Thanks to the collaboration of an international team of biologists, entomologists, and computer systems specialists, the e-Butterfly.org platform now offers high-performance tools allowing citizens everywhere to help inventory butterflies around the world.
A rare and elusive butterfly has been discovered for the first time in Vermont, flying this spring at one of the state’s protected natural areas. Bog Elfin, patterned in brown and rust, and no bigger than a penny, had eluded detection in the state until one flew past a Vermont field biologist who had been searching for it for two decades.
Vermonters now have another excuse to get outside on sunny days: to join a statewide survey of the most angelic insects—butterflies. VAL is recruiting volunteers to help search fields and fens, mountains and meadows, and even their own backyards to help document the status of Vermont’s butterflies.
Terri Armata, one of Vermont’s most ardent butterfly watchers, has done it again. For the second year in a row she has recorded a new butterfly species for Vermont. On June 30th in the far southwest corner of Vermont she photographed a Northern Oak Hairstreak (Satyrium favonius ontario).
eButterfly was recently named as a finalist in the Nature Inspiration Awards 2021. Each year, the awards recognize the achievements of organizations and individuals whose work inspires Canadians to get more involved in understanding and protecting nature.
This year, during the Vermont Monarch Monitoring Blitz from July 28 to August 8, over 25 people helped the Vermont Atlas of Life capture a snapshot of late summer Monarch populations and productivity across the state as part of the international effort.
Terri Armata, one of Vermont’s most ardent butterfly watchers, discovered the 115th species for Vermont, a Cloudless Sulphur. Read more about her discovery and the amazing butterfly.
Butterfly watchers joined us this spring on our West Virginia White Watch, one of the many Vermont Atlas of Life missions, to help us monitor this conservation concern species by submitting checklist surveys to eButterfly.
Every time butterfly watchers raise binoculars and cameras to record a butterfly sighting, they collect important data. We invite you to join us for one of our webinars that will demonstrate how to use eButterfly and answer any of your questions.
Fifteen years after it was first discover near Montreal, Canada, the European Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) has been found in Vermont. On September 5, 2020 David Barrington captured an image of the species at Alburg Dunes State Park.