July 2018 Sightings

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

1st and 3rd instar Black Swallowtail cats were on fennel.

[This is our first report of dion this year from a garden. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper c
  • Dion Skipper 1

Juniper Hairstreak

Dion Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

10:50-11:20am, Smith's Woods butterfly garden

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

Monarch

Least Skipper

Maryann Farrell

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

The monarchs may have had a slow start, but they're making up for it now. I had two monarchs laying eggs on several different milkweed plants. I have 23 caterpillars now.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Monarch 2

Monarch

Monarch caterpillar

Brian Johnson

North powerline cut off of Rt 610
Cape May County, NJ

Rainy and windy conditions. The butterflies didn't seem to mind. FOY White M for me.

[This is only our second report of white-m in 2018 – and the first since May 2 when David Amadio found two at Belle Plain. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 8
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dion Skipper 5

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

10:30-11:30 during children's nature program.
light rain at times, surprised to see as many species as I did for the conditions.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 2

Sachem

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Viceroy

Horace's Duskywing

Steven Glynn

Peaslee WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Dragonfly and butterfly searching today.

New personal late date for Striped Hairstreak.

[Good find, Steve! We have only a single record for a later striped hairstreak on our log: Aug 3. 2009. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Least Skipper 2

Striped Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

Maurice River access in Norma
Salem County, NJ

Dragonfly and butterfly searching today along the river.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

Chip Krilowicz

Westville at Big Timber Creek
Gloucester County, NJ

80° some sun.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

From 9:30-12:30. I was setting up an orienteering course for my Monday morning program, and ironically, I was hiding the clue that said "eastern commas drink sap from river birch trees", and there they were, right in front of the clue!

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Eastern Comma 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2

Eastern Comma

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Half an hour check, 11:15-11:45, just before noontime rainstorm. Mid-80s and humid. Also present: first tussock moth caterpillars we have seen on our milkweeds this year.

  • Cabbage White 20
  • American Copper 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

American Copper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Finally I was home to see Monarchs in the yard this year. My wife Pat has been seeing them frequently. Had my first Snout flying around a Hackberry tree.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Monarch

Dun Skipper

David L. Amadio

West Deptford Library garden
Gloucester County, NJ

A small pond surrounded by mostly Marsh mallow. One Sweet Pepperbush was attracting some butterflies.

  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

Red Bank Battlefield, National Park
Gloucester County, NJ

Garden adjacent to butterfly house is improving each year. Agastache the biggest draw today. Cloudy, windy and 88 degrees. Obs. 3:20-3:45

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 21
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator butterfly garden
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs made from 4:25 to 4:45 p.m. Mostly cloudy and 86 degrees. Some nice action late in the afternoon. Eastern Comma was puddling in parking area.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Forsythe NWR
Atlantic County, NJ

With Denise Bittle & Jean Gutsmuth. While driving around the wildlife drive. One short thunderstorm and downpour, but otherwise sunny and humid.

  • Black Swallowtail 22
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 60
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 15
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Will Kerling

downtown Cape May Court House, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped in a patch of Yarrow along the railroad tracks and it was loaded with American Coppers. There was a bonus of 2 Juniper Hairstreaks and a Gray Hairstreak, also!

[This is our high count of American coppers since Will's own report of 9-29-17 from the RR tracks in CMCH and only our 2nd double-digit count of 2018 so far. jc]

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 16
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 3

Will Kerling

Wetland Institute - Stone Harbor, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The Broad-winged Skippers were getting nectar from Sweet Pepperbush flowers.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Broad-winged Skipper

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

9:15 am

  • Monarch 1

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park & adjoining private property
Burlington County, NJ

7:30 to 3 pm.

[Whew! What a list – and topped by an amazing photo: question mark and eastern comma as close as they can be and be captured in sharp focus! Good work, Tom! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White a
  • Orange Sulphur 11
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 19
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 17
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 5
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 34
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 28
  • Least Skipper 14
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 16

Question Mark & Eastern Comma

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Eric Todd

backyard, Salem, NJ
Salem County, NJ

eastern tiger fly by along with red-spotted purple; skipper and buckeye on butterfly bush; side note- large cicada killer patrolling area

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Not much time spent at home today, but thought 4 Monarchs was noteworthy.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Eric Todd

Supawna Meadows
Salem County, NJ

Activity picking up after recent rain… At least 4 silver spotted skippers on still bent over thistle; 7 monarchs also on thistle and milkweed; 4 black swallowtails

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Salem WMA Rt540
Salem County, NJ

Obs. made around 12:55 p.m. Part sun low 80's

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Mannington marsh area
Salem County, NJ

Bronze Copper was a faded male. Obs. from 1:10 to 2:55 p.m.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Bronze Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 4
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 40

Bronze Copper

David L. Amadio

Supawna Meadows NWR
Salem County, NJ

Stopped at the small garden in front of the refuge HQ at Finn's Point lighthouse. Mountain mint the main attraction.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

David L. Amadio

Alloway municipal complex garden
Salem County, NJ

Always a pleasure to visit this small but well planned garden. Obs. from 3:05 to 3:30

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 12
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Sachem 18

Peck's Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

David L. Amadio

Swedesbridge Road
Salem County, NJ

A quick scan of a field planted with cover crop of vetch sp.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur a
  • Orange Sulphur a
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Monarch 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Kimbles Beach Road (part of Cape May NWR)
Cape May County, NJ

Hairy Leafcup has begun to bloom and is pulling in pollinators. The Yellowjacket Hover Fly, Milesia virginiensis, was an inch long.

[Our very first Hayhurst scallopwings of 2018! We had no reports of the first brood (May/June). Good find, Pat & Clay. jc]

  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Yellowjacket Hover Fly

Hayhurst's Scallopwing