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Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Black Swallowtail cats and eggs on Fennel.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Jack Miller

N. Railroad Ave Rio Grande
Cape May County, NJ

This report is abbreviated due to computer issues. More details when computer issue is resolved.

  • Clouded Skipper 1

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

The Red-spotted Purples are enjoying the Pawpaw harvest as much as we are!

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Sachem 10

Red-spotted Purple

Robert C. Koch

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

Windy day.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 54

Clouded Sulphur

Variegated Fritillary

Jennifer Bulava

Willingboro Lakes Park, Willingboro Twp
Burlington County, NJ

Butterfly sightings from apprx 10-12.

  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Enjoyed another Southerner today, Ocola Skipper. One of yesterday's large Monarch cats was hanging limp with strings hanging out of it (Tachinid Fly larvae inside). Though found 2 other large Monarch cats and a beautiful chrysalis in our mini-meadow. Finally had a White M Hairstreak (and it was on Late-flowering Thoroughwort, always a hairstreak magnet).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Beth Polvino

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

FOY Long-tailed Skipper here. Pipevine Swallowtail returned.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 0
  • American Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 28
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 35

Long-tailed Skipper

Teresa Knipper

Knipper garden
Cape May County, NJ

More grandson duty this week so just a few incidental sightings while whisking through the garden to grab any weeds quickly!’

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Monarch 5
  • Sachem 7

Cloudless Sulphur

Teresa Knipper

Cape may beachfront near Knipper garden
Cape May County, NJ

I don’t have much time these days for butterflying but keep seeing these amazing butterflies! A long tail skipper was trying to nectar on my neighbors roses!! I tried to shoo it towards my garden across the street! Around 11 o’clock this morning with very light winds.

  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Del Haven Garden
Cape May County, NJ

Thought I saw a Brazilian Skipper in the Yard a few days ago and sure enough I have over 2 dozen Cat Tents on the Cannas. Ocola Skipper was a treat as was a very bright Fiery. [There have been few reports of Brazilian sk so far this year. More to come? -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 25

Fiery Skipper

Aaron's Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Beth Polvino

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

Finally, able to get a picture of the Fiery Skipper. Imagine of Summer Azure & Easter-tailed Blue I was trying to show difference in size with the azure larger than the ETB though size is relative. 5 sets of mating Monarchs the past 2 days including one that was most probably tagged by Kathy Horn here on 9/11. Male Sachems mobbing each female that is here.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 21
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 30

Sachems

Monarchs

'Summer' Spring Azure and E. tailed blue

Fiery Skipper

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

We never get Orange Sulphurs in the garden anymore, but when a smaller-than-a-Cloudless-Sulphur yellow orange butterfly appeared, I assumed that's what it was. Luckily it nectared repeatedly on our pond Pickerelweed and I got a few photos of a Sleepy Orange (NO we did not bring it back from SC). Sad ending to yesterday's Monarch cat metamorphosing into the chrysalis stage. Today it had dark spots and a fine string dangling down from it (tell tale signs that Tachinid Flies laid their eggs on the cat and they'll emerge instead of a Monarch). Much Cloudless Sulphur activity in the garden today: a pair mating, plus 4 others chasing each other around, a sizable cat, and a female laying eggs.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 10

Sleepy Orange

Monarch chrysalis attacked by tachinid fly

Cloudless Sulphurs

Tom Bailey

Greenwood Forest WMA
Ocean County, NJ

8:45 to 2:30 pm. Sunny, hot, humid, & breezy. 86 degrees when finished. Horace's Duskywing fresh. Also one hairstreak sp. and half-dozen skipper sp.

[A fine list from Greenwood Forest. -jm]

  • Sulphur sp. 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • American Copper 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 49
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 9
  • Common Buckeye 13
  • Monarch 16
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 8
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Sachem 37

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

From apprx 9-12:00.
The new meadow had orange sulphur, peck's skipper, 2 sachem, and monarch, all on mistflower and smooth blue aster.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 56

Gray Hairstreak

Variegated Fritillary

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings during the morning while birding in the park.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 4

Harvey Tomlinson

Higbee beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

The Skipper pictured below is yet to be positively ID'd.
It's GISS and a number of markings point to female Cloudless Skipper. Female Zabulon was considered but a number of field marks are absent. To my knowledge there are no skippers with 4 dashes in the dorsal FW apex. Any thoughts please send out to Jack C or Jack M. Cloudless Sulphur had just eclosed. Very few butterflies were observed.

[Ah, worn skippers…. Harvey's GISS comment carries weight as anyone who has been afield with Harvey knows. All comments are welcomed! -jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 7
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 0
  • Clouded Skipper 0

skipper

Question Mark

Cloudless Sulphur

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Just back from 10 days running 2 butterfly cts in SC and the garden has flopped from strong winds. It was lovely to see a southerner visiting our gdn (Long-tailed Skipper). Also spotted a large Monarch caterpillar on our chain link fence behind the Common Milkweed garden on 9-11-21 at 5:45 pm, that by 9-12-21 at 8:38 am was in a "J" position, and by 3:55 pm the filaments had gone limp (so I knew it was about to go into its chrysalis), which occurred over a 4 minute and 50 second period (4 PHOTOS included). Also spotted 3 other large Monarch caterpillars (and hopefully many more "in hiding").

[Interesting to note that besides being 1 of 3 locations to report our first long-tailed sk's of the year, it was also the second report of the day with photos of a metamorphizing cats (See Beth Polvino's entry with metamorphizing of a sleepy orange cat). -jm

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10

monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Long-tailed Skipper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Although Tawny emp. cats are common here, I rarely see the bfly, so it was nice to see one hanging on the side of my house. It even waited for me to get some pics, but due to computer problems I cannot load them. A few other species not seen recently also showed up.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1

David Roth

Backyard in Little Egg Harbor
Ocean County, NJ

[This report and one from CMY today are our first two long-tailed sk's of 2021. -jm]

  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

Long-tailed Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Beth Polvino

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

Was excited to watch and video the metamorphosis of a Sleepy Orange caterpillar to a chrysalis. Pure chance I was there at the right time. First Pipevine Swallowtail here since 2018. Didn't realize what it was until reviewing pictures tonight.
[What an excellent day for Beth! It is great to have another pipevine report from CMY and the experience of watching the sleepy sulphur transition must have been awesome. -jm]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 20
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 30

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Pipevine Swallowtail

Sleepy Orange

Lucy Hooper

My back yard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Sachem 10

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:40 to 4:35, sunny 85 & winds SW16-21

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 24
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Jackie Parker

712 Foster Ave
Cape May County, NJ

[Congrats to Jackie for reporting our first long-tailed sk for 2021. Last year we had dozens of reports of this southern migrant. Will this year be the same? - jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Four white m's clustered within three feet of each other on Sedum and a fifth with ragged wing on another Sedum clump 50 yards away gave us what may be our yard's record high count.

Milkweed tussock cats so tightly clustered and thick it looked like one of our milkweeds had grown a cattail top.

PVST coming to Phlox paniculata, their much preferred nectar source in our yard.

[Wow! I would think that 5 white m's at once would be a record for any small property. White m's are having a great September in SJ -jm]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • White M Hairstreak 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 30

Pipevine Swallowtail

White M Hairstreak

milkweed tussock cats

Jeanine Apgar

Home garden, Galloway Township
Atlantic County, NJ

I watched the Sleepy fly in and thought it seemed small for an Orange Sulfer, glad I chased it and got pics. Very few skippers today compared with the last few weeks. Pearl Crescents are always on the Stick-tights (Hackelia virginiana).

[This is only our 2nd log record ever for sleepy orange in ATL. Good find!]

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Least Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Sleepy Orange

Tom Bailey

Elsinboro Township
Salem County, NJ

2:45 to 3:30 pm. Quick stop at Salem River WMA off of Country Club Rd. This section of the WMA is a former golf course. Monarch count conservative. All were nectaring on thoroughwort.

[Good list in just 45 minutes, including our first report of white M in SAL in more than two years. Last found there by Dave Amadio at Alloway Municipal Garden 7/13/19. jc]

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 90
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 42

Tom Bailey

Elsinboro Township
Salem County, NJ

12:45 to 2:40 pm. Sunny, pleasant. PSE&G Estuary Enhancement Program site at the end of Money Island Rd. Above & below photos of same Aaron's Skipper.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 19
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 8

Aaron's Skipper

Aaron's Skipper

Tom Bailey

Mad Horse Creek WMA
Salem County, NJ

Disjunct section of the WMA on the west side of Alloway Creek Neck Rd near Pancoast Rd, Lower Alloways Creek Township. 12 to 12:30 pm. Sunny, breezy. Photo of cooperative Sleepy Orange.

[This is our first report of sleepy orange in SAL this year. We now have reports for the apparently increasing species for half our counties – SAL, CUM, GLO, and CMY – in 2021. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Sachem 2

sleepy orange

Tom Bailey

Mad Horse Creek WMA
Salem County, NJ

Main area off of Alloway Creek Neck Rd. 8 am to 11:30. Sunny, breezy. Mostly birding the first hour or so.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Sachem 7
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Tall Pines State Preserve, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

9:15-2. Cool and slow start–didn't think I would see 10 species at first and only a few sachems! One Monarch was high in the sky–migrating? Crossline skipper was very worn. A. Copper was fresh. Patch of blooming Chinese bush clover was profitable and the A. Copper was here. The helicopter fly over reminded me what day it is.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 25
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 14
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 8
  • Peck's Skipper 16
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 52

American Lady

'Summer' Spring Azure

Eastern Comma

Brian Johnson

Bellplain state forest
Cape May County, NJ

I walked the powerline cut west of Rt 605. The Liatris is in full bloom. That was the Eastern end of my annual Leonard's Skipper search. Started on the same powerline cut at Hesstown road last week and ended at Rt 605 today. Lots of good looking habitat but no Leonard's. The Buckeye Caterpillar was on Fern-leaved False Foxglove.

[Thanks for doing this survey, Brian. Sad to think about Leonard's disappearing, apparently. The Ocola is our 3rd from CMY this year and 5th overall for 2021. jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 9
  • Gray Hairstreak 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 28

Common Buckeye

Robert C. Koch

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

Sachem numbers steadily decreasing.

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 6
  • Sachem 61

American Lady

Orange Sulphur

Monarch

Viceroy

Karen Thompson

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 12
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Horace's Duskywing

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 11 to 1:30

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Karl Anderson & Gale Cannon

home garden in Woodbury
Gloucester County, NJ

Karl emailed me that they had a Giant ST in their garden. I asked if I could post for them. C. Herz.

[Thank you, Chris, and please send our log's congratulations to Karl & Gale on this exciting find! This is our 2nd giant this year and the first from GLO since you found one at Wheelabrator 8/21/17. Delightful! jc]

  • Giant Swallowtail 1

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Jennifer Bulava

Kinkora Trail, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

Butterfly sightings from 10:30-12:00.
Strong wind was definitely a factor, otherwise there would have been a lot more here with all the wildflower blooms.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:45 to 4:45, 76 degrees part sun and winds NW 10-21. Against better judgement I entered the closed path down into the Harvester habitat. This excursion gave new meaning to "bushwacking". The Beech forest has been totally devastated by the tornadoes that ripped thru this area on Sept.1st. I was unable to capture images of the devastation having only a macro lens installed. Not sure when if ever these trails will be opened again. Breathtaking to see the extensive and wide spread damage. Sightings today were from the butterfly garden and the wet area adjacent to the parking area

[Sad! Thank you for this significant report, Dave. How long will it take for these woods to recover? Can they? jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 18
  • Sachem 19

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail & Community center
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:35 to 3:30, 75 part sun and windy.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 10
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 9
  • Sachem 19

Fiery Skipper

David L. Amadio

National Park Dredge spoil site
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:50 to 2:30, 75 degrees part sun but windy, NNW18. Very active dredge spoil sight today, not butterflies but heavy dump truck activity.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 15

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

A few strolls around the yard produced a very cooperative white m and a less cooperative fresh m. fiery. The numbers for the yard for this time of year are way down.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 35
  • Dun Skipper 2

White M Hairstreak

Beth Polvino

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

Slower day in the yard due to the winds. Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar & Brazilian skipper caterpillar seen by Theresa K and myself this AM. We also looked at what I believe to be Sleepy Orange caterpillars in my butterfly setup. I had trimmed back a Cassia branch at my neighbor's request as it was extending over the property line. This branch had eggs and a small cat on it. It is not similar to the Cloudless Sulphur caterpillars I had here in the past.

[Very cool find and photo. Lucy Hooper has a similar shot of a sleepy orange caterpillar in her garden last August here:
https://sjbutterflies.org/butterfly/sightings/60549. Keep track of that cat, if you can with all else going on there. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 15
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 22

Gray Hairstreak

Sleepy Orange

Jackie Parker

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 14
  • Sachem 6

Karen Thompson

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 18
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 2

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 14
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Peck's Skipper 16
  • Sachem 99

Red-banded Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Viceroy

'Summer' Spring Azure

Kathy Horn

Tyler Road
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

American Copper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

After living with southern butterflies for a week in SC, I almost didn't make note of "another ocola."

[Glad you did. That's only our second report of the species in CMY in 2021 and only the fourth overall in SJ for the year. Good find. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 45

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 115

Clouded Sulphur

Black Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas State Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

Overcast and humid this morning. Not much to report as far as butterflies, but we don't survey this park that often.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Teresa Knipper

Knipper Garden
Cape May County, NJ

Westwinds bringing in some diversity!

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 6

Kathy Horn

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Three White M hairstreaks again at Higbee, and again resting on sumac and sassafras in the early morning sun but not anywhere in sight 30 minutes later.

[Kathy has asked for help with the ID of her faded anglewing. Is it a worn q-mark with misshapen "punctuation mark"? Or something else? jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 6
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 4

Question Mark?

White M Hairstreak

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Always enjoy this time of year for some good butterfly/birdwatching in the yard.
Tiger ST was a dark morph.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 30
  • Dun Skipper 1

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

Wijbren Huisman

Tall Pines State Preserve, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

A very nice day to be in the fields. 1.45-3.30 pm
The Common Wood-Nymph made my day. My first sighting ever.
Sachems count is probably an under estimate.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Pearl Crescent 14
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Least Skipper 12
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Sachem 75

Common Wood-Nymph

Robert C. Koch

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

Sachems still abundant but declining in numbers. FOY Gray Hairstreat at Lumberton.

  • Cabbage White 11
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Peck's Skipper 11
  • Sachem 159

Peck's Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Clouded Sulphur

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

12-1:30pm
Black swallowtail caterpillars: 7

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Sachem 2

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 5

Beth Polvino

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

Today, I had Cloudless Sulphur's, Sleepy Orange and my first Orange Sulphur since either late April or mid-may. All were laying eggs on the cassia. Brazilian Skipper caterpillars, Question Mark caterpillars and Spicebush caterpillars on their host plants. Large numbers of Sachems continue making it hard to see if there are any other skippers in their midst.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 125
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail & Community center
Gloucester County, NJ

A brief half hour spent here from 4-4:30. 84 degrees part sun and windy W17-20. Covered only a small portion of the area, but was rewarded with a White M Hairstreak. Commas and Red Admiral were fresh looking.

  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Comma 7
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 13

White M Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:35 to 3:55, Part sun, 83 degrees and windy W10-20. Also observed either Crossline or Tawny edge. A sachem was attempting to mate with it. Zabulon Skipper's 2nd flight winding down in this area.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 44

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Several hour's observation today. Action extremely light for this time of year here.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Tom Bailey

Warren Grove
Ocean County, NJ

Incidental sighting while driving.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1

Tom Bailey

Greenwood Forest WMA
Ocean County, NJ

12:30 to 3:10 pm. Sunny, breezy, temps in the mid 80s. Thoroughwort in full bloom and was main nectar source.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 11
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Monarch 16
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 13
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 127

Therese Hurter

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Common Buckeye and Gray Hairstreak on Mountain Mint. Sachem count is an estimate.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 25
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Common Buckeye

Tom Bailey

Stafford Forge WMA
Ocean County, NJ

9:15 to 12 noon. Cloudy at start but mostly sunny when finished. Breezy & temps in upper 70s.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 16

Wijbren Huisman

Alcyon Lake Park, Pitman
Gloucester County, NJ

My first sighting of a Cloudless Sulphur in this park.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 35

Cloudless Sulphur

Robert C. Koch

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

CCS is FOY at Lumberton.

[Good find, RK! That's only the third report of the species this year – one from GLO (D Amadio) and one other from BUR (J Bulava).

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 12
  • Sachem 185

Common Checkered-Skipper

Clouded Sulphur

American Lady

Red-spotted Purple

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Limited obs. on this damp afternoon.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Kathy Horn

Rea Farm, Cape May, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 7
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Teresa Knipper

Mini golf cape may beachfront
Cape May County, NJ

Wow good butterfly sighting while playing mini golf with my grandson! My first ocola of the season.

[And it's the first Ocola reported in CMY this year – and only the third in our area in 2021 (the two others were found in GLO.) Maybe more of us should take up mini-golf?! jc]

  • Ocola Skipper 1

Ocola Skipper

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while birding in the park this morning.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Wijbren Huisman

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

I was planning to go on the Harvester-trail. This trail was closed due to several fallen trees, caused by IDA.
Spent a while at the Butterfly garden.
It seems that the White M Hairstreaks are showing up in GloCo.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Peck's Skipper 20
  • Sachem 28

White M Hairstreak

Greg Prelich and Jeanine Apgar

Cape May Point Triangle area
Cape May County, NJ

The bright blue of two Pipevines brightened up our day.

[Excellent find. These two are only the 4th and 5th adult PVSTs found in CMY since 2019. It seems to have become a scarcer species there over the last decade. jc]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 10

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Robert C. Koch

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

[Thanks for the count. Sachems have exploded in recent weeks throughout our area. Maryland also having more than can be counted. jc]

  • Cabbage White 11
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 264

'Summer' Spring Azure

Sachems

Wijbren Huisman

Atkinson Memorial Park, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

A beautiful afternoon to be in the park. One stranger in the midst of Sachems and Peck’s Skipper.
Nice to see here some Hairstreaks.
No Whites and Sulphurs.

[This is the first white M reported from GLO in nearly two years – since Dave Amadio found one at Riverwinds on 10-12-19. Good find, WH! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 24
  • Sachem 35

White M Hairstreak

'Summer' Spring Azure