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Jack Miller

areas in Egg Harbor Township
Atlantic County, NJ

9 am- 1:30. Clouds, sun and some rain. Two different locations had all three hairstreaks. For the past few years almost all of the northern broken-dashes in this area are of the reddish variety.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • American Copper 2
  • Coral Hairstreak 3
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 3
  • Banded Hairstreak 13
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 12
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

Edwards' Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

Therese Hurter

My yard in Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 5

Karen Thompson

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

  • Common Wood-Nymph 1

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 1

Brian Johnson

Beaver Swamp WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Not much blooming. All Butterflies were seen flying in the sedges and grasses.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Appalachian Brown 16
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Mulberry Wing 12

Mulberry Wing

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Finally a Monarch. Last year they were here late May. For ID of Appalachian Brown I used recent sightings photos on this site as guide to name this small, eyed, brown butterfly which perched most often with wings open. It flew very low near nut grass and sedge grasses that get into my grassy paths.

  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while out in the yard.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1

Teresa Knipper

Pickle Factory Pond
Cape May County, NJ

A quick late day (5 pm) foray surveying the roadside flowers on top of the dam by the road after a paddleboard ride. The spotted knap weed was pretty productive but I am going to go back there in the next week or so because the button bush was not yet blooming.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Rare Skipper

Pond

Aaron's Skipper

Sandra Keller

Tarkiln Pond
Cape May County, NJ

Mostly sunny, 82 degrees or so. The Common Milkweed was full out in bloom.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 12
  • Dun Skipper 1

Therese Hurter

My yard in Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Always nice to see a Monarch!

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 10
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Common Buckeye

Rare Skipper

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Monarch a male

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1

Monarch

brian johnson

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

A quick walk around the preserve before starting my project for the day. I think that was the first time seeing a Broadwing on the preserve. Suprising to not see a GS Fritillary.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 16
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 45+
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Appalachian Brown 17
  • Little Wood-Satyr 24
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 28
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Common Wood-Nymph

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2

Orange Sulphur

Jack Miller

EHT power line
Atlantic County, NJ

Checked this place out in the late morning having come north for a road-cleanup. I had binoculars but no camera.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Jack Miller

Beaver Swamp FWMA
Cape May County, NJ

So many ticks… There were a handful of satyrs I saw while bushwhacking that I did not identify.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Jack Miller

Sea food market rt 47
Cape May County, NJ

This location was formerly known as the "abandoned sea food market." It has been fixed it up and the parking lot has been paved, but there is still a nice patch of dogbane. Salt marsh and Aarons are estimates as they were in near constant motion.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 20
  • Aaron's Skipper 15
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

The R-S Purple was ovipositing on Cherry tree.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 12
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Delaware Skipper

Kathy Horn

Garrett Family Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Monarch 1

Variegated Fritillary

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

While working at Smith's Woods butterfly garden, 9:45-12:30. Our first adult monarch seen in the garden this summer, a male, showed up around 11:00, and fed on butterflyweed and coneflowers. Two black swallowtail caterpillars and 1 chrysalis.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 2

Monarch

Karen Thompson

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2

Red Admiral

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Painted Lady

American Lady

Therese Hurter

My yard in Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Butterflies are still scarce here and I am often seeing only one representative of a species. On Saturday, I had 7 species, almost all singles, that I did not have today. I saw my first black swallowtail here today, a ragged female; however, she must have been around for a while as I found cats on my parsley.

[This is our FOY rare skipper. - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Rare Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Rare Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

A bit of an uptick in numbers. Hoping it continues…

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Aaron's Skipper 8
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Lep Log reports: The satyrium hairstreak drought continues, with only a handful of Banded Hairstreak reports trickling in, and those in small numbers.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Hackberry Emperor

Therese Hurter

My yard in Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Not a lot of activity even with common milkweed in full bloom. Usually just one of an interesting bug. Today a Black ST laying eggs on fennel. A snout the other day laying eggs on he tips of leaves of hackberry.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Therese Hurter

My yard in Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Lady 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 4

Brian Johnson

Upper Tuckahoe river south of Rt 49
Atlantic County, NJ

Mulberry wings are flying but the Pickerelweed is way behind where it should be this time of year. I only saw 6 blooming stalks where there should have been hundreds.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Mulberry Wing 8

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1

Cabbage White

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Action still quite slow here. BW Skipper has been around for several days. Q-Mark was a fresh summer form bug.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Tim Deppa

Gibbsboro
Camden County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 2

Spicebush Swallowtail

Least Skipper

Tom Bailey

undisclosed location
Burlington County, NJ

8 am to 10:45 am. Mostly cloudy, warm & humid with a brief period of sprinkles. Almost all the Bog Coppers were observed sitting in vegetation motionless. Very few were active.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Bog Copper 38
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Bog Copper

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

12:00 to 3:30 pm. Partly sunny, windy, hot & humid. 89 degrees when finished.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 9
  • Bog Copper 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Hunter's Mill Road area
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Appalachian Brown 2

Striped Hairstreak

Appalachian Brown

Steven Glynn

Hesstown Powerline
Cumberland County, NJ

[Nice to see our first of 2020 Edward's hairstreak – found later in the year than our last one of 2019 (6-22-19 at this powerline). Let's hope this one is the first of many! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1

Coral Hairstreak

Edwards' Hairstreak

Sally Phelan

Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

[Welcome to Sally Phelan, our newest observer/contributor. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

High count of Appalachian Browns was around 7 pm at our fruit dishes. Male Monarch toured the garden all day, frequenting the Milkweed stands (hopeful for a female). Nessus Sphinx came at dusk too to the fruit dish.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 3
  • Question Mark 2
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Appalachian Brown 8
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Nessus Sphinx Moth

Monarch

Banded Hairstreak

Kathy Horn

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Silver-spotted Skipper

Orange Sulphur

Harvey Tomlinson and Steve Glynn

Higbee WMA
Cape May County, NJ

It's what we didn't see that was puzzling: No Zabs, No Tiger Swallowtails, No Hairstreaks…and most others were only one each

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Delaware Skipper

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Pearl Crescent

Matt Webster

Franklin Parker Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

[Congrats to Matt for reporting our FOY common wood-nymph. -jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

While working in the butterfly garden today, am and pm.
6 black swallowtail cats on the parsley and dill: 5 first instar and 1 last instar.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 3

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

1:30–4 pm. Sun and some clouds. Spicebush cat in the garden and little Glassywing. Several large stands of common milkweed but few butterflies. 2 adult Monarch and one cat.

[Nice list, and the WIDW may be the first sign of a second brood now flying. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 13
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 13
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 13
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 18
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3
  • Little Glassywing 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Steven Glynn

Buckshutem & Cedarville Road area
Cumberland County, NJ

My favorite patch is rocking with wonderful milkweed just bursting now.

The Coral Hairstreak colony is doing well and this was the most Monarchs I've seen yet thus far this year.

No European Skippers found today, so that colony's flight season has apparently ended.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 11
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Coral Hairstreak 17
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 22
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 14
  • Southern Cloudywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Coral Hairstreak

Monarch

Steven Glynn

Eldora Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 5
  • Aaron's Skipper 25
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 8

Tawny Emperor

Salt Marsh Skipper

Tom Baxter

Makepeace Lake
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Banded Hairstreak 3

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Ended our butterfly day with 8 Appalachian Browns on 2 of our fruit dishes at 6 pm. Polyphemus Moth (female) emerged from overwintering cocoon late in afternoon.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Appalachian Brown 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 1

Polyphemus Moth

Tawny Emperor

Appalachian Brown

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

11:30-12:30

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 30
  • Orange Sulphur 27
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

10:00-11:25am
Nice to see that the little wood satyrs were on schedule in the same exact location within the park as previous years.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Our Common Milkweed patch is robust and in full bloom. Hit it one more time hoping for something and there was the Banded Hairstreak, looking quite fresh.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4

Banded Hairstreak

Appalachian Brown

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Mid day, 80's, winds 18-22. I came here to look for duskywings, but the deerflies were unbearable in the places I was checking. I drove to the dike and I realized that there were lots of skippers. I could not get out of the car because the deerflies had made a defensive pact with the greenheads. However, it was easy to cruise the carless road looking at the yarrow along the side of the road. I spent an hour and only surveyed one of the three impoundments. Photo is of roadside yarrow (note car door open for emergency escape). Previous outbursts of salt marsh skippers have been reported in this area on the SJBP blog on 7/1/14, 7/7/18, and 6/22/19.

[Good job battling the demons to make that count. I am swatting in sympathy from inside my house. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 12
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 57
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 331
  • Broad-winged Skipper 14

Yarrow

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

FOY for both Salt Marsh and Broad-winged Skippers

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Tim Deppa

Gibbsboro Blueberry Hill
Camden County, NJ

One Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and 6 black butterflies which I believe were Spicebush Swallowtails but I am a newbie at this!

[Welcome to the South Jersey Butterfly Project, Tim! Thanks for contributing. The swallowtail in the photo is indeed a spicebush. Keep exploring! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Spicebush Swallowtail

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Common milkweed blooming abundantly, so we're hoping it will bring more butterflies to our yard. So far, like other gardens apparently, our garden has been looking great but not drawing as well as it should.

At least the non-lep milkweed specialists have been coming on schedule, including the oddly-patterned red milkweed beetle in photo.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 15
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Red milkweed beetle (odd pattern)

Dun Skipper

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5

Little Wood-Satyr

Monarch

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

10 Black Swallowtail cats are currently on a Rue plant. First of the season here

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard, Mullica Township
Atlantic County, NJ

Incidental sighting around 6pm, in our massive common milkweed patch, more like a forest now.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

While working in the butterfly garden, am and pm.
2 black swallowtail cats feeding on parsley, late instar.
With such a profusion of milkweed, I would have expected more butterflies.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

I was starting to lose hope that I would see the little colony of Banded Hairstreaks that appears annually in certain sunny spots up in the oak leaves in my yard. I was especially concerned when I read this in the Lep Log which covers the DC/VA/MD area to our south:
"It's a different story for hairstreaks, currently showing the most lackluster season I can recall here in the mid-Atlantic. The single Banded Hairstreak noted last week remains the only report I've seen, and there is exactly one record of Striped Hairstreak this week, near Dulles Airport."

So I was very happy to see my FOY Banded Hairstreak in the "usual" spot.

[Excellent news, Cynthia. Your colony came through. And thank you for passing along the info from the Lep Log. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Delaware Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Collier's Mills WMA
Ocean County, NJ

Obs. from 2-3:20, clouds & sun 87-90. Very little action here. Dotted Skipper showed up long enough for one quick binocular look & one click of the shutter. Never saw it again.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Dotted Skipper 1

Dotted Skipper

David L. Amadio

Lakehurst RR & Klot's Bog
Ocean County, NJ

Obs. made from 10:12 to 1:30, mostly sunny 84-87. The fewest butterflies that I have ever seen here. Also I have never come here this time of year and came away without a single Satyrium Hairstreak. Not sure what to make of it. Just one of those days. Mulberry Wings just tired me out. No photos of them today. Tried twice to chase them down and was flirting with heat exhaustion so gave up. Only one lone Bog Copper in this overgrown bog.

[Be careful out there, Dave! We need you! And congratulations on our log's first mulberry wings of 2020. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Bog Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Appalachian Brown 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 3
  • Mulberry Wing 6
  • Dun Skipper 1

Bog Copper

Karen Thompson

Forsythe NWR
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Monarch 1

Harvey Tomlinson and Ernie Hahn

Kimble's Beach and Hand Ave
Cape May County, NJ

The Salt Marsh Skipper was shot by Ernie…stellar shot and was a lifer for him!!!!!! And a which-is-it? skipper…no surprise there…Right?

[Who wants to chip in an ID of Harvey's mystery skipper? Email either of our two moderators: jm or jc. We will incorporate into this comment box. Thanks to anyone who can contribute. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 35
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Southern Cloudywing 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 15
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Which folded-wing skipper?

Southern Cloudywing

Salt Marsh Skipper

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Hackberry was fresh and was spotted around 5 pm in a sunny spot

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Our yard Raccoon is playing havoc with the fruit dishes (having to put them in our shed over night). 4 Appalachian Browns were on one of our fruit dishes at 8:30 pm. Amazing! Nessus Sphinx on fruit dish was a bonus. 3+ Black Swallowtail caterpillars on Fennel, plus a number of eggs.

[Our first tawny emperor of 2020. Nice! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Tawny Emperor 2
  • Appalachian Brown 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Tawny Emperor

Tawny Emperor

Nessus Sphinx Moth

Tom Bailey

Pilesgrove Township - Featherbed Lane
Salem County, NJ

Brief stop from 2:45 to 3 pm. Many sulfur sp. out in the fields.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Sulphur sp. 20
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Common Buckeye 1

Tom Bailey

Mannington Marsh area
Salem County, NJ

1:35 to 2:30. Sunny, hot & humid.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Bronze Copper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 11

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Tom Bailey

Natural Lands Preserve at North Burden Hill Rd
Salem County, NJ

8:40 to 1 pm. Mostly sunny, hot & humid. 86 degrees when finished. Excellent site that deserves more attention. Gave up on counting E. Tailed Blues at 50. Probably 150 to 200 at least. Walked all four fields but did not walk all the sedge areas for Appalachian Browns. Many areas of milkweed in full bloom. Am. Lady very worn.

[Yes, and apparently our best spot for great spangled which generally occurs as only solo individuals elsewhere in South Jersey. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 23
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue a
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Appalachian Brown 7
  • Little Wood-Satyr 38
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 23
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 13
  • Dun Skipper 2

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

I was working in the yard most of the afternoon. My yard has lots of bloom but few butterflies.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Two first instar Black ST cats on parsley.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Hackberry Emperor looked fresh as can be! Red-banded Hairstreak was very worn. Red-spotted Purple was investigating Black Cherry for egg laying.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Zabulon Skippers

Hackberry Emperor

Appalachian Brown

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard, Mullica Township
Atlantic County, NJ

Our same 4 spicebush swallowtails from yesterday were continuing to feed on the common milkweed flowers, but were joined by a brand new tiger swallowtail today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

A dark Swallowtail unidentified. Early black ST cats on parsley, rue, and fennel.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

86 degrees, sun mainly but spots of clouds, very humid. Deer flies unrelenting. 2:10-4:15.

[Thanks for hanging in there despite the flies, Chris. Impressive list and numbers! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 10
  • Cabbage White C
  • American Copper 4
  • Coral Hairstreak 27
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • American Snout 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 13
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 11
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 10
  • Northern Broken-Dash 8
  • Little Glassywing 17
  • Delaware Skipper 1

American Copper

Coral Hairstreaks

Tom Bailey

undisclosed location
Atlantic County, NJ

On this Father's Day I decided to treat myself to a long, hot walk to a Pine Barrens savannah / bog that I have never been to before. 2 to 4:30 pm and 82 degrees when finished with thunderstorms nearby. The count of Two-spotted Skippers is accurate. Counts of 3, 2, 2 and the rest solos. The three interacting appeared to be two males & a female. Two males which were continually in aerial duels were chasing each other around me and landing on my head, hands, and binoculars. This species reminded me of Zabulon Skippers. As I approached an area they would fly out and "inspect" me. I also watched them fly out and challenge Bog Coppers, Georgia Satyrs, and even a dragonfly. The satyrs & coppers (especially) were probably under-counted as I was concentrating on observing the skippers.

[A NJ Pine Barrens festival! jc]

  • Bog Copper 18
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Georgia Satyr 23
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Two-spotted Skipper 12

Common Buckeye

Goldcrest in savannah

Two-spotted Skipper

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

8:30 to 12:15 pm. Humid and cloudy at start. Mostly sunny and 80 degrees when finished.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 2

Crossline Skipper

Brian Johnson

Wharton state forest
Burlington County, NJ

Walked one of the few bogs that I know for Two-spotted Skippers at midday. This one is very difficult to get to! It was a relief to see them after the flooding rain we had in mid June last year. I missed the picture of the Striped Hairstreak on Inkberry.

[Congrats on our FOY striped hairstreak of 2020, Brian. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Georgia Satyr 5
  • Swarthy Skipper 4
  • Two-spotted Skipper 3

Two-spotted Skipper

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Jack Miller and Tom Bailey

Double Trouble St park
Ocean County, NJ

Observations made between 2:00 - 3:30.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Bog Copper 12
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 10

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard, Mullica Township
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 1

Kathy Horn

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1

Tom Baxter

Woodbine Airport
Cape May County, NJ

I believe that the pictured skipper is a Northern Broken-dash, but not 100% sure.

[Thank you Tom for including an excellent photo of one of our most difficult butterflies to identify. I believe the photo is of a female tawny-edged. Note how the fw leading edge orange area runs parallel to the edge and the dark inner area. Also, although more debatable, the ends of the two largest white marks lack the pair of points leading to to wing's back edge which the dots look more like squares than rectangle and there is the conspicuous lone white dot that is not usually seen in N. broken-dash. As always, comments, reactions and corrections to this posting are welcome. -jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Tawny-edged Skipper

Brian Johnson

Rt 83 powerline cut
Cape May County, NJ

Hoping for some Hairstreaks or a Mulberry wing this morning. The Inkberry was in full bloom but was not attracting any Butterflies. I did see a few Swarthy Skippers on the Colicroot. Probably the first time that I have seen a Butterfly feeding on it.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Appalachian Brown 8
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 2

C Wyluda & M. Lee

Estell Manor County Park
Atlantic County, NJ

5-7, boardwalk… "polinator garden" looked great but no butterflies… only bees. did find a northern water snake and a skink.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Skink

C Wyluda

Double Trouble State Park
Ocean County, NJ

9-1:30… warm and sunny… (where are the coppers?) walked a lot of trails but everything was a spice bush.
some mountain larerl still blooming; blue berries all in green fruit.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 30
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Spicebush Swallowtails

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Spring Azure 2

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:30 till 4:40, mostly cloudy 82-85 with some sunny breaks. No sign of Banded Hairstreaks yet here, but Coral Hairstreaks remain strong. All Eastern Commas were fresh summer form individuals. American Lady was mint fresh.

[Congrats to Dave for our FOY hackberry emperor. Our log's last report of hackberry emperor was on 9/15/19 by Dave. - jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 41
  • American Copper 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 24
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 18
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 17
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Eastern Comma

American Lady

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings in the yard from 3 to 7:30 pm.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1