July 2018 Sightings

Dave & Pat Amadio

Wheelabrator Butterfly garden
Gloucester County, NJ

Stopped here briefly after 2:15 p.m. Action picking up in the garden. The Pearl Crescents were just outside the enclosed garden.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 2

Black Swallowtail

Dave & Pat Amadio

Red Bank Battlefield park, National Park
Gloucester County, NJ

Gloucester County Certified Gardeners held a butterfly festival at the park this afternoon. Lots of great plants on sale from Triple Oaks in Franklinville. Long line of families waiting to get into the small butterfly house. Pat spotted the Hackberry Emperor as we were leaving the parking area.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 31
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Variegated Fritillary

Orange Sulphur

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Pretty much the same cast of fliers today but traded yesterday's spicebush for a couple of commas. Also had a mated pair of Cabbage Whites, and good action on my fruit dish: RSP, Red Admiral, & E.Comma.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Ben Barkley and Brian Magnier

Chestnut Branch Park in Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Observations from 2:00-4:30pm. Sun was increasing as our visit went on. We walked the trail along the river through the beech forest starting from the butterfly garden area. We searched unsuccessfully until our return. The area we found the pair of Harvesters was about a quarter of a mile from the butterfly garden and a short distance downhill and to the right from the trail intersection with the large tree in the middle. There was a sizable clearing with downed trees across the path. There were two Beeches loaded with Aphids. The Harvesters went back and forth between the Beeches and the nearby Mountain Laurel. The Mountain Laurel was actually the favored perch.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Harvester 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Harvester

Harvey Tomlinson

Langlet Rd and Glades
Cumberland County, NJ

Huge surprise to find a Juniper Hairstreak here as the nearest Cedars are 1/4 mile away.
Rare Skipper here also is odd.
Lots of Nectar…Lots of Fun!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 15
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Delaware Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper c
  • Dun Skipper 2

Rare Skipper

Juniper Hairstreak

Dun Skipper

Chip Krilowicz

Raccoon Creek WMA
Gloucester County, NJ

After the rain the sun came out and about 87°

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2

Harvey Tomlinson

TNC Eldora
Cape May County, NJ

I too had to call out sick from Butterflying the past few weeks but a Fun day out and about today.
As Dave A mentions TNC Eldora is a great garden.
Spent an hour just walking round and round.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Horace's Duskywing 11
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Rare Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper C
  • Dun Skipper 1

Rare Skipper

Dun Skipper

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 11
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 2

Teresa Knipper

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Taking a break from pulling poison ivy in the garden for a late day 430 to 5:30 PM walk on the trails. Had to dash around a few raindrops. Was also treated to a turkey hen and her poult….

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 5

Common Wood-Nymph

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A fresh RSP on the fruit dish tonight. Pat observed a nice female E.Tiger earlier in the day.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods
10am-12
All butterflies seen inside garden except for the common wood nymph, which was on the side of a tree at the forest edge. Monarch, spicebush swallowtail, and silver-spotted skipper feeding on butterfly bush. Variegated fritillary feeding on black-eyed susan.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Common Wood-Nymph

Teresa Knipper

Home garden
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

Judi Miller Bates

backyard
Gloucester County, NJ

not camera shy

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Again Pat observes a Monarch. Dave has yet to see one in the garden this year. Only Cabbage whites and a Red Admiral seen after early evening rains.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Jack Connor

Roadside bog on Clark's Landing Road, Galloway
Atlantic County, NJ

10 -10:45 am, mid-80s, humid. All butterflies nectaring on Canada thistle.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Rare Skipper 9
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5
  • Dun Skipper 1

Rare Skippers

Dun Skipper

Northern Broken-Dash

Sandra Keller

Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Partly sunny, 78 degrees or so. NW winds. I was mainly birding. 6 of the Sleepy Oranges were in the known Senna field. The other two were singles I presume looking for new Senna fields. One was south along Middle Marsh Lane. The other was along a dirt road off of Back Neck Rd.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 23

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

A beautiful afternoon in the garden!

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper c

Common Sootywing

Northern Broken-Dash

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Around 1:15 pm, had my cell. Liatrus ligulistylis "Button Snake Root", cultivar "Monarch" is an all-butterfly magnet. The Pecks Skipper is on Liatrus spicata. Activity may pick up after our first rain here in 20 days.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

'Summer' Spring Azure

Cabbage White

Peck's Skipper

Deb Robertson

My backyard, Westamptom
Burlington County, NJ

Where are all the butterflies this year? We overwintered 3 black swallowtails successfully. Their eggs were eaten and 5 caterpillars eaten. Always had black and yellow, spicebush and pipeline swallowtails, red admirals, painted ladies, red spotted purples, fritillaries, and buckeyes, viceroys and monarchs on our budleahs. Next to nothing this year..what is happening??

  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Broad-winged and Horace's skippers

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Good activity even after 5 p.m. today. Pat observed another Monarch today, this one a female laying numerous eggs on Common milkweed. I saw what has to be the smallest ETB that I have ever seen in the garden. So tiny perched on top of a large pink Zinnia. Both male & female Horace's today as well.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

4:40-6 pm, sunny & warm. More butterflies in the garden even in late afternoon. Noticed monarch laying eggs on C. milkweed on the trail and found some eggs. (also one caterpillar). Garden had: V. Frit., 2 Monarchs, Pecks, BW Skipper, C. white, Azure, Red Admiral, Sachem, Silver Spotted, Little W. Satyr, and Pearl Crescents just outside the garden.

  • Cabbage White 13
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Anglewing sp. 5
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 7
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Teresa Knipper

Triangle park Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

All the royalty (Monarch, viceroy, emperor) showed up this morning on this short visit to this wonderful garden. 11 to 1145 AM
Almost everything nectaring on Summersweet clethra

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Teresa Knipper

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to see butterflies starting to fly down here at the point!

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Gray Hairstreak

Broad-winged Skipper

Eric Todd

Supawna Meadows
Salem County, NJ

Several monarchs nectaring from abundant milkweed, although the drought has shriveled many of the flowers.

  • Monarch 4

Jennifer Bulava

Batsto village, Wharton State Forest
Burlington County, NJ

During dragonfly program from 1-3:30pm; these were incidental sightings. The swallowtail and duskywing were nectaring on spotted knapweed. Also observed snowberry clearwing moths.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

One Black ST was very worn and the second one was very fresh and laying eggs on fennel. Monarchs included one egg laying and one mated pair.
Broad-winged skippers seemed to be on every flower, sometimes 5 to 6 per blossom making it difficult to spot other skippers.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper a

Salt Marsh Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Least Skipper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Rare sk's becoming rare here. First Juniper here in three years.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Rare Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Sachem 15
  • Broad-winged Skipper c
  • Dun Skipper 2

Juniper Hairstreak

Chris Herz

Tall Pines Preserve, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

4:30-5:30 pm. Warm and sunny. Nectar limited with Queen Anne's Lace, purple loosestrife, spotted knapweed, thistles.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1