Today Mike Gillespie called me with news of butterflies that he had initially been unable to identify. He eventually suggested they looked like Fiery Skippers but thought that they were out of their range. I went down to his house and was able to confirm his ID. He has three of these skippers – both sexes represented – visiting the pink Stonecrop in his garden bed. This is a new butterfly for Peterborough County. Mike says that he does not mind people coming to see the skippers, and that they can go straight to the flower bed without calling at his house. The flower bed is on the south side of the house, and people can park on the little lane that runs down to his barn, south of the flower bed.

Location: 1255 David Fife Line south of Cty Rd 2.
Observer: Tony Bigg and Michael Gillespie

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.