May 2012 Sightings

Dave Amadio

Berkley Rd. near Rt295 exit 18
Gloucester County, NJ

crossing the road south to north

  • Red Admiral 1

Chris Herz

Audubon backyard garden
Camden County, NJ

around 4 pm, still cool but a bit warmer

  • Red Admiral 1

Jean Gutsmuth

Route 70 near Medford
Burlington County, NJ

1 min. count-driving-3:30 pm

  • Red Admiral 25

Jean Gutsmuth

Dot and Brooks Evert Trail roadside
Burlington County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 18
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 5

Sandra Keller

Driving around Barrington and Stratford
Camden County, NJ

They were starting to emerge as the sun went in and out of the clouds. Still cool though. They started out on a southerly direction, but the later ones were all over the compass. This was from 3:15 until 5:00PM or so.

  • Red Admiral 40

Dave Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic trail
Gloucester County, NJ

American Copper: 1 fresh, 1 faded; American Lady: most were nectaring on sand blackberry; Painted Lady: nectaring on sand blackberry; Red Admiral: cloud cover kept many of them down; Least Skipper: being chased by male Zab; Sachem: 5 males, 1 female; Zabulon Skipper: 8 males & my 1st female for 2012

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Question Mark 15
  • American Lady 50
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 147
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 9
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Bill Grant

near Bevan WMA Dividing Creek
Cumberland County, NJ

Frosted Elfin: fresh, well marked; Question Mark: also mixed with Red Admirals; American Lady: mixed in with the Red Admirals; Red Admiral: Early mourning. 2 or 3 would fly with every step; Common Buckeye: full size, fresh, bright colors; Duskywing sp.: most well worn

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 60
  • Frosted Elfin 5
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Question Mark 35
  • American Lady 45
  • Red Admiral 100++
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Duskywing sp. 7
  • Cobweb Skipper 6
  • Dusted Skipper 10

Will Kerling

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Spicebush Swallowtail: nectaring on Japanese Honeysuckle; Swallowtail sp.: raised off the ground and immediately left / just could tell it was plenty black; Falcate Orangetip: a female; Orange Sulphur: one very bright orange; Frosted Elfin: most individuals for the year, so far; Eastern Pine Elfin: really worn; Red-banded Hairstreak: sometimes clouds of them raising off the ground; Eastern Tailed-Blue: includes a mated pair; Variegated Fritillary: very fresh - digital image; Pearl Crescent: nectaring on Dewberry Blossoms; Question Mark: one sipping Willow sap; Mourning Cloak: in the forest; American Lady: one nectaring on Wild Lupine Flowers; Painted Lady: one very faded; Red Admiral: one sipping Willow sap; Juvenal's Duskywing: on forest trail; Horace's Duskywing: both females / nectaring on Dewberry Blossoms; Sachem: all males / nectaring on Wild Lupine and Dewberry Blossoms

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 352
  • Frosted Elfin 16
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Question Mark 67
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • American Lady 134
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 180
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 21

Jean Gutsmuth

Dot and Brooks Evert Trail roadside
Burlington County, NJ

  • Red Admiral 21
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 6

Bill Grant

Warren Grove
Burlington County, NJ

  • Hoary Elfin 12

Dave Amadio

Backyard garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Red Admiral: most that I counted at one time in the yard today. Most were nectaring on American Cranberry; Sachem: male nectaring on French lilac; Zabulon Skipper: male nectaring on purple verbena

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 9
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Michael O'Brien

Tarklin Pond
Cape May County, NJ

Little Yellow: just past the gate on the trail; American Lady: hugh numbers; Red Admiral: hugh numbers; Common Buckeye: well worn one

  • Little Yellow 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

'Summer' Spring Azure: "summer brood" female on Silky Dogwood/foodplant here; very pale dorsally and ventrally; Question Mark: some paused to inspect Hops; American Lady: predominant b-fly in the yard today. 20 at one time when the sun came out at 9:30. Continued to move through in handfuls when sun emerged.; Red Admiral: most down toward ground, not flying high

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 13
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 7
  • American Lady 20+
  • Red Admiral 35

Will Kerling

Avalon golf Links - South
Cape May County, NJ

American Lady: late in the afternoon; Red Admiral: late in the afternoon

  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 4

Chris Herz

Audubon backyard garden
Camden County, NJ

12:30-1:30 observation

  • Red Admiral 7

Jean Gutsmuth

Franklin Parker Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 20
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 12
  • Red Admiral 30
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Painted Lady 1

Chris Herz

backyard garden, Audubon
Camden County, NJ

male, released–in same spot 5/8 am

  • Black Swallowtail 1

J&J Connor

our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

American Lady: no detectable movement, lingering/nectaring on chives; Painted Lady: on chive with Am ladies; our FOYs; Red Admiral: movement harder to see; Peck's Skipper: perhaps same two individuals from 5/4/12

  • Cabbage White 4
  • American Lady 15
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 10
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Eastern Tailed-Blue: fresh male; Question Mark: inspecting Hops

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 12
  • Red Admiral 7

Sandra Keller

My house
Camden County, NJ

They emerged - 30 at once - at 11:10AM when the sun came out briefly. And then the rest came flying north over Mercer Dr. again - just like Friday. The flight really slowed when the sun went back in - or maybe the numbers are dwindling.

  • Red Admiral 110

Will Kerling

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Common Buckeye: all runts; Duskywing sp.: only a glance; Sachem: one female; Zabulon Skipper: a male

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 31
  • Frosted Elfin 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 12
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • American Lady 56
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 19
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 17

Sandra Keller

Floodgates and Riverwinds
Gloucester County, NJ

From 1:30 to 3:30PM. They were mainly flying north, but some were heading south and some were landing on the ground. It had gotten cloudy again.

  • Red Admiral 75

Cynthia Allen

Kimble's Beach-Songbird Trail
Cape May County, NJ

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail: flying rapidly along trail; Eastern Tailed-Blue: 1 rag; Red Admiral: mostly non-directional; some sunning, some nectaring Black Cherry; Duskywing sp.: likely Juvenal's; Sachem: My FOY; males

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 47
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 42
  • Red Admiral 25
  • Duskywing sp. 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 2

Will Kerling

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

Question Mark: both 'Summer Forms'; American Lady: some nectaring on Dewberry Blossoms; Common Sootywing: digital image

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 10
  • Common Sootywing 1

Will Kerling

CMCH,NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Question Mark: all nectaring on Chokecherry Blossoms or resting on the ground; American Lady: nectaring on Snowball Blossoms; Red Admiral: one nectaring on Snowball Blossoms,seven nectaring on Chokecherry Blossoms, one travelling rapidly E to W and the other one travelling rapidly S to N

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 10

Dave Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Red Admiral: 15 min. obs.; Red-spotted Purple: nectaring on viburnum dentatum; Silver-spotted Skipper: nectaring on multi-flora rose; Zabulon Skipper: 2 males & 1 female

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Stephen Mason, Jon Gelhaus, et al.

Franklin Parker Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

Orange Sulphur: one white female; Question Mark: 6 hours of obs on a cloudy day with drizzle; American Lady: 6 hours of obs on a cloudy day with drizzle; Red Admiral: 6 hours of obs on a cloudy day with drizzle; Monarch: surprisingly early for the middle of the pinelands; Juvenal's Duskywing: mostly worn

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 20
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 3
  • Holly Azure 5
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Question Mark 50
  • American Lady 250
  • Red Admiral 600
  • Monarch 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Jack Connor

Kennedy Farm, Stockton
Atlantic County, NJ

  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 8
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Dave Amadio

Backyard garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

brief obs.

  • Red Admiral 1