36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030
Gerry Wright, Founder and President
Telephone: 617-524-7070
TTY/MA RELAY 800-439-2370
A program of Community Service Care, Inc. a non-profit, tax exempt organization

Friends of Jamaica Pond

History and Annual Park Keeper Award

Frederick Law Olmsted a one-man play by Gerry Wright

Nature's Class Room: Environmental Education Projects

Environmental Research Projects

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Emerald Necklace Bird Club

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Contact and Email Info

"Let it be not for present use and delight alone, but let it be of such a work that our descendents will thank us for it."
Frederick Law Olmsted

Class Room:


Jamaica Pond's Albino Gray Squirrel

Great Horned Owls

Red Tailed Hawks

Butterflies and Dragonflies

Emerald Necklace Wildflowers

Monarch Butterfly

Pink Lady's Slipper

Great Blue Herons

Emerald Necklace Fungi (Coming Soon)

Emerald Necklace Butterflies and Dragonflies: 

By Stephen Baird


Butterflies and Moths of North America, an internet field guide with range maps and detailed species information, is hosted by the University of Montana and Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center with support from U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey at

Massachusetts Butterfly Club - A Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association

Their photo field guide: Massachusetts Butterfly Species List

Massachusetts Audubon Butterfly Atlas

An internet field guide for dragonflies is hosted here in Massachusetts by Ode News at It has many links to national sites plus publishes printed field guides for Massachusetts dragonflies (Stokes Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies plus A Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts).  The Massachusetts list is at:

A Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts by Blair Nikula, Jennifer L. Loose, and Matthew R. Burne
Full page treatment of 166 species known from Massachusetts, covering field identification, range/status, habitat, and field notes. Ring bound for easy use in the field Price: $20, postpaid (quantity discounts available) Order from (mail only): Massachusetts Natural Heritage Program, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581 (Read online at

The New Jersey Odonata Survey also has a great web site for northeast dragonflies. It is no longer updated see below for Odonata Central:

OdonataCentral Offical web site for  Dragonfly Society of the Americas with photo id lists, range maps and check lists

US and Massachusetts Dragonfly check lists and range maps:

The Bugguide is hosted by Iowa State University Entomology The National Wildlife Federation at ( also has many North American internet field guides.

American Copper - Lycaena phlaeas


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio glaucus


Black Swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes

Spicebush Swallowtail - Papilio troilus
Seen in Franklin Park and Forest Hills Cemetery

Giant Swallowtail - Papilio cresphontes (Cramer 1777

Photographed at Forest Hills Cemetery August 17, 2013, August 15-20, 2014 at Franklin Park and Bussey Brook Meadow

Cabbage White - Pieris rapae

Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta

Red-spotted Admiral (Purple or White morphs) - Limenitis arthemis (Drury, 1773)

Seen in Franklin Park (Purple and White), Arnold Arboretum (Purple), Blue Hills (Purple), Neponset Fowl Meadow (Purple)

Common Whitetail Dragonfly - Plathemis lydia


Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly - Erythemis simplicicollis

Subarctic Darner - Aeshna subarctica

White-faced Meadowhawk -  Sympetrum obtrusum
A common dragonfly in Emerald Necklace.  Found the by water or in fields and woods perched on leafs and twigs hunting for other small insects.  For a humerous discussion on the many
confusing identification subspecies of meadowhawks - "Meadowhawks will make you crazy" - check out the second link.

Eastern Amberwing - Perithemis tenera
A small redish dragonfly usually found around ponds and water

Twelve-Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly - Libellula pulchella
Common around pounds and water. Females do not have white blueish spots.

Widow Skimmer - Libellula luctuosa

Halloween Pennant  Celithemis eponina (Drury, 1773)

EbonyJewelwing Damselfly

Dogbane Beetle

Praying Mantids - Praying Mantis - Mantis religiosa; Linneus, 1758
Introduced in to North America from Europe
Photo from Franklin Park September 2012

Hummingbird Moth aka Clearwing Moths - Snowberry Clearwing - Hemaris diffinis (Boisduval, 1836)
Photographed at Arnold Arboretum Bussey Brook Meadow Urban Wilds 2017

Juvenal's Duskywing - Erynnis juvenalis

Mourning Cloak - Nymphalis antiopa

Appalachian Brown - Satyrodes appalachia (Neponset River Fowl Meadow Aug 2014)

Little Wood Satyr - Megisto cymela

Common Ringlet - Coenonympha tullia

Common Wood-Nymph - Cercyonis pegala (Fabricius, 1775)

Sighted in Franklin Park, Brook Farm July 2012 (Photo 1), Blue Hills Reservation August 2014 (Photo 2)

Monarch - Danaus plexippus
Detailed life cycle and migration workshop on this site:

Viceroy - Limenitis archippus (Cramer, 1776)

American Lady - Vanessa virginiensis

Silver-spotted Skipper - Epargyreus clarus

Clouded Sulphur - Colias philodice

Pearl Crescent - Phyciodes tharos (Drury, 1773)

Northern Crescent - Phyciodes cocyta

Banded Hairstreak - Satyrium calanus
Sighted at Bussey Brook Meadow Arnold Arboretum June 29, 2014

Eastern Tailed-Blue - Cupido comyntas (Godart, [1824])

Small butterfly little bigger then thumb. Viewed in most parks: Franklin Park, Forest Hills Cemetery, Arnold Arobretum, Olmsted Park, Back Bay Fens

Eastern Comma - Polygonia comma (Harris, 1842)

Question Mark - Polygonia interrogationis (Fabricius, 1798)

Great Spangled Fritillary - Speyeria cybele (Fabricius, 1775)

Seen most years on Bussey Brook area of Arnold Arboretum.  Also Neponset River Fowl Meadow, Blue Hills Reservation, Middlesex Fells.

NOTE:  8 x 10 matted and framed photographs are available for $100 membership donations or 11 x 17 matted and framed photographs are available for $500 membership donations to Friends of Jamaica Pond. Contact Stephen Baird at

Contact and Email Information

36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030
Gerry Wright, Founder and President
Telephone: 617-524-7070
TTY/MA RELAY 800-439-2370
A program of Community Service Care, Inc. a non-profit, tax exempt organization

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