Sighting for August 4, 2019

Steven Glynn and Harvey Tomlinson

Dix WMA- Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

We lead a tour of the Dix WMA Sleepy Orange colony today and welcomed participants from our butterfly blog and from Citizens United to Protect The Maurice River organization. An amazing day was enjoyed by everyone. Special thanks to Harvey, as well as Armas and Risa Hill, Wendy Walker, Cheryl Howell, Diane Irgang, Dan Morley and Susan Houde. The Sleepy Orange colony was very active and a second colony, replete with senna was also found adjacent to the main Dix WMA area, along Schoolhouse Road. The numbers of Cloudless Sulphurs, another species breeding and expanding with the strong senna and partridge pea growth present, were exceptional as well. Our count also includes numbers and species seen at the Green Swamp Preserve parking area and patches of nectar along Seabreeze Road leading into the main access to Dix WMA.

[Thanks to Steve and all those who participated in this trip. It is exciting to know that the Sleepy Orange colony is not only thriving but expanding. It appears this species is here to stay in NJ (also see the Sleepy Orange colony citing from 7/27 on the NABA North Jersey Butterfly Club). The same appears to be true for Cloudless Sulphurs. - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 17
  • Cabbage White 18
  • Cloudless Sulphur 298
  • Sleepy Orange 152
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 47
  • Question Mark 5
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 31
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 16
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 9
  • Zabulon Skipper 43
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 22
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 36
  • Dun Skipper 11

Aaron's Skipper

Hackberry Emperor

Spicebush Swallowtail

Sleepy Oranges

Sleepy Orange