NORTHERN NECK BUTTERFLY COUNT SHOWS IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS

On July 30, the Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists sponsored a butterfly count in Northumberland and Lancaster counties. Certified Master Naturalist and organizer of the event, Jeffery Wright, told the Rappahannock Record (www.rrecord.com) that he was hoping to see at least 20 species. It turns out to have been a much better day than expected… with nearly double that number observed. More than 800 individual butterflies were counted. Since 1993, the North American Butterfly Association… a non-profit membership group focusing on increasing public enjoyment and conservation of butterflies… has been organizing annual butterfly counts throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. About 450 counts were held last year with more added this year. The goal is to get interested people to record butterfly species and abundance data every year from the same area so they can watch for trends.