Massachusetts Butterflies is published twice a year, in the spring and fall,
and mailed to all club members.
The Spring 2013 issue of Massachusetts Butterflies is available. It was handed out to all members who attended the Spring meeting. It was mailed on March 25th to all other members. If you are a member and do not receive it before April 15th, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of this issue and recent back issues are available for $6.00 each - that cost includes postage! Please send a check made out to the Massachusetts Butterfly Club, to Barbara Volkle.
Back issues of Massachusetts Butterflies are available on our back
issues webpage. Every issue that was published more than three years ago is available for download in
PDF format there.
Submission of Articles, Illustrations, and Observation Records
We encourage all members to contribute to Massachusetts Butterflies.
We welcome articles, illustrations, reports on butterfly sites and field trips
around the state, gardening articles, and book reviews. Send these materials to
Bill Benner by August 30 for the fall issue or by
January 15 for the spring issue.
Please send 4th of July count records to
Tom Gagnon by August 15 for
the fall issue and your season sightings and records to Mark Fairbrother by December
31 for the spring issue. He will turn all of our records into a summary
and inclusive tabulated record, as has been done in the past. Sending
your records periodically during the season will make data entry an easier
Download Mark's Excel spreadsheet.
You will greatly facilitate data entry if you enter your observations in the spreadsheet
and e-mail it to him as an attachment.
The Massachusetts Butterfly Club
GUIDE TO GOOD BUTTERFLY SITES
From the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands, this GUIDE will lead you through twenty-six of the best butterfly-finding sites in the state. Written by well-known Massachusetts Butterfly Club field experts, this 142-page coil-bound book describes each site in detail, with original trail maps, sighting lists, directions, and hot tips!
Retail price: $14.95
To Order: Please send your name, mailing address, and a check made out to the Massachusetts Butterfly Club for $16.95 ($14.95 + $2.00 postage and handling), to Massachusetts Butterfly Club c/o Barbara Volkle. Please allow two weeks for delivery.
Checklist of the Butterflies of Massachusetts
The Field Checklist of the Butterflies of Massachusetts is based on over 92,000
records from members of NABA-MBC, from 1990 to 2008. The checklist, produced by former
NABA-MBC Records Keeper, Erik Nielsen, features
The checklist includes 103 of the approximately 125 species of butterflies that have been sighted in
Massachusetts. Printed on heavy stock, this is a valuable document for both the
beginning and advanced butterflier. It is folded into a handy pocket-sized card that can be easily carried in the field. Here's a
sample of the checklist. (The real checklist has two more pages!)
- charts of flight periods
- whether a species occurs or not, in eastern/western/island MA
- and overwintering status.
Checklists can be purchased for $1.25 each, or 5 for $5, postage included, from the club's Vice President-West: Tom Gagnon
Please consider joining our club along with your purchase! You can
become a MBC member by joining the North American Butterfly Association
(NABA). Simply mail this application
form to NABA headquarters.
While preparing the checklist, Erik Nielsen compiled fourteen years of Massachusetts butterfly observations into a handsome Massachusetts butterfly flight dates chart. Have a look!