Will K’s Update: NJ March Records

Henry’s elfin, photo by Will Kerling

Will Kerling has sent a follow-up to his post from 3/14/12:

As far as I know, we now have ten butterfly species that never have been officially documented in NJ for March before this year. They are:
Black Swallowtail
Falcate Orangetip         
Eastern Pine Elfin
Brown Elfin
Eastern Tailed-Blue
Pearl Crescent
American Lady
American Snout
Silver-spotted Skipper                         
Horace’s Duskywing       
Gochfeld and Burger have a March record in 1992 for Common Buckeye in New Brunswick by Murrays.
My latest “look-for” list of possibilities:
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail                                   
Spicebush Swallowtail
Clouded Sulphur             
Edward’s Azure  
Gray Hairstreak 
American Copper             
Juniper Hairstreak 
White M Hairstreak 
Painted Lady           
Wild Indigo Duskywing
Cobweb Skipper

Dale Schweitzer indicated Cloudless Sulphurs and Sleepy Oranges are already being sighted in Western NC. Also, White M and Gray Hairstreaks and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail have been recorded way north of us on the East Coast.


Other photos from the last ten days:

Blueberry azure, “lucia” form by Shawn Wainwright, March 14

Mayfly by Amy Gaberlein, March 20 (species ID not yet determined — anyone know?)

Blue corporal by Pat Sutton, March 20

Blueberry azure ovipositing on highbush blueberry, by Chip Krilowicz, March 22

Blueberry azure, “violaceae” form by Will Kerling, March 23

Horace’s duskywing by Will Kerling, March 23

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2 Responses to Will K’s Update: NJ March Records

  1. Amy G. says:

    Amy here…. Mayfly was taken with a Nikon CoolPix P4, macro setting. That thing takes better close photos than my DSLR!

  2. Jack Connor says:

    Stephen Mason, Stockton grad and now at the Academy of Sciences in Philadelphia, sent a note about the mayfly’s ID:

    “I’m pretty confident the undetermined mayfly on the blog is commonly called black quill or early brown spinner (Leptophlebia cupida.) There are only a handful of species that occur in south Jersey and fewer that emerge this early.



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