July 2018 Sightings

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sighting.

  • Red Admiral 1

Jack Miller

Head of River
Cape May County, NJ

  • Mulberry Wing 6

Mulberry Wing

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve, Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

7:15 to 11 am walk at the Goodwater section produced one butterfly.
[Three hours and one butterfly is the way this year has been going. What can we expect in the next few months? -jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1

Jack Miller

Near AC airport
Atlantic County, NJ

11:30- 12:30 with heat at 90+. There were plenty of hairstreaks, but it was very difficult to put a number on the two species that were present. I am assuming most of Edwards I saw were females based on their build. Many times I watched them nectar and then zoom off into the scrub oaks. I was shocked by the lack of other species.

  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

Edwards' Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Brian Johnson

Tuckahoe river and bogs off of Rt 49
Cape May County, NJ

Another failed attempt to find Black Dash in South Jersey. All the Dragonflies and Mulberry wings made for a good day anyway. The Mulberry wings were all on Pickerelweed at the river. I didn't see any in the sedge bogs away from the river.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Appalachian Brown 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Mulberry Wing 42

Beth Polvino

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

Activity picked up late afternoon/evening. The PL was around earlier in the day but I couldn't get a good look as to which lady. It was pristine and a large specimen.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Sootywing 1

Painted Lady

Jack Miller

Hesstown power line
Cumberland County, NJ

I was here yesterday afternoon in the 90+ heat and only saw a buckeye. This morning between 9:30 - 11:00, the hairstreaks put on quite a show. The hairstreak numbers are conservative as the bugs were dogfighting and flashing about. Spent much of the time hoping to see egg-laying but was not successful with this goal. Jack Connor researched the cat, which was found on oak, and concluded that it is a 4th instar.

  • Edwards' Hairstreak 3
  • Banded Hairstreak 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Red-spotted Purple cat

Edwards' Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

Head of River and 1st Avenue areas
Atlantic County, NJ

Edward's Hairstreak at powerline on 1st Ave was new location for me, but not surprising given the habitat and proximity to the known colony area near Hesstown Road.

  • Edwards' Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Mulberry Wing 3

Mulberry Wing

Edwards' Hairstreak

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Sightings were before 9:00. Spent quite a while watching the Black swallowtail emerging, but did not stay around long enough to see it fly. The sulphur was a nice reminder of common beauty.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Rare Skipper 7
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 14

Orange Sulphur

Black Swallowtail

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Hot and close to 98 degrees, 4:40-6 pm. Also hummingbird clearwing moth on common milkweed.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Red Admiral 7
  • Viceroy 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 9
  • Monarch 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

When I returned home from work at 6:30 pm a Little Wood-Satyr was on the fruit dish and a Red Admiral was patrolling the back yard.

  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden,West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2

Tom Bailey

Eagle Walk Preserve, Vincentown, Southampton Township
Burlington County, NJ

11:30 to 12:30.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Sunny, 90 dgrees. Also one monarch cat. And an egg in addition to 1 adult

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Mannington Marsh areas
Salem County, NJ

Far from a thorough search this afternoon. Checked out various locations and roadsides in the general Mannington area. A brief sighting of a 2nd brood Bronze Copper on Button bush. Always a bit of a surprise when a Pipevine Swallowtail comes across your path. Overall very hot and dry here. No single location had butterflies in any real abundance. [Congrats Dave on reporting our FOY Pipevine Swallowtail. - jm]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Bronze Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Viceroy 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Least Skipper 15
  • Broad-winged Skipper 28

Pipevine Swallowtail

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Never fewer butterflies, garden never more lush and filled with nectar and pollen . Never more catbirds, wrens, and it is unusual to see goldfinches so frequently. Eastern Tiger swallowtail on daylily.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Did a mid-afternoon visit. Sunny and hot (87 degrees) kept the activity down and I wasn't planning to do a full walk-through, however the adjacent field was plowed under and I was concerned. So did a single pass walk-through of the colony's primary senna patch.

After I began to walk into the primary senna patch, the Sleepy's began to pop up from their siesta within. An amazing count for this date, as it's the first brood and the primary brood is still to come in August. Amongst this total count were three mated pairs. The promise of a significant flight to come appears at hand.

Very happy with the overall level of activity today, given the muted season we seem to be having overall. I just hope I can keep the mowers and plows away.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sleepy Orange 26
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 14
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Tom Bailey

Medford F&WMA
Burlington County, NJ

Hazy, Hot, and Humid. Very little breeze. 12:45 to 2:30.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Little Wood-Satyr 11
  • Common Wood-Nymph 9
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Claire Campbell

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

A red admiral and red-spotted purple were feeding on rotten fruit that had fallen onto a beam that was washed ashore from the Delaware River.

  • Cabbage White c
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Anglewing sp. 6
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 7
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 1

Red Admiral and Red-spotted Purple

'Summer' Spring Azure

Red Admiral

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

My wife Pat observed the Swallowtails today. They have been scarce in the garden so far.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3

Sandra Keller

Crest Haven County Complex
Cape May County, NJ

Chris and I on the Cape May Butterfly count. This was our most productive area. Mostly sunny, 86 degrees, southerly winds.

  • Cabbage White 15
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 97
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 12

Common Sootywing

Delaware Skipper

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Sighting at 6:00 pm.

  • Common Wood-Nymph 1

Chip Krilowicz

Wheelabrator
Gloucester County, NJ

Sunny 90 humid.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 25
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Some lighter skies brought a few bugs to life. First Horace's in the garden this year, a male.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Rare skippers and Broadwings are peaking here.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 14
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 80

Tom Bailey

Featherbed Lane, Pilesgrove Township
Salem County, NJ

8 am.

  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

TNC Eldora
Cape May County, NJ

Love this garden! Wild Bergamot & various Echinaceas the main attraction today. Observations made around 2 p.m.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 10
  • Rare Skipper 9
  • Broad-winged Skipper 68

Rare Skipper

Salt Marsh Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Hesstown Rd. powerline
Cumberland County, NJ

Arrived at 8:50 a.m. Powerline was in shade with temp. at 64. Did not observe a single butterfly for over an hour. Sun finally brought to life some activity. Gave it till about 10:45 a.m. Banded Hairstreaks were active but quite worn out. Saw a couple of well worn Satyriums that could have been Edwards, but too worn for a conclusion.

  • Banded Hairstreak 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Steven Glynn

Peaslee WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Was searching for dragonflies during my mid-morning visit today, but noted butterflies along the way.

Hairstreaks were from the Hesstown Road areas and each time I'd try to get a photo a dogfight would ensue and prevent me. The nice, steady breeze kept blowing the battling butterflies away from my attempts.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 2
  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 3