April 2016 Sightings

Jack Connor

Old Port Road, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

2:30-4:00 pm. Temp ~70F. Little wind. Highbush blueberry beginning to bloom locally, so spent a timed hour at one shrub to see what it would draw. Discovered that made censusing hard. While half a dozen or more azures engaged in "dogfights" or courtship chases around and above the shrub, out of sight and then back again, three female blueberry azures oviposited in those 60 minutes. Two dipped their abdomens to unopened blossoms 12 feet/tip-top of shrub; other did so at eye level (photo), but I couldn't find the egg. Needed Will Kerling's sharp-eyed assistance! Also walked the dirt road for ~30 minutes. All azures ID'd to species were "marginata" blueberry azures. At least one azure (photo'd) had me wondering about the possibility of a holly azure, C. idella. But it's still early in season and some darkness is just visible on forewing, so I suspect it was "violacea" C. lucia. No other butterfly species found.

  • Azure, sp. 12
  • Blueberry Azure 6

Azure, sp. ("violacea" C. lucia?)

Blueberry azure (ovipositing)

Highbush blueberry

Steven Glynn

Bogden Blvd- Millville
Cumberland County, NJ

Drive through counting sulphurs in flight.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 14

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Comma 1

David L. Amadio

Glassboro Wildlife Management Area
Gloucester County, NJ

Falcate Orangetip was a male. Blueberry Azures were marginata form except for one lucia form. Observed 11 Henry's Elfin swirling around a single American Holly. Henry's Elfins included two "viridissima" form individuals.

Moderator's Note: Among his many other good finds, Dave Amadio has kicked off our "Holly Azure Season" with his report of that species and his excellent shot showing that species' overall brightness (in comparison to blueberry azures.) Nice going, Dave! Watch out, everyone, ID'ing azures now gets even harder!

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Elfin sp. 2
  • Henry's Elfin 43
  • Azure, sp. 18
  • Blueberry Azure 10
  • Holly Azure 7
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 5
  • Mourning Cloak 4
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

Falcate Orangetip

Eastern Comma

Henry's Elfin

Blueberry Azure ("lucia" form)

Holly Azure

Will Kerling

Dune System at High's Beach
Cape May County, NJ

A Cabbage White bounding around in the dunes

  • Cabbage White 1

Steven Glynn

Second power line area on Rt. 555
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Spring Azure 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Spring Azure

Juvenal's Duskywing

Will Kerling

Dias Creek Road to Cape May CH
Cape May County, NJ

Saw an Azure species checking out Pussy Willow Blossoms.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Azure, sp. 1

pussy willow blossoms

Lynn Maun

Upper Deerfield
Cumberland County, NJ

Spotted butterfly on flowers of redbud tree. Special thanks to Jack Connor for ID.

Moderator's Note: Welcome to the Project, Lynn Maun, our newest contributing observer!

And check out Lynn's photo, everyone. Could this Henry's be looking for a spot to oviposit? Redbud (Cercis canadensis) is a primary host of the species to the south and west of NJ – but apparently not common enough here to serve that role (where hollies and blueberries are considered the primary hosts). With so many Henry's around this year, can we document some ovipositing with photographs? Please post if you succeed at that.

  • Henry's Elfin 1

Henry's Elfin

Will Kerling

Field just south of Dias Creek Road and Rte. 47
Cape May County, NJ

There were 6 Orange Sulphurs and a Cabbage White flying about.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 6

Will Kerling

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

Counted 36 Orange Sulphurs up and flying with one sweep of the binoculars through the field - population keeps increasing!

  • Orange Sulphur 36

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

David L. Amadio

Rt 553 Wenonah
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Will Kerling

400 Block West Hand Avenue
Cape May County, NJ

There were two Henry's Elfins struggling for territory in a Pine Tree, 3 Cabbage Whites patrolling and 2 Azure species inspecting native Dogwood buds in a forest surrounding a house. It is surprising that a place semi-wild is so close to downtown CMCH and such a busy highway connecting the town to Rte. 47.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Azure, sp. 2

Will Kerling

Gus's Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

Found 7 butterfly species on this road in the forest. The best sighting was a mint fresh Silver-spotted Skipper.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Cabbage white

Gray Hairstreak

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Blueberry Azure 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Steven Glynn

Access road to Bevan WMA firing range, off Battle Lane
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Spring Azure 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Falcate Orangetip

Juvenal's Duskywing

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Looked like the sun might cooperate late in the day, but when I arrived clouds took over. Flushed an anglewing or admiral from the path as well.

  • Cabbage White 1

David L. Amadio

Clement's Bridge Rd.,Barrington
Camden County, NJ

An anglewing flew out from under a barbershop's awning in strong winds and roughly 41 degrees this morning.

  • Anglewing sp. 1

Will Kerling

Dune system at High's Beach
Cape May County, NJ

Cabbage White was patrolling the dune for a very, long time.

  • Cabbage White 1

Will Kerling

Gus's Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

Recorded 8 butterfly species on this forest road. They were FOY Holly Azures (3) on the road, 10 Cabbage Whites (Dandelions), an American Lady (Dandelions), an Orange Sulphur (Dandelions), 4 Henry's Elfins, 6 male Falcate Orangetips (Speedwell and a Cress species), a male Juvenal's Duskywing nectaring on Self Heal (saw underside very well)and 5 Azure species (not Holly Azures - 1 or 2 different species).

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Falcate Orangetip 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Henry's Elfin 4
  • Azure, sp. 5
  • Holly Azure 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Steven Glynn

Warren Grove WMA
Ocean County, NJ

Overcast, 65 degrees. Looked for 40 minutes up until rain came.

Moderator's Note: Congratulations to Steve on our FOY for 2016. His find gives us records of all five azures now – already by April 4. We have photos of four of them (missing only a pic of brown elfin.) Keep those cameras ready, everyone!

  • Hoary Elfin 1

Hoary Elfin

Will Kerling

Green Creek, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Cabbage White was flying along Rte. 47.

  • Cabbage White 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Jakes Landing
Cape May County, NJ

3PM walk. Good numbers of Henry's Elfin and Azures.
A few Henry's showed some green speckling on the front of the HW.
Thoughts on the Sulphur?

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Henry's Elfin 11
  • Azure, sp. 6
  • Blueberry Azure 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1

Sulphur sp.

Henry's Elfin

American Snout

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Jack Connor

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

1:30-3:00 pm, mostly overcast, ~62F, light/moderate winds. Elfin probably a Henry's. All azures seen well were "marginata" blueberry. 6 of o'tips male; others undetermined.

I have bicycling up my street to this dirt road every March and April since 1990, to search for anglewings and azures. Have never recorded falcate orange-tips until last week. Have the deaths of hundreds or thousands of pitch pine in forest there over past five years (from southern pine beetle) been a factor – by opening up the canopy? The mustard Cardamine hirsuta (potential host) is numerous along forest/road edge, but maybe it's always been there and went unnoticed until o'tips began nectaring on it. Maybe it's just a good year for falcate orangetips throughout South Jersey.

  • Falcate Orangetip 8
  • Elfin sp. 1
  • Azure, sp. 6
  • Blueberry Azure 6

Falcate Orangetip

Cardamine hirsuta

Steven Glynn

Along Route 72
Burlington County, NJ

  • Spring Azure 2

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

QM landed right by my feet and walked around for a while.

FOS Am. Lady was worn and small. She was egg-laying on a barely emerged Cudweed sp.

  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Blueberry Azure 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Turkey Point - Bald Eagle trail
Cumberland County, NJ

Lots of Azures. Only Holly was visible along the trail

  • Elfin sp. 1
  • Henry's Elfin 5
  • Azure, sp. 11
  • Blueberry Azure 2
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Azure sp.

Holly azure

Will Kerling

Garden Lake Trailer Court just south of Indian Trail Road on Rte. 9
Cape May County, NJ

Saw my FOY Clouded Sulphur. They are hard to come by in the winter/spring for Cape May County. We get most of ours in the fall. Our winter Orange Sulphurs look somewhat like Clouded Sulphurs with very little orange or none.

  • Clouded Sulphur 1

Will Kerling

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

At 10:03 am, I stopped my bicycle at this field. It was sunny, breezy and 36 degrees. Two minutes later, there were 2 flying Orange Sulphurs!! Walked into field and flushed 4 more Orange Sulphurs.

  • Orange Sulphur 6

Orange Sulphur

Will Kerling

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

With a slight breeze and temperatures approaching mid-forties, I flushed an American Lady.

  • American Lady 1

American Lady