Sighting for July 1, 2022

Tom Fiore, Kristine Wallstrom

various preserves and protected areas, eastern parts of county
Dutchess County, NY

Bronze Coppers rather freshly-out and coming to Common Milkweeds as well as some other flowers, and one just in grasses, in wet meadow. Only 1 Meadow Fritillary seen well (worn), but poss. others present as fly-bys. All ‘anglewings’ seen were fresh summer-brood, the commas and the QMark with dark hindwings above. One Red-spotted Purple was quite intrigued with a large beaver-lodge. Tawny Emperor was not at all cooperative for photos; the area where seen has produced that species in the past as well. (We did not go to a site that is often good for Hackberry Emperor this time.) Eyed Browns appeared fresh, in typical sedge-meadow habitat. The single Delaware Skipper appeared extremely freshly-emerged. Some sites were a bit dry, while a few were as wet or moist as we have experienced in other years. Weather was warm to hot, lots of sun and temp. from 70’s to near 90 [F.], with light breezes. While in some areas with much of a host-plant for the 1 Riodinid species of the region, we found no forms of that at all (no cats, no pupae, no adults) despite a bit of search. There was a little ‘feel’ of things just getting going, in terms of summer-species [or forms] coming out. It was not an entire day’s field-work out for us, yet nice diversity anyhow, and still in ‘low-ish’ numbers of individual butterflies. LOTS of nectar plants all around.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 12+
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Bronze Copper 6+
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 15+
  • Meadow Fritillary x
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Eyed Brown 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 15+
  • Common Wood-Nymph 6+
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 4
  • European Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Long Dash 3
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Bronze Copper

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Comma

Delaware Skipper