July 2017 Sightings

Sandra Keller

Wharton State Forest - Bog area
Camden County, NJ

Mostly sunny, 88 degrees, light NW winds. Walking the bog road from the south.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 3

Jack Miller

Beaver Swamp WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Pleased to see that the Mulberry wing colony is still in good shape.

  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Mulberry Wing 7

Striped Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park
Gloucester County, NJ

Just a brief walk around the garden area. Tiger was nectaring on wild Bergamot

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Little Glassywing 1

David L. Amadio

Red Bank Battlefield, National Park
Gloucester County, NJ

The Hackberry trees here in this busy county park are usually good for a couple of Emperors.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 3
  • Duskywing sp. 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

3 Banded Hairstreaks in a dogfight. Female Black ST laying more eggs on Fennel. Snowberry Clearwing and FOY Hummingbird Clearwing.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 24

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found a young Spicebush Caterpillar on a Sassafras leaf.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Sachem 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Broad-winged Skipper

Horace's Duskywing

Spicebush Swallowtail cat

Sandra Keller & Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Hot and humid 91 degrees. Spent an hour working in the garden with 12 species seen here alone and only sighting of silver spotted skipper, wild indigo duskywing, 3 black swallowtail cats, broad winged skipper, and a sachem. Also one white form sulphur

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 9
  • Cabbage White 27
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 21
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 9
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 4
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

The Fresh Cabbage White image is for Harvey T. The ubiquitous European is always worth a closer look!

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

5 black swallowtail cats, 2 spicebush

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Spicebush Swallowtail cat

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge Butterfly garden
Gloucester County, NJ

Chris Herz will likely be posting a report from here today. I stopped only briefly to check activity in the garden. A fresh male Sachem was on Purple Coneflower. They have been hard to come by lately.

  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling

Sand Barrens golf course - Swainton, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Recorded 16 butterfly species on the golf course. The best find was a Hackberry Emperor.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 18
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 12
  • Sachem 14

Will Kerling

Woodland Road - Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

All the butterflies were getting nectar from White Clover in a back yard; except for, a Spicebush Swallowtail.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling

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

Discovered an Appalachian Brown and two Striped Hairstreaks within the preserve. An Eastern Tailed-Blue was getting nutrients from the decaying leg of a large Snapping Turtle.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Striped Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1

Gray Hairstreak

Cabbage White

Striped Hairstreak

Steven Glynn and Meredith Koenig

Newfield/Vineland powerline areas
Cumberland County, NJ

Explored an area that has a Coral Hairstreak colony. The butterfly weed is dying off for the most part, but a small healthy patch still held them.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Coral Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 15
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Sachem 2

Horace's Duskywing

Little Wood-Satyr

Coral Hairstreak

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ My yard
Cape May County, NJ

FOY Variegated Fritillary seen but must have been here already as caterpillar found and VF was laying eggs on Violas.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 3

Variegated Fritillary cat

Variegated Fritillary egg

Variegated Fritillary egg

Variegated Fritillary

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Pipevine Swallowtail eggs. Black Swallowtail laying eggs. Variegated Fritillary laying eggs on Violets.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 20

Tawny Emperor

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

A single Sleepy Orange continues to work the field of senna and edges for nectar. I believe this is the same individual found earlier in June.

This field held the species at the end of 2016 and I believe this individual may be progeny from the individuals from last year. I'm hopeful that the flies will subside (still unbearable and I have the welts to prove it) and a full open walk through the field of senna can be searched for more individuals, caterpillars or other signs of a fuller brood. This individual is a "light, summer form".

[This is an intriguing find from SG. Could sleepy orange now be breeding in NJ in 2017? This is Steve's second report of the species from this spot this year. Nine of our ten reports in 2016 came from Dix, from August to Oct 23rd. These two 2017 reports are much earlier than any others in our previous nine of logging. In fact, only in 2010 did we have another July report (7-23-10). The species is considered an immigrant from the southern states – in other words, not over-wintering – although there are breeding records from NJ and Staten Island. Cech and Tudor note that the species' northern over-wintering limits are not certain. Chip Krilowicz and Jean Gutsmuth found one in December in GLO in 2016. A species to search for! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were 3 Common Wood-Nymphs in a vacant lot. One of them was searching for egg laying sites by wandering very low through the grasses.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 9

Cabbage White

Common Wood-Nymph

Will Kerling

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

There was a fresh male Dun Skipper getting nectar from Common Milkweed blossoms and a nearby, female Black Swallowtail visiting Queen Anne's Lace blossoms when I first arrived to check out the electric substation area.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Black Swallowtail

Dun Skipper

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

4 of 5 black swallowtail cats gone into chrysalis. One spicebush cat to chrysalis. V.Frit new this season.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Variegated Fritillary

Will Kerling

Woodland Road - Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The Salt Marsh Skippers continue to appear on lawn White Clover.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2

Will Kerling

Sand Barrens golf course
Cape May County, NJ

The male Sachems numbers are building and they were attending White Clover.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Sachem 16

Jack Miller

My yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

The summer azure is a runt that appeared yesterday. The broad-winged sk is an "at least" number.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Rare Skipper 8
  • Sachem 14
  • Broad-winged Skipper 50

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

5 p.m. stroll through garden.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Tawny Emperor 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 15

Banded Hairstreak

Meredith Koenig

abandoned field behind my property, E. Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Rabbit foot clover and plantain blooms dying out

  • Pearl Crescent 1

Pearl Crescent

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Bright orange male Sachem with almost no markings on the underside.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 26

Will Kerling

Woodland Road - Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was a mint Gray Hairstreak on White Clover in a back yard.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Sachem 2

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Some butterflies could be flushed in the light rain and the only active butterflies were the Eastern Tailed-Blues and the Broad-winged Skippers which were flying on their own and stopping for nectar. Found another Spicebush Swallowtail Cat after yesterday's find and it was the older green one.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Broad-winged Skipper

Will Kerling

Rio Grande, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

With a lull in the rain, the Cabbage Whites came out.

  • Cabbage White 2

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 10
  • Dun Skipper 1
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