April 2020 Sightings

Harvey Tomlinson

Roswell Rd
Cape May County, NJ

Quick trip before the storms. I've been told Clouded Sulphur is rare in Cape May County. Had a few that just puzzled me.

[The varying forms within each species and the frequency of hybrids – orange x clouded – both make difficulties. Comments from any observers about the sulphur, sp here would be very much welcomed. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 35
  • Spring Azure 11
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Clouded Sulphur

Sulphur, sp.

Pearl Crescent

Tom Bailey

Bear Swamp Preserve - Southampton Township
Burlington County, NJ

I walked the Little Creek area & the power line cut. Despite mostly sunny skies few butterflies were noted (and no Henry's Elfins which was my target). An occupied Red-shouldered Hawk nest was a bonus.

  • Spring Azure 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Will Pollard

Douglas Ave Yard
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1

American Snout

Kathy Horn

Cox Hall Cr WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 2

Eastern Comma

Henry's Elfin

Cabbage White

Nancy Larrabee

Woodbine
Cape May County, NJ

  • Henry's Elfin 4
  • Spring Azure 5
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Juvenal's Duskywing

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

FOY E. Tailed-Blue.

  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs.made from 1:50 to 4:15, Mid 60's with only mild filtered sun. Wheelabrator & the dredge spoil sight at National Park are the only local habitat open right now. Riverwinds closed as well as Red Bank Battlefield & Chestnut Branch Park. Wheelabrator being privately owned may remain open ( I hope!!). Chased a female Orangetip into the woods. She tired before I did this time. Autumn olive blooming profusely now. Only a single Juvenal's DW nectared today on this non-native shrub. Orangetips were 8 males, 3 females.

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Falcate Orangetip 11
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Falcate Orangetip

Eastern Tailed-Blues

Mourning Cloak

Jack Miller

Estelle Manor rd power lines s. of 49
Cumberland County, NJ

This is another spot with loads of Juvenal's. I stopped counting at 70 but continued to estimate groups of 5 an 10. One of those groups had 60 spread over 20' of road. The total submitted is conservative. The only blueberry az's I saw were the two in the photo.

  • Henry's Elfin 6
  • Azure, sp. 12
  • Blueberry Azure 2
  • Holly Azure 4
  • Mourning Cloak 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 180

Blueberry Azure

Steven Glynn

Muddy Run power line
Salem County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 21

Steven Glynn

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

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 3
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing Abundant

Sandra Keller

NP Dredge
Gloucester County, NJ

Overcast, 67 degrees, 11 to 19 mph SSW winds. I was surprised to see any butterflies! The Question Marks weren't flying much. I saw them well open winged on the dike I was walking.

  • Question Mark 8

Jack Miller

Woodbine rr
Cape May County, NJ

I came here mostly to admire the falcate orangetip colony; what a joy it is to sit and have these beauties come and join me. I have seen so many 100's of Juv's these past weeks that I had stopped appreciating them. When I did take some time with a few of them I remembered how gorgeous they can be.

  • Falcate Orangetip 20
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 14

Falcate Orangetip

Juvenal's Duskywing

Bernie Knaupp

County Lakes Power Line Cut ( East side from Spring Lake Blvd to Rt 70)
Burlington County, NJ

Mostly cloudy with light winds

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Karen Thompson

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1

American Snout

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

The rain stopped, the sun came out and the tiger swallowtail flew through the backyard. A bright spot in a dark and stormy day.

[Nice! And only our third tiger so far this year. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

11:12-11:50

Access permitted to staff only.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Juvenal's Duskywing

Matt Webster

Edwin B Forsythe (Brig Unit)
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

1:30-2:30 pm

Access permitted to staff only.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 3

Falcate Orangetip

Harvey Tomlinson

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Being enamored with Cabbage Whites I chased the first Sulphur pictured here. In flight with bins I would have bet the farm it was a Cabbage White…would have lost the farm! And the second one…well Sulphurs and Azures make me crazy. Any thoughts on the Sulphurs would be appreciated.

[Yes, the joy and the pain of those tough to solve (impossible to solve?) IDs. Thank you for publicizing this difficulty with these very helpful photos.

For my two cents I think that if we ignore the possibility of a hybrid, you might be able to call the one on left below with yellow/orange color on the FW a female orange sulphur only because it seems a close match to the butterfly on page 52 of Glassberg's Swift Guide to Butterflies that Glassberg calls an orange sulphur. But if someone else over-rules me, I will happily retreat!

I am more confident calling the butterfly in the other photo (on the right below) one of those "alba" form white females that appear in both species (clouded and orange) and that most authorities (e.g. David Wright) say are inseparable. Even Glassberg who always tries to push toward specific ID notes on p. 54 of his book, "Some female [clouded sulphurs] are off-white and perhaps inseparable from off-white orange sulphurs." jc]

  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Spring Azure 11
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 1

Sulphur ID requested

Sulphur ID requested

Steven Glynn

Glendora-Home yard/neighborhood
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Steven Glynn

Wheelabrator Refuge trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Sunny and a cool 51 degrees at 1:30pm. Nice variety today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Falcate Orangetip 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4

Brian Johnson

Woodbine bike path and tracks
Cape May County, NJ

Afternoon walk around Woodbine. Most of the Butterflies were south of Rt 550. Most of the Orangetips were north of Freidrichstadt Avenue. Lots of Dandelions and Violets blooming along the bike path.

[What a nice list – and our FOY painted lady (showing the wing wear of a migrant, it seems). Cool to see! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 24
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 27

Tom Reed

Woodcock Trail, Cape May NWR
Cape May County, NJ

Mix of sun and clouds, 50ºF, winds W/NW 10-20mph. Fairly worn Painted Lady briefly paused in sunny patch on path before a gust bumped it off.

[Our second report of a painted lady on a rugged weather day. Nice find! - jm]

  • Painted Lady 1

Jackie Parker

Higbees Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • American Lady 4

Bernie Knaupp

Rt 50 Power Line Cut south of Pleasant Valley Campground
Atlantic County, NJ

Partly cloudy/partly sunny, windy/breezy at times and temps in the mid 50's. Walked the power line cut in both directions where it bisects Rt 50 just south of the Pleasant Valley campground. Facing south to the east I walked to the creek/river about 1/4 mile found 3 Duskywing sp. and 15 Eastern Tailed Blue, in the other direction west of Rt 50 walked about 3/4 of a mile to the fence line and got 3 Eastern Tailed Blue and 50+ Duskywing sp. (I stopped counting at 50 but there could have been 75-100 easy and if I had to guess most if not all would have been Juvenal's).

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 18
  • Duskywing sp. 53

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Marian Jordan

609 South 8th Ave., Galloway, NJ
Atlantic County, NJ

Observed browsing the old acorns in a grass median between driveways.

  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Steven Glynn

Gloucester Twp/Blackwood- Power Line @Rt. 168
Camden County, NJ

Sunny, 50 degrees. Nice powerline area with big blue stem and other attractant plants. New spot to check on regularly.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Eastern Comma 1

Orange Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Steven Glynn

Winslow WMA- Oak Pond area
Camden County, NJ

Heavy overcast and 51 degrees. Weather turned on me as I got closer to area. Juvenal's were plentiful, but hoped for more than I found.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 17

Brown Elfin

Chip Krilowicz

Piney Hollow Preserve
Gloucester County, NJ

Parking lot was still open to all.

  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 10

Eastern Comma

Brown Elfin

Juvenal's Duskywing

Beth Polvino

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

American Lady laying eggs on Pussytoes today. (Sorry the picture quality isn't the best but the butterfly kept flying away and coming back) Still have Black Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail and Question Mark chrysalises waiting to hatch. Also a number of native praying mantis eggs cases in the yard.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Question Mark 0
  • American Lady 1

American Lady