Sighting for June 10, 2022

Harvey Tomlinson

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

There are numerous Summer Azures at Higbee. They are large, strong flyers, and normally fly higher than Spring Azures. I found 2 Azures in the parking lot puddling. There were much smaller than the Summers and much darker. Weak flyers even when being chased. Do Spring Azures fly this late? Note the female Summer Azure has a dark band on the forward edge of the HY. The Azure complex gives me a headache. Hayhurst's and Snouts were flying.

[FWIW some notes on azures are on the blog here:
https://blogs.stockton.edu/sjbfs/2021/05/02/five-ways-of-understanding-south-jerseys-azures/
Unfortunately, it won't cure headaches…unless you choose ID method number one (adopted by folks who will not be named) and call all azures "spring azures." All other ID methods involve judgement calls and uncertainty. :-(

Good to see snouts in double-digits, our first such report this year. They seem to be surging in this second brood. jc)

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 35
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Spring Azure 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 25
  • American Snout 11
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 9
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 3

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure