June 2018 Sightings

Brian Johnson

Natural lands preserve at North Burden Hill road
Salem County, NJ

At work today. This was the first time that I've seen a banded on this property.

[And this is also the first banded reported to our log for 2018. Good find, Brian! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 15
  • Monarch 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 1

Jack Miller

Butter Rd UT
Cape May County, NJ

Clear sky and near 70. A lovely mid-day bike ride unimpeded by nocs or camera.

[Look out, Jack. If such "naked butterflying" spreads among our gang, the authorities might come after us to ask what we are doing out there! And congrats on our log's FOY broad-winged for 2018. jc]

  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Jack Miller

Tyler Rd UT
Cape May County, NJ

Bike ride part 2. Stopped at a patch of Hedge Bindweed and found Delaware sk's. They were fresh and stunningly beautiful as they moved from glowing flower to glowing flower and romanced. Returned late afternoon with camera and saw fewer Delawares but twice the number of Aaron's (8).

  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Delaware Skipper 9

Aaron's Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

During guided nature walk, 9am -noon.
Tiger swallowtail was black form. Eastern comma was brand new.

[I believe this is our first dark form tiger reported this year. Nice to see! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 24
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Delaware Skipper 2

Least Skipper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Claire Campbell

Pennington Park, Burlington County Park
Burlington County, NJ

  • Viceroy 1

Steven Glynn

Nabb Road field
Cumberland County, NJ

This private commercial growing area has changed ownership and one of the key fields that has held the colony of Checkered Whites, but was dangerous to walk due to planting holes, is now posted with "No Trespassing" signs. The opposite roadside field is still unposted and I'm seeking permission to gain regular access.

I walked only the access path into the field on this day. It is wonderfully overgrown with wild flowers and the butterflies are enjoying it. Only common flyers now, but promise of others to come should the field remain intact. Numbers are good guestimates across the entire breadth and depth of the field in bloom and actual count for some.

[Good luck with this monitoring effort, Steve. One interesting sidepoint: this is only the second report of common buckeye this year – after Harvey Tomlinson's report from the Davies Sports Center in CMY on May 10. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1000
  • Clouded Sulphur 6
  • Orange Sulphur 200
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Variegated Fritillary 9
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Spent most of the day here working. Highest daily species total so far this year for the yard.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Jack Miller

Butter Rd UT
Cape May County, NJ

Yesterday's Dun sk turned into a Little Glassywing today (the log has been corrected). Ventrally, this bug was showed no markings and was very dark.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1

Little Glassywing

Little Glassywing

Jack Miller

Tyler rd UT
Cape May County, NJ

I thought today would be a nice opportunity to photo male and female Delawares.

  • Aaron's Skipper 6
  • Delaware Skipper 8

Delaware Skipper

Aaron's Skipper

Delaware Skipper

Jack Miller

undesignated
Atlantic County, NJ

This is a colony I found last year. Although I had to bushwhack, cross waters and was eaten by ticks, mosquitoes and deerflies, it was worth it to find this one bug. I did not have enough of a death-wish or desire to ruin my equipment to chase this flying bug through this treacherous territory for a closer photo.

[Our first report this year of this always-hard-to-find species. Nice to have! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Georgia Satyr 1

Georgia Satyr

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

7:45 to 11:30 am.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 75
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

[Very cool photos by Claire C – capturing a transition & sequence that seems rarely observed or photo'd: an apparent 2nd instar black swallowtail cat, having just emerging from its 1st instar stage, turning to eat the 1st instar skin. Claire reports, "I watched as it nibbled away until there was nothing left."

The colors of 2nd instar look very different in this transition period, it seems. They will change to the more familiar colors shortly, presumably.

Have other SJBP participants photo'd this sequence and these colors in black s'tail cats? jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 0

emerging

eating instar's shell

Brian Johnson

Pickle factory pond, Eldora
Cape May County, NJ

Found a few butterflies when I was looking for dragonflies today.

[Nice find, Brian: our first hackberry of 2018. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Hackberry Emperor

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

[Nice find, Dolores – our first saltmarsh skipper of 2018. jc]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2

Salt Marsh Skipper

Steven Glynn

Hunter's Mill area
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Bog Copper 31
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Swarthy Skipper

Bog Copper

Bog Copper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Skies brightened in early afternoon. Enough for a couple of butterflies to take flight.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Brendan Byrne SF
Burlington County, NJ

Found at 9:58 am while exploring a "managed" (thinned) section of the state forest along Magnolia Rd. Only butterfly I saw all morning.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1

Fred Kahan

Our sundeck in Medford Leas 08055
Burlington County, NJ

Two of 6 first-instar Black Swallowtail cats on Dill.

  • Black Swallowtail 0

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Monarch cat we've been following since May 30 has moved into 5th instar: ~35 mm long. Found another 5th instar on another milkweed 20 yards away, perhaps from same mother.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Monarch 0
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Monarch

Steven Glynn

Buckshutem and Cedar Road field
Cumberland County, NJ

This is my favorite patch and has been a robust spot for the past several years. Last year, I had 17 species and 50 individuals on this same date. The year before, 14 species and 60 individuals near this same date.

This spot also is a secondary colony of European Skippers, a few miles from the larger colony at Lummis Pond Preserve. A large colony of Coral Hairstreaks is also married to this site.

Today's absolute lack of activity is a very big concern. It may still be early, but I'll check this spot often over the next couple of weeks.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

A short visit in late morning in a fixed location (meadow only), did not walk trails.

[Only our third swarthy for 2018 and our northernmost so far. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1

Swarthy Skipper

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

79 degrees, sunny, 4:40-6 pm. Variegated frit. cats in the garden on passion vine. C. Milkweed patches just starting to bloom. Un id dark RSP or Spicebush by trail entrance. Possible Tawny Emperor on trail but flew before I could id. Did not leave the trail, but still 2 deer ticks!

[This is the first photo and report of variegated frit cat in 2018, and only our second crossline skipper report so far in 2018. Both are nice to have! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 0
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1

Variegated Fritillary

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

A check on the Sleepy Orange colony and survey of all things leps and odes.

Sleepy numbers keep increasing, with 5 of 6 fresh. Four (presumed) males were doing active patrolling of the host plant field.

Overall, numbers are down with the more broader generalist type butterflies.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sleepy Orange 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Delaware Skipper 1

American Lady

Sleepy Orange

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red Admiral 2

Steven Glynn

Beaver Dam field along Rt. 553
Cumberland County, NJ

Great patch of milkweed and dogbane again this year. Not a lot of activity (yet, hopefully). Multiple Monarchs were a nice sight.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Spring Azure 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 1

Aaron's Skipper

Monarch

Jack Miller

Head of River
Cape May County, NJ

Spent a couple of hours in two different wet lands and did not see a butterfly in either location. Stopped briefly at Head of River where the Brown was seen.

[This is only our second Ap brown this year – FOY was May 28. No others since. jc]

  • Appalachian Brown 1

Beth Polvino

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

A Monarch has been hanging around for several days but couldn't ID male/female. Today got images of her and some of the eggs she placed on the purple milkweed in the yard. The yard has only had 10 species so far in 2018 compared to 16 species by this date last year along with just 1-2 of each species. Overwintered 80 black swallowtail chrysalis with 55 eclosing so far, one wasp and 24 remaining to eclose.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Sachem 2

Monarch

Monarch egg

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to see the Monarch. It landed on a Sundrop blossom for a moment and then took off for parts unknown.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Swarthy Skipper

Chip Krilowicz

Brendan Byrne SF (Lebanon)
Burlington County, NJ

Spent 5 hours looking for various natural wonders but only saw one butterfly and it was a flyby! It was warm sunny with plenty of blooms around.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Jesse Amesbury

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR--Holgate Unit
Ocean County, NJ

Strong west winds always produce butterflies on the beach. Admiral total could've increased 10 fold, if I was actively watching for butterflies.

[Intriguing! Are we about to have a red admiral irruption? We have had at least two large early summer irruptions in the last 15 years or so that were especially evident along the South Jersey beaches and shoreline: one in early to mid-July in 2001 and another beginning in late June and continuing into early July in 2007. jc]

  • Red Admiral 12