March 2016 Sightings

Steven Glynn

Nabb Road fields
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

nectaring on self-heal

  • Cabbage White 1

Steven Glynn

Eppinger Ave. access to Maurice River
Salem County, NJ

  • Spring Azure 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Will Kerling

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Found thirteen Azures, a fresh Cabbage White and an American Lady during a visit to the preserve. Sharing photos of a male Celastrina lucia form marginata - dorsal side, a female Celastrina lucia form marginata - dorsal side and its underside plus a fresh-appearing American Lady.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Blueberry Azure 11
  • American Lady 1

American Lady

Blueberry Azure

Blueberry Azure

Blueberry Azure

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Some of the Highbush Blueberry is in bloom

  • Blueberry Azure 1

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve, Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

  • Blueberry Azure 1

Blueberry Azure "lucia" form

Tom Bailey

Bear Swamp Preserve, Southampton Township
Burlington County, NJ

  • Elfin sp. 1
  • Spring Azure 2

Michael Stanton

Franklin Parker Preserve Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

Three miles of hiking on sand trails.

  • Spring Azure 15

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Observations made from 12:55 to 2:05 p.m. Temp.56 degrees

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Sandra Keller

Glassboro Woods WMA - Nowhere Rd. and Lincoln Ave.
Gloucester County, NJ

With Marilyn Henry. Sunny, calm to light NE winds, 60 degrees or so. Most of the butterflies were along Nowhere Rd.

  • Henry's Elfin 6
  • Blueberry Azure 23
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Eastern Comma

Henry's Elfin

Steven Glynn

Buckshutem Creek trail- Bevan WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Blueberry Azure 9

Blueberry Azure

Steven Glynn

Rt. 555 north powerline and nearby fields
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 26
  • Sulphur sp. 7

Cabbage White

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Steven Glynn

Maurice River Bluff Preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Spring Azure 3

Spring Azure

Steven Glynn

Private field near Greenwich (west Cumberland)
Cumberland County, NJ

This field was actively holding late season sulphurs and variegated frits in December. Visited to see what might have held on.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 7
  • Orange Sulphur 2

Sulphur, sp.

Will Kerling

402 West Hand Avenue - CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Which Azure do we have??? See Photo. Saw 2 Azure species, 2 Cabbage Whites and an Orange Sulphur.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Azure, sp. 2

Azure, sp.

Will Kerling

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

Found 3 actively-flying Orange Sulphurs and a Mourning moving E to W.

  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Flying through the yard about 3:30 PM

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jack Connor

Old Port Road, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Two-hour walk, 2:30-4:30 pm. Mostly sunny, mid-60s, winds light to gusty. All azures seen well (8 "marginata" and 1 "lucia") were blueberry azures. Calling the fly-bys and fly-aways "azure sp." only because holly/C. idella may now perhaps be possible in ATL Co, given the early emergences this year.

  • Azure, sp. 13
  • Blueberry Azure 9
  • American Lady 1

Brian Johnson

Glades refuge Fortescue Rd
Cumberland County, NJ

  • American Lady 1

Chris Herz

Riverwinds River Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Late afternoon walk. 65 degrees but gusting winds.

  • Cabbage White 2

Jesse Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

seen while gardening.

  • Cabbage White 3

Sandra Keller and Marilyn Henry

Mannington Marsh - Rt. 45
Salem County, NJ

With Marilyn Henry. This is her pic. The sun was just starting to emerge. 65 degrees or so. Winds weren't too high at the moment. Marilyn - "Sandra, why does this Cabbage White look smaller than the other one?" Me - after a few seconds - "Get a pic! Wow! A Falcate in March!"

The butterfly was about 30 feet from the platform located on the west side of Rt. 45 - down a dirt road/access to one of the WMA parts of Mannington. This road is northeast of the marsh causeway by 2/10 of a mile or so.

Moderator's note: this is our 2016 FOY for falcate orangetip and makes 2016 only the second year on our log (2008-2016) that we have had a March record for this species. Our earliest date ever was 3-21-12. The average first emergence of the species in our records is ~April 9th. Congratulations to both observers on an excellent find.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 1

Falcate Orangetip

Will Kerling

MTBP just south of West Hand Avenue - CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

A fresh Cabbage White was patrolling.

  • Cabbage White 1

Chip Krilowicz

Scotland Run
Gloucester County, NJ

Sunny windy and about 52

  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Blueberry Azure 4

Henry's Elfin

Will Kerling

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

Counted 13 Orange Sulphurs struggling in flight, at once. The very strong, breeze made flying a challenge.

  • Orange Sulphur 13

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

I observed the Gray Hairstreak nectaring on a Dandelion. It was sunny, windy, and about 52 degrees. It didn't stay long before flying over the house.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Blueberry Azure 2

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek Park, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 3

Steven Glynn

Glassboro Woods- Carpenter Road access
Gloucester County, NJ

Short stop, from 12:50pm to 1:30. Sunny, 57 degrees and very breezy. Only covered about 100 yards, from gate to first bridge, but good numbers of Henry's Elfins flying. Cabbage Whites were seen close to Route 47/Carpenter Road junction.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Henry's Elfin 7
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Henry's Elfin