June 2019 Sightings

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

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

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while doing work in the park - 7:45 to 11:15 am. Hackberry Emperor on a rotting carcass.

[We had two reports of hackberry emperor today (in GLO and BUR) following our FOY in CUM yesterday. Nice! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral c
  • Viceroy 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1

Hackberry Emperor

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings during late morning and early afternoon while birding.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral c
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 6

Tom Bailey

Medford F&WMA
Burlington County, NJ

2:30 to 4:15 pm.

[Tom's report gives us a 2nd great spangled for 2019. jc]

  • Cabbage White 13
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Swallowtail sp. 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 11
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 11
  • Least Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Another visit to see what would turn up on this windy afternoon. Obs. made from 3 till 5:20. With the wind many individuals were missed today, mostly medium sized nymphalids. Diminished activity around the Hackberry trees compared to yesterday.Watched a pair of Coral Hairstreaks attempt to mate, but gusts of wind hampered their efforts. At least one Hairstreak got away from me while chasing the Painted Lady. My brief impression was a Banded Hairstreak. Even with the wind, Deer flies a nuisance.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White 55
  • American Copper 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • American Snout 2
  • Anglewing sp. 5
  • Question Mark 4
  • Eastern Comma 20
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 27
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 8
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 11
  • Dun Skipper 3

Eastern Comma

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreaks

Brian Johnson

Tom's field road Bellplain state forest
Cape May County, NJ

Walking back to the car after birding I spotted this beautiful Oak Hairstreak! My camera was home and the phone was in the car. Luckily it was still on the ground after almost running back to the car. Lifer! It was half way between Sunset road and the trail.

[A very significant find! This is our first oak hairstreak on our SJ log in five years! The last report we had was on 6-20-2014 when Jim Dowdell photo'd one at night while mothing. And the last report on North Jersey's log was also five years ago – 7-11-2014 in Sussex Co. Super discovery, Brian! jc]

  • Oak Hairstreak 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1

Oak Hairstreak

oak hairstreak

Jack Miller

Stockton University
Atlantic County, NJ

Incidental observations made while on private tour of the amazing vegetable garden at the University.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • European Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Jennifer Bulava & Pat Sutton

Hunters Mill Bog, Peaslee WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

No luck for bog coppers, but great dragonfly diversity!

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 3

Least Skipper

Appalachian Brown

Jennifer Bulava

Pat Sutton's backyard, CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Finally, my first snout!! Lucky enough to see a chrysalis as well as the adult.
Also juniper hairstreak caterpillar hiding on red cedar.

  • Juniper Hairstreak 0
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

American Snout

American Snout

Juniper Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

Buckshutem & Cedarville Road area
Cumberland County, NJ

Wanted to check on the Coral Hairstreak colony here, but the weather was too spotty and the fields were heavy with moisture from last night's rain. Only walked the access road and the abundant milkweed along the edges, which was still quite productive. Most notable today was the Northern Cloudywing, which seems to have become a tough regional butterfly now.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • American Lady 6
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Northern Cloudywing

Jennifer Bulava, Pat & Clay Sutton

Dennisville RR Tracks, Dennis Twp
Cape May County, NJ

10:00am-12:00pm
Fantastic spot for dragonflies. Three common buckeye adults and one caterpillar.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6

Common Buckeye

Question Mark

Jennifer Bulava & Pat Sutton

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve, CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

2:40-4:30pm
Abundant dragonflies, but lack of butterflies.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Jennifer Bulava & Pat Sutton

Goshen Landing Road, Middle Twp
Cape May County, NJ

1:30-2:20pm
Too windy for most butterflies. Lots of seaside dragonlets.

  • Aaron's Skipper 1

seaside dragonlet

Aaron's Skipper

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Snout "tasting" young leaves from a hackberry seedling and another using common milkweed. Silver spotted skippers on catmint flowers.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Observations made while doing yard work. I don't like moments like this and hesitated to include it, but I had a brief look as I came around a corner at a large dark sk that I believe was a Brazilian sk at one of my canna plants (interestingly, the same canna that had Brazilian cats last year). I will be watching for cats.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Robert C. Koch

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

E. Comma on woodland trail. Common Buckeye and Monarch in meadow.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Spring Azure 4
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 1

Eastern Comma

Monarch

Common Buckeye

Brian Johnson

Wharton state forest
Burlington County, NJ

Another spot that I found in August last year. This one is little easier to get to but still a fairly long walk.

[Very good news to have GA satyrs in numbers again. Also here are our first bog coppers of 2019. jc]

  • Bog Copper 16
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Georgia Satyr 24

Bog Copper

Brian Johnson

Wharton state forest
Atlantic County, NJ

This is a spot that I found in August last year. Very long walk to get to the Savannah. About 6 or 7 mile round trip. I was probably a few days early for the maximum numbers.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Georgia Satyr 8
  • Swarthy Skipper 1

Georgia Satyr

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:25 to 5:10 p.m. 70-73 degrees with 23-28 mph W-WNW winds & partly sunny skies. A surprising number of butterflies despite the wind. Common Milkweed attracting most of the Hairstreaks. Couldn't buy a Q-Mark here today, but Commas were everywhere. Broad-winged Skippers & NBD's now flying here. Observed a couple of 3rd instar Monarch cats.

[This is our first report of northern broken-dash and the broad-winged report ties Brian J's for first of 2019. Good finds, Dave! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White 39
  • American Copper 3
  • Coral Hairstreak 15
  • Banded Hairstreak 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 25
  • American Lady 10
  • Red Admiral 18
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 28
  • Zabulon Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Little Glassywing 21
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6
  • Dun Skipper 3

Broad-winged Skipper

Northern Broken-Dash

Red Admiral

Banded Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

Hesstown Powerline
Cumberland County, NJ

Very windy conditions made it tough, but still productive.

[Our first Edwards in 2019 – and on a new earliest-ever date by one day (previously twice on June 15 in 2010 and 2011). Good find, Steve!] jc

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 11
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Edwards' Hairstreak

Brian Johnson

Eagle trail at the Glades preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

I checked out the field that I cleared a few years ago. The breeze and Seaside Dragonlet swarm made the walk a pleasure. The biting flies didn't stand a chance. Lots of Milkweed but it looks really bad. I think it's because of too much rain. The patch on the berm at the end of the trail looks great.

[The 12 broad-winged skippers are our first of 2019. Good to have. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 29
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 12

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A brief visit from a Hackberry Emperor this morning on bananas. Very windy today limiting activity in the garden. Watched a Snout hanging onto a bamboo stake in the wind.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

American Snout

Robert C. Koch

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

Woodland trails and meadow.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Little Wood-Satyr

Zabulon Skipper

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

I had Oak Hairstreak in my yard in June 2012 and possibly once or twice since. Is this species somewhat more common than is thought, but stays in the canopy most of the time?

[Our second oak hairstreak this week, after none in five years. Is CA right about one reason for its scarcity? jc]

  • Oak Hairstreak 1

Oak Hairstreak

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve, Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

2:45 to 5:00 pm. Very windy.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Bog Copper 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Buckshutem & Cedarville Road area
Cumberland County, NJ

Coral Hairstreak colony has emerged. Late afternoon visit.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Coral Hairstreak 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 18
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 11
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • European Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Coral Hairstreak

Jim Springer

Colliiers Mills WMA
Ocean County, NJ

1:15pm-4:30pm, mostly sunny, brieezy, 80˚F
Pine Barrens Sandwort covers more area than I've seen in the past 15 years.
Unfortunately, I couldn't get a photo of the only Dotted Skipper I could find..

[Our first striped hairstreak and first dotted skipper of 2019. Thank you for checking out this spot, Jim!]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 23
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Dotted Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Striped Hairstreak

American Copper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Broad-winged took off before I could snap a picture.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Swarthy Skipper

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak