August 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

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

Was surprised to find a Red-banded Hairstreak in this yard. It definitely was new for this location in 2016.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Sandra Keller

My garden
Camden County, NJ

I was out weeding. Partly sunny, late afternoon, SW winds.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1

Chip Krilowicz

Glassboro WMA
Gloucester County, NJ

Small, early instar.

  • Variegated Fritillary 0

Variegated Fritillary cat

Will Kerling

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

There were 5 Silver-spotted Skippers on one Butterfly Bush.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Sachem 3

Silver-spotted Skippers

Sandra Keller

Wheelabrator Refuge - just the garden
Gloucester County, NJ

I was here to water. Lots of nectar. Very hot and muggy. SW winds, partly sunny, afternoon.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Little Yellows are in! I counted 15 along the "road" that runs between the dunes and the small plover ponds. Probably more. Common Buckeyes were numerous but all of them very small as with the Variegated Frits.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Little Yellow 15
  • American Copper 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 40
  • Monarch 3

Little Yellow

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Most of the butterflies downtown were hiding from the blistering heat.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township
Burlington County, NJ

Backyard garden. Red-banded Hairstreaks were nectaring on Mountain Mint.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

A good weekend for butterflies in the backyard! The count rivals yesterday's but with a few different species. I was unable to ID a duskywing… sigh.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1

American Lady

Orange Sulphur

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Spent most of the day here. Three FOYs for this garden: Pearl Crescent, Hackberry Emperor, and Cloudless Sulphur. This was the first Cloudless since 2012 and only the 2nd in the last 7 years. The Southern bug was quite at home nectaring on Lantanas & Mexican sunflowers. Also found 2 Monarch cats on Tropical Milkweed.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Cloudless Sulphur

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Delaware Skipper in Hibiscus blossom. Fresh male and female Horace's Duskywing.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

It was challenging to find butterflies in the searing heat and even the Common Wood-Nymphs in the shade would not fly much when flushed!!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 15
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 16
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 7
  • Sachem 1

Common Wood-Nymph

Red-banded Hairstreak

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

2 black swallowtail Chrysalises, 3 tiny Monarch Cats on Swamp Milkweed, Mating Monarch's, FOY Red-spotted Purple on rotten fruit, New to yard & life butterfly for me ~Tawny Emperor who was on rotten fruit and new to yard butterfly ~Least Skipper Sunny, Hot & humid temps mid 90's wind winds abut 8 MPH

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 14
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Tawny Emperor

Red-spotted Purple

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Some of the Spicebush Swallowtails are fairly fresh while others look ancient.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Spicebush Swallowtail

Will Kerling

Butterfly Weed patch in Belleplain, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

With a quick stop, I found 6 butterfly species.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 2

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

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

There were 5 butterfly species in this scorched back yard - all in the shade at the edges.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

There were swallowtails and Cabbage Whites on this journey - Woodbine (a spice, 3 Cabbage Whites and a swallowtail species), Rte. 47 (a Cabbage White) and Downtown CMCH (a Cabbage White and a spice).

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Swallowtail sp. 1

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Sightings from the main entrance pathway between garden and green building. Very small patch of NY Ironweed hosted all of the skippers.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Butterfly Garden
Gloucester County, NJ

Spent roughly 1/2 hour here between the garden and main entrance pathway. 2:15 to 2:50 p.m. Very hot and sunny. Mid 90's. Also observed 3 Snowberry Clearwings and 1 Hummingbird Clearwing.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Lots of mating in the garden today: Black Swallowtails, Spicebush Swallowtails, and at 5:30 pm 2 Monarchs mating. 3 fruit dishes are really stealing the show!

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 3
  • Question Mark 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 9
  • Tawny Emperor 2
  • Appalachian Brown 6
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2

Butterfly fruit dish

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Very hot, humid 98 degrees. Variegated frit appeared to be ovipositing on violets. Spicebush was a female. Monarch egg on tropical milkweed.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Variegated Fritillary

Monarch egg

Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 11
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Tawny Emperor 4
  • Appalachian Brown 4
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Jean Gutsmuth

Haddon Heights garden
Camden County, NJ

Giant swallowtail was a surprise. Flew right in front of me, I could have touched it. I first noticed the bold yellow line the whole way across the body and wings. I had an excellent look, although brief; I didn't see the underside. It landed on a butterfly bush, but immediately took off and flew into my neighbor's yard. It was in really good shape, not ragged or worn. However, my son, who has become a little interested in butterflies, said he saw this one about half an hour earlier and "wondered what had that great yellow stripe."

This butterfly is seen around this area on occasion. The last time I saw one in this area was in August 2014 in Chip Krilowicz's yard in Haddonfield. Also saw the one Dave Amadio had at Wheelabrator in Gloucester County the other year.

I have checked several times today, but haven't seen it again.

[Moderator's Note: Congratulations to Jean on the superb find. This is our first giant swallowtail of 2016. Although the species has never been more than a sometime stray in South Jersey, it seems to have made something of a comeback in North Jersey over last decade or so. This year there have been multiple reports of it on the North Jersey Sightings Log – a couple in late May/early June and more recently regular reports since mid-July. Almost all of these come from Sussex and Warren Counties. Will we see another down here this year? Let's hope so! jc]

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

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Two more FOY's for this garden: Swarthy Skipper & Variegated Fritillary. First V.Frit. since 2012. Also a season high species total of 16. Besides one adult Monarch, there were 5 cats now on Tropical Milkweed. Some species despise flash photography as was the case with this male Zabulon Skipper photographed on Coleus leaf.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Zabulon Skipper

Monarch cats

Red-spotted Purple

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

A Monarch and Black Swallowtail egg-laying.
A record number of species for my 3-year-old gardens!

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 5
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Discovered a Cloudless Sulphur passing through the property.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 9
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 20
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 5
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

The flower gardens are excellent right now. One of the Am. Snouts appeared to be ovipositing on hackberry leaves.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White c
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • American Snout 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 19
  • Swarthy Skipper 9
  • Least Skipper 16
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 3
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 12

Sachem

Swarthy Skipper

Will Kerling

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

Pleased to find 3 Dion Skippers at this late date. Photo of Appalachian Brown and a female Black Swallowtail getting nectar from Sweet Pepperbush blossoms.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Appalachian Brown 18
  • Monarch 2
  • Dion Skipper 3

Black Swallowtail

Appalachian Brown