Sighting for July 30, 2017

Allan R. Loudell

Along marsh along Dutch Neck Road - primarily just south of the "red barn" -- south of the C & D Canal, south of Delaware City
New Castle County, DE

Nearly 2-hour walk, midday. Beautiful day, mostly sunny.

Impressive numbers of Silver-spotted Skippers and Broad-winged Skippers, as far as one could see, over the marsh.

Love that part of the season when both Monarchs and Swallowtails are flying in good numbers.

Bronze Coppers which opened wings all appeared to be males.

Actually, my first Cloudless Sulphur of the year!

Surprising: Not seeing Red-spotted Purples or Viceroys this year. Normally see Viceroys in this habitat.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3 inc. 1 black female
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 15
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Bronze Copper 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 7
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 100+
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Sachem 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 125+