Sighting for June 3, 2019

Jim Springer

Dismal Harmony Natural Area, Mendham Twp
Morris County, NJ

They're baaack!
After a 3 year hiatus that was preceeded by a 10 year continuous stretch after Alice Koster first found the colony in 2007, the Harvesters are back at Dismal Harmony. In early afternoon, I went to Alice's prime spot at the bridge over Dismal Brook but no action. I then walked the trail north as it parallels the brook until it turns away from the brook heading uphill. l was keeping an eye open for Harvesters and aphids with no luck. I then retraced my steps back to the bridge and there they were on the medium size beeches just east of the bridge. At first there were 3 individuals that would chase each other, perch and then give chase again. Then 2 disappeared and were replaced by a Hobomok Skipper who held his own with the remaining Harvester. I left the two of them to sort things out.
1:50pm-3:50pm. sunny, breezy, 70˚F

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Harvester 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Hobomok Skipper 1