It’s nice to have positive things to say about Nature in the City (which we’ve disagreed with, more than once), and this is really a win. Despite some pretty cold foggy weather, their June 7th Butterfly Count got 34 participants and spotted 24 species of butterfly – a record.
The most common species remains the Cabbage White, which accounted for over 40% of the butterflies counted. Next was the Umber Skipper, a tiny butterfly barely larger than your finger tip. Third was the spectacular Anise Swallowtail. The top ten species accounted for over 85% of the butterflies counted. Of course, this is just one year’s result, and may have been biased by weather, visibility, and observer accuracy. Still, we think they did a pretty awesome job. Congratulations.
For anyone interested in more detail, here’s a graph of the results. A total of 775 butterflies were counted, of which 29 were not specifically identified. (Click on the graph and click again for a larger version.) The data are available on Nature-in-the-City’s website.