Sighting for July 25, 2021

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

For last couple of days female summer azures have been landing regularly on Clethra alternifolia, sweet pepperbush, and touching unopened blossoms with their abdomens. Movement is quick and hard to photo. Haven't found an egg yet, but could they be ovipositing? Clethra is not a listed host plant for azures.

Photos are all of same individual (we think) but at least one other female (with a distinctive chipped wing) that escaped the camera multiple times was also behaving in same way.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 8
  • American Snout 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Sachem 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

'Summer' Spring Azure ovipositing?

Male (above) joins female on bloom