An NJSEA staffer took this photo yesterday of a butterfly hanging out near the Science Center at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. She asked what type of butterfly it is. The answer to her question is a question, more specically it’s a Question Mark butterfly, the common name for the Polygonia interrogationis species. The moniker comes from the silver mark on the underside of the hindwing, which broken into two parts, a curved line and a dot, creating a ?-shaped mark.
I was lucky enough to see Chris Takacs when I pulled into work this morning at DeKorte Park. Chris informed that he had seen nine Least Terns along the metal boardwalk of the Marsh Discovery Trail and that this is an unusually high number of Leasts for DeKorte. Higher numbers are seen in the impoundments of the Kearny Marsh and Kearny Marsh East. There had been more in DeKorte years ago but they don’t nest around the park anymore.