June 2016 Sightings

Jim Springer & Ahmet Baytas

Franklin Parker Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

9:15am-11:30am, sunny, 80 F,
Didn't find either Dotted Skipper or Two-spotted Skipper but did find a Northern Pine Snake swimming in the water at the edge of a bog and followed it as it hit land. Who knew they could swim?

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • American Lady 2

Claire Campbell

Bright View Farm (Chesterfield)
Burlington County, NJ

Cool, cloudy day after a drizzly night but at least one butterfly decided to fly.

  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge --garden & drive in
Gloucester County, NJ

While weeding garden & c. milkweed in bloom along drive in.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White a
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Jack Connor

Rt 9 roadside, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

2:30-4 pm. High 70s-low 80s. Beautiful weather. Woodland edge from Kings Highway to Chestnut Neck. Most butterflies nectaring on arrowwood viburnum. (Saltmarsh on dogbane.)

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 6
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Aaron's Skipper, male

Salt Marsh Skipper

Steven Glynn

Medford Leas Nature Center gardens
Burlington County, NJ

Had an appointment in Medford and some extra time beforehand.

[This is our second report of great spangled in 2016. Good find, Steve! And check out the similarity of Steve's photo to Dave's photo on June 13. Also please note, everyone, that the species is being reported widely and numerously throughout North Jersey all through June – see northjerseybutterflies.org. They have had a number of double-digit counts and also reports from our "border" counties of Mercer and Monmouth. We should be on the alert for more finds down our way. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Sulphur sp. 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Little Glassywing 1

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Claire Campbell

Smith's Woods (Historic Smithville, BurlCo Parks)
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White c
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Monarch 1

Eastern Pondhawk, male

Question Mark

Chris Herz

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Common milkweed nearly in full bloom. Patch parallel to road is extensive. 84 degrees and sunny. Found 2 spicebush cats on folded sassafrass leaf shelters. Several commas on c. milkweed blooms. Deer flies bothersome–need to keep swatting!

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 27
  • American Copper 13
  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 7
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Hackberry Emperor 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Little Glassywing 10
  • Dun Skipper 1

Eastern Comma

Coral Hairstreak

Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar

Question Mark

Silver-spotted Skipper

Little Glassywing

American Coppers

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Observations from late afternoon to early evening.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

There was an Orange Sulphur (bright orange) zipping around, as the car passed by the tracks.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Summer azure ovipositing on flower buds of Spiraea latifolia (meadowsweet). Silver-spotted cat on black locust.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 0
  • Aaron's Skipper 1

Summer azure ovipositing

Silver-spotted Skipper, caterpillar

Will Kerling

Belleplain, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were two active Cabbage Whites and a Spicebush Swallowtail in a garden.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2

Will Kerling

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

Found a pale Common Buckeye, a bright orange - Orange Sulphur and two Cabbage Whites.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

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

After two Cabbage Whites, an American Lady came to the back yard and checked out the plants for egg laying and then moved on.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Lady 1

American Lady

Will Kerling

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

Besides a Spicebush Swallowtail in Woodbine, there were 13 Cabbage Whites - Woodbine (2), Rte. 47 (6), Court House-Dennisville Road (2) and Cape May CH (3) - seen on this road trip.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 13

Jennifer Bulava

Willingboro Lakes, Willingboro
Burlington County, NJ

11:00-11:30

  • Cabbage White c
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2

Chris Tonkinson

High's Beach Area - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A fresh 'Summer Form' Question Mark and an Orange Sulphur were seen during a visit to the beach.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Question Mark 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Mint-fresh Gray Hairstreak was nectaring on White Clover. Zab female.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1

Will Kerling

Middle Township Bike Path - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Discovered 17 butterfly species which included Summer Azures, an American Copper and a mint fresh, Mourning Cloak and Gray Hairstreak.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 25
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Cloudywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Northern Cloudywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 3

Gray Hairstreak

Mourning Cloak

American Copper

Summer azure

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was a very worn, Silver-spotted Skipper in the WaWa parking lot along the main street.

  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

There were seven Silver-spotted Skippers amongst the escaped Sweet Peas!!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Silver-spotted Skipper

Will Kerling

Power Line off Rte. 605 north of Belleplain, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

It was very, early morning and I only saw a Spicebush Swallowtail.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1

Beth Polvino

my yard Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

FOY American Snout (actually had none in 2015). Neighbor cut down the Hackberry tree when she moved in & I just bought 2 small Hackberry trees at a local native sale. (Sorry, the picture isn't the best)

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1

American Snout

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

I think photo is a Crossline Skipper?

[I agree. Nice shot of the male's stigma crossing the line of the forewing! jc]

  • Cabbage White 155
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Eastern Comma 9
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Crossline Skipper 1

Cabbage Whites

Crossline Skipper, male

Tom Bailey

Medford F&WMA
Burlington County, NJ

All fields at the WMA are fallow this year. The Brace Rd field had the most activity. Dogbane abundant and starting to bloom. The Great Spangled Fritillary wouldn't stay still long enough for a photo.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 26
  • Sulphur sp. 6
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • American Copper 11
  • Swallowtail sp. 3
  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 13
  • Zabulon Skipper 23

Coral Hairstreak

Appalachian Brown

David L. Amadio

Salem WMA Rt540
Salem County, NJ

Broad-winged Skippers are multiplying rapidly in Salem County.

[It looks like our newest FOY has come in a burst. Four here and 80 in Mannington! Good going, Dave! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Broad-winged Skipper

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Not much action compared to Riverwinds.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 16
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Little Glassywing 9
  • Dun Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Mannington area
Salem County, NJ

Action still rather light in this area. Observations from about 2:30 to 4:30 in the county. Most roadsides are mowed severely. A salute to NJ Audubon for an unmowed stretch along Seabrook. Most of the Broad wings were nectaring on Canada thistle. Very nice Asclepias tuberosa at Mannington Mills with not even a single butterfly.

  • Cabbage White 17
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 17
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 80

Aclepias tuberosa

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Spent roughly 2 hours here this morning. Not sure if the Satyriums are late this year or having an off year. More Eastern Commas visiting Common milkweed than Hairstreaks. One of the Coral Hairstreaks rested in a young cherry tree in the shade.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 45
  • American Copper 21
  • Coral Hairstreak 2
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Anglewing sp. 3
  • Eastern Comma 8
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 20
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 4
  • Little Glassywing 23
  • Dun Skipper 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Banded Hairstreak

Variegated Fritillary

Coral Hairstreak

Silver-spotted Skipper