May 2016 Sightings

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

Jack Miller

Menantico ponds fish and wildlife (Delorme 69 G15)
Cumberland County, NJ

9:30; sunny, 50's; winds nw 15-20. Lovely autumn morning (where did summer go?). First stop of Maurice River area trip.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1

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

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • American Lady 1

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

Cynthia Allen

Cape May NWR, Songbird Trail
Cape May County, NJ

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • American Lady 4

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

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

Jack Miller

Peek Preserve (Delorme 68 G13)
Cumberland County, NJ

Second stop.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jean Gutsmuth

Audubon Garden; Haddonfield Park
Camden County, NJ

Saw one swallowtail in each place.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2

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

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

David L. Amadio

Ackley Road
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3

David L. Amadio

Rt 555 Bevan WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Dusted Skipper gave me all of 10 seconds to observe and shoot. Saw one briefly nectar on dewberry, but I think it was the same individual. Least Skipper surprised me here in a dry oak/pine habitat. Think this may be our FOY. Sachem was a male.

Moderator's Note: Dave is correct about this being our first least skipper of 2016. Nice find! jc

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Dusted Skipper 1

Dusted Skipper

Least Skipper

Chris Clemenson

Clemenson Farm's Native Plant Nursery, Estelle Manor
Atlantic County, NJ

Nectaring on Amsonia hubrichtii (Threadleaf Bluestar). I hope she found some of the many milkweeds popping up in the yard.

  • Monarch 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

FOS Summer Azure was laying eggs on a Silky Dogwood flower head. Question Mark was at Hops. Mint-fresh female Black Swallowtail was nectaring on a variety of potted flowers.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Black swallowtail overwintered in chrysalis.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Black Swallowtail

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

David L. Amadio

Shaw's Mill Rd.
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2