Sighting for July 23, 2017

Allan R. Loudell

Convenience store/bank walls south of Northeast - 7 a.m. hour
Cecil County, MD

Red-banded Hairstreak found perched on wall - alongside many moths - at 7:30 a.m.
As I’ve noted before, Red-banded Hairstreaks seem more inclined to perch on a wall with lights overnight than most other butterflies!
Silver-spotted Skipper was at the base of one of the walls, dead.
Probably more giant Silkworm moths at one time than I’ve ever seen at one place: Many Imperials here - and at one other location near Northeast - over this, and the previous, weekend. Also, a dozen Lunas, and one Polyphemus. Plus, the smaller Rosy Maple Moths.

One huge Sphinx moth far above; I could not get it to come down to ID. Azalea Sphinx & Pandorus Sphinx.

Also, Banded (or Harnessed) Tiger Moths; Giant Leopard Moths; Heterocampa species; Emerald species; One-spotted Variants; Skiff moths; Ailanthus Webworm Moths; and various micros

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1