May 2020 Sightings

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

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sighting while working in the yard.

  • Red Admiral 1

Will Pollard

Douglas Ave Yard
Cape May County, NJ

  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 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

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

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

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

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • American Lady 1

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

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

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

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

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

Meredith Koenig

my garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

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

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

Marie Victor

Villas
Cape May County, NJ

Monarch

  • Monarch 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

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

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

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

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

Chris Herz

Audubon backyard
Camden County, NJ

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

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 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

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

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

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

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.