As I mentioned, I saw a total of 81 species of butterfly.
28 of the total were lifers for me, 34.6%. Not bad!
Out of the 81 species:
- 8 were Swallowtails
- 2 were Whites
- 10 were Sulphurs/Dogfaces/Oranges
- 5 were Hairstreaks/Elfins
- 4 were Blues/Azures
- 25 were Brush-foots
- 27 were Skippers
- 1 National Park
- 3 National Wildlife Refuges
- 1 National Forest
- 1 National Monument
- 5 state parks
- 3 Nature Centers & Nature Preserves
- 4 Regional and Metro Parks
- 2 Botanical Gardens & Arboreta
- 1 Natural Environmental Area
- 1 Amusement Park
- 5 neighborhood & community parks
I searched for butterflies at more than 7 rest stops and random stops along the roadside. Probably far more rest stops than I can remember for sure, I need to improve my recordkeeping this year.
I visited 7 states for my Big Year: Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. This year I probably would do well to head north a bit more than I did in 2015.
What I didn't keep track of last year but plan to this year:
- Total number of forays
- Time spent for the project (both how many days I spent any time butterflying, as well as total time spent in the field)
- Miles traveled to get to/from foray sites
- Miles hiked/walked during forays
- Money spent on parking fees, park admissions, etc.
- Total days taken off work to go butterflying