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Annual July Butterfly Count
Participants in this annual Citizen Science project should have some experience with butterflies, be prepared for the weather, and be able to walk a mile or more on and off trails. Novices will be paired with an experienced team leader. Bring close-focusing binoculars or a digital camera with close-focusing capability. These are key to field identification of butterflies. Chester Woods has excellent habitat, so we’ll spend considerable time there.
The 2017 Butterfly Count was held on Saturday, July 22
The morning was overcast and wet, in the high 70s and low 80s with very high humidity. We did not see many species on the morning rounds. The skies cleared off for the afternoon and numbers vastly improved throughout the afternoon. Thirty different species of butterflies were identified during the count including 1 new species - a Leonards Skipper - that we had never seen in the area before. Four species we couldn't identify were also found. A total of 768 individual butterflies were seen by our volunteers. Many thanks to Joel Dunnette for organizing this event, to Chester Woods for the loan of a Gator to get around the park, and to all the volunteers who walked the fields and tallied up their sightings. To see the complete list click here (2mb excel file). View photos from this year's count here, or on our Facebook page.
Review past years’ results here.
Information about the butterflies we've seen (pdf)
Compilation of yearly count (Excel file)
Learn more about butterflies:
North American Butterfly Association
Butterflies of North America
Common Butterflies of Southeast Minnesota