March 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

High's Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

Cabbage White flying near my bicycle and then soon, I noticed an Azure species in the woods amongst Hollies and Highbush Berries. It most likely was Blueberry Azure.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Azure, sp. 1

Will Kerling

400 Block of West Hand Avenue
Cape May County, NJ

There were two Cabbage Whites and 2 Azure species in the back yard.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Azure, sp. 2

Sandra Keller

Warren Grove Cedar Swamp
Burlington County, NJ

With Gwen Alexander. 60 degrees, sunny, calm winds on some of the and road near the swamp. The Azures were flocking there. I found it interesting that all were the lucia form. And I saw all well.

  • Blueberry Azure 11

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA- Whitehead Road access off Rt. 555
Cumberland County, NJ

Moderator's Note: this is our first Juvenal's of 2016 – and our first skipper of any kind for the year. Congratulations to Steve and an alert to the rest of us: Here they come, everyone! Be on your toes!

  • Henry's Elfin 9
  • Spring Azure 37
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Mourning Cloak

Spring Azure

Henry's Elfin

Juvenal's Duskywing

Tom Bailey

Mad Horse Creek F&WMA (off Alloway Creek Neck Rd)
Salem County, NJ

  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Spring Azure 1

Henry's Elfin

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

apparent form violacea

  • Blueberry Azure 1

Will Kerling

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

At 11:37 am, I stopped and made a quick count of Orange Sulphurs in the field. There were 15 Orange Sulphurs moving about, at once. It was 48 degrees and sunny.

  • Orange Sulphur 14

Will Kerling

400 Block of West Hand Avenue
Cape May County, NJ

Watched an Azure species and came upon a male and female Cabbage White. On a Cabbage Plant, I found and photographed a Cabbage White egg.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Azure, sp. 1

Cabbage Whites (mating)

Cabbage White (egg)

Will Kerling

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Discovered a Mourning Cloak, 2 Blueberry Azures form marginatas, 2 Azure species and a fresh Henry's Elfin. Photographed a teneral Blue Corporal.

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

Blue Corporal

Mourning Cloak

Jean Gutsmuth

Haddonfield garden
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2

Will Kerling

Beaver Dam Road
Cape May County, NJ

There were plenty of azures - 20 Blueberry Azures (14 marginatas) and 11 azure species! Found 14 Henry's Elfins and four of them were nectaring on yellow Forsythia flowers (first butterfly feeding record for this shrub). Saw only one Mourning Cloak.

  • Henry's Elfin 18
  • Azure, sp. 11
  • Blueberry Azure 20
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Henry's Elfin

Blueberry Azure

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2

Will Kerling

High's Beach to South Dennis Diner on Rte. 47
Cape May County, NJ

Saw two Cabbage Whites on the highway.

  • Cabbage White 2

Beth Polvino

My yard - North Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 1

Will Kerling

Dune at High's Beach
Cape May County, NJ

Cabbage White flying and basking within the dune grasses.

  • Cabbage White 1

Will Kerling

High's Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

A Cabbage White was flying along the forest edge.

  • Cabbage White 1

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA- Shaw's Mill Pond area
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1

Marian Jordan

Cedar Swamp Trail, Cape May National Wildlife Refuge off Tyler Rd.
Cape May County, NJ

First submission, I'll try for better quality next time. They wouldn't sit still. Can you imagine that?

Moderator's Note: Welcome to the Project to our newest contributing observer, Marian Jordan! jc

  • Orange Sulphur 2

Orange Sulphur

Jesse & Jack Connor

Mannheim Avenue (dirt section), Galloway
Atlantic County, NJ

1:45-2:45 pm, mostly sunny, mid-60s, moderate to strong winds. All o'tips were males. Exciting to find! May have been four individuals; one or two nectaring on the mustard, Cardamine hirsuta (in photo). Henry's elfin apparently the "green highlights" subspecies, C. henrici viridissima. All azures seen well were blueberry ("marginata"); rest probably same species but did not settle for good looks.

  • Falcate Orangetip 3
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 4
  • Blueberry Azure 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Brian Johnson

NLT Burden hill preserve
Salem County, NJ

While taking a lunch break in my work truck with the door open, a Orangetip flew in the cab of the truck, circled around, then exited the truck. I grabbed my camera and jumped out of the truck to get a pictue, but it had vanished.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Azure, sp. 4
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Will Kerling

Beaver Dam Road
Cape May County, NJ

Discovered 11 Azure species (very active in the heat), 24 Blueberry Azures (11 marginatas), 23 Henry's Elfins and a Mourning Cloak on the sandy road. Found my FOY Six-spotted Tiger Beetles (3).

  • Henry's Elfin 23
  • Azure, sp. 11
  • Blueberry Azure 24
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Six-spotted tiger beetle

Henry's Elfin

Jesse & Jack Connor

farm field on Leipzig Road, Galloway
Atlantic County, NJ

3:00-3:15 pm. Short stop. Temp mid-60s. Too windy there for butterflies or butterflyers!

  • Sulphur sp. 2

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas State Park, Westampton
Burlington County, NJ

walked the entire loop; from the green trail, to white trail, yellow, brown, back to white; 5.5 miles

  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Cynthia Allen

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

  • Orange Sulphur 15

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

All were flying, but presume Blueberry since the yard is surrounded by Highbush Blueberry.

  • Blueberry Azure 10

Will Kerling

High's Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

There two Cabbage Whites on the road.

  • Cabbage White 2

Will Kerling

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Found 6 individual butterflies and they were all a different species - an American Lady, a Mourning Cloak, a Blueberry Azure (Celastrina lucia lucia), a fresh Juvenal's Duskywing, a male Eastern Tailed-Blue and a fresh Frosted Elfin.

Moderator's Note: Congratulations to Will on our FOY frosted elfin. We had several FOYs today, it seems!

  • Frosted Elfin 1
  • Blueberry Azure 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Frosted Elfin

Juvenal's Duskywing

Blueberry Azure

Jack Miller

Belleplain SF
Cape May County, NJ

Brown elfin was seen in a very dependable spot for them.

  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Henry's Elfin 14
  • Azure, sp. 8
  • Blueberry Azure 5
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

  • Henry's Elfin 1