Sighting for October 19, 2016

Tom Fiore

Brooklyn locations including Gerritsen Beach Park & Floyd Bennett Field
Kings County, NY

Sun & clouds, very warm (80+ F.), southwest breezes. The 2 Little Yellows were in the south part of Gerritsen beach, a traditional location for the species, & on this occasion were near-impossible to find perching for photos (their size compared directly in flight with numerous Orange Sulphurs was near-half that of the Oranges, & they appeared all-yellow in flight. The date approaches record-late for the area, but these dates may need revising! A Black Swallowtail is late, but not quite a NY record-late date. A number of Common Buckeyes, of many observed, were of the “rosa” form which is more likely in fall here. Common Checkered Skippers were all within a small area of Floyd Bennett Field, in a specific location, well-known to local observers. Much time was spent observing in the community gardens with many flowers, the site for the one swallowtail, and many, many Monarchs nectaring. Visit from 11-4.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 15++
  • Cabbage White 40+
  • Orange Sulphur 60+++
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 35+
  • Monarch 200+
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 4

Black Swallowtail

Common Buckeye

Common Checkered-Skipper

Red Admiral

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Variegated Fritillary