Berks County, Pennsylvania Butterfly Sightings in 2018
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    The butterfly species with dates recorded have been seen in Berks County, Pennsylvania this year. There are records of 108 species for Berks County. The list below includes all those reported from 2003 through 2017 plus this year, a total of 93. New species (not seen during 2003 - 2017) will be added in red . One species was added in 2013 and another in 2015. No data was collected in 2014.

      Again this year we are recording the first sighting for each month plus a last date for the year in order to have data over the season.  
       If you have a reliable sighting not on this list for 2018, please send an email to . If you are not sure and have a photograph, please send it. We appreciate your help. 

Sightings in 2018 - 15 species so far (May - 9, April - 9, March - 0, February - 1, January - 0)
(Latest new for year sightings: Red-banded Hairstreak, Silver-spotted Skipper, Monarch, Tiger Swallowtail, Black Swallowtail, Meadow Fritillary.)

Updated 5/20/18
THIS YEAR'S CONTRIBUTORS (9) are listed at the bottom of the page.
Some highlights for 2018.
Tony Schoch observed a Monarch on 7 May 2018 (Last year 1st date was 3 June).

 The day of the first sighting is listed for each month plus the last date for the year.

Family HESPERIIDAE Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Last
1 Silver-spotted Skipper 10
2 Long-tailed Skipper
3 Hoary-edged Skipper
4 Northern Cloudywing
5 Dreamy Duskywing 
6 Sleepy Duskywing 28
7 Juvenal's Duskywing 
8 Horace's Duskywing 
9 Wild Indigo Duskywing
10 Common Checkered Skipper 
11 Common Sootywing
12 Swarthy Skipper
13 Least Skipper 
14 European Skipper 
15 Fiery Skipper 
16 Leonard's Skipper
17 Cobweb Skipper 
18 Indian Skipper
19 Peck's Skipper 
20 Tawny-edged Skipper
21 Crossline Skipper
22 Long Dash 
23 Northern Broken Dash 
24 Little Glassy Wing
25 Sachem
26 Delaware Skipper 
27 Mulberry Wing
28 Hobomok Skipper 
29 Zabulon Skipper 
30 Broad-winged Skipper
31 Black Dash 
32 Dun Skipper 
33 Dusted Skipper 
34 Ocola Skipper
35 Pepper and Salt Skipper
Family PAPILIONIDAE Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Last
36 Pipevine Swallowtail 
37 Zebra Swallowtail 
38 Black Swallowtail  3
39 Giant Swallowtail 
40 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail  5
41 Spicebush Swallowtail
42 Palamedes Swallowtail
Family PIERIDAE Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Last
43 Cabbage Butterfly=Cabbage White  12 1
44 Falcate Orangetip
45 Clouded Sulphur 
46 Orange Sulphur
47 Cloudless Sulphur
48 Little Yellow
49 Sleepy Orange 
Family LYCAENIDAE Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Last
50 Harvester 
51 American Copper  28
52 Coral Hairstreak 
53 Edward's Hairstreak 
54 Banded Hairstreak 
55 Striped Hairstreak
56 Red-banded Hairstreak 19
57 Juniper Hairstreak 
58 Brown Elfin  28
59 Pine Elfin 
60 White-m Hairstreak 
61 Gray Hairstreak 28
62 Eastern Tailed Blue
63 Spring Azure  14 1
64 Northern Spring Azure 
65 Summer Azure 
66 Appalachian Azure
Family NYMPHALIDAE
 Subfamily LIBYTHEINAE 
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Last
67 Snout Butterfly 
Subfamily HELICONIINAE
68 Variegated Fritillary
69 Great Spangled Fritillary
70  Aphrodite 
71  Meadow Fritillary  3
Subfamily NYMPHALINAE
72 Pearl Crescent
73 Baltimore 
74 Question Mark 
75 Comma  21 13 3
76 Gray Comma
77 Compton's Tortoiseshell 
78 Mourning Cloak  13
79 Milbert's Tortoiseshell 
80 American Painted Lady 
81 Painted Lady 
82 Red Admiral  28
83 Buckeye 
84 Red-spotted Purple 
85 Viceroy
Subfamily APATURINAE
86 Hackberry Butterfly/Emperor
87 Tawny Emperor 
Subfamily SATYRINAE
88 Northern Pearly Eye 
89 Appalachian (Eyed) Brown 
90 Little Wood Satyr 
91 Common Ringlet 
92 Common Wood Nymph 
Subfamily DANAINAE
93 Monarch 7
Monthly Totals 0 1 0 9 9
Past year butterfly species sightings in Berks County, PA
2003 (63)
2004 (63)
2005 (62)
2006 (61)
2007 (64)
2008 (67)
2009 (73)
2010 (80)
2011 (72)
2012 (78)
2013 (74)
No data
2015 (71)
2016 (61)
2017 (62)
2018 (--)
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Contributors to this year's sightings are:: Jay Drasher, Rudy Keller, Ken Lebo, Robert Noll, Tony Schoch, Mike Slater, Ryan Woolwine, Karl Gardner.
For Lancaster County, PA butterfly sightings go to Lancaster Butterfly Sightings - 2018.

A site with data on butterfly distributions by county (and photographs) for North America can be found at Butterflies and Moths of NA.   (http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/)

There is a small informal group of local butterfly collectors/observers in Berks Co., Pennsylvania If you are interested in butterflies and would like to meet this group, contact Karl Gardner maintains this page.

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