May 2016 Sightings

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

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

Steven Glynn

Woodland Township area
Burlington County, NJ

Sunny, 72 degrees.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Hessel's Hairstreak 2
  • Brown Elfin 3
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Spring Azure 3
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 2

Brown Elfin

Hessel's Hairstreak

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

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

I was surprised to have only this one butterfly in my yard once the sun came out this afternoon.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

Our newest park, during official bird survey for Burlington County Parks.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Sootywing 6

Will Kerling

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

Found three active Red Admirals and a male Eastern Tailed-Blue. The Red Admirals blend so well with folded wings.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red Admiral 3

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Red Admiral

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

I saw the first Red Admiral at 7:25 AM and 55 degrees.

The Azure sp. was so worn I couldn't make out any markings, but most likely Holly.

The 4 Red-banded Hairstreaks were engaged in dogfights at the top of a tall oak tree. Later, I had a mint-fresh RBH come down and nectar on a Black Cherry blossom.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 2

Tom Bailey

Medford Fish & Wildlife Management Area
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

A competition for numbers by two Vanessas – with the Lady edging out the Admiral by one. Chased a mint-fresh Mourning Cloak until it lost me in the tall reeds along the powerline cut.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 8
  • Red Admiral 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Zabulon Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Will Kerling

Middle Township Bike Path - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

With a strong southern tail wind, the Red Admirals, Question Marks (all 'Summer Forms') and American Ladies were trucking to the north. Found great variety for the trip which included five skipper species. Best find of the day for me was my first Cobweb Skipper and it was a female. Also, another FOY was sailing north on the southern winds - Monarch.

Often hear that Frosted Elfins seldom nectar, I witnessed a Frosted Elfin nectar on many White Violet flowers and another white-flowering plant.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Frosted Elfin 2
  • Holly Azure 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 17
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 11
  • American Lady 20
  • Red Admiral 10
  • Monarch 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Cobweb Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Frosted Elfin

Cobweb Skipper

Question Mark

American Lady

Red Admiral

Will Kerling

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

Early in the morning, I saw a white Sulphur species, a Cabbage White and an American Lady.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • American Lady 1

Will Kerling

402 West Hand Avenue - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were two active Cabbage Whites and at one point in time, 3 American Ladies zipped in together and got some nectar and continued their dispersal northward.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Lady 3

Will Kerling

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

There was only one active Orange Sulphur.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Backyard Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Bright, sunny day with mild winds, for a change!

  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 2

Sandra Keller

Bevan WMA - Ackley Rd. east
Cumberland County, NJ

I was butterflying when the temps got warmer. I was running the WSB with Doug Johnson.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 5
  • Lady sp. 3

Jack Connor

Old Port Road, Port Republic Delorme 65:M-18
Atlantic County, NJ

90-minute search, 2-3:30 pm. Cloudy, breezy, temperature 70s. Saw ventral of only two of duskywings, but all worn so presuming all were Juv's. Azures very active; none landed for good looks, but all probably holly azures. Best find: yellow-breasted chat, first I've seen in Port since 1995.

  • Azure, sp. 12
  • American Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 6

Juvenal's Duskywing

Steven Glynn

1st powerline along Rt. 555
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 11
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Duskywing sp. 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2

Eastern Pine Elfin

Spicebush Swallowtail, female

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Red Admiral 4

Jennifer Bulava

Batsto Village
Burlington County, NJ

An incredible birding day. Despite the beautiful sunny weather, these were the only butterflies I saw.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Each year my first patrolling male Zabs are found in the exact same locations. A very predictable species.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Zabulon Skipper

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Moderator's Note: Monarchs have been scarce so far in 2016 (as they have been in some previous years April-May). This is the first report of the species since Matt Webster's April 26 find of one individual in CAM.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Found this RBH on the ground in the sun near the tree where they were seen in dogfights yesterday.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

Will Kerling

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

There were hundreds of Red Knots feeding on Horseshoe Crab eggs and no butterfly movement in the high winds along the Delaware Bay shoreline. A walk in the forest revealed some butterfly activity and a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

  • Holly Azure 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 13
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Red Admiral

Red Knots

Jack Miller

Dennisville RR; n. of Rt 610 (Delorme 72 C10)
Cape May County, NJ

Last stop at 1-2:00. Most interesting bug of the day was the worn question mark I saw in the exact same location as I reported on 3/24 and 3/31; I strongly believe that it must be the same q-mark.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Frosted Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Duskywing sp. 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Will Kerling

West Hand Avenue just east of Rte. 47 - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Discovered a basking female Eastern Tailed-Blue in an vacant lot.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Jack Miller

Buckshutem powerlines near Rt 555
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 6

Common Sootywing