Sighting for June 15, 2022

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Park, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

4:15-5:00, partly sunny and about 80º.
Although or visit was late in the day, these are pretty abysmal numbers for mid-June at what was formerly one of the best butterflying spots in our area. The dearth of grass-skippers continues, which we believe is largely attributable to the rapid expansion of various species of forbs (most, but not all, non-native species ) at the expense of warm-season, native species of grasses that are the hosts for most species of grass-skippers. We have noted with considerable alarm the incredible spread of plants like Wild Madder bedstraw (and at White Lake, Yellow Bedstraw) and hop-clovers, and even native goldenrods like Solidago rugosa. Good nectar plants such as milkweeds and dogbanes remain common but the native grasses are disappearing from many sites.
We were pleased to see a Black Racer, which seems to be much less common than Black Rat Snake in recent years.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Ringlet 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Black Racer