Last updated: Novembe 16, 2019

The Lancaster Butterfly and Entomological Club
2019 - Our 24th year!

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        Sleepy Orange                           Yellow Jackets                            Ocola Skipper            .
Photographs by Fred Habegger

Meets at the North Museum, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Next Events

Monday,  October 7, 2019   7:00 pm   
"Members Night" Members share recent sightings, photos, movies, specimens, books, other observations.
This was the last meeting of the Lancaster Butterfly and Entomological Society for 2019. The next meeting of the LB&E Club is tentatively scheduled for March 2, 2020.
Butterfly sightings for the sightings page are still being accepted.

Dates for 2019 - All Mondays
March 4,  April 1,  May 6,  June 3,  July 1,  August 5,  September 9, October 7 (LAST PROGRAM of YEAR)

Dates and programs for 2020 will be announced early in 2020.

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 Main entrance (a change from past practice) 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 $15 (starting 2018) per household, payable at club meetings or by mail. Lancaster Butterfly and Entomological Club, Jan Schaefer, 154 Pinetown Rd, Leola, PA 17540. Jan Schaefer at 

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

*** Butterfly sightings by year & month ***
The 58 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2019.
(November 7, October 20, September 32, August Incomplete, July 40, June 26,
May 33, April 13, March 3, February 0, January 0 species)

Most recent first of year sightings: --- No recent new.)
Updated November 23, 2019 with new late November sighting (Orange Sulphur).   

The 57 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2018.

(Programs and Field Trips for 2019) 

Monday,  March 4, 2019   7:00 pm   
"Spotted Lanternfly Update" by Dr. Tim Elkner. Since being discovered in Berks County, PA in 2014 the Spotted Lanternfly has spread to 13 counties and two additional states. Impacts of this invasive insect from S.E. Asia are beginning to be felt throughout the region. Efforts of the USDA and PDA are focused on containment, while researchers from Penn State and other universities are focused on understanding the biology and investigating control of Spotted Lanternfly. Learn the status of these efforts. Tim is a commercial horticulture Extension Educator based in Lancaster County.
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomological Club

Monday,  April 1, 2019   7:00 pm
"Microplastics - An Emerging Pollutant: Preliminary Studies on Headwater Streams" by Dr. John Wallace, Millersville University’s Entomologist.

Monday,  May 6, 2019   7:00 pm
"Regal Fritillary Research with Distance Sampling Methods" by Alice Puchalsk, entomologist and ecologist at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center. We are testing the reliability of the distance method to obtain accurate Regal Fritillary population density estimates. The distance method requires observers to record distances from transects to the observed butterflies. Using statistical methods, the distance method provides an efficient and accurate monitoring technique.
Monday,  June 3, 2019   7:00 pm
"Pollinator Community Video Observation Method of Research" by Gerard (JJ) Smith, PhD candidate at Temple University. His current work is on how plant-pollinator interactions change through time, persist despite disturbances, and drive selection for floral traits.
Saturday, June 29, 2019   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).

Monday,  July 1, 2019  7:00 pm 
"Mysteries of Monarch Migration" by Gayle Steffy. Watching a monarch caterpillar become a caterpillar at age 13 began a lifelong interest that led to a BS in Environmental Biology from Millersville University, a MFA in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins and eventually having my research published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America.
Saturday, July 13, 2019   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).     REPORT: 5 volunteers, 34 species seen.
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomological Club
Monday,  August 5, 2019  7:00 pm 
"WQVC Invertebrate Counts: Data on stream health in Lancaster County" by Matt Kofroth, Lancaster County Conservation District Watershed Specialist. In Lancaster County there are over 1,400 miles of streams and creeks. Of this total, nearly 50% of these streams are impaired or polluted according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The Conservation District provides technical, informational and organizational assistance that will improve watershed organization development and the quality and quantity of the county's surface and groundwater resources. Come and hear what we are doing.
Saturday, August 17, 2019   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.
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomological Club
Monday,  September 9, 2019   7:00 pm
"How insects survive winter cold" by Dr. David Newcomer. Did you ever wonder what happens in the cold winter to all the insects we are accustomed to seeing out and about during the warm summer months?  Everyone knows about moth cocoons, but what about dragonflies, lightning bugs, or water striders?  Where do they go?  What do they do? This talk will enlighten us on the various ways cold-blooded insects are able survive bone-chilling, winter cold we experience here in Pennsylvania.

Monday,  October 7, 2019   7:00 pm   
"Members Night" Members share recent sightings, photos, movies, specimens, books, other observations.

*** Butterfly sightings by year ***

The -- butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2019
The 57 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2018
The 61 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 and 2011

You can help with the 2019 sightings list. For information visit the 2019 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 27, 2019     10 am to 5 pm
"Ned Smith Center - Nature and Arts Festival," To be held at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, PA sponsored by the Ned Smith Center. Click on "Events." All ages will be entertained and stimulated. Our contact person is John Laskowski at 717-362-7979 for more information. 
National Moth Week
Saturday,   July 20 - 28, 2019
Celebrate National Moth Week July 20-28, 2019 . Turn the porch light on and enjoy the show! has information on this celebration of biodiversity of the often overlooked creatures in your neighborhood. Pennsylvania has over 1000 species of moths.

Friday,   June 22, 2019
Locally there will be a Moth Night at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center on June 22, 2019 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 2019 go to Lancaster Co. Butterflies 2019.
                   For Butterfly sightings in Berks County for 2019 go to Berks Co. - Butterflies 2019
                  For Butterfly walks in Berks County go to Berks County Nature - Butterfly Walks 2019.
                   For Nature events in Berks County go to Berks County Nature.

           Red-banded Hairstreak               Pipevine Swallowtail Pupa     Summer Azure Caterpillar

          Spotted Lanternfly             Spotted Lanternfly Egg Clusters
Photographs by Karl Gardner