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July 2, 2014

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June 30, 2014

Description

An Edwards' HS with a bulging abdomen. I don't know how else to tell the sexes apart, but I'd guess this is a female full of eggs. I followed it for a while, but did not see it lay any eggs.

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June 27, 2014

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I got a great look at a Pine Warbler singing atop a pine while I was in a bucket truck on the summit looking for Oak Hairstreak butterflies.

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June 27, 2014

Description

The Edwards' HS have quickly become the most commonly encountered Satyrium butterfly on Great Blue Hill.

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Banded Hairstreak Satyrium calanus

Date

June 27, 2014

Description

I found two Banded HS early this morning while everything was still very wet with dew. They were perched on higher trees and plants near the summit

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June 27, 2014

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Weasels Genus Mustela

Date

June 27, 2014

Description

I've never seen one of these before. It came out of a pipe behind the small utility building at the top of the main slope. It came slinking through the grass on what I assume is it's usual morning stroll, but it was not expecting to see something like me standing in it's way so early in the morning (7:30AM).

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Red-spotted Admiral Limenitis arthemis

Date

June 27, 2014

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Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Date

June 27, 2014

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June 25, 2014

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Banded Hairstreak Satyrium calanus

Date

June 25, 2014

Description

Found near the chairlift at the summit by tapping scrub oak. At least 3 other Banded HS

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June 25, 2014

Description

Secondary growth

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Thistles Genus Cirsium

Date

June 24, 2014

Description

The thistle near the weather observatory is just barely beginning to bloom. This patch of purple flowers is a popular nectaring place among the butterfly fauna of Great Blue Hill. During the peak of its bloom, excited butterfly watchers sometimes outnumber butterflies. Sadly, this patch is currently being choked out by Black Swallow-wort. If you visit the area, please pluck a few of the dastardly invasives.

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Eastern Pondhawk Erythemis simplicicollis

Date

June 24, 2014

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Spiders Order Araneae

Date

June 24, 2014

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June 24, 2014

Description

Found near the chairlift at the summit by tapping scrub oak. There were at least 3 other Edwards' HS

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June 24, 2014

Description

nectaring at dogbane

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Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca

Date

June 24, 2014

Description

Milkweed is in bloom!

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Date

June 24, 2014

Description

I'm seeing more of these ugly, clumped, webby nests in the scrub oak everyday. The "Uglynest caterpillar" couldn't be a more apt common name.

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June 24, 2014

Description

The most abundant lep on the hill right now.

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whorled loosestrife Lysimachia quadrifolia

Date

June 19, 2014

Description

This plant is growing all over the understory and open areas of the reservation. If you take the time to look, the small yellow flowers that sit over the leaves are quite beautiful.

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Bronzed Cutworm Moth Nephelodes minians

Date

June 19, 2014

Description

Found under a board at the base of the slope.

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Canada toadflax Nuttallanthus canadensis

Date

June 19, 2014

Description

This is the house plant to a beautiful and very conspicuous caterpillar, Lepipolys perscripta. I check it whenever I see it.

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Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle Labidomera clivicollis

Date

June 19, 2014

Description

eating milkweed at the bottom of the slope

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June 19, 2014

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June 19, 2014

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Cloudywings Genus Thorybes

Date

June 19, 2014

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June 19, 2014

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Eastern Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

Date

June 19, 2014

Description

Missing one tail.

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Date

June 19, 2014

Description

Surprised to see this species so late in the season.