club formed to promote the study of butterflies in Western New York. We focus on butterfly watching, habitat, environment, life cycles, education, and reporting our findings.
One of the best ways to learn about butterflies and where to find them is to go on a field trip with experienced leaders who will share their knowledge with you. Each year the Rochester Butterfly Club organizes at least 15 guided field trips to prime butterfly spots in the local area, including some members’ gardens. These trips take place on both weekdays and weekends. The trips are listed in our annual schedule sent out to members in the spring. We are always pleased to welcome non-members on our trips. You need only to show up at our butterfly walks as announced in the printed schedule. If you have them, bring a pair of binoculars and a butterfly identification book. (If you don’t have a book of your own, try your local library.)
Members receive our newsletter “Butterly News,” which is published 3 times a year. It includes a variety of articles and topical information about our local butterflies.
If you would like to become a member of the Rochester Butterfly Club, an application can be found here.
President: Carol Southby Vice President / Secretary: Shirley Shaw Treasurer: Lucretia Grosshans Statistics: Bill McCleary Editor Norma Platt
For information about the Rochester Butterfly Club, contact Lucretia Crosshans.
ROCHESTER BUTTERFLY CLUB
2013 FIELD TRIPS and ACTIVITIES
Non-members and children accompanied by an adult are welcome to join our activities.
Our field trips are free and will take place rain or shine, but not during thunder storms. On cloudy or showery days, we will have a general nature walk, and look for caterpillars, hiding butterflies and plants that butterflies use. With luck the sun will come out and with it, the butterflies.
Most of our field trips last about 2 hours. Some continue into the afternoon, especially those that are further away, shown by the driving time from Rochester. Bring a cold drink and for the longer trips, your lunch.
***** Long pants and appropriate footgear are strongly recommended, as there is often poison ivy *****
We have provided contact numbers in case you would like more information about a field trip. For most of our field trips, just come along to the meeting place listed. Also for most of our field trips, an alternative meeting place may usually be arranged, if needed, via one of the contact numbers. A few field trips do require pre-registration, as noted.
Please bring close focusing binoculars, a field guide and your camera, but leave your butterfly nets at home, because they can injure wings, legs and antennae.
During 2012 we received several reports of deer ticks that people picked up in local areas. Because of this, we recommend you wear long pants tucked into socks, and use insect repellent.
|APRIL 29, 2013||
TALK Butterflies – Their Biology and Beauty ***NEW***
|Monday, 7:30 p.m.
||Downstairs Meeting Room at Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, just west of
Twelve Corners in Brighton. The room is on the lower level, access is from the back of building. Join us for an illustrated talk by butterfly club member Jon Dombrowski as we explore a butterfly's anatomy through close up photography. Butterflies are not only beautiful creatures but also have fascinating abilities. Learn how butterflies navigate, find food, manage to eat, control their proboscis, taste with their feet and much more. Refreshments will be provided. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact: 383-8168
GENESEE LAND TRUST NATIVE PLANT SALE
Saturday 8:30 a.m.
At the Brighton Town Hall located at 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester 14618 For more information, www.geneseelandtrust.org – Events and Activities – Special Events.
|June 8||GENESEE LAND TRUST NATIVE PLANT SALE|
| Saturday 9:00 a.m.
At the Brighton Town Hall located at 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester 14618 Arrive early for best selection. For more information, www.geneseelandtrust.org or e-mail Margaret Potter at email@example.com or call (585) 256-2130.
|JUNE 11||WESLEY HILL PRESERVE, Anna Brown Tract|
|Tues. 9:00 a.m.||
Meet at the Park and Ride parking lot by the Bushnell’s Basin Exit of Route I-490.
|JUNE 22||ROCHESTER AREA “4th OF JULY” COUNT (Rain Date, Sunday June 23)|
|Saturday from 10:00 a.m.||
Several different locations, including Mendon Ponds Park, Powder Mills Park, High Acres Nature Area and Thousand Acre Swamp.
|JUNE 22||Genesee Land Trust BACK YARD HABITAT TOUR|
|Saturday 9:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m.
www.geneseelandtrust.org – Events and Activities – Special Events.
|JUNE 26||BLACK CREEK PARK|
Wednesday 10:00 a.m.
Meet outside Byrne Dairy just south of exit #4 from Route 1-490 west, at southeast corner of intersection of Union Street (Rt 259) and Chili Ave. ( Rt 33A). We will car pool from there to a nearby area of the park. Bring lunch, if the weather is good we may visit another part of the park in the afternoon. Contact: 385-4725
|July 2||PRIVATE PROPERTY in Alleghany County|
|Tuesday||Lovely property near Keaney Swamp. The area is a 1 ½ hour drive from Rochester. Pot luck lunch. Registration required. To register and for more details contact us before June 28|
|JULY 6||LETCHWORTH STATE PARK 4th OF JULY COUNT (Rain Date, Sunday July 7)|
|Saturday from 10:00 a.m.||Several different locations and car pooling available from Rochester. If you would like to participate, contact Douglas Bassett, Park Naturalist at 493-3625.|
|JULY 9||MENDON AREA MYSTERY TOUR|
|Tuesday 10:00 a.m.||
Meet in the Visitors Center / Wild Wings parking lot on Pond Road just off Clover St. (Rt. 65). After we check out the butterfly garden, we will car pool to other areas of the park or to other nearby areas to the best butterfly spots we have found. Optionally, bring lunch.
|JULY 13||PRIVATE PROPERTY RUSH: SUMMER HABITAT WALK|
|Saturday 10:00 a.m.||Joint trip with Genesee Land Trust. For detail see www.geneseelandtrust.org – events and activities – walks and talks|
|JULY 22||LITTLE LAKES MYSTERY TOUR|
|Monday 9:00 a.m.||
Meet at Rush Park and Ride to explore areas near Canadice and Hemlock Lakes. Directions: Rush Park and Ride lot is at Rt. 15 and Rt. 251 off I-390, exit 11 for Rush. Lakes area is about a half hour drive from Rush. Bring lunch.
|JULY 28||CHRISTINE SEVILLA WETLANDS PRESERVE|
|Sunday 10 a.m.||
Directions: From Rte. 282, west of Scottsville, go south on Wheatland Ctr. Rd. Turn left onto Iroquois Rd (Co Rd 21). Park along side of road at 3799 Iroquois Rd in the town of Caledonia. Please be punctual, once we leave the cars to follow the access easement, we will not be visible from the road. Wear waterproof boots or footwear you do not mind getting muddy and wet. Lunch optional. Contact: 425-2380
|AUGUST 8||MONTOUR FALLS area, near Watkins Glen|
|Thursday 9:00 a.m.||
Full day outing, about 2 hours drive from Rochester. We will car pool from Rochester area.
|AUGUST 20-21||FORT DRUM NEAR WATERTOWN|
|Thurs. 10 a.m.||
Access to Fort Drum requires permit available instantly online – see below.
Fort Drum Recreation Access Passes are now available as an Easy on-line permit and there is no wait!
GANARGUA CREEK MEADOW PRESERVE
|Saturday 10:00 a.m.||
Joint trip with Genesee Land Trust. Meet at the Creek-side entrance near the intersection of Wilkinson and Victor Rd. in Wayne County, about 40 minutes from Rochester. Directions: From Route 31 in Macedon, turn south onto Route 306 (Wayneport Road). Turn east onto Wilkinson Road and drive to the parking lot on the right, just before T intersection with Victor Road.
thru OCTOBER 15
Please send your Monarch counts and all your other butterfly sightings during the season to Bill McCleary,firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of information about the Monarch Butterfly
Robert Michael Pyle's account of his butterfly big year in Orion Magazine.
Help preserve the Auburn Trail. Information can be found here.
Butterfly host plants:
|Butterfly Species||Caterpillar Plants|
|Trees and Shrubs|
|Tiger Swallowtail||American hornbeam||ash||tulip tree||wild cherry|
|Harvester||woolly aphids on alder|
|Coral Hairstreak||black cherry||choke cherry|
|Acadian Hairstreak||small willows|
|Striped Hairstreak||American hornbeam||black chokeberry||hawthorn|
|Spring Azure||flowering dogwood||maple-leaf viburnum||New Jersey tea||shrubby dogwoods|
|Question Mark||elm||(and herbaceous)|
|Eastern Comma||elm||(and herbaceous)|
|White Admiral||American hornbeam||black cherry||cottonwood||oak|
|Red-spotted Purple||American hornbeam||black cherry||cottonwood||oak|
|Viceroy||small poplars||small willows|
|Silver-spotted Skipper||black locust|
|Butterfly Species||Caterpillar Plants|
|Black Swallowtail||dill||fennel||parsley||Queen Anne's Lace|
|West Virginia White||toothwort|
|Cabbage White||cabbage family|
|American Copper||sheep sorrel|
|Bronze Copper||swamp dock|
|Eastern-tailed Blue||pea family|
|Great Spangled Fritillary||violets|
|Butterfly Species||Caterpillar Plants|
|Harris' Checkerspot||flat topped aster|
|Baltimore Checkerspot||English plantain||white turtlehead|
|Question Mark||hops||nettle species|
|Eastern Comma||nettle species|
|Milbert's Tortoiseshell||nettle species|
|American Lady||pearly everlasting||sweet everlasting|
|Painted Lady||bull thistle||nodding thistle|
|Red Admiral||nettle species|
|Monarch||common milkweed||swamp milkweed||butterflyweed|
|Hoary-edge Skipper||tick trefoils (Desmodium)|
|Southern Cloudywing||tick trefoils (Desmodium)|
|Northern Cloudywing||bush clovers (Lespedeza)||tick trefoils (Desmodium)|
|Wild Indigo Duskywing||wild indigo (Baptisia)|
|Common Checkered Skipper||mallow family|
|Butterfly Species||Caterpillar Plants|
|Grasses and Sedges|
|Northern Pearly Eye||grasses|
|Eyed Brown||sedges (Carex)|
|Appalachian Brown||sedges (Carex)|
|Little Wood Satyr||grasses|
|Common Wood Nymph||grasses|
|European Skipper||Timothy grass|
|Northern Broken Dash||grasses|
|Dion Skipper||sedges (Carex)|
|Dun Skipper||sedges (Carex)|
Bill's Blog can be found here.
Home of the Rochester Butterfly Club photo gallery. Members of the Rochester Butterfly Club can register and post their pictures of butterflies, and other related things, after their gallery is set up.
Right now I'm in the testing stage. If you're willing to help with the testing, just go the gallery and register. Then email the webmaster and let me know that you are willing to help with the test. I will then create your album and you can start uploading your photos (jpegs only).
Note: This photo gallery is for Rochester Butterfly Club members only.
There is no need to worry about the size of your image. It will downsized to around 100kB when you upload it.
By clicking on the link below you are agreeing that you will not post any specific information about the location of any butterfly or moth. You are free to post the date, time and county, but nothing more specific.
The gallery can be found here.