August 2016 Sightings

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA- Middle Marsh Lane access
Cumberland County, NJ

Strong brood of Hayhurst's Scallopwing's continues. Cloudless Sulphurs all fresh and active.

[This is our first 2016 photo of the always-hard-to-capture cloudless sulphur. Also, this is our first report – of only three reports this year – of multiple individuals. Good job, Steve and get ready, everyone, here they come! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White Common
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 7
  • Gray Hairstreak 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 16
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 9
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Delaware Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 11

Common Buckeyes

Cloudless Sulphur

Harvey Tomlinson

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Red-banded Hairstreak was the Bug of the Day. I would say they were abundant. It was also the only Hairstreak.
No Monarchs - 6:30 to 10:00 am!

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 15
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak A
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 25
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Question Mark

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Michael Drake

Nature Conservancy at Eldora, Rt 47
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Michael Drake

CMBO, Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Hayhurst's Scallopwing is a lifer - quite unexpected. Butterfly activity was excellent - mostly on the Mountain Mint. Extraordinary variety of bees and wasps.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 5
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 15

Tom Bailey

Rancocas State Park, Westhampton Township
Burlington County, NJ

Former Indian Reservation area.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • American Copper 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 1

American Copper

Red-spotted Purple

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Found 19 butterfly species here today. The Northern Broken-Dash may be almost finished flying as an adult butterfly here this year. Hopefully, later there will be Southern Broken-Dashes!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 11
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 18
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 13
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 8
  • Sachem 1

Common Wood-Nymph

Northern Broken-Dash, worn

Steven Glynn

Nabb Road fields
Cumberland County, NJ

In-between broods of Checkered Whites (apparently). Area has been cleared and prepared for fall planting, but appears that some care was taken to leave good areas for butterfly activity.

  • Cabbage White Common
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 9
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 2

Common Sootywing

Michael Drake

Lizard Tail Swamp
Cape May County, NJ

Mint fresh Tiger Swallowtail - so bright it almost looked like a new species.
Note for Will Kerling. Where is the Dion Skipper swamp? If you are willing to tell, contact me off list.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 11
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Common Checkered Skipper uncommon here. All but one Red Admiral were found along the powerline cut. Limited amounts of Sweet pepperbush entertained only a pair of Zabs & one Broad-winged Skipper. Viceroy was MIA today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 11
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Common Checkered-Skipper

Swarthy Skipper

Kathy Horn

CRE garden, Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Tom Bailey

Chesterfield Township
Burlington County, NJ

Private horse farm. Many species were drawn to mud in the road from the overnight rains.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 11
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White c
  • Sulphur sp. c
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur c
  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue c
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Common Sootywing

Common Checkered-Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

FINALLY 2 Juniper Hairstreaks. Where have the hairstreaks been?! Grateful for the swallowtails; they make the garden look busy, but numbers and diversity are still scary low compared to just a few years ago.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1

Variegated Fritillary

Juniper Hairstreak

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

There were 5 species of skippers in the early morning hours. Photos of Little Glassywing and a female Dun Skipper.

  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper, female

Little Glassywing

Sandra Keller

Wheelabrator
Gloucester County, NJ

Garden maintenance - Jean was there awhile, I just a bit. Mostly cloudy, 80 degrees, lots of nectar.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Beth Polvino & Jack Miller

CMBO ~ Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Hayhurst's Scallopwing seen minutes after Jack left for the afternoon. (Have a picture.)

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 6
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 11

Aaron's Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Found one Red Admiral at 7:15 p.m. after returning from North Jersey trip.

  • Red Admiral 1

Beth Polvino & Jack Miller

Lizard Trail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Seems the Little Yellow is laying eggs on the Partridge Pea – though we didn't realize this at the time.

[This our first photo'd little yellow of 2016 – and cool to think about the possibility of little yellow cats emerging here in coming days. Congrats to both observers. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 5
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Little Yellow, ovipositing

Southern Cloudywing

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

I completely agree with Pat's comment on low numbers and diversity. I thought maybe it was my garden which has been neglected over the years due to health issues, but the Sutton's garden is magnificent! It seems like the butterflies are concentrated in places where there is highly attractive nectar, but are present in low numbers and diversity elsewhere. Any ideas as to what is going on? Climate change? Spraying?

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Will Kerling

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

There were, at least, 26 butterfly species on this walk with 14 butterfly species being skippers. Found an photographed a Cloudless Sulphur, a Fiery Skipper and a Southern Cloudywing.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 9
  • Cabbage White 19
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 16
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 16
  • Southern Cloudywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 5
  • Northern Broken-Dash 6
  • Little Glassywing 4
  • Sachem 22
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5
  • Dun Skipper 1

Cloudless Sulphur

Southern Cloudywing

Fiery Skipper

Brian Johnson

Bear Swamp West
Cumberland County, NJ

Even though they are common, I was very surprised to see the tailed-blue out there. This bog is only 2 acres and in the middle of a very large wooded swamp.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Dion Skipper 7

Will Kerling

Belleplain, NJ to Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

This trip had Eastern Swallowtails, Spicebush Swallowtails and Cabbage Whites in it - Belleplain (3 tigers and 3 spices), Woodbine (a Cabbage White, 1 tiger and 1 spice), Rte. 47 (1 spice) and Downtown CMCH (4 Cabbage Whites, 1 tiger and 1 spice).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 5

Spicebush Swallowtail

Will Kerling

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

Discovered coupled Cabbage Whites, a bright orange, Orange Sulphur and a Tawny-edged Skipper.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Cabbage White

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Will Kerling

Estell Manor. NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Down to one Northern Broken-Dash and the Zabulon Skippers and Little Glassywings are increasing in numbers.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 8
  • Dun Skipper 3

Northern Broken-Dash, male

Will Kerling

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

A Common Sootywing was zipping around the back yard. The Question Mark was my 29th butterfly species for the day - shucks, missed 30 species by one.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Sootywing 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Question Mark laying eggs on Hops. Female Zabulon.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Will Kerling

Cumberland Avenue and Rte. 49 to Rte. 55
Cumberland County, NJ

There was a Cabbage White and swallowtails on this trip.

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

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

First Red-Banded Hairstreak in the garden this year.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2