August 2016 Sightings

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Clay and Pat Sutton, Jack Miller

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

3rd evening for Appalachian Brown on our fruit. Often don't show up until 4 or 5 p.m. or later. One of the Black Swallowtails was a female laying eggs on Parsley.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 8
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 2
  • Question Mark 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Appalachian Brown

Jack Miller

Beanery
Cape May County, NJ

The southern Cape is in need of rain. I only walked in the parking lot.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1

Jack Miller

Higbee Beach
Cape May County, NJ

Very hot; I mostly stayed in the woods and shade.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Swallowtail sp. 4
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 4

Jack Miller

CMBO
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped here twice (once to and once from the Suttons) especially looking for the scallopwings (that continue to elude me).

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Home by about 6:00 and added a couple of skippers to the day's list. Today I saw 40 species in the Cape (and identified 39; won't call one that I believe was a n. broken dash) and had a thoroughly lovely time, despite the heat.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 5
  • Sachem 6
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Chip Krilowicz

Haddonfield yard
Camden County, NJ

Attracted to back light and spent the night there.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Jack Miller with Pat and Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped to visit and indulge in refreshments here for bit. Pat and Clay could add to this list, but these were some of the bugs that I saw with them (I wasn't recording).

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Jack Miller

Cape May Point St Pk
Cape May County, NJ

Began my day at 10:30 at the Triangle Garden where I did not see a single bfly. Moved to the St Pk by 11 and it was already blazing hot. Little Yellow and buckeye counts are conservative.

[Looks like we have two migratory species crossing paths in high numbers – little yellows wandering northward and buckeyes (apparently) heading south. Whew! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Little Yellow 29
  • Swallowtail sp. 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 65
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2

David L. Amadio

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Brief Observations near sedge habitat. 10:45 to 11:10 a.m.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Appalachian Brown 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Less activityy due to extreme heat. 2 spicebush cats, 3 black swallowtail cats, and 8 monarch cats.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

CMBO CRE Gardens
Cape May County, NJ

Observations made between 10 & 10:30 a.m. All 5 Gray Hairstreaks were on mountain mint.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Gray Hairstreak

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

This park was under construction for about a year, so this was my first time there since last fall. A hot and extremely humid morning.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

The heat was keeping butterfly activity to a minimum.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

The Nature Conservancy's SCM Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

Last stop of the day (not counting Little Danny's for ice cream). 4:35 to 5:35 p.m. Temp. still 90-92 degrees and sunny. Added one more Little Yellow here. Observed a total of 34 species in CM County this day.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Common Buckeye

David L. Amadio

Triangle Garden Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Very dry in CMPT. Observations from 12 noon till 12:18 p.m. Added one Spicebush around 4:25 p.m.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

TNC Eldora
Cape May County, NJ

Observations made between 8:50 & 9:40 a.m. Sunny 83 degrees and calm. Also includes butterflies on Pepperbush opposite the preserve on Rt47

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 10
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 5
  • Aaron's Skipper 9
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 12
  • Dun Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

Pavilion Circle CM Point
Cape May County, NJ

Obs. at 12:25 p.m.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 2

David L. Amadio

Cape May NWR Kimbles Beach Rd.
Cape May County, NJ

Brief obs. at 11:30 a.m. Part sun 88 degrees.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Had 7 Appalachian Browns on our fruit dish at 6:45 p.m. Photo of 4 on the fruit dish. 2 were still there at 7:45 p.m. Fun to read of Brian Johnson's mega numbers up in Salem County. Cloudless Sulphur flew around the garden and then out.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Appalachian Brown 7
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Hackberry Emperor and Red-spotted Purple

Appalachian Browns

Mike Hannisian

Cox Hall Creek WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1

David L. Amadio

The Rea Farm CM Point
Cape May County, NJ

Temp. at 90 degrees after 3:30 p.m. A visit to this property without seeing Viceroy is highly unusual in my experience.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Higbees Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Very hot and oppressive from 2:25 to 3:30 p.m. Deer flies relentless. Most butterfly activity was in shaded and more moist areas of the WMA.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 12
  • Cabbage White 25
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Observations made between 12:30 and 2 p.m. Most of the Little Yellow action was around the first two plover ponds. Likely more, but I had to duck into the shaded wooded trail system for some heat relief.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 11
  • American Copper 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 25
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Little Yellow

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

FOY Cloudless Sulphur in my yard was a female laying eggs on Partridge Pea.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Best backyard butterfly day of 2016 including 3 FOYs: monarch, gray hairstreak, and common buckeye!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Gray Hairstreak

Common Buckeye

Dave & Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

All but one Cabbage White & one Zab observed by Pat, while I explored CM County today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

A Great Spangled Fritillary may have quickly passed through the front yard. I needed to see it slightly better.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 4
  • Dun Skipper 2

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Will Kerling

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

There were swallowtails and a Red-spotted Purple on this road trip - BSF (1 Spicebush Swallowtail), Woodbine (a spice and a Red-spotted Purple) and Court House-Dennisville Road (a tiger and a spice).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Will Kerling

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

Was surprised to find two Spicebush Swallowtails in this salt marsh environment.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Monarch 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Spicebush Swallowtail