May 2017 Sightings

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Jack Miller

Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

A brief and satisfying midday stop.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Hessel's Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Good day for swallowtails! Gray Hairstreak was nectaring on Lilac. Sachem was a female.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Sachem 1

Jack Miller

Warren Grove
Burlington County, NJ

50's with clouds an mist until late morning, then warmer and partly sunny. Ran into Steve G and photoed the same cobweb. In the photo of the sleepy duskywing, take note of the small white leading edge dot on each fw (Cech says "this mark is absent in sleepy" and is present on dreamy duskywing) photo of the sleepy duskywing.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Brown Elfin 4
  • Hoary Elfin 12
  • Azure, sp. 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2
  • Cobweb Skipper 1

Sleepy Duskywing

Will Kerling

Rio Grande, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

In the old days, Rio Grande was mostly farms and there are nowadays, a very few, farm fields left. The Orange Sulphurs are, barely, hanging on.

  • Orange Sulphur 2

Sandra Keller

Berlin Park
Camden County, NJ

Partly sunny, strong SW winds, 80 degrees or so.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

A female and a male Sachem were getting nectar form White Clover blooms. Photo of male Sachem

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Sachem 2

Sachem

Will Kerling

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

Found an egg laying Frosted Elfin and a Horace's Duskywing was getting nectar from Low Bush Blueberry blossoms.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Elfin sp. 1
  • Frosted Elfin 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • Pearl Crescent 11
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Frosted Elfin

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2

Chip Krilowicz

Timber Creek Park, Gloucester Twp
Camden County, NJ

70 degrees with 97 % clouds

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Silver-spotted Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Steven Glynn

Warren Grove
Ocean County, NJ

Brief, but productive visit in late morning. Sunny, 67 degrees.

[This is our first cobweb skipper of the year. We had our first four photos of variegated frits come from four widely separated locations in CM, GL and BURL counties today from Will K, Steve G, Chris Hertz (Chris: great photo capturing another spring runt) and Jack M. jmiller]

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Hoary Elfin 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3
  • Cobweb Skipper 2

Cobweb Skipper

Variegated Fritillary

Hoary Elfin

Will Kerling

West Cape May, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A few whites and sulphurs near the Rea Farm.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

11:15 am

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Will Kerling

High's Beach Area - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Red Admiral started the day before the sun came out and it zipped around a lot. It stopped, very briefly, for Groundsel sap. Late in the day, a Spicebush Swallowtail and an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail were competing for Azaela nectar.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Will Kerling

Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail was floating around the town of Goshen.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 9

Will Kerling

Downtown CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Those Eastern Tiger Swallowtails continue to have a great spring!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3

Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Will Kerling

Cape May Point State Point - CMP, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

American Ladies, Common Buckeyes and a Variegated Fritillary were getting nectar from Beach Plum and Autumn Olive blossoms along the dune system.

[We had our first four photos of variegated frits come from four widely separated locations in CM, GL and BURL counties today from Will K, Steve G, Chris Hertz (Chris: great photo capturing another spring runt) and Jack M. jmiller]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1

Variegated Fritillary

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

4:40-6 pm. Partly cloudy, 82 degrees. v. frit was a runt. 2 ETB in the garden–one nectaring on golden alexander. Silver-spotted skipper on Japanese honeysuckle.

[We had our first four photos of variegated frits come from four widely separated locations in CMY, GLO and BUR counties today from Will K, Steve G, Chris Herz (Chris: great photo capturing another spring runt) and Jack M. jmiller]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 50
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Eastern Comma

Variegated Fritillary

Jack Miller

Glassboro WMA
Gloucester County, NJ

Windy and mostly cloudy.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Variegated Fritillary

David L. Amadio

Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

Observations made here at 8:25-10:27 a.m. & 4-5 p.m. Only one Hessel's Hairstreak found just before 5 p.m.

  • Hessel's Hairstreak 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1

American Lady

Will Kerling

Woodland Road - Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were two Eastern Swallowtails, a Spicebush Swallowtail and an Orange Sulphur in a yard.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1

David L. Amadio

Oswego River Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

My heart rate still goes up at the sight of Hessel's. All three observed just after 2 p.m. Also managed to photograph a Black-banded Orange Moth.

  • Hessel's Hairstreak 3
  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Holly Azure 3
  • American Lady 2
  • Duskywing sp. 3
  • Sleepy Duskywing 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Brown-banded Orange Moth

Hessel's Hairstreak

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Yes, there was an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail in the business district. American Ladies continue to be found everywhere one goes.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 1

Will Kerling

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

Took a side loop walk off the main trail through a mix of swampy and dry forest. Appalachian Browns can be documented in this section.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 10
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Holly Azure 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Will Kerling

Goshen to High's Beach Road via Rte. 47
Cape May County, NJ

Two Eastern Tiger Swallowtails floated across the highway on this trip.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2

David L. Amadio

Warren Grove & Beaver Dam Rd.
Ocean County, NJ

Strong afternoon winds kept this Cobweb Skipper grounded for a photo.

  • Hoary Elfin 10
  • Holly Azure 4
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4
  • Cobweb Skipper 1

Holly Azure

Cobweb Skipper

Jack Miller

MacNamara
Cape May County, NJ

S. cloudywing exploded today at this site. Despite the warmth, clouds near noon slowed things down dramatically. Once again, no Henry's elfins; they had a tough year.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Holly Azure 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 9
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Southern Cloudywing

Jack Miller

Belleplain
Cape May County, NJ

10:00, mostly sunny, 60's, winds 20-25. Lots of bflys, but cobweb skippers are still missing. Question mark was summer form.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Brown Elfin 3
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 6

Question Mark

Chip Krilowicz

Winslow WMA
Camden County, NJ

70 mostly sunny and 30 mph gusts

[Chip's photo adds a 4th county – CAM – to our collection of var frit reports. Suddenly, they have appeared at several wide-spread spots. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 12
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 15
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 16
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Argyostrotis quadrifilaris

Spicebush Swallowtail

Variegated Fritillary