Sighting for April 29, 2021

Jack McDonough

Estell Manor rd
Cumberland County, NJ

Around 1pm - humid and overcast at around 75 degrees.

After playing the stake out game for Hessel’s Hairstreaks, true treetop specialists who briefly come down to nectar, I was successful after an hour of hawking the highland blueberry bushes that lined the swamps edge. They truly glow, like emerald plates from within the leaves. It wasn’t long after that, that for once, a butterfly came to me. Unsuspectingly, the tawny wings of a Cobweb Skipper fluttered over and landed right in front of me on the sandy path. It really doesn’t get much better than this…

[Congrats to Jack for finding our first folded-wing sk of 2021. And what a find: a cobweb from a site that has not previously reported cobweb. Let's hope this is the start of a good year for this troubled species. Oh yeah, there is also the gorgeous Hessel's photo that was the result of patience. -jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Hessel's Hairstreak 2
  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 20
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5
  • Cobweb Skipper 1

Cobweb Skipper

Hessel's Hairstreak