January 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

US Plant Materials Center fields
Cape May County, NJ

An Orange Sulphur flying in a grassy area.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Orange Sulphur

Will Kerling

Field at intersection of Rte. 47 and Woodcock Lane
Cape May County, NJ

May be the first butterfly of the year. Saw a basking Orange Sulphur at 10:02 am then one minute later, another Orange Sulphur flew around in the field for a couple of minutes before landing - temperature 39 degrees.

  • Orange Sulphur 2

James Dowdell

Higbee Beach WMA-Bayshore Rd section
Cape May County, NJ

  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Jack Miller

Dennis Creek WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Clouded Sulphur 1

Jack Miller

Rt 607; field near The Beanery
Cape May County, NJ

Upper 40's and sunny (finally!).

  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 1

Clouded Sulphur

Common Buckeye

Steven Glynn & Harvey Tomlinson

Field near Greenwich
Cumberland County, NJ

Lunch time break from CBC and looked over this field from 12:15 to 12:40pm. Sunny, 52 degrees.

  • Sulphur sp. 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4

Orange Sulphur

Harvey Tomlinson

Langley Rd
Cumberland County, NJ

Following Steve Glynn's lead I stopped at Langley Rd and found an additional 6 Sulphur's. We had 11 at a field Steve has visited in the past. I have 2 Orange and 1 Clouded I can call the others sp.

  • Sulphur sp. 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2

Clouded Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Tom Bailey & Jeff Ellerbusch

Stafford Township
Ocean County, NJ

Found during the Barnegat Xmas Bird Count. Photos taken by Jeff Ellerbusch. Thanks, Jeff.

Moderator Note: Congratulations to both observers on this discovery. Believe it or not, Tom and Jeff's find gives the Barnegat CBC its second January monarch in our log's eight years! Rick Radis and others found one on that count on 1-1-12. (Our latest-ever date for monarch was also established in 2012: Michael O'Brien found one on Wildlin Lane in Cape May on 1-12-12).

  • Monarch 1

Monarch (male)

James Dowdell

Cox Hall Creek WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Clay Sutton

Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

An albino, so can't be sure if it was an Orange or a Clouded Sulphur.

  • Sulphur sp. 1

Sulphur sp.

Sam Galick

Utility power line cut at Kresson Elementary School in Voorhees, NJ
Camden County, NJ

Orange Sulphur sunning itself and taking small flights during the warmth of the day.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Found my 1st ever January butterfly in Gloucester County.Most years here butterflies are only a memory at this point in time, but after December's surprises it was worth the chase for a couple more days.This Buckeye flew briefly along the pipeline cut.

  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Brian Johnson

Reineman Preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

Midday on the Cumberland CBC.

  • Orange Sulphur 2

Steven Glynn

Private field near Greenwich
Cumberland County, NJ

Partly sunny, 57 degrees. Former double-digit count of individuals in this field has now been reduced to only a pair, male and female, of hardy stock.

  • Orange Sulphur 2

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

James Dowdell

Route 607 West Cape May (Beanery)
Cape May County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Sam Galick

Beanery
Cape May County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 1

James Dowdell

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral

Will Kerling

Beaver Dam Road
Cape May County, NJ

After the Orange Sulphur experience, I decided to go and check for Blueberry Azures on Beaver Dam Road due to the December sighting by Jim Dowdell. Sure enough, I saw Celastrina lucia there!!! Now have flight records for this species in 6 different months - December through May - thanks to one bizarre winter.

  • Blueberry Azure 1

Will Kerling

Field at intersection of Rt. 47 and Woodcock Lane
Cape May County, NJ

Watched 7 individual Orange Sulphurs flying, at once, from the car!

  • Orange Sulphur 7

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

This Red Admiral was sunning on my roof before flying into the woods. My first-ever January butterfly in the yard!

  • Red Admiral 1

James Dowdell

Field at Woodcock Lane and Route 47
Cape May County, NJ

  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Orange Sulphur 8

Brian Johnson

Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

1 azure at the north shore campground at 10.00 am cloudy and 60. 2 azures at the sand roads around the Tarkiln bogs at 1.00 pm Sunny and 65. It was very odd walking around Belleplain in a tee-shirt looking for them at this time of year.

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Blueberry Azure

James Dowdell

Beaver Dam WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Moderator Note: Whew! These Dec/Jan blueberry azures – now recorded in three different areas (Beaver Dam, Lizard Tail, and Belle Plain) by three different observers (Jim D, Will K, and Brian J) – have to send your mind spinning. Jim's dorsal shot here stirs the mix some more. That's a female's pattern. In the usual emergence in March, we generally (always?) see males flying first.

  • Blueberry Azure 1

Blueberry Azure (dorsal)

Blueberry Azure (ventral)

Will Kerling

Field at intersection of Rte. 47 and Woodcock Lane
Cape May County, NJ

Just after 11 am, I witnessed an Orange Sulphur actively flying on its own in this field.

Moderator's Note: Hey, SJBFers. Just so there's no confusion. Our "Recent Sightings" page has not gone blank below this Jan 15th report by Will K. It's just that this is the only sighting in the past two weeks (the most recent earlier reports are from Jan 10). If you want to see other January reports, just click on January to the right….It's 23 degrees outside and our SJ landscape is covered with snow, so this orange sulphur might be our last butterflyer for a while yet….but we will see!

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Will Kerling

Field at intersection of Rt.47 and Woodcock Lane
Cape May County, NJ

Lawn Crocuses have been blooming on West Hand Avenue since January 8th. Images here from 1-26-16.

Orange Sulphur photo'd 1-28-16 in a field with the temperature at 40 degrees in this area of CMCH. It is a strange winter!

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Orange Sulphur

Lawn Crocuses

Steven Glynn

Back Neck Road near Fairton
Cumberland County, NJ

Sunny, 56 degrees, with snow cover. Grandson and I were out looking for birds and the sulphur flushed along the road and flew some distance as we watched it from the car. No camera available to photograph it. Got out of car and followed it into grassy patch and confirmed species.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Cynthia Allen

Field at intersection of Rt. 47 and Woodcock Lane
Cape May County, NJ

The Orange Sulphur was flying freely, although I was surprised to see only one.

  • Orange Sulphur 1