May 2016 Sightings

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

All 3 Zabs were males.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Since last August I have had 14 overwintering Black Swallowtail chrysalises. So far in May 11 of them have eclosed with this beauty being #11 this AM. The other 3 are turning darker, so I am thinking all 14 are going to make it. Just amazing they can stay that long in their chrysalises.

I have seen a grass skipper 3 times in the past week with all not id'd. Today, I saw my FOY female Sachem.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sachem 1

Black Swallowtail

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

FOS Zabulon in my yard, a male.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

Stopped briefly and I saw two Orange Sulphurs flying in this field.

  • Orange Sulphur 2

Will Kerling

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

There were, at least, 4 active butterfly species here today - Red Admirals, Question Marks, Cabbage Whites and an American Lady. A 'Summer Form' Question Mark was laying eggs on Hackberry leaves and 2 'Summer Form' Question Marks were taking sap from Groundsel Trees. Also, saw a Red Admiral being territorial with two Carpenter Bees!

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Question Mark 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2

Will Kerling

Pantry One at west end of West Hand Avenue and Rte. 47 - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

While stopped at the intersection, there was an Orange Sulphur which flew by the front windshield.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Will Kerling

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

A fresh Tawny-edged Skipper was gathering nectar on White Clover. It gave me enough time for a quick image and it disappeared.

Moderator's Note: this is our FOY tawny-edged skipper for 2016. Congratulations to Will for the good find!

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Tawny-edged Skipper

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Question Mark laying eggs on Hops.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Late in the day walk to tie-off point, 4:30-5:30, 88 degrees and sunny. Eastern-tailed blue in the fenced garden.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Silver-spotted Skipper

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

I believe the photo is of a f. sachem, but would love to hear if someone believes otherwise. A m. sachem was present in the general area.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Sachem 1

Sachem (?)

Matt Webster

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

From the dune on the bay and down a forest road, I found 14 butterfly species and considered the mint Hayhurst's Scallopwing the best find. Was pleased to see 'Summer Form' Question Marks and American Snouts around the young Hackberry Trees.

Moderator's note: The Hayhurst's scallopwing is our first for 2016. Congratulations to Will on the FOY.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • American Snout 2
  • Question Mark 6
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1

Zabulon Skipper

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

FOY - Male Zabulon. The Sachems were doing the dance among my Pansies.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Sachems

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Red Admiral 1

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Claire Campbell

Bear Swamp IBA -- Hawkin Road
Burlington County, NJ

Thanks, Jack Miller, for identifying the pine elfin and Juvenal's duskywing from such bad photos!

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Jack Miller

Undesignated
Gloucester County, NJ

9:30- 12:30. Strangest thing about the morning was that I did not see a red-banded hairstreak. 8 of the spicebush swallowtails were packed into a small muddy spot.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 11
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Holly Azure 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 7
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 6
  • Northern Cloudywing 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Dusted Skipper 2

Dusted Skipper

Steven Glynn

Local hotspots at/near Millville/Bevan WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Beautiful, warm afternoon. Slow activity.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4
  • Dusted Skipper 1

Northern Cloudywing

Cabbage White

Dusted Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

West Cumberland County- Bronze Copper colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Hot, 87 degrees, sunny and happy to find the Coppers again this spring.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Bronze Copper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Bronze Copper

Peck's Skipper

Bronze Copper

Will Kerling

Powerline behind Acme Market - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Discovered a worn Henry's Elfin. The markings were clear enough for a positive identification.

  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 1

Will Kerling

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

The skippers are enjoying the Dewberry Blossoms!!

  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 6
  • Sachem 7

Zabulon Skipper

Will Kerling

Middle Township Bike Path between Railroad Tracks and Shellbay Avenue - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found my FOY, Least Skipper and the Common Sootywings were quite common.

  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Sootywing 10
  • Least Skipper 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH and adjacent vacant lot
Cape May County, NJ

Vacant lot next to mine apparently has the food plant for LWS as I can find a couple dozen there at the peak. Numbers are beginning to build with 8 found today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8

Sandra Keller

Wheelabrator Refuge
Gloucester County, NJ

Morning, the bugs were just starting to awaken. Sunny, calm winds, 75 to 85 degrees. I walked the power line cut - it was mowed. Plus other areas.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Red Admiral 20
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Sachem 1

Zabulon Skipper

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

My first Monarch of the year. A female checking out a stand of Common Milkweed.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Steven Glynn

Nabb Road- Millville
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • American Lady 1

Steven Glynn

Muddy Run powerline-West
Salem County, NJ

Separate area from east section, with different level of habitat (more field, less scrub). Nice Dusted Skipper in heavy grass swale sitting up and holding fast to its territory (separate from powerline East area and habitat type). Also noticable basel spots on this individual never seen before in other local Dusted Skippers I've found.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Lady 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Dusted Skipper 1

Dusted Skipper

Jean Gutsmuth

Haddon Heights garden
Camden County, NJ

Released two more black swallowtails that had overwintered in my garage.

  • Black Swallowtail 2