Sighting for July 4, 2018

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Did a mid-afternoon visit. Sunny and hot (87 degrees) kept the activity down and I wasn't planning to do a full walk-through, however the adjacent field was plowed under and I was concerned. So did a single pass walk-through of the colony's primary senna patch.

After I began to walk into the primary senna patch, the Sleepy's began to pop up from their siesta within. An amazing count for this date, as it's the first brood and the primary brood is still to come in August. Amongst this total count were three mated pairs. The promise of a significant flight to come appears at hand.

Very happy with the overall level of activity today, given the muted season we seem to be having overall. I just hope I can keep the mowers and plows away.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sleepy Orange 26
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 14
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange