June 2016 Sightings

Harvey Tomlinson

Ockie Wisting (Old Fort Apache)
Cape May County, NJ

Dragonflies were the bug du jour today with very few butterflies on the wing. This park is soon to be 6 soccer fields, an 18-hole Frisbee golf course, with some nature trails, a fishing pier, and a bandstand.
Oh Joy.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2

Little Wood-Satyr

Gray Hairstreak

Will Kerling

MTBP just south of West Hand Avenue - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Despite clouds, I saw 2 male Eastern Tailed-Blues.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Chip Krilowicz

Haddonfield yard
Camden County, NJ

10 ea. Black Swallowtail caterpillars 5 mm long on fennel. (Uncle Ben's rice is 7 mm)

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

9:00-11:50am
Common buckeye was worn

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Will Kerling

Wetlands Institute - Stone Harbor, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Before a rain storm, I saw 2 Salt Marsh Skippers and a fresh Red Admiral.

  • Red Admiral 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2

Salt Marsh Skipper

Will Kerling

Belleplain, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The butterflies were active in a patch of grass with Dogbane and Butterfly Weed. An American Lady and a Silver-spotted Skipper were getting nectar from Dogbane.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Silver-spotted Skipper

American Lady

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard in Mullica
Atlantic County, NJ

This was my FOY red-spotted purple.

  • Red-spotted Purple 1

David L. Amadio

Klot's bog & RR, Lakehurst
Ocean County, NJ

A fairly productive visit, but again without Two-spotted Skipper or Georgia Satyr. A good day for Coral Hairstreaks. Coral was the first butterfly of a day that would see a total of 21. Banded Hairstreaks are off this year, but found several Striped. RR tracks are being repaired to be put back into service. Hopefully access will not be impaired and herbicides used trackside.

[Congratulations to Dave on another FOY: our first striped hairstreaks of 2016! jc]

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Bog Copper 15
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 8
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Striped Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 5
  • Mulberry Wing 6

Mulberry Wing

Striped Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Bog Copper

Will Kerling

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

The best find was 2 Northern Cloudywings. It is a great spot for Silver-spotted Skippers which relish the pink-flowering Sweet Pea nectar.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Northern Cloudywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Silver-spotted Skipper

Northern Cloudywing

Jack Connor

Kings Highway to Chestnut Neck, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Mid-80s, 2:00-3:00 pm. Breezy. Seaside dragonlets have emerged in the 100s locally (but far outnumbered by greenheads).

  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 14

Salt Marsh Skipper

Seaside Dragonlet male

Will Kerling

Court House-Dennisville Road - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A field which is loaded with Frost Aster in the fall near the South Dennis Diner. Only discovered a basking female Eastern Tailed-Blue.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Steven Glynn

Bogden Blvd and nearby power line area- Millville
Cumberland County, NJ

Lack of skippers continues. New brood of Little Wood-Satyrs.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. common
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue common
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 31
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

RR tracks at R.G.Bowker field, Whiting
Ocean County, NJ

Last year's herbicide treatment along the RR has all but eliminated the butterfly weed here. Two small plants remain hosting one of the two Coral Hairstreaks.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 2

Coral Hairstreak

Sandra Keller

Marilyn Patterson's Garden
Salem County, NJ

Early afternoon. Sunny, 88 degrees. The Common Milkweed was almost in full bloom. I didn't hit the NLT field as the trail wasn't mowed.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 23
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Great Spangled Fritillary

Little Glassywing

David L. Amadio

Collier's Mills WMA
Ocean County, NJ

Not a single butterfly on the pine barren sandwort here today. Some sort of dog event was taking place over part of this spot as well. All three Coral Hairstreaks here on Asclepias tuberosa.

  • Coral Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Coral Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Medford Leas
Burlington County, NJ

Last stop of the day. Outstanding dogbane & Common Milkweed. Four Monarch cats on C.Milkweed. Coral Hairstreaks: 5 on A.syriaca, 3 on A.tuberosa. Common Wood-Nymphs were fresh and very active.

[Dave's common wood-nymph is our log's first for 2016. Nice to see they're flying! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • American Copper 2
  • Coral Hairstreak 8
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • American Lady 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 26
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 12

Monarch caterpillar

Coral Hairstreak

Common Wood-Nymph

Will Kerling

Head of River just before Rte. 49
Cape May County, NJ

Very early morning, there were 4 mint Mulberry Wings already basking near the Pickrelweed flowers.

  • Mulberry Wing 4

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Coneflowers were the entrée of choice today. Broad-wingeds FOY for my yard.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 4
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Silver-spotted Skipper

American Lady

Sachem

Will Kerling

Cape May CH, NJ Area
Cape May County, NJ

The Coral Hairstreaks are just emerging in Cape May County. They always come out here in the county later than our other counties. Shocked that a coral was getting nectar from yarrow!

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Crossline Skipper 1

Coral Hairstreak

Southern Cloudywing

Coral Hairstreak

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

3 Banded in dog-fights.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Cologne Ave RR tracks, Cologne
Atlantic County, NJ

1:45-2:30. Weedy roadside. Lots of common milkweed apparently ready, but butterflies seemed more attracted to the dogbane.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 23
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Common Buckeye

David L. Amadio

Milkweed patch along Grove Ave., W.Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1

Cynthia Allen

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

Surprised to have the 3 Little Wood-Satyrs since I have not had any here for 2 weeks. At least one was fresh.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A 2-1/2 hr. survey of this area this afternoon produced a personal high 18 Coral Hairstreaks for this location. Observed nectaring on Common Milkweed, one lone butterfly weed plant and 18 for the day nectared on White Yarrow. (What were we discussing last night, Will?). Will just observed the same nectaring behaviour in CMY County. I am posting 1 Hackberry Emperor & 1 Emperor sp., but will be circulating some images of a torn up and worn Emperor sp. for review.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 14
  • American Copper 5
  • Coral Hairstreak 18
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 15
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Emperor sp. 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 29
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 12
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 28
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

American Copper

Tom Bailey

Medford Fish & Wildlife Management Area
Burlington County, NJ

Three hours total. Brace Road field again the best.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • American Copper 5
  • Swallowtail sp. 2
  • Coral Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 13
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3

Great Spangled Fritillary

Coral Hairstreak

Northern Broken-Dash

Great Spangled Fritillary

Steven Glynn

NLT Buckshutem Road field
Cumberland County, NJ

This large field was very productive during 2015 NABA count, with highlight of 2nd Checkered White colony found. This year is a different story. No Checkered Whites and little activity, especially noticeable in their absence were grass skippers and Pearl Crescent, though the Monarch count was best thus far this year.

[This is our first report of multiple adult monarchs for all of 2016. We have had only 17 previous reports and all involved single adults. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Sulphur sp. common
  • Orange Sulphur common
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Orange Sulphurs

Monarch

Chris Herz

Medford Leas fields, Medford
Burlington County, NJ

Observations 1:30-4–sunny, hot, 89 degrees. Checking out fields in prep for July 2nd field trip. Coral hairstreaks very fresh as were Common wood nymphs. Monarch was a male.

[Moderator's Note: If you like the look of this list – and who wouldn't? – remember Chris is leading a field trip to this spot this coming Saturday, July 2. Details are on the blog. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 11
  • American Copper 12
  • Coral Hairstreak 8
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 9
  • Common Wood-Nymph 10
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 35
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Dun Skipper 2

Coral Hairstreak

American Copper

Little Glassywing

Monarch

Coral Hairstreak

Spicebush Swallowtail

Common Wood-Nymph

Jesse & Jack Connor

Milkweed patch near AC Airport
Atlantic County, NJ

Fun to find an Edwards (but managed only one quick shot).

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Edwards' Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

Dewberry Ave. field- Millville
Cumberland County, NJ

Nice area, with a lot of milkweed. Nothing significant happening, though. No hairstreaks or grass skippers.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. common
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue abundant
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4

Jesse & Jack Connor

Leipzig Ave farm, Galloway
Atlantic County, NJ

1:00-1:30. Mid-80s. Weedy field.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Orange Sulphur 25
  • American Copper 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Sachem 1

Eastern Tailed-Blues