Sighting for September 3, 2021

Sharon & Wade Wander

Yards Creek generating Station, Blairstown
Warren County, NJ

Our annual survey for the State Endangered Leonard's Skipper was terminated a little after noon because of clouds, clouds, and more clouds despite the unanimous forecast of sun, sun, and more sun. It was 64 degrees and breezy as well.

Most of the Monarchs were taking nectar at White Snakeroot. The Spotted Lantern Fly (actually a species of planthopper) seen in the photo made an emergency water landing. It was not rescued.

We also saw a magnificent Bobcat and 2 species of Spiranthes orchids.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 18
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 28
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Least Skipper 1

Spotted Lantern Fly

Spiranthes sp.

Monarch on White Snakeroot