Sighting for July 8, 2021

Kathy Horn

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

[This is a striking photo of what looks to both of us to be very similar to the photographs of possible southern broken-dashes from July 2016 (Forsythe, ATL) and July 2017 (Davies Sports Complex powerline, CMY).

Separating southern broken-dash, Wallengrenia otho, from northern broken-dash, W. egeremet, by eye or photo, is difficult at best.  And there are no officially accepted records for southern broken-dash in NJ.  Still, with climate change and populations in Delaware, the species seems a potential new arrival, even if we cannot  yet recognize it.  For more of these details go to our blog post from August, 2017 at:  https://blogs.stockton.edu/sjbfs/2016/08/01/southern-broken-dash-a-species-to-look-for/).

Thanks and congratulations to Kathy Horn for the superb shot.

We ask all observers to be alert for reddish broken-dashes. Take photos if possible and please submit to the log.  We could be documenting the first hints of a range expansion of this southern species, even if we can not yet be sure of the evidence.

jm & jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 6
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

Broken-Dash