Well 2021 ended up being a pretty good year for increasing our knowledge of the butterfly and moth fauna of Nebraska. 30 butterfly county records were found, with one of them being a state record (see the list below). In addition Mark Brogie and Barb and Loren Padelford recorded 31 moths never before found in the state. An additional 31 moths new to Nebraska were identified from the UNL collection bringing the total number of new moths to an amazing 62 species. I’ll put up another post when I get these incorporated into the moth spreadsheet. Many thanks to all for their interest and input. Here’s to looking forward to another great year in 2022. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Butterfly County records for 2021 – Silver spotted skipper – Butler (Steve Spomer SMS) and Garfield (Diane Miller DKM) Least Skipper – Scotts Bluff and Banner (Colin Croft CDC), Howard (Jonathan Nikkila JJN), Boyd (Neil Dankert NED) Firey Skipper – Polk (NED), Valley (JJN), Harlan (Jennifer Dankert JLD) Ocola Skipper – Lancaster (Jonathan Xing J X) STATE RECORD Peck’s Skipper – Saline and Boone (NED) Tawny-edged Skipper – Boone (DKM) Hobomok Skipper – Butler (SMS) Roadside Skipper – Scotts Bluff (CDC) Giant Swallowtail – Garfield (Renee McMullen R M) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – Valley (NED) Checkered White – Wayne (NED) Clouded Sulphur – Boone (NED) Dainty Sulphur – Polk (NED) Coral Hairstreak – Polk (Rachel Kunic Hall RKH) Striped Hairstreak – Rock (Jen Corman JYC) Marine Blue – Custer and Franklin (NED) Gray Hairstreak – Boone and Polk (NED) Lupine Blue – Phelps (NED) Variegated Fritillary – Stanton (JLD) Regal Fritillary – Greeley (NED) Viceroy – Boone (JLD)
If I missed any or you think you might possibly have a record to submit let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org