June 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

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

There were only whites and a sulphur in the backyard due to intense mowing. All the flowers with nectar were wiped out.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1

Brian Johnson

undesignated
Burlington County, NJ

I went to the Parker Preserve today and didn't have any luck finding the rare skippers there (two-spotted and dotted). There is this bog that I've been looking at on the computer for a while, however, so I went looking for it on my way home. It was better than I could have imagined. The bog is quite dry compared to the one at the Parker Preserve that I had just been in.

[Moderator's Note: this is a very significant and positive find. Twenty years ago, Georgia satyrs were still occasionally found in double digits. Gochfeld and Burger note in their Butterflies of New Jersey (1997): the species was "sometimes common in abandoned cranberry bogs and up to twenty-five in a day have been found in Lakehurst in late June. May be widely distributed in Pine Barrens bogs, but highly local and not found in all bogs."

Over the years of our log (2008-2016), however, we have struggled to find this species in numbers – and in some years struggled to find even one.

Kudos to Brian for sleuthing out a possible locale for it and then carefully finding so many individuals.

He has requested that people not contact him to ask for details about the site. "I [want] to say no without hurting anyone's feelings. Mostly I'm concerned about the health of the colony."

Perhaps the lesson here for the rest of us is that this species can still be found in our Pine Barrens bogs and may be having a good year this year. Rather than begging Brian to tell us where he found these, we should be looking at maps ourselves and maybe finding the time to explore those potential sites. If anyone else in our group can follow Brian's methods to discover a new site, she or he would add significantly to our hope for the future of this troubled species! jc]

  • Georgia Satyr 43

Georgia Satyr

Georgia Satyr

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

2 tiny Black Swallowtail caterpillars on Fennel.

  • Black Swallowtail 0

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Temperature has now hit 90 (and still going up). It's sunny and a slight breeze has come up.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1

Orange Sulphur

Steven Glynn

Bogden Blvd. area fields- Millville
Cumberland County, NJ

All sulphurs probable Orange. Didn't bother to confirm beyond two noted.

  • Cabbage White 11
  • Sulphur sp. 23
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

Sachems

Claire Campbell

Laurel Run (BurlCo Parks)
Burlington County, NJ

Sunny, hot (upper 80's before noon) slight breeze.

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

Variegated Fritillary

Steven Glynn

Supawna Meadows parking lot and Harrisonville Lighthouse Road areas
Salem County, NJ

Remaining Meadow Frit busy and not interested in giving me a photo chance.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Meadow Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 14

Cabbage White

Eastern Comma

Steven Glynn

Buckshutem & Cedar Ave. field- Millville
Cumberland County, NJ

Importance of the field increases with its productivity. Coral Hairstreak colony freshly emerged over past few days. European Skippers still holding on, but dying off fast from last week.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Sulphur sp. 7
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 9
  • Coral Hairstreak 7
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Southern Cloudywing 4
  • Northern Cloudywing 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • European Skipper 11
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 4
  • Crossline Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Gray Hairstreak

Tawny-edged Skipper

Crossline Skipper

European Skipper

Southern Cloudywing

American Copper

Coral Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2

Harvey Tomlinson

Lizard Tail Swamp
Cape May County, NJ

Congratulations to Brian Johnson for his monumental discovery! Maybe he can sniff out a Spoon-billed Sandpiper for us next!

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Southern Cloudywing 7
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 2

Southern Cloudywing

Common Buckeyes

Steven Glynn

Pennsville Premier Cinema field areas
Salem County, NJ

FOS Banded Hairstreak for me and a nice Salem County find.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Banded Hairstreak

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve, Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

Gray Hairstreak was nectaring on Goat's Rue.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Bog Copper 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1

Gray Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Hit only a few select spots on the trail in an abbreviated visit. Found my first N.Broken Dash for 2016.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 23
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Coral Hairstreak 4
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 10
  • Dun Skipper 2

Northern Broken-Dash

Coral Hairstreak

Claire Campbell

Pennington Park (BurlCo Parks)
Burlington County, NJ

Temps in the mid 80's before noon and sunny and calm.

  • Cabbage White c
  • Orange Sulphur c
  • American Copper 2

American Copper

Steven Glynn

Bronze Copper area #1 - Near Salem City
Salem County, NJ

No coppers flying. Hopefully between broods, though land has been cleared and changed since last year. Will continue monitoring this fragile colony.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Steven Glynn

Bronze Copper area #2- Near Salem City
Salem County, NJ

No coppers flying. Hopefully we are between broods, though land has been cleared and changed since last year. Will continue monitoring this fragile colony. Broad-winged Skippers counted with dial counter.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Sulphur sp. 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 16
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 63

Steven Glynn

Colliers Mills WMA
Ocean County, NJ

[Excellent finds (and photos) by Steve of a troubled species, which seems to have disappeared at Parker Preserve. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • American Lady 3
  • Dotted Skipper 7

Dotted Skipper

Dotted Skipper

Dotted Skipper

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Silver spotted skipper nectaring on catmint. One egg found on spicebush shrub. 4 black swallowtail cats with one going into chrysalis.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Finally had FOY Banded Hairstreaks, a little late but dog-fighting and perching in their "usual spot" up in the oaks in back of my yard. A fresh Red Admiral was zipping around the garden.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

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

Two nice woodland butterflies today. Found along the Rancocas Creek at Smith's Woods. (I have a photo of the harvester taken by someone else).

[Kudos to Claire on our second report of harvester in 2016. Nice to have. Even better, Claire noted in a follow-up email that Jen Bulava has found the species at this site in years past. This seems a colony our SJBF group did not know about. An excellent addition to our understanding of this fascinating and unpredictable species. jc]

  • Harvester 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1

Appalachian Brown

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Common Milkweed & Dogbane in full bloom on neighboring property but very little activity.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

Found plenty of fresh, Eastern Tailed-Blues (5 males and a female) and the Silver-spotted Skippers were loving the Sweet Pea flowers.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Brenda Bruton

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

As previously reported by Claire Campbell, we saw this harvester along the Rancocas Creek at Smith's Woods.

[Moderator's Note: Thanks to Brenda Bruton for documenting this excellent discovery at Rancocas Creek. Welcome to the SJBF Project, Brenda! jc.]

  • Harvester 0

Harvester

Steven Glynn

Klot's Bog
Ocean County, NJ

  • Bog Copper 14

Bog Copper

Will Kerling

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

Only discovered Aaron's and Salt Marsh Skippers and Cabbage Whites in their garden, there were no butterflies on the salt marsh path to the waterway.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 17
  • Aaron's Skipper 3

Cabbage White

Aaron's Skipper

Salt Marsh Skipper

Will Kerling

Downtown CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Saw a total of 6 Cabbage Whites in various yards while downtown - no other butterfly life. Was it too hot?

  • Cabbage White 6

Will Kerling

South Dennis marsh system along Rte. 47
Cape May County, NJ

A Red Admiral, rapidly, crossed the highway moving from the bay towards the ocean late in the afternoon.

  • Red Admiral 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods Butterfly Garden; 10am-noon.

We observed an American Lady being predated by a robber fly (photo attached), which is not included in the numbered count.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Asilius robber fly on American Lady