August 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

Rte. 605 to Belleplain, NJ and south to CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was an egg laying Red-spotted Purple, Spicebush Swallowtails, a Cabbage White and an American Snout on this journey - Rte. 605 (Red-spotted Purple and a Spicebush Swallowtail), BSF (a spice), Court House-Dennisville Road (a spice) and CMCH (a Cabbage White and an American Snout flying across Acme Market parking lot!!). Photo of Red-spotted Purple egg on tip of old Black Cherry leaf.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2

Red-spotted Purple egg

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Question Mark 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 5
  • Sachem 5
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Zabulon Skipper, female

Delaware Skipper, worn female

Will Kerling

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

There were 12 skipper species amongst the 24 butterfly species discovered on the bike path this day. It was wonderful to watch eight Southern Cloudywings within a Zinnia patch.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 15
  • Southern Cloudywing 8
  • Common Sootywing 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 4
  • Crossline Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 5
  • Sachem 34
  • Dun Skipper 4

Common Sootywing

Southern Cloudywing

Steven Glynn

Bronze Copper area #2- Near Salem City
Salem County, NJ

All Bronze Coppers fresh and beautiful. 3rd brood fully emerged.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. x
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Bronze Copper 14
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Bronze Coppers

Steven Glynn

Bronze Copper area #1- Near Salem City
Salem County, NJ

No coppers flying in this area, unlike in early July when record numbers were found. 3rd brood may be travelling to nearby areas.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Sulphur sp. x
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Variegated Fritillary 9
  • Pearl Crescent 11
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 19
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 8
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Sachem 6
  • Delaware Skipper 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Common Checkered-Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Delaware Skipper

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

One of the Tiger Swallowtails was a DARK female.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 7
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Tawny Emperor 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Heartening to find large and small Monarch caterpillars on our milkweed.

[This is our high count for red-spotted purples for 2016. Other butterfly-gardeners are envious! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 16
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Tawny Emperor 5
  • Appalachian Brown 10
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Monarch caterpillars

Pat & Clay Sutton, Katharine & John Patterson

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

Some of the Monarchs were clearly migrating. Others were chasing each other around and frequenting the lush patches of Swamp Milkweed. American Lady caterpillar was hiding inside webbed together bits of the flowers of Sweet Everlasting.

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • Little Yellow 6
  • American Lady 0
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Viceroy 4
  • Monarch 12
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Viceroy

Will Kerling

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

Found 6 Butterfly species in the yard. Two female Common Buckeyes were egg laying on top and bottom of Narrow-leafed Plantain leaves.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Sachem 5

Common Buckeye egg

Common Buckeye

Teresa Knipper

East Creek Pond
Cape May County, NJ

More paddle board butterflying!!

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Black swallowtail ovipositing on Zizzia; snout ovipositing on hackberry. Adult snout probed (for salt?) on tripod for 10 minutes+.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 10
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

American Snout egg

American Snout cat

American Snout

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

guided nature walk from 9-11:30.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Common Checkered-Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

3:00pm
Meadow restoration project

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Will Kerling

Rte. 605 north of Belleplain to CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

This trip yielded Spicebush Swallowtails, Red-spotted Purples, Cabbage Whites and a Cloudless Sulphur - Rte. 605 (2 spice), BSF (a spice and a Red-spotted Purple), Woodbine (a spice), Rte. 47 (a Cabbage White) and CMCH (a spice, a Cabbage White, a Red-spotted Purple and a Cloudless Sulphur).

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2

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

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

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