Sighting for June 21, 2020

Tom Bailey

undisclosed location
Atlantic County, NJ

On this Father's Day I decided to treat myself to a long, hot walk to a Pine Barrens savannah / bog that I have never been to before. 2 to 4:30 pm and 82 degrees when finished with thunderstorms nearby. The count of Two-spotted Skippers is accurate. Counts of 3, 2, 2 and the rest solos. The three interacting appeared to be two males & a female. Two males which were continually in aerial duels were chasing each other around me and landing on my head, hands, and binoculars. This species reminded me of Zabulon Skippers. As I approached an area they would fly out and "inspect" me. I also watched them fly out and challenge Bog Coppers, Georgia Satyrs, and even a dragonfly. The satyrs & coppers (especially) were probably under-counted as I was concentrating on observing the skippers.

[A NJ Pine Barrens festival! jc]

  • Bog Copper 18
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Georgia Satyr 23
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Two-spotted Skipper 12

Common Buckeye

Goldcrest in savannah

Two-spotted Skipper