Sighting for July 4, 2012

Rick Borchelt

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Dorchester County, MD

Oppressively hot, breezy, temperature hovering around 100 F. Most butterflies observed on second flush dogbane along Key Wallace Drive and on buttonbush (Cephalanthus) on Decoursey Bridge Rd. Traveling with Tom Stock. In the field 1330-1600 hours.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 1
  • Orange Sulphur common
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Variegated Fritillary common
  • Pearl Crescent 18
  • American Lady 4
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Least Skipper common
  • Sachem 19
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper abundant
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1