Massachusetts Butterflies is published twice a year (spring and fall).
Our current issue
|Cover: Spicebush Swallowtail - photograph by Garry Kessler
Table of Contents
Issue Number 61 - Fall 2023
What Thoreau Knew About Butterflies
Butterflies at Community Gardens
Surface Tension, A Deadly Hazard for Small Caterpillars
2023 4th of July Counts
Bill Benner and Karl Barry
Copies of the last two issues are available for $7.00 each. We have older issues that are available for $5.00 each.
You may also request to receive up to two future issues of the journal for $7.00 each.
That cost includes postage!
Click here to see the journals that are available for purchase and download an order form.
of Massachusetts Butterflies are available on our back
issues webpage. Every issue that was published more than one year ago is available for download in
PDF format there.
Submission of Articles, Illustrations, and Observation Records
We encourage all members to contribute to Massachusetts Butterflies.
We welcome articles, illustrations, reports on butterfly sites and field trips
around the state, gardening articles, and book reviews. Send these materials to
Bill Benner by August 30 for the fall issue or by
January 15 for the spring issue.
Please send 4th of July count records to
Karl Barry by August 15 for
the fall issue and your season sightings and records to Mark Fairbrother by December
1 for the spring issue. He will turn all of our records into a summary
and inclusive tabulated record, as has been done in the past. Sending
your records periodically during the season will make data entry an easier
Download Mark's Excel spreadsheet.
You will greatly facilitate data entry if you enter your observations in the spreadsheet
and e-mail it to him as an attachment.
The Massachusetts Butterfly Club
GUIDE TO GOOD BUTTERFLY SITES
From the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands, this GUIDE will lead you through twenty-six of the best butterfly-finding sites in the state. Written by well-known Massachusetts Butterfly Club field experts, this 142-page coil-bound book describes each site in detail, with original trail maps, sighting lists, directions, and hot tips!
The guide is currently out of print. We will have a downloadable PDF available soon.
Checklist of the Butterflies of Massachusetts (updated 2015)
The Field Checklist of the Butterflies of Massachusetts is based on over 100,000
records from members of NABA-MBC, from 1990 to 2014. The checklist, produced by former
NABA-MBC Records Keeper, Erik Nielsen, features:
The checklist includes 111 of the approximately 125 species of butterflies that have been sighted in
Massachusetts. Printed on heavy stock, this is a valuable document for both the
beginning and advanced butterflier. It is folded into a handy pocket-sized card that can be easily carried in the field. Here's a
sample of the checklist. (The real checklist has two more pages!)
- charts of flight periods
- whether a species occurs or not, in eastern/western/island MA
- and overwintering status.
Checklists can be purchased for $1.50 each or 6 for $6.00 (postage included). Please print the form at this link MBC publication order form and send it along with your check to the address on the form.
Please consider joining our club along with your purchase! Here is a link to our club membership page.
While preparing the checklist, Erik Nielsen compiled fourteen years of Massachusetts butterfly observations into a handsome Massachusetts butterfly flight dates chart. Have a look!