Butterflies of Berks County, Pennsylvania ---- Sightings in 2022
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    The butterfly species with dates recorded have been seen in Berks County, Pennsylvania this year. There are records of 107 species for Berks County. The list below includes all those reported from 2003 through 2021 plus this year, a total of 94. New species (not seen during 2003 - 2021) will be added in red. One species was added in 2013, 2015, and 2018. 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 later report than the "Last" date posted, please send it to the email below. 
       If you have a reliable sighting not on this list for 2022, please send an email to . If you are not sure and have a photograph, please send that. We appreciate your help. 

Sightings in 2022 - 56 species so far (September - 34, August - 44, July - _, June - 30,
May - 26, April - 16, March - 3, February - 0, January - 0)

July data still to be added. (Latest new for year sightings: Little Yellow, Harvester)

Updated 9/20/22
THIS YEAR'S CONTRIBUTORS (16) are listed at the bottom of the page.
Some highlights for 2022.
First butterfly of the year: Mourning Cloak seen by John Dethoff on March 11.
Second species: Cabbage Butterfly (3 seen) by Jim Henning on March 16.
First sighting of a Harvster since 2019 on August 28 by Jim Eckert.

 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 3 1 1 2
2 Long-tailed Skipper
3 Hoary-edged Skipper 22
4 Northern Cloudywing
5 Dreamy Duskywing  30
6 Sleepy Duskywing 20
7 Juvenal's Duskywing  24 1
8 Horace's Duskywing  30 1 1
9 Wild Indigo Duskywing 30 1
10 Common Checkered Skipper  4 8
11 Common Sootywing 4 7
12 Swarthy Skipper 6
13 Least Skipper  4 1 3
14 European Skipper 
15 Fiery Skipper 
16 Leonard's Skipper
17 Cobweb Skipper 
18 Indian Skipper
19 Peck's Skipper  21 1 1 1
20 Tawny-edged Skipper 22 1 1
21 Crossline Skipper
22 Long Dash 
23 Northern Broken Dash 
24 Little Glassy Wing
25 Sachem 22 1 1
26 Delaware Skipper 
27 Mulberry Wing
28 Hobomok Skipper  10
29 Zabulon Skipper  21 4 1 1
30 Broad-winged Skipper
31 Black Dash 
32 Dun Skipper  12 9
33 Dusted Skipper 
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  6 31 1
37 Zebra Swallowtail  23 3
38 Black Swallowtail  15 8 12 17
39 Giant Swallowtail  14 3
40 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail  16 1 4 1 1
41 Spicebush Swallowtail 14 4 1 1
42 Palamedes Swallowtail
Family PIERIDAE Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Last
43 Cabbage Butterfly=Cabbage White  16 4 1 3 1 1
44 Falcate Orangetip
45 Clouded Sulphur  28 22 3 3
46 Orange Sulphur 1 4 1 3
47 Cloudless Sulphur 31 8 6
48 Little Yellow 13
49 Sleepy Orange  3 10
Family LYCAENIDAE Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Last
50 Harvester  28
51 American Copper 
52 Coral Hairstreak 
53 Edward's Hairstreak 
54 Banded Hairstreak  20
55 Striped Hairstreak
56 Red-banded Hairstreak 7 11 1
57 Juniper Hairstreak 
58 Brown Elfin  30
59 Pine Elfin 
60 White-m Hairstreak 
61 Gray Hairstreak 30 19 24 1
62 Eastern Tailed Blue 30 1 3
63 Spring Azure  1 21
64 Northern Spring Azure 
65 Summer Azure  22 4 3 1
66 Appalachian Azure
Family NYMPHALIDAE
 Subfamily LIBYTHEINAE 
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Last
67 Snout Butterfly  26 1 1
Subfamily HELICONIINAE
68 Variegated Fritillary 3 3
69 Great Spangled Fritillary 8 3 1
70  Aphrodite 
71  Meadow Fritillary  24 1 5 1 1
Subfamily NYMPHALINAE
72 Pearl Crescent 20 4 1 1
73 Silvery Checkerspot
74 Baltimore 
75 Question Mark  1 10 10
76 Comma (Eastern Comma)  18 11 23 10 5 3
77 Gray Comma
78 Compton's Tortoiseshell 
79 Mourning Cloak  11 8 21
80 Milbert's Tortoiseshell 
81 American Painted Lady  28 8 6 20
82 Painted Lady  9
83 Red Admiral  21 4
84 Buckeye  4 1
85 Red-spotted Purple  22 10 1
86 Viceroy 20 3
Subfamily APATURINAE
87 Hackberry Butterfly/Emperor 6 1
88 Tawny Emperor  6
Subfamily SATYRINAE
89 Northern Pearly Eye 
90 Appalachian (Eyed) Brown  4 18 10
91 Little Wood Satyr  23 3
92 Common Ringlet 
93 Common Wood Nymph 
Subfamily DANAINAE
94 Monarch 21 1 1 1
Monthly Totals 3 16 26 30 44 34

Yearly butterfly 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 (65)
2019 (67)
2020 (68)
2021 (63)
2022 (--)
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Contributors to this year's sightings are: Karen Campbell, John Dethoff, Jay Drasher, Jim Eckert, Jim Henning, Dan Knarr, Rick Schultz, Mike Slater, Dave Sonnen, Lori Soraporu, Jo Spilde, Todd Underwood, Lois Vedock, Peter and Jane Wolfe, and Karl Gardner
For Lancaster County, PA butterfly sightings go to Lancaster Butterfly Sightings - 2022.

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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