Sighting for August 3, 2022

Sharon & Wade Wander

Yards Creek Generating Station, Blairstown Twp.
Warren County, NJ

9:30-12:20, 73-83 and full sun

The purpose of this visit was to search for Common Roadside Skipper, which is anything but common. We have found this species here for many consecutive years until this year. We usually search for the first brood in mid-May. But we were late this year and may have missed it. There is a little known, and perhaps not annual, second brood in late July and early August ( I have a slide photo from this site taken in early August). Did not find it on this visit but we did find a very fresh Swarthy Skipper and 4 very worn and ragged Edwards' Hairstreaks (new late date by 1 day). Only 2 Orange Sulphurs in an area that in the recent past has supported large numbersas well as lesser numbers of Cabbage Whites and Clouded Sulphurs. Our 3 hr. total of 21 species and 138 individuals is well below recent totals. So many 1s and 2s!

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 35
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 4
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Ringlet 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 24
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 31
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

Common Ringlet

Swarthy Skipper

Edwards' Hairstreak

Common Wood-Nymph