South Jersey Butterfly Project
Gloucester County, NJ
Obs. made from 11:10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunny temps from 60-70 degrees with variable NW winds. Very few butterflies on this glorious spring day. Stunned by the absence of overwintering Nymphalids today. Enjoyed watching a female Blueberry Azure laying eggs on its host. I obtained no images of the reported Holly Azure, but observed its behavior around American Hollies. I was also able to observe its frequent wing opening when it landed up high. The purple sheen that often is noticeable on its dorsal side was evident as well. My only Henry's Elfin did not appear until 3:15 p.m.
[Superb tell-tale photos! jc]
Blueberry Azure ovipositing
same female blueberry dorsal view
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