A total of 50 species were recorded by 16 observers (compared to 50 species in 2021 and only 48 species in 2020) the 2022 Skunk’s Misery Butterfly Count. No new species were recorded and no new high counts were recorded either. Highlights included the first American Copper seen since 2012. Noticeable misses included American Ladies, Buckeye, Common Ringlet and a few Skipper species.
Thanks to everyone for their participation on the Skunk’s Misery count – it was a good day but the dry conditions experienced in June took a definite toll on the numbers of most species. It was great to return to having lunch together at Little Kins Park in Wardsville and the BBQ dinner together as a group! Thanks to my parents, Bill and Marjorie Prieksaitis, for their hospitality in hosting the BBQ – they really enjoyed seeing you all again! We look forward to seeing you again next year on the Skunk’s Misery Butterfly count – July 2nd, 2023 (the first Sunday in July). Also a reminder that the Clear Creek Butterfly count will be held on the last Sunday in July – July 30th – so mark your calendars!