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    Weir Farm

    National Historic Site Connecticut

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Butterflies

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Black Swallowtail
National Park Service, Weir Farm National Historic Site
 

The year 2009 marked the first of what is hoped will be annual monitoring of the butterfly populations at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Two walks, taken in late June and mid-July, yielded the first ever list of species. A total of 12 species were found. Following is the list:

  • Great Spangled Fritillary, Speyeria cybele
  • Question Mark, Polygonia interragationis
  • Wood Satyr, Megisto cymela
  • Clouded Sulphur , Colias philodice
  • Cabbage Butterfly, Pieris rapae
  • Summer Azure, Celastrina ladon
  • Tawny Edge Skipper, Polites themistocles
  • Hobomok Skipper, Poanes hobomok
  • Silver-spotted Skipper, Epargyreus clarus
  • Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus
  • Monarch, Danaus Plexippus
  • Little glassy wing, Pompeius verna

Did You Know?

Stars on the ceiling of Weir's studio - Photo by Barry McCormick

The Land of Nod was the name given to his property, now preserved as Weir Farm National Historic Site, by Julian Alden Weir and his artist friends. Both Weir and Childe Hassam used the phrase to title works that were inspired by the local landscape.