Sighting for August 5, 2019

Henry Kindervatter

Hobler Park, Skillman
Somerset County, NJ

Hobler Park is located just south of the intersection of Great Road and C.R. 518 in Skillman (Montgomery Twp.) NJ. Information on the web indicated that part of its management plan is to mow fields in such a way as to encourage butterflies to visit those areas. There was a great deal of milkweed and teasel, both out of season, but this looks to be a promising location at peak milkweed season next year. In any case, on an early morning trip (8-9:30 am) I found several butterflies, including at least one female Monarch actively laying eggs on common milkweed. The morning was pleasant 72-75 F with sun and no wind.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 9