March 2017 Sightings

Will Kerling

Cape May NWR - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found a hiding Orange Sulphur at 9:30 am.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Orange Sulphur

Clay Sutton, Josh Nemeth

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Blueberry Azure 1

Will Kerling

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

Shielding my face from the sun to watch a circling Question Mark, it landed on the tip of my left index finger and looked me over!!

  • Question Mark 1

Will Kerling

Cape May NWR - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Amazed to find 16 fairly fresh Orange Sulphurs, within a field, which were exposed to high winds and upper forties.

  • Orange Sulphur 16

Orange Sulphur

brian johnson

NLT Burden hill preserve
Salem County, NJ

It was cold and windy today so it was a nice surprise to see some butterflies.

  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Will Kerling

Cape May NWR - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

These Orange Sulphurs must have some unique genes at this location. There was a slight breeze and the ambient air temperature was 37 degrees when two of these sulphurs came out to laterally bask. One, upon approach for a photo opportunity, flew wildly all over the field for almost two minutes before landing!

  • Orange Sulphur 2

Orange Sulphur

Sandra Keller

High Hill Rd. Dog Park area
Gloucester County, NJ

With Marilyn Henry. 53 degrees, light south winds, mostly sunny. I saw this well in flight. Close. No orange. It's a fresh individual. The small size, lemony color, and narrow dark border are also all indicative of Clouded.

[Moderator's Note: Congratulations to Sandra and Marilyn on the excellent find and good photo. It is the first clouded on our log since 12-22-16 and our 2017 FOY. (We did have a few reports of sulphur, sp in early January.) Dave Amadio has pointed out that if we discount the 1-3-16 record as a survivor from 2015, this is our earliest-ever record for this species in our ten years of the project. jc]

  • Clouded Sulphur 1

Clouded Sulphur

Will Kerling

Cape May NWR - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

After two mornings in the low twenties, Orange Sulphurs were emerging from the chrysalides. Two were actually mating!!

  • Orange Sulphur 6

Orange Sulphurs

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Visited my fruit dish 3 times this afternoon under mostly cloudy skies.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern Comma

Will Kerling

Gus's Beach Road - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Discovered two very active Eastern Commas in the forest.

  • Eastern Comma 2

Will Kerling

Cape May NWR - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

In the middle of the afternoon, I counted 23 different active Orange Sulphurs in a field. Two were coupled.

  • Orange Sulphur 23

Orange Sulphur

Chip Krilowicz

Wharton SF, Atco
Camden County, NJ

I also photographed an anglewing sp with the top showing a Comma pattern and the bottom showing Question Mark. The photos attached were taken only seconds apart. How common is this?

[Moderator's Note: thanks to Chip and Jack Miller for pointing out this sometime-pattern. See the blog for some info about it. jc]

  • Blueberry Azure 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Anglewing, sp.

Anglewing, sp.

Blueberry Azure

Will Kerling

Davies Sports Complex - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Orange Sulphurs were freely flying around in the lawn grasses. Spent most of my outdoor day documenting my first Tufted Duck.

  • Orange Sulphur 4

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Chip Krilowicz

Blueberry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Warm windy and Sunny

  • Eastern Comma 3

Eastern Comma

Chip Krilowicz

Haddonfield yard
Camden County, NJ

Back yard fly by,

  • Cabbage White 1

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Sandra Keller

Davies Sports Complex - the RR tracks
Cape May County, NJ

I walked the tracks some back to my car. Sunny, strong SW winds, 64 degrees. I think the Azures were Holly, but not the best of looks. I am not sure what is flying now in this strange winter. I want to be sure.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Spring Azure 2

Claire Campbell

Crystal Lake Park, Burlington County Parks
Burlington County, NJ

I was able to ID one Comma; the other angelwings were "fly-bys"

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Anglewing sp. 5
  • Eastern Comma 1

Will Kerling

Near main entrance to CM County Zoo along Court House-Dennisville Road - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was a fresh Cabbage White flying all over the place in a wide grass strip just before 2 pm.

  • Cabbage White 1

Will Kerling

Cape May NWR - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Just after 9:30 am, I flushed 6 Orange Sulphurs in a field.

  • Orange Sulphur 6

Jean Gutsmuth

Haddon Heights
Camden County, NJ

The butterfly flew across the street in front of me. I pulled the car over as I saw it land in my neighbor's front yard. Saw that it was a cabbage white.

  • Cabbage White 1

Will Kerling

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

Found 3 Blueberry Azures on the forest trail leading away from the trailhead.

  • Blueberry Azure 3

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Two sightings, 9:45 am and again at 3:15pm in sunny warm garden spot sheltered from high wind by holly grove. Approaches, lingers, alights close at feet. Light fluttery flight. Feeds on dog scat.

  • Spring Azure 1

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Cynthia Allen

Beaver Dam Rd.
Cape May County, NJ

1-2 PM, sunny, 64 degrees. Azures very active.

  • Blueberry Azure 13
  • Eastern Comma 1

Will Kerling

Beaver Dam Road off Gravel Hole Road - S. Dennis, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The Blueberry Azures were quite active just after 10 am. The only other butterfly was a lone Eastern Comma. Photo of female Blueberry Azure basking in the sun.

  • Blueberry Azure 16
  • Eastern Comma 1

Blueberry Azure

Will Kerling

Cape May NWR - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found active butterflies under the coldest conditions during any of my field trips through the years of recording them in Montana and New Jersey this day!! It was 32 degrees with WNW winds around 10 mph and a wind chill in the low twenties. One of the Orange Sulphurs flew out of sight.

  • Orange Sulphur 2

Orange Sulphur

Cynthia Allen

Woodcock Trail at Cape May NWR
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny and about 43 degrees. All 7 Orange Sulphurs were freely flying. 5 were in the big field on the main loop and are the first I've seen there this year.

  • Orange Sulphur 7

Jack Miller and Clay Sutton

MacNamara
Cape May County, NJ

Early afternoon, sunny, mid 50's. The anglewing was probably a qm which have been regulars at Mac this spring.

  • Blueberry Azure 3
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Will Kerling

Cape May NWR - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Just after 10 am, I found 14 different Orange Sulphurs in a field. Failed to find butterflies, later in the day, at Beaver Dam Road and Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve.

  • Orange Sulphur 14

Orange Sulphur