South Jersey Butterfly Project
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]
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