March 2016 Sightings

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

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

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Chip Krilowicz

Scotland Run
Gloucester County, NJ

Sunny windy and about 52

  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Blueberry Azure 4

Henry's Elfin

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

Beth Polvino

My yard - North Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 1

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

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)

Jean Gutsmuth

Haddonfield garden
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2

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

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

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

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

apparent form violacea

  • Blueberry Azure 1

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

Steven Glynn

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

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1

Will Kerling

High's Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

A Cabbage White was flying along the forest edge.

  • Cabbage White 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

Dune at High's Beach
Cape May County, NJ

Cabbage White flying and basking within the dune grasses.

  • Cabbage White 1

Jack Miller

Fidler Rd, Woodbine
Cape May County, NJ

Field is lovely with Johnny jump ups. Among the orange sulfurs were two very bright yellow sulfurs. The one that I photoed also has a very thin black border. Because of those two things, I am calling this a cloudless. I am willing to be convinced otherwise.

  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 7

Clouded sulphur

Will Kerling

Field near Dias Creek Road and Rte. 47
Cape May County, NJ

The first Orange Sulphur in this field for the year.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Will Kerling

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

Spent a minute counting Orange Sulphurs - 30 of them flying at once!

  • Orange Sulphur 30

Will Kerling

402 West Hand Avenue
Cape May County, NJ

A Cabbage White and two Azure species were on the wing. The Azures were checking out a native Dogwood and its buds. Had 9 butterfly species this day and a 10th is possible with azures in this entry - more on this later.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Azure, sp. 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

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Having not seen a cloak or comma all day, I decided to stop at Mac even though it was after 5:00. The admiral was in the exact location that one was seen by Suttons and Connors on 3/1/16. Today was my first double-digit species day in March ever. An oddly, that was without a cloak or comma.

  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Blueberry Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

  • Henry's Elfin 1

Jack Miller

Dennisville RR
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, windy, low 70's. First stop at 1:45. Question mark was at the same spot as the "anglewing sp." I saw (and commented that I thought it was a q. mark) on 3/24. The swallowtail looked like a spicebush, but did not land and escaped before I could photograph, so I am calling it a "swallowtail, sp."

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 5
  • Blueberry Azure 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Question Mark

Jack Miller

Lizard Tail
Cape May County, NJ

Second stop. I saw Will K. who must have hid the bflys as he walked! I was looking for frosted elfins.

  • Elfin sp. 1

Sandra Keller

Riverwinds - Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Mostly cloudy, 73 degrees, strong SW winds.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Question Mark 1

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