Late Last Gasp of Warmth… late October 2014 Birds and Bugs in Howard County, Maryland

A red-banded Hairstreak visits white asters in Elkridge.  The latest of this species I have ever seen.  Overall butterfly numbers way down after the recent storm and loss of nectar plants--end of the season.

A red-banded Hairstreak visits white asters in Elkridge on October 24. The latest of this species I have ever seen. Overall butterfly numbers way down after the recent storm and loss of nectar plants– the end of the season is upon us.

This is a Shadow Darner, a late season dragonfly, at the Elkhorn Garden Plots in Columbia on October 24.

This is a Shadow Darner, a late season dragonfly, at the Elkhorn Garden Plots in Columbia on October 24.

A late Common Buckeye in Elkridge, Howard County on October 27 shows off its bright colors.

A late Common Buckeye basking in Elkridge, Howard County on October 27 shows off its bright colors.

One of three Fiery Skipper butterflies still at the Elkhorn Garden Plots in Columbia on the last warm day of October 28.

One of three Fiery Skipper butterflies still at the Elkhorn Garden Plots in Columbia on the last warm day of October 28.

A Collared Scape Moth visits buddleia flowers at the Elkhorn Garden Plots on October 28.

A Yellow-collared Scape Moth visits buddleia flowers at the Elkhorn Garden Plots on October 28.

A late Grasshopper Sparrow was caught hiding at Meadowbrook Park in Howard County on October 28.

A late Grasshopper Sparrow was caught hiding at Meadowbrook Park in Howard County on October 28.

 

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