Monthly Archives: June 2014

How frequent are second-brood Hessel’s in NJ?

One of the finds of the early summer so far is the butterfly above: a 2nd-brood Hessel’s hairstreak discovered by Jim Springer and Ahmet Baytas at Double Trouble State Park (OCN) on June 27. Second-brood Hessel’s are rarely found in … Continue reading

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Let’s Urge NJ To Do Something About Neonicotinoid Pesticides

The South Jersey butterflyers who attended this month’s NABA conference in Chattanooga, TN, came back with happy tales of Dianas and other memorable sightings — and also a sad update of the monarch’s situation. Experts at the meeting painted a … Continue reading

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Satyrium Time, 2014

Common milkweed is popping open all over our area, and among other things, that means it’s time to search for Satyrium hairstreaks. South Jersey’s five species are especially fun to chase because they fly for such a limited time (from … Continue reading

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Photo Forum #4: What is it?

Steve Glynn and Harvey Tomlinson photo’d a skipper (or a couple of skippers) in Hunter’s Mill Bog on June 15 that left them puzzled. Anyone out there willing to try to ID the butterflies above and below? Warning: these are … Continue reading

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Monarch Generations

We now have newly-emerged adult monarchs flying in South Jersey — apparently the first “Jersey-raised” monarchs of 2014. Ordinarily, our log collects only a handful of records of monarchs from mid-April to early May, and that was the case this … Continue reading

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May Compilation

Thanks to each of the 37 observers who contributed to our log in May…. Amy Gaberlein, Barb Wiley, Barry Marts, Brian Johnson, Chip Krilowicz, Chris Herz. Chris Tonkinson, Clay Sutton. Cynthia Allen. Dave Amadio, Doyle Dowdell, Gibson Reynolds, Jack Miller, … Continue reading

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