Recent sightings

  • Date Clear

  • Location Clear

  • Other Clear

Brian Johnson

North Burden hill road
Salem County, NJ

Another surprisingly cooperative Orangetip. Picture was taken with my phone.

  • Falcate Orangetip 3
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Spring Azure 1

Falcate Orangetip

Jack Miller

Woodbine rr
Cape May County, NJ

1:00 - 3:00. I saw what I thought was a lady fly by and then land. It took quite a long slow stalk to find the lady; I hope the photo explains. I believe the wind kept the action down.

[This is our FOY American lady. Nice to see! jc]

  • Falcate Orangetip 4
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Question Mark 6
  • American Lady 1

Jersey chorus frogs

Henry's Elfin

American Lady

Jack Miller

Upper Champion rd
Cape May County, NJ

I believe all of the anglewings were qm's. Where are the commas?

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Question Mark 6

Jack Miller

Hunter's Mills rd, s. of rt 49
Cape May County, NJ

11:30. Full sun with wind gusts in the 40's.

  • Henry's Elfin 8
  • Spring Azure 4
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Cynthia Allen

Petersburg Rd., Dennisville
Cape May County, NJ

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Nancy Larrabee

Pine Swamp Rd, Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

All the Henry's Elfins were on a single holly tree.

  • Henry's Elfin 19
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Question Mark

Henry's Elfin

Sandra Keller

Piney Hollow Preserve
Gloucester County, NJ

Marilyn and I at mid afternoon. Partly sunny, 54 degrees, 6 to 16 mph NNE winds.

  • Anglewing sp. 4
  • Question Mark 3

Question Mark

Brian Johnson

North Burden hill road
Salem County, NJ

A quick early afternoon walk around the preserve.

[Congrats to Brian for reporting our first orange sulphur of the year. Our last orange sulphur report was made by Brian on 11/26/19 at North Burden Hill rd. - jm]

  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Keara R. Giannotti

Camp Creek Run, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

In a deciduous forest with a significant American Holly understory.

  • Henry's Elfin X

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Tom Baxter

Woods Rd & Old Cape Rd, Belleplain (39.2986825, -74.8533625)
Cape May County, NJ

Most cloudy through the morning, clearing and becoming sunny for a few hours in the mid afternoon. High near 60°F.

[This report of e.t. blue is our log's FOY and gives us our 19th species for 2020. Good find, Tom! jc]

[Observers: You can see the list of species recorded so far this year by going to our Blog [e.g. by clicking on Read Our Blog at the top of this page] and then clicking on "Early/Late Dates, 2008-2020." We are trying to update the spreadsheet as each new species is reported. Let one of the Jacks know if we overlooked a FOY and a new update is needed. Thanks!]

  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Blueberry Azure 20
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2

Blueberry Azure

Jack Miller

Dennisville rr
Cape May County, NJ

At 51 and cloudy it felt more like early March. Stopped at 4 locations in 2+ hours and this was the only place that had bflys.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA- Whitehead Road access
Cumberland County, NJ

Split timing at the road today. Tried around 11am for a bit, but still too overcast. After lunch, I went back around 2pm and with sun out the duskywings emerged. Also a Holly Azure was seen on its host leaf, then flew to the ground.

  • Henry's Elfin 6
  • Blueberry Azure 13
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 7
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 7

Holly Azure

Juvenal's Duskywing

Brian Johnson

Freidriechstedt Ave. Woodbine
Cape May County, NJ

Cool and cloudy conditions made it easier than usual for pictures of the Orangetips.

  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Chris Herz

Saddlers Woods, Haddon twp
Camden County, NJ

67 degrees around 3 pm. Quick walk through this small woods. Azure was high in the canopy and stayed high.

  • Azure, sp. 1

Jason Bojczyk

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

11:39-2:14. Mostly sunny to off and on sunny to thin overcast. 57-59F, light winds.

[Neat! Our first photo of Juvenal's for the year – and our second report of the species. See Jack Miller's note below about previous March reports of this duskywing. jc]

  • Henry's Elfin 6
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Question Mark visited rotting bananas on and off around 12:30.

  • Question Mark 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:15 to 4:30, Partly cloudy 66-70 degrees. A poor photography effort today, but a couple of butterfly surprises. The Orangetip was a male. Only obtained a blurry in flight image. American Copper made a brief appearance before I lost track of it. Also picked up about a dozen ticks..

[Dave, what a fine report. FOY's for American copper and gray hs. The copper sets a new earliest ever date (previously 3/28/12) and the GHS report marks the 4th time in the last five years that GHS has been reported in March. Falcate orangetips are becoming almost as prevalent as snouts. - jm]

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Anglewing sp. 4
  • Eastern Comma 5

Gray Hairstreak

American Copper

Karen & Brian Johnson

Bellplain state forest
Cape May County, NJ

The Duskywing was on the fitness trail. We flushed it twice but couldn't get a picture.

[Great FOY find! This is our second earliest report and makes 2020 only the third year we have had reports of Juvenal's in March. (We totaled 13 reports of the species in March, 2012, and four reports of it in March, 2016. How many can we total before this month is out?) jm]

  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Steven Glynn

Wheelabrator
Gloucester County, NJ

stNice afternoon, sunny and 65 degrees.

A few cabbage whites flying, the pictured one had no spots and I thought it may have been a Falcate Orangetip at first.

[Yikes! I have never seen the like, but after some source-checking, I do see that in Cech & Tudor, "Some spring males are almost pure white and must be distinguished with care from mustard whites." Cool find, Steve, and neat, tell-tale photo! jc]

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Cabbage White (unspotted)

Tom Baxter

Bucks Ave trails (39.1202910, -74.8555391)
Cape May County, NJ

Warm and sunny, turning to overcast, ~60° F

11:50-13:40

  • Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jack Miller

Woodbine rr
Cape May County, NJ

Midday. A day of ones. The only bfly that landed was the QM, and that was only for a moment. Chased the falcate and shot as I ran. Almost positive I saw a Tailed Blue, but it quickly went where I couldn't follow. Weirdly for this location, no Henry's.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Falcate Orangetip

Pat. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2

Sandra Keller

New Brooklyn Area power line cut
Camden County, NJ

This is all we had. I was expecting more! With Marilyn H.

  • Blueberry Azure 2

Blueberry Azure

Jack Miller and Harvey Tomlinson

Narrows rd Belleplain St. Forest
Cape May County, NJ

50's, sunny and calm. 11:15- 1:30. Early on, had a serendipitous spotting of a Harvey T. Even at 6 ft apart we had a splendid day. We had hoped to explore more of the area, but the amazing explosion of Henry's kept us bound to about 1/3 of Narrows rd . We enjoyed viewing the subtle appearance differences in the Henry's and saw dogfights of up to 12 at a time. Our Henry's total is conservative. From the photo, one can see that good perches became hard to find.

[Exciting report! Perhaps the highest number of Henry's ever reported from one spot (can't remember ever having triple digits before) – and our first report of holly azure in 2020, our 14th species. jc]

  • Henry's Elfin 101
  • Blueberry Azure 14
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Henry's Elfin

Holly Azure

American Snout

Henry's Elfin

Sandra Keller & Chris Herz

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

late afternoon, 61 degrees. No orangetips seen

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 2

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Mourning Cloak was on the move. Spotted it zooming over the house towards the backyard mid-day.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Brian Johnson

Glades Preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

The Azure landed for a few seconds before flying into the woods. It looked good for a Holly.

  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 4
  • Eastern Comma 1

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

Orangetip was feeding on hairy bittercress flowers. Certainly the earliest I have ever seen one! (No personal records for March ever).

[Congrats on our second FC report for 2020. It is not surprising that you do not have a previous March record for FC as only two other observers have reported them in March. Your sighting is our log's second earliest report ever. jm]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Falcate Orangetip 1

Falcate Orangetip

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Azure, sp. 1

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Battle Ln and Whitehead Rd access points covered in mid-afternoon. Sunny, 54 degrees.

Curiously, no snouts.

  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Blueberry Azure 9
  • Anglewing sp. 5
  • Question Mark 6
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1