Sighting for July 20, 2013

Henry Kindervatter

Wescott Preserve
Hunterdon County, NJ

This was the third area that Jim Springer and I walked for the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve Count Circle. It was my favorite of the three areas last year because of ample nectar sources and lots of large butterflies (particularly swallowtails and monarchs). We tried to get the Hunterdon Land Trust group to consider butterflying this area, but I believe that it is technically not a part of their holdings, so Jim and I had a quick bite of lunch and proceeded to start butterflying. There were literally dozens of butterflies on several nectar sources (particularly Teasel) right up on the edge of the parking lot. There were enough that I just had Jim start calling them out and I wrote them down. There was too little time for any really good pictures in the early going, because there were so many butterflies clustered at the parking lot. We had only about 45 minutes to cover the area, which was the smallest of the day.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 36
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 19
  • Cabbage White 40
  • Clouded Sulphur 6
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 4
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6
  • Dun Skipper 1