Sighting for June 7, 2016

Tom Fiore

Van Cortlandt Park (western portions)
Bronx County, NY

Warm but clouding over in late afternoon; a relatively short visit to seek a few b’flies, esp. the flagship species of this park, the Silvery Checkerspot, which were out in low no. & might have emerged just days earlier. Two azures were seen, one a likely Summer type, & another potentially not? -Appalachian Azure has been found here in the past, with the necessary host plant present in small quantity. Each azure seen was in fresh condition. The “unsure” azure is the one in 2 photos. Nectar-ing flowers starting to be more numerous in some places; milkweeds in full bud.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 25+
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Silvery Checkerspot 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6+
  • Hobomok Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Silvery Checkerspot