Sighting for June 12, 2022

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:45-4 p.m., Mostly cloudy with some nice partially sunny breaks. Temp. reached close to 80. My first encounter this day with a Coral Hairstreak was memorable. I was about to tap the shutter when I was startled by a Turkey Hen which of course flushed the Hairstreak. This was a nice variation from the usual 2nd bug that flies in to flush the object of your joy. The flight has just begun here with limited Common Milkweed in bloom and the single Asclepias tuberosa that Chris mentioned yesterday has survived another season attracting only a singleton coral today. As I continued to search, I stumbled upon a clutch of Turkey eggs, likely belonging to the previously mentioned hen.

[Our log's first coral hairstreaks of 2022 and other diversity reported here show Riverwinds is gobbling… I mean hopping! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White 25
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 1

Coral Hairstreak

turkey eggs

Coral Hairstreak