From the common to the rare, we need your help in recording butterflies in Vermont. Everyone knows what a butterfly looks like and many of you are armed with a camera. Help us help the butterflies!
Submit Your Data to eButterfly
It’s that simple. If you submit your observations to eButterfly, they count. Don’t worry — you don’t need to be an expert. Even butterfly checklist from your backyard will help. eButterfly is a real-time, online checklist program for butterfly watchers, eButterfly is providing a new way to report, organize and access information about butterflies in Vermont and beyond.
Make Your Sightings Count
Don’t worry, every butterfly that you enter in eButterfly counts as a part of the Vermont Butterfly Big Year. However, there are three ways that you can make your sightings as valuable as possible. It is important to note that these are only suggestions—not requirements! 1. Submit complete checklists. 2. Keep counts of the butterflies that you see. 3. Keep multiple checklists throughout the course of your butterfly watching: each time you visit a different place, you should start a new checklist.
Revisit Sites You Surveyed During the Vermont Butterfly Survey
If you participated in the Vermont Butterfly Survey (2002-2007), go back and resurvey as many of the same areas that you can. We’ve already seen many changes in butterfly distribution in Vermont over the last decade. Help us learn even more.
With over 100 species of butterfly in Vermont, some that closely resemble each other, be sure to check out our tips on how to best photograph them to make it easier for experts to help you identify them.
- Close-ups are the best, but sometimes even a distant image will do for some species.
- Photograph them from a few different angles – top, side, front – if possible. If your camera has a macro setting (often indicated by a flower symbol, be sure to use it so you can focus on it closely for the most detail. If you are far away, often the zoom on your lens will allow you to get a great closeup.
- Even a poor photo may be good enough for identification, so don’t worry if you don’t have the perfect image; you can still share it with us.
Some species can be tricky, but with a bit of practice and patiences, you can learn to identify most of Vermont’s species. Here are a few great field guides to help you:
- A Handbook for Butterfly Watchers
- Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Field Guides)
- Butterflies through Binoculars: A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Eastern North America
- Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer’s Guide
- Wisconsin Butterflies – a great online resource to aid in identification of many Vermont butterflies