Sighting for August 5, 2013

Rick Borchelt

US National Arboretum
District of Columbia, DC

Two hours in early afternoon, partly cloudy, warm (80F) and dry. The butterfly garden benefits from being kept a little on the weedy side by furloughs of the federal arboretum grounds staff. Red-banded Hairstreaks have rebounded in the current brood from very small flights earlier in the year throughout the mid-Atlantic; female Zabulons emerged this week to fly with males that emerged last week. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail numbers have dropped dramatically this week and most flying adults are showing a lot of wear. Abundant nectar, including clethra, buddleia, various perennial sunflowers, vitex, partridge pea, senna and various mints.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail common
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White common
  • Sleepy Orange 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Silvery Checkerspot 3
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper common
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Little Glassywing common
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Dun Skipper 2

Variegated Fritillary

Viceroy

Little Glassywing

Red-banded Hairstreak