Sighting for May 6, 2012

Tom Fiore

Appalachian trail corridor, town of Dover
Dutchess County, NY

Sudden bright sun for afternoon made the difference, with a very productive set of meadows and relatively few flowers so that all the butterflies were quite busy seeking nectar, minerals, or just patrolling the area. Giant Swallowtail is my second sighting of the season in this county. The 2 Satyr species and Monarch were my first of the year. N. Cloudywing seems very early; single Indian Skipper also early! A very early spring all around.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5+
  • Clouded Sulphur 8+
  • American Copper 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Meadow Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 8+
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • American Lady 6+
  • Red Admiral 25+
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Ringlet 8
  • Monarch 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 14
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Cobweb Skipper 4
  • Indian Skipper 1