Our sixth year of logging was another good one, especially because of the wide participation of observers throughout our eight-county area. Keep at it, everyone! And if you are new to this blog or our log and would like to participate in 2014, please email me at nacotejackATgmailDOTcom. We are always looking for more contributing observers.
In 2013 more than 90 observers compiled more than 16,700 reports involving 94 species, tying 2012 for our second highest species total. (We found 95 species in our first year, 2008.)
Some of the highlights of the year:
–> the huge overlapping flights of tiger swallowtail (3300+ individuals) and spicebush swallowtail (3200+ individuals);
–> finds of both Palamedes swallowtail (7/28/13 in Cape May County) and hoary-edge skipper (6/28/13 in Cumberland Co) — both reports only our second log records of those species;
–> checkered white reports from three counties: Salem, Cumberland, and Cape May;
–> harvester reports from two counties: Gloucester and Burlington;
–> bronze copper new for Cumberland County and banded hairstreak new for Salem
–> a “mini-invasion” of giant swallowtails from August into September giving us records in four different counties: GLO, BUR, CAM, and CMY;
–> the continuing presence of Leonard’s skipper (one of our area’s most troubled species) confirmed in Atlantic County;
–> a new record species count for one month: 71 species in July, the first time we have topped 70 species for a month;
–> one of our contributors, Dave Amadio, recorded 102 species for the year in NJ;
–> nearly 10,000 reports (9900+) from a single county (Cape May, of course!);
–> 12 new record early emergence dates for our log and 17 new record late dates;
–> and lots more.
–> once again we failed to record any Leonard’s skippers at their former colony on the Manumuskin River;
–> we had only two reports of Georgia satyr, another species that seems troubled in our area;
–> we missed two-spotted skipper for the first time in our log’s six-year history;
–> monarch numbers were very low throughout most of the year (as they were throughout the northeastern US, it seems);
–> several other species were found in lower than usual numbers.
See the two spreadsheets below for more details (and click the plus sign for easier viewing):
I hope everyone listed below — and many others not yet listed/newcomers to our log — will help us continue to track the lives of the butterflies of South Jersey.
Keep at it, everyone! Have a healthy & adventure-filled 2014.
Contributors in 2013:
Chris & Gerry Dewaghe
Pete & Linda Dunne