May 2018 Sightings

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Both Pearl Crescents seen between 9:15-9:30 this morning.

[Congratulations to Dolores on our FOY pearl crescents of 2018. Nice find! jc]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Azure, sp. 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1

Matt Webster

Penbryn Pond
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Jack Miller

N. end of Hunter's Mill Rd powerlines
Cumberland County, NJ

Every year I haunt this spot for Hessel's. So far, no luck, but I keep hoping. I have only seen Sleepy duskywing in dry areas; this one was in the thick of a swamp.

  • Brown Elfin 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Duskywing sp. 8
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 6

Sleepy Duskywing

Jack Miller and Harvey Tomlinson

Lizard Tail
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to finally report Frosted Elfins. We watched a Pearl Crescent fly around us for 20 minutes and never saw it land.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Frosted Elfin 3
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Frosted Elfin

Chris Herz

Wheellabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Late in the day, 5:10-6 pm. Orangetip just outside of butterfly garden nectaring on dandelions. Possible pearl crescent, but didn't see it well enough to be sure.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Falcate Orangetip 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Duskywing sp. 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Falcate Orangetip

Jennifer Bulava

Pennington Park, Delanco Twp
Burlington County, NJ

From 10am-noon

[This is just our second tiger s'tail of 2018. We had only a single report in April. Hopefully, we will see lots more soon. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 3
  • American Copper 1

American Copper

David L. Amadio

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Windy along the powerline. Frosted Elfins mostly kept wings tucked in tight. Activity light here with little nectar.An adventurous ride home. Alternator quit just as I entered Belleplain. Watched as the voltmeter slowly dropped during the afternoon. Nursed it home with no guages, lights etc.

[But it was all worth it to see some cool bugs and get a great Pearl Crescent photo. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Frosted Elfin 3
  • Juniper Hairstreak 3
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Pearl Crescent 2

Frosted Elfin

Pearl Crescent

Juniper Hairstreak

Beth Polvino

my yard NABA #1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

American Lady landing frequently on host plant "Pussy Toes" and wondered if it left any eggs behind.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Lady 1

American Lady

Jack Miller

Belleplain
Cape May County, NJ

  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Azure, sp. 12
  • Duskywing sp. 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4

Brown Elfin

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Until today, I had only had a few cabbage whites and sulphurs fly through. Today while working on the garden and beds I was surprised by the traffic. The gray hs, on catmint, was such a runt that I thought it was an azure. The biggest surprise was the sootywing. It's time to garden with a camera ready.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1

Gray Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Belleplain S.F.
Cape May County, NJ

Most of the Juvenal's were along the powerline cut. Fresh Holly Azures along Tom field Rd.

[Nice job Dave. This is our first report and photo of White M hs this year.- jm]

  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 3
  • White M Hairstreak 2
  • Azure, sp. 12
  • Holly Azure 37
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 54

White M Hairstreak

Eastern Pine Elfin

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas State Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Spring Azure 1

Eastern Pine Elfin

Harvey Tomlinson

Heislerville WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Summer Day. My first Black-swallowtail and it was not stopping for anything.

[Congrats Harvey in reporting our first Black ST in a year that has had a very slow ST start. - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 5
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Spring Azure 5
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Falcate Orangetip

Brown Elfin

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1

Beth Polvino

my yard NABA #1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

New to my yard Brown Elfin while out cutting the grass. I wonder if all the the work and the cutting back of the vegetation on the bay front has contributed to this happening. Female Black Swallowtail came through also.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • American Lady 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

During bird survey of park, 7:30-11:30am
Juniper hairstreak was new for Smithville Park's species list!

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 1

Juniper Hairstreak

Eastern Pine Elfin

Becky B. Hedden

Cloverdale Farm County Park
Ocean County, NJ

39.757, -74.279
34 Cloverdale Road
Barnegat Township, NJ 08005

[Welcome to Becky and her first report to our log. We look forward to more!- jm]

  • Henry's Elfin 1

Jack Miller

Rt 83 powerlines
Cape May County, NJ

Only a 1/2 hour visit. Good to see Frosted here. The duskywing, which I believe is a wild indigo, was so small I thought it was a sootywing. I have never seen a smaller one.

  • Frosted Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Duskywing sp. 2

Frosted Elfin

Duskywing sp.

Sandra Keller

Riverwinds - Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Sunny, light SW winds, 80 degrees or so. This was mid folate morning.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Eastern Comma 4

Claire Campbell

Black Run Preserve, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Jesse Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

A fly-through.

  • Monarch 1

Jennifer Bulava

Willingboro Lakes Park, Willingboro
Burlington County, NJ

during bird survey, 8:00-11:00

[Congrats to Jen in reporting our first Silver-spotted skipper. - jm]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

79-83 degrees, from 11:30-12:40
Variegated fritillary (my FOY) would not cooperate for a picture - would turn to face me straight on every time I hit the shutter, no matter where I stood.

[Congrats to Jen on her fine day that added silver-spotted skipper and variegated fritillary to our log this year. This is only the second time in our log's history that variegated frit has appeared for the first time in May. In all other years it has appeared in April or June. - jm]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Variegated Fritillary

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 14
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Skies brightened a bit at mid day. Activity light for this date. All Orangetips were males today. Fresh male Spicebush Swallowtail flew right past me in the woods. Not a single butterfly on the Cypress Spurge.

[Dave's report of our first Spicebush Swallowtail is our second latest first date ever, only two days off of the record date of May 7 in 2009.- jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Falcate Orangetip 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Lady 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Spring Azures are rare in this garden. This individual never landed for a proper I.D.

  • Azure, sp. 1

Jack Miller

undesignated
Cumberland County, NJ

Terrible light, lots of distance, way too many bramble scratches, and way way too many ticks… Still, a very cool bug.
[This FOY is 1 day off of our log's record for latest first date which occurred on 5/8/15. - jm]

  • Hessel's Hairstreak 2
  • Duskywing sp. 8

Hessel's Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Platt's Nursery in Clarkesboro
Gloucester County, NJ

Was flying inside one of the many greenhouses. I tried to coax it out but failed.

  • Painted Lady 1

Jesse Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Laying eggs on both parsley and Zizia (golden alexander).

  • Black Swallowtail 1

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2