Sighting for July 5, 2013

Steven Rosenthal

Christie Estate, Muttontown, NY
Nassau County, NY

my first visit to another spot veteran butterflyers say is a shadow of its former self. the county has no money to mow/maintain the large field at the end of the trail- vegetation is chest high. and apparently has crowded out larval host plants over the yrs.it was pretty- hundereds of orange milkweeds in bloom, along with common milkweed, dogbane,, black eyed susan etc and nary a butterfly on them from 10-1130AM..it was hot but not too hot to preclude butterfly activitiy. wood nymphs were definitely staying low in the ground cover to avoid the sun.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 25+
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 6
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 18
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 20