Sighting for June 22, 2020

Henry Kindervatter

Mercer County Park - Pole Farm - Blackwell Road entrance
Mercer County, NJ

The weather was hot, 89º F with s slight breeze and intermittent clouds. About 90% of the milkweed encountered was in full bloom. There were fewer plants than in prior years at this location, but all of them looked very healthy and robust. There was a good variety of species, but very few individuals of any given species were seen. The trip was from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. One of the highlights was seeing two Monarch caterpillars near the entrance only a few minutes into the trip.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 33
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 1

Little Glassywing

Monarch caterpilllar