May 2019 Sightings

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Monarch was a fly-by in the backyard… and a surprise!

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

Steven Glynn

Nabb Road field
Cumberland County, NJ

The land owners have been tilling up the larger tract of commercial growing field and have the property posted.

The original field that had the Checkered White colony has been left fallow and looks very promising. Hopefully they'll leave this field fallow and full of wild flowers.

  • Cabbage White 25
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 2

Common Sootywing

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

All but one of azures were worn and feeble and I am confident they are the end of the Holly Azures. The other azure had the brightness of a fresh Summer Azure. Getting late for Henry's.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Holly Azure 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Southern Cloudywing 6

Holly Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Henry's Elfin

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1

Black Swallowtail

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods side, in between thunderstorms.
1:30pm
Eight-spotted forester also a treat to see.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Sachem

Zabulon Skipper

Jack Miller

610 powerlines
Cape May County, NJ

There is too much water to get to most of the spots here and the place has become dangerously boggy. Nice to see a healthy swarm of Elfin skimmers. Got to watch a Spicebush ST lay eggs on sassafras. The sachems were working a patch of dandelions and had me fooled for a while because they were worn and I wasn't expecting to see so many at this point in the spring.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 20
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10

Jackie Parker

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Question Mark 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Seen while gardening for an hour this afternoon.

[Good find and photo, DA! Our log's FOY Aaron's. jc]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Aaron's Skipper

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings late in afternoon.

  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator garden & field
Gloucester County, NJ

Working in the garden. Snout in the dirt parking lot. Peck's outside the garden around Rubus as were the sachems.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

The most active butterfly day so far this year in the garden. Very windy today, but lots of sun. Unusual to have three Q-Marks in one day here, usually multiple anglewings would be E.Commas in this area. Hackberry volunteer plants are increasing on this property so it really should be of no surprise. Zabs were male & female.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Question Mark

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

8 early instar black ST cats on rue, one on parsley. Adult black ST a male

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA- Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Was out searching for Mississippi Kites again today, and has one flying near Green Swamp. While in the area, went back into Dix WMA and the Sleepy Orange colony and did a check in all areas of the WMA.

No Sleepy's yet, but what a spring Question Mark is having! It seems everywhere I go and search, Question Marks are flying.

Dun Skipper was a nice find today.

[Steve is correct: we are close to 30 reports of q'marks this month with many reports of multiple individuals. They are having an excellent spring (as are Mississippi kites!) Steve's good list also includes our FOY dun skipper. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 11
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 4
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 7
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper

Brian Johnson

Powerline + RR track cut on Rt 555
Cumberland County, NJ

Took a quick walk after work. This cut was let go for way too long. I counted some rings on the stumps and estimate 17 years since the last cutting. They finally got all the trees down last year. The place has a lot of potential if they take better care of it. It has everything from dry bluestem habitat to standing water with sedge bogs. Interesting seeing the Dusted Skipper. One from the colony a few miles up the road?

[Northern cloudywing is a significant find! Our last report was the only report of the species in all 2018 – and also came from Brian nearly a year ago on 6-2-18 at Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve. The previous report came from Dolores Amesbury 6-28-17 in her garden in CMCH, following a handful of other reports that June. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Dusted Skipper 1

Clay Sutton

Beanery
Cape May County, NJ

  • Monarch 1

Claire Lynch

Egg Harbor Township
Atlantic County, NJ

Went out to my car this AM and this beautiful creature was sitting on my tire! I thought I should post him here so others can appreciate the beauty of this butterfly.

[Welcome to the South Jersey Butterfly Project. Claire. jc]

  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Red-spotted Purple

Jane Contrabasso

E. Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Black Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Tiger Swallowtail, Red Admiral - in my yard. (I'm planting as fast as I can, guys!)

[Welcome to the South Jersey Butterfly Project, Jane. Keep at that garden and keep the reports coming! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

during guided nature walk, 9-11am
Extremely windy conditions

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Dale Rosselet & Kevin Karlson

Reeds Beach Road, Cape May Court House, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The Zebra Swallowtail was flying northeast up our driveway and we both knew it was something different. Could see its long tail, flew in a straight line, and overall impression was that it was lighter in color with distinct stripes. No photo taken as it moved through very fast.

  • Zebra Swallowtail 1

Beth Polvino

my yard NABA #1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

After being away for over a month I am happy to be back getting the gardens ready for the summer. I have American Lady cats on Pussy toes. Still have 2 overwintering Question Mark chrysalis. Today, the third Spicebush Swallowtail eclosed. Black swallowtail and Cabbage White laying eggs on host plants.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 7
  • Sachem 3

Spicebush Swallowtail

American Lady

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Question Marks appeared to be the same three individuals seen here yesterday

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:35 till 5:10. 74 degrees, part sun with winds S10-14. Did not intend to spend this much time here, but then A Harvester changed my plans. Took getting my boots good and muddy to get my first image. Photographed two of four. Also chased down a busy Least Skipper through the muck.

[Good work, Dave. Our first harvesters of 2019. jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Harvester 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3

Harvester

Harvester

Least Skipper

Harvester

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2-3:15 p.m., 73 degrees mostly to partly cloudy. Winds S7-10. Summer Azures out in full force today. One afforded me the pleasure of an open wing view. Despite the frequent sightings of Common Buckeye, I never tire of their beauty.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 6
  • American Snout 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Red Admiral 11
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

'Summer' Spring Azure

Common Buckeye

American Snout

Steven Glynn

Areas near Canton
Salem County, NJ

1st brood of Bronze Coppers are right on time.

General area search was productive, though the cool temps and strong breeze made it a challenge.

The private field I've monitored the past few years has been severely compromised, as it looks like it was sprayed and all the field growth is browned and the island of wet area, where the Bronze Coppers thrived, looks sickly, but two females Bronze Coppers were found here. The other three, all males, were found in the other primary areas closer to the marsh.

[Good work, Steve. Thank you for the update on this spot. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Bronze Copper 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Least Skipper 3

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Tom Bailey

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

Incidental sightings while birding in the park. The Red Admiral count is conservative as I stopped counting at 25.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 40
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Chip Krilowicz

Slims Ranch
Camden County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Jane Contrabasso

E.Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

First Monarch, laying eggs in the milkweed patch! I spent years raising them indoors over the summers but this year I'm concentrating more on habitat. No longer convinced collecting cats and raising them inside is the best idea.

  • Monarch 1

Scott McConnell

Lavallette
Ocean County, NJ

Watched a large, all-yellow butterfly hurtle past at the beach today that could only have been a Cloudless Sulphur; didn't have time to get a photo. As crazy as the date seems, I think it's possible that the three straight days of southerly winds we had recently (5/18-20), which brought up a lot of Mississippi Kites and dragonflies, could have blown some of these sulphurs into NJ as well.

[Nice to have our FOY cloudless early Interestingly, North Jersey has already had reports for May 18th and 19th – in Sussex County and Somerset Co, close to our all-time earliest date 5-13-2014. jc]

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Only minimal obs. here today but quite active.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Wharton SF - Carranza Rd
Burlington County, NJ

By bicycle from 9:15 am to 11:00 am. 6.4 miles from the wooden bridge at Friendship north on Carranza Rd to the state forest boundary. Milk Snake & N. Water Snake added bonuses.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Lady sp. 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1