Sighting for May 1, 2018

Henry Kindervatter

Mercer County Park
Mercer County, NJ

I sent along an invitation via the North Jersey chapter of NABA to see if anyone was interested in joining me to see if we could observe the Falcate orangetips at Mercer County Park. There was an enthusiastic response and we had a group of six butterfliers, in all. We met at the park at 1:30 pm and walked along the power line area for about an hour and 15 minutes in near-perfect sunny weather with very little breeze and 77º F. In that time, we saw 29 Falcate Orangetips overall; 7 females, 3 fly-by individuals that could not be determined and the other 19 were males. This was the most Falcate Orangetips I have seen at the park (as best I can remember) in a single day and their numbers are definitely good this year, despite the late spring. Normally, they would be done by now, but they seem to be just reaching their peak and it may be possible to see them for another few days.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Falcate Orangetip 29
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Falcate Orangetip

Falcate Orangetip

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Falcate Orangetip