June 2018 Sightings

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

During homeschool program in the Smith's Woods butterfly garden, sunny and very hot (90's).
1 black swallowtail caterpillar eating the last of the parsley. The hairstreak landed on a girl's sneaker.

[Good to hear kids are learning butterflies. Keep at it, JB! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 2

Little Glassywing

Red-banded Hairstreak

Sandra Keller

CMP State Park
Cape May County, NJ

With Marilyn and Bonnie. Kind of slow for butterflies.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 2

'Summer' Spring Azure

Steven Glynn

Colliers Mills WMA
Ocean County, NJ

Found myself in the area and checked on the Dotteds.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Coral Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Dotted Skipper 13
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Coral Hairstreak

Dotted Skipper

Steven Glynn

High's Beach areas
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Tawny Emperor 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2

Salt Marsh Skipper

Tawny Emperor

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

10-11:30am, cloudy and muggy, no sun until the last 10 minutes. Only 1 black swallowtail caterpillar on parsley.
The great spangled fritillary was last seen here on June 2014, so certainly a great treat after four years! There were two - one perfect and one ragged. We also had a new dragonfly species that was never recorded here - a dragonhunter.

[This is also only our second report of spangled frit of the year. Most of our reports of the species over the years have come from SAL. Gochfeld and Burger note that there seems to have been a change in this species' status in NJ (through the 20th century) – as it became much less common on the Coastal Plain than it once was. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 4

Great Spangled Fritillary

Dragonhunter

Little Glassywing

Great Spangled Fritillary

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

92 degrees & sunny, 5 pm - 6 pm. Hoping for more activity as all the common milkweed is in full bloom, but was getting late. Possible buckeye, but not a good enough look.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

82 degrees but heavy cloud cover–very humid and biting flies annoying. 5-6 pm. Power line cut has mowed path but ticks anyway. 2 Black ST cats in the garden on fennel.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 4

Black Swallowtail

Jean Gutsmuth & Chris Herz

Medford Leas fields, Medford
Burlington County, NJ

73 degrees, cloudy, windy, and even drizzle. 10-2pm.
Tough butterflying in these conditions but we had numerous little wood satyrs. 3 monarch cats all on one milkweed. Extensive c. Milkweed here, lots of dogbane, and orange milkweed nearly in full bloom. Butterflies hunkered down and not on any blooms. Possible swarthy skipper, but not a good look. Interesting insect.

[Thanks to Jen Bulava for the ID of the mystery insect. jc]

  • Cabbage White 4
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 17
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 7

Plume moth, Geina sp.

Monarch

Monarch

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Finding the well-fed American Lady caterpillar on my Globe thistle made up for a dreary day with no butterflies!

  • American Lady 0

American Lady

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Butterfly garden vicinity, 10-11:30am
Overcast and cool, in between periods of light misty rain.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 2

Little wood satyr

Little Glassywing

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

While working in the garden–14 black swallowtail cats on fennel–all late instars. Other sightings just putside the garden in the field. Cloudy and cool with occasional drizzle.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

My first Broad-winged.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 8
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

6 or 7 monarch eggs all on common milkweed. Some eggs on C. Milkweed unopened flowers. 2 black swallowtail cats on dill.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

A very thorough tour of this property today from 1:15 to 4:10 p.m.
More clouds than sun but very warm mid to high 80's and lots of action.A record setting day here for Coral Hairstreaks. Found at least 40 individuals including a mated pair. On 6-23-17 found 32 at this same location. The male in the image is the larger one with red spots. Five were found alone on the only Asclepias tuberosa plant. Abundant common milkweed and sand blackberry. Also a nice showing here for Bandeds with an unusual individual looking similar to Hickory but extremely unlikely.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 18
  • American Copper 5
  • Coral Hairstreak 40
  • Banded Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 23
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 54
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 8
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 25
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5
  • Dun Skipper 3

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

12:30 - 3:00 pm
humid and a brief shower mostly sunny and hot.
parked at office and hiked to garden. Possible hackberry emperor near the floating bridge detour. Did not get a still look.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 1

Great Spangled Fritillary

Striped Hairstreak

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

9:30 to 2 pm. Hot & humid. Photos of female Northern Broken-Dash, one of only five skippers in total seen. Cabbage Whites numerous.

  • Cabbage White 110
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 13
  • Red Admiral 14
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

Brian Johnson

Undesignated
Burlington County, NJ

Spent the day exploring bogs that I've never been in. The Two-spot was in a different bog than the Satyrs. I didn't see any butterflies in the other three bogs that I walked. It was very hard to get to the two that had the bugs. Long walk through lots of green brier.

  • Georgia Satyr 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Two-spotted Skipper 1

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Today broke a streak of six days without seeing a bfly on my property.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

The Buckeye spent the afternoon in the garden.

[DA's and Ben B's reports today give us only our 5th and 6th reports of the so-called common buckeye for all 2018. Could this usually-numerous species be flying in numbers soon? jc]

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Common Buckeye

Chris Herz

Riverwinds nature trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Sun and 82 degrees, 4:40-6 pm. Strawberry flies annoying so bring a swatting rag!

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Copper 3
  • Coral Hairstreak 17
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 6

Banded Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Ben Barkley

Colliers Mills WMA
Ocean County, NJ

Very poor photos of the Dotted. Found a pair after searching for about 45 minutes. I had about a 20 second observation window of a pair and then spent another half hour trying to refind, unsuccessfully.

  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Dotted Skipper 2

Dotted Skipper

Coral Hairstreak

Ben Barkley

Peaslee WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Bog Copper 12
  • Common Buckeye 1

Bog Copper

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Our yard's first Horace's this year – a fresh male and fresh female – but only bad photos, unfortunately.

  • Cabbage White 15
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Horace's Duskywing (female)

Aaron's Skipper

David L. Amadio

Medford Leas
Burlington County, NJ

Filtered sun, windy and 80 degrees. Abundant Milkweed, and Dogbane. Obs. made between 4:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. Chased a Common Wood Nymph into the woods.It took cover about 10 feet high in a Sassafras tree.

[Dave's hiding wood-nymph is our first of 2018. jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 7
  • Little Glassywing 3

Great Spangled Fritillary

Common Wood-Nymph

monarch

David L. Amadio

Lakehurst RR tracks & Klot's Bog
Ocean County, NJ

The largest clump of Butterfly weed near the post office fence has fallen victim to apparent herbicide spraying. Fortunately the spraying along the RR is limited. Obs.made today between 10a.m. and 1 p.m. Part sun and high 70's.Abbundant cranberry blossoms this year. Again Georgia Satyr & Two-spotted Skippers a no show. I fear they have been extirpated from this habitat. Mulberry wings fresh out.

[Among the many good finds here toward the northern end of our area, it's especially nice to have our FOY mulberry wings for 2018. jc]

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Bog Copper 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Striped Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Mulberry Wing 18

Banded Hairstreak

Bog Copper

Striped Hairstreak

Mulberry Wing

David L. Amadio

Collier's Mills WMA
Ocean County, NJ

Almost total cloud cover and windy at 1:30 p.m. but clouds broke for some limited sun. Observed 4 female & 2 male Dotted Skippers. A Polites sp skipper got away. Here for almost two hours and only found 8 butterflies.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Dotted Skipper 6

Dotted Skipper

Dotted Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Needless to say I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the Zebra ST come flying into my yard at 10:30 this morning! I was thrilled to watch it spend about 15 minutes nectaring on lantana, zinnias and coneflowers before it finally flew off in a NE direction. I wonder if this could be the same individual seen by Cynthia A. on June 15th. My yard is roughly 3 mi. NW of her sighting.
A day I won’t soon forget!!

[Wow!!! jc]

  • Zebra Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 6
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Zebra Swallowtail

Zebra Swallowtail

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to see a few more bugs on this lovely day. Tree swallow with its "Are you my mother?" face about to become the 4th species to fledge from the yard this year (also bluebirds, chickadees and mourning doves). Mockingbirds will be right on their tails.

[Nice to have our FOY rare skipper for 2018. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Rare Skipper

Maryann Farrell

Corner of Waldorf and Harwood my friends not garden Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

1 cabbage white that stayed about 20 minutes

  • Cabbage White 1