Sighting for May 31, 2014

Harry Zirlin

Ward Pound Ridge
Westchester County, NY

very intriguing and positive development today.. I found many Baltimore Checkerspot caterpillars feeding on English Plantain in the Meadow Picnic Area. This species used to be common here, but has all but disappeared over the past two decades. It has jumped to this weed as a food plant in other areas such as Long Island, but this is the first I know of it here, Also had Harris’ Checkerspot caterpilllars feeding in the area that Park Mananageemnt agreed to leave unmowed per the request of a number of butterfliers …

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • American Lady 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 100+
  • Common Ringlet 10+
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Dreamy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Indian Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 4
  • Long Dash 1
  • Hobomok Skipper 20+
  • Dusted Skipper 2