Wednesday 16 July 2014

A Rare Nova Scotia Butterfly... 

This is a new Maritimes Butterfly Atlas record for the Northern Cloudywing, Thorybes pylades. Photographed at Debert, NS on July 13th, it's the first Colchester county record during the Atlas period (although a record for Colchester is included in Ferguson's 1955 book), and is the latest ever date for this species in Nova Scotia. All other Nova Scotia Atlas records are from the month of June and from Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties. This species is currently considered S2 Vulnerable (imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction or extirpation) in Nova Scotia.

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