Recent sightings

  • Date Clear

  • Location Clear

  • Other Clear

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Summer Azure was ovipositing on Mock Orange bud. First time I've seen them use this as foodplant. Also, it was somewhat ragged, so it has been out for a while.

[Intriguing report of this multi-host-plant species. Also, our first log report of summer azure in 2022. jc]

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Henry’s was very worn and tattered. Zabulon was found on this same date last year in the same spot in our woods.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

6 sp = our yard high count for year so far.

Monarch ovipositing on common milkweed, most likely Generation 1 – daughter of Mexican over-winterers. Sachem was a female.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Sachem

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

During guided walk from 9-11am. Monarch was right at the butterfly garden at 9:00am where we started. Landed twice with wings closed, just resting, not nectaring.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

Chris Herz

home garden
Camden County, NJ

In the 70's, sunny. Orange sulphur flew by

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Karen Thompson

Garrett Family Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Monarch 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

My first Gray hairstreak and Spicebush.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1

Gray Hairstreak

Spicebush Swallowtail

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

The first skippers of any species we have had in our yard this year – in this slow spring.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Peck's Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Greg Prelich

Manchester, NJ
Ocean County, NJ

Quick stop by our village butterfly garden. These were my first skipper of the year.

[And one of two reports of sachem we have today to add the species to our log's list for 2022. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Sachem 2

American Lady

Sachem

Sachem

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Seen during a 61/2 hr stint of yardwork. Could not refind the sachem after going in for the camera.

[Our log's first sachem of 2022. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Chris Herz

Marilyn Patterson's garden
Salem County, NJ

humid and sunny; male spicebush patrolling

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Jennifer Bulava

Arney's Mount Park, Springfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

Observations seen while birding this brand new park that just opened last week.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings during the afternoon while birding in the park today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Jack Miller

Fries Mills power lines
Gloucester County, NJ

This was a brief stop at 4:00 on my return from Cherry Hill. The two duskywing photos are of the same bfly. I have lightened the ventral shot to show off the hw leading edge dots. However, the dorsal shot looks more like a wild indigo to me than a Juv. Duskywings are flat out confusing.

[Our log's first dusted skipper of 2022. Good to see. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3
  • Dusted Skipper 4

Duskywing sp.

Duskywing sp.

Dusted Skipper

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton.
Gloucester County, NJ

The Silver-spotted skipper was only about 2 yards from where I had seen the caterpillars on black locust saplings last fall. The picture is from a 2nd sighting later the same day when it was nectaring on Amsonia not too far from the first sighting. I also saw a Snowberry Clearwing moth on woodland phlox- first sighting for me this year.

[The first photo of silver-spotted on our log in 2022. jc]

  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Silver-spotted Skipper

Karen Thompson

Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while birding in the park. Cloudy, warm, intermittent periods of drizzle.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Eastern Comma 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A fresh male

[Our log's first zab of 2022 – and the first since last year's last one, found by Dave also in his garden on 10-21-21. A cool parallel. jc]

  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Tall Pines SP -- 5 pm
Gloucester County, NJ

Quick visit–sun and warm

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

My FOY silver spotted, seen along the field edge in the NW corner of the park.

[Only the 3rd silver spotted reported on the log so far in 2022. Should be more soon! jc]

  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jeanine Apgar

Home yard, Galloway Township
Atlantic County, NJ

In spite of high winds, these tough butterflies were hanging in and trying to stay in the sheltered areas.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Spring Azure 5
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

3:30 to 4:40 pm. Sunny to start and then clouded up. Windy. 67 degrees when finished.

  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Tom Bailey

Greenwood Forest WMA
Ocean County, NJ

1:50 to 3:10 pm. Sunny, very windy. Temps @70 degrees.

  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Tom Bailey

Pemberton Township
Burlington County, NJ

Rt. 70 powerline cut northeast of Spring Lake Blvd / Rattler Rd. 10:30 am to 1:20 pm. Sunny, very windy with east winds @10-15 mph. 68 degrees when finished. Duskywing sp. were fly-bys. Photo of a female Cobweb Skipper.

[Quite a list – especially given the day's winds – including our first cobweb report for BUR in more than five years and only our second holly azure anywhere in South Jersey in 2022. Good work, Tom! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 3
  • Sleepy Duskywing 5
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 9
  • Cobweb Skipper 1

Cobweb Skipper

Karen Thompson

Cox Hall Creek
Cape May County, NJ

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, 60’s with gusty winds!

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 2

Therese Hurter

my back yard, CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Late afternoon, sunny. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail flew through back yard on a gust of wind.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sighting while working in the yard in mid-afternoon.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Karen Thompson

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

  • American Lady 2

Brian Johnson

Peaslee WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Early afternoon visit. 70 degrees and mostly sunny.

[Our log's first southern cloudywing of 2022 and, even better and more important, the highest count of cobweb skipper for many years, that I remember, at least. Might be our highest ever. Need to do some checking back! jc]

[Update, 5-7-22: Yes, this is the highest count of cobweb skippers ever recorded on our SJBP log, 2008-2022. The previous high was 21 found along the Dennisville RR tracks on 5-21-2009 by Will Kerling, "5 females, 16 males / all very worn." We have had very few other double-digit counts of this species over the years. The most recent of those are 12 found along Estell Manor Road in CUM on 5-2-2021 by Jack Miller and 11 found on the RT 83 powerline in CMY on 5-14-2020 by Steve Glynn, Harvey Tomlinson, and Ernie Hahn. Can we hope this high count hints at a possible good year for cobweb skipper, which has seemed a troubled species in our area in recent years? jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 23
  • Southern Cloudywing 2
  • Cobweb Skipper 32

Cobweb Skipper

Southern Cloudywing

Dave DeSarno

Warren Grove Recreation Area
Ocean County, NJ

11:40 - 2:00 warm with sun and clouds. hoary elfins were very active! most duskywings were flying so few positive ids.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Hoary Elfin 20
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Duskywing sp. 5
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Sleepy Duskywing

Hoary Elfin

David L. Amadio

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Obs. made between 1:10 & 3:45, mostly sunny and temps near 70. What a difference a year makes! Last year this area was dismal with a severely mowed down powerline and mostly flooded habitats. fortunately the Frosted Elfin colony persists. It's Baptisia host is evident as well. Orangetip was a female.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Elfin sp. 1
  • Frosted Elfin 5
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 4
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Pearl Crescents

Juniper Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Rt83 powerline/bike path
Cape May County, NJ

Obs. made between Noon & 1 p.m. with a follow up visit from 4-5 p.m. At noon clouds began to move out but was quite windy, temps in low 60's. With warmer and calmer conditions I returned on my way home. I was about 5 min. from leaving when a Cobweb Skipper appeared at the edge of the powerline. A nice end to a productive afternoon.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • American Lady 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2
  • Cobweb Skipper 1

Cobweb Skipper

David L. Amadio

Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

Obs. made from 8 a.m. to 11:40, Cloudy and 60. First butterfly of the morning was at 9:20. Kicked up an Eastern Tiger not wanting to take flight as temps were too low. Most azures showed considerable scale wear. Did not spend much time looking close at the azures today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 17
  • Duskywing sp. 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Hairstreak was liking the white azalea blossoms.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Therese Hurter

side yard, CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

5:15, sunny, 63 degrees. American Lady was nectaring on Fleabane.

  • American Lady 1

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

[This is only our 4th report of spicebush for 2022 and our first north of CMY. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

Butterflies seen from 10-11:30am. My FOY tiger swallowtail, eastern tailed blues, and checkered skipper.

[Our log's first common checkered skipper of 2022. Good find. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1