Sighting for August 19, 2017

Mark Adams

Piedmont Store, Clark Rd., Shiflett’s Mill Rd., Jarmans Gap Rd.
Albemarle County, VA

11:00 – 16:40 EDT. Mostly sunny, 85-91 deg F, wind variable 0-5 mph. A fine field day that yielded my VA 2017-season-high single-day butterfly species count (30), good numbers of butterflies overall, and my best skipper species diversity this season, though skipper numbers were dominated by the Sachem hordes.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 40
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 25
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 12
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 7
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 12
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 6
  • Silvery Checkerspot 5
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 5
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Red-spotted Purple 11
  • Northern Pearly-eye 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 50
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 11
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 10
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Sachem 150
  • Zabulon Skipper 3

Cloudless Sulphur

Cabbage White

Least Skipper

Red-spotted Purple

Great Spangled Fritillary

Zabulon Skipper

Northern Pearly-eye

Eastern Comma

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sachem