March 2016 Sightings

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

Cynthia Allen

Cape May NWR-Woodcock Trail
Cape May County, NJ

The E.Tiger ST was a shock since we did not have this species in March 2012 of the 32 species seen. We had our first that year on 4/9. However, it has been a banner month for this species in the SE up into Virginia, so it is not unexpected.

The Falcate Orangetips were all males actively flying.

A pair of Blueberry Azures was attempting to mate on a Highbush Blueberry which was in bloom.

Moderator's Note: Congratulations to Cynthia on an excellent discovery of tiger s'tail at a startling early date. March 2016 is pulling ahead of all eight previous Marchs since 2008 for startling finds…except for the amazing March of 2012. jc

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 6
  • Orange Sulphur 48
  • Henry's Elfin 5
  • Azure, sp. 4
  • Blueberry Azure 4
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Will Kerling

High's Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

There two Cabbage Whites on the road.

  • Cabbage White 2

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

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

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

Claire Campbell

Rancocas State Park (Westampton)
Burlington County, NJ

Along the yellow trail.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Steven Glynn

West Side Park- Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Falcate Orangetip was a male. The Azures were flying on and off of the holly trees on the paths.

  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Henry's Elfin 5
  • Spring Azure 6

Claire Campbell

Rancocas Nature Center
Burlington County, NJ

I saw 2 small, dark butterflies fluttering at each other and was able to get a quick look. I noticed that they were very dark at the base of the hindwings that progressed to a darkish rufous at the edges of both hidwings and forewings. I wasn't able to get a photo but bumped into Jen Bulava just when she spotted a Henry's Elfin at Rancocas State Park (Westampton). By process of elimination of description and time of year, I'm concluding my butterflies were also Henry's Elfins.

Moderator's note: Thanks to Claire for the detailed and careful documentation of her find – which sounds right on the money to me. jc

  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern comma

Steven Glynn

Mad Horse Creek WMA- near Salem
Salem County, NJ

Didn't see until today that Tom Bailey was at this same location yesterday. The White M Hairstreak photo is pretty bad and not so conclusive, but this butterfly kept buzzing my orange blaze shirt and I could see the cobalt blue upperside as it darted all around me. That's largely the key feature I'm basing this ID on. The Orangetips were males. The Henry's Elfins were swarming on and off from the tree/shrub that my photo shows one sitting on. The Azures were brighter, larger and more sharply marked than what I've seen in areas more laden with blueberry. If these are a different subspecies, I'm not expert to say.

Moderator's Note: Thanks to Steve for the detailed explanation and the photo of his white-m, very helpful! His find is only the second time we have recorded that species in March in our log's nine-year history (other find came in – you can guess – 2012, on 3-30-12). Jesse Connor reports that the shrub in the Henry's photo looks like Aronia (a.k.a. Photinia) arbutifolia, red chokeberry. Its leaves are emerging/unfolding right now in South Jersey.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 3
  • Henry's Elfin 17
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 8
  • Anglewing sp. 2

Falcate Orangetip

Henry's elfin

Spring Azure

White M Hairstreak