Recent sightings

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Robert C. Koch

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

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Sulphur sp. 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 13
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 16
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 23

Pearl Crescent

Black Swallowtail

Painted Lady

Sachem

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

68, cloudy, winds 15-20. A 17 degree drop from yesterday. Took a 10 minute stroll around 3:00. Interesting that 8 of 13 sp's were represented with one specimen. Watched an old rsp get blown to the ground from a beach plum tree and was too feeble to fly again.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 3
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 18

Brenda Bruton

Vine Street backyard, Delanco
Burlington County, NJ

[Very cool! Our 8th record of long-tailed in South Jersey this year and our 2nd from BUR.

The state-wide score at the moment: CMY 6, BUR 2, Mercer County 2. All other counties in the New Jersey: 0. jc]

  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

Long-tailed Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Nice diversity on this summer-like afternoon. Still trying to scare up a White M hairstreak and Long-tailed skipper…

[Build a garden like yours….and they will come! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 20

American Snout

Fiery Skipper

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 15
  • Sachem 10

Cloudless Sulphur

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods butterfly garden; 9:45-10:00am
3 monarch chrysalises, 3 black swallowtail caterpillars

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Sachem 2

Brenda Bruton

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 1

Cloudless Sulphur

American Snout

Chris Herz

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Late in the day visit, 4:30-5:15, 92 degrees. Open field behind the soccer fields looked promising with a lot of hyssop-leaved thoroughwort.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 6

Robert C. Koch

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

Sachems, Variegated Fritillaries and Common Buckeyes numbers are low estimates. Each was very abundant.

  • Cabbage White 18
  • Sulphur sp. 14
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 30
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 45
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 65

Peck's Skipper

Horace's Duskywing

American Lady

Elvira Paniza

Brick
Ocean County, NJ

I just saw this beautiful Common Buckeye - Junonia coenia - in our garden. A total of 3.

[Welcome to our newest observer/reporter, Elvira Paniza. Keep those reports coming, E.P! jc]

  • Common Buckeye 3

Beth Polvino

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

What another wonderful day. Sunny, 75 with 10 MPH wind. Record high number of species. Common Buckeyes everywhere in the yard. Est count over 180 which is as far as I got in counting. Counts of butterflies from 1:30 to 2PM. Finally obtained an image of the Long-tailed Skipper. Giant swallowtail back again. FOY Sleepy Orange for my yard.

Red-spotted Purple eggs and caterpillars on a ~3' small potted cherry tree. These are first I've seen here as my large cherry tree is 40 years old. Continuing Spicebush Swallowtails caterpillars and chrysalises, continuing Brazilian caterpillar and chrysalis. Lots of mating going on: Monarchs, Common Buckeyes, Fiery Skippers and Sachems. Sad to be going out of town for 4 days.

[Whew! You should rent out the place to envious butterflyers while you're gone! And charge at least three figures/day! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 5
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 8
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 180
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 9
  • Sachem c

Common Buckeyes

Red-spotted Purple caterpillar

Red-spotted Purple egg

Eastern Comma

Long-tailed Skipper

Sleepy Orange

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Sulphur sp. 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 8
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Red-spotted Purple 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Sachem 33

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Mike Jacob

Evesham Wildflower Meadow
Burlington County, NJ

  • Common Buckeye 0

Common Buckeye

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield
Burlington County, NJ

during fall bird survey; 8:00-11:20am

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Delighted to find a second cloudless chrysalis in our yard – this one anchored on a Phlox stem. Shows more red than the one we found the other day on milkweed leaf (which so far seems to be doing OK). Also a late-instar cat feeding on partridge pea (can we hope for a third chrysalis?).

  • Cloudless Sulphur 0

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Observations throughout day as I worked. I thought I finally had a clouded sk, but the f. zab said "nope." Yesterday's count had more of many species including 6 white m's, 6 gray hs and 10 fierys, but no tawny-edged sk's. Today the tawny-edges flew in the early morning and then disappeared. There is an advantage in spending a day in one place. I have had 6 qm chrysalises here this summer but none like the one in the photo. 32 species here since Saturday.

[Still more evidence that butterfly gardens in Cape May County had a spectacular day yesterday! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 60
  • Red-spotted Purple 20
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 8
  • Sachem 50

Question Mark caterpillar

Question Mark chrysalis

American Snout

Red-banded Hairstreak

Zabulon Skipper

Beth Polvino

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

A wonderful day in the yard. Return oF the Giant Swallowtail with pictures this time. Return of the Long-tailed Skipper but without pictures because of the GS. Hopefully, the LT will be back tomorrow. Over 115 Common Buckeyes in the yard when I stopped counting. 24 of them just on one patch of sedum. FOS in my yard Hayhurst's Scallopwing (have images that aren't great).

[Wonderful to hear you saw your GT and to see your delightful shots. Now good luck with the LT and with trying to count those buckeyes. The Dowdells had similar numbers right up the Bay from you. It sounds like a spectacular staging. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 5
  • American Lady 6
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 115
  • Monarch 9
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem c

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Deb and Jim Dowdell

My yard,Villas
Cape May County, NJ

Large influx of Buckeyes today. The 224 represents total number in view at 2:00 pm. Likely many (hundreds) more during the day as they seemed to be on the move today. Aaron's Skipper FOS for the yard and my latest ever for the yard.

[Will buckeye southbound migrants outnumber monarchs this year? It has happened before. The Dowdells' total here and high counts just about everywhere in South Jersey suggest it is a strong possibility. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 6
  • American Lady 5
  • Painted Lady 7
  • Common Buckeye 224
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Sachem 25

Deb and Jim Dowdell

My yard,Villas
Cape May County, NJ

[This long list includes our 6th long-tailed for the year, our 5th sleepy orange in CMY, and our third adult Brazilian skipper. We are envious, JD! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 10
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 8
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 7
  • Painted Lady 12
  • Common Buckeye 30
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 15
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 8
  • Sachem 32

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

A delightful day for butterflies in our yard, including our FOY Ocolas and our first tawny emperor since 2012. Snowberry clearwing caterpillar on coral honeysuckle was the apparently less-common brown form.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 30
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • White M Hairstreak 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 10
  • American Snout 6
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 10
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 35
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 12
  • Sachem 60

White M Hairstreak

Tawny Emperor

Ocola Skipper

Snowberry Clearwing

Brenda Bruton

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

American Snout

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2

Brian Johnson

Powerline cut on Rt.605 Bellplain State forest
Cape May County, NJ

It was a real surprise to have the Long-tail land in a small oak 6' away. Almost as much of a surprise to have it sit there and let me take lots of pictures. I ended up walking away from it. Most of the bugs were at the nice Liatris patch close to Rt 605.

[Nice shot! This is only our 4th long-tail reported in South Jersey in 2019 and just the second that allowed itself to be photo'd. jc]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 7
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 12

Long-tailed Skipper

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 11
  • Sachem 5

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Common Buckeyes seen all around the neighborhood this week. Two Black Swallowtail cats on Fennel today. Plenty of grass skippers now, Pecks frequent,

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Sachem 1

Beth Polvino

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

Worked in the garden 8 AM until 1 PM. Did 2 walks around the yard during that time. Saw a Long-tailed skipper mid morning but by the time my camera was in hand, it spooked and I didn't find again.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • American Lady 5
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye c
  • Monarch 7
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Fiery Skipper 7
  • Sachem c

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

During botany walk, 9-11:30am

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3

Armas & Rise Hill, Beth Polvino

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

Armas & Rise Hill heard of my gardens through JC and thought they would stop by hoping to see a LT Skipper. Upon getting out of their car they saw a Giant Swallowtail nectaring on lantana and Rise Hill obtained these images. I greeted them, we introduced ourselves and I gave them a tour of the gardens. I showed them 2 Brazilian Skipper chrysalises and both Spicebush Swallowtail cats and SPSW chrysalis. The also saw a Question Mark laying eggs on the Hackberry tree. To my great disappointment, I never did get to see the GS.

[Congratulations on the continuing show at your magical garden, Beth – and also condolences on the "dip" (as birders call it). Odds are pretty good that you will get another chance at the GS today, I think! Why would it want to miss out on the ongoing party? jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem c

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Sachem 25

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Observations made on forays between 4- 6. Sunny, calm, 70. While making dinner, I went to the garden for parsley and discovered a Peck's sk, which is new for this property. Will Kerling used to report from a colony 11 miles to the north, and I wonder if the strong north winds on Friday brought the butterfly here. I was happy to get a photo of the rare "eyed fw with too much iridescence" form of RSP. It was good to see the sachems getting ready for the NFL's opening Sunday.

[As Jack suggests, Peck's is surprisingly hard to find in CMY while it is common in the bordering two Counties – CUM and ATL – and elsewhere in South Jersey. This is only our 10th report of Peck's in CMY in 12 years of logging. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 2
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 35
  • Red-spotted Purple 27
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 60

Red-spotted Purples

Red-spotted Purple

Fiery Skipper

Sachems

David L. Amadio

Mannington Mills-Maneto Ave.
Salem County, NJ

Walked the rails and adjacent field here. Late Flowering Thoroughwort the main attraction.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 23
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Sachem 30
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Viceroy

David L. Amadio

Salem City area
Salem County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:15 -3:15. Photographed a female Common Checkered-Skipper. Surprised at the number of BW Skippers still flying.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Sulphur sp. 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 42
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 4
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 7
  • Broad-winged Skipper 42

Painted Lady

Common Checkered-Skipper

David L. Amadio

Mannington marsh area
Salem County, NJ

Minimal nectar. Most butterflies were out in the marsh on Pickerelweed.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 13
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 13
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

David L. Amadio

Salem WMA Rt540
Salem County, NJ

Obs. made from 1-1:20 Sunny, mid 70's but windy. Very dry in this part of Salem County.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Cloudless Sulphur

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Some butterfly action resumed here this morning after yesterday's dismal weather. One of the RSP's showed very faint traces of the White Admiral subspecies.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Red-spotted Purple

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to see a decent assortment of bf’s after yesterday’s rain and wind.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 15

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while birding in the park. Cabbage White number is an estimate.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 25
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 7
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 9
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Sulphur sp. 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 6
  • Common Buckeye 13
  • Red-spotted Purple 5
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 25

Red-spotted Purple

Common Buckeye

Peck's Skipper

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

One Monarch heading south along the Delaware River.

  • Monarch 1

Brenda Bruton

Taylor's Widlife Preserve, Cinnaminson
Burlington County, NJ

  • Hackberry Emperor 1

Hackberry Emperor

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

The cat we found on a common milkweed leaf on Sept 3 began pupation hanging from that leaf on Sept 4. As far as we know, this is the first time we've had a chrysalis of cloudless sulphur in our yard.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 0

9 am 9-4-19

4 pm 9-4-19

3 pm 9-5-19

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Observation made after 5. This has been a good year throughout SJ for red-spotted purple. My property crushed its record for this species yesterday. My seven beach plum trees are the main attraction.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Red-spotted Purple 17
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 50

Cynthia Allen

Middle Township Bike Path at W. Shellbay Ave.
Cape May County, NJ

A brief stop at the Zinnia garden here produced my FOY Ocola.

[Good find, Cynthia! Your is only our 3rd report of the species this year. North Jersey had a series of reports from the same powerline in New Providence (Union County) in mid-August –perhaps a single individual; and that's been it so far this year. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem c

Cynthia Allen

Davies Sports Complex, CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Little Yellow in the same spot in which I saw it on Aug. 26 (intersection of Bike Path and the RR tracks).

  • Little Yellow 1

Vince Elia

Winslow WMA, Winslow, Camden County
Camden County, NJ

This White Admiral-type was photographed by Sue Bennett Canale today at Oak Pond in Winslow WMA. I don't have a lot of experience with this subspecies, but this one looks like it might be a cross. Interested what others think. Was cavorting with 3 Red-spotted Purples…

[Exciting find and photo! This is only our second sightings log report ever of this northern form of the red-spotted purple/white admiral complex. And it is our first photographed. Tom Bailey found our only other last year on June 30 in Palmyra Cove. It is hard to find even in North Jersey where, like here, red-spotted is common.

[Vince points out correctly that there is a good chance this individual is not a "pure" white admiral. The two forms overlap over a large area in the northeastern US (from northern NJ to Canada) and mate w/each other so regularly that patterns show a wide mix of colors on many individuals. The RSP's more southern geographical range is thought to be limited (roughly) to the range of the pipevine swallowtail whose wing pattern it mimics – for protection from birds that have learned not to eat the poisonous swallowtail. jc]

  • White Admiral 1

White Admiral

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

[Excellent find, Claire! This is only our 2nd report for South Jersey this year, the 4th in the state in 2019, and only the 5th record ever of this species for Burlington County on our log. It's also the first in BUR in three years – dating back to your last find of long-tail in your yard on 9-12-16. Congratulations! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 15
  • Sachem 8

Pearl Crescents

Long-tailed Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Kate Forte

Smith's Woods, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Butterfly Garden
2-2:30

2 Monarch chrysalises, 2 tiger swallowtail chrysalises, 1 black swallowtail chrysalis. 6 monarch cats

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 2

Variegated Fritillary

Common Sootywing

Peck's Skipper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

5:15- 5:40. Arrived home thinking it likely I would see Am. Coppers and saw 2. The 6 beach plum trees and the peach tree brought in a record number of red-spotted purples for this yard. The last new bug of the day was a Red-banded hs, which I had not thought about all day. Total number of species for the day was 41.

[Thank you, Jack, for the impressive one-man one-day-in-September survey of the Cape May peninsula. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Copper 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Red-spotted Purple 11
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 60

Jack Miller

N. Railroad
Cape May County, NJ

2:45- 4:45. Sunny and 80. The field Brian Johnson referred in our report of 8/8 has faded; however, the places with bloom were loaded with bflies. The tawny emperor is a new one for me at this location.

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White 25
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 16
  • Gray Hairstreak 14
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 40
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 5
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Common Sootywing 14
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 60

Jack Miller

Cape May Point Circle Garden
Cape May County, NJ

2:20- 2:25. Sun came out again.

  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Jack Miller

Cape May Point SP
Cape May County, NJ

1:00- 2:15. After all sun at LT, the Point was all cloud which definitely slowed things down.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10

Jack Miller

Lizard Tail
Cape May County, NJ

10:00- 12:15, sunny and 70's. First stop on a day-long scouting trip for upcoming NNJ NABA invasion in mid-September.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 40
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 30
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Sachem 8

Gray Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

I rarely see Hackberry Emperors nectaring on flowers. I have observed Tawny Emperors more often on flowers. Found this H.Emperor tonight on Buddleia.

[Interesting observation, Dave. You have a "nose" for that species, it seems: 12 of our 16 finds of hackberry emp since Aug 1 have been by you. Chris H and Jennifer B are tied for 2nd with two finds each – and a lot of us ;-) are still hoping for our first of the year. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Sachem 1

Hackberry Emperor

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Pale female cloudless ovipositing on partridge pea.

Two cloudless cats found, one of partridge pea; other a late instar on common milkweed. We are hoping it is searching for a place to pupate. We have never found a chrysalis here.

Also half a dozen monarch cats, all mid to late instars.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • White M Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 25

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Sulphur sp. 12
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 9
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 28

Painted Lady

Silver-spotted Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Monarch

Jackie Parker

712 Foster Ave. Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

[Exciting find, Jackie! – our first long-tailed skipper of 2019. The only other reports in the state this year were two of single individuals (same individual?) in Mercer Meadows (Mercer Co) 8/9/19 and 8/11/19. Let's hope a few more are coming. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 4
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 4

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings. All were northbound.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 3

Chris Herz

River trail
Gloucester County, NJ

12-1:30, windy but 84 degrees. Nectar that was out of the wind would have a number of bugs.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 13
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Sandra Keller & Chris Herz

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Light rain prior to starting out, 10:30-11:45. 73 degrees; Hackberry emperor, RS purple, and pecks all on my car when I returned–salts on car– from earlier rain?

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 12
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Red-spotted Purple 23
  • Viceroy 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Sachem 10
  • Dun Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

A brief visit from 3:45-4:15. Observed a Clouded Sulphur ovipositing on red clover.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Sachem 16

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

One of today's E.tigers was a dark form female.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Tawny Emperor 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1