Sighting for May 24, 2014

Allan R. Loudell

Various spots around Blossburg, including Tioga State Forest
Tioga County, PA

My first time seeing & photographing West Virginia White, so that makes it a “lifer” for me. My 5th White species! Some West Virginia Whites were nectaring on one of the caterpillar hostplants, toothwort, just above a creek just north of Blossburg.

A lot of blue along sides of paths and roads, from Spring ‘Summer’ Azures, Eastern Tailed-Blues, and tinier Bluish Spring Moths!

Tiger Swallowtails all appeared to be Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, but I didn’t get a close look at each individual. Always a possibility for Canadian Tiger Swallowtail in these parts.

One skipper - from below - looked like a Zabulon (but that would be north of the standard range); but it apparently wasn’t Hobomok either!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 12+
  • West Virginia White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Dozens
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure Dozens
  • Sleepy Duskywing 5
  • Pepper and Salt Skipper 1