South Jersey Butterfly Project
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]
Goldcrest in savannah
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