May 2019 Sightings

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

QM laying eggs on hops vine.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1

Question Mark eggs

Jack Miller

Fries Mills Rd power lines
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 14
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Southern Cloudywing 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 3
  • Sachem 5
  • Dusted Skipper 9

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. from approx. 2:50 till 5 p.m. 81 & partly cloudy. Came here to specifically look for Hackberry Emperor, having seen 3 of our 4 Hackberry specialists in my garden. None observed here yet, but pretty good action. Was just starting out as Chris Herz was finishing up, so today's reports should give a good accounting of what is flying here. Willow sap drew in at least 10 butterflies next to the pumping station. Was able to identify at least Q-Mark, E.Comma, & Red Admiral in the willow. Toured the refuge today without seeing an ETB. Better have my eyes checked. Photographed a moth along the powerline cut. I think it is False Crocus Geometer ( Xanthotype urticaria ).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White 13
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 7
  • Question Mark 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 8
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 10
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1

False Crocus Geometer

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Wonderful day to be in the garden! Snouts really putting on a show, giving me "snout neck". Was able to count at least 4 individuals. A nice surprise on the fruit dish as I was about to leave for Wheelabrator refuge. A mint fresh Tawny Emperor. It was flushed off the dish by one of the Q-Marks. Also had a quick flyby Swallowtail, most likely Spicebush.

[Nice! our log's FOY tawny emperor for 2019 – and a new earliest ever record for this species. Previous earliest record was 6-3-2011. jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 4
  • Question Mark 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1

American Snout

Tawny Emperor

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA- Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Beautiful, sunny and active day.

Multiple Sleepy Oranges and Cloudless Sulphurs reclaim the status as overwintering and breeding for both in this special area. Cloudless Sulphurs were all flying continuously. A pair of Sleepy Orange were courting and attempting to mate.

Biting flies a big nuisance now.

[Two very cool sulphur finds! This seems a "breakthrough" colony! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 18
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Sleepy Orange 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 3
  • American Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 2

Cloudless Sulphur

Sleepy Orange

Steven Glynn

Muddy Run area
Salem County, NJ

Strong morning activity. The small colony of Dusted Skippers has apparently ended its flight. This colony and the more scarce Cobweb Skippers here are very tough to monitor as the flight is small and very brief.

Fresh Swarthy Skippers were the most common butterfly today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 4
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 14
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 1

Tawny-edged Skipper

Crossline Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Swarthy Skipper

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator refuge, trail to river
Gloucester County, NJ

12:30-3. Sunny and 80 degrees or so.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 9
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve, Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

11:25 am to 1:25 pm. Blooming Pine Barrens Sandwort abundant but only one skipper seen on it.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

There were 6 Aaron’s on a lobelia hanging basket and 4 on native Iris along with a few more scattered around yard.

[Good find, Dolores – our FOY Delaware on a new record early date for our log, beating old record 5-31-17. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 13
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Delaware Skipper

Aaron's Skipper

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

2:30 -5:00. Full sun and hot. New personal record for species while under a tornado watch. Bflys and biting flies were in constant motion so numbers are on the conservative side (there were at least 20 cloudywings buzzing about in two areas). Included in photos is possible Delaware (I did not list it); it doesn't look "golden" enough but I don't know what else it would be (swarthy photo included for comparison). 12 rsp's were on a mile of woodland road.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 45
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Red-spotted Purple 13
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 6
  • Northern Cloudywing 4
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Skipper, sp.

Swarthy Skipper

Little Glassywing

Tawny-edged Skipper

Northern Cloudywing

Aaron's Skipper

Dave & Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Pat photographed a Tawny emperor again today, likely the same one observed here on Monday.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Jackie Parker

Coral Ave. Spring Watch, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1

Steven Glynn

Malaga Lake
Gloucester County, NJ

Was doing dragonfly searching and was surprised with a Dusted Skipper here.

Multiple Unicorn Clubtails were the ode of the day.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Dusted Skipper 1

Dusted Skipper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

While dragging things to my brushpile I decided to spend some time in the meadow in my back area without nocs or camera and I know I missed a few things. Spent lots of time admiring bugs close up, especially a Zab ovipositing on grass. One of the cabbages was a three spotted.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Monarch 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 11
  • Sachem 1

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

during children's program, 10am-12.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

The bug that I was surprised I missed at MacNamara (least sk) was waiting for me at home.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

My first Monarch. Black Swallowtail laying eggs on fennel.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 7

Monarch

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA @Rt. 555 Railroad Tracks
Cumberland County, NJ

Recent cutting has opened this area up for easier exploring.

[Another apparently fresh mourning cloak, suggesting the flight of the "summer brood" (off-spring of the over-wintering population) has begun. Various sources suggest there is only one brood of mourning cloak in NJ. If correct, these May-flying adults are "hoping" to survive through the summer (estivating during the hottest weeks) to fly again in fall, hide in brush piles through winter, to lay eggs in early spring of 2020. Amazing! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Dun Skipper 2

Mourning Cloak

Pat Sutton, Jesse & Jack Connor

Hesstown Powerline (west side)
Cumberland County, NJ

Duskywings extremely worn – showing large white patches in FWs.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Duskywing sp. 3
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Northern Cloudywing

Beth Polvino

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

Several Question Mark butterflies have stopped by my rotten fruit today. This one appears to be expressing liquid from its intestinal track so I am thinking it just emerged from its chrysalis. A monarch also flew through nectared on Verbena and left before I got a picture.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Lady sp. 2
  • Question Mark 4
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 6

Question Mark

Jennifer Bulava

Kinkora Trail, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

during photography walk, 6pm-sunset

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1

'Summer' Spring Azure

Pat Sutton, Jesse & Jack Connor

Kimble's Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

Banded ties log's earliest date (5/31/15). All seven hairstreaks found nectaring on three Itea bushes next to CM-NWR HQ.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 6
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Banded Hairstreak

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

This Monarch stayed around about an hour. Azures are common for last two weeks. Today seen constantly, often two together. I was outside most of day, too busy for camera or photos.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Azure, sp. 6
  • Monarch 1

Monarch

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Occasional obs. when taking a break from a house project.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Pat Sutton, Jesse & Jack Connor

Hunters Mill Road
Cumberland County, NJ

15-minute quick stop, end of day.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Snout spent the afternoon feeding on blossoms of boxwood hedge. Monarch ovipositing on milkweed.
Finally got good looks and photo of Delaware skipper.

[Dolores originally photo'd this or another Delaware skipper on 5/29, a new record early date for our log. See her report below. Dave Amadio has confirmed her original call on that date. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 6
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Little Wood-Satyr

American Snout

Delaware Skipper