June 2016 Sightings

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Almost not worth mentioning. Despite abundant nectar, very little activity in this garden so far in 2016.

  • Cabbage White 2

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

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

[Palmyra Cove seems a hot spot for red admirals with several reports recently of multiple individuals there. But this is our first double-digit count anywhere in our area this month (last = S. Keller at Wheelabrator on May 26). Could our hoped-for migratory movement be starting? jc]

  • Cabbage White 70
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

Orange Sulphur

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

Steven Glynn

Nabb Road Field
Cumberland County, NJ

Happy to find a male and female Checkered White, and the female was ovipositing on available peppergrass. Horace's was a surprise.

[This is our first Horace's report this month, the first since May 25, and only the second since May 14. Seems like the summer brood is due to emerge; this one seems the first reported. jc]

  • Checkered White 2
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Sulphur sp. common
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Checkered White female

Checkered White male

Horace's Duskywing

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

Steven Glynn

Western Cumberland County Bronze Copper area
Cumberland County, NJ

Area has been left alone, so future Bronze Coppers expected. None today, between broods.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. common
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper common

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

Brian Johnson

Tuckahoe River West of the first crossing of Rt. 49
Cape May County, NJ

I went wading the river at a few different spots today. The Mulberry Wings were on almost every good patch of Pickerelweed!

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Bog Copper 13
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Appalachian Brown 4
  • Mulberry Wing 51

Mulberry Wings

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

Will Kerling

Downtown CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

A couple of Cabbage Whites moving in downtown yards.

  • Cabbage White 2

Will Kerling

Belleplain, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Discovered a Coral Hairstreak getting nectar from Butterfly Weed which is what they do. Last evening from somewhere else, after seeing corals for over thirty years in Montana and New Jersey, I was totally shocked to see this species partially open its fresh wings! In another thirty years, perhaps, one will fully open the wings before me.

[Moderator's Note: Neat find! We are looking forward to that future report, Will! Be sure to keep that good camera in operation! jc]

  • Coral Hairstreak 1

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Will Kerling

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

Counted 17 Salt Marsh Skippers and one was getting nectar from a native shrub which was very popular with bees and flies. It is called Silver-leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea radiata).

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 17

Hydrangea radiata

Salt Marsh Skipper

Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Black Swallowtail egg on Fennel. Striped Hairstreak was very worn.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Cynthia Allen

CMCH Area
Cape May County, NJ

Coral Hairstreak was nectaring on Butterfly Weed. Pearl Crescent, Orange Sulphur, and female Black ST were also observed nectaring on it.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

QM was attending Hops for a couple of hours. Red Admiral inspected it briefly. 3 Banded H. in dogfights.

  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

3 Black Swallowtail caterpillars on fennel.
My FOY Monarch arrived around 5 pm and spent an hour in the garden.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Monarch male

Black Swallowtail caterpillar

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

First Monarch for this garden this year. Nectared on several Lantanas.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1

Sandra Keller

Black Run Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

With Barb Wiley. Sunny, 85 degrees, early afternoon. We were surprised at the lack of species.

  • Appalachian Brown 2

Appalachian Brown

Sandra Keller

Palmyra Nature Cove
Burlington County, NJ

With Barb Wiley. Mid to late afternoon. Sunny, 85 degrees. The entry road garden and areas around there.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 75
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Not much of an effort today

  • Cabbage White 3

Will Kerling

Belleplain State Forest - Woodbine, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Spicebush Swallowtail was puddling along Route 550.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1

Steven Glynn

Home garden in Millville
Cumberland County, NJ

Pair of Cabbage Whites dancing and landing on catnip plant. Spicebush Swallowtail flying through.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Will Kerling

Acme Market along Avalon Boulevard
Cape May County, NJ

A Red Admiral was circling high over the parking lot.

  • Red Admiral 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Mostly cloudy day but a little afternoon sun brought about 3-way dog-fights of Banded Hairstreaks.

  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Will Kerling

44th Street Beach Access - Avalon, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Watched 2 fresh, Broad-winged Skippers flying in and out of the Phragmites and got a digital image of a Swarthy Skipper gathering nectar from a bright, yellow flower.

  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Swarthy Skipper

Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1

Will Kerling

Belleplain, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Discovered an Orange Sulphur, a Red Admiral and 2 Cabbage Whiles while passing through Belleplain, NJ.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Cynthia Allen

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

Finally had FOY Broad-winged–on the late side. Red-spotted Purple was a rag and moribund.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3