April 2020 Sightings

Jesse & Jack Connor

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

Noon to 1 pm. Sunny, low 60s, little wind.

  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Azure, sp. 8
  • American Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4

Nancy Larrabee

First Avenue, Estell Manor
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 8

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

All butterflies were nectaring on Beach Plum, including the M. Cloak and E. Comma, except E. Tailed-Blue which was on Dandelion.

  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Question Mark was quite fresh.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Question Mark 1

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:50 to 4 with partly to mostly cloudy skies and mid 60's. Not as much activity as I expected today, but a pleasant day to be out. Orangetips were 3 male, 3 female. Saw my first Snowberry Clearwing of the season today nectaring on Autumn Olive. Observed a strongly marked female duskywing. Thought at first that it may be Horace's, but wing fringes too light and no observation of ventral HW. Also it was hard to see for sure, but looking across the River into Philadelphia there may have been a butterfly on top of William Penn's hat.

  • Cabbage White 14
  • Falcate Orangetip 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Duskywing sp. 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Is William Penn wearing a butterfly?

Falcate Orangetip

Harvey Tomlinson

Lizard Tail Swamp
Cape May County, NJ

Frosted Elfins..check. 50+ Eastern-tailed Blues.

[Our first frosted report since April 6. jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Frosted Elfin 3
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 50
  • Spring Azure 5
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 11
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5

American Snout

Falcate Orangetip

Frosted Elfin

Harvey Tomlinson

Heislerville WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

The Azure below was ovipositing on a Cherry tree leaf. There were a few galls on some of the leaves but not on the one pictured.

[Interesting! jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 11
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 15
  • Spring Azure 7
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Eastern Tailed-Blues

Falcate Orangetip

Azure, sp.

Jack Miller and Jim Springer

Whiting
Ocean County, NJ

Jim and I both believe the azure was a summer azure judging by its large size, light blue color, and the way it flew.

  • Hoary Elfin 7
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1

Sleepy Duskywing

Sandra Keller

Glassboro Woods WMA
Gloucester County, NJ

Sunny to partly sunny, 61 to 68 degrees. A mid day search here. Stanger, power line cut, trails, Carpenter.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Brown Elfin 7
  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Spring Azure 35
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 10

Brown Elfin

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Spring Azures

Karen&Brian Johnson

Maurice River Township
Cumberland County, NJ

This is a spot that I always suspected had Hessel's. The Luna Moth was a pleasant surprise.

[Good finds, Karen and Brian. Only our second Hessel's for 2020 and the first photo'd. jc]

  • Hessel's Hairstreak 1
  • Henry's Elfin 6
  • Spring Azure 35
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 15

Luna moth

Hessel's Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

Winslow WMA- Little Oak Pond
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Blueberry Azure 8
  • Juvenal's Duskywing Common

Tom Bailey

Mad Horse F&WMA
Salem County, NJ

Early morning till @11:30. Mostly birding. Butterflies have been scarce at this location so far this Spring.

  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Bernie Knaupp

Browns Mills, off North Lakeshore Drive.
Burlington County, NJ

My yard, not much blooming yet and only saw a couple Cabbage Whites passing through the yard.

  • Cabbage White 2

Tom Bailey

Natural Lands Preserve at Telegraph Rd
Salem County, NJ

Noon to 1:30. Sunny.

  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Spring Azure 9
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 12

Steven Glynn

Timber Creek Park
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Question Mark 1

Bernie Knaupp

Country Lakes Powerline Cut from Rt 70 eastward
Burlington County, NJ

Expected to see many more flying today given all the dreary weather we have been having, mostly sunny and warmer. Walked about one hour 1-2pm, thought the butterflies would take advantage of the sunny and warmer weather.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Duskywing sp. 6

Duskywing, sp.

Tom Bailey

Salem River F&WMA - Rt. 540
Salem County, NJ

2 to 3:15 pm.

  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Bernie Knaupp

Mt. Misery area
Burlington County, NJ

Not much flying for me today, couple of Duskywing sp. and a Blue at this location.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Duskywing sp. 2

Duskywing sp.

Jack Miller and Jim Springer

Schoolhouse rd Manchester Township
Ocean County, NJ

  • Hoary Elfin 8
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Hoary Elfin

Jackie Parker

Cox Hall Creek Park, Villas
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Jennifer Bulava

Hammonton Lake Park
Atlantic County, NJ

1:00-2:20pm

  • Spring Azure 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Pearl Crescent

Jennifer Bulava

Hammonton Creek WMA
Atlantic County, NJ

11:30-12:30

  • Juvenal's Duskywing 8

Juvenal's Duskywing

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Eastern Pine Elfin

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas State Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

Access permitted to Park Staff only. Bird survey from 8-12, but butterflies appeared after 10:30. Was hoping for elfins, as this spot is usually good for them, but no luck.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 6
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 18

Falcate Orangetips

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Comma

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Access Permitted to Park Staff only. Smith's Woods Butterfly Garden, 1:30pm

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2

Steven Glynn

Undisclosed
Cumberland County, NJ

Sunny, warm, Noon-time visit.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Hessel's Hairstreak 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Sleepy Duskywing 5
  • Juvenal's Duskywing Abundant

Brown Elfin

Hessel's Hairstreak

Sandra Keller

Ackley Rd. - east - Bevan WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Mostly sunny, NW winds, 60 degrees. Wow! I could not believe the Duskwing numbers! All along the length of the road.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Spring Azure 40
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 210

Juvenal's Duskywings

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA- Battle Lane Access
Cumberland County, NJ

Early afternoon visit. Sunny, warm and breezy.

[Steve has reported two more FOY's for our log: s. cloudywing and spicebush swallowtail. The swallowtail photo even comes with a bonus Juvenal's duskywing! -jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing Common

Southern Cloudywing

Spicebush Swallowtail

Steven Glynn

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

Mid-afternoon. Sunny, warm and breezy. Good numbers of Spring (Holly) Azures where road cuts past a grove of holly trees.

[Interesting that Steve found our FOY red-banded hairstreak three times in one day. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Holly Azure 16
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 10

tater pez

S Park Dr, Cooper River Park
Camden County, NJ

Fritillary fritted by quickly.

[Welcome to our newest observer, Tater Pez. jc]

  • Variegated Fritillary 1