Sighting for June 19, 2022

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:20-5 p.m. 75 & sunny with NW18-23 winds. Went to gain a better assessment of the Coral Hairstreak flight this year. It has been exceptional over the past several years and again seems to be doing quite well. The winds were keeping butterflies grounded much of the time. The big surprise today was an Oak Hairstreak. This is the 63rd species for this location. In recent years Banded Hairstreaks have become scarce here so the Oak H.S. was a very welcome surprise. I have recorded the species twice in my nearby garden over the years. The dominant skipper right now here is Little Glassywing. This is typical here in mid June. Dun skippers are present as well but LGW reigns for now. Also notable was that on the lone Butterflyweed plant seven Corals were present at one time joined by a single American Copper.

[Thanks for the details, Dave, and congratulations on the superb find of oak hairstreak. That's two sightings reported to our log in three days, this one in GLO and the other in OCN, far away. Is it crazy to hope for a little boomlet of this rarity? Keep an eye out, everyone! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 10
  • American Copper 4
  • Oak Hairstreak 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 12
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Little Glassywing 26
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 4

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Oak Hairstreak

Oak Hairstreak