Sighting for June 24, 2020

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Mid day, 80's, winds 18-22. I came here to look for duskywings, but the deerflies were unbearable in the places I was checking. I drove to the dike and I realized that there were lots of skippers. I could not get out of the car because the deerflies had made a defensive pact with the greenheads. However, it was easy to cruise the carless road looking at the yarrow along the side of the road. I spent an hour and only surveyed one of the three impoundments. Photo is of roadside yarrow (note car door open for emergency escape). Previous outbursts of salt marsh skippers have been reported in this area on the SJBP blog on 7/1/14, 7/7/18, and 6/22/19.

[Good job battling the demons to make that count. I am swatting in sympathy from inside my house. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 12
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 57
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 331
  • Broad-winged Skipper 14