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Butterflies of DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst, Bergen County, New Jersey


DIRECTIONS: Take the New Jersey Turnpike to Route 3, Exit 16W. Go west on Route 3 for about 2 miles, and take the first exit after Route 17 north to Orient Way. Turn left onto Orient Way, go 0.7 miles to Valley Brook Road. Turn left and take this road 2 miles to its end. Alternatively, you can take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 153, Route 3. Take Route 3 east for 5 miles to the second exit for Route 17 south (there is a sign for the park). Go straight onto Polito Avenue and after about 0.5 miles turn left onto Valley Brook Road, which leads you into the park.

HABITAT: Marshes and tidal flats.

BUTTERFLY LIST:

Abbreviations are:
A, abundant, likely to see more than 20 individuals per visit to the right spot at the right time
C, common, likely to see 4-20 individuals per visit to the right spot at the right time
U, uncommon, likely to see 0-3 individuals per visit to the right spot at the right time
R, rare, unlikely to see any individuals even at the right spots at the right time
S, stray, vagrant, not seen most years

E, early in month
M, middle of month
L, late in month

Numbers refer to months. For example, the second species, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, is uncommon to common from middle of April through September.

Swallowtails Family Papilionidae
Frequency
Season
__Pipevine Swallowtail
R
M5-M9
__Black Swallowtail
U
5-9
__Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
U-C
M4-9

Whites and Sulphurs Family Pieridae
Frequency
Season
__Cabbage White
C-A
4-10
__Clouded Sulphur
U
4-10
__Orange Sulphur
C
4-10

Gossamer Wings Family Lycaenidae
Frequency
Season
__Gray Hairstreak
U
5-9
__Red-banded Hairstreak
R-U
5-9
__Eastern Tailed-Blue
C
5-9

Brush-footed Butterflies Family Nymphalidae
Frequency
Season
__Variegated Fritillary
R
6-9
__Great Spangled Fritillary
R-U
6-9
__Pearl Crescent
U-C
5-9
__Question Mark
U
5-10
__Eastern Comma
U
M4-E10
__Mourning Cloak
U-C
M4-10
__American Lady
U-C
L4-E10
__Red Admiral
U
L4-E10
__Common Buckeye
R-U
7-10
__Viceroy
U
6-9
__Tawny Emperor
U
7-E9

Milkweed Butterflies Family Danaidae
Frequency
Season
__Monarch
U-C
6-10

Skippers Family Hesperiidae
Frequency
Season
__Silver-spotted Skipper
U-C
5-9
__Juvenal's Duskywing
U-C
5-E6
__Wild Indigo Duskywing
C
M5-9
__Common Sootywing
U-C
L5-L9
__Least Skipper
U-C
6-E9
__European Skipper
U
6-E7
__Fiery Skipper
S
8-9
__Peck's Skipper
C
L5-9
__Delaware Skipper
U
L6-7
__Broad-winged Skipper
A
7-8

BEST TIME AND SPOTS TO VISIT: In terms of the largest variety of species, the best time to visit is from late June to mid-July.

SPECIALTIES: Common Sootywing, Broad-winged Skipper.

NOTES: Restrooms available on weekdays.


24 Apr 2012 / Main New Jersey Page