April 2020 Sightings

Mike Bisignano

Our Yard: East Point Road, Heislerville
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Snout 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Tom Baxter

Beaver Dam WMA
Cape May County, NJ

13:00-16:00 - Overcast, turning to sun, 56° F.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Henry's Elfin 15
  • Spring Azure 8
  • American Snout 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard, Mullica Township
Atlantic County, NJ

1:00pm

  • Blueberry Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Veteran's Memorial Park, Galloway
Atlantic County, NJ

1:30-3:30 pm. Overcast and breezy. Only butterfly seen in a two-hour plant survey.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Steven Glynn

Muddy Run area
Salem County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 4
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 4
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 7

Eastern Pine Elfin

Falcate Orangetip

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

American Snout flying up in and landing on Dwarf Hackberry (Celtis tenuifolia) tree. Tree in bud (not leafed out yet). Pearl Crescent nectaring on garden weeds (Chickweed, Purple Deadnettle). Mourning Cloak dashed over house (on the move).

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

Pearl Crescent

American Snout

David L. Amadio

Glassboro WMA
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 11:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Glorious blue sky, sunshine, & mid 60's. Watched a pair of Juvenal's Duskywings rise high into the sky and then mate about 25 feet high in an oak tree. Photographed one of the Henry's Elfin with increased green scaling. Not as strongly colored as Jack Miller's from yesterday, but they do show up here further inland. Orangetips all males.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Falcate Orangetip 3
  • Elfin sp. 2
  • Henry's Elfin 19
  • Azure, sp. 7
  • Blueberry Azure 1
  • Holly Azure 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Juvenal's Duskywing mating

Falcate Orangetip

Henry's Elfin (green accent form)

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

2:15-4:00pm
Tiger swallowtail was flying along the Rancocas Creek, did not land.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Comma 1

Sandra Keller

Bevan WWA - RR Ave. and Ackley Rd.
Cumberland County, NJ

Mostly Ackley. Sunny, mid day time frame. 60 degrees. Most of the Juvenal's were along Ackley.

  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Spring Azure 10
  • Anglewing sp. 6
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 65

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

I was at Mac before 9 to see if Mac's Henry's were having a big year like the Belleplain Henry's. Strolling the quiet dirt roads I began seeing Henry's and started a count hoping to reach 20. By 10 o'clock, Henry's were everywhere. At first my focus was on the road, but as I began to look up, I noticed group after group of 6 -10 buzzing in the treetops (mostly holly, but also nectaring on blueberry and others). There were many variances between patterning and coloring. I had only planned a quick check-in but ended up staying for 2 hours. I promised myself when I reached 200 I would rush back to the car and leave. The experience was enchanting and awesome.

[This is an amazing total of Henry's. Last week one hundred was amazing. How long can this explosion continue? The species is having its greatest season in our log's history. jc]

  • Henry's Elfin 201
  • Azure, sp. 40
  • Blueberry Azure 4
  • Holly Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 6

Henry's Elfin (green form)

Henry's Elfin (brown form)

Jack Miller

Lizard Tail
Cape May County, NJ

Nice day at LT.

[Our 2020 FOY for frosted, on its third earliest first date in our log's 13-year history. Good find, Jack! jc]

  • Frosted Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Frosted Elfin

Sam Galick

New Jersey Audubon Society's Center for Research and Education (CRE)
Cape May County, NJ

Weeding the garden and came across a few butterflies in the pleasant afternoon weather.

[Good to have our FOY variegated already, our 2nd earliest date for the species (4-4-17 only one earlier.) Good find, Sam! jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Finally had my first Henry's in the yard.

  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Clay Sutton

Bucks Avenue in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

[Interestingly, given the higher-than-average reports of many other species, orange sulphurs have been few so far this year. This is only our fourth report. Total individuals in 2020, counting this one: 5. jc]

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 2

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • American Snout 3
  • Question Mark 1

Tom Reed

N Beach Ave, Reed's Beach
Cape May County, NJ

~3:30/4:00pm; both Snouts moving south along beachfront, about five minutes apart.

  • American Snout 2

Bernie Knaupp

Mt Misery area
Burlington County, NJ

[Bernie Knaupp: Welcome to the South Jersey Butterfly Project. Thanks for joining us! jc]

  • Brown Elfin 2

Brown Elfin

Bernie Knaupp

Mt Misery area
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1

Eastern Pine Elfin

Tom Baxter

(39.5575756, -75.4167012) Cream ridge rd, Salem county
Salem County, NJ

Sunny and windy. Warm, highs near 76° My primary activity was not wildlife observation

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2

Bernie Knaupp

Mt Misery area
Burlington County, NJ

  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4

Juvenal's Duskywing

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Butterflies were on the move today! Every one I saw was flying with only a momentary stop, if any.

  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Blueberry Azure 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Steven Glynn

Warren Grove
Ocean County, NJ

[Both elfins are FOYs for our log. Good finds, Steve! jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Hoary Elfin 5
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Eastern Comma 1

Brown Elfin

Hoary Elfin

Jack Miller

Woodbine rr
Cape May County, NJ

Came here primarily to appreciate the falcate orangetips. The number for them is conservative because they were all over but in almost constant flight. One spot held as many as 12 at a time.

  • Falcate Orangetip 20
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Falcate Orangetip

Jesse & Jack Connor

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

Noon to 1 pm. High 60s, light breeze, mostly sunny.

  • Falcate Orangetip 3
  • Azure, sp. 4
  • American Lady 1

Jack Miller

Undesignated
Cumberland County, NJ

A pretty ridiculous affair. Only counting Juvs on the way out made it a great relief not to have count any on the return trip. I put the glasses on close to 80% of them looking for something different but no luck. Interesting that on my return to the car that the big parties had settled down and the Juvs were practicing social distancing.

  • Azure, sp. 8
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 216

Juvenal's Duskywing

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Couldn’t ask for a nicer Spring day in the yard!
The Pearl Crescent was a nice surprise.

[Good find, Dolores – our log's first of year pearl crescent! jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Anglewing sp. 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1

American Lady

Pearl Crescent

Jack Miller

Unamed road near Estell Manor rd
Cumberland County, NJ

Started walking this road but was driven back to car by the Juvs. Not a single other duskywing among them.

  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 59

Jack Miller

Off Hunter's Mills rd south of rt 49
Cumberland County, NJ

This is one of a few locations I have haunted for four years hoping to find Hessel's and today was the day. At 2:55 I saw the first one fly from the top of a 30' cedar. Five minutes later, it was dogfighting with another. They appeared 6 times in the next 35 minutes but never lower than treetop, and once out, they would dive back into the thick of the cedar; hence, no photo. When I got back to my car, I found a Brown elfin patiently waiting for me, but before I could get a good photo it got blown away (photo is light enhanced). In my tour of locations today I saw over 300 Juvenal's skippers.

[Impressive collection of finds: our FOY Hessel's, all those Juvenal's, and a second FOY brown elfin for the day – one in Warren Grove and the other here. Good work, Jack! jc]

  • Hessel's Hairstreak 2
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 14

Brown Elfin