Sighting for June 7, 2022

Tom Fiore, Kristine Wallstrom

multiple 'barrens' areas, prime ones at Wilton & Ballston Spa
Saratoga County, NY

the majority of ‘Karner’ Blues were seen at Wilton, NY, with far fewer at other locations. We also stopped in to the Albany Pine Bush preserve, in county of same name, where Karners were mostly done for a 1st-brood flight. We did not visit the prime sites for poss. Mottled Duskywing. At Albany P.B. preserve, some very recent burns had temporarily changed habitats. Also seen was poss. Wild Indigo Duskywing (not in our checklist though), and a few grass-skippers too briefly to call beyond family and type, “smaller orange-based skipper sp.” Good amounts of nectaring flowers were available, including types of dogbanes, and Rubus spp. Our weather was variable, not hot, and threatened rain at times. The trip was actually over 2 days, starting on June 6 to reach 2 counties of NY. Most photos were by K. Wallstrom.
Also noted were 4 spp. of tiger beetles (Cicindelidae).

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Canadian Tiger Swallowtail 6+
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4+
  • Cabbage White few
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 8+
  • Frosted Elfin 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Spring Azure 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Silvery Blue 8+
  • 'Karner' Melissa Blue 300+
  • Pearl Crescent few
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Viceroy 4
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 10+
  • Common Ringlet 25+
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 12+
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Dreamy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 8+
  • Least Skipper 1
  • European Skipper 8+
  • Long Dash 1
  • Hobomok Skipper 2
  • Dusted Skipper 5+

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Frosted Elfin

Silvery Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Viceroy

Dusted Skipper

Southern Cloudywing

Common Sootywing