April 2019 Sightings

Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A Question Mark was attracted to a fermenting orange on fruit dish.

  • Question Mark 1

Matt Webster

Dambly’s Garden Center
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Hope Jenkins

CMCH Bike Path between Shell Bay & Oyster Rd
Cape May County, NJ

11 AM, Sunny, 55 degrees, breezy

  • Cabbage White 2

Claire Campbell

Pennington Park, Burlington
Burlington County, NJ

  • Sulphur sp. 1

Claire Campbell

Laurel Run Park, Burlington County Parks
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 2

Jack Miller

Hunter's Mills powerline s. of rt 49
Cape May County, NJ

Cloudy and mid 50's. The weather quieted all bflys in this area except for the duskywings. Nevertheless it was enjoyable to spend time viewing the many subtle differences presented by the Juvenal's. The numbers cited are conservative estimates.

  • Duskywing sp. 20
  • Sleepy Duskywing 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 30

Sandra Keller

Maria Greenwald Park
Camden County, NJ

Overcast to partly sunny. 60 to 69 degrees. I didn't see my first butterfly until the sun appeared. A mid to late morning walk.

[Nice find, SK: our FOY tiger. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 1

Brian Johnson

Natural lands Burden hill preserve
Salem County, NJ

At work today. I have never seen the Orangetips on that part of the preserve before. The big property on Cool run road.

[Pearl crescent is our FOY for 2019. Could this be an orangetip year? Several reports from odd places. jc]

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Falcate Orangetip 8
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4

Pearl Crescent

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to see so many butterflies.

[We have a tie for FOY pearl crescent: you and Brian J. We are going to have to check wrist-watch time ;-)]

  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 2

American Lady

Jack Miller

Woodbine rr
Cape May County, NJ

12:30 - 3:00. Lots of time to explore paid off in that finally after years of watching orangetips fly along the tracks I discovered where they hang out. The Juniper hs' without exception landed high in the cedars and none of the azures landed. Only saw 3 ET blues until the last half hour when bunches appeared. Spring Wild Indigos are challenging as Juvenal's exist with many variations.

[Two FOYs in this impressive mix: juniper hairstreak and wild indigo. Nice! jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 14
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 6
  • Juniper Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 15
  • Spring Azure 8
  • American Lady 2
  • Duskywing sp. 19
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 9
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3

Juniper Hairstreak

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Eastern Pine Elfin

Chip Krilowicz

Blueberry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Falcate Orangetip 8
  • Henry's Elfin 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Jack Miller

Lizard Tail
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, light winds, 60 moving to 70 degrees. 10:00 to 11:45.

[This is our FOY frosted for 2019. Nice! jc]

  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Frosted Elfin 4
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Duskywing sp. 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 6

Frosted Elfin

Chris Herz

Platts' Nursery, Clarksboro
Gloucester County, NJ

raggedy A. Lady trapped in one of the greenhouses and I was able to get it out.

[Several reports of worn Am ladies this spring – migrants from the South, it would seem. jc]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Lady 1

Chris Herz

Popes Gardens, Waterford
Camden County, NJ

Overcast, but brief spots of sun

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:20 & 3:50 Abundant stands of the invasive Garlic Mustard.

  • Cabbage White 18
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Eastern Comma 3

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:45 to 3:15, mostly cloudy 70 degrees with S winds 14-20 mph. Orangetips were 4 males ,one female. Female was laying eggs on Hoary Bittercress ( Cardamine hirsute ) Red Admiral & E.Tiger were nectaring on Autumn Olive.

[A second admiral today after nearly a month of none. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Falcate Orangetip 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Duskywing sp. 3

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Falcate Orangetip

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Tom Bailey

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

Incidental sightings while birding.

[Impressive mix of butterflies and our first red admiral since our FOY on March 24 in CMY. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

Hope Jenkins

CMCH, my yard east of GSP
Cape May County, NJ

2 pm, sunny, breezy, 60 degrees

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

American Lady

Jesse and Jack Connor

Forsythe NWR
Atlantic County, NJ

Snout at entrance bridge. Most of the rest near platform overlook at Experimental Pond area.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Hope Jenkins

CMCH Bike Path between Indian Trail and Shell Bay Rd.
Cape May County, NJ

11:30-12:30, 60 degrees, sunny, breezy at times. Not a good photo as the anglewing wouldn't stay still. Likewise the sulphur which was closer to Indian Trail.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Anglewing sp.

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

We’ve only seen one or two Snouts in our 6 yrs. here so it was a nice surprise today. Falcate Orangetip was a male.

  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 2

Harvey Tomlinson

Stimpson Island Rd
Cape May County, NJ

An Earth Day Treat.

[Yay! our first monarch of 2018. May there be many more to come. jc]

  • Monarch

Monarch

Chris Herz

Audubon yard
Camden County, NJ

Anglewing nectaring on Pawpaw tree blossoms. Blooms smell a bit like rotting fruit.

  • Anglewing sp. 1

Scott McConnell

Bay Head
Ocean County, NJ

  • Monarch 1

Jack Miller

CMCH area
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 2
  • Duskywing sp. 6
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Jack Miller

Middletownship bike path
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, temperature in the 70's; 1:30-2:15. It is interesting to note the subtle differences in appearance of the frosted elfins in the different colonies in the Cape.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Frosted Elfin 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • Duskywing sp. 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Frosted Elfin

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

2:30 till 4 p.m. Part sun, near 80. Was surprised to see a dark form female E.Tiger nectaring on Autumn Olive this early. Cypress Spurge in bloom, but no takers this day. Abundant Tick action off trail!! Coppers should be flying here now, but I found none.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

9-11:00am, Red trail, smith's woods

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Jack Miller

rt 83 powerlines
Cape May County, NJ

Observation made 4- 4:30. Horace's duskywing was observed through binoculars: had multiple views of dotless ventral hw and minimal frosting on dorsal view.

[Nice find – our first Horace's for 2019. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1