June 2018 Sightings

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Sunny in the afternoon, hot & humid. Another black ST released. Red-spotted purple in cherry tree.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Azure, sp. 1

Teresa Knipper

Knipper garden
Cape May County, NJ

Was finishing up some weeding in the garden and saw this newly hatched beauty on the Baptisia. Also have American lady caterpillars on my pussy toes.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1

Black Swallowtail

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Late day obs. 4-5:20 p.m. 83 degrees and mostly cloudy. Deer flies just starting here and ticks, especially nymphs are terrible off trail. Be prepared! Grass Skippers were: Zab 9 males 2 females, Sachem 2 males, 3 females, Crossline 1 male 1 female, Peck's male.

[Nice finds and totals by Dave, including our FOY crossline skippers for 2018. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 12
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 11
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Sachem 5

Crossline Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

little wood satyr

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Yard continues to be exceptionally sparse of butterflies.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Stevenson Rd, Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

12:30 to 2 pm.

[This is our new latest-date for sleepy duskywing, by one day: previous latest = 6-1-13 and 6-1-14. The individual Tom found and photo'd looks like it has worked hard to earn its longevity! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Elfin sp. 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1

Elfin sp.

Sleepy Duskywing

Steven Glynn

Lummis Pond Preserve fields
Cumberland County, NJ

Euro Skippers just starting to emerge.

[Another FOY for our log. Good find, Steve! jc]

  • Cabbage White Common
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • European Skipper 13

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Also had another dark swallowtail that got by me before my brain could function. Likely Spicebush here.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Checked on the Sleepy Orange colony and found two fresh individuals. More to come!

Report also includes the common numbers of Cabbage Whites and Orange Sulphurs flying at the nearby farm fields.

[Kudos to Steve for another FOY for 2018: little glassywing. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White Common
  • Orange Sulphur Common
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 1

Little Glassywing

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

The Black Swallowtails active together, flying very fast up and down and alighting on various garden plants. Present for about an hour off and on. My tentative ID Eastern Tailed blue: very small size, prominent white border.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Tom Bailey

Warren Grove
Ocean County, NJ

10:45 to 12 noon. Only butterfly seen was an Elfin sp. which I never got a good look at and disappeared before photo could be taken.

  • Elfin sp. 1

Steven Glynn

Bronze Copper colonies #1 & 2 near Salem City
Salem County, NJ

Mid-morning visit and about 2 hours of searching. Very low activity, but my timing may have been too early as I had more activity later at another Bronze Copper colony site.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White Common
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 14
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Zabulon Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Steven Glynn

Bronze Copper colony and areas near Canton
Salem County, NJ

Excellent activity with most butterflies enjoying the blooming dogbane. Both male and female Bronze Coppers on parade.

[Our first bronze coppers of 2018! Good monitoring of these colonies, Steve. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White Common
  • Orange Sulphur Common
  • Bronze Copper 11
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 8

Bronze Copper, male

Bronze Copper, female

Brian Johnson

Lizard tail preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Walked around the ponds between the two powerline cuts. The ponds have more water in them than I can remember seeing before. I was rained out after 1 1/2 hours.

[Nice list, Brian – including our first northern cloudywings in almost a year (last find by Dolores Amesbury in her yard 6-28-17). jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 35
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 8

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sighting in mid-afternoon.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

10 am to 1 pm. Cool, mostly overcast with occasional breaks of sun, & windy. Incidental sightings while working on projects.

  • Cabbage White 9
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

What seems our yard's sole monarch caterpillar (reported last week, on same milkweed plant, now two leaves lower down) has tripled in length, from 4 mm to 13 mm, in 6 days – and is in 3rd instar. Also a black swallowtail cat on parsley.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Black Swallowtail

Monarch

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

The yard's FOY RS Purple was laying eggs only on beach plum.

  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

82 degrees & sunny, but windy. One Red Admiral was fresh and the other worn. Monarch was near the pump house at the end of the trail. Another skipper here on white clover but took off before a look. Powerline cut un-passable and is chigger haven as well as ticks. Black ST eggs on fennel in the garden.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1

Fred Kahan

Medford Leas
Burlington County, NJ

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on (huge) Nodding Thistle; vacant lot across from Medford Leas
Viceroy (m?) displaying on Hummingbird Summersweet (Clethra) in a Medford Leas courtyard

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Viceroy 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Viceroy

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Monarch cats have a low survival rate in my yard, so occasionally I bring in a newly hatched cat. Today was the earliest I have had one emerge. In the late afternoon after it got its act together, it headed north.

  • Monarch 1

Monarch

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

Eastern comma landed on the back of my leg while leading a nature walk. My attendees said it was very ragged and worn. One participant took a photo so I could see it.

  • Cabbage White 16
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Delaware Skipper 2

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to finally see a decent showing of butterflies.
Cloudywing wouldn’t stay still long enough to ID or photograph.

[Kudos to Dolores for our FOY Aaron's skipper for 2018! It is also our latest-ever FOY for this species by two days over 6-3-16. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Azure, sp. 3
  • American Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Cloudywing sp. 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Aaron's Skipper

Delaware Skipper

Jean Gutsmuth

Audubon back yard
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Azures in the holly grove near ponds as well as in sunny garden, Very actively flying low, then up into tops of red cedars, down again. Surely more than the pairs I count as 2.

  • Azure, sp. 2

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

The monarch cat we've been tracking since 5/30 continues on same individual common milkweed Long front tentacles indicate it has moved into 4th instar.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Monarch 0
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Sachem 1

Monarch

Jack Miller

Off of First Ave (Hunter's Mill Rd)
Cumberland County, NJ

[This is our first bog copper of 2018 – and the first in nearly a year: last report 6-27-17 by Steve Glynn at Atsion Lake, BUR. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Bog Copper 12
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 1

Bog Copper