Recent sightings

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Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Female Black Swallowtail dashing through the yard, targeting emerging / leaving out Fennel to lay her eggs on.

[Cool shot! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3

Black Swallowtail ovipositing

Beth Polvino

my yard NABA #1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Sightings about 10 AM when still sunny with little wind' Runty American Lady laying eggs on pussytoes. Found a Spicebush Swallowtail chrysalis in the yard on a stone. That's, in addition, to 4 SS chrysalises in the garage and 3 Black Swallowtail chrysalises also in the garage. SS & BS from last fall. Carolina Mantis egg case found on the hackberry tree as I was looking at the new growth on the tree

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 1

Carolina mantid egg case

Spicebush Swallowtail chrysalis

Harvey Tomlinson

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Normally looking for 3-spotted Cabbage Whites finding a "no-spot" threw me. Not the heavy dark markings on the FW coastal area. Also note the very heavy gray overscaling on the ventral HW.
I watched the Azure do what looks like ovipositing numerous times but on dead grass.
And the Question Mark is a bit off.
Fun day at Higbee

[Yikes, Harvey! On top of the "no-spot" cabbage, are you trying to add a new species of azure to the already too-complex complex?? jc]

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Spring Azure 11
  • Question Mark 1

Cabbage White (dorsal)

Cabbage White (ventral)

Question Mark

Spring "Dead Grass" Azure

Jack McDonough

Narrows rd, Belleplain
Cape May County, NJ

Around 12pm, mostly overcast. Very warm at around 65 degrees.

[Good find, JMcD – our log's FOY spicebush swallowtail for 2021. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Brown Elfin 1

Chris Herz

Glassboro Woods, Clayton
Gloucester County, NJ

Carpenter entrance and old gas station. 12:30-3:30, sunny and low 70s. Not much activity to start. Nowhere road the most productive. Some azures bright but most were around the blueberry flowers or on the road.

[Thank you, Chris! The photo of light-colored individual and note about the circumstances show how difficult it can be to ID blueberry azures – especially after mid-April when holly azures emerge. jc]

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Henry's Elfin 5
  • Blueberry Azure 24
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Duskywing sp. 1

Henry's Elfin

Brown Elfin

Eastern Tailed-Blues

Blueberry Azure

Peter Manzelmann

Tat Starr Trail
Cumberland County, NJ

[Welcome to Peter Manzelmann, our newest contributor! jc]

  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 3

Harvey Tomlinson

Narrows Rd Belleplain
Cape May County, NJ

Attended 4 Puddle Parties with 20+ guests. All of the guest were Azures of the violacea clan

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Spring Azure 125
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5

Eastern Pine Elfin

Spring Azures puddle party

Juvenal's Duskywing

Harvey Tomlinson

Heislerville
Cumberland County, NJ

Nice morning. After seeing the Black Swallowtail I realized my over wintering ones needed to go outside.
Oddly I did not see a single Azure

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 25
  • Pearl Crescent 11
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4

Eastern Tailed-Blues

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

American Snout was active around a Dwarf Hackberry (just leafing out).

  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Snout 1

Cynthia Allen

Kimble's Beach Rd.
Cape May County, NJ

Surprised to see a Monarch working the side of the road. My previous earliest was May 6, 2014, in my yard. In their April 17 post, LepLog noted: "Early Monarchs were reported as well, hunting out the fresh emerging shoots of milkweed. These may be northward migrations of progeny that overwintered in Mexico, I suppose, but more likely to be from the populations that overwinter in the Gulf States, I suspect."

[Congratulations, Cynthia! Our log's first monarch of the year – always an exciting find!

I also saw that comment and wondered what populations Rick B was referring to. Some migrating monarchs apparently now over-winter in southern Florida. Are they elsewhere along the Gulf Coast? BTW: Maryland also had its first monarch yesterday – in Prince George County, MD.

Be on the lookout, everyone. And see if you can determine the sex of any early arrivers. Are they all females? (See blog for some ID tips.) jc]

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Monarch 1

Jack Connor

Mannheim Ave (dirt extension), Galloway
Atlantic County, NJ

1:30-2:30. Sunny, 70+ degrees. All azures looked like C. lucia (now called northern azure on most sites). Male dorsal light blue (2nd photo) matching C. lucia (not violet hints that apparently suggest C. idella, holly azure); most worn (idella should still be fresh); several were dusky "marginata" types (most common form of lucia); and host plant up and down road in bud or just opening (while local American holly and inkberry seem not yet showing buds).

  • Blueberry Azure 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Blueberry Azure

Blueberry Azure

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

This is a combination of the morning and afternoon observations at Smithville. The am walk was a guided group walk around the Smith's Woods loop from 9-11am. The afternoon observations were on my own on the other side of the park in the open field around 2:30pm and included my FOY eastern tailed blues and lots of distant sulphurs over the field.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Falcate Orangetip 4
  • Sulphur sp. 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1

Teresa Knipper

Route 72 Whiting?
Ocean County, NJ

  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Blueberry Azure 1

Teresa Knipper

Warren Grove
Ocean County, NJ

  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Hoary Elfin 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Hoary Elfin

Chip Krilowicz

Cramer Hill
Camden County, NJ

Cloudy.

[Nice! Our log's first silver-spotted of 2021. Good find, Chip! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Silver-spotted Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

9:30-12:00, entire loop

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Falcate Orangetip 2

Jackie Parker

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Pearl Crescent 1

Mike Bisignano

Our Yard, Heislerville
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while birding in the park this morning. Mostly sunny. Cabbage White number is an estimate.

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Eastern Comma 2

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

The American Snout flew up into a Dwarf (or Georgia) Hackberry tree that is beginning to leaf out.

[A hint of future events? jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Snout 1

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:30 to 4:30, Mostly Cloudy 61-63. This horrible image of an E.Tiger sums up my image capturing for the afternoon. Spent about an hour and a half waiting for sun to bring the Orangetips to flight and chasing them on and off the powerline. They got the best of me this day. Orangetips were all males, apparently emerging late this year for this location.

[Thanks, Dave. That's one of our log's first two tiger swallowtails for 2021 – and the first photo'd. We'll take it! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Falcate Orangetip 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Very excited to have my FOY E. Tiger ST which was nectaring on Redbud.

[Good find! That's one of our log's first two tigers of 2021. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Jack McDonough

Garette Family Preserve RR
Cape May County, NJ

Around 1pm - 60 degrees and sunny

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Lady 2

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Intermittent sun and took a walk – also working/weeding in the garden here. Several OTs found in power line cut attracted to garlic mustard. Later one flew just outside the garden/parking area. ETB very tiny as was the Pearl. Ran into Dave A. but didn't hear what he had as I left the garden prior to hearing from him.

  • Cabbage White 16
  • Falcate Orangetip 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Falcate Orangetip

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Pearl Crescent

Chip Krilowicz

Forsythe NWR
Atlantic County, NJ

Seen on wildlife drive.

[Nice! Our log's first black swallowtail of 2021. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3

Black Swallowtail

Karen & Brian Johnson

Stafford Forge WMA
Ocean County, NJ

Exploring a area that we go to for the Pixie flowers every year we found a good location for Elfins.

[Nice! We had two different reports of brown elfins today, our first of the year – both in the "heart of the pines." jc]

  • Brown Elfin 3
  • Hoary Elfin 15
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Sleepy Duskywing 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5

Hoary Elfin

Brown Elfin

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

Partly sunny, @60 degrees. 2:30 to 3:30.

[Good to see! One of our log's first two reports of brown elfins of 2021, both from deep in the Pinelands. jc]

  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1

Chris Herz

Tall Pines Preserve, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

Cool and windy to start, but spots of sun. 59 degrees. No coppers or azures today.

  • Cabbage White 11
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Eastern Comma

Juvenal's Duskywing

Jackie Parker

712 Foster Ave
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

3 Henry’s elfins is high number. Two fairly fresh and one more worn.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Henry's Elfin

Spring Azure

American Lady

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs.made between 1:20 & 3:15 pm. Mostly to completely cloudy and 58-60. Coppers appear to be having a good first flight. I chased a Variegated Frit around for awhile but it finally got away. Landed just long enough to identify. Surprised not to see Orangetips here yet.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Copper 11
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Duskywing sp. 1

American Copper

American Copper

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

FOY American Lady and Holly Azure. Skipped right over Blueberry Azure in my yard. Gray Hairstreak was getting quite worn.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Holly Azure 1
  • American Lady 1

Tom Bailey

Warren Grove
Ocean County, NJ

11:30 to 12:30. Cloudy, breezy, winds out of NW, temperature in low 50s.

[Good find, Tom, and a lovely photo of our log's FOY hoary – and on a cold, windy day as well. jc]

  • Hoary Elfin 4

Hoary Elfin

Jack McDonough

Garette Family Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Around noon, windy at 55 degrees

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 1

Jesse Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Azure, sp. 1

Mike Hannisian

Davies Sports Complex
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Mike Hannisian

Middle Tp Bike Path north of Shell Bay Ave
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Gray Hairstreak

Cabbage White

Jack Miller

Woodbine RR
Cape May County, NJ

11:00 - 12:30. Mostly cloudy, low 60's. Very weird not to see a Henry's or azure here today. Almost as weird was to find 3 species of duskywings. As if the duskywings aren't difficult enough, notice the the extra white marks on the fw trailing margin on the Juvenal's. I included the pine elfin photo because after much chasing of confusing duskywings it was nice to find a pretty and identifiable bfly.

[Nice list! Our first three skipper day of 2021 and two of them FOYs – sleepy and Horace's. Good work! jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 11
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 21
  • American Lady 1
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Eastern Pine Elfin

Juvenal's Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Horace's Duskywing

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

A peculiar spring in my yard. No Henry's or Azures, but Gray Hairstreaks and Pine Elfins.

  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Late morning while working in Smith's Woods butterfly garden

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Falcate Orangetip 2

Mike Hannisian

Bevan WMA - Gravelly Run off Battle Lane
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 1

Spring Azure

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Mike Hannisian

Bogden Blvd pond
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Mike Hannisian

Malaga Lake - West
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

Mike Hannisian

Scotland Run Park - South
Gloucester County, NJ

Field edge north of the parking lot.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 2

Cabbage White

Karen & Brian Johnson

Peaslee WMA on 1st Avenue
Atlantic County, NJ

We started at Rt.49 and ended at Cape May Avenue.

[Our first double-digit count of JUDWs this year – the first since May 17 last year, in fact. Good to see. jc]

  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Azure, sp. 6
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 17

Tate Perazzelli

My yard in Collingswood
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 4

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

This afternoon around 2:00pm I saw the most incredible blue violet color I have ever seen in the natural world. It was a butterfly flying and I knew it was not a blue - so vivid dark blue violet that it made me gasp. I followed it until it landed very nicely on the trail itself and was able to see it was a White M hairstreak. I have only seen them from the side, and only late in the season around September. What an incredible treat!

[Thank you, Jen, for the delightful description of this beautiful butterfly – and our log's FOY for 2021. jc]

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Falcate Orangetip 4
  • White M Hairstreak 1

White M Hairstreak

Falcate Orangetip

White M Hairstreak

Jack McDonough

Crow Creek Farm, Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Had to digiscope the admiral.

[Neat shot! jc]

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral

Jack McDonough

Narrows Road, Belleplain SF
Cape May County, NJ

At about 11:20am - three or four individuals flew around the road.

  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Juvenal's Duskywing

Jack McDonough

Power line cut off of Scott Ave, Woodbine
Cape May County, NJ

Around 12:20pm - just the one patrolling male

  • Falcate Orangetip 1

Falcate Orangetip

Jack McDonough

Woodcock Trail - CMNWR
Cape May County, NJ

Around 2:30ish

[Nice shot of our 2nd juniper – on its host plant. jc]

  • Juniper Hairstreak 1

Juniper Hairstreak

Mike Bisignano

Our Yard, Heislerville
Cumberland County, NJ

Finally some azures. One was very violet above and pale white below with very faint markings. Flying low and rather slow. Seems good for Holly.

  • Checkered White 5
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mike Hannisian

Cresse Lane ponds
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Mike Hannisian

Cox Hall Creek WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Chris Herz

Tall Pines State Preserve, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

72 degrees and sun. Powerline cut here looks like it will have potential. Azures quick flying, so no photo again. Sulphur photo is the sulphur sp. Had a definite Clouded Sulphur also.

[Good find, Chris! That's our FOY clouded for 2021. jc]

  • Cabbage White 13
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Spring Azure 6

American Copper

Sulphur sp.

Karen Thompson

Higbee Beach WMA, Blue trail
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spring Azure 1

Spring Azure

Mike Bisignano

Our Yard, Heislerville
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Mourning Cloak 3

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Filtered sun and 70. Red Admiral was well worn.

[Only our second red admiral of 2021 – the first since Beth Polvino's exactly a month ago, March 10 seen from her yard. Migrants both, apparently. jc]

  • Cabbage White 6
  • American Copper 6
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

Mourning Cloak

American Copper

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

[Our second pine elfin report this year. Let's hope this is a sign of a good flight in 2021! jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1

Cynthia Allen

Pierce's Point
Cape May County, NJ

One of the Cabbage Whites was flying a good way out on the Bay. Needless to say, I was looking for birds out there, not butterflies.

  • Cabbage White 2

Jennifer Bulava

Estell Manor Park, Mays Landing
Atlantic County, NJ

Our relatively short visit (birding) yielded a surprise: An American lady that I chased for a while that did not want to land. The photo is not good but it was the only chance I had from a distance to document it.

[Good job, JB! Our log's FOY Am lady for 2021. jc]

  • Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1

American Lady

Mike Hannisian

Beaver Swamp WMA
Cape May County, NJ

[A beautiful shot of our log's FOY juniper hairstreak! jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Juniper Hairstreak

Henry's Elfin