Sighting for April 6, 2021

David L. Amadio

Glassboro WMA
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]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 3
  • Blueberry Azure 1
  • Holly Azure 1

Blueberry Azure ovipositing

Henry's Elfin

Blueberry Azure ovipositing

same female blueberry dorsal view