Sighting for July 2, 2019

Tom Fiore

Ft. Tilden, Riis-Neponsit, and other Rockaways parks
Queens County, NY

E. Tiger slightly unexpected at these sites; Coral Hairstreaks at dogbanes and just-opening orange milkweed (A. tuberosa); Red-banded HS was worn; fresh brood of E. Tailed-Blue just out, but Am. Copper not yet in summer brood there; 1 very fresh Variegated Frit., a female in site where seen in most years; good year so far for QuestionMark thus not a surprise, a fresh summer/dark form; Red Admiral also having fairly good year so far; Com. Buckeye is truly almost common all over this area, a big year for them; summer brood of Little Wood-Satyr out nicely; also a good showing of Swarthy Skipper - locally, not everywhere! - and Delaware Skippers looked fresh as can be, just out, perhaps and always good to see! Many plants, including nectar plants, in profuse bloom, and poison-ivy also very healthy all around. (Sought out Common Checkered-Skipper, but one area where seen prior years was mowed off, and also with some sort of demolition in progress. A stop was made in Kings Co. NY (Brooklyn) at Floyd Bennett Field, but rather slow so moved on to the Rockaway peninsula’s greenspaces, outer barrier beach areas & natural habitats still in fairly good shape after all these years, where I went to look. Arrived at Jamaica Bay Refuge too late in day for a thorough look around; at that latter location, such species as Amer. Snouts have been regular this year, near Hackberry trees, that is. Weather - sun & clouds & very warm.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12+
  • Orange Sulphur 20+
  • Coral Hairstreak 6+
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 8+
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 5+
  • Common Buckeye 25++
  • Little Wood-Satyr 12+
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 20++
  • Northern Broken-Dash 10++
  • Delaware Skipper 4