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David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Good activity even after 5 p.m. today. Pat observed another Monarch today, this one a female laying numerous eggs on Common milkweed. I saw what has to be the smallest ETB that I have ever seen in the garden. So tiny perched on top of a large pink Zinnia. Both male & female Horace's today as well.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Broad-winged and Horace's skippers

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Around 1:15 pm, had my cell. Liatrus ligulistylis "Button Snake Root", cultivar "Monarch" is an all-butterfly magnet. The Pecks Skipper is on Liatrus spicata. Activity may pick up after our first rain here in 20 days.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

'Summer' Spring Azure

Cabbage White

Peck's Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

A beautiful afternoon in the garden!

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper c

Common Sootywing

Northern Broken-Dash

Sandra Keller

Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Partly sunny, 78 degrees or so. NW winds. I was mainly birding. 6 of the Sleepy Oranges were in the known Senna field. The other two were singles I presume looking for new Senna fields. One was south along Middle Marsh Lane. The other was along a dirt road off of Back Neck Rd.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 23

Teresa Knipper

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to see butterflies starting to fly down here at the point!

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Gray Hairstreak

Broad-winged Skipper

Teresa Knipper

Triangle park Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

All the royalty (Monarch, viceroy, emperor) showed up this morning on this short visit to this wonderful garden. 11 to 1145 AM
Almost everything nectaring on Summersweet clethra

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1

Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Again Pat observes a Monarch. Dave has yet to see one in the garden this year. Only Cabbage whites and a Red Admiral seen after early evening rains.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Jack Connor

Roadside bog on Clark's Landing Road, Galloway
Atlantic County, NJ

10 -10:45 am, mid-80s, humid. All butterflies nectaring on Canada thistle.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Rare Skipper 9
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5
  • Dun Skipper 1

Rare Skippers

Dun Skipper

Northern Broken-Dash

Judi Miller Bates

backyard
Gloucester County, NJ

not camera shy

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods
10am-12
All butterflies seen inside garden except for the common wood nymph, which was on the side of a tree at the forest edge. Monarch, spicebush swallowtail, and silver-spotted skipper feeding on butterfly bush. Variegated fritillary feeding on black-eyed susan.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Common Wood-Nymph

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A fresh RSP on the fruit dish tonight. Pat observed a nice female E.Tiger earlier in the day.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 11
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 2

Teresa Knipper

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Taking a break from pulling poison ivy in the garden for a late day 430 to 5:30 PM walk on the trails. Had to dash around a few raindrops. Was also treated to a turkey hen and her poult….

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 5

Common Wood-Nymph

Teresa Knipper

Home garden
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

Chip Krilowicz

Raccoon Creek WMA
Gloucester County, NJ

After the rain the sun came out and about 87°

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2

Ben Barkley and Brian Magnier

Chestnut Branch Park in Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Observations from 2:00-4:30pm. Sun was increasing as our visit went on. We walked the trail along the river through the beech forest starting from the butterfly garden area. We searched unsuccessfully until our return. The area we found the pair of Harvesters was about a quarter of a mile from the butterfly garden and a short distance downhill and to the right from the trail intersection with the large tree in the middle. There was a sizable clearing with downed trees across the path. There were two Beeches loaded with Aphids. The Harvesters went back and forth between the Beeches and the nearby Mountain Laurel. The Mountain Laurel was actually the favored perch.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Harvester 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Harvester

Harvey Tomlinson

TNC Eldora
Cape May County, NJ

I too had to call out sick from Butterflying the past few weeks but a Fun day out and about today.
As Dave A mentions TNC Eldora is a great garden.
Spent an hour just walking round and round.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Horace's Duskywing 11
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Rare Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper C
  • Dun Skipper 1

Rare Skipper

Dun Skipper

Harvey Tomlinson

Langlet Rd and Glades
Cumberland County, NJ

Huge surprise to find a Juniper Hairstreak here as the nearest Cedars are 1/4 mile away.
Rare Skipper here also is odd.
Lots of Nectar…Lots of Fun!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 15
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Delaware Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper c
  • Dun Skipper 2

Rare Skipper

Juniper Hairstreak

Dun Skipper

Sandra Keller

NP Dredge
Gloucester County, NJ

Walking around the north end of the place. Sunny, 88 degrees, SW winds. With Marilyn Henry. Early afternoon. Seemed slow numbers-wise.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 30
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 5
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Red-spotted Purple

Eastern Comma

Dave & Pat Amadio

Wheelabrator Butterfly garden
Gloucester County, NJ

Stopped here briefly after 2:15 p.m. Action picking up in the garden. The Pearl Crescents were just outside the enclosed garden.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 2

Black Swallowtail

Dave & Pat Amadio

Red Bank Battlefield park, National Park
Gloucester County, NJ

Gloucester County Certified Gardeners held a butterfly festival at the park this afternoon. Lots of great plants on sale from Triple Oaks in Franklinville. Long line of families waiting to get into the small butterfly house. Pat spotted the Hackberry Emperor as we were leaving the parking area.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 31
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Variegated Fritillary

Orange Sulphur

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Pretty much the same cast of fliers today but traded yesterday's spicebush for a couple of commas. Also had a mated pair of Cabbage Whites, and good action on my fruit dish: RSP, Red Admiral, & E.Comma.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Two flying together as I watched from porch.

  • Monarch 2

Monarch

Maryann Farrell

My front yard garden Waldorf and Harwood roads Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Horace's Duskywing

'Summer' Spring Azure

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Found a fresh dark Tiger female & a fresh male Spicebush on Mimosa. Hackberry Emperor was in a dog fight with an anglewing before it settled on a perch up in a cottonwood tree.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 24
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (dark form)

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. approx. 2:50 to 3:40 p.m. sun & mid 80's. Activity has dropped way off since my last visit on 6/24. Dry and nectar sources now scarce. One Comma was imbibing willow sap. Skippers were all on Pickerelweed

  • Cabbage White 17
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 8

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator garden & adjacent fields
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made between 2:15 & 2:45 p.m. Variegated Frit. was a female tasting passion vine just outside of the garden gate.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

The best day so far in the garden. Nectar sources drying up in the wild locally is driving more into cared for gardens now.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Spicebush Swallowtail

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Nice coolness today in garden. This Pearl Crescent was nectaring among tall N.E. asters and Gaillardia pulchella (Firewheel) around noon.

  • Pearl Crescent 1

Jennifer Bulava

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Absecon
Atlantic County, NJ

On Wildlife drive

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Monarch 10

Steven Glynn

Hand Ave. powerline area
Cape May County, NJ

Brief visit, as I was trying to get out of the area before the shore traffic build-up.

Dions were fresh and still seemingly still drying their wings. Didn't venture too far in, as they came up in numbers immediately.

Sweet Pepperbush on the edges is nearing flowering and will be a great attractant in the next week or so.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Dion Skipper 18

Dion Skipper

Dion Skipper

Maryann Farrell

My front yard garden Waldorf and Harwood roads Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Chris Herz

Riverwinds Nature Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

88 degrees and partly cloudy. 4:45-5:30 pm. Not much nectar here.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Sachem 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

During children's program, 10am, butterfly garden
Both clearwing sphinx moths were also present.

  • Cabbage White 25
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1

American Lady

Least Skipper

Jack Miller

610 powerlines
Cape May County, NJ

2:00- 2:30. Have barely been out the past weeks due to illness, but finally got to these powerlines. Once again, it is rich with variegated frits, many which were laying eggs on a plant that I do not know. When I came home, my granddaughter pointed out that cabbage white in the corner of a sundew photo I took.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 16
  • Pearl Crescent 20+
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 12

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary egg

Cabbage White

Jack Miller and Alice Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Spent much of day exploring the yard with granddaughter Alice with a strong concentration of studying emerging and new cats. My dill and parsley are loaded with dozens of Black ST eggs. My milkweed is loaded with Monarch eggs; I bring in many of the eggs as they rarely escape predation in my gardens. The emerging Monarch cat appeared to be nibbling on its egg casing. In one of Black ST photos you can see a cat wriggling out of the egg casing (all of ST cat photos have eggs present). And for good measure, a three-spotted cabbage white (Tomlinson form).

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 9
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 10
  • Broad-winged Skipper 60
  • Dun Skipper 2

Monarch (hatching)

Black Swallowtail cats

Cabbage White ("three spotted")

Black Swallowtail cats

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 2

Steven Glynn

West Side Park area
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 41

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Northern Broken-Dash

Least Skipper

Viceroy

Brian Johnson

Tarkiln bogs
Cape May County, NJ

The Beavers are gone and the water level is dropping. Interesting bogs but very hard walking.

[Nice to see our first report of Dion skippers for 2018! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Appalachian Brown 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 21
  • Mulberry Wing 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dion Skipper 6

Dion Skipper

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

90 degrees, 4:45-6:15 pm. Partly cloudy but humid. In addition had on monarch cat and an egg on c. milkweed on the trail.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 23
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 1

Viceroy

Red-spotted Purple

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Monarchs observed every day this week!
Smith's Woods butterfly garden. In addition to seeing the monarchs back on the milkweed and one still finding nectar from common milkweed flowers, we saw a hummingbird clearwing moth and a milkweed tussock moth caterpillar.

  • Cabbage White 24
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Best day for butterflies in my backyard for 2018 so far. One monarch, one variegated fritillary, and one wild indigo duskywing all ovipositing on appropriate plants (butterfly weed, violets, and yellow and false indigos. Duskywing took a nectaring break on some Liatris.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 1

Wild Indigo Duskywing

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Sachem 1

Steven Glynn

Beaver Dam WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 16
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Broad-winged Skipper 31

Steven Glynn

Higbee WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Sootywing 14
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Common Sootywing

Question Mark

Maryann Farrell

My front yard garden Waldorf and Harwood roads Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

I have appreciate skippers more than I ever have. I only saw 5 this year when I used to have hundreds. Although everyday another shows up and there's plenty of time left.

Skipper, sp.

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods butterfly garden vicinity, 9:20am
Monarchs landed on milkweed, no egg laying observed.

  • Cabbage White 24
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red Admiral 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

"Summer" Spring Azure rose up from grassy edge near perennial Lupine patch while hand watering, 8am. Spicebush Swallowtail by fish pool under Tulip Poplar. Monarch stayed about 20 minutes flying fast in loops as I chatted with neighbor, 7pm.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1

Maryann Farrell

My front yard garden Waldorf and Harwood roads Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

It's been slow here, but it's starting to pick up. hundreds of bees this year.

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Steven Glynn

Bronze Copper colony #1 (Private property)
Salem County, NJ

Finally spoke with someone related to the new property ownership today. Let them know about the special nature of their property and the Bronze Coppers found upon it. I was given permission, temporarily, to keep monitoring the colony, but whether I can continue beyond today is still an open question.

Broad-winged Skippers dial counted.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Bronze Copper 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Rare Skipper 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 13
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 73

Rare Skipper

Bronze Copper

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Least Skipper 2

Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

First Monarch sighting in the garden this year.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

One monarch cat. into "J" plus 2 additional. First sachem spotted here–using bee balm and c. milkweed.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

During nature program with teenagers. Great spangled fritillary was a big surprise. This was the first time this species was recorded at this park, and the latest date for GS frit I have ever observed.

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2

Red-spotted Purple

Great Spangled Fritillary

Monarch

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Surprised to see a RSP cruising around at 8:23 pm.

  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Brian Johnson

Maple Avenue the Glades Preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

At work today. All the skippers were on two small Buttonbushes.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Rare Skipper 8
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 15

Rare Skipper

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White C
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 10

Rare Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Chris Herz & AWS garden workers

Wheelabrator garden only, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

9-12ish, while weeding and mulching in the garden. Monarch just outside the garden on c. Milkweed. Sandra K. found this pandorus sphinx cat. & photo by Sandra. (Uses virginia creeper).

Hummingbird clearwing laying eggs on arrowwood viburnum.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2

Sandra Keller

Marilyn P. yard
Salem County, NJ

Loads of nectar. Garden looks great! Sunny, 85 degrees or so. Marilyn had 2 Great Spangled Frits yesterday. No luck for me with them.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 7
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Delaware Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Sandra Keller

Mannington Marsh - Sunset Rd.
Salem County, NJ

Sunny, 85 degrees or so, light winds. Nectar of choice was the Pickerelweed. The Red-spotted Purple was even on that.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 30

Least Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Only had time to cover about a third of the Harvester habitat, but was rewarded with one. Last year required numerous trips to find one. Also saw one tree with Woolly Aphids. Obs made after 4 p.m.

[This is only our second harvester of the year and the first since Brenda Bruton's on May 24 in BUR. jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Harvester 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1

wooly aphids

Harvester

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made between 1:40 & 3:40 Good diversity today, but had to explore tick infested vegetation to find them. Not a single Swallowtail!

  • Cabbage White 40
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Viceroy 5
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 5
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Red-spotted Purple

Viceroy

Horace's Duskywing

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden
Gloucester County, NJ

First LW Satyr here since 2014. Was on watermelon rind.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Steven Glynn

Nabb Road private fields
Cumberland County, NJ

The land ownership has repurposed some of the land and last month completely plowed under one of the key fields.

I've gained permission to walk the private property again this season and made my first foray into the field today. It was nice to actually need to use my dial counters this year for a change.

Checkered White colony is still viable, as my lone individual was an ovipositing female today.

[Steve's ovipositing female is our first checkered white of 2018. Good to have on our list for the year. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 1
  • Cabbage White 58
  • Clouded Sulphur 8
  • Orange Sulphur 41
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Variegated Fritillary 21
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 2

Clouded Sulphur

Variegated Fritillary

Checkered White

Maryann Farrell

My front yard garden corner of Waldorf and harwood roads Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Finally a monarch that's actually staying for a while . The monarch has bee here about 30 minutes so far. It's my third sighting, but the first two just passed through. This monarch is not interested in the milkweed. Only cone flowers

Monarch

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

11 am, windy, on Milk Weed

  • Monarch 1

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard, Mullica Twp
Atlantic County, NJ

1 beautiful monarch resting on a sweet pepperbush leaf.

  • Monarch 1

Monarch

David L. Amadio

Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Took the long way home to have a look at this thriving colony of Sleepy Oranges. Amazing to see this many anywhere in NJ. Often I was able to stand in one spot and see 6-8 individuals at once. Frequent dogfights. Senna looks very healthy but the size of this patch appears vulnerable. Observed a number of Sleepy's along the road before and after the main senna field but did not count them. Obs. made between 3:40 & 4:30 p.m. Sun and 78 degrees.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 23
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Monarch 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

David L. Amadio

Bi-Valve Strawberry Ave. parking area and adjacent field
Cumberland County, NJ

Very dry here, but the field in back of the parking area turned up some bugs. Sootywing very worn out, but still nectaring on white clover.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

David L. Amadio

TNC Eldora
Cape May County, NJ

Love this garden! Wild Bergamot & various Echinaceas the main attraction today. Observations made around 2 p.m.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 10
  • Rare Skipper 9
  • Broad-winged Skipper 68

Rare Skipper

Salt Marsh Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

RT47 abandoned fish market
Cape May County, NJ

Now heading north on Rt47, the only wise direction on a summer Saturday! Stopped briefly to check out the wind blown stand of dogbane.

  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 8
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

David L. Amadio

CMBO CRE gardens
Cape May County, NJ

Most activity was on Pickerelweed & Bee balm. Obs. made around 1:20 p.m.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 36

Rare Skipper

David L. Amadio

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

In my quest to avoid shore bound traffic, I was nearby so thought I would try for an early Dion. No luck, only App Browns.

  • Appalachian Brown 6

David L. Amadio

Hesstown Rd. powerline
Cumberland County, NJ

Arrived at 8:50 a.m. Powerline was in shade with temp. at 64. Did not observe a single butterfly for over an hour. Sun finally brought to life some activity. Gave it till about 10:45 a.m. Banded Hairstreaks were active but quite worn out. Saw a couple of well worn Satyriums that could have been Edwards, but too worn for a conclusion.

  • Banded Hairstreak 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Monarch spent afternoon nectaring and laying eggs.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 35

Tom Bailey

PSE&G Estuary Enhancement property - Elsinboro Township
Salem County, NJ

2 to 3:30 pm. Several patches of Pickerel Weed were covered with Broad-winged Skippers.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 215

Tom Bailey

Mannington Marsh
Salem County, NJ

Rt. 45 crossing - parking area. 8:30 to 9 am.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Tom Bailey

Featherbed Lane, Pilesgrove Township
Salem County, NJ

8 am.

  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Monarch 1

Tom Bailey

Mannington Marsh area.
Salem County, NJ

9:10 to 10:25.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Bronze Copper 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Tom Bailey

Supawna Meadows NWR
Salem County, NJ

10:40 to 1:15. Flowering milkweed abundant. Probably many more Rare Skippers as I did not venture off the paths.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 15
  • Common Wood-Nymph 5
  • Monarch 8
  • Rare Skipper 34
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 36

Rare Skipper

Rare Skipper

Karen & Brian Johnson

Impoundments at Tuckahaoe Game preserve
Cape May County, NJ

A relaxing drive looking for birds turned into a Skipper count. We didn't even have to get out of the car. Most of the bugs were on Yarrow, a plant that I don't usually even look at.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 115
  • Rare Skipper 23
  • Broad-winged Skipper 35

Rare Skipper

Steven Glynn

Manumuskin River Preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

Early afternoon search for dragonflies turned into a special day and a special find for my butterflying pursuits.

Fresh brood of Juniper Hairstreaks were very active, but the Brazilian Skipper was quite a surprise find in a patch of marsh I was investigating for damselflies. [Congrats to Steve for a very "special day"! This is our first report of Juniper hairstreaks since May 21. This is our third report of Brazilian skipper this year and our first ever outside CMY What a find!- jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Juniper Hairstreak 16
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Brazilian Skipper

Sachem

Juniper Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

Peaslee WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Was searching for dragonflies during my mid-morning visit today, but noted butterflies along the way.

Hairstreaks were from the Hesstown Road areas and each time I'd try to get a photo a dogfight would ensue and prevent me. The nice, steady breeze kept blowing the battling butterflies away from my attempts.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 2
  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 3

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Rare skippers and Broadwings are peaking here.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 14
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 80

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Some lighter skies brought a few bugs to life. First Horace's in the garden this year, a male.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1