Sighting for July 15, 2019

Henry Kindervatter

Mercer Meadow, Pole Farm
Mercer County, NJ

I arrived at 11:30 am and stayed until 2:15 pm. It was hot (86-90ΒΊ F) and sunny. Entering across from Blackwell Mills Road, I looped around the wooded area toward Federal City Road following the cut paths. Shortly after arriving, I observed a fly-by of a Cloudless sulphur and decided to count the butterflies seen today, as that is a very rare sighting for me in this area. The variety of butterflies out today was amazing for this part of the park! Not only that, but I observed 25 Monarchs (including three mating pairs) and a second Cloudless sulphur on this trip.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 24
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 5
  • Monarch 25
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 21
  • Horace's Duskywing 2

Monarch

Viceroy

Painted Lady