March 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

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

A brief stop at this field yielded two active Orange Sulphurs then bicycled on to Beaver Dam Road. Had no luck finding a Blueberry Azure even though the weather was ideal.

  • Orange Sulphur 2

Will Kerling

Gus's Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

Can you find the Question Mark in the bundle of dead deciduous leaves hanging in a Holly Tree?

  • Question Mark 1

Question Mark

Sandra Keller

Tuckahoe WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, windy, 60 degrees at least. We were out of the wind on a section of dirt road through the woods. With Marilyn Henry. Photo by Marilyn.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jack Miller & others

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

A walk with Pat & Clay Sutton and Jesse & Jack Connor. Photos here by Pat & Clay. Commas differentiated by wing pattern differences – found by Pat in photos. Azure a fly-by, probably a blueberry (by season).

  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Eastern Comma (1st individual)

Marbled Salamander larvae

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red Admiral

Eastern Comma (2nd individual)

Will Kerling

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

Bicycled up to the field where Orange Sulphurs recently have been recorded and I saw one flying immediately (1:54 pm). It was sunny and 36 degrees! One minute later another Orange Sulphur was seen flying.

  • Orange Sulphur 2

Will Kerling

Beaver Dam Road
Cape May County, NJ

Found a Mourning Cloak on this road, as I found a parking spot. Did not discover Blueberry Azures.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak

Harvey Tomlinson

Rt 47 and Woodcock Lane
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped to see the bugs reported from here recently. I had a Orange and a Clouded Sulphur…I think.
The butterflies seem like runts. Very small. Blurry in-flight pic shows the border and "floating" spot.

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1

Sulphur sp.

Clouded Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

brian johnson

Hunters Mill Road
Cumberland County, NJ

Janet Crawford told me that she saw a spring Azure and a Mourning cloak today.

  • Spring Azure 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jesse Amesbury

My Yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

first yard butterfly of the year.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Sandra Keller

Glassboro Woods WMA
Gloucester County, NJ

Sunny, strong SW winds, 60+ degrees. The anglewings would not settle down close again after they flew from the dirt roads as I drove slowly along.

  • Anglewing sp. 4

Will Kerling

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

Stopped for two minutes at 2:08 pm at this field and I recorded two Orange Sulphurs.

  • Orange Sulphur 2

Cynthia Allen

My yard in Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

Flying through yard

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Will Kerling

Gus's Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

Found 3 Mourning Cloaks and an Eastern Comma on and along this road.

  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 3

Mourning Cloak

Jane Galetto (fide Pat Sutton)

Jane's backyard on Maurice River (NE of Laurel Lake)
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Will Kerling

Beaver Dam Road
Cape May County, NJ

Found 3 Blueberry Azures and got photos of two of them. There was an Eastern Comma, a Mourning Cloak and possibly, a Question Mark basking on the sandy road.

The find of the day were the 3 American Snouts at this location. One flew by me waist high within three feet!

  • Blueberry Azure 3
  • American Snout 3
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Blueberry Azure

Blueberry Azure

Will Kerling

Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

While bicycling through town on Rte. 47, I had a Mourning Cloak and an Eastern Comma fly by from the east to the west. Also, there was a sulphur in someone's yard that appeared to have the lemon yellow of a Clouded Sulphur.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

brian johnson

NLT Glades refuge
Cumberland County, NJ

The sulphurs were at Reineman and the others were at the RR tracks in Bear Swamp.

  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Blueberry Azure 2
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Will Kerling

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

There were, at least, 5 Orange Sulphurs in this field.

  • Orange Sulphur 5

Cynthia Allen

My yard in Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

Flying over the house

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Belleplain SF Sunset bridge area
Cape May County, NJ

Mourning Cloaks were everywhere. I counted 11 on the roads alone.
I had 1 Question Mark. lousy pic attached as my camera is on the fritz and one anglewing sp. moving at light speed. No azures

  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 15

Mourning Cloak

Question Mark

Chip Krilowicz

Pennypacker
Camden County, NJ

72 degrees

  • Anglewing sp. 1

Chip Krilowicz

Haddon Heights
Camden County, NJ

Attracted to Snow Drops. I do not know of any blueberry plants nearby.

  • Blueberry Azure 1

Blueberry Azure

Harvey Tomlinson

Woodcock lane and Rt 47
Cape May County, NJ

I had 6 sulphurs in the air at one time this afternoon.
I did not go onto the property so they are all sp.

  • Sulphur sp. 6

Cynthia Allen

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

  • Orange Sulphur 4

Will Kerling

Gus's Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

Found active overwintering butterflies - Mourning Cloaks and Eastern Commas.

  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 4

Mourning Cloak

Pat & Clay Sutton

Old Robbins Trail
Cape May County, NJ

Walked the 1.83 mile stretch of this dirt road from 1:50 to 3:50 p.m. All 4 of the Azures DID NOT cooperate. Each one was glimpsed as it spiraled up, up, up, and away.

  • Azure, sp. 4
  • Eastern Comma 6
  • Mourning Cloak 3

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Cynthia Allen

Cape May NWR, Woodcock Trail
Cape May County, NJ

The first QM was flying high in the pines, but later flew down on a trunk and basked. The second was also basking on a trunk.

  • Question Mark 2

Will Kerling

High's and Gus's Beach Roads
Cape May County, NJ

Discovered 5 Mourning Cloaks for the entire loop walk and an Eastern Comma and Question Mark together on tree trunks and ground leaves in the woods.

  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 5

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Will Kerling

Dune system along the Delaware just south of Pierce's Point.
Cape May County, NJ

Eastern Comma zipped by me around 1 pm, traveling south.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Indian Trail Nature Conservancy
Cape May County, NJ

Quick afternoon walk.

Moderator's Note: Is this azure light enough to be a possible "violacea" form? Or is the margin just a touch too dark? According to Wright and Pavulaan, "violacea" forms make up only about 1 in 50 individual blueberry azures.

  • Blueberry Azure 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 4