• From Right to Left: Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio

    Weir Farm

    National Historic Site Connecticut

Butterflies

blackswallowtail
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

Julian Alden Weir installed stars on the ceiling in all of his studios. He had three studios: one in New York City, one in Windham, CT and one behind his home in Branchville, CT. Visitors can see the original stars in his Branchville studio at Weir Farm National Historic Site from May-November.