May 2016 Sightings

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

Will Kerling

Woodbine, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Red Admiral flew by at an intersection in town.

  • Red Admiral 1

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

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

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

Jean Gutsmuth

Haddon Heights garden
Camden County, NJ

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

  • Black Swallowtail 1

David L. Amadio

CMBO CRE Gardens
Cape May County, NJ

A brief stop here produced the day's only Buckeye.

  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Sandra Keller

Glassboro Woods WMA - Carpenter
Gloucester County, NJ

Sunny, 75 degrees or so. A mid-day walk. I couldn't find any info on if Summer Azure season yet, so am putting the azures down as Azure sp. - five were the pale form underneath. I didn't get a good look. Holly? Summer? They were fresh. The Mourning Cloak was very fresh.

Moderator's Note: Thanks to SK for noting this complexity now adding to azure difficulties. I will post some info about summer azure vs. other azures on the blog shortly.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Elfin sp. 5
  • Azure, sp. 9
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Beth Polvino

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Seen while birding.

  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Zabulon Skipper

David L. Amadio

Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

Less action than expected here, especially along the powerline cut.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Holly Azure 17
  • Question Mark 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4

Will Kerling

Rte. 47 from High's Beach Road to Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were two Red Admirals and a Cabbage along the highway.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red Admiral 2

Beth Polvino

Reed's Beach
Cape May County, NJ

South End, they came off of a tree on the marsh side.

  • Question Mark 4

Question Mark

David L. Amadio

Bailey Rd. Bevan WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

One S. Cloudywing image shows an apparent attempt to oviposit on a stone. I observed this several times with both Cloudywing individuals. Other S. Cloudywing image shows the grayish white face and antenna club bend "flash".

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 2

Southern Cloudywing

Southern Cloudywing

Pearl Crescent

Spicebush Swallowtail

David L. Amadio

BiValve impoundment Strawberry Lane entrance
Cumberland County, NJ

Last stop of the day for some shorebird observation.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Zabulon Skipper

Will Kerling

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

A Cabbage White was flying about and no Orange Sulphurs.

  • Cabbage White 1

Will Kerling

Indian Trail Road toward Rte. 9 - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A fresh Eastern Tiger Swallowtail flew by the car.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Will Kerling

Rte. 550 near entrance road to BSF Headquarters - Woodbine, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Spicebush Swallowtail crossed in front of the car.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1

Chris Herz

Warren Grove
Ocean County, NJ

72 degrees, late in the day observations 3:15-4.

  • Hoary Elfin 2
  • Azure, sp. 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 2

Duskywing sp.

Will Kerling

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

Had a goal of finding a butterfly in the light rain and very wet vegetation. Looked for a long time and I finally found one - an Eastern Tailed-Blue.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

Seen with 8 other people while birding.
Hiding in damp grass

  • Peck's Skipper 1

Peck's Skipper

Will Kerling

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

My favorite skipper is the female Zabulon Skipper. Luckily, a mint fresh one co-operated in front of my camera! The Red Admiral still photograph shows why we walk by many butterflies.

  • Question Mark 6
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Red Admiral

Zabulon Skipper, female

Zabulon Skipper, female

Jesse Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Twelve black swallowtail caterpillars (early instars) on golden alexanders, Zizia aurea, a native host plant.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Black Swallowtail caterpillar

Steven Glynn

Areas near Bevan WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Dusted Skipper colony still not fully emerged (based on past activity). Mid-morning search, in cloudy skies and 68 degrees. All species, except American Ladies, were very fresh. No duskywings found! Recent weather must have done in the numerous Juvenal's.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 9
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Dusted Skipper 1

Mourning Cloak

Southern Cloudywing

Zabulon Skipper

Little Wood-Satyr

Dusted Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

Zabulon skipper was a male. Anglewings were flying high and very fast, not landing at all

  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

Four butterfly species were gathering nectar on Dewberry Blossoms. They were Zabulon Skippers, Sachems, American Ladies, and a Silver-spotted Skipper. While documenting these bugs, a fresh Eastern Tiger Swallowtail flew by me.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Sachem 5

Zabulon Skipper, male

Will Kerling

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

A Common Sootywing zipped around the yard for a few minutes then left - landed very briefly twice.

  • Common Sootywing 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

There was either a comma or a question mark in the yard, but it was too quick for me to get any identifiable features.

  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Chip Krilowicz

Wharton State Forest
Camden County, NJ

Partly cloudy day in the pines only a few butterflies.
The Spicebush was paying a lot of attention to a dead turtle. My first LW Satyr.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Spicebush Swallowtail

Little Wood-Satyr

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Bronze Copper colony #1 (Private property)- Near Salem City
Salem County, NJ

Very happy to see the colony in flight and with good numbers. Area was cleared at the end of the fall by land owner contractor (mistakenly) and I was concerned about what was left over.

Moderator's Note: this is our first report of this troubled species for 2016. Good to hear the clearing has not eliminated the colony.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Bronze Copper 9
  • Common Buckeye 1

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper