The Bronx Zoo's Butterfly Zone
Visited by Pam Mikula and Jenn Galvelis - 10/13/2007
Local Butterfly Hot Spots
- Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
- Walk wooded trails in mid-June for Spicebush Swallowtail, Banded
Hairstreak, Spring Azure, Mourning Cloak, Little Wood Satyr.
- Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
- Open fields on Vault Hill in late June for Coral and other Hairstreaks,
Hoary Edge and Silver-spotted Skippers; up to 8 species of smaller skippers.
Enter N.W. Woods (north of Henry Hudson Parkway) for local Silvery Checkerspots.
- Floyd Bennett Field, Gateway NRA, Brooklyn
- Fields, especially near the Boy Scout Camp, are home to Red-banded
Hairstreak, American Copper and Common Buckeye in late August; keep an eye out
for Black Swallowtail.
- Jamaica Bay NWR, Gateway NRA, Queens
- At the Visitor Center in July, note Broad-winged Skippers and Painted
Ladies near Butterfly bush; ask for directions to hackberry tree to see Snouts,
and the "bait tree" to see Question Marks and Red Admirals.
- Sailor's Snug Harbor, northern Staten Island
- Search large flower beds in September for Fiery Skippers, as well as more
- Hook Mountain State Park, Rockland County
- In early May, take the trail to the summit. Along the upper trail look for
Falcate Orangetips; at the top, Northern Cloudywing, Indian Skipper.
- Sandy Hook, Gateway NRA, Monmouth County, NJ
- Red cedars and holly bushes near the Visitor Center shelter Henry's Elfin
and Olive Hairstreaks in early May. Late August, check for Hackberry and Tawny
Emperor around Lot K.
- Long Island Pine Barrens, Suffolk County
- Numerous good sites in May for Elfins and Duskywings; walk open pine/oak
woods or sandy trails. In Easthampton, try Northwest Road lupine beds.
- Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, northern Westchester County
- The premier butterfly spot around New York City. Over 40 species can be
seen in early July. Search larger meadows, as at the end of Michigan Road,
where Great Spangled and Meadow Fritillaries, Wood Nymph, Appalachian Brown, and
many hairstreaks and skippers abound.