South Jersey Butterfly Project
Atlantic County, NJ
As of this morning, our South Jersey Log's list includes 81 species for 2021. We had 82 species at this time last year.
A quick review of the species with blanks so far for 2021 that we have usually found by this time in past years:
Checkered White: Recorded all years 2019-2012, sometimes not until July but missed last year, 2020 and only a single record (of five individuals) in 2019.
Harvester: Recorded all years 2020 to 2012 but some years not until July or August.
Meadow Fritillary: Recorded all years 2019-2009 but often not until July or August (not recorded at all last year, 2020).
Painted Lady (?!): Recorded all previous years of our log. Only once before have we have not recorded it by this time: 7-17-2015, our latest-ever FOY.
Other "expected" species not yet recorded in 2021 generally first appear in July or later: Giant Swallowtail, Little Yellow, Long-tailed Skipper, Fiery Skipper, Dion Skipper, Brazilian Skipper, and Ocola Skipper. And of course we can hope for some species seen in a few years but too rare to depend on: Zebra Swallowtail, Clouded Skipper, and perhaps a couple of others.
I am compiling this list hastily and may have some errors here. You can check this note and also find more details about our history of Early & Late Dates by going to our blog (https://blogs.stockton.edu/sjbfs/) and clicking on "Early & Late Dates All Years 2008-2021").
Let me know if you spot errors. I will correct this note here. Thank you!
And while I am at this, and halfway through our 14th year of this log:
A Big Thank-You to Jack Miller for sharing moderating responsibilities with me!
We would not have made it this far without him.
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