Sighting for August 2, 2019

Sharon & Wade Wander

Kittatinny Valley State Park, Andover Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Surveyed the fields flanking the entrance road into the park on the east side of Goodale Road as well the two fields around the office between 10 and 11. Left when ZuZu got tired and hot and the cloud cover increased to nearly 100%.
Returned in the afternoon (2:20-3:15) to survey the fields on the west side of Goodale Road. Specifically, the large field around the group campground and the field along the access road to the communications tower on Mt. Nebo. Most species are under counted due to the difficulty of surveying the mass of Wild Bergamot and the annoying habit of dark swallowtails to not land. Our best guess is that 5-10% of the tiger swallowtails were dark females. The dearth of GS Frits and grass skippers continues. Not much hope now to salvage the year. Wild Bergamot (all of the swallowtails and SS Skippers were seen on this amazing native mint) still in fine fettle but just beginning to fade ever so slightly.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Giant Swallowtail 18
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 305
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 11
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 34
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1