Last updated: June 6, 2017

The Lancaster Butterfly and Entomological Club
2017 - Our 22nd year!

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      Hoary-edged Skipper                          Squashvine Borer                           Robber Fly            .
Photographs by Fred Habegger

Meets at the North Museum, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Next Events
Monday,  July 10, 2017   7:00 pm
"An Update on Invasive Species in PA Forests" by Tim Marasco, Forest Health Supervisor, PA, DCNR.
Saturday, June 24, 2017   9:00 am   FIELD TRIP
Furnace Hills Fourth of July Butterfly Count. We will mount an intensive effort to find as many butterfly species as possible in the Brickerville Hills, Middlecreek State Game lands and Northern Lancaster County floodplains. This is part of the North American Butterfly Association’s Fourth of July Butterfly Count program and requires a nominal participation fee. Meet at 9:00 AM at the Riparian Park along PA-772 and Clay Road, about 1.4 mile East of the Lititz square. Compiler is Fred Habegger (Weather/ cancelation info. 717-859-2521).

Meeting dates for 2017 are:       Programs begin at 7:00 pm.

March 6, 2017.
April 3, 2017.
May 1, 2017.
June 5, 2017.

July 10, 2017.
August 7, 2017.
September 11, 2017.
October 2, 2017.

*** Butterfly sightings by year & month ***
The 42 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2017.
(June 28 species)

Most recent sightings: --- Gray Hairstreak, Painted Lady, Little Glassywing, Appalachian Eyed Brown, American Painted Lady, Great Spangled Fritillary.
(Updated June 21, 2017)

You can help with the 2017 sightings list. For information visit the 2017 page to see what has been reported and where you can send your sighting data. 

The regular meetings of the Lancaster Butterfly &  Entomological Club are held on the first Monday of every month from March through October (except the September meeting which is on the second Monday).

Meeting Location: Kinsey room on the second floor of the North Museum of Natural History & Science, at the corner of College Avenue and Buchanan Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The meetings run from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

Everyone is invited to the meetings, which are free to all. Please use the rear entrance (to the left at the back of the parking area) and bring a friend.

The purpose of the club is to study butterflies and insects and to share that information at our meetings. Catch the enthusiasm and attend our lively club meetings. Most meetings include a lecture, discussion, and show-and-tell of books, bugs, host plants, or photos. Members and friends are invited to field trips and Fourth of July Butterfly Counts in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania throughout the season. Counts are part of the North American Butterfly Association's Fourth of July Butterfly Count program and require a nominal participation fee by NABA. Learn what can be found in this area and meet other enthusiasts.

Membership Information: If you wish to join the club, Annual dues are $10 per household, payable at club meetings or by mail.
Lancaster Butterfly and Entomological Club, Tim Draude, 415 N. Poplar St., Lancaster, PA 17603

For more information contact President Fred Habegger at    or 717-859-2521.


(Programs & Field Trips for 2017) 

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Monday, March 6, 2017   7:00 pm "Members' Night and elections.

Monday,  April 3, 201   7:00 pm
"Invasive Species – Environmental Impacts" by Justin Lewis, Bernard Hopewell and Adam Gochnauer, Millersville University senior ecology students. These students are studying Invasion Ecology with Entomologist Dr. John Wallace and will present their Invasion Ecology News briefs to the Butterfly and Entomology Club. These presentations will surely promote a lively discussion about the impacts of invasive species in our environment.

Monday,  May 1, 2017   7:00 pm
"Climate Change" by Dr. David Newcomer.
Monday,  June 5, 2017   7:00 pm
"The Wonderful World of Ants" by Jim Pinkerton, Bee Keeper and Ant Farmer.
Saturday, June 24, 2017   9:00 am  FIELD TRIP
Furnace Hills Fourth of July Butterfly Count. We will mount an intensive effort to find as many butterfly species as possible in the Brickerville Hills, Middlecreek State Game lands and Northern Lancaster County floodplains. This is part of the North American Butterfly Association’s Fourth of July Butterfly Count program and requires a nominal participation fee. Meet at 9:00 AM at the Riparian Park along PA-772 and Clay Road, about 1.4 mile East of the Lititz square. Compiler is Fred Habegger (Weather/ cancelation info. 717-859-2521).
 
Saturday, July 8, 2017   9:00 am  FIELD TRIP   .
"The 22nd Annual Holtwood Fourth of July Butterfly Count."
Another opportunity to tally butterflies for NABA (North American Butterfly Association), this time in the Southern part of the county. Explore along the Susquehanna River and at Muddy Run Park. A nominal participation fee will be assessed. Meet at 9:00 AM at the Muddy Run Park Information Center's butterfly garden. Compiler is Fred Habegger (Weather/ cancelation info. 717-859-2521).
 
Monday,  July 10, 2017  7:00 pm 
"An Update on Invasive Species in PA Forests" by Tim Marasco, Forest Health Supervisor, PA, DCNR.
 
Monday,  August 7, 2017  7:00 pm 
"Insects and More" including a preview of the Ned Smith Center's exhibit of the Kopp Collection by member John Laskowski, Moth Man and Biology teacher.
 
Saturday, August 19, 2017   9:00 am and/or 3:00 pm   FIELD TRIP
"Summer Rerun of the Furnace Hills Butterfly Count."  Summer Rerun of the Furnace Hills Butterfly Count.  For the die-hard enthusiasts, we will start at 9:00 AM from Sunfish Pond at Middlecreek Wildlife Management Area. No fee, but bring plenty of fluids and sun screen for making a hot day of butterfly hunting in the field manageable. August is the prime month to see numbers of butterflies. We will be regrouping at 3:00 PM, at the Middlecreek Visitor’s Center, allowing those who want a shorter day of butterflying to join us in the afternoon.
 
Monday,  September 11, 2017   7:00 pm
"Recent Nature Adventures" by Don Billet, Amateur Naturalist, expert at nothing, student of everything.
 
Lancaster Butterfly
& Entomological Club

Monday,  October 2, 2017   7:00 pm   
"Member's Night" Member share recent sightings, photos, movies, specimens, books, other observations.

*** Butterfly sightings by year ***

The -- butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2017
The 64 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2016
The 60 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2015
The 75 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2013
The 79 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2012
The 70 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2011
The 72 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2010
The 67 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2009
Photographs of Lancaster Butterflies  - 2012 , 2011, and 2010

You can help with the 2017 sightings list. For information visit the 2017 page to see what has been reported and where you can send your sighting data. 

Further Afield - Other organizations

Ned Smith Center
For Nature and Art
Ned Smith Center
Saturday   July 29, 2017
"Ned Smith Nature and Arts Festival," along the Susquehanna River in Millersburg, Pennslvania sponsored by the Ned Smith Center. All ages will be entertained and stimulated. You may go to  www.Nedsmithcenter.org. Our contact person is John Laskowski at 717-362-7979 for more information. 
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National Moth Week
Celebrate National Moth Week July 22-3, 2017 . Turn the porch light on and enjoy the show! NationalMothWeek.org has information on this celebration of biodiversity of the often overlooked creatures in your neighborhood. Pennsylvania has over 1000 species of moths. Locally there will be a Moth Night at Nolde Forest on August 5, 2017 with the Mengel Natural History Society and the Baird Ornithological Club hosting.
          Photographs by Karl Gardner unless otherwise noted.


RELATED EVENTS at the Ned Smith Center in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
For more information check their web site or call John Laskowski at 717-362-7979


                For information on events at the North Museum go to North Museum.
        For Butterfly sightings in Lancaster County for 2017 go to Lancaster Co. Butterflies 2017.
                   For Butterfly sightings in Berks County for 2017 go to Berks Co. - Butterflies 2017
                  For Butterfly walks in Berks County go to Berks County Nature - Butterfly Walks 2017.
                   For Nature events in Berks County go to Berks County Nature.


           Red-banded Hairstreak               Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar     Summer Azure Caterpillar

          Spotted Lanternfly             Spotted Lanternfly Egg Clusters
Photographs by Karl Gardner

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