July 2019 Sightings

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Best day in the back yard this season! Nothing outstanding.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods side only
2:00-3:00pm
Also had a luna moth caterpillar and a catalpa sphinx moth caterpillar.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Little Glassywing 1

Little Glassywing

Viceroy

Common Buckeye

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge trail
Gloucester County, NJ

4:40-6:30 pm. Hot. Action picking up here. black ST cat in the garden on fennel. I think this was the most azures I've seen here – all fresh and puddling on the road. Tulip tree beauty moth in the woods.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 6
  • Red Admiral 9
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Viceroy 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1

Tulip Tree Beauty

Beth Polvino

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

Shocked to have a Fiery Skipper here while gardening.
Good looks but no photo's. Ran for the camera inside but didn't refind and went back to gardening. It's amazing how many Red Admirals are here. All look fresh and are all sizes. Variegated Fritillary laying eggs on pansies and 2 tiny cats found. Cloudless Sulphur laying eggs on Partridge Pea.

[Good find: our first fiery report of 2019. Also as Beth suggests, red admirals seem to be making another push north into southern NJ. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 7
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 17
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 2
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Variegated Fritillary

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Buttonbush, Liatris, Pickerelweed, and others all flowering.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 50
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 15
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Rare Skipper 5
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 30

Christine Poole

My backyard, Audubon
Camden County, NJ

I'm new here. Could this be a bush-footed red-spotted Purple?

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

  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Red-spotted Purple

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

Interesting to find 1 harvester on the mud and another on a log. No sign of wooly aphids anywhere yet. This species was not recorded at Amico Island before.

[Very cool find! That gives BUR its 5th site for this species – tying CAM for most in our South Jersey County records. GLO has 1 (Chestnut Branch) and CUM 1 (Menantico). Our four other counties have been Harvester-less during our log's history. Harvester seems restricted to our Inner Coastal Plain, perhaps because of beech distribution? jc]

[Update from Jen B:

"Some 'historical' sightings of harvesters in Burlington County Parks that pre-date my involvement with the butterfly sightings log. One individual seen in each instance.

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton:
August 10, 2010, 10:30am
June 21, 2011, 11:00am
August 6, 2013, 1:30pm
July 25, 2014, 3:00pm
August 5 & 8, 2015, 10:30am
June 20, 2016, 1:00pm

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
May 21, 2013, 11:30am

Rancocas State Park, Hainesport
May 30, 2013, 9:30am"]

[Thank you, JB! These show that BUR looks the place to go in search of harvesters in South Jersey. The Rancocas report expands the County's sites to 6. And the many reports from Historic Smithville Park suggest that this is an especially good spot for the species. jc]

  • Cabbage White 20
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Harvester 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Harvester

Red Admiral

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Red Admirals wandered into my garden today, all fresh.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • American Snout 2
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Red Admirals

David L. Amadio

TNC's Eldora Nature Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Always a pleasure to visit this active garden. Echinacea, Helianthus, & Wild Bergamot the main sources of nectar. Obs. made between 11:20 & 12:20. Sunny and hot. I stopped here again on my way home at around 4: 30 and while it was still hot and very active no Rare Skippers to be found. They must retire early?

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Rare Skipper 15
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 57

Horace's Duskywings

Rare Skipper

Rare Skipper

David L. Amadio

Port Norris, Strawberry Ave.
Cumberland County, NJ

Obs. made around 5:20. Still mostly sunny and 88 degrees. Breeze kept biting insects tolerable.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

James Dowdell

My yard,Villas
Cape May County, NJ

a few additional species added in the afternoon.

[Our second fiery for two days, both in CMY. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

The whole trail loop covering both Smith's Woods and historic Smithville side, from 9:20-11:30.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 18
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1

Viceroy

David L. Amadio

Hesstown Rd. Powerline
Cumberland County, NJ

Obs. made from 9:25 till almost 11. Sunny,hot,&humid. Most of the action here today was in the open fields with Thistles.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 6
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 7
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 13

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

James Dowdell

My yard,Villas
Cape May County, NJ

[Sleepy orange in CMY again – at JD's garden anyway. Probably now breeding in the county. jc]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 6
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 12
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Common Buckeye

Red Admiral

Sleepy Orange

David L. Amadio

Goshen Gardens,RT47 Just South of CMBO
Cape May County, NJ

Finally stopped here after passing it by many times on previous trips. They were closed but the owner graciously gave me a tour of the gardens, nursery, & large property. Great selection of Perennials, Trees, & shrubs. Also just alive with Butterflies!!. Did not count or take pictures, but did take note that there were at least 7 Variegated Fritillaries. I am just reporting one for most species observed with a couple of exceptions.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak c
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady c
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper a

David L. Amadio

Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor Blvd.
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped here just after 3:30. Salt Marsh Skippers & Snouts drawn in by Mountain Mint.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Salt Marsh Skipper

`David L. Amadio

CMBO-CRE Gardens
Cape May County, NJ

A nice variety of butterflies here this afternoon from 12:45 till 1:45. Waited a what seemed like a long time for one of two Pipevine Swallowtails to settle down and land. A female finally got down to business depositing eggs on Dutchman's Pipe.

[This is only our second report of pipevines in 2019 and our first photo. jc]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 9
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 56

Pipevine Swallowtail

David L. Amadio

Red Bank Battlefield, National Park
Gloucester County, NJ

Very nice improvements made to the "colonial garden" in front of the Ann Whithall house. Tithonia, Agastache, eupatorium, as well as various herbs. Red Admirals were topping the Purple Coneflowers, with several seeking out the shade of a nearby Red Cedar

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 21
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 8
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Red admiral, just emerged from chrysalis, expanded and dried wings for nearly an hour, hanging from stinging nettle leaf. Several cats mostly hidden in same plant.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 40
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 4
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 18
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 10
  • Broad-winged Skipper 30

Red Admiral cat

Red Admiral

Peck's Skipper

Brian Johnson

Pickle factory pond Eldora
Cumberland County, NJ

Scouting for next weeks CMBO walk. The Rare Skippers were on Buttonbush and Pickerelweed.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Rare Skipper 19
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 11

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge garden and path outside
Gloucester County, NJ

Threatening skies and thunder kept me in the garden and nearby field. 4-5 pm. 3 red admirals in the parking lot and one in the garden

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 6
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Red Admiral

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

A brief half hour from 1:45. Very hot & oppressive. Only checked out the butterfly garden and adjacent fields. Pathway was being mowed leaving it pretty much void of clover. Fresh Viceroy was nice to see in the garden.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Viceroy

Jackie Parker

TNC - Garrett Family Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Fields have tons of bergamot and common milkweed.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 16
  • American Snout 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 15
  • American Lady 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Monarch 5
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail & Community center
Gloucester County, NJ

Mostly cloudy and hot while here from 2:25 till 3:05. Great right now if you happen to like Cabbage Whites. E.Tigers were both imbibing mimosa nectar.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 50
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Sachem 1

Brian Johnson

Tuckahoe WMA
Cape May County, NJ

The best spot was the South end of the middle impoundment. Lots of knapweed blooming. Thought I was going to miss Rare Skipper until I saw two clumps of Swamp Milkweed at the far north end.

[Our third fiery in three days. Be on the lookout, everyone! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 9
  • Pearl Crescent 13
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Rare Skipper 5
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 9

Fiery Skipper

Maryann Farrell

My side yard waldorf rd. marlton
Burlington County, NJ

It’s finally picking up here in Marlton! Although I haven’t witnessed one monarch sadly. By now I usually have several monarch caterpillars. I noticed that Claire Campbell in Marlton has few sightings as well. Maybe it’s our area and they’ll start showing up in higher numbers soon. I’m worried, because everyone has worked so hard to attract them with lots of milkweed and flower gardens across the country and now the numbers seem smaller at least in New Jersey. I’ll be positive and say there’s still lots of warm/hot days left for them to lay eggs.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Painted Lady 3

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Fresh male & female Horace's today. Monarch laying eggs on C.Milkweed.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

7:10 am to 1 pm. Hot & humid.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White c
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 8
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 44
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Viceroy 5
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 7
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 14
  • Dun Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Paint stripping a chair, so taking breaks and walking around the garden. 7 black ST cats, 5 monarch cats, one WI duskywing cat.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

wild indigo caterpillar