Last updated: Nov. 15, 2022

The Lancaster Butterfly and Entomological Club
2022 Our 26th year!.

. .
     Sleepy Orange; red phase 2022           Spring Azure 2022                      Spotted Lanternfly                
Photographs by Fred Habegger

Next Events
The Butterfly sightings page is active and sightings are being accepted for 2022. See the Butterfly Sightings below.

April 2022 meeting will NOT be on a Monday or at the North Museum.
It will be IN-PERSON on Thursday at Stager Hall on the F&M campus.
See below.

             Thursday, April 21, 2022   7:00 pm
At Stahr Auditorium, Room 102, Stager Hall Science Bldg. On F&M campus
"Insects and Plants Raise Some Galling Questions" by Dr. Warren G. Abrahamson. Many are familiar with the round ball gall found on the stalks of the Tall goldenrod (a.k.a. late goldenrod, Solidago altissima), but few people understand the deep, multilayered story behind these growths as well as Dr. Warren G. Abrahamson. Dr. Abrahamson, is an emeritus plant ecologist and biology professor from Bucknell University, where he taught for 39 years. During that time he established himself as the nation's leading scientist studying the evolutionary complexity of the goldenrod/gall-making insect relationship. Abe's research lab produced countless journal publications revealing the life history intricacies of the many insect parasites that attack goldenrods; some surprising strategies the plants have evolved to protect themselves from these parasites; and he illuminated the role played by a variety of predators that attack the gall insects. Joint meeting with the Muhlenberg Botanical Society.
Three butterfly walks are scheduled this year. 2022 Lancaster County butterfly walks.
They are listed below.   Non members welcome

*** Butterfly sightings by year & month ***


The 2022 Lancaster County butterfly sightings are at:
2022 Lancaster County butterfly sightings.

The first sighting date for each month is listed for the 89 species seen in
Lancaster County since 2009.
Information on contributing to this data base is on the page.
The 56 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2022.
Nov - 15, Oct - 18 sp. Most recent first of year sightings: --- Long-tailed Skipper.
Updated 11-15-22 with new late dates.



The 61 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2021.
(December 2, November 8, October 24, September 34, August 46, July 41,
June 44, May 29, April 15, March 5, February 0, January 0 species)

Latest 2021 sighting: Orange Sulphur on December 26 by 2 observers.
Updated February 28, 2022.   

The 53 butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2020.


Dates for 2022
(March No meeting),  April 21 (See New Events above.), - Others not confirmed.

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

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



Monday,  March 1, 2022   7:00 pm   
No meeting this month.

THURSDAY,  April 21 2022   7:00 pm    At Stahr Auditorium, Room 102, Stager Hall Science Bldg. On F&M campus
"Insects and Plants Raise Some Galling Questions" by Dr. Warren G. Abrahamson. Many are familiar with the round ball gall found on the stalks of the Tall goldenrod (a.k.a. late goldenrod, Solidago altissima), but few people understand the deep, multilayered story behind these growths as well as Dr. Warren G. Abrahamson. Dr. Abrahamson, is an emeritus plant ecologist and biology professor from Bucknell University, where he taught for 39 years. During that time he established himself as the nation's leading scientist studying the evolutionary complexity of the goldenrod/gall-making insect relationship. Abe's research lab produced countless journal publications revealing the life history intricacies of the many insect parasites that attack goldenrods; some surprising strategies the plants have evolved to protect themselves from these parasites; and he illuminated the role played by a variety of predators that attack the gall insects. Joint meeting with the Muhlenberg Botanical Society..

CURRENTLY TENTATIVE - Monday,  May 2, 2022   7:00 pm
"Program to be announced"

Lancaster Butterfly & Entomological Club

CURRENTLY TENTATIVE - Monday,  June 6, 2022   7:00 pm
"Program to be announced"


Saturday, June 25, 2022   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.


Saturday, July 9, 2022   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 11, 2022  7:00 pm 
"Program to be announced"
 

Lancaster Butterfly & Entomological Club
Monday,  August 1, 2022   7:00 pm
"Program to be announced"

Saturday, August 20, 2022   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 12, 2022   7:00 pm
"Program to be announced"

Monday,  October 3, 2022   7:00 pm    Zoom Meeting
"Members Night" Bring photos and/or anything you want to share-sightings, books, insights, experiences, travels-whatever!
<---Photograph by Joe Wolf.

*** Butterfly sightings by year ***

The -- butterfly species seen in Lancaster County in 2022
The 61 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 2022 sightings list. For information visit the 2022 page to see what has been reported and where you can send your sighting data. 

Further Afield - Other organizations


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 2022 go to Lancaster Co. Butterflies 2022.
                   For Butterfly sightings in Berks County for 2022 go to Berks Co. - Butterflies 2022
                  For Butterfly walks in Berks County go to Berks County Nature - Butterfly Walks 2022.
                   For Nature events in Berks County go to Berks County Nature.

         
Black Swallowtail - Queen Anne's Lace    Male Zabulon Skipper               Spring Azure                        

  
                   European Hornets           Periodical Cicada Just Hatched Nymph
Photographs by Karl Gardner