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Last updated: May 29, 2021

The Lancaster Butterfly and Entomological Club
2021 - Our 25th year!

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               Eastern Tailed Blue                            Peck's Skipper                         Spotted Lanternfly                
Photographs by Fred Habegger

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic monthly meetings will be held virtually for this year. Field trips will be held if allowed by government regulations. Hope to have indoor/in-person meetings again at the North Museum Lancaster, Pennsylvania when safe to do so.

To request a Zoom invitation for this program or email notices of programs and field trips sponsored by the Lancaster Butterfly and Entomological Club send an email request to .

Next Events
Monday,  April 5 2021   7:00 pm   
"Members Night" Karl Gardner: "Periodical Cicadas of Berks County - 2004". Ryan Woolwine: "If you Build it, They Will Come," a profile of three Hymenoptera species that use man-made nest boxes for reproduction.

The Club plans on holding the 4th of July butterfly counts this year as it did last year.

You can read and contribute to the 2021 Lancaster butterfly sightings page.
           32 species have been reported for Lancaster County in 2021.
           53 species were reported for Lancaster County in 2020.   


Dates for 2021 - All Mondays
April 5,  May 3,  June 7,  July 12,  August 2,  September 13, October 4.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic monthly meetings will be held virtually for this year. We hope to return to in person meetings at the North Museum by Fall if conditions and regulations allow.

Normally 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 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 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  Dues Form

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

Unless otherwise noted, photographs on this page are by Karl Gardner.


*** Butterfly sightings by year & month ***
The 32 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2021.
(May 29, April 14, March 3, February 0, January 0 species)
Most recent first of year sightings: --- Red-spotted Purple, Least Skipper, Sleepy Orange, Sachem, Hobomok Skipper, American Copper, Red-banded Hairstreak, Zabulon Skipper, Little Wood Satyr, Juvenal's Duskywing, Peck's Skipper.)
Updated May 29, 2021.   

The 53 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2020.


(Programs and Field Trips for 2021) 


Monday,  March ( ), 2021   7:00 pm   
No meeting this month.

Monday,  April 5 2021   7:00 pm   
"Members Night" Karl Gardner: "Periodical Cicadas of Berks County - 2004". Ryan Woolwine: "If you Build it, They Will Come," a profile of three Hymenoptera species that use man-made nest boxes for reproduction.

Monday,  May 3, 2021   7:00 pm
"Program to be announced"

Lancaster Butterfly & Entomological Club

Monday,  June 7, 2021   7:00 pm
"Program to be announced"


This Field trip will be held. Please contact the leader if you plan to attend.
Saturday, June 26, 2021   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). Non-members welcome.


This Field trip will be held. Please contact the leader if you plan to attend.
Saturday, July 10, 2021   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 butterfly garden of Muddy Run Park Information Center (172 Bethesda Church Rd W, Holtwood, PA). Compiler: Fred Habegger (Weather/cancelation info.717-859-2521). Non-members welcome. 
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomological Club

Monday,  July 14, 2021  7:00 pm 
"Program to be announced"
 

Lancaster Butterfly & Entomological Club
Monday,  August 2, 2021   7:00 pm
"To be announced"

This Field trip will be held. Please contact the leader if you plan to attend.
Saturday, August 21, 2021   9:00 am and/or 3:00 pm   FIELD TRIP
"Summer Rerun of the Furnace Hills Butterfly Count
."  For the die-hard enthusiasts, we will start at 9:00 AM. Meet at Visitor Center parking lot at Middle Creek 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 Visitor Center, allowing those who want a shorter day of butterflying to join us in the afternoon. Leader: Fred Habegger (Weather/cancelation info.717-859-2521) Non-members welcome. 
Lancaster Butterfly & Entomological Club

Monday,  September 13, 2021   7:00 pm
"To be announced"

Monday,  October 4, 2021   7:00 pm
"Members Night" Members share recent sightings, photos, movies, specimens, books, other observations.
<---Photograph by Joe Wolf.

*** Butterfly sightings by year ***

The -- butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2021
The 53 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2020
The 58 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 2021 sightings list. For information visit the 2021 page to see what has been reported and where you can send your sighting data. 

Further Afield - Other organizations

National Moth Week
Saturday,   July 17 - 25, 2021
Celebrate National Moth Week July 17 - 25, 2021
. 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.

Friday,   June 19, 2021    8:00 pm - ?
Locally there will be a Moth Night at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center on June 19, 2021 with the Mengel Natural History Society and the Baird Ornithological Club hosting. 50-100 species commonly seen. All welcome. Bring your children. This Field trip will be held if regulations allow. Please contact Nolde Forest if you plan to attend.

         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 2021 go to Lancaster Co. Butterflies 2021.
                   For Butterfly sightings in Berks County for 2021 go to Berks Co. - Butterflies 2021
                  For Butterfly walks in Berks County go to Berks County Nature - Butterfly Walks 2021.
                   For Nature events in Berks County go to Berks County Nature.

         
  Giant Swallowtail - Field Thistle       Cup Plant Pollinators               Spring Azure                       
  
          Spotted Lanternfly           Emerald Ash Borer on Sticky Tape
Photographs by Karl Gardner