March 2016 Sightings

Cynthia Allen

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

FOS Blueberry Azure in the yard

  • Blueberry Azure 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Will Kerling

Common Milkweed Field just north of Goshen, NJ on Rte. 47
Cape May County, NJ

One Orange Sulphur flying in the large farm field.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

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

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

David L. Amadio

Red Bank Ave.& Crown Point Rd. West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2

Cynthia Allen

Woodcock Lane and Rt. 47, aka "Will's Lot"
Cape May County, NJ

Quick view

  • Orange Sulphur 35

Will Kerling

Court House-Dennisville Road
Cape May County, NJ

A fresh Henry's Elfin crossed the road about 2 feet in front of my moving bicycle.

  • Henry's Elfin 1

Will Kerling

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

Found 17 Orange Sulphurs flying at once in this field today. Two of them were nectaring on Self Heal.

  • Orange Sulphur 17

Orange sulphur

Will Kerling

Beaver Dam Road
Cape May County, NJ

The Blueberry Azures were abundant! Found my first of the year Henry's Elfins in the Holly Trees and there were 3 Mourning Cloaks patrolling and perching on territories.

  • Henry's Elfin 6
  • Azure, sp. 10
  • Blueberry Azure 83
  • Mourning Cloak 3

Blueberry Azure

Mourning Cloak

Henry's Elfin

Chip Krilowicz

Cold Spring
Burlington County, NJ

Windy sunny and 60.

  • Blueberry Azure 13
  • Eastern Comma 1

Will Kerling

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

Stopped along the field and watched 2 Orange Sulphurs in flight at 3:10 pm. It was 50 degrees and very breezy.

  • Orange Sulphur 2

Michael Stanton

Somers Point, 15 Higbee Ave.
Atlantic County, NJ

Nectaring on chickweed.

Moderator's note: Welcome to the Project, Mike Stanton!

  • Cabbage White 2

Will Kerling

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

Stopped my bicycle at this field and counted, at least, 15 Orange Sulphurs flying and there was a fresh Cabbage amongst them.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 15

Will Kerling

Beaver Dam Road
Cape May County, NJ

Blueberry Azures were quite common. Recorded 55 of them and identified some to form - 16 marginata, 3 lucia and 3 violacae. Also, found 4 Henry's Elfins (one was Callophrys henrici viridissima - see image), a Mourning Cloak and 2 Azures sp.

  • Henry's Elfin 4
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Blueberry Azure 55
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Henry's Elfin

Blueberry Azure

Blueberry Azure

Will Kerling

Bucks Avenue in Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped on the road shoulder just before the urban housing and found a Mourning Cloak and an American Snout in active flight.

  • American Snout 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Will Kerling

High's Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

A Morning Cloak flushed off the road by the car.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Chip Krilowicz

Wharton SF
Camden County, NJ

Warm and windy.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Blueberry Azure 43
  • Question Mark 1

Blueberry Azure

Will Kerling

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

Counted 22 Orange Sulphurs in the air over the field within a minute. Went on north of here for more butterfly adventure.

  • Orange Sulphur 22

Steven Glynn

Gershal Road (near Rosenhayn) power line and Muddy Run area
Salem County, NJ

Moderator Note: Two reports on the same day – in widely-separated areas (Salem and Camden Counties) – of the first gray hairstreaks of 2016.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 8
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 1

Spring Azure

Gray Hairstreak

Pat Amadio

Rt45 Woodbury
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

David L. Amadio

RT295 Near Mt.Ephraim
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Will Kerling

West Hand Avenue in Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A fresh Cabbage White flying in an urban yard.

  • Cabbage White 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

I was surprised there were not any overwintering butterflies in my yard today.

  • Blueberry Azure 1

Jack Connor

Old Port Road, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Half-hour walk along old dirt road. Mix of clouds and occ. sun. Temp ~70. Few insects active…couple of flies and a wasp or two. One "lucia" form, one "marginata," two undetermined.

  • Blueberry Azure 4

Steven Glynn

Along Jesse Bridge Road, near power line
Salem County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Michael Stanton

Franklin Parker Preserve, Chatsworth
Burlington County, NJ

  • Spring Azure 4
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Chris Herz

Chestnut Branch Park
Gloucester County, NJ

Late in the day walk, 72 degrees. Both individuals along the dirt path just past the 9/11 Memorial.

  • Eastern Comma 2

Jack Connor

Woods off Motts Creek Road, Galloway, NJ.
Atlantic County, NJ

Half-hour walk. Same conditions as at Old Port Road today. Pitch pine and oak woods, some maples. Blueberry shrubs far from blooming. One azure "marginata," two undetermined.

  • Blueberry Azure 3

Jesse Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2