June 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

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

Discovered a male Dun Skipper (I think its the FOY for the group) gathering nectar on a yellow flower. A female Eastern Tailed-Blue was working the Rabbit-foot Clovers.

Moderator's Note: Will K's two newest FOYs (the dun skipper here and the Appalachian brown at Lizard Tail) give us 5 FOYs in June…in just four days. Nice work, Will, and stay alert, everyone – the best butterfly season is now under way! jc

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Sachem 5
  • Dun Skipper 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Dun Skipper

Cynthia Allen

CMCH area
Cape May County, NJ

Brief drive in area revealed 16 Cabbage Whites

  • Cabbage White 16

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Zabs & Sachem were all females today.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was great butterfly diversity here today and scads of ticks!! Witnessed a Spicebush Swallowtail laying single eggs on a young Sassafras tree. Photos of Orange Sulphur (flaming orange on dorsal side), Appalachian Brown (FOY for our group), egg of Spicebush Swallowtail, Swarthy Skipper, Frosted Elfin and a Crossline Skipper.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Frosted Elfin 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Viceroy 5
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 26
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 2
  • Northern Cloudywing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Sachem 6

Crossline Skipper

Frosted Elfin

Swarthy Skipper

Spicebush Swallowtail egg

Appalachian Brown

Orange sulphur

Will Kerling

Belleplain and Woodbine, NJ and Middle Township Bike Path
Cape May County, NJ

The Cabbage Whites were active in Belleplain (3), Woodbine (1) and MTBP (4) - quick passing inventory.

  • Cabbage White 8

Beth Polvino

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

first ever in my yard - 6 American Lady caterpillars on Pussytoes

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Sachem 4

American Lady cat

David L. Amadio

Supawna Meadows NWR
Salem County, NJ

Meadow Fritillaries were mint-fresh. Didn't take long for two of them to get down to business.

Moderator's Note: this is our first report of meadow fritillaries this year. Very nice to have them "logged in" for 2016. Thank you, Dave!

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 17
  • Meadow Fritillary 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 8

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Jesse Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Silver-spotted was ovipositing on fresh leaves of young (twelve inches high) black locust. Late-instar Am lady cat in backyard Antennaria.

  • American Lady 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Silver-spotted Skipper egg

American Lady caterpillar

David L. Amadio

Mannington area
Salem County, NJ

The two Bronze Coppers photographed are well worn. The other two appeared to be in much better condition engaging in a long dogfight.

  • Cabbage White 30
  • Sulphur sp. 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Bronze Copper 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods loop, while leading butterfly/dragonfly walk, 2-4pm.
Black swallowtail was a caterpillar. Do we report caterpillars here or just adults?

Moderator's Note: Our new system counts only adults in the numbers line. To document caterpillars just add their numbers into the Comments box. If you have seen only caterpillars for a particular species (i.e. no adults), click on that species in the drop-down menu and put zero in the numbers box, then post the count of caterpillars in the Comments box. It is useful to report caterpillars (also eggs and chrysalids), so please keep doing so! jc

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White a
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

American Lady

Cynthia Allen

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

LWS numbers down to 8 from 26 yesterday and 34 the day before. Fresh Hayhurst's Scallopwing was on White Clover.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve, Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

At Acme Market, I discovered my second Dun Skipper of the day. It was a female this time.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper, female

Steven Glynn

Home-Millville
Cumberland County, NJ

While sitting out front all day during a yard sale, I noted what was coming and going through my yard and front gardens.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

It was "Ladies Day" in the backyard. I was visited by a female Zabulon Skipper and a female Common Whitetail dragonfly.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Nat. Lands Trust-Lummistown Property
Cumberland County, NJ

Active emergence of European Skippers underway, with many fluttering at my feet in the grass. Interesting to watch the "hide and seek" game they were playing, with one sex actively flying, while the other sex stayed stationary low in the grass.

Moderator's Note: Steve's find of European skipper gives us our 6th FOY for the month –and he found more than 40 of them – in two spots. This is an abundant species in many areas outside southern NJ, but in our eight-county region it seems a "feast or famine" species – appearing in large numbers suddenly in some spots while remaining hard to find (impossible to find?) elsewhere.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Least Skipper 6
  • European Skipper 29

European Skipper

Cynthia Allen

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

It looks like my local colony of LWS is about done, with only 3 today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

The 2nd brood of American Coppers has begun here. A couple of Polites sp. got away from me here this afternoon. Sand Blackberry the most abundant and most used nectar source at this time.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White 55
  • American Copper 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

American Copper

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Cloudy but humid. Release of last black swallowtail from overwintered chrysalis.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Steven Glynn

Buckshutem Corner property- Millville
Cumberland County, NJ

Another colony of European Skippers just emerging and actively flying.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • European Skipper 13

European Skipper

European Skipper

Jack Connor

Old Port Road, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

30-minute stop, noontime. One swallowtail and one rsp were feeding on what looked like coyote scat (their footprints and scat fairly regular on this dirt road). Painted skimmer my FOY.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2

Spicebush Swallowtail, male

Red-spotted Purple

Painted Skimmer

Steven Glynn

Green Swamp area near Fairton
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 14
  • Aaron's Skipper 7
  • Sachem 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper

Aaron's Skipper

American Lady

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Had a great surprise this day!! I discovered two fresh European Skippers in a new location. They were spotted June 6th (5) and June 7th, 9th and 12th (one each day), also.

  • European Skipper 2

European Skipper

Steven Glynn

Millville Airport Park/Bogden Blvd. fields
Cumberland County, NJ

Late afternoon, before the rain. Scouting the area for the upcoming NABA count and seeing what areas are growing in well with nectar plants.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White c
  • Orange Sulphur c
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Sachem 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Amazing numbers of Cabbage Whites started flying once it warmed up. Every open area held 10-15. My count is conservative. I assume the blues are "Summer" Azures?

Moderator's Note: Tom's call on this azure looks correct to me. Azure complexities seem to be winding down as we move into June. Anyone seeing any last holly azures still flying? American holly is in full flower (or past) right now; inkberry holly seems about to bloom (or already blooming in our southern counties?). Holly azure females should have laid their eggs before those blooms, as their caterpillars feed on the flower petals. Our last report for holly azure was May 25 in GLO.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 150
  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Eastern Comma 16
  • Red Admiral 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper

Eastern Comma

Summer Azure

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2

Chip Krilowicz

Beaneary
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Least Skipper 3

Chip Krilowicz

Cape May Lighthouse State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Monarch egg laying on Common Milkweed

  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

Monarch egg

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Mowing, mowing, and more mowing! Add to this the NJ Turnpike crew spraying the edges and it's a wonder any butterflies at all are seen here.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 16
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1