June 2018 Sightings

Steven Glynn

Buckshutem and Cedar Road field
Cumberland County, NJ

A late afternoon (5:15 to 5:45pm) return visit. More activity today, with the delight of the Coral Hairstreaks emerging anew this year at this colony. [Along with Dave Amadio's report, the log's first Coral Hairstreaks of the year. -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Coral Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 1

Coral Hairstreak

Painted Lady

Appalachian Brown

Marianne Ofenloch

Cape May Point SP
Cape May County, NJ

List based on photos taken; other species probably seen

  • Question Mark 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Question Mark

Zabulon Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

2:28-3:00pm

  • Cabbage White 14
  • Sulphur sp. 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 6

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

9:00-11:00am, entire 2 mile loop
Very few butterflies for some reason
10 Black swallowtail caterpillars in the host plant garden

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

1:15-2:15pm

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Glad to finally see a Buckeye.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Beth Polvino

Middle Twp Bike Path off Rt 147
Cape May County, NJ

Very few butterflies which was concerning and a surprise.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1

Southern Cloudywing

Swarthy Skipper

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs.made 2-2:25 p.m. One Red Admiral was imbibing sugar from mulberry.

  • Cabbage White 23
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Higbeee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Early morning walk thru fields 1-3.
Tawny Emperor's were active along the shell path. [Congrats to Harvey for this year's first report of Tawny Emperor. Nice to see some longer lists. This is only our 4th report of a Painted Lady this year with the last one dating back to May 9. Quite a change from last year.- jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 11
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Tawny Emperor 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 7
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Tawny Emperor

Silver-spotted Skipper

Beth Polvino

Goshen CMBO property
Cape May County, NJ

There are several privet bushes at the front of the parking lot where all of the butterflies were seen. Surprised not to be either Eastern Tiger Swallowtail or Black Swallowtail here. Flies in other parts of the property were vicious.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Azure, sp. 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 15
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Jack Miller

Ocean City; 51st st.
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red Admiral 8

Brian Johnson

Natural lands preserves at north Burden hill road
Salem County, NJ

The list is from the two preserves on north Burden hill road. There was at least one Fritillary flying around the Patterson property to. [Nicely done Brian- our first report of Great Spangled Fritillary this year. - jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 17
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Started here at 2:35 with about 70% cloud cover and close to 80 degrees. Was here until 4:35. Conditions improved to 40% cloud cover. Was searching for Satyrium Hairstreaks, still never documented here. 18 species here today bringing today's total for this local Glouco area to 27

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 26
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 6
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 4
  • Little Glassywing 6
  • Sachem 1
  • Dun Skipper 3

Hackberry Emperor

Viceroy

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Still ridiculously few bflys here.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 11:15 a.m to 1:45 p.m. Very productive today. Rainy spring has provided ample nectar. Coral Hairstreaks nectared on Com.Milkweed, Butterfly weed, & White Yarrow. Also observed three of the Coppers on Yarrow. Common Yarrow is like a convenience store: Food not so great, but close to home. Besides the adult Monarch there was also one cat on Com.Milkweed. [A lovely list Dave! Along with Steve Glynn's report, our log's first report of Coral HS. -jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White 34
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 6
  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 6
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 14
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3
  • Little Glassywing 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 10

Hackberry Emperor

Northern Broken-Dash

Banded Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Pat Sutton

Clemenson Farms Native Nursery in Estelle Manor
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Monarch 1

Pat Sutton

Goshen Gardens Nursery on Rt. 47 in Goshen, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

  • Monarch 1

Cynthia Allen

Middle Township Bike Path at Shellbay Ave.
Cape May County, NJ

I was casually walking on the Middle Township Bike Path just above (north of) Shellbay Avenue around 10:30 AM on Friday, June 15. It was just a quick stop on the way home from the store. I saw very few butterflies on this sunny, warm day where there was lots of nectar, to the point where it was almost scary—but this season has been this way. Then I spotted the Zebra Swallowtail!

After scraping myself up off the ground, I leapt into the grasses along the side of the bike path (getting covered in ticks in the process). The Zebra was working its way along the forest edge, low to the ground, moving south.

The ID was immediately obvious as Zebra ST is unmistakable and I am familiar with it in Maryland. It was in good shape with the tails intact. I got within a foot of the butterfly. She seemed to be testing the tree leaves for her food plant, and lacking Pawpaw, she seemed interested in the Sassafras.

I observed her for about 10 minutes before she disappeared from my sight. I would guess she continued southward, crossing Shellbay Avenue.

I suppose she could have been a release, but Delaware is close and a W/NW wind is favorable for bringing butterflies across the Bay. What an exciting find in this otherwise disappointing butterfly season!

[Congratulations to Cynthia on the superb find – and thanks to her for the detailed and delightful report. I bet I am not alone in my envy! This is only our second find of this species since our log began 10+ years ago. Jim Dowdell also had a zebra swallowtail (missing one tail) in his garden in Villas CMY on July 28, 2014. jc]

  • Zebra Swallowtail 1

David L. Amadio

Thundergut WMA, Alloway
Salem County, NJ

Very "Little" to see here. Minimal Milkweed & Dogbane in bloom.

  • Little Wood-Satyr 7
  • Little Glassywing 14

David L. Amadio

Supawna Meadows NWR
Salem County, NJ

One Monarch cat on Common Milkweed at the edge of parking area. Spent roughly a half hour here with full sun and high 80's.

  • Cabbage White 16
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Mannington Marsh area
Salem County, NJ

Stopped at several spots in the general Mannington Marsh area. Meadow Fritillary found along Sunset Rd. [Nicely done, Dave, in finding this year's first Meadow Fritillary, a bug that is increasingly hard to find in our area. -jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 40
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 16
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 13
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Meadow Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 19

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

David L. Amadio

Salem WMA Rt540
Salem County, NJ

Very little activity here around 11:15 a.m.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2

Steven Glynn

Hesstown powerline area
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 1

Banded Hairstreak

Jack Miller and Brian Johnson

undesignated
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Two-spotted Skipper 1

Two-spotted Skipper

Jim Springer & Keith & Anita Richmond

Colliers Mills WMA
Ocean County, NJ

9:30am-12:30pm, 80°F, sunny, very little activity early but things picked up late morning. Dogbane not yet out. [Congrats to you all for reporting our first dotted skippers of the year! -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Dotted Skipper 6
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Tawny-edged Skipper

Dotted Skipper

Dotted Skipper

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA, along Whitehead Road
Cumberland County, NJ

[Nice to have our first striped hairstreak of 2018. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Striped Hairstreak

Appalachian Brown

Steven Glynn

Buckshutem and Cedar Road field
Cumberland County, NJ

Things are picking up at my favorite patch. Good to see. However the European Skippers were apparently short-lived. Heavy rains last week must have done them in, as none were found at this colony site and none have been found at the nearby Lummis Pond Preserve site since the initial sighting about a week ago.

Also odd to think that two Buckeyes are notable, but that's how it's been this season. Common generalists like Buckeyes, Pearl Crescents, sulphurs and ladies have been tough to locate in any numbers.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Coral Hairstreak 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A few species fewer than on Friday, but still a nice show. Coral Hairstreak numbers doubled since Friday. Mostly males pearching on small Cherry and Winged Sumac trees. No Banded today. Least Skipper numbers increased. Observed a Hackberry Emperor female ovipositing on a young Hackberry tree. Obs made between 2 & 4:20 p.m. sun and high 80's.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 21
  • American Copper 11
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Coral Hairstreak 13
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 11
  • Least Skipper 13
  • Crossline Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 10
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Coral Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

First powerline area along Rt. 555
Cumberland County, NJ

Area has become very overgrown and terribly tick infested. The wet area still holding a nice colony of Appalachian Browns.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Appalachian Brown 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1