In the interests of citizen science, we are working up a digital tally sheet that you can copy-and-paste and use to submit butterfly sightings at DeKorte Park.
We understand that butterfly sightings in our part of the state are under-reported, and we wanted to at least see if we could get the ball rolling here.
We just did a quick count, and our timing was great. We counted at least eight species, including two dozen skippers of various types, with Broad-winged Skippers like the one above predominating.
You can download the sheet here:
Please e-mail Jim Wright here with your butterfly counts and — equally important — suggestions on improving this work in progress.
Results of our recent count are below.
Butterfly Count 062810
DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst, N.J.
noon- 12:15, 1:15. -1:30 p.m.
Within 50 yards of the Jill Ann Ziemkiewicz Butterfly Garden
Sunny, 92 degrees, little wind
Swallowtails Family Papilionidae
1 Black Swallowtail
1 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Whites and Sulphurs Family Pieridae
3 Cabbage White
Brush-footed Butterflies Family Nymphalidae
2 Red Admiral
Skippers Family Hesperiidae
3 Silver-spotted Skipper
1 Wild Indigo Duskywing
X Broad-winged Skipper
X- Lost count at a dozen