Sighting for May 5, 2022

Brian Johnson

Peaslee WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Early afternoon visit. 70 degrees and mostly sunny.

[Our log's first southern cloudywing of 2022 and, even better and more important, the highest count of cobweb skipper for many years, that I remember, at least. Might be our highest ever. Need to do some checking back! jc]

[Update, 5-7-22: Yes, this is the highest count of cobweb skippers ever recorded on our SJBP log, 2008-2022. The previous high was 21 found along the Dennisville RR tracks on 5-21-2009 by Will Kerling, "5 females, 16 males / all very worn." We have had very few other double-digit counts of this species over the years. The most recent of those are 12 found along Estell Manor Road in CUM on 5-2-2021 by Jack Miller and 11 found on the RT 83 powerline in CMY on 5-14-2020 by Steve Glynn, Harvey Tomlinson, and Ernie Hahn. Can we hope this high count hints at a possible good year for cobweb skipper, which has seemed a troubled species in our area in recent years? jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 23
  • Southern Cloudywing 2
  • Cobweb Skipper 32

Cobweb Skipper

Southern Cloudywing