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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.

 

Chasing Butterflies with Your Camera
By Doug Holland

Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:30pm

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 the building.

Great Spangled Fritillary on Knapweed           By Doug Holland

Doug Holland is a member of Rochester Butterfly Club and long time nature photographer. He will show digital images and talk about how he got started with butterflies with the aid of digital photography and an assortment of butterfly field guides and online resources to help with identification. There will be tips to help you get started with butterflies or take your butterflying to the next level.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.
Contact: 383-8168

 

 


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.

Field Trips

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.)

 

Newsletter

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.

 

 

Club Officers:

 
President: Carol Southby
Vice President / Secretary: Shirley Shaw
Treasurer: Lucretia Grosshans
Statistics: Bill McCleary
Editor: David Southby
   

For information about the Rochester Butterfly Club, contact Lucretia Crosshans.

 

 


 

ROCHESTER BUTTERFLY CLUB

2014 FIELD TRIPS and ACTIVITIES

www.rochesterbutterflyclub.org

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.

Our morning field trips last about 2 hours. Some trips have an option to continue into the afternoon, and others are all day trips, returning some time after 4p.m.    Bring a cold drink and for the longer trips, your lunch and folding chair.
***** Long pants and appropriate footgear are strongly recommended, as there is often poison ivy ***** 

We have provided contact numbers (all area code 585) 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 alternate 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.
Non-members, beginners and children accompanied by an adult are welcome at all of our activities. 

During recent years there have been deer ticks in the area and cases of Lyme disease contracted here. Because of this, we recommend you wear long pants tucked into socks, and use insect repellent.


2014 Field trips list can be downloaded here.

 

May 6, 9 or 10 ROME SAND PLAINS for Elfins and wildflowers

We hope to visit Rome, weather permitting, either Tues. May 6, Fri. May 9 or Sat. May 10.


If you would like to join us for this all day trip, please contact 383-8168 before May 3

   
May 17 GENESEE LAND TRUST     NATIVE PLANT SALE    

Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m .

Arrive early for best selection !!!!
www.geneseelandtrust.org – Events and Activities – Special Events.

   
May 22 SAMPSON STATE PARK  for Juniper habitat species                                                      ***NEW***
Thursday 9:30 a.m

All day trip. Meet at the Park and Ride parking lot by the Bushnell’s Basin Exit of Route I-490.
Directions, Take 490 East to Bushnell’s Basin / route 96 exit. At the light, turn left, the parking lot is on the left. We will car pool from there. Over one hour drive to Sampson State Park.
Bring lunch and folding chair.
Contact: 425-2380

   
June 14 ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN CLUB     OUTDOOR EXPO             MENDON PONDS PARK
Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m See the Web site for more info: http://www.adk-gvc.org/expo.
   
June 21 GENESEE LAND TRUST                  BACK YARD HABITAT TOUR

Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m www.geneseelandtrust.org – Events and Activities – Special Events
 

 

June 24 WEBSTER WELL FIELD     For sandy area species 
Tuesday 10 a.m.

Morning trip.  Meet in parking lot, near entrance, at St. Martin Lutheran Church, 813 Bay Road, Webster. Directions: From 104, exit at Bay Road (the first exit east of the Bay Bridge). Turn right / north on Bay Road and go a short distance past Volk Road (small grocery on the corner). The next intersection is Park, where the church is on the left.  Turn left on Park to get to the entrance of the parking lot. Lunch optional.
Contact:  385-4725.

   
June 28 ROCHESTER AREA “4th OF JULY” COUNT (Rain Date, Sunday June 24)
Saturday from 10 a.m.

Several different locations, including Mendon Ponds Park, Powder Mills Park, High Acres Nature Area and Thousand Acre Swamp. 
If you would like to help, contact us.

   
July 2 PRIVATE PROPERTY in Alleghany County
Wednesday All day trip to private property south of Nunda. About a 1 ½ hour drive from Rochester. Pot luck lunch. Registration required.  To register contact 473-1277
   
July 5 LETCHWORTH STATE PARK 4th OF JULY COUNT (Rain Date, Sunday July 6)
Saturday from 10 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 10 HI TOR AREA, near Naples for Hairstreaks and higher elevation species 
Saturday & Sunday

All day trip. Meet at the Park and Ride parking lot by the Bushnell’s Basin Exit of Route I-490.
Directions, Take 490 East to Bushnell’s Basin / route 96 exit. At the light, turn left, the parking lot is on the left. We will car pool from there. About one hour drive to Hi Tor. Bring lunch and a folding chair.  
Contact: 385-4725 

   
July 12 GANARGUA CREEK MEADOW PRESERVE nearest address, 727 Wilkinson Rd, Macedon
Saturday 10 a.m.

Morning trip. Joint trip with Genesee Land Trust.  Meet at the Creek-side entrance near the intersection of Wilkinson and Victor Rd. in Wayne County, about 30 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. Wear long pants and appropriate footgear, as there is poison ivy. Optional bring lunch and folding chair.
Contact: 383-8168.

 
July  17 PRIVATE PROPERTY in RUSH
Thursday 10 a.m. Morning trip with optional afternoon extension.
For information Contact 383-8168
   
July 20 WHITING ROAD NATURE PRESERVE, WEBSTER    For sandy area species                    ***NEW***
Sunday 10 a.m.

Morning trip. Meet at the trailhead parking lot, 403 Whiting Road, on the west side of Whiting Road, approximately 1 mile north of Klem Road and approximately a half mile south of Lake Road.
Contact: 385-4725

 
July 22 CANADICE LAKE ROAD  for Midsummer's Butterflies and Birds
Tuesday 9 a.m.

All day trip. Joint trip with Burroughs Audubon Nature Club. Meet at Rush Park and Ride to explore areas near Canadice and Hemlock Lakes. Includes visit to a private property.  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 and a folding chair.
Contact: 385-3907.

   
July 26 BUTTERFLY GARDEN
Saturday 10 a.m.

Morning trip to private property with butterfly gardens. For information, Contact: 383-8168

   
August  9 RATTLESNAKE HILL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA      For higher elevation species
Saturday 9 a.m.

All day trip. Meet at the Park and Ride lot at Rt. 15 and Rt. 251 off I-390, exit 11 for Rush. The area is about a one hour drive from Rush. Bring Lunch and a folding chair.
Contact: 425-2380

 

 

August 25 HOWLAND ISLAND            for wetland species                                                                           ***NEW***
Monday  9:00 a.m.

All day trip. Meet at the Park and Ride parking lot by the Bushnell’s Basin Exit of Route I-490.
Directions, Take 490 East to Bushnell’s Basin / route 96 exit. At the light, turn left, the parking lot is on the left. We will car pool from there. About one hour drive to Howland Island, which is part of the Northern Montezuma WMA . Bring lunch and a folding chair.
Contact: 385-3907

   
September 2   BURGER PARK  in Greece for late summer wetland species
Tuesday 10 a.m.     

Morning trip, optional afternoon extension. Meet in the parking lot at Braddock Bay Park, near the lodge.  Directions: Take Lake Ontario Parkway west and exit at East Manitou Road. Go north to the park entrance, then follow  the park road to the north.  About 30 minutes drive from Rochester.  We will car pool from here.
Optional bring lunch.
Contact: 385-4725.

   
September 16 HIGH ACRES NATURE AREA, PERINTON   For late summer species                                  ***NEW***

Tuesday 10 a.m.

Morning trip. Meet in parking spaces nearest Turk Hill Road at Perinton Town Hall, 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport.
Contact: 385-3907

   
August    1 thru October.  15
MONARCH COUNT
 

Please send your Monarch counts and all your other butterfly sightings during the season to us.

**** Please remember to send all your butterfly sightings ****

Whenever you go out butterflying or are just sitting on your back porch, keep a list of the butterflies you see and how many of each. Be sure to record the location and date of each sighting and the observers. If the town and county of the sightings are not well known, record those also. Finally, if you see any other interesting things such as caterpillars (if you can identify them) or a female butterfly laying eggs, see if you can also identify the plant and send this information along as well.

You can send your records to Bill either as you make them or at the end of the season. Send them on our standard checklist record sheets or in any other form that you prefer.

 

Butterfly and Dragonfly Books

 

If you would like to download this list for printing, you can find it here.


Butterfly Books for Children

 

If you would like to download this list for printing, you can find it here.


Dragonfly and Damselfly Books

 

If you would like to download this list for printing, you can find it here.

 

 

 

 

 


Black Swallowtail
Giant Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail
West Virginia White
Cabbage White
Clouded Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
Harvester
American Copper
Bronze Copper
Coral Hairstreak
Acadian Hairstreak
Banded Hairstreak
Hickory Hairstreak
Striped Hairstreak
Eastern Pine Elfin
Gray Hairstreak
Eastern-tailed Blue
Azure, Spring/Summer
American Snout
Variegated Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
Aphrodite Fritillary
Atlantis Fritillary
Silver-bordered Fritillary
Meadow Fritillary
Harris' Checkerspot
Pearl Crescent
Northern Crescent
Baltimore Checkerspot
Question Mark
Eastern Comma
Gray Comma
Compton Tortoiseshell
Mourning Cloak
Milbert's Tortoiseshell
American Lady


Painted Lady
Red Admiral
Common Buckeye
Red-spotted Purple
White Admiral
Viceroy
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor
Northern Pearly Eye
Eyed Brown
Appalachian Brown
Little Wood Satyr
Common Ringlet
Common Wood Nymph
Monarch
Silver-spotted Skipper
Hoary Edge
Northern Cloudywing
Dreamy Duskywing
Juvenal's Duskywing
Wild Indigo Duskywing
Common Checkered Skipper
Arctic Skipper
Least Skipper
European Skipper
Fiery Skipper
Leonard's Skipper
Peck's Skipper
Tawny-edged Skipper
Crossline Skipper
Long Dash
Northern Broken Dash
Little Glassywing
Delaware Skipper
Hobomok Skipper
Broad-winged Skipper
Dion Skipper
Dun Skipper

Butterfly host plants:

Butterfly Species Caterpillar Plants      
Trees and Shrubs
Tiger Swallowtail American hornbeam ash tulip tree wild cherry
Spicebush Swallowtail sassafras spicebush
Harvester woolly aphids on alder   
Coral Hairstreak black cherry choke cherry 
Acadian Hairstreak small willows
Banded Hairstreak oaks
Hickory Hairstreak hickory  
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)
Compton Tortoiseshell birch
Mourning Cloak elm poplar willow
White Admiral American hornbeam black cherry cottonwood oak
Red-spotted Purple American hornbeam black cherry cottonwood oak
Viceroy small poplars small willows
Hackberry Emperor hackberry
Tawny Emperor hackberry
Silver-spotted Skipper black locust
Dreamy Duskywing birch poplar
Juvenal's Duskywing oaks
Butterfly Species Caterpillar Plants      
Herbaceous
Black Swallowtail dill fennel parsley Queen Anne's Lace
West Virginia White toothwort
Cabbage White cabbage family
Clouded Sulphur clovers
Orange Sulphur alfalfa
American Copper sheep sorrel
Bronze Copper swamp dock
Eastern-tailed Blue pea family
Great Spangled Fritillary violets
Aphrodite Fritillary violets
Atlantis Fritillary violets
Silver-bordered Fritillary violets
Meadow Fritillary violets
Butterfly Species Caterpillar Plants      
Herbaceous
Harris' Checkerspot flat topped aster
Pearl Crescent asters
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 Ringlet grasses
Common Wood Nymph grasses
Arctic Skipper grasses
Least Skipper grasses 
European Skipper Timothy grass
Leonard's Skipper grasses
Peck's Skipper grasses
Tawny-edged Skipper grasses
Crossline Skipper grasses
Long Dash grasses
Northern Broken Dash grasses
Little Glassywing grasses
Delaware Skipper grasses
Hobomok Skipper grasses
Dion Skipper sedges (Carex)
Broad-winged Skipper Phragmites
Dun Skipper sedges (Carex)