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Chris Herz

Audubon home garden
Camden County, NJ

E. Tiger coming to zinnias and 'jeanna' Phlox paniculata. Monarch laying eggs on c. milkweed. Silver spotted skipper first visit this summer. On Sat a Black ST emerged from overwintered chrysalis–that took a while! Today's Black ST chased by a catbird.

[Very interesting late emergence of over-wintering BLST cat! Can't help wondering how often that happens. jc]

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

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

For last couple of days female summer azures have been landing regularly on Clethra alternifolia, sweet pepperbush, and touching unopened blossoms with their abdomens. Movement is quick and hard to photo. Haven't found an egg yet, but could they be ovipositing? Clethra is not a listed host plant for azures.

Photos are all of same individual (we think) but at least one other female (with a distinctive chipped wing) that escaped the camera multiple times was also behaving in same way.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 8
  • American Snout 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Sachem 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

'Summer' Spring Azure ovipositing?

Male (above) joins female on bloom

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A couple of hours obs. made this afternoon. Zabs were 2 males and one female.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Burlington County, NJ

2:15 to 3:45 pm. Sunny, hot & humid.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Sachem 1

American Copper

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Ocean County, NJ

10 to 2:15 pm. Partly sunny, hot & humid.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Dion Skipper 1

Karen Thompson

Home, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 0x5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Karen Thompson

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 3

Wijbren Huisman

Tall Pine Trees, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

Started at 10 am with an overcast sky, sky opened up at 10.30.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 25
  • Sachem 2

American Lady

Red Admiral

Horace's Duskywing

Tom Reed

Cape May Harbor/Jarvis Sound
Cape May County, NJ

Incidental observations from The Osprey during backbay tour (10am-12pm). All butterflies generally headed north over marsh/waterways, with exception of Black Swallowtail and Cabbage White on Coast Guard base.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 4

Kathy Horn

Kimble Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 4
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Zabulon Skipper

Meredith Koenig

My small woods, Eat Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

I was very surprised, walking a path of the wooded part of my property around 9am, to see this Mourning Cloak rise up and fly smoothly away. I checked the latest Leplog and was glad to read that such a sighting might be expected at this time. Also, two tiny Monarch Cats tucked into very young Common Milkweed shoot. Monarch(s) flying all day, probably already counted.

[Although not common, the log does receive reports of MC in July most years. It is often a "how unusual!" moment. -jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Monarch 0

David L. Amadio

Supawna Meadows NWR
Salem County, NJ

A final stop made here to check once more on a previously good spot for Meadow Fritillary. Observed ample amounts of violets, but again no Meadow Fritillary.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

Rt620 & Seabrook.
Salem County, NJ

Overcast with low 80's. The only activity here today was Monarchs. 2 adults and 1 cat on Swamp Milkweed.

  • Monarch 2

David L. Amadio

Alloway municipal garden
Salem County, NJ

Another brief stop at around 2:45. Overcast and low 80's. Zabulon was a 2nd brood female. also saw one Monarch cat on Tropical Milkweed.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 13

David L. Amadio

Swedesbridge Rd.
Salem County, NJ

A brief stop here to scan some preserved farmland.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Clouded Sulphur c
  • Orange Sulphur c
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

Kings Highway roadsides.
Salem County, NJ

Stopped at various stands of Dogbane & Red Clover along this road from Featherbed to RT 40. This area was excellent for Meadow Fritillary 2 years ago, but nothing last year or this year so far.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur c
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 9
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Featherbed Lane
Salem County, NJ

Obs. made from 12:15 to 1:35, mid 80's and part sun. Walked most of the roadside from Sharptown-Auburn Rd. to Kings Hwy. The 3 common pierids were just that today common when normally they would be abundant.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur c
  • Orange Sulphur c
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Variegated Fritillary 15
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Monarch 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Auburn Road
Salem County, NJ

In search of Meadow Fritillary today. A fair amount of Dogbane along roadsides that was mowed earlier in the season is providing nectar now. Numbers and diversity way off the norm in Salem County. Started searching around 12 noon.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Less time spent in the garden today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Horace's Duskywing

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

First sighting of sleepy orange in my yard this year! Unable to obtain a decent picture as it was flying frenetically low to the ground covering quite a bit of yard and rarely stopping (but I had to stop following it and go inside and pack for our vacation so not much time for butterfly watching today).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1

Tom Bailey

Greenwood Forest WMA
Ocean County, NJ

9:20 to 3 pm. Mostly sunny, 73 to 83 degrees.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • American Copper 8
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 34
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • American Lady 7
  • Common Buckeye 54
  • Monarch 3
  • Southern Cloudywing 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 11
  • Swarthy Skipper 34
  • Sachem 6
  • Dion Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Dion Skipper

Southern Cloudywing

Swarthy Skipper

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 36

Black Swallowtail cat

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Horace's Duskywing

Wijbren Huisman

Wildflower meadow SJ Technology Parg, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

Spent almost 2 hours in the field (10-12 am)

  • Black Swallowtail 12
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 20
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 25
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 16
  • Northern Broken-Dash 5
  • Sachem 2

Silver-spotted Skipper

Least Skipper

Wijbren Huisman

Wheelabrator wildlife Refuse, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

A very short stop from 9-9.20 am at the butterfly garden

  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4

Zabulon Skipper

Chris Herz

Tall Pines State Preserve, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

82 degrees and not too humid. Some wet areas on path attracting e. tailed blues, snout. Found a hackberry tree finally! Purple loosestrife in bloom. Fresh brood A. copper

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 12
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 8
  • American Snout 3
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 21
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 16
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 34
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

comma

American Copper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

I thought I saw a tawny emperor a some days ago, so ala Clay Sutton (his 7/18 Brazilian sk report), I went out Friday night with my UV flashlight and found a bunch of young tawny cats on both of my hackberry trees. Although tawnys are present here every year now, I rarely see them.

  • Tawny Emperor 0

Kathy Horn

Cox Hall Cr WMA, West side
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 10
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:15 to 3:45 only covering the butterfly garden & adjacent fields. 84 & mostly sunny.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 6
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. off and on throughout the day. Only my first RSP in the garden this year, quite unusual. Horace's were male & female.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to see so many Monarchs.

[A very encouraging list. - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 10
  • Broad-winged Skipper 25
  • Dun Skipper 1

Rare Skipper

Least Skipper

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Ocean County, NJ

Sightings from the Ocean County section. 2:45 to 4:15 pm. Sunny, low 80s. Sweet Pepperbush just starting to bloom.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Burlington County, NJ

Sightings from the Burlington County section. 4:30 to 5:15 pm. Sunny, low 80s.

  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1

Robert C. Koch

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

First multiple sighting of CBs this year and only second sighting of American Lady.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 25

Variegated Fritillary

American Lady

Peck's Skipper

Karen Thompson

Home, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

I harvested Tropical Milkweed seeds last year and grew plants from them which I potted on my deck. Today, a Monarch was ovipositing on them!

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Monarch

Jennifer Bulava

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Atlantic County, NJ

Incidental sightings along edges of wildlife drive

  • Black Swallowtail 14
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 11
  • Sachem 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Summer Azures are everywhere in the garden. We've had 1-3 Monarchs in the garden almost daily since June 15th. The 3 today included 2 females, one of which was laying eggs. Lots of tiny holes in Common Milkweed, including this one made by this young Monarch cat. YEA! Cut-leaf Coneflower "Herbstsonne" (the one that is not a thug) is blooming and already pulling in hairstreaks. Had our 1st Hayhurst's Scallopwing in several years, despite having plenty of Lamb's Quarters (their host plant). Tallied the number of Brazilian Skipper cats: at least 15 (some with quite large leaf pockets).

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 12
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Broad-winged Skipper 10

Monarch on swamp milkweed

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Monarch cat

Red-banded Hairstreak

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

I watched a black st lay egg after egg on the seeds of a dead parsley plant despite the fact that there is live dill and parsley in the yard and a large golden Alexandra within inches of the dead parsley. I don't doubt many of us could make some comments about this behavior.

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Black Swallowtail eggs

parsley seeds

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

12:15-1:15pm

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Sachem 2

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

The yard's FOY painted lady.

[This is only our third report of painted lady in 2021.- jm]

  • Painted Lady 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

One, probably 2 male, and one female Monarch flew all day,sometimes all three together, even into dusk at 7:15 pm. Now seeing Monarchs daily.

  • Monarch 3

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

11:00-11:40am
Butterfly garden only. Lots of flowers in bloom, but few butterflies.

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 4
  • Sachem 1

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

1:20-2:20pm
Probably the most American coppers I have ever seen in one spot. Certainly the most diversity I have seen yet in the County Parks this year.

[45 is a lot of coppers! American coppers can be an explosive species. -jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 25
  • Orange Sulphur 20
  • American Copper 45
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • Variegated Fritillary 7
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 17
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 22
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Sootywing 1

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

I only included the skipper pictures because I could not positively ID-not sure if the pictures are enough-they are both of the same skipper. Monarchs were hanging around the stand of swamp milkweed behind the house all day. In another part of the yard a female Monarch for well over an hour was landing on Butterfly weed and common milkweed foliage (here pictured landing on the only flower left in the stand near a pair of large milkweed bugs). Hopefully will soon have baby cats. The Red-banded Hairstreak is on the same stand of Swamp milkweed the monarch was visiting all day.

[I believe the sk in the photos is a tawny-edge. -jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Tawny-edged Skipper

Red-banded Hairstreak

Tawny-edged Skipper

Monarch

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

This or another PVST has been zipping through our yard several times a day w/o nectaring or perching since 7/18.
Finally managed a shot.

[Ah, that wonderful moment when not only does a butterfly finally land, but one has a camera on hand. -jm]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1

Pipevine Swallowtail

Kathy Horn

Bike path, Rio Grande-CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Partly cloudy, mid-70s.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 38

Horace's Duskywing

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Sachems

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Karen Thompson

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 3

Kathy Horn

Stiles Orchard
Cape May County, NJ

Cape May Butterfly Count

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Sachem 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 21

Common Sootywing

Juniper Hairstreak

Kathy Horn

Beach Plum Farm, West Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

Cape May Butterfly Count

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 25

Kathy Horn

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

Cape May Butterfly Count. Hazy, hot & humid.
Photos : N Broken Dash, Fiery Skipper

  • Black Swallowtail 14
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Viceroy 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 10
  • Monarch 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 16

fiery

Northern Broken-Dash

Brian Johnson, Jack Miller, Tom Reed, Pat Sutton

AREA 3 for Cape May Butterfly Count (Highs Beach and Indian Trail south to Rio Grande)
Cape May County, NJ

3 parties covered Area 3 and tallied an amazing 40 species. Sweet Pepperbush was just beginning to bloom.

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 8
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 27
  • Cabbage White 24
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Juniper Hairstreak 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 30
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 7
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 9
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 25
  • Red-spotted Purple 25
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 7
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 11
  • Southern Cloudywing 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 31
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 10
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 10
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 37
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 76
  • Dion Skipper 52

Juniper Hairstreak

Lynn Jackson & Chris Herz

Stone Harbor gardens: the point, corner lot, & bird sanctuary
Cape May County, NJ

Area 5, Cape May Butterfly Count, nothing flying in the garden at the point garden.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Lynn Jackson & Chris Herz

Wetlands Institute Stone Harbor
Cape May County, NJ

Area 5, Cape May Butterfly Count, mid-morning stop–biting flies bothersome as we walked this front garden. Salt Marsh skippers mostly on sweet pepper bush. Monarch laying eggs on c. milkweed.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 31
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Lynn Jackson & Chris Herz

Davies Sports Complex, Cape May Courthouse
Cape May County, NJ

Area 5 of the Cape May Butterfly Count, early to mid-afternoon, hot & humid. Powerline cut trail to lake. Sulphur sp. was a female orange or clouded.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Viceroy 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 7
  • Horace's Duskywing 11
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Southern Cloudywing

Horace's Duskywing

Lynn Jackson & Chris Herz

Cape May Veterans Cemetery Field, Crest haven Rd., Cape May Courthouse
Cape May County, NJ

Area 5, Cape May Butterfly Count, midday, hot & humid. Dogbane and some C. Milkweed in bloom main nectar sources. E. Tiger ST seen while driving just outside this spot. Broad-wing & Salt Marsh skippers on dogbane and conservative count.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 7
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 77
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 16
  • Sachem 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 30

Common Buckeye

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Juniper Hairstreak

Harvey Tomlinson, Ernie Hahn, Karen Thompson, Steph and Bob Brown, and Delores Amesbury and her Golden Garden

Area 4 Cape May NABA count
Cape May County, NJ

Hot, Humid, Smokey. Numbers very low so we had to kick the bushes to find them. 28 species

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 25
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 15
  • Broad-winged Skipper 70
  • Dion Skipper 32
  • Dun Skipper 1

Juniper Hairstreak

Southern Cloudywing

Dion Skipper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

I was away most of the day, but a couple of walk-abouts produced the most species for the yard this year. The rare sk was a rag that spent the day on one coneflower plant. I am guessing it will be the last one in the poorest year for that species in my yard. The Appalachian Browns were just beyond my back fence.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • American Copper 9
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 31
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

After Kathy Horn's report of a Dion at Mac, I searched in places where the host plant grows but did not find Dions.

  • Black Swallowtail 19
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Wijbren Huisman (“V”)

Tall Pine Trees, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

We both enjoyed the “Pop-Up Garthering” yesterday.
Jack & Jesse, thanks again for your hospitalety.

  • Cabbage White 20
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 25
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Sachem 5

Viceroy

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A mint fresh ( on spearmint) 2nd brood Zabulon Skipper showed up this day.

[Nice to welcome the new brood. -jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Zabulon Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Tim Deppa

Home Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 2

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Wijbren Huisman

Alcyon Lake Park, Pitman
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Northern Broken-Dash

Broad-winged Skipper

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 22

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Least Skipper

Horace's Duskywing

Kathy Horn

CRE, Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 22

Rare Skipper

Rare Skipper

Kathy Horn

Tuckahoe WMA
Atlantic County, NJ

[Congrats to Kathy for finding a Dion at MacNamara. As far as I know it is a new species for that location and puts the number of total species there to 61. -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 13
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3
  • Dion Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dion Skipper

Northern Broken-Dash

Dun Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

During youth program from 9:30-12:00.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Cynthia Allen

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

Came to check out the status of the Zinnia garden here. It is well underway, with some other butterfly-friendly plants as well. Cloudy at the time of observations.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 8

Wijbren Huisman

Wildflower meadow SJ Technology Park, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

New ones, I didn’t report yet at this location.

  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

American Copper

Red-banded Hairstreak

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Sightings from 7/18 and 7/19 so as not to repeat numbers. On these two days I have seen the following ovipositing here: variegated frit, sachem, cabbage white, black st, Am copper and snout. Two nice additions to the yard today: the first RBHS here from the new brood and a FOY S. cloudywing which not common here. I studied it for a minute and never saw again which was similiar to the 2 second look I had of a juniper hs last week. How many times do we just barely miss seeing the gulf frittalary in our yards?

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 8
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 25
  • Broad-winged Skipper 20
  • Dun Skipper 1

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 21
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 24

'Summer' Spring Azure

Peck's Skipper with worn friend

Horace's Duskywing

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

NBDs courting. Milkweed tussock moth cat seems early (for our yard, at least).

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 20
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • American Snout 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Sachem 25
  • Broad-winged Skipper 15
  • Dun Skipper 1

Spicebush Swallowtail

Northern Broken-Dashes courting

Dun Skipper (female)

Milkweed Tussock Moth

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Turns out Clay's probable Brazilian Skipper on July 9th, was indeed a Brazilian Skipper. We have dozens of folded over Canna leaf parts with growing cats inside (front yard garden AND back yard garden).
[Congrats to Pat and to Clay for having his probable bug confirmed as our first report of Brazilian sk this year. Whose canna plants will be next? -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 20
  • Broad-winged Skipper 40
  • Dun Skipper 1

Juniper Hairstreak

Brazilian Skipper cat and egg

Brazilian Skipper cat

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

Pearl crescent on mountain mint (Pycnanthemum tenufolium) was very tattered. Eastern tiger swallowtail (female dark morph) spent quite a long time on the anise hyssop.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 2

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

R-S Purple was ovipositing on Black Cherry tree.
Lots of dragonflies hunting in the gardens but the Eastern Pondhawks were the most voracious as evidenced by the unlucky skipper (sachem?) in the photo.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 7
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Sachem 10
  • Broad-winged Skipper 40
  • Dion Skipper 1

Dion Skipper

pond skimmer with skipper

Black Swallowtail 1st instar

Red-spotted Purple

Wijbren Huisman

Wildflower Meadow SJ Technology Park, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

I was happy to spot the Red Admiral.
Just before my mother passed away last year, she told me that she wants to come back as a Red Admiral.
I think she was waiting for me to meet me this morning.

  • Black Swallowtail 10
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 6

Red-spotted Purple

Horace's Duskywing

Red Admiral

Chris Herz

Audubon home garden
Camden County, NJ

2 monarchs released (both males) and a female laying eggs.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 3

Maryann Farrell

Marlton front yard gardens
Burlington County, NJ

I’m so excited to report a monarch, because it has been such a slow year sadly. It was picking up in early May and then that sudden cold snap wiped out anything I had in my yard . I recorded 42 degrees early the morning of the cold snap. Some may have survived if it wasn’t for the pouring cold rain for 3 days and 42 temps in May.
I have one monarch caterpillar at 3 instar and today there was a monarch laying her eggs on the native milkweed. Usually I have at least a 100 monarch caterpillars this week. So maybe it’s a good sign now that I had one stop by today. There’s still warm enough temps to support plenty of monarch activity and I planted tons of milkweed this year. Fingers crossed

  • Monarch 1

Therese Hurter

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

3:30 in the afternoon, partly sunny, 82 degrees.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 10

Gray Hairstreak

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

Only short trips outside due to the heat. Silver-spotted skipper was really enjoying the mountain mint (Pycnanthemum incana) in the meadow garden. The snowberry clearwing hummingbird moth was still coming to the Monarda fistulosa even though it is past its prime. A pair of Sachems were on anise hyssop. Saw a monarch twice in different parts of the yard but it could have been the same one.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Finally plenty of butterflies here.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Sachem

Peck's Skipper

Orange Sulphur

David L. Amadio

Mom's garden, Laurel Springs
Camden County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:15 to 2. Black swallowtail cat was on parsley.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Less activity today. Very hot again, 94 sun & humid.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

Variegated Fritillary was a lifer…

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Variegated Fritillary

Wijbren Huisman

Atkinson Memorial Park, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

Shooting Pictures of Skippers is the easy part. Identifying these creatures is a pain in the rear, even with the tools Jack & Jack forwarded to me, it is a challenge.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 20
  • Dun Skipper 1

Peck's Skipper

Swarthy Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Dun Skipper

Karen Thompson

New Jersey Audubon, Center for Research & Education, Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 9

Karen Thompson

Cape May NWR
Cape May County, NJ

  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 8

Silver-spotted Skipper

Chris Herz & Mike Russell

Pavillion Circle
Cape May County, NJ

good nectar here but little activity: 1-1:30. Very hot–90 degrees

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red Admiral 1

Chris Herz & Mike Russell

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Blue trail; 88 degrees, 11-12:30 pm, hot and humid. Maybe too hot for the butterflies! Stopped at the Triangle garden and had nothing even with good nectar. Very hot by then.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Common Buckeye

Chris Herz & Mike Russell

Eldora Nature Preserve -- garden only
Cape May County, NJ

3-3:20 pm hot & humid, but some shade in parts of the garden. Snouts laying eggs on the hackberry trees in the parking area.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • American Snout 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 41

Rare Skipper

Spicebush Swallowtail

Jackie Parker

712 Foster Ave
Cape May County, NJ

[Good to see first scallopwing in a month – second brood emerging, apparently. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Kathy Horn

Hand Ave, CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dion Skipper 5

Jack Miller

610 power lines: Corson's Tavern Rd approach
Cape May County, NJ

Observation made 12:20- 1:15. This is the same powerline as discussed in my other entry from 7/16/21. This quagmire was too wet and dangerous to fully survey. It is possible that the low count from this often rich colony is because the Dion's are not at peak.

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

Jack Miller

610 power lines
Cape May County, NJ

Observation made between 11:15- 12:10. 93, windless, harsh sunlight, and as always, extra humid due to the constant presence of water. In other words, a perfect day for wandering this quagmire. This Dion colony produced 5 individuals which is the most in 3 years. It also presented the second infamous "red dash" I have seen here. Please see Jack Connor's write up of Kathy Horn's dash photo from 7/8/21. I have a difficult time thinking of these dashes as anything but S. broken-dash, but for now we record them as N. broken-dash.

  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Dion Skipper 5

Northern Broken-Dash (?)

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 4:05-5:40 p.m. Still 93-94 & mostly sunny. Found at least 7 trees with Woolly aphids but no sign of Harvester cats or adults. Most trees with aphids also had numerous final instar Spotted Lanternflies close by. They seemed to be attracted to the aphids or the honeydew that they secrete. One two foot section of branch had at least 100 lanternflies on it.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Copper 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Sachem 2

Peck's Skipper

aphids and lanternflies

spotted lanternflies

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3-3:45 only covering the butterfly garden & adjacent fields. 93-94 degrees and mostly sunny. Very slow at first but picked up on my way out. Nice surprise in the garden! first a fresh Variegated Frit & then a Sleepy Orange nectaring on Purple Coneflower & daylillies. The Wild Senna planted in the garden may be paying off.

[Excellent find! The first sleepy orange reported in GLO this year and the second from Wheelabrator, after photo and report of one there by Chip Krilowicz and Jean Gutsmuth way back on 12-1-2016. jc]

  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Sleepy Orange

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 10-2:30. NBD was the first for the garden this year. Both Swallowtails were fresh males.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

3 black swallowtail caterpillars;1 black swallowtail ovipositing; variegated fritillary ovipositing

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Therese Hurter

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

91 degrees and sunny. Black Swallowtail was cruising around fennel.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Orange Sulphur

Wijbren Huisman

Atkinson Memorial Park, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

One hour walk 7-8 am.
Skippers, most are new for me, except the Silver Spotted skipper.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Sachem 4

Sachem

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper (male)

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

This report covers both Wed and Th so as not to repeat species and individuals. Only the high number from each day is reported. This year will be the lowest tally of rare sk's ever and the number of sachems and broadwings are also very low. Last year's lone juniper hs was present for 2 minutes; this year's lone individual so far was only present for 2 seconds.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 5
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 25
  • Broad-winged Skipper 20
  • Dun Skipper 1

Kathy Horn

Cape May NWR Office
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 11

American Snout

Kathy Horn

High's Beach Rd
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1

Tawny Emperor

Karen Thompson

Home, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Common Wood-Nymph

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

6 black swallowtail caterpillars

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Chris Herz

Audubon home garden
Camden County, NJ

Tiger ST in short supply recently. A. snout still attracted to short-toothed or clustered mt. mint.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Sachem 2

Jack Miller

Hand Ave.
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped by in the heat of the afternoon to see how the Dion colony was doing. Most of the bflys were hanging out in the shade on sweet pepperbush. The salt marsh sk was so worn that the biggest identification clue was its shape.

[Nice! This gives us three reports for dion in 2021. jc]

  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Dion Skipper 30

Dion Skipper

Pat & Clay Sutton, Jack Miller

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

A few strolls through the garden today. Dion's Skipper is always a treat in the garden. Tiger Swallowtails coming to the 1st few Turk's-cap-Lilies in bloom. Female Monarch laying eggs, plus found a few caterpillars on Common Milkweed.

[Only our second report of dion so far this year. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 13
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 20
  • Broad-winged Skipper 50
  • Dion Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dion Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

Also had a Hummingbird Clearwing for first time in a few years. It was nectaring on Monarda fistulosa which was added last year in a new pollinator garden.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

One Banded still on a lonely patrol. Question Mark at Hops.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Observations made off and on throughout the day. Broad-winged skippers seemed to be laying low around 2pm while the Sachems took center stage chasing anything that moved.

[Our log's first fiery skipper for 2021. Good find, Dolores! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12
  • Broad-winged Skipper 50

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Karen Thompson

Home, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Our first painted lady in the yard this year and only the second so far for our log. Not a good year for them so far in our region. The North Jersey log has had only has eight reports this year, mostly singletons. Will we see a late summer surge?

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Question Mark 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Sachem 25
  • Broad-winged Skipper 10

Painted Lady

Spicebush Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Robert C. Koch

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

Seeing a lot more Sachems over the past few days.

  • Cabbage White 31
  • Variegated Fritillary 6
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 24

Variegated Fritillary

Sachem

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

From 9-12.
One of the variegated fritillaries was nectaring on the new black-eyed susan flowers we planted in June.

[Our log's FOY common checkered-skipper at last – the second-latest first report in our log's history (8/4/2009). Good find, Jen! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Variegated Fritillary

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

5 Black Swallowtail cats. 1st dark Tiger Swallowtail (female) in the garden.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12
  • Broad-winged Skipper 40

Chris Herz

Audubon home garden
Camden County, NJ

Least skipper may be new for our yard–on narrowleaf mt. mint. Monarch laying eggs on c. milkweed

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 1

Least Skipper

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 2

Kathy Horn

Home Garden, Villas
Cape May County, NJ

American Lady circling garden and ovipositing repeatedly on pussytoes.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

American Lady

American Lady

Therese Hurter

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Couldn't tell if Sulphur was Orange or Clouded.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Kathy Horn

Rio Grande/CMCH bike path
Cape May County, NJ

9-10:15 am Sunny, hot, sl breeze

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Teresa Knipper

Pickle Factory Pond
Cape May County, NJ

Beautiful day of kayaking and casual butterflying.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Rare Skipper 16
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 23

Rare Skipper

Black Swallowtail

American Lady

Broad-winged Skipper

Wijbren Huisman

S.J. Technology Park wildflower meadow, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

My first sighting this year of a Least Skipper.
Lot of BF’s and one Tick bite.
It’s Tick season, be aware of it.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Least Skipper 1

Least Skipper

Black Swallowtail

Variegated Fritillary