South Jersey Butterfly Project
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Field near Rte. 9 and Avalon Boulevard Intersection
Cape May County, NJ
Checked in the early afternoon to see, if the Orange Sulphur in the grass tuft survived the last two mornings in the lower teens. It did not and am sharing photos of it.
Photos of it dead in the field and on a quarter to show its small winter size.
The Orange Sulphur is still hidden in the grass tuft and it went deeper in and was laying parallel to the ground surface. Lightly touched this bug and the wings moved open and then closed. Tonight will really test its survival skills!
Sometime on the 24th of December an Orange Sulphur, previously reported, backed down a blade of grass and walked to a hidden spot within the small tuft of grass that it was on. This butterfly was there Christmas day and still there on December 26, 2017 awaiting warmer weather!
Photos of Orange Sulphur hiding within tuft of grass and a closeup of its dark scales for warmth.
[A very cool find by Will K. – in both senses! jc]
Eked out, possibly, my last butterfly of the year today. The weather does not look good for butterflies the rest of 2017.
An Orange Sulphur was angled for sun warmth this morning and it was somewhat sunny, but the temperature was struggling to reach 40 degrees! It eventually gave up on flight and walked backwards down a grass blade and then clouds covered the sun for the rest of the day.
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