July 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Red Admiral zipped through the cars at Acme Market parking lot traveling toward the northeast.

  • Red Admiral 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Will Kerling

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

Found a fresh, male Sachem, 2 Gray Hairstreaks and a Salt Marsh Skipper using White Clover for nectar.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Gray Hairstreak

Will Kerling

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

Two flowering Common Milkweed plants had drawn in, at least, 20 Broad-winged Skippers.

Another observation was surprising and quiet pleasurable. Some of the 'Summer Form' Question Marks that emigrated into this area a month or so ago must now be generating a new generation of 'Summer Form' Question Marks!

  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 20

Broad-winged Skipper

Question Mark

Salt Marsh Skipper

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

[This is our first rare skipper of 2016. Congratulations and welcome back to the NJ and the USA to Jack Miller. jc]

  • Rare Skipper 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Harvey's Hummer Hut
Cape May County, NJ

Only my 2nd sighting of a Monarch this year and she was nectaring on my Tithonia and ovipositing on all 3 of my milkweed species. No pics today. I left her alone.

  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Hot & humid, 8 black swallowtail cats on parsley, 4 on fennel, 3 chrysalis. One adult black swallowtail male released.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1

Banded Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail caterpillars

Will Kerling

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

A fresh female, Eastern Tailed-Blue was staying in the back yard and later two Cabbage Whites visited, briefly, and got nectar from Common Cat's-ear.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Will Kerling

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

It was great to see a fresh Common Wood-Nymph along the tracks.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Will Kerling

Head of River - northern line of Cape May County
Cape May County, NJ

Counted 14 Mulberry Wings on the Pickrelweed and saw an Appalachian Brown basking on a large leaf along the river. The Spangled Skimmers were catching early sun, also.

  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Mulberry Wing 14

Spangled Skimmer

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

I'm pretty sure the Cloudywing is a Northern because of the dark face.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 4
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Horace's Duskywing

Northern Cloudywing

Salt Marsh Skipper

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Spicebush was a male.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3

SJ Butterflyers, AWS, Glou Cty Nature Club

Medford Leas, Medford
Burlington County, NJ

13 participants. Sunny but windy, 82 degrees. Windy conditions kept numbers down. Second trip in fields added 5 new species. Some un-id worn grass skippers. Some aphids seen on American beech, but no Harvesters found. Interesting bugs in addition to butterflies seen.

[Moderator's Note: thanks to Chris Herz for leading this very successful trip, our second group field trip of 2016. Thank you, Chris! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 13
  • American Copper 2
  • Coral Hairstreak 7
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 5
  • Common Wood-Nymph 17
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 25
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Little Glassywing 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Orange Sulphur

Monarch

Coral Hairstreak

Spicebush Swallowtail

Common Buckeye

Brian Johnson and Will Kerling

Beaver Swamp WMA
Cape May County, NJ

We found Mulberry Wings and this is a new population for Cape May County. This is the southern-most place for them now – that we know about. Will check for them even further south due to this discovery! Saw a few getting nectar from the Lizard Tail plant.

[Congratulations to both observers on this significant and very cool find! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Appalachian Brown 5
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Mulberry Wing 39

Red Admiral

Lizard's tail plant

Mulberry Wing

Will Kerling

Belleplain to Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

There were 9 Cabbage Whites counted on this trip - Belleplain (2), Lizard Tail (1), Downtown Cape May CH (1), 402 West Hand Avenue (3) and MTBP (2).

  • Cabbage White 9

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Western Cumberland County- Bronze Copper area
Cumberland County, NJ

Mint-fresh 2nd brood of Bronze Coppers flying. Broad-winged Skippers count actual dial counted.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Bronze Copper 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 67

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Jennifer Bulava

Lummis Ponds Preserve, The Nature Conservancy, Cedarville
Cumberland County, NJ

My husband Damon and I made the trip down to the 10 acre field of milkweed to check for monarchs. 4:10-5:30pm. (No trails here). I observed at least 10 monarchs in the part I surveyed, and Damon saw at least 5 more on the other side of the field. I saw 6 monarchs mating and one being carried by its mate; in the photo it appears to have missing legs. Another monarch was perched on a milkweed for quite some time but its abdomen was held above the wings, strangely. The only flowers in this field are common milkweed and musk thistle.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 15

Spicebush Swallowtail

Milkweed field

Monarch (wings under abdomen)

Common Wood-Nymph

Monarchs mating pairs

Steven Glynn

Bronze Copper Colony #1
Salem County, NJ

2nd brood flying with a mint-fresh individual found basking, hopefully more to come this week. Also new brood of Pearl Crescents and Cabbage Whites.

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Bronze Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Cabbage White

Pearl Crescent

Bronze Copper

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 240
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 5
  • Red Admiral 16
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Pennsville Premier Cinema field/area
Salem County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Sachem

Monarch

Tom Bailey

Rancocas State Park
Burlington County, NJ

Former Indian Reservation area. Only spent @1.5 hours walking the fields. Many Com. Wood-Nymphs including two mating I was able to photograph. Many dragonflies as well. Need rain.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 39

Common Wood-Nymphs

American Copper

Steven Glynn

Bronze Copper Colony #2
Salem County, NJ

Mint-fresh Bronze Coppers from 2nd brood flying. Curiously, found in outer extremes to property and not in perceived center of colony. Also, fresh brood of Common Buckeyes flying and, happily, fresh Common Sootywings. Broad-winged Skipper count is actual dial counted. Rare Skippers mint fresh too! Summer Azure is a curiosity….very small (like spring) and already very worn.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White common
  • Orange Sulphur common
  • Bronze Copper 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue common
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 4
  • Rare Skipper 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 196

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Common Buckeye

Common Sootywing

Summer Azure

Sachem

Rare Skipper

Steven Glynn

Mannington Corporation gardens
Salem County, NJ

So much nectar, so few butterflies.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Tom Bailey

Rancocas State Park
Burlington County, NJ

Half-hour walk around the Rancocas Nature Center and field.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1

Steven Glynn

Nabb Ave. field
Cumberland County, NJ

Late afternoon visit (after 4pm) and overcast. Anything seen was flushed up from the ground. No whites of any kind flying at the time.

  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Gray Hairstreak

Horace's Duskywing

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Claire Campbell

Pennington Park (BurlCo Parks)
Burlington County, NJ

Temp in mid 70's slight wind and slightly overcast.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Monarch 2

Steven Glynn

Hesstown Road powerline area
Cumberland County, NJ

Little activity and no hairstreaks.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 2

Crossline Skipper

Crossline Skipper

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge -- garden only
Gloucester County, NJ

Short stop to weed and water a couple plants–11:30-12:30. 13 late instar Black Swallowtail cats on fennel. Both clearwing moths were on butterfly bush. All butterflies were in the garden.

[Chris's report gives us our third county for great spangled in 2016, all on our western side: SAL, BUR, and GLO. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 2

Little Glassywing

Silver-spotted Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Black Swallowtail caterpillars