July 2017 Sightings

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

For more than three hours, on and off from ~12:45 to past 4 pm, a female pipevine swallowtail inspected our pipevine plant, mostly above 10 ft. Nearly non-stop flitting all that time – apparently tasting leaves with her feet more than ovipositing. Rested briefly on Geranium for photo. We have not yet found eggs. Need to check with ladder.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 25
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 12
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Pipevine Swallowtail

Steven Glynn

Mad Horse Creek WMA
Salem County, NJ

Good activity in many spots. Sleepy Orange was fresh and a nice surprise. [Steve's long list includes our third report, all from Steve, for sleepy orange this year, and our first from Salem county (the other two reports were from Cumberland county). -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White Common
  • Clouded Sulphur Common
  • Orange Sulphur Common
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Common
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 4
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Rare Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem Common
  • Broad-winged Skipper Common

Sleepy Orange

Will Kerling

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

Discovered the most American Snouts in a butterfly field day ever - 14 individuals!
A Mimosa tree was covered with swallowtails and there were, at least, five other butterfly species.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 13
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 14
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7
  • Broad-winged Skipper 9

Spicebush Swallowtail

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A very active afternoon here. FOY adult Monarch.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Monarch

Peck's Skipper

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

4:45-6 pm just after thunderstorm and light rain, cloudy conditions but very humid. All red admirals fresh and on the dirt road to the river. Monarch around c. milkweed patch just outside of garden fence. 3 black swallowtail cats on fennel in garden.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Red Admiral 12
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 2

Harvey Tomlinson and Steve Glynn

Davies Sports Complex Powerline
Cape May County, NJ

Yesterday Steve Glynn and I were butterflying the Powerline here and our eyes were drawn to a very small, bright bug. We believe it is a possible Southern Broken-Dash. There were 3 Dashes in total that were very different in color and brightness from the other Northern Broken-Dash we had found earlier.
I have attached some pics below. The pics include a shot from Steve on his camera and a shot from mine. I include them both to eliminate any questions about lighting ect . They were taken at the same time side by side. Note the color of the fringes. Gray FW-Buff -HW. There is also a shot from a Dash I found at Brigantine (Forsythe NWR) last Year that is essentially the same as the 2017 butterflies. A full report from the Powerline coming later
Thoughts are really appreciated.

[Moderators' Note: Exciting! Good going, HT and SG! If butterflyers most experienced with the subtle differences between the two dashes agree that the ID is correct, this is a very significant find. Harvey's discovery of an apparent SoBD at Forsythe last year might be considered a fluke – a result of a straying flight not to repeated – but a second find almost exactly a year later suggests something more meaningful may be underway. Southern broken dash, if accepted, would be a new butterfly species to New Jersey. All observers are urged to take careful looks at any broken-dashes they see and photo any suspiciously reddish ones. (Spotted knapweed the nectar source in both cases.) Thank you, Harvey and Steve, for the alert and for the good documentation. jc and jm.]

2017 Southern Broken Dash?

2017 Southern Broken Dash?

2016 app SoBD

Northern Broken-Dash

2016 apparent Southern Broken Dash

Steven Glynn and Harvey Tomlinson

Davies Sports Complex powerline area
Cape May County, NJ

Exceptional activity in the area. This report supplements the separate report by Harvey Tomlinson on the Broken-Dash sightings.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Orange Sulphur Common
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Common
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Viceroy 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Southern Cloudywing 4
  • Horace's Duskywing Abundant
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash x
  • Sachem Common
  • Broad-winged Skipper Common

Viceroy

Southern Cloudywing

Sandra Keller

Bivalve - High St. area
Cumberland County, NJ

Surveying the parking area and the nectar along the dike to the new boardwalk. With Marilyn Henry. Partly sunny, 85 degrees.

  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 40

Will Kerling

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

Have surveyed this area for ten years and I got two new butterflies for my list here this day! One was really startling, there were two Dion Skippers getting nectar from Mimosa blossoms. My macro lens reveals a small image of one of these Dion Skippers.
Photos of Dion Skipper and a male Fiery Skipper (other new addition to my life list for HBA).

[Moderator's note: In talking with Will yesterday, he said that he believes that this is shaping up to be an exceptional year for Dion skippers and wants to urge people to join in the search fun. Who will be next to find Dions in areas where they have previously not been seen? - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 12
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 7
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6
  • Dion Skipper 2

Fiery Skipper

Dion Skipper

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

2 fresh Question Marks around the Hops. 2 female Black ST laying eggs on Fennel and Queen Anne's Lace. Male Dun Skipper.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 30
  • Dun Skipper 1

Will Kerling

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

Spicebush Swallowtails are in my mind so varied and such a treat. It is a great year to enjoy them.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Spicebush Swallowtail

Harvey Tomlinson

My Backyard Garden
Cape May County, NJ

I have a "postage stamp" backyard. ( 100x20) I plant for Hummingbirds but also Butterflies to some extent. Every year now since we moved in Broad-winged Skippers Dominate the Summer months. The estimate,with Steve Glynn's help, is 450 -500 Skippers. Just 3 of my Blue Fortune Agastache hold over 100 bugs per plant.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 450

Will Kerling

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

Counted 22 butterfly species at my favorite place this day. Have two locations for Dion Skipper here and four sites for Dion Skippers this year in CM County (all in CMCH locations), so far.
Photo of Red-spotted Purple egg on a cherry leaf. [This is our first report of White M since June 2. - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 28
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 11
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 8
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 9
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 9
  • Dion Skipper 10
  • Dun Skipper 4

Red-spotted Purple egg

Gray Hairstreak

Dion Skipper

Dion Skipper

Will Kerling

Woodland Road - Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Great butterfly diversity in a yard on Woodland Drive.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 7
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Broad-winged Skipper

Horace's Duskywing

Gray Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

Heislerville dike road
Cumberland County, NJ

Mid-afternoon visit.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper Common

Fiery Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Found a fresh male Zabulon Skipper tonight in the garden. The start of Zab's 2nd brood is 4 days earlier than in 2016.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Joseph Capizzi

Cherry Hill, NJ - Backyard Butterfly Garden
Camden County, NJ

  • Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Joseph Capizzi

Cherry Hill - Backyard Butterfly Garden
Camden County, NJ

Southern Purple Mint Moth, Silver-spotted Skipper

  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Silver-spotted Skipper

Matt Webster

My Backyard Garden, Cedarbrook, NJ
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem c
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

3 large and 4 small Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars. Female Black Swallowtail laying eggs. 1 of the E. Tiger Swallowtails was dark. 2 Monarchs in tandem (mating). Young N. Gray Treefrog perched on Cut-leaf Coneflower most of the day.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 0
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Sachem 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 50
  • Dun Skipper 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars

Juniper Hairstreak

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Tiger Lilies and common garden Phlox are the major attraction to butterflies in my garden now. These sightings casual, from out of the window or on the way to mailbox. Buckeye on grassy path.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Common Buckeye 1

Steven Glynn

Bogden Blvd. fields in Millville
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White Common
  • Orange Sulphur Abundant
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Abundant
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Sachem Common

Juniper Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

Along Newport Neck Road
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White Common
  • Orange Sulphur Common
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Common
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem Common
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper Common

Steven Glynn

Shaw Mill's Pond area
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Will Kerling

Woodland Road - Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There is still plenty of Broad-winged Skippers at this location.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 11

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A fresh looking RS Purple had signs of an encounter with a bird.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Will Kerling

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

Found 18 butterfly species at this site today. Had a total of thirty American Snouts today - High's Beach Area (28) and Sand Barrens golf course (2).

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White 14
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 6
  • American Snout 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 60
  • Dun Skipper 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Female Pipevine Swallowtail laying eggs. Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars. 2 Monarchs in tandem (mating). Young N. Gray Treefrog perched on Cut-leaf Coneflower.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 3
  • Question Mark 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Sachem 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 70
  • Dun Skipper 3

Monarchs

Juniper Hairstreak

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

First Hayhurst's Scallopwing of second brood. Each of the last three afternoons, Question Marks have visited the Hops. [This is our first report of Hayhurst scallopwing since Cynthia reported one in her yard on June 13. -jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 18
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