May 2016 Sightings

Cynthia Allen

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

My FOY Hayhurst's Scallopwing was nectaring on Wood-Sorrel. E. Tiger ST flew through yard at 6:30 PM.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 16
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Discovered a male Eastern Tailed-Blue and 3 Sachems in a vacant lot.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Sachem 3

Steven Glynn

Buckshutem WMA Field- Millville
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Common Buckeye 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Sun, and 87 degrees. Sightings while working in the garden. Un'id swallowtail probably Black. Also one early instar Black Swallowtail cat on fennel. No cabbage whites! Female Sachem nectaring on rhododendron. Question mark busy 'tasting' leaves.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Sachem 1

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Steven Glynn

Gouldstown Rd. & Rt. 49 field
Cumberland County, NJ

  • American Lady 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Muddy Run powerline-East
Salem County, NJ

New area with Dusted Skippers found. First I've found in Salem County.

Moderator's Note: We have no previous records (2009-2016) of dusted skipper in SAL. Nice find, Steve! We now have records of the species for seven of our eight counties, missing only Camden Co. jc

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Dusted Skipper 2

Will Kerling

MTBP between West Hand and Shellbay Avenues - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

I could not find a Cabbage White on this trail yesterday and today there was, at least, 8 fresh ones! The growing population of 8 Little Wood-Satyrs had my interest more than the Cabbage Whites.

A Spicebush Swallowtail was egg-laying on small Sassafras trees. Also, the Wild Indigo Duskywings around the Wild Indigo plants revealed themselves for the first time this year.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Steven Glynn

4-H Garden in Rosenhayn
Cumberland County, NJ

Comma was dashing in and out of the grove of stinging nettle. Garden has been turned over and replanted with new assortment of different plants. Butterfly activity thus far has been almost non-existent.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern Comma

Will Kerling

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

Got an underside image of a Common Buckeye which shows the tan form of warmer weather. Early in the year, all the Common Buckeyes at Lizard Tail were the darker form called 'Rosa'. Also, found a female Needham's Skimmer along the railroad tracks.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Needham's skimmer

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

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

The back yard revealed 2 Little Wood - Satyrs in the deep shady sections, a female Sachem in the sun and a passing through Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

One of the Zabs was a fresh female. Sachem was a female.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling

Church Street - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Before 7:50 am, there was a fresh, female Black Swallowtail on the wing.

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Steven Glynn

Higbees WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Moderator's Note: this is only our second viceroy of the year and the first photo'd.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Second search for Harvesters this year with no sign of aphids or Harvesters.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

From 7:53 am to 7:59 am, I found a fresh female Black Swallowtail, an Orange Sulphur, 5 male and 3 female Sachems, a male Zabulon Skipper, a Tawny-edged Skipper and a pair of Eastern Tailed-Blues already active in their day at the railroad tracks. Came back later in the early afternoon, to find 2 Northern Cloudywings, a Red Admiral in the deep shade and a Cabbage White moving about. Photo of a Northern Cloudywing was obtained.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Northern Cloudywing

Chris Herz

Ronnie's Garden Ctr., Northfield
Atlantic County, NJ

Monarch made two passes over the plants.

  • Monarch 1

Tom Bailey

Wharton SF, Tabernacle Township - Carranza Rd
Burlington County, NJ

Seen during an early morning roadside bird census.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • American Lady 1

Spicebush Swallowtail

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A mint fresh female, Black Swallowtail was floating around on Mechanic Street.

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Cynthia Allen

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

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 30
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Minimal observations today. One Male Zab seen briefly.

  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Cynthia Allen

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

Moderator's Note: wood-satyrs seem to be shaking off this wet May with a few double-digit reports lately, including three of 30+ in Cape May Courthouse – two by Cynthia and another by Will K on 5/29.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 32
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

There is a new brood of Eastern Tiger Swallowtails.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Sachem 2

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found plenty of Zabulon Skippers and Silver-spotted Skippers (all mint fresh) in the shaded wood edges along the railroad tracks going south of downtown.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Sachem 3

Silver-spotted Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Will Kerling

Cape May CH, NJ Area
Cape May County, NJ

Surprised to find a fresh Frosted Elfin egg laying on Wild Indigo. The Red-banded Hairstreaks and the male Black Swallowtail were mint fresh. Little Wood-Satyrs were the most numerous butterfly on this walk.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 24
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Frosted Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 34
  • Zabulon Skipper 4

Frosted Elfin, ovipositing

Black Swallowtail

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Cloudy skies but warm enough for some action. Found a fresh female Crossline Skipper along the powerline cut. Also a fresh Summer Azure.

Moderator's Note: this is our first report of crossline skipper in 2016. Congratulations to Dave on the FOY.

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

'Summer' Spring Azure

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Crossline Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Will Kerling

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

A Common Sootywing was flying over the wet grasses in the back yard during a light rain!

  • Common Sootywing 1

Common Sootywing

Will Kerling

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

In a steady downpour, I saw 4 different male Sachems flying on their own and followed a flying female Tawny-edged Skipper to its landing site. Photos of a male Sachem and ventral image of a female Tawny-edged Skipper are shared below.

  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Tawny-edged Skipper, female

Sachem, male

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Saw Cabbage Whites, swallowtails and a Red Admiral moving rapidly east to west.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red Admiral 1