Sightings – Butterflies & Moths

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/19/13

Observation Time: 2:40 p.m.

Observation Location: Field near Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Spring Azure butterfly

Scientific Name: Celastrina spp.

Comments: Spring azures are small butterflies that emerge in early spring. The wings are blue on top and pale white with black spots on the bottom.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/7/15

Observation Time: 7:45 p.m.

Observation Location: Town-owned land at Morse and Lakeview Streets

Common Name: Striped Hairstreak butterfly

Scientific Name: Satyrium liparops

Comments: This small butterfly was feeding on milkweed blossoms. Striped hairstreaks are often present in small numbers when milkweeds and dogbanes are in bloom.

Striped hairstreaks closely resemble banded hairstreaks. The blue marginal spot on the hind wing is capped with orange in the striped hairstreak but not in the banded hairstreak.

More Information: Massachusetts Butterfly Club

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/27/15

Observation Time: 10:25 a.m.

Observation Location: Town land near Morse and Lakeview Streets

Common Name: Summer Azure butterfly

Scientific Name: Celastrina neglecta

Comments: Summer azures are small, pale blue butterflies that emerge in June.

More Information: Wikipedia

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/4/11

Observation Time: 3:50 p.m.

Observation Location: conservation land near Billings Street

Common Name: Tent Caterpillar

Scientific Name: Malacosoma americanum

Comments: The moths oviposit almost exclusively on trees in the plant family Rosaceae, particularly cherry (Prunus) and apple (Malus). The adult moth lays her eggs in a single batch in late spring or early summer. An egg mass contains about 200 to 300 eggs. Tent caterpillars are among the most social of larvae. The newly hatched caterpillars initiate the construction of a silk tent soon after emerging. They typically aggregate at the tent site throughout their larval stage, expanding the tent each day to accommodate their increasing size. The caterpillars feed three times each day, just before dawn, at midafternoon, and in the evening after sunset. During each bout of feeding, the caterpillars emerge from the tent, add silk to the structure, move to distant feeding sites en masse, feed, and then return immediately to the tent where they rest until the next activity period.

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Tent Caterpillar

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/7/14

Observation Time: 11:55 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond area (field near dam)

Common Name:“The Infant” moth

Scientific Name: Archiearis infans

Comments: “Infans” is a Latin word meaning “an infant”; refers to the adult’s early emergence from a pupa in the spring, and is the basis for the common names “The Infant” and “First-born Geometer.”

More Information: BugGuide

The Infant Moth

The Infant Moth

Observer: Richard Mandell

Observation Date: 5/20/22

Observation Time: 11:55 a.m.

Observation Location: Mountain Street

Common Name: Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Scientific Name: Papilio glaucus

Comments: This gorgeous butterfly discovered the sugar water in my hummingbird feeder.

More Information: Butterflies and Moths of North America

Observer: Lonnie Friedman

Observation Date: 5/31/20

Observation Time: 1:50 p.m.

Observation Location: In our yard (Gavins Pond Road)

Common Name: Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Scientific Name: Papilio glaucus

Comments: This striking, large butterfly is fairly common.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/6/23

Observation Time: 8:15 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Scientific Name: Papilio glaucus

Comments: This striking, large butterfly is fairly common in Sharon. I was surprised to see it so early in the season. It was feeding on a flowering tree near the barn on the Billings Loop. It appears to be missing a small part of the trailing edge of its wing. Perhaps a bird tried to catch it.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/24/21

Observation Time: 2:35 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR)

Common Name: Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Scientific Name: Papilio glaucus

Comments: This striking, large butterfly is fairly common in Sharon.

More Information: Butterflies and Moths of North America

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/26/14

Observation Time: 6:10 p.m.

Observation Location: field near Gavins Pond dam

Common Name: Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Scientific Name: Papilio glaucus

Comments: Tiger swallowtails are spectacular and relatively common.

More Information: Wikipedia

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly