June 2019 Sightings

Tom Bailey

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

7 am to 3:30 pm.

  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • American Snout 4
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 8
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 18
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5
  • Dun Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Snouts continue. 2 Monarch chrysalises.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Lakehurst RR & Klots Bog
Ocean County, NJ

Obs. made from 9:20 till 12:50, 72-78 degrees ,sunny & 8-12 mph winds. The Bog continues to progress into a White Cedar swamp. Only able to find a single Bog Copper today. The only butterfly that I observed in the bog. The RR tracks were much more productive with Striped Hairstreaks putting on quite a show. Among the handful of Mulberry wings was one "suffuse" form individual. Photographed two Mulberry wing variations for comparison.

[Thanks to Dave for the detailed report from this long-famous butterfly spot – with its changing habitat. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 1
  • Bog Copper 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 3
  • Striped Hairstreak 11
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 11
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 4
  • Mulberry Wing 8
  • Dun Skipper 2

Common Wood-Nymph

Bog Copper

Mulberry Wing

Mulberry Wing "suffuse form"

Striped Hairstreaks

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Also one third-instar monarch cat.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 4
  • American Lady 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Ahmet Baytas & Jim Springer

Lakehurst and main RR tracks
Ocean County, NJ

8:40-10:00 am, sunny, Also had a distant Dave Amadio sighting. He was working his way down the curved side tracks as we were coming back from the straight main tracks. Confirmed by seeing butterfly symbols on back of his car in the parking lot.

It is interesting to compare the lists of what we saw and what he saw from the same general site but with different timing and different paths taken working the site. We had a total of 20 species of including 5 species that he didn't see: Monarch, Northern Cloudywing, Common Sootywing, Northern Broken-Dash and Sachem. He saw a total of 21 species (excluding the Bog Copper which we recorded separately) including 6 species that we didn't see: American Copper, Gray Hairstreak, Red-spotted Purple, Common Wood-Nymph, Little Glassywing, and Dun Skipper.

I'm thinking that most of the differences are accounted for by the specific areas covered. For instance, we didn't look at the curved railroad tracks at all and the 4 skippers we saw that Dave didn't were in a healthy Spotted Knapweed patch near Union/Brown Ave and the post office. I'm willing to bet that Dave wasn't there because one or more of the skippers would surely have been around when he was on site.

[Very interesting contrast. Demonstrates how difficult (impossible?) it can be for one or two observers to make a definitive count of an area. Also shows how "micro-habitat" differences (e.g. one stand of knapweed) can be more significant than they might seem. Thank you for the careful comparison. jc]

[Dave Amadio responds: Jim’s comments are accurate. I did not check out the knapweed patch. I was zoned in on finding Striped Hairstreaks. I saw a couple of guys working the tracks when I started out but did not take the time to see if they were anyone that I knew. Had I known it was Jim, I would have enjoyed connecting & comparing notes. I made it to Collier’s Mills just as the dog group was finishing up. I ran into them one other year at the Dotted Skipper spot. Appears to be a lean year for the hard to find skipper despite ample nectar. Also of note: I found only one Striped Hairstreak along the curved tracks, and the other 10 along the main RR line. Seven of them were in that vulnerable Milkweed patch west of the path to the bog. I am sure you folks have noticed this in your years of butterfly experience but I am always fascinated by the Striped Hairstreak’s liking the “big stage” of the large Catalpa leaves to patrol from. I always check these leaves first, especially near running water.

Sad that both Georgia Satyr & Two-spotted skipper are likely gone from this historic bog. I last saw Two-spotted here in 2010 & Georgia Satyr in 2013." D.A.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Coral Hairstreak 3
  • Striped Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Appalachian Brown 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Mulberry Wing 3

Common Sootywing

Striped Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Away from home most of the day, but photographed with fill flash a Red Admiral early this evening to highlight its brilliant scaling. With such a common species the details often go unnoticed by many when just checking off bugs for the day. Look closely!! and be dazzled.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern Comma

Ahmet Baytas & Jim Springer

Galloway Twp
Atlantic County, NJ

1:00pm-2:15pm, sunny

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Ahmet Baytas & Jim Springer

Klots Bog, Manchester Twp, near Lakehurst
Ocean County, NJ

10:00am-10:30am, sunny.

Lots of water in the bog, cedars are crowding out a much of the grass formerly there. In a way it's amazing that the site has survived so long without active management.

  • Bog Copper 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

80, sunny; 0bservations made throughout the day. I thought I saw a Rare sk here yesterday, but wasn't sure. Today they exploded. Horace's was brand new.

[These are our first rare skippers reported in 2019. Very nice to add. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 5
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 9
  • Broad-winged Skipper 8
  • Dun Skipper 2

Variegated Fritillary

Rare Skipper

Ahmrt Baytas & Jim Springer

Hesstown powerline
Cumberland County, NJ

3:00-4:30pm, sunny

[This is just our third report of Edwards' so far in 2019. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 3
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 8

Edwards' Hairstreak

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

A splendid afternoon in the garden.

[Yes – and more evidence that we are having a splendid butterfly year so far as well! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Painted Lady

Rare Skipper

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

last two days casual sightings identical. Intense perfume here from milkweed and lavender. On any day an Azure will fly up from the damp, wooded edge. Had Black
Swallowtail cat on fennel last week.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Some nice action here in the garden. Probably under counted Snouts as they continue to whirl about the Hackberry trees.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:15 till 4:40. Low 80's and sunny.Visited again today to see how this place faired after last week's deluge. Partial flooding on trail and into one field. Surprising to see so few anglewings or ladies compared to nine days ago. Perhaps they are poor swimmers. A very nice and fresh Eastern Tiger female was a pleasant sight as they have been scarce of late. Also Coppers continue to be unusually scarce here. Some of the Coral Hairstreaks are quite fresh, but most are now showing their age.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 4
  • American Copper 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 13
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • American Snout 2
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 10
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 27
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 27
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7
  • Dun Skipper 2

Banded Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Red-spotted Purple

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard, Mullica Twp
Atlantic County, NJ

Our common milkweed patch is filled with pollinators, especially bee species. Had one monarch cat and 1 monarch adult.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1

Therese Hurter

Butterfly garden, CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

While weeding, I spotted what I believe to be a Monarch chrysalis hanging from the arbor. I couldn't find any other caterpillars and none of my host plants showed signs of being eaten. Its a mystery!

[Cool shot, nice find, and the correct ID. jc]

  • Monarch 0

Monarch chrysalis

Chris Herz

Friend's Mt. Ephraim garden
Camden County, NJ

WI Duskywing cat on Baptisia (blue false indigo)

  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 0

Wild Indigo Duskywing caterpillar

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Took a brief walk at lunchtime behind the neighboring properties here to check out some Milkweed & Dogbane.
The Common Milkweed is past its prime here after last week's drenching storms. Was able to find one well worn Banded Hairstreak.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator trail, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Mid 80 degrees, 4:45-6:30.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 9
  • Monarch 4
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

About 86 degrees, partly cloudy.

  • Cabbage White 14
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Question Mark

Eastern Comma

Brenda Bruton

Amico Island Park
Burlington County, NJ

On my way to look for damselflies, encountered the snout a few yards from parking lot - a first sighting for me! Snout stayed in area for at least 25 minutes.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Least Skipper

American Snout

Dave & Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Not much flying when I arrived home from work, but Pat found our first Monarch of the year showing some interest in a planting of Asclepias tuberosa.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Monarch 1

Brian Johnson

Tuckahoe river west of Head of the river cemetery
Atlantic County, NJ

Walked a long section of the river today. That was by far the most Mulberry wings that I have ever seen. There was one bug that looked good for a Black Dash. Unfortunately, by the time I got the camera up it disappeared in the grass. I almost put it on the list but wasn't 100% sure. I will probably try again this weekend.

[We have had only two reports of black dash in our eleven years of logging and they came in our first two years: 7-29-08 at Belleplain and 6-27-09 at Head of River. Neither was photographed (as far as I know). It is considered uncommon and local in North Jersey. Observers who are exploring wet areas in South Jersey over the next month or so might want to review their field guides. It is not an easy ID and could easily be overlooked. Brian or anyone else who finds it will have made a very significant discovery imho! jc)

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 24
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Mulberry Wing 211

'Summer' Spring Azure

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

3:30-4:10pm

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 16
  • Sulphur sp. 4
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 7

Will Kerling

Wetlands Institute
Cape May County, NJ

The American Snouts attending Yarrow and Common Milkweed flowers was a pleasant surprise. Also, Red Admirals were dispersing through - East to West.

[Very nice to have reports from an observer who has been reporting to the log since our very first year. Thank you, Will! jc]

  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 15
  • Monarch 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 8

American Lady

Joanne Taylor

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

I saw a leaf flutter, then realized it was a butterfly. Shot picture and when I looked at it, I never saw such a snout! Low and behold it's a Snout butterfly.

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

  • American Snout 1

Sandra Keller

Barneget area - the State Park and the town at the north
Ocean County, NJ

Terry Lodge and I exploring. Sunny, light SE winds, 88 degrees or so.

  • Cabbage White 10
  • American Copper 4
  • American Snout 5
  • Lady sp. 2
  • Red Admiral 30

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A beautiful garden around a dental office is attracting butterflies from various habitats including the salt marsh ecosystem towards the coast.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Salt Marsh Skipper

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA- Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Very hot, late afternoon visit. Green-head flies and deer flies are unbearable. Couldn't get out of the car. Sighting is based on confirmation of flying butterflies seen.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • Sleepy Orange 6
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1