Sighting for April 15, 2016

Allen Belden

Powhatan Wildlife Management Area
Powhatan County, VA

Sunny, high in the mid 60s. It was a pleasant surprise to see so many Pipevine Swallowtails this close to Richmond. Juniper Hairstreak nectaring on pussytoes (Antennaria sp.). Many other species nectaring on the invasive nonnative shrub autumn olive (Eleagnus umbellata), which is abundant in the area. The sulphur appeared to be an Orange/Clouded hybrid. An anglewing (Question Mark or Eastern Comma) was also seen.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 17
  • Zebra Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 64
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 17
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 25
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • American Lady 4
  • Gemmed Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 39
  • Common Roadside-Skipper 1

Common Roadside-Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail