Sighting for August 2, 2019

Andrew Block

Great Thicket N.W.R.-Nellie Hill Unit, Dover Plains,
Dutchess County, NY

Thanks to Karlo’s report from the other day I decided to go up to look for the hairstreaks and the Giant Swallowtails. Was here from about 8:15am to 12pm. No luck on the hairstreaks, but saw plenty of other stuff.

As with him, I had many sightings of the giants both nectaring in the fields and laying eggs on the Zanthoxyllums in the woods. I had as far as I can tell from my photos at least two females and probably two males if not more. Twice I had pairs together, once in the woods and once in the field, which I think were different pairs. All the years I’ve come up here and I never knew the giants were here, now I know why.

I probably had more individuals of the skippers, but it was hard to keep them separate, let alone id. them.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 3+
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4+
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 8+
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 8+
  • Silver-spotted Skipper abundant
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper common
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Dun Skipper 1