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Dave & Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Not much flying when I arrived home from work, but Pat found our first Monarch of the year showing some interest in a planting of Asclepias tuberosa.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Monarch 1

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

3:30-4:10pm

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 16
  • Sulphur sp. 4
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 7

Brian Johnson

Tuckahoe river west of Head of the river cemetery
Atlantic County, NJ

Walked a long section of the river today. That was by far the most Mulberry wings that I have ever seen. There was one bug that looked good for a Black Dash. Unfortunately, by the time I got the camera up it disappeared in the grass. I almost put it on the list but wasn't 100% sure. I will probably try again this weekend.

[We have had only two reports of black dash in our eleven years of logging and they came in our first two years: 7-29-08 at Belleplain and 6-27-09 at Head of River. Neither was photographed (as far as I know). It is considered uncommon and local in North Jersey. Observers who are exploring wet areas in South Jersey over the next month or so might want to review their field guides. It is not an easy ID and could easily be overlooked. Brian or anyone else who finds it will have made a very significant discovery imho! jc)

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 24
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Mulberry Wing 211

'Summer' Spring Azure

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator trail, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Mid 80 degrees, 4:45-6:30.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 9
  • Monarch 4
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Took a brief walk at lunchtime behind the neighboring properties here to check out some Milkweed & Dogbane.
The Common Milkweed is past its prime here after last week's drenching storms. Was able to find one well worn Banded Hairstreak.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

About 86 degrees, partly cloudy.

  • Cabbage White 14
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Question Mark

Eastern Comma

Chris Herz

Friend's Mt. Ephraim garden
Camden County, NJ

WI Duskywing cat on Baptisia (blue false indigo)

  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 0

Wild Indigo Duskywing caterpillar

Therese Hurter

Butterfly garden, CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

While weeding, I spotted what I believe to be a Monarch chrysalis hanging from the arbor. I couldn't find any other caterpillars and none of my host plants showed signs of being eaten. Its a mystery!

[Cool shot, nice find, and the correct ID. jc]

  • Monarch 0

Monarch chrysalis

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard, Mullica Twp
Atlantic County, NJ

Our common milkweed patch is filled with pollinators, especially bee species. Had one monarch cat and 1 monarch adult.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

A splendid afternoon in the garden.

[Yes – and more evidence that we are having a splendid butterfly year so far as well! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Painted Lady

Rare Skipper

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:15 till 4:40. Low 80's and sunny.Visited again today to see how this place faired after last week's deluge. Partial flooding on trail and into one field. Surprising to see so few anglewings or ladies compared to nine days ago. Perhaps they are poor swimmers. A very nice and fresh Eastern Tiger female was a pleasant sight as they have been scarce of late. Also Coppers continue to be unusually scarce here. Some of the Coral Hairstreaks are quite fresh, but most are now showing their age.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 4
  • American Copper 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 13
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • American Snout 2
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 10
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 27
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 27
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7
  • Dun Skipper 2

Banded Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Red-spotted Purple

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Some nice action here in the garden. Probably under counted Snouts as they continue to whirl about the Hackberry trees.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

last two days casual sightings identical. Intense perfume here from milkweed and lavender. On any day an Azure will fly up from the damp, wooded edge. Had Black
Swallowtail cat on fennel last week.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Ahmrt Baytas & Jim Springer

Hesstown powerline
Cumberland County, NJ

3:00-4:30pm, sunny

[This is just our third report of Edwards' so far in 2019. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 3
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 8

Edwards' Hairstreak

Ahmet Baytas & Jim Springer

Galloway Twp
Atlantic County, NJ

1:00pm-2:15pm, sunny

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Ahmet Baytas & Jim Springer

Colliers Mills WMA
Ocean County, NJ

11:15am-11:45am, sunny.
We decided to leave after the dog club people, who were training their young dogs to retrieve, started shooting their guns and tossing around dead quail next to where we were looking for butterflies.

[Yikes! Butterflying can be a dangerous enterprise! jc]

  • American Copper 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 15
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Ahmet Baytas & Jim Springer

Klots Bog, Manchester Twp, near Lakehurst
Ocean County, NJ

10:00am-10:30am, sunny.

Lots of water in the bog, cedars are crowding out a much of the grass formerly there. In a way it's amazing that the site has survived so long without active management.

  • Bog Copper 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Ahmet Baytas & Jim Springer

Lakehurst and main RR tracks
Ocean County, NJ

8:40-10:00 am, sunny, Also had a distant Dave Amadio sighting. He was working his way down the curved side tracks as we were coming back from the straight main tracks. Confirmed by seeing butterfly symbols on back of his car in the parking lot.

It is interesting to compare the lists of what we saw and what he saw from the same general site but with different timing and different paths taken working the site. We had a total of 20 species of including 5 species that he didn't see: Monarch, Northern Cloudywing, Common Sootywing, Northern Broken-Dash and Sachem. He saw a total of 21 species (excluding the Bog Copper which we recorded separately) including 6 species that we didn't see: American Copper, Gray Hairstreak, Red-spotted Purple, Common Wood-Nymph, Little Glassywing, and Dun Skipper.

I'm thinking that most of the differences are accounted for by the specific areas covered. For instance, we didn't look at the curved railroad tracks at all and the 4 skippers we saw that Dave didn't were in a healthy Spotted Knapweed patch near Union/Brown Ave and the post office. I'm willing to bet that Dave wasn't there because one or more of the skippers would surely have been around when he was on site.

[Very interesting contrast. Demonstrates how difficult (impossible?) it can be for one or two observers to make a definitive count of an area. Also shows how "micro-habitat" differences (e.g. one stand of knapweed) can be more significant than they might seem. Thank you for the careful comparison. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Coral Hairstreak 3
  • Striped Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Appalachian Brown 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Mulberry Wing 3

Common Sootywing

Striped Hairstreak

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Also one third-instar monarch cat.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 4
  • American Lady 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Away from home most of the day, but photographed with fill flash a Red Admiral early this evening to highlight its brilliant scaling. With such a common species the details often go unnoticed by many when just checking off bugs for the day. Look closely!! and be dazzled.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral

David L. Amadio

Medford Leas
Burlington County, NJ

Stopped here on the way home from Ocean County. Obs. made from 4:25 till 5:45. 81 degrees, part sun and 12-15 mph winds. Despite the previously mentioned meadow restoration project there are abundant stands of common milkweed & dogbane. Photographed an American Copper with bolder than normal FW spots.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • American Copper 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Lady 17
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 11
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Little Glassywing 4

American Copper

David L. Amadio

Collier's Mills WMA
Ocean County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:30 till 3:30. Part sun, 80 degrees and quite windy. Only one well worn folded wing skipper observed here this afternoon. One small Butterfly weed patch and a couple of Dogbane stands drew in the majority of bugs . Over a brief period of time, the butterfly weed provided nectar for at least 14 Am.Coppers, 2 Coral Hairstreaks, 5 ETB's, & a Gray Hairstreak. One of the stands of Dogbane entertained at least 40 American Ladies. One of the Coral Hairstreaks was having a "bad hair-streak day".

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 22
  • Coral Hairstreak 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 18
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 55
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Coral Hairstreak

American Lady

David L. Amadio

Lakehurst RR & Klots Bog
Ocean County, NJ

Obs. made from 9:20 till 12:50, 72-78 degrees ,sunny & 8-12 mph winds. The Bog continues to progress into a White Cedar swamp. Only able to find a single Bog Copper today. The only butterfly that I observed in the bog. The RR tracks were much more productive with Striped Hairstreaks putting on quite a show. Among the handful of Mulberry wings was one "suffuse" form individual. Photographed two Mulberry wing variations for comparison.

[Thanks to Dave for the detailed report from this long-famous butterfly spot – with its changing habitat. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 1
  • Bog Copper 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 3
  • Striped Hairstreak 11
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 11
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 4
  • Mulberry Wing 8
  • Dun Skipper 2

Common Wood-Nymph

Bog Copper

Mulberry Wing

Mulberry Wing "suffuse form"

Striped Hairstreaks

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Snouts continue. 2 Monarch chrysalises.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Mosquitoes and deer flies made for a rough visit. I only traveled 1/3 of the dike so it is safe assume there are a lot more salt marsh sk's there. Many flowers were quite crowded but everybody was appearing to have a good time. I am pretty sure the rag is a spicebush. Yes, it could still fly.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Pearl Crescent 20
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 74
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Spicebush Swallowtail

Salt Marsh Skipper

Buckeye and crescent

American Ladies

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park & adjoining private property
Burlington County, NJ

7 am to 3:30 pm.

  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • American Snout 4
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 8
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 18
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5
  • Dun Skipper 1

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

80, sunny; 0bservations made throughout the day. I thought I saw a Rare sk here yesterday, but wasn't sure. Today they exploded. Horace's was brand new.

[These are our first rare skippers reported in 2019. Very nice to add. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 5
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 9
  • Broad-winged Skipper 8
  • Dun Skipper 2

Variegated Fritillary

Rare Skipper

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern Comma

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

A brief tour of the yard around midday. Winds in the 20's. Maybe it's my increased awareness, but I have noticed a significant increase of three-spotted cabbages at times. Today, they outnumbered two-spotted. Will the union in the photo produce a 2 1/2 spotted cabbage?

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • American Copper 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Cabbage White

Cabbage Whites

Jean Gutsmuth, Norma McAffee, & Chris Herz

Medford Leas fields, Medford
Burlington County, NJ

11 am - 2 pm. Dense cloud cover, wind, and cool temps made butterflying tough. Several areas of the fields undergoing restoration (brown and dead). Many of the paths flooded. Still extensive c. milkweed.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 12
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

late afternoon mid 70's and sunny. Snouts attracted to c. milkweed. One black ST on dill and 2 monarch cats.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 6
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

American Snout

Banded Hairstreak

Robert C. Koch

Lumberton Leas on Creek Rd. Lumberton, NJ
Burlington County, NJ

Little Wood-Saytr on woodland trails and others in meadow.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4

Silver-spotted Skipper

Little Wood-Satyr

James Dowdell

My yard,Villas
Cape May County, NJ

Pipevine Swallowtail laying eggs on Dutchman's Pipe.

[Our first pipevine swallowtail of 2019. Good find, J.D. jc]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Sandra Keller

Heislerville WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Scanning the Bush-clover along the dike at the South Impoundment. Overcast, 81 degrees, SW winds. Some sun earlier in the day.

  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 16

Aaron's Skipper

Jack Miller

Near AC airport
Atlantic County, NJ

Had a chance to swing by here in the late afternoon on my way elsewhere. In three locations today, I saw a total of 4 hairstreaks that represented 4 species.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2

Edwards' Hairstreak

Jack Miller

Near Old Beaver Dam rd.
Cumberland County, NJ

Third stop; midday. This is lovely but buggy spot that is also a favorite of Steve Glynn. I wish I had taken the Crescent more seriously as it has interesting similarities to the Northern Crescent in Cech and Tudor (p. 171). My take is that the old Delaware was trying to imitate a European sk.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Aaron's Skipper 11
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 40+

Delaware Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Striped Hairstreak

Jack Miller

rt 629 near Boggy Branch
Cumberland County, NJ

Paused here on way to my next stop and found myself hypnotically wandering into a massive patch of dogbane. I was only carrying my binoculars as I did not intend to stop and thought it might be private. Once at home, I saw that Google maps suggests that it is part of Bevan Fish and Wildlife. All numbers are conservative and only covered a minor bit of the area.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 15
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 35
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5

Jack Miller

Buckshutem & Cedarville Road
Cumberland County, NJ

First stop: 80's, cloudy, 10:15-11:00. I rarely report from this area as Steve Glynn keeps tabs on it, but I liked the photo of the wood-nymph. Surprised to find only 1 coral hs.

[Our FOY common wood nymph for 2019. Nice to add! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 12
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Little Wood-Satyr 5
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6

Coral Hairstreak

Common Wood-Nymph

Steven Glynn and Michael Newlon

Hunters Mill Bog powerline
Cape May County, NJ

Caught up with Micheal, who was looking for Bog Coppers and we made our way to the powerline bog. Several Bog Coppers, but most were very worn and nearing the end of flight season.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Bog Copper 8
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2

Bog Copper

Steven Glynn

Head Of River
Cape May County, NJ

[Our first mulberry wing report in more than a year, last =6-12-18. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Mulberry Wing 3

Mulberry Wing

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek
Burlington County, NJ

Despite the overcast conditions, we had a decent variety of insect pollinators today, including solitary bees, bumblebees, wasps, moths, & soldier beetles.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Sulphur sp. 5
  • Orange Sulphur 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jack Miller

lines near Hesstown
Cumberland County, NJ

Hot and humid morning trip. I was curious to see if I would find Edwards in the morning, but did not. Mostly, they have been a later in the day bug for me. The surprise of the day was that the buckeyes have found what they want along the unnamed road coming in from rt 49. I believe this is the only place where cabbage whites do not fly.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 64
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Crossline Skippers

Banded Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made between 2:35 & 4:45. Part sun at first quickly deteriorating to cloudy, 80 degrees with 14-17 SW winds. Several outstanding stands of Common Milkweed but few butterflies nectaring.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 12
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Anglewing sp. 3
  • Question Mark 4
  • Eastern Comma 7
  • Red Admiral 7
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 7

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve, Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

Old airplane landing strip area. 2:45 to 3:45 pm.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve, Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

Area near Bald Eagle Reservoir. 1:30 to 2:30 pm.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 12

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sighting @ 11 am.

  • American Snout 2

Therese Hurter

My yard in Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

Handsome common buckeye basking in the morning sun.

  • Common Buckeye 1

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA- Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Tried to do a thorough check today, but the biting deer flies and green-heads are terrible now.

I did walk the senna patch and had three very fresh male Sleepy Oranges flying and patrolling. The next few weeks should see activity pick up I suspect.

Big numbers of Aaron's and Broad-winged Skippers, plus a fresh, large emergence of Pearl Crescents were obvious through the fly swatting.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper Common
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper Common

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Monarch laying eggs on c. milkweed flower buds

  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Snout 2
  • Monarch 1

Monarch

Steven Glynn

West Side Park and nearby areas near river
Cumberland County, NJ

I led a dragonfly walk for Citizens United To Protect The Maurice River and noted butterflies during our walk. During a search of the Maurice River bank grasses, a curious skipper was working the flower heads and leaves of the pickerell weed. From my distance and the depth of the river preventing any closer approach, I took photos of what I believe is a Two-spotted Skipper. The white face and white under-body features can be seen and make other options tough to point to. I welcome any thoughts.

[Although distant, these shots suggest two-spotted to me and others as well.
It is our first-ever report of the species in CUM. jc]

The day's Odonata hunt was quite successful too, as we recorded almost 40 species on the day, including a very rare female Banner Clubtail along the Maurice River and not too far from this location of the skipper.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Two-spotted Skipper 1

Two-spotted Skipper (possible)

Two-spotted Skipper

Banner clubtail

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods butterfly garden
10-11:30am
4 black swallowtail caterpillars and 1 chrysalis

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Least Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve, Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

2:45 to 5:00 pm. Very windy.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Bog Copper 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1

Jim Springer

Colliiers Mills WMA
Ocean County, NJ

1:15pm-4:30pm, mostly sunny, brieezy, 80˚F
Pine Barrens Sandwort covers more area than I've seen in the past 15 years.
Unfortunately, I couldn't get a photo of the only Dotted Skipper I could find..

[Our first striped hairstreak and first dotted skipper of 2019. Thank you for checking out this spot, Jim!]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 23
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Dotted Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Striped Hairstreak

American Copper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Broad-winged took off before I could snap a picture.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Swarthy Skipper

Steven Glynn

Buckshutem & Cedarville Road area
Cumberland County, NJ

Coral Hairstreak colony has emerged. Late afternoon visit.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Coral Hairstreak 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 18
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 11
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • European Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Coral Hairstreak

Sandra Keller

Penbryn Pond WMA - the western RR track end.
Camden County, NJ

Partly sunny, 80 degrees, strong SW winds. Some Common Milkweed along the RR tracks attracted a number of species.

[Sandra ties Jim Springer for our FOY striped hairstreak. We will need wrist-watch reports for official results.

Update: Dave Amadio has pointed out this is a first record for striped hairsteak in Camden County. Super find, SK! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Dun Skipper 3

Dun Skipper

Striped Hairstreak

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:25 to 5:10 p.m. 70-73 degrees with 23-28 mph W-WNW winds & partly sunny skies. A surprising number of butterflies despite the wind. Common Milkweed attracting most of the Hairstreaks. Couldn't buy a Q-Mark here today, but Commas were everywhere. Broad-winged Skippers & NBD's now flying here. Observed a couple of 3rd instar Monarch cats.

[This is our first report of northern broken-dash and the broad-winged report ties Brian J's for first of 2019. Good finds, Dave! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White 39
  • American Copper 3
  • Coral Hairstreak 15
  • Banded Hairstreak 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 25
  • American Lady 10
  • Red Admiral 18
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 28
  • Zabulon Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Little Glassywing 21
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6
  • Dun Skipper 3

Broad-winged Skipper

Northern Broken-Dash

Red Admiral

Banded Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A brief visit from a Hackberry Emperor this morning on bananas. Very windy today limiting activity in the garden. Watched a Snout hanging onto a bamboo stake in the wind.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

American Snout

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

I had Oak Hairstreak in my yard in June 2012 and possibly once or twice since. Is this species somewhat more common than is thought, but stays in the canopy most of the time?

[Our second oak hairstreak this week, after none in five years. Is CA right about one reason for its scarcity? jc]

  • Oak Hairstreak 1

Oak Hairstreak

Robert C. Koch

Lumberton Leas on Creek Rd. Lumberton, NJ
Burlington County, NJ

Woodland trails and meadow.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Little Wood-Satyr

Zabulon Skipper

Brian Johnson

Eagle trail at the Glades preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

I checked out the field that I cleared a few years ago. The breeze and Seaside Dragonlet swarm made the walk a pleasure. The biting flies didn't stand a chance. Lots of Milkweed but it looks really bad. I think it's because of too much rain. The patch on the berm at the end of the trail looks great.

[The 12 broad-winged skippers are our first of 2019. Good to have. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 29
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 12

Steven Glynn

Hesstown Powerline
Cumberland County, NJ

Very windy conditions made it tough, but still productive.

[Our first Edwards in 2019 – and on a new earliest-ever date by one day (previously twice on June 15 in 2010 and 2011). Good find, Steve!] jc

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 11
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Edwards' Hairstreak