July 2019 Sightings

Beth Polvino

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

Temp's around 70 in AM with PM intermittent showers and clouds. Observation mid morning when still just cloudy. Easily saw 5 species caterpillars. Found several American Snout chrysalis on a hackberry sapling given to me by Pat Sutton last fall. They are very small perhaps 1/4" long and 1/8" to slightly wider. Several Cloudless Sulphur chrysalis on Partridge Pea. It's a good year here for both AS and CS.

[Cool finds of the chrysalises! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Snout 0
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2

American Snout chrysalis

Cloudless Sulphur chrysalis

Jennifer Bulava

Newton's Landing Trail, Delanco
Burlington County, NJ

1:45-3:00pm

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5

Jennifer Bulava

Pennington Park, Delanco Twp
Burlington County, NJ

Around 1:30pm, yellow trail only

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 1

James Dowdell

My yard,Villas
Cape May County, NJ

observations made from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • American Snout 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 6
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 12
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Sachem 10
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Sandra Keller & Chris Herz

Davies Sports Complex, Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

Part of Area 5 of Cape May Butterfly Count. 3:30-4:30 pm only part of the trail. Black ST laying eggs on Queen anne's lace.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 10
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 13
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 6
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Steven Glynn

Area 4 of the Cape May NABA Count
Cape May County, NJ

Outstanding day to be out and counting. Big numbers in my territory and exceptional numbers of Dion Skippers and Hayhurst's Scallopwings.

The Hayhurst's were once again coming into the Yellow Leafcup in bloom along a small stretch of Kimball's Beach Road, as was the case last year.

The Dion Skipper colony in the powerline area along Hand Avenue has exceptional numbers on either the north or south areas. The Sweet Pepperbush is in bloom and is drawing them and everything else into nectar, but the heavy sedge is thick and loaded with Dion's.

[Those dions must be a sight! I don't recall another triple digit count of that species and scrolling back a couple of years found the highest recent count as 60 on 7/22/17 at CMY NWR.

This report also gives us our first Hayhurst's of 2019. For the second year in a row we had no reports for the spring brood in May/June. We had one or more spring reports each year previous to 2018. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 13
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 24
  • Cabbage White 37
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 12
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 16
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 6
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 59
  • Red-spotted Purple 8
  • Common Wood-Nymph 7
  • Monarch 13
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 33
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 26
  • Horace's Duskywing 15
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 6
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 23
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 9
  • Sachem 5
  • Delaware Skipper 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 95
  • Dion Skipper 131

Dion Skippers

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

10am-12

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 11

Jennifer Bulava

Barker's Brook natural resource area, Springfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

Restricted area, not open to public access.
Well over 100 pearl crescents, the most I have ever seen in a small concentrated area. Other butterflies listed are incidental sightings and not part of a full survey.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Pearl Crescent 100+
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4

Pearl Crescents

Pearl Crescents

Sandra Keller & Chris Herz

Crest Haven Mun. Complex, Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

Area 5, Cape May Butterfly Count, field behind Veterans cemetery. Dogbane and Canada thistle main nectar sources. We probably under counted the Buckeyes and Broad-winged skippers.

[Good to see another report of Hayhurst's (in different spot) and all those double-digit counts. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 16
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 8
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 78
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 15
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 34
  • Least Skipper 60
  • Sachem 19
  • Delaware Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 131

Juniper Hairstreak

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Delaware and Saltmarsh Skippers

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

One Tiger Swallowtail was dark form.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 13
  • Dun Skipper 2

Common Sootywing

Delaware Skipper

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Multi-tasking here this afternoon. Vehicle maintenance & butterflying. Likely missed a few, but still a pretty good showing in the garden. Had an amusing moment. A stray cat that we have befriended was making a funny sound. I noticed that he had just discovered a Monarch caterpillar moving on a Tropical Milkweed plant. I moved the plant ( potted) to a safer location. Chalk up one sighting to the cat.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Eric T

Oakwood Beach off of Ft. Elfsborg Road, Elsinboro, NJ
Salem County, NJ

For around five years, ever since a prior lucky day at Lum's Pond State Park in DE, had I hoped to again see a mud-puddling display and I finally had my wish yesterday! In the photo, you can plainly see tigers & spicebush swallowtails. Off camera was also a red admiral and red-spotted purple also puddling. The photo with tigers only was taken a bit earlier before the spicebush also joined the feast. One wrong step – misfooting on a rock – was all it took to end up with all of them taking off and having a small swarm!

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Black Swallowtail

Mudpuddlers

Butterfly Megalopolis

Steven Glynn

Union Lake WMA- Sherman Ave. access
Cumberland County, NJ

Dragonflying and noting butterflies. Sleepy Orange a nice surprise.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 2
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Sleepy Orange

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Eric T

Oakwood Beach off of Ft. Elfsborg Rd, Elsinboro; Supawna Meadows
Salem County, NJ

Three more puddlers today at the same location, but population much reduced. I also noted two red admirals (not puddling), a skipper (puddling), and a fritillary (also not puddling). There was an additional tiger and monarch flying around, but not landing. An unexpected bonus from the Supawna Meadows visit- a female garden spider. First female I've ever seen near my locale.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Garden spider

Mudpuddlers

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. from 1-2:35 in the garden & adjacent fields. Part sun & high 80's. Ten species recorded in the garden itself.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Red Bank Battlefield, National Park
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. from 2:45 to 3:30. My first Fiery Skipper this year briefly nectared on Joe-Pye weed. Surprised to see so many Buckeyes this early around here. One of the tigers was a dark form female.

[This our first fiery in GLO this year and only our second there in two years. Good find, Dave!
jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 24
  • Hackberry Emperor 3
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 17
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sighting while doing yard work.

  • Monarch 1

Robert C. Koch

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

Variegated Fritillaries and Common Buckeyes abundant in our meadow.

[We have had about a dozen double-digit counts of buckeyes in last couple of weeks. They seem to be surging. Could we have one of their spectacular southbound flights this fall? jc]

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 9
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 4
  • Sachem 5

Common Buckeyes

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Zab numbers rising. Had 3 males, 2 females. Found a Clymene moth ( Haploa clymene ) in the tailpipe of our car.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 3
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Clymene moth

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

I think ID may be Black Swallowtail early instar on fennel. Monarchs continue daily.

[Yes, that is correct ID. Early instar still has spines and the splat of "bird dropping." jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

7:15 to 12:45. Primarily birding but did check out the gardens on the way out. Cabbage White, Red Admirals, Silver-spotted, Least, Broad-winged, & Zabulon Skipper counts all estimates.

[Red admirals numbers continue strong in our region's northwest. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 11
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 75
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 6
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 100
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 75
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 10
  • Swarthy Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 50
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 30
  • Dun Skipper 6

Steven Glynn

Cumberland Pond
Cumberland County, NJ

Dragonflying and noting butterflies seen.

[This is our first fiery in CUM in 2019. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Fiery Skipper

Hackberry Emperor

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 12
  • American Snout 2
  • American Lady 7
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 10

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while doing yard work.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

Black Swallowtail - 6 cats on Lovage plant
Monarch - 7 cats on Asclepias incarnata (in addition to two adults seen).

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Black Swallowtail cats

Red-banded Hairstreak

Jack Miller

CMNWR: south entrance to rt 610 powerlines
Cape May County, NJ

In the past two weeks, I have not seen a Dion at the northern colony location along these lines. The more expansive colony on the south side did have Dions present but far fewer than in past years. With a high number of dark phase tiger sts flying, making long-distance st calls is beyond my ability.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Swallowtail sp. 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Dion Skipper 7