March 2020 Sightings

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas State Park, Mt Laurel
Burlington County, NJ

Butterflies seen between 10:30-11:00am. [Congrats on our first reports in March. Nice to have commas instead of lions. - jm]

  • Eastern Comma 2

Brian Johnson

Natural lands preserve at Pecks corner-Cohansey road
Salem County, NJ

At work today. Also saw my FOY Fence Lizard and Tiger Beatles.

  • Anglewing sp. 5
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

The QM was sunning on the ground around mid-day.

  • Question Mark 1

Brian Johnson

Natural lands Mauricetown preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

At work today. Nice to see the Azures. I was very surprised seeing that many Snouts. [The first azure is a thrill for most of us. Nicely done Brian! -jm]

  • Spring Azure 4
  • American Snout 6
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Red Admiral was flying through the yard about 12:30 PM.

  • Red Admiral 1

Steven Glynn

Riverwinds Nature Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Sunny, 49 degrees. My FOS for NJ.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Clay Sutton and Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

10:15- 2:15; mid 50's with full sun and light winds. Today's highlights included eagles, harriers, meadowlarks, a 1000+ assorted waterfowl, full chorusing Atlantic coast leopard frogs, a new location for marbled salamander nymphs, and some bflys. One of the azures was so fresh it could barely fly. Another one showed signs of wear that made us think it might be more than a day or two old. We both thought that the lucia form was one of the finest we have seen. Up until today, wintering snouts, two of which were dog-fighting, had not been reported from Mac.

  • Blueberry Azure 8
  • American Snout 3
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 3

Tom Reed

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, 53->55ºF, winds W/SW 10mph. Red Admiral sunning in open patch along blue trail; Am. Snout flushed from a sunny patch in holly forest along yellow trail.

  • American Snout 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Brian Johnson

Bellplain state forest
Cape May County, NJ

Early afternoon walk around the Goosekill trail system. The bugs were all in one small area.

  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jack Miller

Tuckahoe rd near Butter rd
Cape May County, NJ

It appears that snouts overwintered across much of south Jersey.

  • American Snout 1

Jesse Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Our first yard butterfly of 2020.

[It is likely we will see more of these as year moves forward, but the first of the year is always fun. This is our 4th earliest FOY for this species. Well done!- jm]

  • Cabbage White 1

Tom Bailey

Medford F&WMA
Burlington County, NJ

Mid-50s, sunny, and breezy.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Beth Polvino

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

Surprised to have not one but 2 butterflies here today and several anglewings along the beach when walking.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Sandra Keller

Ackley Rd. - Bevan and Bear Swamp
Cumberland County, NJ

Marilyn Henry and myself exploring. Sunny, Light SW winds, 70 degrees or so. Afternoon.

  • Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 5
  • Anglewing sp. 4
  • Question Mark 4
  • Mourning Cloak 5

Question Mark

Tom Reed

Coral Avenue dune crossover, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Butterflies observed during daily bird migration count from dune crossover, all after 11:00am with temperature 53->55ºF, winds W/SW 10mph, sunny/cloudless. The two anglewings and Red Admiral were both quickly moving west through dunes, with one anglewing apparently departing w/nw across Delaware Bay and the Admiral apparently arriving from the bay. The Monarch arrived from the south at 12:08pm, traveling over the bay about 100-150 yards off the beach. I saw it briefly at 8x and then again in the scope at 30x until it dropped low against the waves and I lost track of it; appeared to (expectedly?) be a faded individual. Sadly, no photos given the distance.

[This is an amazing report. In the log's history, monarch FOY has been reported 3 times in May and 7 times in April. We have at least 3 reports in January, but these reports are usually thought of as LOY's. Where did this butterfly come from? - jm]

[Mind-boggling! The flight described indicates this was not an over-wintering monarch and the Mexican mountains are too far away (it seems) for a migrant to have reached us already. As of this morning, 3-10-20, Journey North has only a handful of 2020 reports for monarchs having crossed the border into the US – mostly in southern Texas and all well to the South.

Is it possible that Tom's monarch wintered in Florida? Most Florida monarchs are believed to be non-migratory, year-round residents. However, recent research has discovered that some – more than previously understood – are migrants from elsewhere, in other words, members of the "Methulselah" generation that lives for eight months and ordinarily migrates to Mexico.

It seems an outlandish possibility – a monarch flying south to Florida in fall, surviving there, and then attempting a return north and reaching Cape May Point in early March – but any explanation will seem far-fetched, I think. Also, interestingly, the monarch report closest to us on Journey North at the moment comes from Jekyll Island, Georgia, on 3-3-20. You can see on the map at the site that sighting is way to the East of other March reports – and much, much closer to Florida. jc]

  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA- Rt. 555 Railroad Tracks access
Cumberland County, NJ

Early afternoon, sunny and 66 degrees.

  • Blueberry Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 3
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Jesse and Jack Connor

Mannheim Ave (dirt extension), Galloway
Atlantic County, NJ

Neither landed but flew by us 2-3 times each. Calling azure a blueberry by date.

The Year of the Snout in 2019 has become The Winter of the Snout in 2020 (if we can call the last 3 months a winter).

  • Blueberry Azure 1
  • American Snout 1

Jack Miller and Harvey Tomlinson

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

10- 2:00; full sun, upper 60's, winds nearly calm on roads through the woods. We spent most of first hour viewing waterfowl, but once we started looking for butterflies we found snouts scattered about on every mile of road in Mac. A number of times we saw pairs dogfighting. I am now surprised that I did not see snouts here in Jan. or Feb. All azures were marginata or lightly marked.

  • Blueberry Azure 11
  • American Snout 31
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Blueberry Azure

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Hard to believe I had 3 species in my yard so early in March!

  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA- Railroad Ave access
Cumberland County, NJ

Beautiful day as I checked this area this morning. Sunny, 59 degrees during my time. American Snouts are everywhere!

  • Blueberry Azure 7
  • American Snout 9
  • Anglewing sp. 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 6

American Snout

Blueberry Azure

Question Mark

Cynthia Allen

Beaver Dam Rd.
Cape May County, NJ

  • Blueberry Azure 4
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

15 Blueberry Azures (12 "marginata," 3 "Lucia"). Found freshly dug "Ground nesting" bee nests.

  • Blueberry Azure 15
  • American Snout 2
  • Anglewing sp. 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Blueberry Azure

Blueberry Azure

American Snout

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Flushed from Rhododendron as I walked by, flew out across yard, finally alighted in bushy area.

[Our second cabbage white of the year. - jm]

  • Cabbage White 1

Sandra Keller

Marilyn H. - yard - Wenonah
Gloucester County, NJ

A nice surprise as we unloaded the car! 4:30PM.

  • Cabbage White 1

Jack Miller

Belleplain St. Forest
Cape May County, NJ

Mid afternoon stop. I was surprised to see a very worn azure. The wear was uniform and looked to be the product on longevity rather than attack. This is the second tattered azure I have seen in the past week. It makes me wonder when they first appeared this year.

[NJ NABA proclaimed last year the "Year of the Snout." Last year we had 162 reports for a total of 303 individuals which was considerably above our ten year average of 77/162. So far this year, we have had 23 reports for a total of 77 individuals. - jm]

  • Blueberry Azure 12
  • American Snout 2
  • Eastern Comma 1

Blueberry Azure

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA- Shaw's Mill Pond access
Cumberland County, NJ

Had my lunch at Shaw's Mill Pond and checked for butterflies here and into the Bevan WMA.

  • Blueberry Azure 3
  • American Snout 4
  • Anglewing sp. 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 4

David L. Amadio

Glassboro WMA
Gloucester County, NJ

Conducted my first search for butterflies today. Always wondering which species will cross my path first. To my surprise this day not only my first butterfly, but my first three were all American Snouts! I have never watched three snouts in a dog fight here in March. Sunny skies 65-70 degrees from 12:45 to 4:30. A breezy 14-17 mph SW-WSW wind. Only one Azure cooperated for an image. Only saw marginata & violacea forms.

  • Blueberry Azure 3
  • American Snout 5
  • Anglewing sp. 5
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Mourning Cloak

American Snout

Blueberry Azure

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA- Whitehead Road access
Cumberland County, NJ

Afternoon, sunny and 69 degrees.

  • Blueberry Azure 3
  • American Snout 2
  • Eastern Comma 2

Tom Reed

Coral Avenue dune crossover, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Single anglewing flying east through dunes around 12pm.

  • Anglewing sp. 1

Tom Reed

Coral Avenue dune crossover, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Both Red Admirals arrived from the southwest over Delaware Bay and continued inland, noted at 1145 and 1203.

  • Red Admiral 2