March 2016 Sightings

Sandra Keller

Riverwinds - Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Sunny, 65 degrees, strong NW winds. I finally managed to see an anglewing perched!

  • Anglewing sp. 4
  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern Comma

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove NP
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Comma 5
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Audubon Wildlife Society participants/field trip

Salem WMA lower platform
Salem County, NJ

52 degrees partly cloudy

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Will Kerling

downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

a fresh-flying Cabbage White along Rte.9 near the USPS building

  • Cabbage White 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Higbees Beach
Cape May County, NJ

In a brief walk had 7 American Snout w/ 2 other probables on the wing. All 4 Azures were violacea

  • Blueberry Azure 4
  • American Snout 7
  • Eastern Comma 1

Blueberry Azure

American Snout

Cynthia Allen

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

Flying over house

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Will's Lot - Rt 47 and Woodcock lane
Cape May County, NJ

early afternoon I counted 27 Sulphurs in the air at one time! There were probably more. This seems to be the only field I can find sulphurs in.

  • Sulphur sp. 22
  • Orange Sulphur 5

Will Kerling

High's Beach Area
Cape May County, NJ

Watched a Mourning Cloak around mid-morning migrating northward just above the dune environment.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jesse Amesbury

My Yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spring Azure 4
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 3

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Will Kerling

Beaver Dam Road
Cape May County, NJ

There were overwintering butterflies and Blueberry Azures within the road area. Saw 4 Mourning Cloaks, 2 Eastern Commas and 26 Blueberry Azures (9 marginata forms, 3 lucia, 1 possible violacea and the others undetermined to form).

  • Blueberry Azure 26
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 4

Mourning Cloak

Blueberry Azure

Eastern Comma

Jack Connor

Mannheim Avenue, Galloway
Atlantic County, NJ

Ninety-minute, slow walk covering half a mile on sunny, dirt road. Temp high 60s. No certain "lucia" form azure seen. 9-10 "marginata." One possible "violacea." Others undetermined. Two azures lingered in fur of deer carcass for 10 minutes (with carrion beetles and various flies) and two were at same spot 30 minutes later on return walk.

  • Blueberry Azure 19
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Blueberry Azures on deer carcass

Blueberry Azure possible "violacea"

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Will Kerling

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Found 9 Blueberry Azures and 6 of these were the marginata form. Discovered my first Tiger Beetles (2) of the year. They were Oblique-lined Tiger Beetles.

  • Blueberry Azure 9

Cicindela tranquebarica

Blueberry Azure

Will Kerling

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

At least, 20 Orange Sulphurs flying at one time in the field!

  • Orange Sulphur 20

Cynthia Allen

Seashore Rd. just north of Canal
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Claire Campbell

Rancocas State Park - Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

Moderator's Note: Welcome to the Project, Claire Campbell!

  • Spring Azure 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Spring Azure

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Will Kerling

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

Stopped at 10:06 am and two minutes later 2 Orange Sulphurs rose up out of the field. It was 48 degrees and warming up.

  • Orange Sulphur 2

Brian & Karen Johnson

Sand road across from Tarkiln pond
Cape May County, NJ

We both had half days at work today so we went for a midday walk at Tarkiln. The butterflies weren't the only bugs out today – the ticks were out in force!

  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Blueberry Azure 29
  • Mourning Cloak 3

Henry's Elfin

Blueberry Azures

Chip Krilowicz

Belleplain SF
Cape May County, NJ

Fog to start with lots of sun 50 to 60 by noon. Hit various locations at Belleplain.

  • Blueberry Azure 45
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Mourning Cloak 3

Blueberry Azure

Phigalia titea (the Half-Wing Moth)

Cynthia Allen

Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

Blueberry Azures:13 marginata, 4 lucia, 1 violacea (no black on margins at all), others were in flight.

  • Blueberry Azure 25
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Will Kerling

MTBP from West Hand Avenue to Railroad Tracks
Cape May County, NJ

Counted 7 Blueberry Azures and a high flying Mourning Cloak.

  • Blueberry Azure 7
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Sandra Keller

Lake's Bay
Atlantic County, NJ

Marilyn H. and I scanning the bay counting the Horned Grebes. The Mourning Cloak was well out in the bay. Flying west to east. Partly sunny, strong SW winds, 60 degrees or so.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mike Hannisian

Beaver Dam WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Blueberry Azure 24
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Mourning Cloak

Will Kerling

Yard in 400 Block of West Hand Avenue
Cape May County, NJ

Two fresh male Eastern Tailed-blues were in the yard and one got nectar from a Dandelion. The next yard to the north near USFW refuge had an Azure species. Later in the day, I saw a fresh Cabbage White passed through.

Moderator's note: St. Patrick's Day brought us two new species for our 2016 season: these eastern tailed-blues that Will found and also the Henry's elfins found by Karen and Brian Johnson (see their report). Congrats and thanks to these observers – and everyone out there looking. Spring is happening!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2

Mike Hannisian

Lizard Tail Swamp
Cape May County, NJ

  • Blueberry Azure 12

Blueberry Azure

Jack Connor

Indian Cabin Woods Preserve, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

One hour in mix of upland and lowland Pine Barrens forest. Breezy, sunny, temperature mid-60s. Two "marginata" form; other undetermined (presumed to be C. lucia based on date and site.)

  • Blueberry Azure 3

Cynthia Allen

Woodcock Trail, CMNWR
Cape May County, NJ

These were the first Orange Sulphurs I've seen on the Trail this year whereas those on the corner lot were present throughout the winter. The Mourning Cloaks were being territorial with one chasing off the other.

  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Chip Krilowicz

Black Run Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

Windy sunny 60. Used cell phone to keep track of numbers.
My first Blue Corporal of the year. My earliest record and 2012 was the only other year that it was seen in this month. April is the historic start of Dragonflies.

  • Blueberry Azure 81
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Ladona deplanata (Blue Corporal)

Mourning Cloak