Sighting for June 20, 2020

Sharon & Wade Wander

Paulins Kill Wildlife Management Area near north end of Paulinskill Lake
Sussex County, NJ

All 5 Bronze Coppers were males. At least 2 were quite worn and may have emerged about 2 weeks ago when the first 2 were seen. We saw one very fresh-looking male practically tethered to a Curled Dock which is the common host plant in this area. We also found another very fresh-looking male taking nectar from Wild Parsnip which is the tall, rank-looking, plant with umbels of small yellow flowers. It is worth checking these flowers for small butterflies like hairstreaks and coppers.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Bronze Copper 5
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Least Skipper 8

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper