Recent sightings

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David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:10 to around 5. Mostly Cloudy 76-78 with brief sunny breaks. What a difference a week makes! The first time this year that I was really enthused to be butterflying locally. The action was the best by far so far this year here. Coral Hairstreaks starting off very strong again. A very nice 2nd flight of American Coppers, the best in several years. Common Milkweed partially in bloom. The largest stand of milkweed somewhat overgrown with mugwort. Abundant deer flies and loads of ticks, but on this day it was worth it.

[It's great to have a great day! Nice work Dave in reporting our FOY nbd and coral hs.- jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 130
  • American Copper 28
  • Coral Hairstreak 22
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 2
  • Question Mark 3
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 13
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 16
  • Sachem 2
  • Dun Skipper 2

Coral Hairstreak

Hackberry Emperor

Northern Broken-Dash

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Likely my first Ebony Jewelwing ever in the garden.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

ebony jewelwing

Therese Hurter

yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

My yard has not had a lot bflys lately. Today's surprise was a bfly that I believe was a n. broken dash; however, the bug was a rag. It was so used up that I could bend the verbania any way I wanted to inspect the bfly and it did not fly. I am not going to call this sk.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 2
  • American Lady 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

All Aaron's and Delaware on Common Milkweed. First Red Admiral in quite some time.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 7
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

high 60's, cloudy with light rain

  • American Copper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport Twp
Burlington County, NJ

high 60's, cloudy with light misty rain

  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Jennifer Bulava & Pat Sutton

Reeds Beach, Middle Twp
Cape May County, NJ

  • American Snout 2

Jennifer Bulava & Pat Sutton

Cape May State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Monarch 1

Jack Miller

Stockton University farm
Atlantic County, NJ

It is good to see that the colony of European sk's is still present here.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • American Lady 1
  • European Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while working in the yard this afternoon.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Cynthia Allen

Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to see Mourning Cloak in June.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Watched Monarch ovipositing in all the milkweed patches around the yard.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Gray Hairstreak

Broad-winged Skipper

Teresa Knipper

Knipper Garden
Cape May County, NJ

It’s so rare to get the black swallowtail sitting still. In such perfect condition I can only conclude that it had just emerged. The benefits of weeding!

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

The Black swallowtail was laying eggs on the fennel again-2nd time so far that I have seen this year but have not noticed any caterpillars yet. Was only outside for a short time.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Steamy with a few breaks of sun.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 8
  • Sachem 1
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Monarch

Salt Marsh Skipper

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 22
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Spicebush Swallowtail

Cabbage Whites

Sachem

Tate Perazzelli

My yard in Collingswood
Camden County, NJ

Sightings today before the storms rolled in. Still no eggs on the milkweed. Did have one small swallowtail cat on the parsley days ago….haven't seen it since.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Azure, sp. 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

I was very surprised to see an Ebony Jewelwing, which I consider an honorary butterfly, on my back deck in CMCH. I have only seen them in Belleplain SF around the wooded streams. While there are wet woods in my area off Hand Ave., I am not aware of any streams.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Robert C. Koch

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

I had two monarch like butterflies doing "aerial maneuvers" together but just too far away for me to make a positive ID. Might have been Viceroys.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Jennifer Bulava

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

Restricted area, not open to public access. Butterflies seen 8:30-10:30am.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 50
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Monarch 5

Karen Thompson

Garrett Family Preserve, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

Mystery butterfly photos, as requested.

[Karen posted her report on June 6 which was the day of her sighting. I choose to use today's date in hopes of drawing attention to it.

I believe these photos are of a dusted skipper. All comments and opinions are welcome.

In her first report, Karen only submitted the oak leaf photo and I spent a long time puzzling over it. After receiving additional photos, I enlisted help from Wade and Sharon Wander and from Brian Johnson. Sharon believes the bfly is a dusted sk. The additional photos that Karen sent included the shot that shows a white face, although the white around the eyes is missing. The fw markings are consistent with how some m. dusted sk's appear. Dusted sk's can be highly variable in their appearance. In Cech and Tudor's Butterflies of the East Coast, they make note of two variant forms: hianna and loammi. In my personal experience in NJ, I have seen and photographed variations of this species.

If this butterfly is a dusted skipper, it is a significant find. The only location in CMY where they have previously been found was along the Dennisville rr tracks. The last report was 6/2/2009.

In the first 5 years of the SJBP log, dusted sk was only reported in a few places in small numbers in three counties: CMY, BUR, and GLO. Slowly, our other SJBP counties joined the list which is now complete. Many of the current dusted areas hold large populations.

Is dusted skipper increasing its range and numbers in SJ or are observers now more attentive and interested in seeking this species? -jm]

  • Dusted Skipper 1

Dusted Skipper

Dusted Skipper

Teresa Knipper

Pickle factory pond
Cape May County, NJ

Another “ butterflying while paddle boarding“ day. Which means I did not have binoculars or camera. But walked back along the shore afterwards and got a few pictures. The pickerelweed and Native Iris were gorgeous! Also seeing lots of buds on buttonbush to check back in a few weeks.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Delaware Skipper 2

Aaron's Skipper

Iris

Lucy Hooper

My backyard meadow in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Least Skipper 1

Least Skipper

Cynthia Allen

E. Shellbay Ave., CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

FOY on Dogbane.

[Congrats Cynthia for this FOY for our log. -jm]

  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

"Twilight zone" azure in bad photo. We assumed the brightly-colored fresh azures flying around our yard were summer azures – seems too late for holly azure and just on time for first brood summer azures. But at least one female oviposited more than a dozen times on unopened buds of winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) while I tried to get a clear shot.
Do some Celastrina neglecta lay eggs on hollies?

[The "Twilight Zone" reference is a phrase Jack C used in his wonderful and thorough May 2 2021 article found on South Jersey Butterfly B/log "Five Ways Of Understanding South Jersey’s Azures." I wonder if more people will move towards Wade Wander's position which he stated in a response to Jack's article: "and most of all I do not believe there is more than one species of azure—Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)!" Athough it could make things easier for observors, the Cherry Gall Azures might feel a bit neglecta from this system. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Azure, sp. 10
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3

azure ovipositing on winterberry holly

Chris Herz

Tall Pines State Preserve, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

Afternoon walk, hot & humid, 94 degrees by 3 pm. Dogbane just starting to bloom, but not much on it. Monarch egg on c. milkweed.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 9
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Anglewing sp. 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 12
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper

Pat & Clay Sutton

Kimbles Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

On Virginia Sweetspire (Itea) blooming by Cape May NWR Headquarters building. Inkberry was also in bloom by building ramp, drawing in mostly by hover flies.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 4
  • Aaron's Skipper 1

Juniper Hairstreak

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

This was a fun day for a naturalist wildlife gardener, especially since spent mostly on my knees digging up GILL (Grrrrrr). Found an American Snout caterpillar suspended from its strand of silk over my garden path. Made positive ID and placed it on a Hackberry leaf. Only later when looking at my photos did I see the 2nd Am. Snout cat. on another leaf on the same branch. Cool huh! Question Mark eggs on Hackberry. Small Black Swallowtail cat on Fennel. Appalachian Brown at 5:30 pm to gooey fruit.

[Good to see these fine photos of eggs and cats. Also congrats to Pat for our FOY Appalachian Brown. The last time this species was reported was on 9/13/20 at the Sutton's garden. -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • American Snout 2
  • Question Mark 0
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

American Snout cats

Question Mark eggs

Appalachian Brown

American Snout

Therese Hurter

yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny and 88 degrees. Azure nectaring on Ilex glabra.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Canton area
Salem County, NJ

Another area that has seen broad cutting and clearing of habitat that used to support rare/endangered species. This time it's Bronze Copper habitat.

Two private property areas have been cleared and planted. Other areas managed by county and state have seen broad fields of dogbane and Bronze Copper host plant, water dock, wiped out. Crown vetch now grows and expands. Sad.

First brood of Bronze Coppers apparently ending, as lone individual found was very tattered and been through the gauntlet.

Congrats to Steve for our FOY reports of bronze copper and broadwing sk. The news about the bronze coppers is disturbing. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Bronze Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 13
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Aaron's Skipper

Delaware Skipper

Bronze Copper

Jack McDonough

My backyard in Dennisville
Cape May County, NJ

11:30-12pm sunny at 88 degrees'

[Congrats to Jack for finding our first hackberrry emperor for 2021. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

In wet areas of garden, frequent sightings of low-flying azures in the past two weeks. Many huge holly trees here, also Inkberry.

  • Azure, sp. 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:40 to 4:45. Deer flies out in full force.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 12
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 10
  • Peck's Skipper 1

American Snout

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:30 to 3:30.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 26
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 13
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton.
Gloucester County, NJ

Was only out in the morning and evening because of the heat but in the early evening noticed the Spring Azure on the New Jersey Tea that is just about ready to flower.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Spring Azure 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Summery!!

[Good to see our log's FOY's glassywing for 2021. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 15
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Little Glassywing

Least Skipper

Jack McDonough

Garette Family Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

10am-2pm sunny at 85 degrees

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Orange Sulphur 12
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 6
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 10

Steven Glynn

Millville- Buckshutem & Cedar Lot
Cumberland County, NJ

My "favorite patch" isn't looking so good this year. Deer have taken over the plot for their sleeping, and the milkweed is sparse this season. Time will tell, but activity was pretty low at my mid-afternoon search.

Euro-skipper colony still present, but numbers very modest.

  • American Copper 2
  • European Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1

European Skipper

Crossline Skipper

American Copper

Steven Glynn

1st Ave.- Hunters Mill powerline area
Atlantic County, NJ

Ventured into this area, although recent activity by 4x4 trucks mudding the area have gouged the bog area, creating deep, soft wet areas that leave foot travel dangerous. I sank into thigh depth, when I thought I was planted on a good, firm spot. Ended any further searching, beyond the very edge of the area.

Tough area now to navigate. The other trail area is heavily overgrown and always a huge tick area.

Logic suggests a trip to Franklin Parker might be smarter and easier for Bog Coppers going forward.

Hot and humid, but active at this spot and along the powerline.

[Thanks for the alert, Steve, and for the report, including our FOY bog coppers. Be careful out there, everyone! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Bog Copper 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 11
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1

Tawny-edged Skipper

Southern Cloudywing

Bog Copper

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Aaron's skipper the least numerous of the "salt-marshy" skippers in our yard. This only the fourth we have found here in last ten years.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Aaron's Skipper

Tom Bailey

Wharton SF
Burlington County, NJ

2 to 5 pm. Sunny, hot, temps in the low 90s.

[Two remarkable finds: our log's FOY Georgia satyr on the earliest we have ever recorded (breaking old date of June 8 (2018); and the first dusted skipper reported in BUR since May 2009, twelve years ago.
Good work, Tom! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Georgia Satyr 1
  • Dusted Skipper 1

Dusted Skipper

Harvey Tomlinson

Higbe Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

My go to spot for Hayhurst's Scallopwing and was not disappointed today with 7+. Males and Females in mint condition.

[Nice! Our log's FOY Hayhurst's for 2021. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 25
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Question Mark 2
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 11
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Question Mark

Red Admiral

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Despite egg laying by a female Monarch on Common Milkweed in early May, these were my first caterpillars spotted (3: 1 big and 2 small).

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 0

Little Wood-Satyr

Monarch cat

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Early stage spotted lanternfly nymphs abundant. Finding them frequently on Common milkweed. Photographed a number of them on Virginia Creeper.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Spotted lanternfly

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while in the yard this afternoon.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

David Moskowitz

Closed landfill along Route 206 in Bordentown
Burlington County, NJ

Two Oak Hairstreaks. One alive, one being eaten by a spider, both on dogbane. A few scattered white oaks along the edge of the landfill but otherwise a highly developed area.

[A superb find of this elusive species! These are the first oak hairstreaks reported to our log since 2019 when two were reported in June in CMY, after a five-year period of no reports. These are also the first reports of the species in BUR since June of 2010, eleven years ago. Good work, DM! jc]

  • Oak Hairstreak 2

Oak Hairstreak

Oak Hairstreak

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

1:50pm. Cloudy and very humid

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Question Mark was chasing Mourning Cloak around the fruit dish.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 10
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Robert C. Koch

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

Like living in "Groundhog Day". Same butterfly species and numbers appear day after day.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Sachem 1

Silver-spotted Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Chris Herz

Audubon home garden
Camden County, NJ

Late in the day basking in sun. Two early install Question mark butterflies on hackberry sapling.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 0
  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern Comma

Question Mark cat

Jack Miller

Lummis Mill rd
Cumberland County, NJ

3rd stop on the tour. This Euro sk colony is doing fine. Few people on our log have reported this bug for the past few years. I am including a handful of photos in hopes that people may feel more confident about seeking them out and appreciating this cool bug.

[… and our log's FOY of this puzzling skipper. jc]

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 5
  • European Skipper 22

European Skipper

European Skipper

European Skipper

Jack Miller

Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

The area that hosted the sleepy orange colony has been completely plowed. However, some senna remains uncut along the back edge and new senna sprouts are rising from the mowed area. My guess is that sleepys will be seen here this year. The good news from this stop is that I did not have to consider stepping out from my car into deer fly city.

  • Cabbage White 1

Senna

Jack Miller

Nabb rd
Cumberland County, NJ

Early afternoon. First stop of 3 on a "now that Steve Glynn is not here, somebody has to do it tour." This field looks good, but I only surveyed it from the road as it is a bit early for checkered white. I can hardly imagine how many variegated frits must have been in the field judging from the small area I surveyed. Surprisingly, there were few species present.

  • Cabbage White 50
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 18

Jack Miller

Fries Mills rd powerlines
Gloucester County, NJ

10:30- 12. Sun and clouds. I have not come to this location to look for dusted sk in June. Although some of the dusted could go by "clear-winged dusted," many of them were in pretty good shape. This place was loaded with crossline, tawny-edged and swarthy, and honestly, identifying the crosslines and tawny-edged made my head spin, so I hope the photos can help others. There was no way to get and accurate count of these buzzing sk's; therefore, all counts are conservative.

[Thank you for the good shots of those tough IDs! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 20
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 5
  • Crossline Skipper 15
  • Dusted Skipper 10

Crossline Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Dusted Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

This fresh Delaware skipper joined the worn one from yesterday. As Sootywings are wont to do, today’s led me on a wild goose chase as I tried in vain for a photo.

[Keep chasing that elusive skipper, D.A. This is our first sootywing report in several weeks – since three in early May – and no one yet has managed a photo. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 6
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Delaware Skipper

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Orange Sulphur "white form" female

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1

Cynthia Allen

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

A big emergence today of a new brood of Cabbage Whites.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Monarch 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Nice variety today. Skipper season is here!

[Good finds – including log FOYs, dun and Delaware. Interesting that the Delaware skipper appears on an early date (May 29th our all-time earliest) yet looks fairly worn. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Delaware Skipper

Spicebush Swallowtail

Orange Sulphur

Dun Skipper

Robert C. Koch

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

Photos: Question Mark, Silver-spotted Skipper and Zabulon. First Monarch I've seen at Lumberton Leas this year.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Question Mark 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Zabulon Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Question Mark

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Sun out after a couple days of rain and cool temps. Seven monarch cats on milkweed, 3rd instar (?), but several look troubled, moving lethargically and not feeding – parasitized? After-effects of bad weather?

  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Zabulon Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

First Summer Azure here. Both Q-Marks were summer form. Zabs were male & female.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

'Summer' Spring Azure

Question Mark

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to see some butterflies after the rain and cold. All species on Silky Dogwood flowers. FOY Silver-Spot.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Waterford Township
Camden County, NJ

3:45 to 4:30 pm. Sunny & breezy. Temperature in the low 70s.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Dusted Skipper 4

Karen Thompson

Home, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

Black Swallowtail ovipositing on fennel and Monarch ovipositing on common milkweed.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1

Monarch

Chris Herz

Tall Pines State Preserve, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

54 degrees at start, warming to 64 degrees and some sun. Early instar monarch cat on common milkweed.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Swarthy Skipper

'Summer' Spring Azure