August 2018 Sightings

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

4-5 pm, high 80s, humid, partly cloudy. In 10-15 minute search of milkweeds could find only one monarch cat (worn adult was ovipositing).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

David L. Amadio

Rt70 & Old Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Flyby

  • Monarch 1

Eric Todd

Supawna Meadows
Salem County, NJ

Usual robust number of monarchs, a pair of spicebush, black swallowtails, question marks and skippers.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Sachem 3

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Black ST released, 6 others in chrysalis, 5 Monarch cats and 6 in chrysalis. Sachems disappeared after all the rains.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Monarch 1

Eric Todd

my backyard butterfly bush/ backyard in Salem, NJ
Salem County, NJ

eastern tiger fly-by (ignoring butterfly bush); black swallowtail stopped briefly to sip; monarch still at it as I write (for hours), skippers

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Sachem 2

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods butterfly garden, during children's program; 10-11am
3 monarch caterpillars

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Late in the day 5:15-6. Humid, 89 degrees but partly cloudy. One late instar Monarch cat on c. milkweed in the garden. Two additional monarch cats on the trail. Road to the river active with E. Commas. Garden had male and female Spicebush ST, Red Admiral, Zabulon skipper, C. White, Silver-spotted skipper, Broad-winged skipper, sachem.

[Interesting that we have had several double-digit counts of e. commas recently – from both GLO (Herz and Amadio) and BUR (Bailey). jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Anglewing sp. 3
  • Eastern Comma 10
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

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

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

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

Stand of Yellow Leaf-cup along road (out towards marsh/Bay) again loaded with pollinators.

  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 35

Pat & Clay Sutton

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

Our own garden has been scary quiet, despite loads of nectar. So it was a treat to find this Sweet Pepperbush in full bloom at the beginning of Songbird Trail and full of hairstreaks (some flowers / photo frame with 5+ on it) and other pollinators! Sorry to get this up a few days late, so glad Dave A. saw them the next day.

[Double digit counts of juniper hairstreak are very unusual. We have had three this year – two from this spot, as Pat notes, and another from Steve G at Manumuskin River Preserve, CUM, on 7-7-18. We had no double digit counts of this species in 2017 or in 2016. jc]

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 30
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 30

Juniper Hairstreaks

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

both sides of Smithville Park, starting at the butterfly garden.
1 monarch caterpillar on common milkweed

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1

questi

Zabulon Skipper

Jean Gutsmuth & Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

10:15-12:30, humid, some clouds. Finished our walk before the storm hit. Hummingbird clearwing in the garden as well as hummingbird coming to cardinal flower. Spicebush, Red Admiral, Silver-spotted skippers, N. Broken Dash, Sachem, BW Skippers, Pecks, Delaware, Zabulons, & Monarch in the garden.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 7
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

CMNWR-Kimble's Beach Rd.
Cape May County, NJ

Sweet Pepperbush at edge of parking area was loaded with Juniper Hairstreaks. Wind made photography a challenge. butterflies had little problem hanging on. Obs. made between 11:13 & 12:30. At 12:30 western skies showed an approaching storm. Time to head east!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Juniper Hairstreak 20
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Juniper Hairstreaks

David L. Amadio

TNC Eldora
Cape May County, NJ

Began today's search at TNC's property in Eldora. Much of today's activity was just across the street on Sweet pepperbush. Obs. made from 9:12 to 10:12 with part sun, 80 degrees and a stiff wind. Butterflies were not the only insects occupying the pepperbush. Found four Wheel bugs patiently waiting. 6 Monarch cats were on Asclepias tuberosa.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 11
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Delaware Skipper 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 51
  • Dun Skipper 5

David L. Amadio

Bivalve area- Strawberry Ave.
Cumberland County, NJ

Sunny, windy and 84 degrees 4:14 to 5:04 p.m. A fresh Common Checkered Skipper appeared briefly. My only Sachems came here today on white clover.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 13

Common Checkered-Skipper

Will Kerling

Jakes' Landing Road
Cape May County, NJ

Got a glimpse of an Anglewing.

  • Anglewing sp. 1

Will Kerling

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Jim Trainer and I made an annual bug trip to LT. It was hot!
Some bugs did not mind the heat. It was great to find a Common Buckeye and a big variety of dragonflies! Watched a Red-spotted egg laying eggs on Black Cherry leaves.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Red-spotted Purple egg

Slaty skimmer

Northern fence lizard

Common Buckeye

David L. Amadio

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Only spent a half hour here to see if Dions were still flying. Found at least two and several App Browns. Obs. made between 2:21 & 2:51

  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dion Skipper 2

Dion Skipper

Appalachian Brown

David L. Amadio

CMBO-CRE Garden, Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Obs. made between 10:24 & 11:04, Part sun and 83 degrees. Hotspot here was a small patch of Mountain mint at the entry to the garden.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Juniper Hairstreak 8
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Salt Marsh Skipper

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

5:30 p.m. Clear after heavy rain shower. Ovipositing on Common Milkweed. Kept distance, observed with binos.

  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Davies Sports complex-powerline cut
Cape May County, NJ

Went in about half way. Very little activity.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Strawberry Ave. & Yock Wock Rd.
Cumberland County, NJ

You just have to report something from a road named Yock Wock! Saw some activity as I prepared to head for home at this cornfield edge. Cloudy at this point but nice Sootywing action.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Sootywing 4
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Powerline cut near ACME in CM Courthouse
Cape May County, NJ

Abundant Sweet Pepperbush this year. Waited briefly as storm system moved N-NE just missing the middle twp bike path area. Strong winds cut down on some activity. Obs. made between 12:51 & 1:47.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 20
  • Horace's Duskywing 6
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 7
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7
  • Dun Skipper 1

Northern Broken-Dash

Eric Todd

my backyard, Salem, NJ
Salem County, NJ

single monarch & skipper on butterfly bush; eastern tiger flyover

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Eric Todd

Supawna Meadows
Salem County, NJ

[This is our first mourning cloak report since May 1 (C. Herz, Wheelabrator, GLO). The first of the new brood that will over-winter 2018-19? jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

During public butterfly program, 1-3pm, Smith's Woods side. No caterpillars observed today in garden.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1

Red Admiral

Monarch

Zabulon Skipper

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

5:51-6:18pm
Sunny and less humid 88f.
garden only…Got the Question Mark as I was leaving by the pavilion.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Some nice action here today with multiple Swallowtails flying at once. First Hackberry Emperor of year for this garden.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Eric Todd

flower patch along Walnut Street Rd, Salem, NJ
Salem County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1