August 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

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

Everyday, still, I see ETS crossing the highways - Woodbine (a Cabbage White) and Rte. 47 (2 Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and a Cabbage White).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2

Donna Van Horn

Cape May Bird Observatory, Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Also multiple skippers.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 7

Juniper Hairstreak

Tom Bailey

PSE&G Estuary Enhancement Project, Elsinboro Township
Salem County, NJ

Most of my time was spent walking the nature trail through the marsh. I also walked the road near the old house for about 45 minutes.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 13
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 153

Rare Skipper

Will Kerling

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

Two ETS and a Spicebush Swallowtail visited the yard from time to time.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

There are Peck's Skippers ranging from well worn to fresh. The Question Mark Cats are almost ready to change to the chrysalis stage.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1

Peck's Skipper

Will Kerling

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

Half of the butterfly species were in the skipper family. The best find in my mine was a female Tawny-edged Skipper.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Not much action tonight with cloudy & damp conditions. My wife Pat alerted me to a seemingly patriotic Eastern Comma.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Eastern Comma

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Cabbage Whites and Eastern Tiger Swallowtails are an everyday occurrence in the downtown. There is a lull in Cabbage White numbers, at present.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2

Cabbage White

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Overcast with spritzing rain off and on all day.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 15

Zabulon Skipper, female

Mike Hannisian

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Pearl Crescent

Tom Bailey

Salem River F&WMA
Salem County, NJ

This section of the F&WMA is off of Rt. 540. Short 45 minute walk as rainstorm rolled in.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 11

Will Kerling

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

Found Appalachian Browns and Dion Skippers in a sedge habitat for our August records. There were plenty of Eastern Tiger Swallowtails at LT this day!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 14
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Viceroy 1
  • Appalachian Brown 6
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dion Skipper 30

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Dion Skipper

Appalachian Brown

Tom Bailey

Supawna Meadows NWR
Salem County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 26
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 12
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 6
  • Delaware Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 16

Gray Hairstreak

Delaware Skipper

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Delaware Skippers have always loved the Swamp Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) growing in my garden. Today I had the first Hibiscus bloom along with my FOY Delaware (missed the first brood here).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Will Kerling

Head of River to Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were swallowtails, Cabbage Whites and Red-spotted Purples on this trip - Head of River (2 tigers and 2 Red-spotted Purples), Belleplain (2 Cabbage Whites, a tiger and a Spicebush Swallowtail), Woodbine (4 tigers and 4 spices) and CH-Dennisville Road (2 Cabbage Whites, 2 tigers and a spice).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 9
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 2

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were skippers from the salt marsh downtown and an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail was gathering nectar from Echinacea flowers.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Salt Marsh Skipper

David L. Amadio

Rt 70 & Old Cuthbert Rd. Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Nectaring on Mimosa

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

First C. Wood-Nymph in my yard this season. While they have been common elsewhere, C. W-N has been uncommon in this immediate area. 3 female E. Tigers, one a black form. Delaware Skipper was in a white Lily sp. today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Chip Krilowicz

Haddonfield yard
Camden County, NJ

Cloudy Day

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Cloudy most of the day until late afternoon. Male and female Black Swallowtails, with female laying a few eggs on parsley. Male Zab new for this garden. Possible Red-spotted purple. Monarch ovipositing on common milkweed.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Cape May County, NJ

Searched high and low to find a Little Wood-Satyr for August and found one.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 12
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 12
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 8
  • Little Glassywing 3
  • Sachem 7
  • Dun Skipper 2

Horace's Duskywing

Little Wood-Satyr

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Zabs 2 males 1 female

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Will Kerling

Wetlands Institute - Stone Harbor Point
Cape May County, NJ

The Salt Marsh Skippers were getting nectar from Russian Sage in the garden.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 11
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Salt Marsh Skipper

Black Swallowtail

Will Kerling

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

A 'Summer Form' Question Mark gave chase to a Spicebush Swallowtail crossing the back yard. In this same yard, a Silver-spotted Skipper was egg laying on a Locust tree.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Discovered 18 butterfly species and over half of them were skippers (10 species). The Spicebush Swallowtails are growing in numbers (20) and they are quite varied on the dorsal side of their hind wings.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 20
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 9
  • Little Glassywing 5
  • Sachem 12
  • Dun Skipper 3

Spicebush Swallowtail

Peck's Skippers

Common Buckeye

Harvey Tomlinson

Edwin B Forsythe Wildlife Drive (Brig)
Atlantic County, NJ

A mostly Birding trip but needless to say spent an hour at Jen's Trail parking area looking for the Broken Dash. No Luck. Salt-marsh Skippers were abundant ( 100's) along the drive

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper A
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

The over mowed yard does not have much to offer. A Cabbage White got nectar from Common Cat's-ear. It is a single plant with its lone flower and the only other nectar is a few clovers that escaped the blade.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sachem 1

Cynthia Allen

Triangle Garden
Cape May County, NJ

Loads of nectar in this garden on a sunny day, but almost no butterflies. They must be spraying in this area!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

Cynthia Allen

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

FOY Little Yellow, 3 males and a female.

[Excellent find by Cynthia A – the first little yellows on our Sightings Log in 2016. Could this be an invasion year of this southern irruptive? jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Little Yellow 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 13
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1

Will Kerling

Head of River to Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Only saw swallowtails on this trip - Head of River (1 Spicebush Swallowtail), Belleplain State Forest (2 tigers and 2 spices), Woodbine (2 tigers) and Rte. 47 (1 tiger).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3