August 2016 Sightings

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Only the 2nd Horace's this year here, a female on Buddleia.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Jean Gutsmuth

Haddon Heights garden
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 2

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

At 7:20 am, a roosting Spicebush Swallowtail came out of a Linden tree to start the butterfly day.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 6

Pearl Crescent

Spicebush Swallowtail

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods Butterfly garden: Zabulon was a female, Fiery was a male.
Both clearwing sphinx moth species present. One massive hickory horned devil caterpillar in last instar (photo).

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar

Variegated Fritillary

Will Kerling

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

As usual, swallowtails passed through this yard.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Teresa Knipper

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Sweltering hot day but decided to get out and see what was flying. Looks like the monarchs are starting!

  • Black Swallowtail 9
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 31
  • Monarch 21
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

There were 2 Monarchs drifting through here today.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Pearl Crescent 13
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 2

Spicebush Swallowtail

Chip Krilowicz

Whig Rd, Elmer
Salem County, NJ

Field with lots of red clover.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 45
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Fresh female Zab on a potted Buddleia. Least Skippers have been scarce here this year. Found two of them on a smartweed species.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2

Will Kerling

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

There were Spicebush Swallowtails, a Red-spotted Purple, Cabbage Whites and a Cloudless Sulphur on this road trip - Belleplain (a Cabbage White), BSF (3 Spicebush Swallowtails and a Red-spotted Purple) and Rte. 47 (2 Cabbage Whites and a Cloudless Sulphur). The ETS are not now common along the roads.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Red-spotted Purple

Pat & Clay Sutton, Katharine & John Patterson

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Overcast weather in AM, spitting rain, but still some butterflies during our couple of hours walk. Some of the Monarchs were clearly migrating!

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 15

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

One of the Monarchs was a female laying eggs (happiness!).

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 4
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 8
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Tawny Emperor 4
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Eastern Comma

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Not much activity tonight. Found another Monarch cat, this time on Common Milkweed.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1

Chris Clemenson, Jesse & Jack Connor

Clemenson's Farm, Estell Manor
Atlantic County, NJ

Thanks to Chris and Arnold for the tour of their wonderful native plant nursery grounds. In addition to adults above: 3 spicebush swallowtail cats and 21 black swallowtail cats.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 10
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 16
  • American Lady 8
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Sachem 2

Spicebush Swallowtail early instar cat

Spicebush Swallowtail late instar cat

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA- Middle Marsh Lane access and nearby roadside nectar patches
Cumberland County, NJ

Hayhurst's Scallopwings not found today. Perhaps the overnight downpour did them in. Nice FOS was a pair of Sleepy Orange (photos) and a possible 3rd. Cloudless Sulphurs were common, as I stopped counting when seeing the Sleepy Oranges.

[Congratulations to Steve on this excellent find of our FOY sleepy oranges for 2016. This is a southern vagrant rare in NJ. We had only two reports in 2015 and none in 2014. The last report of two individuals at one site was almost four years ago – J. Dowdell in his Villas garden in October, 2012. Good find, Steve! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail Common
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 15
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 7
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Delaware Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Will Kerling

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

There were two male Sachems and a fresh Variegated Fritillary to be found in the wet grasses during a light morning rain.

  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Sachem 2

Will Kerling

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

Few butterfly visitors were using the yard this day.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1

Sandra Keller

Forsythe NWR - the wildlife drive
Atlantic County, NJ

Marilyn Henry and I - nice to see this many Monarchs and Cloudless Sulphurs! Afternoon. The Monarchs were moving around - the number is a low estimate.

  • Black Swallowtail 10
  • Cloudless Sulphur 9
  • Monarch 25

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods butterfly garden
2:00pm
1 monarch caterpillar on common milkweed
2 milkweed tussock moth cats on milkweed
1 hickory horned devil caterpillar (ate buttonbush leaves)

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

My FOY red-spotted purple for the backyard!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Red-spotted Purple

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Sachem 3

Will Kerling

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

The first butterfly was a fresh Gray Hairstreak. The other butterflies were Cabbage Whites, a male Black Swallowtail, Monarchs, a Common Buckeye and Red Admirals. It was surprising to see no skippers.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4

Monarch

Gray Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Observed a dragonfly with its prey: Pearl Crescent. A big day for Hackberry Emperors began here with at least 3.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 11
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Hackberry Emperor

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Butterfly Garden
Gloucester County, NJ

An unusual behavior for an ETB. It first appeared that this ETB must be in the grasp of a predator. It remained open-winged while nectaring on blue vervain. No predator but apparently it was damaged where the wings were attached to the thorax forcing the wings to remain open. Also found a Garter Snake in the garden today near the pond.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Will Kerling

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

Discovered 5 butterfly species on a Butterfly Bush along the bike trail.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Sachem 8

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

A fresh Crossline Skipper was my best find.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1

Crossline Skipper

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

An interesting afternoon here. A big day for Hackberry Emperors with at least 8 observed. Viceroys also well represented today. Found a female Dun Skipper in the grasp of a crab spider. The big find was our second Giant Swallowtail of the season. It flew right past me along the trail near the river. I gave chase but was unable to obtain an image. Had a satisfactory look. This is in the same area that I have observed this species here in previous years. Spent nearly half an hour trying to relocate the bug, but no luck today. Noticeably absent were Cabbage Whites and Broad-winged Skippers. In addition to the 4 adult Monarchs, I found five 4th instar cats on Common Milkweed.

[This is our second report of giant swallowtail – following Jean Gutsmuth's find in Haddon Heights, CAM, on 8-14-16. Both seen on our western edge. Could they be crossing the Delaware from west or south? Anyone know current status of giant s'tail on PA side of river? jc]

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 9
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 13
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Viceroy 3
  • Hackberry Emperor 8
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 5

Viceroy

Monarch cat

Dun Skipper (as prey)

Teresa Knipper

Flora for Fauna Garden and Nursery.
Cape May County, NJ

Karen had an open house at her wonderful native plant nursery. Lots of hackberry trees for snouts.

  • Black Swallowtail C
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 10
  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Snout 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Monarchs mating and egg-laying.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Sachem 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Steven Glynn

Mad Horse Creek WMA
Salem County, NJ

Plenty of butterflies in the fields. I chased what "may well" have been a Palamedes Swallowtail for over an hour. It was very large, floppy in flight, dark/brownish in appearance, with broad yellow band in upper wingspread. Kept to woods edge, but occasionally sallied out over the patch of ironweed & joe pye weed. I could only watch from the access road, across the deep field and hope for it to fly over and nearby again. Attempts to capture a photo of it in flight were unsuccessful. If anyone is in this area again, be on the lookout.

[Exciting possibility! We have had just two reports of Palamedes in our nine years: 9/11/08 and 7/28/13, both in Cape May County, neither photographed. The species is not listed on North Jersey NABA's Butterflies of New Jersey website. Documenting this species with a photograph would be a first-class accomplishment. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Sulphur sp. x
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Common
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Variegated Fritillary Common
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 11
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 6
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Common Wood-Nymph

'Summer' Spring Azures