Sighting for June 22, 2014

Allan R. Loudell

White Clay Creek Preserve
Chester County, PA

Two-hour walk: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Hackberry Emperor was only the 2nd I’ve seen here in 20+ years.
With this year’s first Monarch sighting in this area just south across the state line in Delaware (by the Delaware Nature Society’s Jim White), I kept looking for a Monarch, but every single large orange butterfly turned out to be a Great Spangled Fritillary.
Disappointed not to find any Hairstreaks.
Still stunning lack of Vanessa species.
Mating pair of Least Skippers.
Lovely fresh Luna moth on the brick wall of the White Clay Creek Preserve offices!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 10 including 1 black form female
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 30+
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 7
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 23
  • Meadow Fritillary 9
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Little Glassywing 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 1