May 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

Intersection of Goshen-Swainton Road and Court House-Dennisville Road - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

At the stop sign, a Red Admiral flew by the car.

  • Red Admiral 1

Will Kerling

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

With the warm morning, I was surprised to see only one Orange Sulphur in flight for this field.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

American Ladies were on the move as were Red Admirals, to a lesser extent.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 10
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Chip Krilowicz

Blueberry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Sunny windy and 70. Had a short time to explore. Female Horace's Duskywing showed large white spots and bold pattern.

Moderator's Note: Congratulations to Chip on our FOY Peck's skipper for 2016.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

Peck's Skipper

Pearl Crescents

American Lady

Joe Burgiel (compiler for group field trip)

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve, Cape May Courthouse
Cape May County, NJ

It has been years since most of us from northern NJ have seen Frosted Elfin. And a 24 species day up here in early May is unheard of. Here is our list from Sunday. Except perhaps for a few Frosted Elfins probably seen only by Will, all species were seen by at least a few people. In addition to those listed below, also seen were numbers of Azure sp., Lady sp., and Elfin sp.

Moderator's Note: Thanks to Joe Burgiel for compiling the species and totals for the trip – not an easy task when we were finding so many. Thanks also, of course, to Will Kerling for helping all of us explore one of his favorite stomping grounds. jc

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 8
  • Frosted Elfin 24
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Holly Azure 44
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 18
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 47
  • Red Admiral 9
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Cobweb Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

A Painted Lady came out nowhere and landed very briefly and I was lucky to get a digital image! It continued northward on its journey.

[As of 7/17/16, this is our only report of painted lady in 2016! jc]

  • Painted Lady 1

Painted Lady

Will Kerling

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were 4 people and I that butterflied within the preserve under a Cape May School of Birding program sponsored by NJ Audubon this day. Photo of an Eastern Pine Elfin getting nectar from Lowbush Blueberry flowers).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 9
  • Elfin sp. 4
  • Frosted Elfin 8
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 3
  • Holly Azure 11
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Duskywing sp. 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Frosted Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Steven Glynn

1st powerline area along Rt. 555
Cumberland County, NJ

Clouded and 68 degrees. Weather didn't materialize as promised. Numbers on cabbage whites and orange sulphurs were way, way down.

Moderator's Note: Congratulations to Steve on finding (and photo'ing) our FOY common sootywing for 2016.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 9
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 13
  • American Lady 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 14
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Sachem 1

Common Sootywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Sachem

Will Kerling

Field at intersection of Rte. 9 and Woodcock Lane - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Near 10 am, I witnessed 3 Orange Sulphurs flying at once.

  • Orange Sulphur 3

Will Kerling

CMBO NJ Audubon center - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was a Red Admiral using Beach Plum flowers for a nectar source.

  • Red Admiral 1

Chris Tonkinson

Highs Beach Area - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

At 7:30 am, there was a Red Admiral that flushed from the cottage next to the Delaware Bay. Did it just come across the bay or did it spend the night on the building?

  • Red Admiral 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Common Checkered-Skipper was a real surprise as I've only had them in my yard in late summer and fall.

  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

American Ladies on the move today, also to a lesser degree Red Admirals.

  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 7
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Brown Elfin

American Lady

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Third day in a row for this sp. here. Nectared again on French Lilac

  • American Lady 1

Chris Herz

Riverwinds River Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Late in the day walk, 64 degrees

  • Red Admiral 3

David L. Amadio

Warren Grove Recreation Area
Ocean County, NJ

Photographed a mated pair of Sleepy Duskwings here. Interesting to see the sharp contrast between male (darker) and somewhat worn female (pale) individuals.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Elfin sp. 1
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Hoary Elfin 11
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Holly Azure 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Duskywing sp. 7
  • Sleepy Duskywing 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 13

sleepy duskywings mating

hoary elfin

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

Incredible birding day, possibly the best ever for me at this site. Not many butterflies, though.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1

Will Kerling

Gus' Beach Road - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was evidence of an early morning Delaware Bay crossing of the Red Admiral and American Lady. This road ends at the bay. We saw 10 Red Admirals and 5 American Ladies zipping around the road and nearby, Phragmites between 9:15 am and 9:30 am!!

  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 10

David L. Amadio

Oswego River Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

Quickly lost the sun mid-day at this location. Winds picked up as well and suppressed most butterfly activity.Beaver Dam Rd leading to this location was in very poor shape.Large depressions filled with water.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Brown Elfin 4
  • Holly Azure 7
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Duskywing sp. 2
  • Sleepy Duskywing 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas Nature Center, Westampton
Burlington County, NJ

15 minute time frame, stationary.

  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

light rain and 50 degrees, leading a bird walk. One of my attendees found the harvester on sweet pepperbush leaves, still alive but unable to fly.

Moderator's Note: Despite the individual's condition, this is an excellent find: our first harvester of the year, at the earliest date we have ever recorded on our log (previously 5-26-13), and at a new site for our project for this localized and intriguing species. (Plus, it's documented by this cool photo!) Congratulations to Jennifer Bulava and her field tripper on their discovery.

  • Harvester 1

Harvester

Will Kerling

High's Beach Road - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

At 9:45 am, I flushed a Red Admiral and it was cloudy and 55 degrees. Later in the day, there were 3 American Ladies and 2 Cabbage Whites moving about.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1

Cabbage White

American Lady

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

During official spring bird survey, 8:00-11:30am

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods section; 2-3pm

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Pearl Crescent 1

David L. Amadio

Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

Finding it harder each year to see Callophrys hesseli. Made a second trip to the pines today and saw 3 for the day. I believe that the Emerald moth image is of Blackberry Looper.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Hessel's Hairstreak 1
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Holly Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 10
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Blackberry Looper

Eastern Pine Elfin

Hessel's Hairstreak

Jack Miller

649 N. Port Norris (Delorme 68 m12)
Cumberland County, NJ

10 am; cloudy.

Moderator's Note: We had two FOY reports for zabulon on the same day: this one by Jack M in CUM and the other by Jennifer Bulava in BUR. Congratulations to both observers.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Holly Azure 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Zabulon Skipper

David L. Amadio

Warren Grove & Beaver Dam Rd.
Ocean County, NJ

Only had a couple of brief looks at a male Cobweb Skipper this morning here. One of the holly Azures was Celastrina idella (near form lucia).They make up 3-6% of C. idella (David M.Wright, Harry Pavulaan)

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Hoary Elfin 10
  • Holly Azure 8
  • Duskywing sp. 3
  • Sleepy Duskywing 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4
  • Cobweb Skipper 1

Cobweb Skipper

Holly Azure "near form lucia"

Juvenal's Duskywing

Steven Glynn

Warren Grove natural area
Ocean County, NJ

Sunny, 75 degrees

  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Hoary Elfin 9
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 5
  • Cobweb Skipper 2

Hoary Elfin

Cobweb Skipper

Chip Krilowicz

New Brooklyn Park
Camden County, NJ

75 and cloudy.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Elfin sp. 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1