Sighting for March 30, 2016

Allen Belden

Jones Lake State Park
Bladen County, NC

Sunny, high in the low 60s. Two miles of trail through suitable habitat were checked for Hessel’s Hairstreak, but the individual found today was no more than 40 feet away from the one seen on March 29. Note how differently the two are marked. (Both sides of each were photographed.) Today’s individual was found at 12:13 pm and allowed me 10 minutes of close-range photography. I was even able to cast it into shade with my shadow for extended periods. I spent three hours repeatedly checking the few nearby nectar sources that I could find, mostly highbush blueberry, but had no luck seeing one nectar.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Palamedes Swallowtail 8
  • Hessel's Hairstreak 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure common
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Hessel's Hairstreak