May 2020 Sightings

Keara R. Giannotti

Camp Creek Run
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Briskly flitting from plant to plant never stopping.

[Our first monarch since the wild stray on March 9. Nice find! jc]

  • Monarch 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • American Lady 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sighting while working in the yard.

  • Red Admiral 1

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

1 et blue came out after the passing shower to dry its wings. 9:40am

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Will Pollard

Douglas Ave Yard
Cape May County, NJ

  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1

Steven Glynn

Wheelabrator Refuge trail
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Falcate Orangetip 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 4
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 6

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

I did not view the Summer Azure as well as I would have liked as it kept burying itself in the foliage of Silky Dogwood. I wanted to see if it was indeed ovipositing on this shrub which this species uses almost exclusively in my yard.
FOY Red-banded Hairstreak and a pretty ragged M. Cloak that has been alive since last fall.

[Good find! Our FOY summer azure. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Holly Azure 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jennifer Bulava

Willingboro Lakes, Willingboro
Burlington County, NJ

This park is closed for construction. Access is strictly for park staff only.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5

Black Swallowtail

Keara R. Giannotti

Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

In a field of Rumex acetosella and Barbarea vulgaris. There were at least 100 of them, all nectaring on the B. vulgaris.

[KG also has a video to confirm this sudden eruption of coppers. jc]

  • American Copper 100

Amer

American Copper

Tom Bailey

Bass River State Forest
Burlington County, NJ

A section of the state forest on the east side of Rt. 9. Sightings were between 10 - 11 am.

  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 2

Marie Victor

Villas
Cape May County, NJ

Monarch

  • Monarch 1

Chris Herz

Audubon backyard
Camden County, NJ

Dark form —just emerged. Ran to get camera but gone.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Kate Forte

My Yard, Cinnaminson
Burlington County, NJ

1:15-2:40
Sightings from sitting in my backyard

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red Admiral 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Tom Bailey

undisclosed location
Burlington County, NJ

2:05 to 2:40 pm. Was pleased to find Hoary Elfins at a location I've been wanting to check.

  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Hoary Elfin 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Jennifer Bulava

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

11:30-1:30
Tiger swallowtail was the black form.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1

Meredith Koenig

my garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Sandra Keller & Chris Herz

Warren Grove
Ocean County, NJ

10-12pm — 62 degrees but windy.Hoary elfin count conservative. Road conditions to drive further in were bad.

  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Hoary Elfin 45
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Sleepy Duskywing 9

Steven Glynn

Scotland Run Park
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 8

Steven Glynn

Salem River WMA
Salem County, NJ

Morning visit for birding. Sunny, 57 degrees.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Sandra Keller & Chris Herz

National Park dredge
Gloucester County, NJ

Late afternoon, sunny and 70 degrees

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 22
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

2:50 to 3:10 pm. I checked another area for Hoary Elfin. This location requires some thinning of trees to allow more sunlight for bearberry, the host plant.

  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Hoary Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Kathy Horn

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Lady sp. 3
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 1

Pearl Crescent

Tom Bailey

Warren Grove
Ocean County, NJ

Took a leisurely walk from 11:30 to 1:40 pm. Beautiful sunny weather. Hoary Elfins were common and conspicuous. Two Common Ravens were a bonus.

[Good to see this colony of hoary elfins is thriving. -jm]

  • Brown Elfin 10
  • Hoary Elfin 111
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Sleepy Duskywing 8

Jack Miller

Dover rd north of Lacey rd
Ocean County, NJ

Stopped here around 4:00 on my drive home because I saw blueberries blooming in front of a lovely cedar stand. I got a brief look at the Hessel's before the bug flew off.

  • Hessel's Hairstreak 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

A beautiful Spring day in the yard!

  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1

Juniper Hairstreak

Brian Johnson

Estell Manor township
Atlantic County, NJ

This is a area of young Cedars in the middle of a mature grove. Most of the Butterflies were in the thick Cedars and almost impossible to get a picture of. I walked the grove for almost 2 hours before finding one on a flower. The count is conservative.

[Congrats to Brian for his finds. This is the most Hessel's the log has seen reported from one location in many years. -jm]

  • Hessel's Hairstreak 8
  • Spring Azure 2

Hessel's Hairstreak

Hessel's Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Fries Mills powerline & intersecting Glassboro WMA trail.
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs.made from 1:45 to 4:15, mostly sunny windy and 71.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Brown Elfin 6
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 3
  • Holly Azure 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 10

Bernie Knaupp

Hawkins Road Power line cut
Burlington County, NJ

1.5 hr. walk, mostly sunny in the 60's and slightly breezy. Not confident on my Duskywing iding ability so I mark them as spp. but I would say Juvenal's if I would. I assume my image of Eastern Tailed Blue would show size comparison between male and female.

  • Azure, sp. 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 25
  • Duskywing sp. 5

Azure, sp.