Sighting for June 6, 2021

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

"Twilight zone" azure in bad photo. We assumed the brightly-colored fresh azures flying around our yard were summer azures – seems too late for holly azure and just on time for first brood summer azures. But at least one female oviposited more than a dozen times on unopened buds of winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) while I tried to get a clear shot.
Do some Celastrina neglecta lay eggs on hollies?

[The "Twilight Zone" reference is a phrase Jack C used in his wonderful and thorough May 2 2021 article found on South Jersey Butterfly B/log "Five Ways Of Understanding South Jersey’s Azures." I wonder if more people will move towards Wade Wander's position which he stated in a response to Jack's article: "and most of all I do not believe there is more than one species of azure—Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)!" Athough it could make things easier for observors, the Cherry Gall Azures might feel a bit neglecta from this system. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Azure, sp. 10
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3

azure ovipositing on winterberry holly