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  Our Club has been holding butterfly counts and keeping butterfly occurrence records since July 1988, but other data is added when found, such as specimens in collections that bring to light new information on the species and distribution of Renfrew County butterflies.

Two butterfly counts are conducted in July which have given rise to most of our modern butterfly records:

The Lake Dore Count. Usually held around July 1-3 every year, and

The Hog Island Count. Held two weeks later.

We submit results of the Lake Dore and Hog Island Counts to the North American Butterfly Association (NABA). A booklet with all North American Count results is published once a year.

The following downloadable Adobe Acrobat Reader file (20 Kb) lists the butterflies in our area.

PAFN butterflies, version March 1, 2005

Here are some jpeg images of butterflies from the PAFN area.

-  Eastern Pine Elfin (Callophrys niphon) 32K

-  Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) 24K

-  Indian Skipper (Hesperia sassacus) (scan of specimen)

-  Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) 32K


   Moth Records - This checklist (.pdf format, 300K.), compiled by Jason J. Dombroskie, is a record of the moths of the west central part of Renfrew County, Ontario.


  Electronic Resources on Lepidoptera 


    Association for Tropical Lepidoptera

   Caterpillars of Eastern Forests . "Our intent in preparing this guide is to enable forest managers, extension entomologists, and nonspecialists to identify many of the eastern region's most frequently encountered species. It is also our wish that this guide will promote a greater appreciation for the remarkable caterpillar biodiversity of eastern forest and woodland ecosystems."

    North American Butterfly Association (NABA). Your source for the definitive list of Butterflies north of Mexico . Take a flutterby! Organizer of the 4th of July Butterfly Counts.

   Ottawa Butterflies . A great photographic resource for local butterfly species.



Every year hundreds of people across Canada observe, photograph and collect butterflies for fun and for science. Now eButterfly users can contribute to an interactive online database by submitting their observations and photos (wild or specimen) through our intuitive data input system, with its many drop down lists of sites, species and dates. It will be easy for you to add photographs. Advanced tools are available to then turn the data into your own checklists, dynamic distribution maps and virtual butterfly photo collections. An added benefit of this growing online community database is that it already contains hundreds of thousands of butterfly records ranging from 150 years ago to the present. Finally, you will be able to share your sightings and join the interactive eButterfly national community. To ensure the validity of data entries, regional experts review records submitted and consult when necessary with users. All records posted on eButterfly can be made publicly available or secured if you choose not to make them public.

Scientists will be able to use the data to develop up-to-date species distribution models (SDMs). Then the impacts on butterflies can be measured of factors related to climate change, including temperature and precipitation variations, as well as effects of human land use. The results will help us understand and mitigate impacts of global change on Canadian butterfly diversity and help conservation biologists decide where conservation efforts should be focused.









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