Berks County, Pennsylvania Butterfly Sightings in 2018
Butterfly walks in Berks County - 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 - 49 species so far (July - 32, June - 29, May - 21, April - 9, March - 0, February - 1, January - 0)
(Latest new for year sightings: Viceroy, Delaware Skipper, Snout Butterfly, Tawny Emperor, Zebra Swallowtail, Striped Hairstreak, Northern Pearly Eye, Dun Skipper, Little Glassywing, Crossline Skipper.)

Updated 7/16/18
THIS YEAR'S CONTRIBUTORS (11) 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).
Ryan Woolwine spotted a Dusted Skipper seen by 8 others at the Green Hills Preserve on June 2, 2018.

 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 1 3
2 Long-tailed Skipper
3 Hoary-edged Skipper
4 Northern Cloudywing 19
5 Dreamy Duskywing  2
6 Sleepy Duskywing 28
7 Juvenal's Duskywing 
8 Horace's Duskywing 
9 Wild Indigo Duskywing 2 14
10 Common Checkered Skipper  26
11 Common Sootywing
12 Swarthy Skipper
13 Least Skipper  17 2
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 28
22 Long Dash 
23 Northern Broken Dash 
24 Little Glassy Wing 1
25 Sachem 25 11
26 Delaware Skipper  15
27 Mulberry Wing
28 Hobomok Skipper  3
29 Zabulon Skipper  26 2 1
30 Broad-winged Skipper
31 Black Dash 
32 Dun Skipper  1
33 Dusted Skipper  2
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  3
38 Black Swallowtail  3 2
39 Giant Swallowtail  15
40 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail  5 1 10
41 Spicebush Swallowtail 10 2 3
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 1 1
44 Falcate Orangetip
45 Clouded Sulphur  23 17
46 Orange Sulphur 25 28 2
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  26 11
55 Striped Hairstreak 3
56 Red-banded Hairstreak 19 11 10
57 Juniper Hairstreak 
58 Brown Elfin  28
59 Pine Elfin 
60 White-m Hairstreak 
61 Gray Hairstreak 28
62 Eastern Tailed Blue 2 14
63 Spring Azure  14 1
64 Northern Spring Azure 
65 Summer Azure  12 2
66 Appalachian Azure
Family NYMPHALIDAE
 Subfamily LIBYTHEINAE 
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Last
67 Snout Butterfly  10
Subfamily HELICONIINAE
68 Variegated Fritillary 15 7
69 Great Spangled Fritillary 18 1
70  Aphrodite 
71  Meadow Fritillary  3 21 16
Subfamily NYMPHALINAE
72 Pearl Crescent 25 5
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  26
81 Painted Lady 
82 Red Admiral  28 25 1 2
83 Buckeye 
84 Red-spotted Purple  23 1 6
85 Viceroy 16
Subfamily APATURINAE
86 Hackberry Butterfly/Emperor 14 1
87 Tawny Emperor  10
Subfamily SATYRINAE
88 Northern Pearly Eye  2
89 Appalachian (Eyed) Brown  26 5
90 Little Wood Satyr  20 1 2
91 Common Ringlet 
92 Common Wood Nymph 
Subfamily DANAINAE
93 Monarch 7 5 1
Monthly Totals 0 1 0 9 21 29 32
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, Janis Good, Rudy Keller, Ken Lebo, Robert Noll, Tony Schoch, Mike Slater, Dave Sonnen, Jo Spilde, Ryan Woolwine, Lois Vedock, 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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