July 2018 Sightings

Eric Todd

Salem, Grieves Parkway
Salem County, NJ

My first submission and my 4th tiger sighting for this season. This male was nectaring from a lone mimosa tree along the road accompanied by a black swallowtail.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Maryann Farrell

My front yard garden Waldorf and Harwood roads Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

It's really picking my up in my yard! I have at least 8 monarch cats. One 2nd Instar and the rest 1st instars.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Monarch caterpillar

Painted Lady

Silver-spotted Skipper

David L. Amadio

Rt 553 & RT45 Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

A flyover

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

1:30-2:30pm
I had my assistant just count variegated fritillaries while I counted the rest of the species. This was certainly the most fritillaries I have ever witnessed at one time. 134 is not a typo. They were covering the white clover all along the edge of the field.

[Whew! I can't remember anyone reporting such a showing of var frits! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 134
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Common Sootywing 6

Variegated Fritillary

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Sootywing

Variegated Fritillaries

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 12:45 to 2:45. mostly sunny and mid 80's.
Numbers still down from past years at this time but this location is likely the most productive in Glouco. Found a couple of Common Milkweed plants still blooming. Surprised to see no Emperors today. Also photographed a well camouflaged Tulip Tree Beauty.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 21
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Viceroy 5
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 6
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Peck's Skipper

Viceroy

Least Skipper

Maryann Farrell

My front yard gardens Waldorf and Harwood roads Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Red-spotted Purple

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

3:30-5 pm, lovely, low-humidity afternoon in low 80s. Dozens of wasps, bees, and flies, and one juniper hairstreak, on hoary mountain mint. Monarch and variegated frit ovipositing – on common milkweed and passionvine respectively.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3
  • Sachem 20
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Juniper Hairstreak

Eric Todd

Supawna Meadows
Salem County, NJ

Warm, breezy morning at the meadow. Most milkweed flowers are now completely wilted from drought, so only a couple of monarchs today. Thistle seems to be increasing, however.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Eric Todd

my backyard
Salem County, NJ

Took note of about the second Buckeye I've seen this year in my backyard.

  • Common Buckeye 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made through most of the morning. E.tiger was a smaller than average male. Cabbage Whites are laying eggs on a potted Brussel Sprout plant.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made between 3:30 & 4:30. Part sun & mid 80's. Increased aphid activity on many trees but no Harvesters observed today. Not much activity in the butterfly garden so far. They had flooding issues earlier in the season.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

12:30-1:00pm
Butterfly garden, Smith's Woods

  • Cabbage White 15
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2

Silver-spotted Skipper

American Lady

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden
Gloucester County, NJ

Only a few bugs with wet weather moving in

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Matt Webster

Damblys Garden Center, Winslow Twp
Camden County, NJ

Twelve Black Swallowtails cats on curly parsley

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 6
  • American Lady 6
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Sachem 7
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 3

Sandra Keller

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

I was surprised at the numbers and diversity considering the weather. Overcast, occasional sun trying to break through. 76 degrees, easterly winds. Major storm approaching.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 300
  • Anglewing sp. 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 5
  • Red Admiral 15
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 12
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Mom's garden Laurel springs
Camden County, NJ

Mom told me her Zinnia patch has been buzzing with skippers this past week. I saw a few early this morning as clouds approached from the south. With temps still cool, several skippers. 2 Sachems & a Peck's took to the garage roof for heat absorption.

  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Highlight today was two fresh male Zabulon Skippers. The second brood has begun for this zippy little skipper.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Zabulon Skipper

Eric Todd

Supawna Meadows
Salem County, NJ

Early walk through the meadow revealed three Monarch caterpillars, first and third instars. Heavy rains overnight might mean more leps in the coming days (a single Monarch adult seen at milkweed leaf this AM).

  • Monarch 1

Monarch 1st instar

Monarch 3rd instar

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

7-12 noon

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White a
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 6
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 17
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Deb Robertson

Westampton - Deerwood CC
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Red-spotted Purple

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs, made from 2:40 till 4:45 p.m. 70-80% cloud cover and SE winds from 7-22 mph. First 20 sp. day here this season. Eleven species recorded in the butterfly garden. Eastern Commas actively puddling thanks to last night's rain.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Eastern Comma 12
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

'Summer' Spring Azure

Red Admiral

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Partly cloudy with light rain. Have black ST and monarch cats also.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Pat photographed both Spicebush & Black Swallowtails during the day. First Black ST seen here this year,a female.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Eric Todd

Supawna Meadows
Salem County, NJ

Not a great observation day, very windy. About half of the thistle has been blown over along with some milkweed. Did see two eastern comma mudpuddlers for the first time this season, along with the usual monarchs and a mating monarch pair.

  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Monarch 4

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

5:15-6:30 pm. Threatening skies and wind, but humid and 85 degrees. One variegated frit cat on passion vine, 2 black ST cats on fennel, and 2 monarch cats on c. milkweed on the trail. Surprised at how many e. commas on the road and also a couple male spicebush STs.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 0
  • Anglewing sp. 6
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 12
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas State Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

2:20-3:15pm
Light rain. Least skippers on self-heal (Prunella vulgaris).

  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Least Skipper 3

Maryann Farrell

My front yard gardens Waldorf and harwood roads Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

The black swallowtail had a fairly big piece of wing missing, but somehow was doing fine flying from flower to flower and then flew away just fine.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Black Swallowtail

Horace's Duskywing

Monarch

Brian Johnson

Powerline cut off of Rt 83
Cape May County, NJ

A quick stop after work. The Sweet Pepperbush is starting to bloom.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 5
  • Northern Broken-Dash 5
  • Dion Skipper 8

Eric Todd

backyard
Salem County, NJ

Just planted a 3.5' high Buddleja davidii from the local nursery and it immediately attracted: spicebush swallowtail, two red-spotted purples, two skippers, and a hummingbird moth! More diversity than I've seen at the local meadow all Summer!

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Red-spotted Purple

Hummingbird clearwing

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sachem