Sighting for September 3, 2018

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:58 to 4:28 with mostly sunny skies and 92 degrees. Ventured into the Beech forest today to look for Harvesters. Was rewarded with 6 plus one vacated Chrysalis. Numerous trees with Woolly Aphid infestation. Observed one female laying eggs on American Beech near the aphids. At the base of a large Beech tree I found both a Red Admiral & a Red-spotted Purple imbibing aphid honeydew. In the garden Mistflower is drawing in many Sachems & Peck's Skippers.

[Correction: In response to my suggestion that Dave's photos of a Harvester chrysalis were a first for our log, Dave sent an email to me with photos and following words: "I was actually fortunate enough to find and photograph a couple of them in 2012 during the big irruption at Chestnut Branch. Was stunned by the 'monkey face' look of the chrysalis. Real spooky without using my camera's flash. Was able back then to capture some well camouflaged caterpillars also."
Congrats to Dave for capturing these cool Harvester photos again! - jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Harvester 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 11
  • Sachem 36
  • Dun Skipper 2

Red-spotted Purple

Harvester Chrysalis