July 2019 Sightings

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

1:00-2:00pm

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 2

Sachem

Question Mark

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

While home-bound with jobs, I took three 15 minute strolls through the yard at 12, 3 and 6. On one walk I tried to count sachems and broadwings, but had to stop at 100 for broadwings and 80 for sachems (there were more of each but their constant relocating made counting impossible). High counts are not day totals, but rather the numbers from a single stroll. I was surprised to find the fiery in the cloud of sk's and could not get a photo of it by itself. If you look closely you can see 6 sk's in the photo.

[This is our northernmost report of fiery this year – all from CMY so far. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 6
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Rare Skipper 30
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 80
  • Broad-winged Skipper 100
  • Dun Skipper 3

Fiery Skipper plus

Karen&Brian Johnson

My yard
Cape May County, NJ

Saw the Black Tiger Swallowtail through the window and went out for a picture. Took a quick walk around the rest of the yard after that. Karen saw the Rare Skipper in the morning. The Skipper lives up to its name in our yard.

[Both forms of tiger in one shot – very cool! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Painted Lady

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails

Sam Galick

NJ Audubon Center for Research and Education
Cape May County, NJ

Attracted to a mercury vapor lamp while attracting moths at night.

[Interesting! There have been other reports of hairstreaks being attracted to night-lights in our log's history. -jm]

  • Striped Hairstreak 1

Striped Hairstreak

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Pipevine swallowtail, perhaps the same individual as two days ago, now very worn. Today tapping leaves constantly, tasting them, but did not lay eggs (as we watched, at least) though she returned to the vines again and again for more than an hour. She rested only on other plants' leaves, briefly; mostly, just flapping, tapping, flapping on the Dutchman's pipe's leaves.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 30
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 6
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 40
  • Broad-winged Skipper 24

Pipevine Swallowtail

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

10-11:30am

[Only our second Appalachian brown in BUR this year – following Tom Bailey's on 67/8/19. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Steven Glynn

Along Greenwich Road @Wheaton Run
Cumberland County, NJ

This area is normally mowed, but when left alone the dogbane and other nectar sources abound. This is the third time I've found Bronze Copper here (when the area is left unmowed). Surprised though not to find Rare Skippers, as this has been an excellent location for them previously.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Bronze Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 14

Bronze Copper

Robert C. Koch

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

The Peck's was in a flowerbed at the side of one of the residences at Lumberton Leas. All others from the meadow.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Variegated Fritillary

Peck's Skipper

Maryann Farrell

Side garden Waldorf + Harwood rd. Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

I have monarch eggs! I counted about 11, possibly more. It’s hard looking when I have about 40-50 bumble bees hovering on the Echinacea tied in with the milkweed. I know they don’t sting, but they do get annoyed easily. According to my butterfly journal. The monarch eggs are approximately 2 weeks late. I did not plant tropical milkweed this year and I’m afraid I made a mistake with all native milkweed for the monarchs sake. I’m trying to stay with native only plants, but maybe I should get a few tropical milkweed since the benefit outweighs the problem. The monarchs seem to favor the tropical MW over the native. I had a female black swallowtail touch down for a few minutes, but she lost Interest fast.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Monarch 1

Monarch eggs

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Teresa Knipper

Pickle Factory Pond, Papermill Road
Cape May County, NJ

This area was packed with butterflies today -the rare skippers were a real treat and the buttonbush is at its peak. Saw many butterflies while paddle boarding on the lake and then walked down the road to catch a glimpse of more. Since I forgot my camera, my binoculars, and was just wearing a bathing suit most of the time I felt it was a pretty good list!

[Agreed! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 10
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 9
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Rare Skipper 27
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 24
  • Broad-winged Skipper 32

Aaron's Skipper

Spicebush Swallowtail

Rare Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Walking on street looking into the garden. Monarch yesterday and today. Cabbage whites always here.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Monarch 1

Brian Johnson

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

Took a short walk up the river on my way home from work.

[Nice walk! Our first dions of 2019. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Mulberry Wing 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dion Skipper 12
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dion Skipper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

I will not repeat list I reported on 7/9 as that whole gang is still present. A late afternoon stroll revealed 24 species and about 300 butterflies including a female Fiery.

[This is our first female fiery skipper of 2019. jc]

  • Fiery Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

I thought I would demonstrate how I am involved in the proliferation of Cabbage Whites.

  • Cabbage White 8

Cabbage Whites

Kale eaten by cabbage white cats

Cabbage White cats

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield
Burlington County, NJ

10:48am-12:25pm

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Least Skipper 1

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 75

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

incidental sighting at 4:30pm
first painted lady I have seen this year in Burlington County, on Rose of Sharon by the parking lot

  • Painted Lady 1

Brian Johnson

Paterson private garden and Natural lands preserve next to it.
Salem County, NJ

Trail maintenance day. Most of the Butterflies were in the private garden. I didn't spend enough time in the garden to get a accurate numbers count. The Sleepy Orange came out of the garden and circled me on its way down the trail.

[This is only our 4th record of sleepy orange in SAL in our 11+ years of the log. Previously: one in 2009 and two in 2017. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3
  • Sachem 10
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5
  • Dun Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Was home most of the day. A break out day for this garden. Highest species count this year. In addition to at least one adult Monarch, a 1st instar cat found on Common Milkweed. Nice to finally see some folded wing skipper action here.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Black Swallowtail

David L. Amadio

Mannington Area
Salem County, NJ

Obs. 12:40 to 1:45 Sunny & temps in the high 80's. Mainly walking the roadsides here. Extensive mowing since last week. Always a let down to see such great roadside nectar wiped out. Some white clover escaped the mower's blades and was the primary nectar source. There were several roads with abundant Red Clover that I passed up for the sake of time. Bronze Coppers showed considerable scale wear. Rare skipper found on Pickerelweed in a location that I have never found them before.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 8
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Bronze Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 20
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 28
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 53

David L. Amadio

Alloway municipal garden
Salem County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:45 till 3:35. Hard to walk away from this small but very active and beautiful garden. The large drift of Mountain mint drew in all of the Buckeyes as well as all three Hairstreak sp. Enjoyed a "cloud" of 6 Clouded Sulphurs swirling around the garden before settling down to resume nectaring. Peck's & Sachems no doubt under counted here as they were simply everywhere. Two mated pairs of Peck's observed.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 6
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 42
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 71

Painted Lady

White M Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Peck's Skippers

David L. Amadio

Thundergut WMA
Salem County, NJ

A brief stop at this location that lies between the Alloway municipal garden & Marilyn Patterson's garden. I maybe incorrect in my reporting this as part of Thundergut. Brian Johnson would be able to correctly locate this site. Nice amounts of Swamp Milkweed in bloom.

  • Juniper Hairstreak 3
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 5
  • Least Skipper 13
  • Peck's Skipper 7

David L. Amadio

Supawna Meadows NWR
Salem County, NJ

Obs. made from 4:15 till 5:20 and include the NWR HQ garden. Found some nice Common Milkweed still blooming here at the refuge. A very nice showing for Monarchs for this time of the season. 33 species this afternoon in Salem County including 2 Common Wood-Nymphs that I may have failed to report from Thundergut WMA.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 29
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Common Buckeye 24
  • Monarch 16
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 9
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Tom Bailey

Barkers Brook Conservation Area - Springfield Township
Burlington County, NJ

7 to 10:45 am. Special permission to enter this area for a birding census. I also tallied butterflies seen.

[This is our high count for monarchs so far in 2019. Nice to see! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 11
  • Orange Sulphur 11
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 13
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 31
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

A high species count for this garden. Tiger ST in and out of the garden in the am, but not sure if more than one. Snout, Buckeye on Mt. Mint; ETB on blue mist flower. ETB and Pecks new.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Salem City area
Salem County, NJ

Obs. 1:55 till 2:30 Still sunny and near 90.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

Salem WMA Rt540
Salem County, NJ

Obs. 12:15 to 12:30 Sunny and 83 degrees.

[The common checkered is only the second reported so far this year – both by Dave in SAL County. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Sachem 75
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1