Sighting for October 7, 2018

Dena Temple

Yard at 108 Portland Road, Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Monmouth County, NJ

First report and very excited to include our first Long-tailed Skipper ever seen in NJ and of course a yard first as well. Species is well known to John Temple and me (he is also an observer) through Southern U.S. travel. Like Silver-spotted Skipper but blue-green above, with full and complete almost swallowtail-like tail. It was observed nectaring in our zinnia garden (we have many butterfly-friendly flowers in the yard). Observed for ~15 seconds, but when I ran inside to get a camera, it of course flew away and we could not relocate. Still, probably the most exciting butterfly sighting ever.

  • Long-tailed Skipper 1