July 2019 Sightings

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

Jennifer Bulava

TNC Eldora Office
Cumberland County, NJ

Quick stop 12:24-12:34pm.
The orange skippers (one in the photo) appeared to be Delaware Skippers and the Little Glassywings had some white at the base of the antennae.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Little Glassywing 3
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Little Glassywing

Delaware Skipper

Juniper Hairstreak

Beth Polvino

CMBO-NJ Audubon property, Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Focused on the patches of mountain mint though looked along the path to the pond. The pond is just mud with small amount of water and very few skippers which was a surprise. Also checked out the dill and pipevine on the South side of the building. temp's 88, winds 5-6 MPH. Was very surprised to find double digit Juniper and Gray Hairstreaks. Most of them looked very fresh. Four of the Juniper Hairstreaks were found on the dill.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 11
  • Gray Hairstreak 12
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Pearl Crescent

Gray Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Only occasional obs. today, but found the first Swarthy Skipper in several years for this garden. Zabs 6 males, 3 females. One Tiger was a dark female. Seeing these dark females frequently now.

[Are we seeing more dark female tigers this year? It seems so, though we don't log them separately. What could explain an increase in their numbers? jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 10
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 9
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

7 to 10:45 am. Hot & humid. Mostly birding. The gardens continue to attract large numbers of insects though numbers are down somewhat from last week. C. White, Red Admiral, Silver-spotted, Zabulon, Least, & BW Skipper counts are conservative estimates.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White 100
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 4
  • Eastern Comma 13
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 125
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 5
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 100
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 75
  • Swarthy Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 50
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 25
  • Dun Skipper 3

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Butterfly garden only; 3:00-3:20pm
11 black swallowtail cats, 1 monarch cat

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6

David L. Amadio

Rt70 & Old Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Tigers flying over Mimosa while I was waiting to proceed onto Rt70.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

One Zabby was a female.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 10
  • Dun Skipper 1

Zabulon Skipper

Juniper Hairstreak

Spicebush Swallowtail

Pearl Crescent

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

9:30-12:00

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 5
  • Monarch 2
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 13
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Brian Johnson

Natural lands Mauricetown preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

The Swamp Loosestrife and Sweet Pepperbush are blooming and drawing in lots of bugs. There was also a lot of Underwing Moths in the dry woods. A few even let me get close enough with the phone for a picture. Picture is of a Penitent Underwing.

[Three double-digit counts of Ap browns from three different counties in the last eight days: this one in CUM, Jack Miller's yesterday in CMY, and Brian's in SAL on 7/22. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 14
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 17
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Appalachian Brown 20
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 13
  • Zabulon Skipper 12
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 75
  • Dun Skipper 2

Penitent Underwing

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Full sun and 90's. Observations made throughout the day. My property has seen less than 1 1/2" of rain in the past 5 weeks and is generally toasted. Therefore I was shocked to find 31 species present today including a few FOY's for this property. As often is the case, I would have missed species that I only saw once without multiple walk-throughs. The f. Cloudless Sul. was extremely pale and unmarked. It would nectar, inspect the pea plants if it, and then back to nectaring until it flew north. One of the Vari. Frits was from a cat I raised that eclosed this morning.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 16
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Tawny Emperor 0
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 7
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7
  • Dun Skipper 1

Variegated Fritillary cat

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered a cat on one of my hackberry trees two days ago. Today, I carefully inspected the tree and found at least a dozen cats which I now know to be Tawny Emperor cats (Species #64 for my yard). Much of my outdoor time today was spent observing them. Some points of interest were that it was hard to find one whose "antlers" were clean; most were hazy with the webbing they produce. Like the Brazilian cats that I spent time watching last summer, these cats swayed their heads rhythmically from side to side as they laid down silk. Even with stiff leaves they managed to pull two edges together to make their hide-aways. A couple of nests were shared by multiple cats (see photo of four cats) and were made from two or three leaves.

[Good finds, Jack! I can't remember any previous photos of tawny emperor caterpillars on our log. jc]

  • Tawny Emperor 0

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas Pointe Trail, Mt Laurel
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 20
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Red-banded Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Obs. at noon while eating lunch in parking lot.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. after 5 p.m.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Cloudless sulphur ovipositing high on Senna (on not-yet-open flower blooms, it seemed). Red-spotted purple ovipositing on black cherry.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 25
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 10
  • American Snout 8
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Spicebush Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Cloudless Sulphur

Jack Miller

Wetlands behind my Petersburg property
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny and near 90. Observations made from 1 to 1:45. Lots of spiders and webs, but failed again to find Dions here.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Appalachian Brown 10
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 11
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods butterfly garden; during children's butterfly program from 10-11:30am.
Fantastic experiences with monarch just emerging from chrysalis and then landing on the students! Also had 8 black swallowtail cats, 5 monarch cats, and 2 black swallowtail chrysalises. Funny to have a red admiral land on the butterfly interpretive sign (but not next to its picture).

[Wonderful to see the next generation's naturalists getting such close encounters with butterflies! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 4

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch emerging

Eric T

backyard in Salem, NJ
Salem County, NJ

Car is on the fritz, so stuck around the backyard today to see what turned up. Photos are from my backyard. Plenty of buckeyes as they are the dominating butterfly in my yard. Two days ago, I could have sworn I saw a zebra swallowtail, but not sure (most likely a dark female tiger or spicebush). On another note, I think I've seen more dark female tigers this year than I have over any prior year. I thought the red-spotted purple, which has been hanging around, was going to land on me when I mowed the grass recently.. no doubt attracted to my sweat.

[The summer of the dark female tigers continues! Is it only a reflection of a good year for tigers in general or has something triggered a higher percentage of dark forms than usual? jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Spicebush Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (dark female)