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Virginia Rettig

My house, North Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

I just found two caterpillars in my front yard today.

[Exciting! Counting Virginia's, Harvey's and Beth's three reports from today, we now have close to a dozen Brazilian skipper cats in three gardens in CMY County. jc]

  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Brazilian Skipper

Beth Polvino

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

I believe right now I have six Brazilian cats in the back yard plus one that's pretty small in the front yard - one cat on pink Canna and all the rest of the cats on red Cannas. I have looked for eggs also but haven't found any yet.

Also excited to have FOY Cloudless Sulphur back in my yard laying eggs on Partridge Pea. The breezes made it difficult to get pictures of the eggs today. FOY male Zabulon here. Day # 3 for Pipevine Swallowtail which is chased by BS and Monarchs. More eggs seen on the spicebush.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 8
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Sachem 3

Cloudless Sulphur

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden in Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

After some input from Beth I too found 2 Brazilian cats curled up in my Canna leaves….Wow.
Pics will follow but I didn't want to disturb them by pulling at the leaves

  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Monarchs patrolling the yard most of the day until rains at 5 pm. Sachems returned. Monarch cats 13 or so, with more eggs. Spicebush liking the Phlox paniculata 'jeana.'

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

I had lots to do in the yard today and the opportunity to appreciate the breathtaking beauty, mystery, and flying capabilities of butterflies and some of their predators. I watched an American Copper make a mistake and land near a bug that did not miss its opportunity. I saw dozens of black st cats on leafless spikes of dill plants and on plants like cucumber and basil because the last round of cats ate up the rows of dill and parsley. I remembered that just because I have seen 1000's of sachems does not take away from the beauty of a fresh one or the awe in seeing one so worn its wings are clear. To think of what is going on with the wings of swallowtails when groups of 3-5 of them are engaged in their aerial dances astounds me. Clearly this interest is about more than making lists.

  • Black Swallowtail 8
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Zabulon Skipper 10
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 6
  • Dun Skipper 2

Red-banded Hairstreak

Black Swallowtails

Spicebush Swallowtail

American Copper, RIP

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made between 2:27 & 4:27 p.m. Part sun to mostly cloudy 86-88 degrees with SW winds 13-14 mph. Nine species observed in the garden itself. Only the 3rd time in Glouco this year that I have observed RB Hairstreak. In addition to the adult Monarchs I saw 5 cats including two 1st instars on Com.Milkweed.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Viceroy 4
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 9
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 3

Red-banded Hairstreak

Zabulon Skipper

Viceroy

Delaware Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Fresh Female Sachem in the garden today. Been scarce lately.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Sachem 1
  • Dun Skipper 3

Brian Johnson

Wharton State Forest
Burlington County, NJ

Spent the day exploring bogs that I haven't been to before. The area that I was in today was so large that I walked for 5 hours and only saw a small portion of it. I added the soft focus picture because of the odd markings. On this bug a wide band of orange-brown on the forewing replaces the two thin lines of orange-brown lines usually seen.

[Kudos to Brian for tracking down these first adults of the second brood – and our first report of the species since June. jc] .

  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Georgia Satyr 16
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Swarthy Skipper 5

Georgia Satyr

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

6:30 to 1:30 pm. Primarily birding. Checked the flowers in the road median between 12:30 to 1:30. Nine of the twelve Monarchs were migrating south over the Delaware River.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Eastern Comma 8
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 13
  • Zabulon Skipper 22
  • Swarthy Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 19

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings mid-afternoon.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Beth Polvino

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

I saw a Brazilian Skipper on 8/10 but not reported without pictures. Today, found Brazilian Cat on my red canna leaf in a rolled enclosure. Found a second in another enclosure. I have another 6-8 enclosures on the leaves. FOY Question Mark on rotten peaches. Spicebush cats continue as do many Monarch cats. Pipevine Swallowtail continues also.

[What a find! A Brazilian skipper caterpillar in NJ seems even more startling – and significant – than a straying adult. As far as I know, there are no records of caterpillars of this species in NJ, Del, or PA. (An old record from 1911 for Long Island, NY, is mentioned in Gochfeld and Burger). Beth: your garden has magic! jc]

[Update: the note above about this being an apparent first in the state is incorrect. Brazilian skipper cats were found this July in Glenmont Gardens in West Orange. See North Jersey Butterflies Recent Sightings with moderator notes by Jim Springer for July 11, July 14, and July 26 (when two adults eclosed and were released). Exciting event at both ends of the state! jc]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 8
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Sachem 1

Question Mark

Brazilian Skipper cat

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Returned to good old home gardens by 3:00 to the most variety of the day. Sk variety and numbers have been low here like everywhere, so it was nice to see all three witches today.

  • Black Swallowtail 8
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 7
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Jack Miller

Kimble's Beach rd
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped here for one last look at the Hayhurst's and was surprised by the Emperor. Yellow Leafcup bloom is just about finished which means so are the Hayhurst's and Zabs. I did not count the Broadwing.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 10

Broad-winged Skipper with spider

Hackberry Emperor

Jack Miller

Higbee Beach
Cape May County, NJ

Found 8 small question mark cats and one medium sized one. One qm was laying eggs.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 12
  • Cabbage White 16
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 3

Jack Miller

N. Railroad
Cape May County, NJ

Very hot. Very quiet.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Jack Miller

CM Point St Pk
Cape May County, NJ

Very hot. Very quiet.

  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 2

Jack Miller

Coral Ave
Cape May County, NJ

First stop; 10:00. While I was admiring the Canna plants here, a Brazilian sk was admiring Lily Lake. Coral Ave is spookily quiet.

  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

2 monarchs released.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:15 & 5:20 p.m. 89 degrees, hazy sun and very humid. Walked the road from the Sleepy Orange colony to the turn around. Minimal walking in the fields. Two of the Little Yellows found at the turn around, which was very windy while I was there. Sleepy Oranges were showing a nectar preference for Self-Heal along the roadside. Also checked out a few spots along Middle Marsh Rd & Seabreeze.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Sleepy Orange 40
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 8
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 18
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 14
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Salt Marsh Skipper

Common Buckeye

Sleepy Oranges

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

David L. Amadio

Backyard Butterfly Garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Only about 15 min. of observation at lunch time today. Monarchs have been observed here on 23 of the last 25 days. This is better than most years here. Most days with multiples. My wife Pat rescued two from a spider web this morning.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Three of our six red-spotted purple eggs (oviposited on shadbush/Amelanchier 8/10-8/12) emerged today. Each cat about 3 mm in length, all less than two-three hours old when photo'd (we've been checking the eggs through the day). Cat #2 emerged from the egg in photo taken yesterday. They seem to consume shell while holding onto little bristle-like tip of leaf, then turn back to explore the leaf itself.

Eggs changed color last few days, from shining white to yellowish (darkness of cat #2 just visible in egg).

  • Red-spotted Purple 0

Red-spotted Purple cat #2

Egg of cat #2 photo'd 8/16

Red-spotted Purple cat #1

Vince Elia

Lily Lake
Cape May County, NJ

[Yikes! Super find, Vince! Our 4th report of this rarity this year (two earlier of probably same individual in May in CMY and a third report July 7 in CUM). Interestingly, this appearance is very close to the dates of last August's Brazilian (Aug 14th and 15th) by Beth Polvino in her garden in CMY. jc]

  • Brazilian Skipper 1

Brazilian Skipper

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

I think the first Monarch that I have seen here this year.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1

Beth Polvino

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

New yard Butterfly #48 Pipevine Swallowtail. I also continue to have Spicebush cats on the spicebush plant. There are about 18 "nests" on the leaves. Monarchs are busy chasing off all of the swallowtails.

[Excellent find by Beth of only our second report all year of pipevine swallowtail (Dave Amadio July 4 in SAL). It's an unpredictable species and low this year throughout the state, apparently – only four reports so far in North Jersey as well. jc]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Sachem 4

Pipevine Swallowtail

Common Sootywing

Spicebush Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 1

Little Glassywing

Eric Todd

Supawna Meadows & Lehigh Rd, Pennsville
Salem County, NJ

Leg injury recurrence, but not before completed observations. Supawna showed usual, respectable monarchs and others. Lehigh Road flower patches and road pavement yielded red admiral sunning. This may be last outing for a while until healed…..

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods Butterfly Garden
10:30-12:00
2 monarch caterpillars on common milkweed, snowberry and hummingbird clearwing moths on butterflybush.
Monarchs mostly nectaring on Joepyeweed.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 12
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 2

Zabulon Skipper

Little Glassywing

American Lady

monarchs

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Red-spotted Purple

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Silver-spotted Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

My first Aaron’s since early July. Red-spotted purple on fruit dish and ovipositing on Cherry tree.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 15
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Aaron's Skipper

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Maintaining the "gooey fruit" dishes is paying off.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 8
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Eric Todd

Supawna Meadows
Salem County, NJ

After a leg injury, back on the trail today and welcomed to a variety of species. Monarchs overwhelm in this area. Several spicebush and eastern tiger sighted. There is one thistle patch about 100 yards long that has most of the activity. Compared to this time last year, activity at the meadow is still low, but nectar supplies aren't what they were last year either (many fewer flowers in bloom).

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Sunny, garden sheltered from wind at 2pm. Monarchs and various swallowtails now seen daily here.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Monarch 3

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and monarch

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

During youth program, from 9:30-12:00. I was sitting in one spot for most of the time. We had a red-spotted purple that sat on my shoe and on one of the student's hands! While I was finishing up our program, it sat on the ground next to us. The kids called it a "social butterfly."

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Red-spotted Purple

Kathleen Barone

Backyard ,Holgate, Ocean County
Ocean County, NJ

I am a novice and need assistance identifying species other than monarchs.
I wasn’t quick enough to capture two dark grey specimens with light Greg spots along the wings perimeter.

  • Monarch 2

Monarch

Beth Polvino

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

Better butterfly diversity today. First ever Spicebush caterpillars in yard on a spicebush. Total of 11 eggs found. [Good news and a great photo. - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 8
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Spicebush Swallowtail cat

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

5:15-6:30 pm. Humid 85 degrees, some clouds. Large puddles on the road to the river. E. Commas, Red SP, and a Red Admiral on the wet road.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Eastern Comma 10
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Probably the best day we've had all summer (diversity-wise) in our garden. The Tawny Emperor was fresh!

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 10
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Interesting to see the yard come alive during a period of full sun in the early afternoon. There have been Zabs and Silver-spotted sk's around, but today their numbers jumped. Only two of the Zabs were females. The sachems were see-through rags. Monarchs have been near or above double figures for the past few weeks.

  • Black Swallowtail 10
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 21
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 11
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 3
  • Sachem 4
  • Dun Skipper 2

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

5 minutes in between rainstorms!
3:00pm, Smith's Woods butterfly garden. Zabulon skippers were all males. Also had at least 3-4 hummingbird clearwing moths.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 8

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Action a little lighter after work today. Heavy showers this morning.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:42 to 4:46 p.m. part sun and 85 degrees. Garden has been hit numerous times with heavy rain this year. It sits in a low area and is prone to flooding. Mistflower is starting to bloom and may start attracting some skippers as the season moves on. Harvesters were a "no show" this trip despite ample aphid activity.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 1

Appalachian Brown

David L. Amadio

Redbank Battlefield, National Park
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs, made from 2:53 to 3:22 p.m. part sun and 84 degrees. Agastache & Joe Pye weed attracting many Silver-spotted Skippers. Fresh Hackberry Emperors flying, one wanted to be featured on the Butterfly House banner. [Great photo, Dave. Can anyone identify all of bflys on the banner? - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 5
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 27
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 4

Hackberry Emperor

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made 2:10 to 2:45, Part sun and 82 degrees. Only covered the garden and surrounding fields. 12 species observed in the garden today. Lespedeza starting to bloom in the fields. Late flowering thoroughwort will be blooming soon as well.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Swarthy Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5
  • Dun Skipper 2

Swarthy Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

First Delaware Skipper in this garden since 2009. Also FOY for the garden Peck's Skipper. Rasberry Pyrausta moth well camouflaged on Purple Coneflower. Eastern Tiger was a dark form female.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 10
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Delaware Skipper

Raspberry Pyrausta moth

Peck's Skipper

Ben Barkley

Edwin B. Forsythe Garden and Wildlife Drive
Atlantic County, NJ

Observation from ~1:30-2:45pm. Mostly birding, but a few butterfly observations.

  • Black Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur
  • Orange Sulphur a
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 25
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Common Buckeye

Ben Barkley and Brian Magnier

TNC Eldora
Cape May County, NJ

Observation from 11:30am-12:30pm. Sunny the whole time. I believe we had individuals from the new brood of Aaron's Skipper, but would be open to any opinions to the contrary. Really nice property!

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 12
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 10

Ben Barkley and Brian Magnier

CMNWR-Kimble's Beach Rd
Cape May County, NJ

Observation from ~10-11am. Alternating shade and sun. A big thank you to the postings and directions by several on this sightings log, as it was easy to find the area with Yellow Leafcup. We did what I believe is a very thorough survey of the immediate flowering and surrounding areas. We counted the scallopwings and Broad-winged Skippers by ones (three to four times) to make sure our numbers were accurate. The Zabulon Skippers were so active that we alternated ones and fives. Zabulon were easily double the number of scallopwings. If anything I think these numbers are on the low side, as scallopwings and skippers kept darting in and out of the woods. This is an amazing spot to visit as often times there would be a Broad-winged, multiple Zabulon, and a scallopwing on a single leaf. All of this in an area no longer than 15 yards. [I believe this must shatter the log's single observation of HS. -jm]

  • Monarch 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 43
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 80
  • Broad-winged Skipper 25

Salt Marsh Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Sandra Keller

Slim's Ranch Park
Camden County, NJ

Also known as the dog park. Partly sunny, 80 muggy degrees. I was walking the woods, didn't hit the fields area. This was a late afternoon walk.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1

Tom Bailey

Rancocas Nature Center
Burlington County, NJ

1 to 2 pm. Area around the nature center and field.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 11
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Common Checkered-Skipper

Steven Glynn

Manumuskin River and Creek areas
Cumberland County, NJ

Searching for dragonflies and noting the butterflies seen along the way.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 13
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Steven Glynn and Harvey Tomlinson

Dix WMA /Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Did a tour of the area from the road side. Too wet from last night's storms to venture into the high grasses and plants. Chiggers are a new problem, to add to the challenges from biting flies and mosquitoes.

At least twenty Sleepy Orange's seen without too much effort. [Congrats to Harvey and Steve for our FOY Little Yellows. LT's have made their first appearences to our log in May, June, July, August and September. Ocala sk next? -jm]

Cloudless Sulphurs surprisingly low, after seeing double digits last weekend. One seen was beautiful and very fresh. Breeding has occurred at Dix and documented last year.

Nice new surprise for the season here are the return of Little Yellows. This may be another southern affinity butterfly that might now be breeding here at Dix. A couple of years ago I had high teen counts of them in the "turnaround" area. Last year, this area was cut and plowed under and I didn't take any time to explore it. However, the pair of very fresh individuals found today were once again in the "turnaround area". Curious to consider that a pristine fresh pair of Little Yellows show up together and in the same place as the last time they were seen here. I plan to revisit the area this week and see if additional numbers of them can be found.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Sleepy Orange 20
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 12
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Little Yellow

Cloudless Sulphur

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

A red-spotted purple with distinctive tear in right hind wing has been coming to a shadbush (Amelanchier) in front yard and ovipositing last three days. Tests several leaves before laying a single egg always at the same spot on the chosen leaf – on the top of the tiny spine that projects from the midrib out beyond the tip of the leaf.

We have marked four branches with eggs to watch – although the particular shrub chosen is already showing dry leaves, many brown. Any hope for cats to appear and survive? [Great photo of the RSP egg. Let's hope that there are some successful journeys from egg to cat to butterfly. - jm]

  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple egg

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

AWS & GCNC field trip

Alloway Twp Municipal bldg garden
Salem County, NJ

Cloudy skies as group met here at 9:30. 10 min look at the garden here.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Thunder all day and rain for most of it. This evening at 7:30 I joined my wife in our screened gazebo and found a sootywing clinging to the screen. I have never had an opportunity to admire one ventrally from just inches away and found this fresh bug to be a beauty. Rather than get the camera, I gently captured it, took it out, and watched it go on its way.

  • Black Swallowtail 8
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

AWS & GCNC field trip

Marilyn Patterson's garden, Alloway
Salem County, NJ

Cloudy skies threatened, but even spots of sun 9:30-noon. In addition to a number of adult variegated frits, also 6 new cats on passion vine. A number of monarch cats and eggs found.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 12
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 2

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

7 to 12 pm. Flowers in road median still attracting many butterflies.

[Zabulons are exploding all over, but this spot sounds like the epicenter! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Eastern Comma 5
  • Red Admiral 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 34
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 190
  • Swarthy Skipper 8
  • Least Skipper 17
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 16
  • Dun Skipper 24

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made off & on throughout the day with a couple of rounds of storms with downpours. Highlights today were FOY for garden Gray Hairstreak & Question Mark. Also observed a Monarch cat which became the victim of a predatory stink bug, possibly Spined soldier bug. Was unable to confirm the stinkbug species. [Thanks to Dave for getting me to research Spined Soldier bugs!- JM]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 9
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 2

Question Mark

Zabulon Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

Daretown area
Salem County, NJ

Fields along Daretown and Colson Roads.

Fields full of blooming red clover, dogbane and common milkweed.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White Common
  • Clouded Sulphur Common
  • Orange Sulphur Common
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Common
  • Variegated Fritillary Common
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 18
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Crossline Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Featherbed Lane
Salem County, NJ

Private growing fields were very active with sulphurs, whites and Monarchs.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White Abundant
  • Clouded Sulphur Abundant
  • Orange Sulphur Abundant
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Common
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 24
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 3
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 4

Steven Glynn

Cranberry Plaza back field
Salem County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Lehigh Ave area
Salem County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 14
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 11
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 8

Steven Glynn

Supawna Meadows
Salem County, NJ

Areas near parking lot and trailhead. Roadside cutting and spraying keeping down activity.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

TNC- Eldora
Cape May County, NJ

Can't pass by this garden and not stop. Arrived at 9:27 and observed briefly till 9:45. Pepperbush across the street still somewhat active. 80 degrees and sunny.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 6
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 10

Red-banded Hairstreak

Swarthy Skipper

Common Sootywing

David L. Amadio

CMNWR-Kimble's Beach Rd
Cape May County, NJ

Was heading to North Jersey today to see Giant Swallowtails, but decided to take the "the long route" through Cape May County! Arrived at 8!4 a.m. with sunny skies and 78 degrees. The Yellow Leafcup was in the shade at this hour. Within about 10 min. the 1st of at least 10 Hayhurst Scallopwings appeared. A very nice showing for male Zabulons also here. Thanks to Pat Sutton for her original reports here and Beth Polvino's follow up report! Pepperbush is finished blooming at the songbird trail parking area now. Now it's back home to switch vehicles and head to North Jersey.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 10
  • Zabulon Skipper 18
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Zabulon Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

10-11:30am during children's program
Saw lots of dragonflies but few butterflies. Spicebush swallowtails on mimosa. Small duskywing seen at trailhead, appears to be a wild indigo.

[Wild indigo duskywing is a ID that I struggle with personally. For what's it worth, however, I agree with JB's call here. Her photo shows a male, which are easier to identify. The forewing cells (inner forewings) are dark; the "fingers" jutting out from the white dots on the outer forewings are pointed and long; there is no mid-forewing white spot (which Horace's usually show); and the small size JB notes is another clue. If other observers have a different take, please email me or Jennifer. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Jim Springer

Jumping Brook Preserve, Plumsted Twp.
Ocean County, NJ

1:25pm-4:00pm, 89F, mostly sunny, clouds at times, tremendous amount of Clethra in great shape along some of the dikes

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Viceroy 6
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Increased butterfly activity continues. Actively flying Monarchs observed from window in garden all day. Two together 6 pm. Mostly one at a time. Spicebush Swallowtails seen while working on path in the woods.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Monarch 2

Claire Campbell

Amico Island Park, Burlington County Parks
Burlington County, NJ

[Wow: What a shot of zabs! (Apparently a stag party.) Has any of our other observers ever photo'd a scene like this? jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 22

Eastern Comma

Zabulon Skippers

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Burst of activity today. 11 am: 3 Monarchs actively flying. Also 3 Goldfinches, others audible in the trees, feeding on seeds of Rudbeckia, Echinacea, etc. I cannot reliably ID other very small butterflies also seen.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail l
  • Monarch 3

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

3 monarchs released.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Monarch 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Jack Miller

Chestnut Branch Part
Gloucester County, NJ

I did not see a Harvester on my first 18 visits to this Park over the last three years. It was most satisfying to finally see them. There are loads of aphids present scattered throughout the woods. It was strange not to see a single skipper in the gardens.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Harvester 4
  • Swallowtail sp. 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Appalachian Brown 5
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Not much to see here, but I took a walk around anyway. A fresh ETB on Early Goldenrod.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Found a 1st instar Monarch cat on Tropical Milkweed.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

2 monarchs released, and one black ST released at 7 am. 2 monarchs flying late in the day–not sure if newly released ones.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

First Sootywing since 2013 here. Obs. made after 5 p.m. Monarch was observed by Pat earlier in the day.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

Eric Todd

my backyard in Salem, NJ
Salem County, NJ

usual eastern tiger fly over; red spotted purple sipping ground minerals; red admiral on siding

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Eric Todd

Supawna Meadows
Salem County, NJ

Finally grabbed an image of the cloak on the underside of some milkweed. Usual monarchs in robust attendance; black & spicebush swallowtails

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Mourning Cloak

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

On and off observing through the day. High 80s, sunny, and humid.

Snout caterpillar, ~half-inch long, apparently from egg laid on July 29 (feeding six inches from where eggs were laid).

At least one of the adult snouts seen today was ovipositing. Ditto for monarchs.

  • Cabbage White 15
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 6

Monarch

American Snout cat

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas State Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

9:27-10:15am
Yellow trail only
Biting flies made it impossible to stop to get photos.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Butterfly activity in garden has increased.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 1

Monarch

Gray Hairstreak

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas Canoe Trail, Pemberton
Burlington County, NJ

From BCC to Clark's Canoes, Pemberton Twp while kayaking with students. Lots of sweet pepperbush in bloom, the main nectar source for most butterflies seen. Also saw hummingbird clearwing moths.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Delaware Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Little Glassywing

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1