Sighting for June 15, 2016

Tom Fiore

Van Cortlandt Park (western portions)
Bronx County, NY

Satyrium-genus hairstreaks freshly out, & some poss. other than Banded may have been but only that sp. was identified. Good no. of nectaring & basking Silvery Checkerspots. Fresh summer-brood Eastern Tigers and fresh new Mourning Cloak also found. More & more summer flowers, as nectar sources, now available. Hackberry Emperors chasing each other as often seen; multiple species were also seen hill-topping. All numbers noted quite conservatively, including for Cabbage Whites, always common here in summer. Sun, up to 80 F. with light breezes, low humidity. Afternoon walk, not taking in most good skipper areas.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 100+
  • Orange Sulphur few
  • Banded Hairstreak 8++
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5+
  • Silvery Checkerspot 12++
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Hobomok Skipper 4+

Silvery Checkerspot

Banded Hairstreak

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail