Sighting for April 24, 2016

Tom Fiore

Harriman State Park, north-eastern sections
Rockland County, NY

very extensive hike along stream courses to higher ridges with much blueberry in bloom; almost all sightings in Rockland but a few in adjacent Orange Co. of NY as well. Many species & individuals seen in fresh-good condition. Azures nearly abundant in a few areas with blueberry, and some females seen laying eggs on the blueberry plants. Most sightings in warmer afternoon sun, only a few before 11 a.m.; some species also hill-topping late in the day. The variety of species out was a slight surprise. Spicebush Sw.-tail seems early yet an experienced observer found one a week or more earlier in the same ‘lower Hudson’ region of N.Y. [PS, Azure numbers noted are very conservative, there were a lot!]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Falcate Orangetip 6+
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Brown Elfin 30+
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 50++
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 6+
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 25+

Falcate Orangetip

Spring Azure

Brown Elfin

Gray Hairstreak