Sighting for August 1, 2020

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

What a difference a change in months can make. I abandoned the jobs list and spent the bulk of the day from 10 until 7:00 doing slow lap after slow lap around the yard (I am glad on one was watching). One of first bflys I saw was a mint fresh Delaware that was so beautiful I went inside for the camera. I never found the bug again, but it did get me walking and searching. Almost every lap produced a new species, and it is likely that I would have missed many of the species had I not spent the day searching (the juniper was only present for 3 minutes as was the 10:00 rsp. ). I got to know some of bugs quite well; one red-banded hs spent over 4 hours on one cut-leaf coneflower. I was surprised by sudden appearance of so many sk species.The last new species was a m. cloudless that blasted through the yard close to 6:00.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 8
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 20
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6
  • Dun Skipper 1