May 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

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

I flushed 5 Red Admirals and an American Lady in the early evening hours. One of the Red Admirals was in the dune and the rest of the butterflies were found on Gus's Beach Road.

  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 5

Red Admiral

American Lady

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

Maurice River Bluff Preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

3rd stop around 11:30. Found a fawn too young to stand. Mom allowed me to photo.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

white-tailed deer fawn

Jack Miller

Peek Preserve (Delorme 68 G13)
Cumberland County, NJ

Second stop.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

Will Kerling

Middle Township Bike Path between Indian Trail and Oyster Roads - Cape May Ch, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were 8 butterfly species found on this short walk. The most common butterfly was the American Lady. The Cloudywings were too active for positive identification.

One last note, the Question Mark was a 'Summer Form'. I hope more of this species disperses into our area from the south.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 23
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Cloudywing sp. 2

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

Cynthia Allen

W. Hand Ave., CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

The Orange Sulfur flew onto the windshield of the car and rode along for a while.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Cynthia Allen

Cape May NWR, Songbird Trail
Cape May County, NJ

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • American Lady 4

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • American Lady 2

Will Kerling

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

There were three Red Admirals actively flying in a light rain. It was very hard to get near them when they did land.

  • Red Admiral 3

Will Kerling

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

For several weeks, we have been getting Red Admirals and American Ladies dispersing into Cape May County. The last few days, they are being joined by the 'Summer Form' Question Mark.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 6
  • American Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Question Mark, summer form

American Lady

Red Admiral

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

FOS Little Wood-Satyr. C. Buckeye was FOS for my yard and was inspecting Toadflax. To my surprise, a Black Cherry just outside the house had the following all at one time: Red-banded Hairstreak, E. Pine Elfin, and 2 very late Henry's Elfins.

Moderator's Note: As Cynthia notes, this is our log's first wood satyr of 2016. Nice find!

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Jack Miller

Shaw's Mill Road off Rt 555
Cumberland County, NJ

Mostly cloudy, low 60's. 1:00-3:00. Gray hairstreak quite worn. Juvenal's duskywings are turning white with age.

Moderator's Note: Jack M's dusted skipper is our first of 2016 and is a species that can be hard to document, so that makes his report here worth a double hurrah. Nice work! jc

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 7
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Duskywing sp. 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 9
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4
  • Dusted Skipper 2

Southern Cloudywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Dusted Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Jack Miller

first powerline along 555
Cumberland County, NJ

Mostly cloudy, upper 50's. 10:30- 12:30. N. cloudywing quite different from darker, more patterned ones I am used to in the Cape. Both qmarks summer forms.

Moderator's Note: this is our first report of red-spotted purple for 2016. Nice find, JM!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 9
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Duskywing sp. 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2
  • Common Sootywing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Northern Cloudywing

Question Mark

Holly Azure

Red-spotted Purple

Will Kerling

Magnolia Drive off Mechanic Street in the downtown area - Cape May CH, Nj
Cape May County, NJ

Twice American Ladies were seen skimming across the front window of the car.

  • American Lady 2

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Watched a fresh male Spicebush Swallowtail land right next to a male Zab. The Zab did't seem to mind the company, as it stayed put. Observed a 2nd Zab, also a male.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Spicebush and Zabulon

Will Kerling

Middle Township Bike Path between Indian Trail and Oyster Roads - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Discovered 8 butterfly species and 2 Duskywing species which were very elusive. A Red-banded Haistreak was getting nectar from White Violet flowers.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Duskywing sp. 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Silver-spotted Skipper

Will Kerling

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

There was only one Orange Sulphur flying in this field. On Monday with sun, there were no Orange Sulphurs to be seen!

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Jean Gutsmuth

Audubon Garden; Haddonfield Park
Camden County, NJ

Saw one swallowtail in each place.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2

Will Kerling

Gus's and High's Beach Roads - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found nine different butterfly species and a Question Mark egg on the tip of a Hackberry leaf. All Question Marks today were the 'Summer Form'. Photos showing the dorsal and ventral side of a male Zabulon Skipper.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 8
  • American Lady 8
  • Red Admiral 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Sachem 2

Question Mark, egg

Question Mark, summer form

Zabulon Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island
Burlington County, NJ

blue trail, 2:00pm
Eastern comma was extremely worn and feeding on black locust flowers

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

American Lady

Jack Miller

Woodbine RR (Delorme 72 B11)
Cape May County, NJ

60's and mostly cloudy but with enough sun breaks to keep things moving. 2:00- 4:00. Surprised by the number of sleepys and browns and that many were quite fresh. One elfin looked like an ancient Henry's. A pretty steady stream of migrants heading north.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Swallowtail sp. 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Elfin sp. 2
  • Brown Elfin 7
  • Frosted Elfin 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 5
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 11
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 10
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Duskywing sp. 2
  • Southern Cloudywing 2
  • Sleepy Duskywing 7
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 2

Sleepy Duskywing, male

Sleepy Duskywing, female

Brown Elfin

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Henry's Elfin cont. at Black Cherry. Question Mark at Hops. Azure sp. was a fly-by.

Moderator's Note: Henry's elfin has had a good year. Will some linger up to our late date for them: May 26 (2014)?

  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1

Chris Herz

Woodland Twp.
Burlington County, NJ

Sunny, 72 degrees. Observations from 1:40-2:45 pm. Ran into Harvey T. & Bill G.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Holly Azure 2
  • American Lady 1

Jean Gutsmuth

Haddon Heights garden
Camden County, NJ

Today I released a black swallowtail butterfly which had overwintered in my garage.

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Will Kerling

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

Flushed my first Common Sootywing of the year and it was worn and a bit ragged looking. The other butterflies were the American Lady, a Common Buckeye and three male Sachems.

  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Sachem 3

Common Sootywing

Will Kerling

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

There were 2 American Ladies and a 'Summer Form' Question Mark in the dune system along the Delaware Bay.

  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2

Will Kerling

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

There was a passing American Lady in the back yard.

  • American Lady 1

Will Kerling

Woodbine, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Red Admiral flew by at an intersection in town.

  • Red Admiral 1

David L. Amadio

Jake's Landing Rd.
Cape May County, NJ

Observed an additional half dozen medium sized nymphalids flying from south to north over the boat ramp parking area. I suspect American Ladies or Q-Marks.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 4