Sighting for July 31, 2022

Joyce Cloughly

Assunpink Wildlife Management Area, from the boat launch to the dam along The Big Dive road
Monmouth County, NJ

11AM - 4 PM. Went from partly sunny to overcast. In the eighties. I "discovered" a vast field of some 100 acres consisting entirely of Cosmos and Partridge Peas (plus some corn, sorghum and oats from plantings of years gone by). A truly amazing sight. To find this field, turn right upon exiting the boat launch parking area and make a quick right onto an unnamed gravel road identified as The Big Dive on Google Maps. In two-tenths of a mile park at a pullover on the left and walk past the metal gates. Continue walking to the bend to view the entire field of flowers.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 9
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 16
  • Orange Sulphur 20
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Partridge Pea