Sighting for June 8, 2019

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Was going to check here for Satyrium Hairstreaks yesterday, but opted for a trip up to North Jersey instead. Coral Hairstreaks made a strong initial showing here today. Oddly only one nectared on Common Milkweed. The only patch of Asclepias tuberosa looks a little pale, possibly too much water this spring. The spring moisture has caused an abundance of nectar otherwise. Sand Blackberry, Orange dwarf dandelion, Toadflax, & Common Milkweed all adding color & nectar to the landscape here. Lastly I finally found American Copper here this season. Always a common bug here in season, but scarce so far this year. Obs. made from 1:20 till 3:20 p.m. Mostly Cloudy 78-81 but with strong filtered sun. A pair of Hackberry Emperors engaged in a dog fight were upstaged by a very active squadron of Snouts. quite entertaining.

[Very impressive list – including our first coral hairstreaks of 2019 and our third report of hackberry emperors. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 10
  • Cabbage White 70
  • American Copper 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 8
  • American Snout 7
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 13
  • American Lady 9
  • Red Admiral 16
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 11
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 6
  • Dun Skipper 2

Little Glassywing

Hackberry Emperor

Eastern Comma

Coral Hairstreak