June 2016 Sightings

David L. Amadio

Medford Leas
Burlington County, NJ

Spent an hour here from 3-4 p.m. on the way to a Dr's appointment. Found what may be my first G.S.Fritillary ever in Burl Co. Most of the C. Milkweed has not started to bloom, but found a patch that was about 25% in bloom. Abundant Dogbane. A. tuberosa not in bloom yet, but a small stand of Lupine is.

Moderator's Note: Since our log began in 2008, we have had reports of great spangled fritillary in seven of our eight counties: 90+% are from Salem with a few from Cape May and just one or two reports each from Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, Atlantic, and Camden. Dave's find completes the collection of at least one report from each of our eight counties. Good going, Dave – and a cool photo to document the rarity as well!

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 16
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 23
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Dun Skipper 2

Great Spangled Fritillary

Lupine

American Lady

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Butterfly diversity vanished with the heat.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

3-4pm
2 of the Zabulon skippers (males) were completely worn

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • Sulphur sp. 4
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 4

Chip Krilowicz

Pennington Farm
Burlington County, NJ

Moderator's Note: this is our first mourning cloak report in three weeks (last reported in CUM on May 23). It also looks fresh. Is this the first of the summer brood – off-spring of the 2015-16 over-winterers that will eventually over-winter themselves? Intriguing find, Chip!

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 4
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Mourning Cloak

Chip Krilowicz

Laurel Run Park
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 3

Chip Krilowicz

Boundary Creek Park
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Very good diversity today. Still fairly windy with many deer flies. Milkweed just starting to bloom. Coral Hairstreak already showed some wing damage. One of two Hackberry Emperors was imbibing dog scat nutrients. I spared our group that image. Observations from 11:30 to 1:15.

Moderator's Note: Two species on Dave's impressive list are FOYs for 2016: coral hairstreak and hackberry emperor. Nice work, Dave!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 50
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 10
  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 14
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 2

Hackberry Emperor

Coral Hairstreak

Little Glassywing

Steven Glynn

Dewberry Ave. WMA field
Cumberland County, NJ

Promising field of common milkweed.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • American Copper 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • European Skipper 1

American Copper

Steven Glynn

Muddy Run powerline- West
Salem County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Gray Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

NW Ave. powerline- Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Another powerline that has been cleared. Formerly held Coral and Banded Hairstreaks, but doubtful this year.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1

Deb and Jim Dowdell

Our garden in Villas
Cape May County, NJ

female, very worn, laying eggs on Dutchman's Pipevine.

Moderator's Note: this is our first report of pipevine swallowtail for 2016. Congratulations to Jim & Deb on the find. Observers with pipevines growing in their yards should be on the alert. We usually have our first sightings in mid- to late-May.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

One Salt Marsh Skipper was nectaring inside a Mock Orange blossom.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2

Matt Webster

My Backyard, Winslow Twp
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jesse Amesbury

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR - Little Beach
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 12

Will Kerling

Trailhead at Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

A fresh Morning Cloak crossed the highway traveling from one shaded forest to another.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Steve Mason and Jack Connor

Franklin Parker Preserve, Chatsworth
Burlington County, NJ

3 hours, 1-4 pm, beautiful mid-80s day. Lots of odes and deer flies, very few leps. 90+ minutes in search of dotted skipper w/o success – although sandwort abundantly blooming in old colony spot (no dotteds seen here in last three years). ~60 minutes in bog. No two-spotted skippers found.

  • Bog Copper 12

Bog Copper, male

Common Sanddragons mating

Deb and Jim Dowdell

Salem River WMA off RT. 540
Salem County, NJ

Moderator's Note: This is our first report of checkered white for 2016 – very nice to have it "logged in." Good find, Deb & Jim!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6

Checkered White

Will Kerling

Woodbine, NJ to Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Cabbage White flying in a Woodbine traffic intersection and 4 Cabbage Whites recorded along Rte. 47.

  • Cabbage White 5

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

10:30-11:30AM, leading a homeschool program. A beautiful coral hairstreak - a first time sighting for this park! More worn male zabulon skippers.

  • Cabbage White c
  • Sulphur sp. 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4

Coral Hairstreak

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A spicebush Swallowtail flew across Acme Market parking lot and counted 8 Cabbage Whites in yards while downtown.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8

Will Kerling

WaWa along Rte. 47 at Dennisville, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Summer Azure was fluttering here and there above the parking lot, as I was getting in the car with fresh big pretzels.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1

Claire Campbell

Pennington Park (BurlCo Parks)
Burlington County, NJ

Sunny, calm and temps in low 80's - perfect for butterflies, dragonflies and me!

  • Cabbage White c
  • Orange Sulphur c
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

American Copper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Jim Springer & Ahmet Baytas

Klot's Bog, Lakehurst
Ocean County, NJ

12:45pm-1:30pm, sunny, 83 F.

No Two-spotted Skipper

  • Bog Copper 20
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1

Bog Coppers

Jim Springer & Ahmet Baytas

Collier's Mills WMA
Ocean County, NJ

1:45pm-3:15pm, sunny, 85 F.

Moderator's Note: this is our first report of dotted skipper for 2016. (Let's hope we have some others.) Thanks to JS and AB for exploring down this way and making their find of this rarity!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Dotted Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

Monitoring a Dun Skipper egg which was pale green and now is turning red as literature indicates it will do. The Zabulon skipper is still hanging on.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Copper 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Dun Skipper 1

Zabulon Skipper

Dun Skipper, egg now

Dun Skipper, egg previously

Dun Skipper

Will Kerling

Belleplain, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A couple of Cabbage Whites were seen driving through town.

  • Cabbage White 2

Will Kerling

Head of River - Northern Cape May County
Cape May County, NJ

Easily found the Appalachian Browns in their sedge habitat. Elfin Skimmers were numerous and discovered a freshly, emerged dragonfly.

  • Appalachian Brown 8

Appalachian Brown

Elfin Skimmer, female

Dragonfly unidentified (at the moment)

Will Kerling

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

A female Zabulon Skipper was moving around in the grass of the back yard. Where do they lay their eggs?

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Zabulon Skipper