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Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Monarch was a fly-by in the backyard… and a surprise!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Nabb Road field
Cumberland County, NJ

The land owners have been tilling up the larger tract of commercial growing field and have the property posted.

The original field that had the Checkered White colony has been left fallow and looks very promising. Hopefully they'll leave this field fallow and full of wild flowers.

  • Cabbage White 25
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 2

Common Sootywing

Steven Glynn

Jesse Bridge Road powerline area
Salem County, NJ

One flying adult Monarch and a caterpillar found today.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1+
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4

Monarch

Brian Johnson

Natural lands Glades preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

Checked out the few acres that I cleared of trees a few years ago. Lots of Sedge and Milkweed growing there. It's at the end of the Eagle trail. The Pecks was one of the very few that I have ever seen at the Glades. The list also includes other areas of the preserve. I don't recommend walking the Eagle trail for a while. The biting flies were really bad.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 8
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Anglewing sp. 7
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 4
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Monarch 1

Robert C. Koch

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

3 Red-spotted Purple (woodland trails), 1 American Lady (meadow) and 1 female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (perimeter walking path).

[Our log's first dark-form tiger for 2019. Good find, RK. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

American Lady

Red-spotted Purple

Harvey Tomlinson and Steve Glynn

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Blurry shots of a Brazilian Skipper in flight!
I saw this bug nectaring and was puzzled. Got off two shots but it took Steve and me 5 mins before the "lights" came on and we had the ID.

[Very exciting find (and photos)!! We had our first report last year on May 20 (Sam Galick, CMPSP). Could this species now be over-wintering in CMY?? jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 5
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Brazilian Skipper 1

Brazilian Skipper

Brazilian Skipper

Brian Johnson

Natural lands preserves at north Burden hill road
Salem County, NJ

Started the day with a two hour walk around the fields that I have been working on. The Milkweed and Dogbane are really taking off. The Milkweed already has some buds on it. I saw more butterflies after that but didn't keep a list. The only different species were Dusted Skipper and Sachem.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Pearl Crescent 16
  • Question Mark 3
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 5
  • Little Wood-Satyr 29
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 9
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 9

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA- Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Did an initial survey of the Sleepy Orange colony area today. Last year, I first found overwintering Sleepy's on 5/15, but today I was unable to locate any flying as yet.

Good diversity on this very warm day. The Mourning Cloak wouldn't sit for a photo opportunity, but this is the first time I've seen one in May.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Question Mark 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Viceroy 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Peck's Skipper

Viceroy

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

83 degrees and sunny. E. Tiger nectared briefly on arrowwood viburnum. Still one snout visible high up in neighbor's hackberry.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Within 3 hours of putting parsley plants outside, a female black swallowtail found them and oviposited! My FOY black swallowtail in the backyard.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:40 till 4:40, mostly sunny 84 degrees with 12mph S winds. Was nice to get both of the orange & black royalties back to back within seconds. Black Swallowtails were male and female. Female was just outside the butterfly garden. Male was nectaring on a nice red & white clover patch in the fenced in pumping station area.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 2

Viceroy

Monarch

American Snout

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Tom Bailey

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

Incidental sightings while birding in the park today.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 9

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Seen off and on throughout the afternoon.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden & next door
Camden County, NJ

Snouts high up in a hackberry. Monarch flew through the yard.

  • American Snout 3
  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made between 2:35 & 4:05 p.m., Partly to mostly sunny and high 70's. Still no American Coppers here. Very unusual for this normally thriving colony. Last visit here was on 4/28 so I may have missed a poor first brood. Crossline was very fresh.

[Dave had our last crossline of 2018 (9/22/18) and now he has found our first of 2019. Neat! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Crossline Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Crossline Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • American Snout 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Kinkora Trail, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

10:20-12:30

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

8-10am

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while doing yard work. The Am. Lady & Zabulon Skipper were nectaring on blackberry.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

All day in the garden today. Fresh Silver-spotted Skipper. Also a fast moving Swallowtail, Black or Spicebush.

  • American Snout 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Jennifer Bulava

Barker's Brook natural resource area, Springfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

During official bird survey for Burlington County Parks.

[These are the first least skippers of 2019. Good find, JB! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Least Skipper 2

Chris Herz

Rowan College GC community garden field
Gloucester County, NJ

Community gardens are started. Several of the gardeners are planting sunflowers and zinnias.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Sootywing 1

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

3:15-5:30 pm. Weeding in the garden and walk out to the river. 73 degrees and mostly sunny. Copies of Jesse Connor's butterfly host plant and nectar plant lists all taken from the 'garden brochure' box.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Sachem 3

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

12:00 - 2:00. Primarily interested in searching for cloudywings in this place which was once a stronghold for them. Found them in good numbers along the uncut, unplowed powerlines. Great flight of Question Marks, most of which were summer form. The two qm photos, patterned and plain, were summer form. I don't believe I saw a comma and I know I did not see a duskywing.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Azure, sp. 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Anglewing sp. 8
  • Lady sp. 8
  • Pearl Crescent 18
  • Question Mark 7
  • American Lady 22
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Southern Cloudywing 14
  • Zabulon Skipper 4

Question Mark

Question Mark

Southern Cloudywing

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Morning rain was followed by full sun and 70. While working in the gardens I noticed a small female monarch; sure enough, she decided my milkweed patch was worthy of attention. Photo of yard's first monarch egg.

[This is our first photo of the next generation of monarchs and we also have an informal report of a caterpillar in BUR. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 1

Monarch

Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Red-spotted Purple was on bananas

  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Only had about 10 min. to check outside, but found a very active Peck's Skipper.

  • Peck's Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

West Side Park in Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

[This long list includes our log's first glassywing of 2019. Good work, Steve! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Question Mark 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 15
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Little Glassywing 1

Red-spotted Purple

Little Glassywing

Little Wood-Satyr

Steven Glynn

Muddy Run area
Salem County, NJ

Past time for Cobweb Skippers, but focused on finding Dusted Skipper today was successful.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Juvenal's Duskywing Common
  • Dusted Skipper 2

Dusted Skipper

Pat & Clay Sutton, Wendy & Dennis Allen

Woodbine RR Tracks
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Frosted Elfin 4
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 25
  • Question Mark 3
  • Mourning Cloak 4
  • American Lady 8
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Duskywing sp. 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Sachem 6

Frosted Elfin

Chip Krilowicz

Collier's Mill WMA
Ocean County, NJ

Sunny

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 1

Brian Johnson

Natural lands Mauricetown preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

I was doing surveys for listed plants in the big hardwood swamp today. The only butterflies that I saw all day were in a dry grassy opening on the walk out. Lots of Ghost Crane flies in the swamp. One of my favorite bugs.

[This report and photo document our log's first little wood satyr for 2019, the first since last July. Nice! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5

Jennifer Bulava

Kinkora Trail, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

1:00-2:15pm

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Had only ten individuals today, but added four species to our 2019 yard list: snout, red admiral, Peck's, and sachem. Snout was ovipositing on hackberry tree.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Peck's Skipper

Sachem

Jackie Parker

Garrett Preserve - Nature Conservancy
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 2

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods, 5-7pm
During a girl scout program in bad weather: 50 degrees and raining. Sharp-eyed girls found these two caterpillars, including the first monarch caterpillar of the year.

[Congratulations to these Girl Scouts – very early monarch cat and a red-spotted purple in the rain. Excellent finds! jc]

  • Red-spotted Purple 0
  • Monarch 0

Monarch

Red-spotted Purple

Jennifer Bulava

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Absecon
Atlantic County, NJ

Observed along wildlife drive while birding in the morning (overcast conditions).

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 2

David L. Amadio

Fries Mill Rd. powerline cut
Gloucester County, NJ

A mix of sun and clouds and nearly 70 degrees from 12:45 till 2:30. Powerline has been cut since last year, but very productive today. The favorite nectar source was annual toadflax which was abundant. Unable to get a suitable image of the sootywing, but had more than adequate looks. Among the Dusted Skippers was a mated pair.

[This is our first common sootywing of 2019. Good find, Dave! jc]

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 6
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Duskywing sp. 6
  • Southern Cloudywing 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 10
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Dusted Skipper 12

Horace's Duskywing

Dusted Skipper

Dusted Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Seen while birdwatching for the day.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1

Question Mark

Tom Bailey

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

Seen while birding in the park today.

[This good list includes our first viceroy of 2019, the first report since 10/8/18 when Tom B had two at this same spot. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Brian Johnson

Shaws mill road off of Rt 555
Cumberland County, NJ

One last try for Cobwebs this year. That was at least twice as many Dusted Skippers as I have ever seen there before. I walked a lot further than I usually do though. It ended up being about 7 miles total. The cut looks so much better than when I first started walking it years ago. They are even putting flags where the Baptista is. I included a picture of a Cloudywing that I don't know what it is. It doesn't look right to me for a northern or southern and we don't get Confused Cloudywings in Jersey.

[Anyone want to try to ID the photo'd butterfly? jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Brown Elfin 10
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 13
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 25
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 7
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Cloudywing sp. 1
  • Duskywing sp. 18
  • Dusted Skipper 19

Cloudywing sp.

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Cloudy, 60, 4:30. Was taking a break from indoor work and saw this bug briefly moving among a few dandelions.

[This is our first sachem for 2019. Here they come, everyone! jc]

  • Sachem 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

Observations during guided walk on an overcast Friday morning, 9-11am.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 2

Red-banded Hairstreak

Common Spring Moth

American Lady

Gregory House

Tuckahoe
Cape May County, NJ

-The Monarch was chasing a Common Buckeye.

[Welcome to the South Jersey Butterfly Project, GH. jc]

  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

I don't ever remember having a Snout here this early. A nice surprise while working in the garden.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Brian Johnson

Powerline cut in Beaver swamp WMA
Cape May County, NJ

I haven't tried this spot in the spring for quite a few years. The Baptista colony looks really good. I will probably go back tomorrow if we get any sun. I left the big camera home since I was also doing the long walk in Cumberland. I tried to get close enough to the second Cobweb for a picture with my phone. It almost worked.

[Very good news to have cobweb skippers found somewhere else than Warren Grove. The last report of the species from outside WG was in May of 2017 – when Steve Glynn photo'd one at Muddy Run, SAL. The most recent CMY reports of cobweb were in May of 2016 – when we had reports from three spots: Middle Township Bike Path, Lizard Tail Preserve, and Belle Plain SF. Since then, none. jc]

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Cobweb Skipper 2

Brian Johnson

Manumuskin Preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

First time that I have walked the preserve in the spring. It's just as long a walk as I remember.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Duskywing sp. 14
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1