Recent sightings

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Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

from overwintered chrysalis–2 males and 2 females; cabbage white around cauliflower plant in our vegetable patch.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 1

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

hot and sunny, 9:30-11:30am

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Sachem made himself right at home, chasing an American Lady away from his perch.

[Good finds and shots, D.A.: our log's first sachem for 2018 and the first red-banded hairstreak in CMY County for 2018. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Sachem 1

Sachem

Red-banded Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Figured I'd check on the Sleepy Orange colony area and was delighted to find an overwintering adult Sleepy Orange flying.

[Another find in SG's documentation of this resident CUM population of sleepy orange – a species that ten years ago (or even fewer) most of us considered only a vagrant to NJ. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 5
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

from overwintered chrysalis (3rd)–a male

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Late in the day, 4:30-5:45 pm. Some sun after cloudy day and 78 degrees. 2 ETB's in the garden. Surprisingly no commas.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Red Admiral 1

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

Juvenal's or Horace's duskywing?

[Kudos to JB for our first zabulon of 2018.

The duskywing pair makes a tough ID. The two dots on underside of hind-wing of Juvenal's are not visible in the photos, but Juvenal's are more numerous now, and the wings look worn. Horace's have just emerged (only two reports so far) and probably wouldn't look so worn so early. Still, duskywing, sp. seems the correct call. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Jesse Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Laying eggs on hackberry.

  • Question Mark 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Both swallowtails were nectaring on azaleas. Monarch flew through yard without stopping.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 1

Steven Glynn

Manumuskin River Preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

Late-afternoon visit for butterflies and odes.

Falcate Orangetips were males (3) and females (2).

  • Falcate Orangetip 5
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Sleepy Duskywing 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 4

Eastern Pine Elfin

Steven Glynn and John Christensen

Warren Grove and nearby areas
Ocean County, NJ

Started at 9am, but tough weather, with overcast until 12:30pm kept everything hidden. Once the sky cleared, the butterflies came out.

John stayed longer to continue his appreciation of lifer Hessel's and noted the full quantity given in our count.

[Good work, Steve and John – including our first Horace's of 2018. jc]

  • Hessel's Hairstreak 4
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Hoary Elfin 20
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Blueberry Azure 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Cobweb Skipper 3

Cobweb Skipper

Hoary Elfin

Sleepy Duskywing

Hessel's Hairstreak

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while birding today. First butterfly seen at 11:25 and last at 3:45.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Fred Kahan

Medford Leas, Medford
Burlington County, NJ

5 PM, Sunny 75 in meadows
1 Monarch on milkweed sprout (at least 1 wk early)
5 Eastern Tailed Blues on Mustard

[A female monarch here. Have all monarchs so far been female or undetermined sex? Interesting to watch for ratio of males to females in this first flight into NJ by monarchs, coming presumably from the Gulf Coast or elsewhere in southern US. jc]

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Monarch 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Monarch

Jack Miller

Fries Mills power lines south of 322
Gloucester County, NJ

For the past three years I have been hoping to find roadside skipper here after thinking that I saw one. Today I think I put that to rest when I saw a roadside-sized dusted sk. Note the size of the ant in the bottom left of the photo.

[Nice find, JM! This is our FOY dusted. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Brown Elfin 4
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 17
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 3
  • Duskywing sp. 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 6
  • Dusted Skipper 5

David L. Amadio

Oswego River Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

Mid day observations made here 12:25 till 2 p.m. 70% cloud cover with 10-12 WNW wind. All Hessel's Hairstreaks observed today nectared on Sand Myrtle. Two Hessel's suspects lifted from a Highbush Blueberry bush.

  • Hessel's Hairstreak 3
  • Elfin sp. 2
  • Brown Elfin 4
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 3
  • Holly Azure 12
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Duskywing sp. 3
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Hessel's Hairstreak

Hessel's Hairstreak

Brown Elfin

David L. Amadio

Warren Grove
Ocean County, NJ

Stopped counting Hoary Elfins after the first 25. Many more! Included is a Hoary Elfin egg image on Bearberry.

[Cool shot of sleepy from below! jc]

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Hoary Elfin 25
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Holly Azure 10
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4
  • Cobweb Skipper 2

Sleepy Duskywing

Hoary Elfin egg

Hoary Elfin

Cobweb Skipper

David L. Amadio

Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

Observations made here between 9-10:15 a.m. Also 3:15-4:05 p.m. Found 3 Hessel's in the a.m. and 3 in the p.m. Added R.B.Hairstreak in the afternoon stop. Today's temp. range was 68-77 degrees. Mostly Sunny early and late with 60-70% cloud cover mid day.

[Nice to have three Hessel's in one spot! jc]

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Hessel's Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Holly Azure 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Eastern Pine Elfin

Hessel's Hairstreak

Harvey Tomlinson

Davies Sports Center
Cape May County, NJ

Common Buckeyes were flying today.
[Congrats to Harvey for reporting our first Common Buckeyes of the year. Although Buckeyes have been reported in January (ones that might be considered LOYs), this is our new late first date for a spring Buckeye. -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 15
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Common Buckeye

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

2:30pm & sunny

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

AM bird survey, mostly cloudy, great for birds but not so much for butterflies. I got my FOY red-banded hairstreak.
[Congrats to Jen whose red-banded hs is not only her FOY, but also the first for our log. It misses our record lastest FOY from 5/11/09 by one day. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2

Jack Miller

Joe Mason rd and surrounding areas
Cape May County, NJ

I was on my bike, so I did not pay much attention to the abundant duskywings. The monarch was worn and feeble. Of all of the orangetips I have seen this spring, I have yet to see one land.

  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Elfin sp. 4
  • Brown Elfin 4
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Azure, sp. 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Duskywing sp. 15
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods butterfly garden, noon
Black swallowtail was laying eggs on fennel

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1

Chip Krilowicz

Heislerville WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

70° Sunny

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Painted Lady

Harvey Tomlinson

Warren Grove
Ocean County, NJ

Lots of Butterflies today with more Hoary's than I cared to count.
At least 3 Cobweb skippers…nice day
[Wonderful to get our FOY report and a terrific photo of a fresh cobweb sk. from Harvey. This butterfly has become difficult to find and now is rarely seen anywhere but Warren Grove. Can someone find one in a previously unreported area this year? - jm]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Hoary Elfin x
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2
  • Cobweb Skipper 3

Hoary Elfin

Cobweb Skipper

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

First two male black ST that emerged from overwintered chrysalis. I have about 20 more!

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Jack Miller

Rt 83 powerlines
Cape May County, NJ

One elfin appeared to be laying eggs baptisia, but upon inspection I did not find any.

  • Frosted Elfin 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Duskywing sp. 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Frosted Elfin

Jack Miller

areas around CMCH Acme
Cape May County, NJ

I stopped counting pearl crescents after 15. One of the swallowtails was on Goshen road. One of the azures was large and flew and acted differently; it might have been a summer azure.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 15+
  • Duskywing sp. 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 6

Pearl Crescent

Will Kerling

Clermont, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was a female Eastern Tailed-Blue searching for egg laying sites.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found three Eastern Tailed-Blues - 2 females and a male. Counted 3 Cabbage Whites.
[Welcome back Will! - jm]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Beth Polvino

Cox Hall Creek WMA, Villas,
Cape May County, NJ

Unsure of Duskywing ID ~ One opinion said Juvenal and another said Horace's. First Hummingbird Moth I have seen this year.

[Beth: I'd lean to Juvenal's simply because of wear on wings – Horace's only just emerging, so should have fresher look. Duskywing, sp., is the correct call, in my opinion, however – because these two are tough to separate by uppersides only. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 3
  • Duskywing sp. 5

Clearwing moth

Duskywing, sp.

Jack Miller

undesignated
Cumberland County, NJ

Terrible light, lots of distance, way too many bramble scratches, and way way too many ticks… Still, a very cool bug.
[This FOY is 1 day off of our log's record for latest first date which occurred on 5/8/15. - jm]

  • Hessel's Hairstreak 2
  • Duskywing sp. 8

Hessel's Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Platt's Nursery in Clarkesboro
Gloucester County, NJ

Was flying inside one of the many greenhouses. I tried to coax it out but failed.

  • Painted Lady 1

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2

Jesse Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Laying eggs on both parsley and Zizia (golden alexander).

  • Black Swallowtail 1