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Will Kerling

West End of West Hand Avenue - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Monarch and a Summer Azure spent the night at the top of a very tall Oak tree. They were out to catch the first morning sun.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 7

American Lady

Will Kerling

Middle Township Bike Path - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Could not find a single Spicebush Swallowtail on the many large thistle flowers along the bike path! The only swallowtails were Black Swallowtails (3). Lots of Sachems, but most were very worn.
Photos of a worn Cloudless Sulphur, a Monarch in flight among the thistle flowers and a very tattered Sachem.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 13
  • Gray Hairstreak 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 92

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA and Eagle Manor areas
Cumberland County, NJ

Did a full survey of the area, including a full search of the Sleepy Orange colony, where good numbers continue to fly. Many are worn now, but some still seemingly fresh. Activity is interesting though, as male-female interactions are scarce and all individuals seem to just be nectaring and spending most of the time flying alone and low in the grasses. I don't know the behavioral nature to them and if this level of interaction and activity is typical of adults that will soon migrate out or perhaps soon seek areas to settle in for over-wintering. The great level of activity this year has been such a delight and I'm already very eager to see if the colony emerges next year to a similar level of breeding activity and flight period.

Overall, butterfly activity and numbers are way down now. Swallowtails appear to be done for the year and other species are way down in numbers now as well.

It's been an amazing year in this patch!

[Sleepy orange has definitely established a toehold in NJ over the last few years. Thanks to Steve for his diligent surveying of the hot spots. See also Harvey T's report from his garden in CMY today. jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 28
  • Sleepy Orange 13
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 11
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Sachem 12

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden-Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

Another Garden First: Sleepy Orange
Rosa form Buckeyes now showing

[A sleepy orange in CMY is a significant find! Beth Polvino had one in her garden on Aug 24. See Jack Miller's comments there. Beth and now Harvey's finds are the first of this species in CMY since 10-14-14 – and two of the very few outside CUM. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 11
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 17
  • Monarch 3
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 35

Sleepy Orange in flight

Sleepy Orange

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The Cloudless Sulphur is building each day now.

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 5

Will Kerling

Pierce's Point - USFW Refuge
Cape May County, NJ

The buckeyes were enjoying nectar from Seaside Goldenrod. Did not wade into it for a good count. This will be great for the Monarchs and dispersing butterfly species.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 10

Will Kerling

Bucks Avenue - Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The Least Skippers were visiting the Joe Pye Weed for nectar. Also, I saw yesterday's Red-banded Hairstreak, again.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 3

Least Skipper

Red-banded Hairstreak

Chip Krilowicz

Blueberry Hill
Camden County, NJ

84 and Sunny

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Sachem C

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden-Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

My First Long-tailed Skipper in the garden.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 11
  • Painted Lady 15
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Monarch 9
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 35

Long-tailed Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods Butterfly Garden, 4:15pm

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 10

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

12:30-12:50pm
Meadow restoration area

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Sachem 12

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

during fall bird survey
8:00-11:00am
Silver spotted skipper was worn and faded

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Will Kerling

West End of West Hand Avenue - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The Spicebush Swallowtails have finally become a hard find. I saw not a single one today anywhere in my travels.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 24
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 7

Sachem

Gray Hairstreak

Will Kerling

Sand Barrens golf course - Swainton, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was increased butterfly activity today due to the sun. It is always great to see the Cloudless Sulphurs bounding around in the open spaces!

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Sachem 15

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Saw plenty of Cabbage Whites, American Coppers and Common Buckeyes.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 3

American Copper

Will Kerling

Bucks Avenue - Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped at the Joe Pye Weed patch and discovered four butterfly species getting nectar on the flowers. Surprised to see a Red-banded Hairstreak since their latest brood has seemed to be over.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Will Kerling

West End of West Hand Avenue - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found a large population of Eastern Tailed-Blues flying in a steady light rain this morning.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 21
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Spicebush Swallowtail cat

Pearl Crescent

Will Kerling

Sand Barrens golf course - Swainton, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The golf course was sparse for butterflies unlike most days there. It was raining quite a bit and still saw a fresh Common Buckeye (Rosa form) and a flying Sachem.

  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling

Bucks Avenue - Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped at the Joe Pye Weed patch and found two Least Skippers flying in the rain.

  • Least Skipper 2

Least Skipper

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found 3 fresh American Coppers and noticed , nearby , 6 hen Wild Turkeys in the downtown cemetery.

  • American Copper 3
  • Common Buckeye 2

American Copper

Chip Krilowicz

Haddonfield Yard
Camden County, NJ

Tropical Storm Butterflies, this far inland the wind and rain have been not much of an issue. 74 mostly cloudy and little rain. Schinia rivulosa – Ragweed Flower Moth made an appearance.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Painted Lady

Christina Ritz

Gibbsboro Community Garden, Gibbsboro NJ
Camden County, NJ

Swallowtails mating

  • Black Swallowtail 2

Black Swallowtails

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Late in the afternoon, there were a few butterflies still active. Fiery Skippers are becoming more common.
Photo of a Fiery Skipper getting nectar from Sedum.

  • Painted Lady 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Fiery Skipper

Will Kerling and Cynthia Allen

West Hand Avenue Garden - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The butterflies flew off and on as the sun appeared from the clouds on several occasions.
Photos of a Painted Lady on Sedum, a basking and worn Aaron's Skipper and a Grass-Veneer species (family uses grasses for a host plant).

  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 5

Sandra Keller

My garden in Barrington
Camden County, NJ

Partly sunny, 78 humid degrees, light winds. Lots of nectar. Sedum, Mexican Sunflower, Blue Mist flower, Tall Verbena.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 9

Will Kerling

West End of West Hand Avenue - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found four species of butterflies in the light rain this morning. The Eastern Tailed-Blues were very active.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Pearl Crescent

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

A rag of a female black swallowtail "tasting" plants–not sure if it laid eggs though–was around golden alexanders. One monarch released and a rag monarch visited the garden.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 5

Jennifer Bulava

Garret Family Preserve, Cape Island Creek
Cape May County, NJ

Lots of goldenrod in bloom, surprised at lack of butterflies. Would have stayed longer if not for mosquitoes. 3:30-4:00pm

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 2

Will Kerling and Cynthia Allen

West End of West Hand Avenue - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The Least Skippers move early in the morning along with Eastern Tailed-Blues.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 4

Least Skipper

Will Kerling

Rio Grande, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Cloudless Sulphurs continue to be an everyday experience.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Monarch 1

Will Kerling and Cynthia Allen

Cape May Point, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Painted Ladies and Fiery Skippers were easy to find south of the canal today.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Painted Lady 6
  • Monarch 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 10

Will Kerling and Cynthia Allen

Coral and Cambridge Avenues Garden - CMP, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Variegated Fritillary in this garden was a pleasant surprise.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Painted Lady 10
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 12

Fiery Skipper

Will Kerling and Cynthia allen

Triangle Garden - CMP, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was a very dark, 'Rosa' Common Buckeye in this garden. Many buckeyes are starting to show some rosa coloring. A bright, male Fiery Skipper and an intensely colored Marigold are quite the combination.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 12
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 18

Fiery Skipper

Will Kerling and Cynthia Allen

Cape May Point State Park - CMP, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Cynthia and I found 16 butterfly species in the state park. The Common Buckeye is easy to find with the Groundsel tree bloom starting to appear. Monarchs like this nectar, also. It continues to be a big year for the Painted Lady.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 37
  • Little Yellow 7
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 13
  • Common Buckeye 119
  • Monarch 12
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 56

Pearl Crescent

Little Yellow

Orange Sulphur

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Burlington County, NJ

Both seen at 2 pm while birding.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park & adjoining private property
Burlington County, NJ

Primarily birding but recorded butterflies when encountered. 6:30 to 12:30.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Sulphur sp. 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 38
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 18
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 11
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 3
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 4
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Sachem 4

David L. Amadio

Mom's house in Laurel Springs
Camden County, NJ

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

Red Bank Battlefield, National Park
Gloucester County, NJ

A quick 15 min. tour. Found imbibing lilac sap 2 Commas, 2 Red Admirals, and 1 Red-spotted Purple.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 3

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 2

Eastern Comma

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Fiery a FOY for the yard. Peck's suddenly numerous. Zabs hanging in there, two males, one female, all worn. Only monarch a chrysalis.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 20
  • American Copper 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Sachem 40

Fiery Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

2 female monarchs emerged in my enclosure and a third under the siding of our house–photo.

  • Monarch 3

Monarch

Claire Campbell

Amico Island Park, Burlington County Parks
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 1

Will Kerling

Pavilion Circle - CMP, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Only spent a few minutes here and the Painted Ladies were immediately numerous around me.

  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 10
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 18

Will Kerling

Cape May Point State Park - CMP, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The Cloudless Sulphurs and Little Yellows were common in the state park. Found a female Cloudless Sulphur that was quite white on the dorsal side that was busy egg laying on Partridge Pea.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 44
  • Little Yellow 37
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Painted Lady 6
  • Common Buckeye 72
  • Monarch 15
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 32

Little Yellow

Cloudless Sulphur

Little Yellows

Will Kerling

Triangle Garden - CMP, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Discovered 12 butterfly species in this garden including a second Long-tailed Skipper for the day.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 6
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 4
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 36

Cloudless Sulphur

gray tree frog

Fiery Skipper

Will Kerling

Cape May Point, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Painted Ladies are really prevalent in this community.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 8
  • Monarch 7
  • Sachem 20

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Tawny-edged Skipper the only surprise here.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 57

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds community center field.
Gloucester County, NJ

Grounds keepers really scalped the vegetation here. Probably preparing for family fun day. Found a "rosa" form Common Buckeye.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 14

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

Coral and Cambridge Avenues Garden -CMP, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A long-tailed Skipper spent, nearly, a half hour getting nectar from two small Butterfly Bushes.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Painted Lady 14
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 20

Long-tailed Skipper

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Lespedeza cuneata ( Chinese Bush Clover) the nectar of choice here today. Found a mated pair of Viceroys. Just as I was about to press the shutter they flew high up into a cottonwood tree and out of sight. Privacy I guess? Also found a very sad looking Buckeye. Not sure about the caterpillar image. Couldn't find in my field guides. Looks like a type of cut worm.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 18
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Viceroy 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 26

Common Buckeye

Common Checkered-Skipper

Will Kerling and Cynthia Allen

West End of West Hand Avenue - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A fresh female Black swallowtail eclosed from a chrysalis.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Least Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Found yesterday's Tawny Emperor still around. I watched it imbibing some ripe peaches. Ten min. later it found a spider's web and the Emperor's reign came to an end. This morning's highlight was a fresh Monarch still drying its wings next to the shed chrysalis.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Monarch

Tawny Emperor

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

2 hours from noon to 2 pm.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Viceroy 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 43
  • Dun Skipper 2

Tom Bailey

Rancocas Nature Center
Burlington County, NJ

2:30 to 3:30 pm. Area around the parking lot and the field. Also found six Pipevine Swallowtail catterpillars.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 22

Pipevine Swallowtail cats

Pipevine Swallowtail cat

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Pat photographed a Tawny Emperor today while I was away in Virginia.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1

Will Kerling and Cynthia Allen

West End of West Hand Avenue - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

We found most of the butterfly species that one would expect at this time of the year. Cynthia found an Orange Sulphur which are ironically scarce , at present and should dispersed from somewhere into Cape May County, very soon.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Spicebush Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The Cloudless Sulphur is easy to find in Cape May County. This, most likely, will be a great fall for them.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Sachem 5

Will Kerling and Chris Tonkinson

Wetlands Institute - Stone Harbor, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Among the many Sachems and Salt Marsh Skippers, we found a Broad-winged Skipper and two Fiery Skippers. Chris found a Common Wood-Nymph on the nature trail.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • American Lady 8
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 25
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 23
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 6

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

83 degrees, sunny, 5-5:30 pm. Common wood nymph in the garden on sedum.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 16

Common Wood-Nymph

Will Kerling

Butterfly Lane along the MTBP - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were three Fiery Skippers and five Cloudless Sulphurs at this spot. Any day now, an Ocola Skipper or two might show amongst the flowers. Most of the Sachems are very worn and at the same time, some fresh ones are starting to appear.
Photos of a female Fiery skipper and a fresh, female Sachem.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 72

Will Kerling

Bucks Avenue - Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Most of these butterflies were visiting a patch of Joe Pye Weed.
Photos of an Aaron's Skipper basking and a female Red-banded Hairstreak.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Sachem 32

Will Kerling

Wetlands Institute - Stone Harbor, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Discovered a tagged Monarch and fresh American Ladies at this site. A couple of Painted Ladies were here, also.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • American Lady 4
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Sachem 6

Painted Lady

American Lady

Monarch

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found a Question Mark caterpillar under a Hackberry leaf near the front door of Muscle World.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Question Mark 0
  • Common Buckeye 1

Question Mark caterpillar

Will Kerling, Chris Tonkinson and Cynthia Allen

West End of West Hand Avenue - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

While dead heading Butterfly Bush flower clusters, Cynthia had a Long-tailed Skipper visit near her at 10:15 am ! She called out for me and I was able to get one quick image before it left. About 10 minutes later, a Red Admiral came to this same shrub and this was the first visit of this species for a couple of months.

[This excellent find by Cynthia A gives us a new species for 2017. Good job also to Will K for his documenting shot.

[My count totals 94 species for the year (if we include southern broken-dash), which would be our best species count since 2013, when we also totaled 94.

Can we find another species or two in 2017?? Our all-time record is 95, set our first year, 2008. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 5
  • Aaron's Skipper 8
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 13

Red-spotted Purple

Long-tailed Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

11:00am-12:00 noon

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling and Cynthia Allen

West End of West Hand Avenue - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

It was slow today due to rain and clouds.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Sachem 7

Gray Hairstreak

Black Swallowtail

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Will Kerling

Sand Barrens golf course - Swainton, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The clouds suppressed the butterfly activity.

  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Sachem 3

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

Buck Avenue - Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Went to the Joe Pye Weed patch along Buck Avenue and it is still yielding nectar for butterflies.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

Silver-spotted Skipper

Monarch

Will Kerling and Chris Tonkinson

West End of West Hand Avenue - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A female Summer Azure was egg laying on Butterfly Bush and I found a Red-spotted Purple egg on the leaf tip of a Black Cherry tree.
There was female Black Swallowtail in mint condition which probably came out of the chrysalis near the Fennel plants.
Photos of Red-banded Hairstreak, a Summer Azure egg laying on Butterfly Bush, and a Red-spotted Purple egg on tip of cherry leaf.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Sachem 8

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was a female Fiery Skipper in lawn grass near TJ Maxx.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Will Kerling

Sand Barrens golf course - Swainton, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Counted 10 different Cloudless Sulphurs on or around the driving range while the sun was out. There was not a single one flying after the clouds covered the sky. Is this why they are called Cloudless Sulphurs? I think, there is another reason for the name.

  • Cabbage White 13
  • Cloudless Sulphur 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 26

Will Kerling

Green Creek, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The Cloudless Sulphurs are widespread in Cape May County.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2

Will Kerling

Woodland Road - Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Monarchs are everywhere you go each day. Have been seeing them getting nectar from so many plant species.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 9

Monarch

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

78 degress but partly cloudy, 4:40-5:30. Not much activity. Two Monarch chrysallids, 9 cats.

  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A ten minute field trip revealed 9 butterfly species.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Sachem 60

Will Kerling and Cynthia Allen

West End Of West Hand Avenue - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

We are expecting Ocola Skipper sometime this month. In the meanwhile, Fiery Skippers are starting to appear.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 9
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 8
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 15

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Hummingbird Clearwing

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Pretty much what's expected in my garden this time of year. However, very few Red-spotted Purples so far this summer, and surprisingly, no takers on my fruit dish since late spring…

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Sachem 12

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Sleepy Oranges still flying in numbers. Didn't do a "deep dive" into the area today, just from the road .

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 23
  • Sleepy Orange 14
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 3
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 9

Common Checkered-Skipper

Sleepy Oranges

Steven Glynn

Thistle patch in field next to Beaver Dam
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 7
  • Sachem Common

Aaron's Skipper

Pipevine Swallowtail

Steven Glynn

Areas along James Moore Road
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem Common

Appalachian Brown

David L. Amadio

Red Bank Battlefield, National Park
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Both Tawny Emperor & Comma spent some time on fruit dish.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Sachem 3

Eastern Comma

Tawny Emperor