June 2019 Sightings

James Dowdell

My yard in Villas
Cape May County, NJ

Cloudless Sulphur laying eggs on Maryland Senna.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Question Marks all on fruit dish. Snout was enjoying boxwoods again today.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 5
  • American Lady 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

American Snout

Delaware Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

South Cape May Meadows, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

4:45-6:20pm

  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 8
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Common Buckeye 1

Question Mark

Steven Glynn

Muddy Run area
Salem County, NJ

[Another FOY for 2019 by S.G. – Appalachian brown. Nice to see! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2

Appalachian Brown

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

As much as I wanted to turn my Banded into a Hickory hairstreak, after re-reading JC’s excellent post from 7/8/14, which included three spot-on ID tips from Jim Springer, I had to leave my Hickory sighting for another day.

[Thank you, D.A. If we ever get a hickory down here, your star-studded garden could very well be the place. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 4
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 1
  • Delaware Skipper 2

Banded Hairstreak

Red-banded Hairstreak

Joyce Linda Sichel

Windowsill on my house in Lumberton
Burlington County, NJ

Saw a lovely RED ADMIRAL enjoying the sun.

[Welcome to the South Jersey Butterfly Project, JLC! jc]

  • Red Admiral 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Tom Bailey

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

8:15 am to 12:45 pm. Red Admirals very common & count is accurate. Cabbage White count is estimate as I stopped counting at 50. Surprisingly not one swallowtail seen.

[The best evidence so far that we are experiencing a red admiral northbound migration. Several other reports suggest this as well. Keep an eye out, everyone! jc]

  • Cabbage White 75
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Question Mark 3
  • Eastern Comma 14
  • Red Admiral 131
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 2

Puddling Nymphalids

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Historic side of Smithville only (not Smith's Woods side)

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Ernest P Hahn

Black River Preserve
Gloucester County, NJ

Numerous Spicebush butterflies as well as skippers that I have not yet identified.

[Welcome to the South Jersey Butterfly Project, EPH! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

during guided bird walk, 9-11am
1 American lady was worn, as seen in picture.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 50
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 6
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2

American Lady

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

Approximately 12-1:30pm
An extremely worn out see-through silver-spotted skipper, see photo!

  • Cabbage White 20
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Silver-spotted Skipper

James Dowdell

My yard Villas
Cape May County, NJ

Sleepy Orange laying eggs on Maryland Senna.

[Cool! More evidence that this previously rare vagrant is colonizing CMY Co. jc]

  • Sleepy Orange 1

Dave & Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Pat observed at least two Red Admirals this afternoon here. One really torn up.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2

Robert C. Koch

Lumberton Leas on Creek Rd. Lumberton, NJ
Burlington County, NJ

  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

American Copper

Zabulon Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Observed while eating lunch in my vehicle. Viburnum dentatum ( arrowwood viburnum) was the nectar source.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

1:30-2:30pm

  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Red Admiral

Teresa Knipper

Knipper home garden
Cape May County, NJ

I usually do not see so many butterflies so early in the season but the Phlox “triple play“ and all the clover in the lawn Are really drawing them in!

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 4

'Summer' Spring Azure

Maryann Farrell

Backyard marlton
Burlington County, NJ

I’m not sure what this butterfly was doing, but it seemed to be, possibly,••• drinking water from the wet dog toy?

[An interesting photo! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Too muggy to spend much time in the yard today.

[Another FOY for 2019 found by Dolores in her garden: salt marsh skipper. Nice! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Salt Marsh Skipper

Beth Polvino

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

First Spicebush Swallowtail cat of the year. I thought I saw a Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly laying eggs last week but never could get a good look at it. The leaf in photo is from the larger of my two spicebush plants.

[Intriguing shot! I don't remember anyone documenting this first (?) instar of spicebush cat on our log. Anyone else out there with a similar shot? Looks very different from the better known, later instars. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 6
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

During guided bird walk, 9:00-11am

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 40
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 2

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Brian Johnson

Beaver Swamp WMA
Cape May County, NJ

I walked the powerline cut from Rt 83 down to where you can see the golf course. Good variety of blooming plants but the Blackberry was by far the most popular plant.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Spring Azure 7
  • American Lady 9
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Appalachian Brown 12
  • Little Wood-Satyr 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Southern Cloudywing 6
  • Northern Cloudywing 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 15
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Sachem 3

Chip Krilowicz

Cooper River Park
Camden County, NJ

Overcast warm

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Least Skipper 1

American Snout

Steven Glynn

Buckshutem & Cedarville Road area
Cumberland County, NJ

My favorite patch is alive again with plenty of blooming milkweed and renewed colonies flying.

[Steve's good list includes only our second reports of painted lady and European skipper – although both species are being regularly found in North Jersey. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 17
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Southern Cloudywing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • European Skipper 8
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Crossline Skipper 2

Crossline Skipper

Southern Cloudywings

Painted Lady

European Skipper

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA- Shaw's Mill Pond access
Cumberland County, NJ

[This is our first report of hackberry emperor in 2019. Nice find! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady Common
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 3

Spicebush Swallowtails

Hackberry Emperor

Robert C. Koch

Lumberton Leas on Creek Rd. Lumberton, NJ
Burlington County, NJ

Flying around at the edge of the South Branch of the Rancocas Creek.

  • Question Mark 1

Question Mark

Tom Bailey

Laurel Run Park, Delran Township
Burlington County, NJ

Walked the loop trail from 1:15 to 2 pm.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Question Mark 1

Brian Johnson

Natural Lands Preserve at North Burden Hill Road
Salem County, NJ

The Milkweed is responding well to the cutting. The A. Browns are having a really good first brood. That is the second highest count ever for me. The bug of the day was definitely the Tulip-tree Silkmoth.

[Brian cut this property by himself last winter. Looks like it has become a first-class butterfly spot. His great spangled frit is our FOY for 2019, one day later than our earliest ever: 6-7-16. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Appalachian Brown 48
  • Little Wood-Satyr 34
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Little Glassywing 3
  • Sachem 2
  • Dun Skipper 4

Tulip Tree Silkmoth

Great Spangled Fritillary

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Was going to check here for Satyrium Hairstreaks yesterday, but opted for a trip up to North Jersey instead. Coral Hairstreaks made a strong initial showing here today. Oddly only one nectared on Common Milkweed. The only patch of Asclepias tuberosa looks a little pale, possibly too much water this spring. The spring moisture has caused an abundance of nectar otherwise. Sand Blackberry, Orange dwarf dandelion, Toadflax, & Common Milkweed all adding color & nectar to the landscape here. Lastly I finally found American Copper here this season. Always a common bug here in season, but scarce so far this year. Obs. made from 1:20 till 3:20 p.m. Mostly Cloudy 78-81 but with strong filtered sun. A pair of Hackberry Emperors engaged in a dog fight were upstaged by a very active squadron of Snouts. quite entertaining.

[Very impressive list – including our first coral hairstreaks of 2019 and our third report of hackberry emperors. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 10
  • Cabbage White 70
  • American Copper 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 8
  • American Snout 7
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 13
  • American Lady 9
  • Red Admiral 16
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 11
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 6
  • Dun Skipper 2

Little Glassywing

Hackberry Emperor

Eastern Comma

Coral Hairstreak