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Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to arrive home to this bug.

  • Clouded Sulphur 1

Jack Miller

Woodbine rr
Cape May County, NJ

1:00- 2:30. Thrilled to find Frosted here again after not seeing them here in 2018. The gray hairstreak was a rag. I don't know what to call the azure in the photo; it doesn't look like a blueberry or holly. It was the only azure to land today and it choose my sneaker creating a photo challenge. It was completely content to the point I had to shake vigorously to get it to fly (never to land again).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 9
  • Frosted Elfin 1
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Azure, sp. 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • Pearl Crescent 16
  • American Lady 2
  • Duskywing sp. 11
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4

Azure, sp.

Frosted Elfin

Jack Miller

Undesignated
Cumberland County, NJ

Full sun, light wind, temps rising into the 70's, between 10:00- 11:45. A Twilight Zone day here. Driving into this area, there were duskywings everywhere. On the return trip, only a few dozen. I scanned a couple of photos (150+ bugs) and did not find a single species other than Juvenal's. The photo I submitted is of 60 Juvenal's. The total count is the number for driving in only. There were probably more than one Hessel's, but with minimal available nectar they were not interested in landing. There were at least 10 elfins flying but I only could get a look at one Brown and one Pine.

[An impressive mix of species (and numbers) and our FOY Hessel's for 2019. Good going, Jack! jc]

  • Hessel's Hairstreak 1
  • Elfin sp. 10
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Duskywing sp. 100
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 200

Juvenal's Duskywings

Hessel's Hairstreak

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

2:00-4:00pm

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sandra Keller

Riverwinds - Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Sunny, 9 to 13 mph WNW winds, 66 degrees. No Coppers yet.

[Our first spicebush swallowtail of 2019. Good find, Sandra! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Falcate Orangetip 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Duskywing sp. 2

Chris Herz

Audubon yard
Camden County, NJ

Anglewing nectaring on Pawpaw tree blossoms. Blooms smell a bit like rotting fruit.

  • Anglewing sp. 1

Jack Miller

rt 83 powerlines
Cape May County, NJ

Observation made 4- 4:30. Horace's duskywing was observed through binoculars: had multiple views of dotless ventral hw and minimal frosting on dorsal view.

[Nice find – our first Horace's for 2019. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Jack Miller

CMCH area
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 2
  • Duskywing sp. 6
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Jack Miller

Middletownship bike path
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, temperature in the 70's; 1:30-2:15. It is interesting to note the subtle differences in appearance of the frosted elfins in the different colonies in the Cape.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Frosted Elfin 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • Duskywing sp. 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Frosted Elfin

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

9-11:00am, Red trail, smith's woods

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

2:30 till 4 p.m. Part sun, near 80. Was surprised to see a dark form female E.Tiger nectaring on Autumn Olive this early. Cypress Spurge in bloom, but no takers this day. Abundant Tick action off trail!! Coppers should be flying here now, but I found none.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Brian Johnson

Natural lands Burden hill preserve
Salem County, NJ

At work today. Most of the bugs were in the fields at North Burden hill road. I started a project there last year, taking 14 acres of overgrown fields and bringing them back into early succession. It can be very good for butterflies when the Milkweed is blooming. Check it out if you're in the area. The access is south of Waterworks road. There is a opening in a guardrail on the left. Parking is on the grass. Be very careful after a rain. I have gotten my 4x4 work truck stuck after a thunderstorm.

[This is an invitation worth taking up – to see how an overgrown, woody spot can be transformed with some hard work – actually, lots of hard work – into a butterfly oasis. Thank you, Brian! jc]

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Falcate Orangetip 4
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • American Copper 3
  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 7
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Azure, sp. 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 31
  • Lady sp. 2
  • Pearl Crescent 21
  • Monarch 1
  • Duskywing sp. 20
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Gray Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Harvey Tomlinson

Stimpson Island Rd
Cape May County, NJ

An Earth Day Treat.

[Yay! our first monarch of 2018. May there be many more to come. jc]

  • Monarch

Monarch

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

We’ve only seen one or two Snouts in our 6 yrs. here so it was a nice surprise today. Falcate Orangetip was a male.

  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 2

Hope Jenkins

CMCH, my yard east of GSP
Cape May County, NJ

2 pm, sunny, breezy, 60 degrees

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

American Lady

Hope Jenkins

CMCH Bike Path between Indian Trail and Shell Bay Rd.
Cape May County, NJ

11:30-12:30, 60 degrees, sunny, breezy at times. Not a good photo as the anglewing wouldn't stay still. Likewise the sulphur which was closer to Indian Trail.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Anglewing sp.

Jesse and Jack Connor

Forsythe NWR
Atlantic County, NJ

Snout at entrance bridge. Most of the rest near platform overlook at Experimental Pond area.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:20 & 3:50 Abundant stands of the invasive Garlic Mustard.

  • Cabbage White 18
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Eastern Comma 3

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:45 to 3:15, mostly cloudy 70 degrees with S winds 14-20 mph. Orangetips were 4 males ,one female. Female was laying eggs on Hoary Bittercress ( Cardamine hirsute ) Red Admiral & E.Tiger were nectaring on Autumn Olive.

[A second admiral today after nearly a month of none. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Falcate Orangetip 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Duskywing sp. 3

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Falcate Orangetip

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Tom Bailey

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

Incidental sightings while birding.

[Impressive mix of butterflies and our first red admiral since our FOY on March 24 in CMY. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

Chris Herz

Platts' Nursery, Clarksboro
Gloucester County, NJ

raggedy A. Lady trapped in one of the greenhouses and I was able to get it out.

[Several reports of worn Am ladies this spring – migrants from the South, it would seem. jc]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Lady 1

Chris Herz

Popes Gardens, Waterford
Camden County, NJ

Overcast, but brief spots of sun

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2

Chip Krilowicz

Blueberry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Falcate Orangetip 8
  • Henry's Elfin 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Jack Miller

Woodbine rr
Cape May County, NJ

12:30 - 3:00. Lots of time to explore paid off in that finally after years of watching orangetips fly along the tracks I discovered where they hang out. The Juniper hs' without exception landed high in the cedars and none of the azures landed. Only saw 3 ET blues until the last half hour when bunches appeared. Spring Wild Indigos are challenging as Juvenal's exist with many variations.

[Two FOYs in this impressive mix: juniper hairstreak and wild indigo. Nice! jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 14
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 6
  • Juniper Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 15
  • Spring Azure 8
  • American Lady 2
  • Duskywing sp. 19
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 9
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3

Juniper Hairstreak

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Eastern Pine Elfin

Jack Miller

Lizard Tail
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, light winds, 60 moving to 70 degrees. 10:00 to 11:45.

[This is our FOY frosted for 2019. Nice! jc]

  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Frosted Elfin 4
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Duskywing sp. 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 6

Frosted Elfin

Brian Johnson

Natural lands Burden hill preserve
Salem County, NJ

At work today. I have never seen the Orangetips on that part of the preserve before. The big property on Cool run road.

[Pearl crescent is our FOY for 2019. Could this be an orangetip year? Several reports from odd places. jc]

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Falcate Orangetip 8
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4

Pearl Crescent

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to see so many butterflies.

[We have a tie for FOY pearl crescent: you and Brian J. We are going to have to check wrist-watch time ;-)]

  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 2

American Lady

Sandra Keller

Maria Greenwald Park
Camden County, NJ

Overcast to partly sunny. 60 to 69 degrees. I didn't see my first butterfly until the sun appeared. A mid to late morning walk.

[Nice find, SK: our FOY tiger. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 1

Jack Miller

Hunter's Mills powerline s. of rt 49
Cape May County, NJ

Cloudy and mid 50's. The weather quieted all bflys in this area except for the duskywings. Nevertheless it was enjoyable to spend time viewing the many subtle differences presented by the Juvenal's. The numbers cited are conservative estimates.

  • Duskywing sp. 20
  • Sleepy Duskywing 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 30

Claire Campbell

Laurel Run Park, Burlington County Parks
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 2

Claire Campbell

Pennington Park, Burlington
Burlington County, NJ

  • Sulphur sp. 1

Matt Webster

Dambly’s Garden Center
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Falcate Orangetip 1

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

10:20am during school field trip. One of the students spotted the falcate orange tip and amazingly it landed long enough for some of the students to get photos. A second male came by a few minutes later.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Falcate Orangetip 2

Falcate Orangetip

Hope Jenkins

My yard, CMCH, east of GSP
Cape May County, NJ

12 noon, sunny 60 degrees

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Hope Jenkins

CMCH Bike Path between Shell Bay & Oyster Rd
Cape May County, NJ

11 AM, Sunny, 55 degrees, breezy

  • Cabbage White 2

David L. Amadio

Glassboro WMA
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 12:35 till 4:45 p.m. Sunny, 61-66 degrees and 15-20mph N-WNW wind. It appears that Celestrina Idella ( Holly Azure) has started their flight already here. Always look for Henry's with green scaling. Found one this day. Also observed a Brown elfin in pursuit of a Henry's. Both Orangetips were males.

[Impressive mid-April list! jc]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Brown Elfin 4
  • Henry's Elfin 12
  • Azure, sp. 3
  • Blueberry Azure 3
  • Holly Azure 3
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5

Brown Elfin

Holly Azure

Henry's Elfin

Holly Azure

blueberry

Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A Question Mark was attracted to a fermenting orange on fruit dish.

  • Question Mark 1

Chip Krilowicz

Riverwinds senic trail
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Falcate Orangetip 5
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

Brian Johnson

Glades preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

I was doing surveys again today. Lots of walking. The Sleepy Duskywing was on the RR tracks and the Pine Eflin was on the trail that goes into Bear swamp. I only stopped for a few of the Azures.

[Our FOY pine elfin and sleepy duskywing for 2019. Good finds, Brian. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Elfin sp. 9
  • Henry's Elfin 14
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 30+
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5

Eastern Pine Elfin

Chip Krilowicz

Wheelabrator
Gloucester County, NJ

[Our FOY black swallowtail and silver-spotted skipper for 2019.
good finds, Chip! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Falcate Orangetip 14
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Silver-spotted Skipper

Black Swallowtail

Falcate Orangetip

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA- Gravelly Run area
Cumberland County, NJ

Good activity, including several freshly emerged Uhler's Sundragons (dragonfly) as a highlight.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5

Juvenal's Duskywing

Spring Azure

Uhler's Sundragon

Steven Glynn

Whitehead Road in Bevan WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Henry's Elfin 11
  • Spring Azure 6
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 14

Jack Miller

Lizard Tail
Cape May County, NJ

Cloudy with times of mist.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Karen & Brian Johnson

Maskells Mill area
Salem County, NJ

Karen wanted to see some Orangetips after birding this morning. Maskells mill did not disappoint. The Am lady was very worn.

  • Cabbage White 15
  • Falcate Orangetip 11
  • Spring Azure 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

67 degrees to start and 77 degrees by 1:30. Orangetips primarily males. One flying in the garden.

  • Cabbage White 14
  • Falcate Orangetip 14
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1

Sandra Keller

Glassboro Woods WMA - Carpenter Rd.
Gloucester County, NJ

The sun was in and out all afternoon. 73 degrees. This was the eastern end of the area. Carpenter Rd. I was here for Elfins. No success with them.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Maryann Farrell

Marlton front yard tree
Burlington County, NJ

I apologize for the photo, but my daughter shot the photo today and has a high powered camera that could reach the height of the tree and my iPhone couldn’t. So I took a picture of her picture.

  • Question Mark 1

Question Mark

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

While doing some fence painting I saw a Spring Azure flying over and around an American Cranberry bush. Never landed. Spring Azures have been quite rare in this garden over the years. "Summer" Spring Azures are quite common during their long flight period.

  • Spring Azure 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Quite sure of ID Eastern Comma. Got a good look at black edging of wings and marking. Flew up from leaves at base of old wooden fencing, short flight into laurel gave me time to look. The usual Azure always here this time of year. 11:30am quiet, sheltered from gusty day.

  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Brian Johnson

Natural lands Burden hill preserve
Salem County, NJ

A new monitoring project has me covering a lot of ground. I walked 4
different properties on the preserve today. Saw my FOY Dragonfly also. Blue Corporal.

  • Cabbage White 11
  • Falcate Orangetip 3
  • Henry's Elfin 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 4
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Bob and Steph Brown

TNC Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

[Our FOY Am copper. Good find! jc]

  • American Copper 1

American Copper