May 2012 Sightings

Chris Tonkinson

CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

American Lady: moving NW from SE; Red Admiral: moving NW from SE

  • American Lady 10
  • Red Admiral 60

Bridget and Patrick O'Connor

N Boyd Street - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Question Mark: nectaring on Snow Bush Blossoms; American Lady: nectaring on Snow Bush Blossoms; Red Admiral: nectaring on Snow Bush Blossoms

  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Dave Amadio

Backyard garden, W.Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Red Admiral 1

Will Kerling

West Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 7

Will Kerling

Rea Farm
Cape May County, NJ

Black Swallowtail: a fresh female; Eastern Tailed-Blue: at least, two females; American Lady: one nectaring on White Clover; Red Admiral: leading a bird tour so didn't have time to really focus on the butterflies

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 20
  • Red Admiral 50

Will Kerling

Railroad Tracks along Magnolia Drive - CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

American Lady: the one on the seedhead yesterday was still there at 10 am this morningwhich means resting in one place for 24 hours!

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Will Kerling

CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

American Lady: counted while bicycling from WaWaon Rte. 9to thenorth- out of town; Red Admiral: 9:18 am E to W; Red Admiral: counted while bicycling from WaWaon Rte. 9to thenorth- out of town

  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 25
  • Red Admiral 1

Chip Krilowicz

Pennypacker Park
Camden County, NJ

just waiting for the sun, photo

  • Peck's Skipper 1

Will Kerling

Parkway entrance just south of AGLs to Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

American Lady: only saw one lady / hard to pick out???; Red Admiral: passing the front of the car for the twenty minute trip to Cape May!!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 121

Will Kerling

AGL - South
Cape May County, NJ

Red Admiral: migrating E to W - only home for 15 minutes

  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 31

Will Kerling

CMCH to AGL - S via Rte. 9
Cape May County, NJ

  • Red Admiral 6

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail: briefly pursued by a Red Admiral as were many of the Am. Ladies; Question Mark: both summer form;1 quite worn and one fresh; American Lady: moving east to west, some stopping to nectar, between 1:45 and 5:15; Red Admiral: in one hour between 1:45 and 2:45, moving south to north starting shortly before sun emerged

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 67
  • Red Admiral 500

Dave Amadio

Rt 47 North of Tyler rd.
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

D. Bittle, J. Gutsmuth, C. Herz

Woodland Twp., route 72 site
Burlington County, NJ

Red-banded Hairstreak: most fresh; Duskywing sp.: none would land!

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 8
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 6
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 7
  • Red Admiral 12
  • Duskywing sp. 6

Will Kerling

WaWa on Rte. 9 -CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Question Mark: Bicycled to WaWa from 400 BlockW Hand Avenue and the migrants were rapidly moving from S to N; American Lady: Bicycled to WaWa from 400 BlockW Hand Avenue and the migrants were rapidly moving from S to N; Red Admiral: Bicycled to WaWa from 400 BlockW Hand Avenue and the migrants were rapidly moving from S to N

  • Question Mark 3
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 24

Will Kerling

Railroad Tracks along Magnolia Drive - CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

early in morning

  • Red Admiral 1

Jack Connor

Akers Trail and Eco Trail, Forsythe NWR
Atlantic County, NJ

Question Mark: saw no commas today, though trying to.; American Lady: outnumbering admirals and q-marks, more swirling leisurely flight, nectaring frequently, chasing each other; flight mostly north, not as direct as admirals or q'marks. Saw no V. cardui, though trying for it.; Red Admiral: much less noticeable flight here, 12:30-2 pm; wind strong from south breaking it up? flight heading due north by my compass.

  • Question Mark 20
  • American Lady 200
  • Red Admiral 50

Tom Reed

Stone Harbor Point
Cape May County, NJ

Orange Sulphur: northbound; Variegated Fritillary: northbound; Question Mark: northbound; sometimes in groups of 4-5 at a time; American Lady: smaller numbers than Tuesday's flight; Painted Lady: nectaring along dune path; likely others; Red Admiral: Remarkable afternoon flight– estimated total from 4 hours of observation. 50-100/min from 12pm through 1pm, then gradual increase, reaching ~200/min by about 3:15pm. Definitive peak shortly before 4pm, with minute-long counts of 700+ passing fixed point as viewed through binoculars. Flight tapered along outer beach once sea breeze developed shortly thereafter. Almost all movement SE->NW, coming in off the ocean and continuing inland. A number of dead/exhausted individuals littering the beach (ditto for Question Mark, Am Lady).; Monarch: high, northbound (12:40pm)

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Question Mark 3500
  • American Lady 700
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 55000
  • Monarch 1

Dave Amadio

Nummy's Island
Cape May County, NJ

Red Admiral: Obs. from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m, the three sp. were moving at a rate of 150 per min.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Question Mark 500
  • American Lady 500
  • Red Admiral 3500
  • Monarch 1

Dave Amadio

Old Robbins Trail, Jakes landing end
Cape May County, NJ

  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Chris Tonkinson

CRE Garden - Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 25

Shawn Wainwright & Jessica Wainwright

My backyard
Ocean County, NJ

from 8am - 7pm counted 100+ every 3 minutes which comes out to 2000 every hour!

  • Red Admiral 20,000+

Chip Krilowicz

Haddonfield
Camden County, NJ

Red Admiral: Average 2 per minute for 6 hours in my back yard alone

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 720

Dave Amadio

Parking area, end of Jake's
Cape May County, NJ

Red Admiral: flying south to north at 12 per min., from around 1:30 till 2:00 along with the next 2 sp.

  • Question Mark 60
  • American Lady 60
  • Red Admiral 240

J&J Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Question Mark: probably more; heading north with admirals and ladies, flight more like admirals, more direct that ladies (less "flighty") but ovipositing along the way, on hackberry in our garden.; American Lady: again conservative; same time period as above, but more leisurely flight, laying eggs in our garden on globe thistle. Swirling northward with admirals and q-marks; Red Admiral: conservatively, probably 10K plus; 50 to 100+/5 minutes for 7+ hours, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm; a few still flying by at 6:30 pm.Seemed to peak 3-4:30 pm, when we did two counts: 150/5 minutes 3:30 and 180/5 minute 4:15. All going almost exactly due north by our compass. Wind from south. Jesse in garden all day keeping track.; Peck's Skipper: FOY for us

  • Question Mark 100
  • American Lady 500
  • Red Admiral 7000
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Will Kerling

CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

American Lady: early in morning; Red Admiral: Bicycled 10 blocks at 1:50 pm and counted 224 RAs streaming by S to N andthis pace continued basically for the next two hours / counted looking out a front window around 3 pm / saw along one fence 102 RAs going rapidly S to N!!

  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 224

Will Kerling

400 Block W Hand Avenue - CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1

Dave Amadio

Reed's Beach Rd.
Cape May County, NJ

Red Admiral: Had to roll up the window to avoid collecting them!

  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Lady 50
  • Red Admiral 300

Dave Amadio

Jake's Landing Rd.
Cape May County, NJ

American Lady: see prev. comment; Red Admiral: In the overgrown field, the wild cherry blossoms were dripping with Admirals & Am. Ladies, Most certainly under counted!

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 70
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 118

Sandra Keller

Barrington - my garden.
Camden County, NJ

They were streaming north across Mercer Dr, and over my garden. I counted from my driveway for 10 minutes.

  • Red Admiral 66