May 2020 Sightings

Karen Thompson

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • American Lady 1

American Lady

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Because winds of 30 mph are forecast, I brought inside some of my hanging planters, etc. On a mobile, I found a pearl crescent who has stayed in the same spot all day, occasionally changing position.

  • Pearl Crescent 1

Pearl Crescent

Tom Bailey

Wharton SF, east of Batsto along Washington Turnpike
Burlington County, NJ

1:40 pm, air temp 48 degrees. Partly sunny and very windy.

[On a day that may have seen the first snow ever recorded during the World Series of Birding, not many people were expecting a bfly report today. Bravo to Tom and the courageous Juvenal's! - jm]

  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Was primarily birding in the park today. Very windy but sunny.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 3

Jennifer Bulava

Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

Observations from 11:00-2:00 along Belleplain's trails and roadsides. Some of the duskywings were flying by and therefore not identifiable, probably a lot more than I recorded.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 10
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 8
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 12

Henry's Elfin

Harvey Tomlinson

Rte 83 ROW
Cape May County, NJ

Outstanding job from Jack Miller scouting a new place!!!
again the duskywings were tiny!

  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 25
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 7
  • Cobweb Skipper 4

Eastern Pine Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Cobweb Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A fresh individual the only butterfly here today

  • Red Admiral 1

Beth Polvino

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

Several days ago I saw a Spicebush Swallowtail nosing around the spicebush tiny, tiny leaves. Today, I found some eggs. Still have Black Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail and Question Mark chrysalids continuing since last year here. Some have been eaten and one BS eclosed but didn't see it happen.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1

Spicebush Swallowtail egg

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

Quick stop from 4 to 4:30.

  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Brian Johnson

Middle Township
Cape May County, NJ

A long walk looking for Cobwebs turned up lots of Frosted Elfins and a Skipper.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Frosted Elfin 35
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 6
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5
  • Cobweb Skipper 1

Cobweb Skipper

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Steven Glynn

New Brooklyn County Park
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Narrows Rd Belleplain
Cape May County, NJ

Only walked a small part. When I started to see numbers I went back to the car and with pen and notepad and did an old fashion count. Good numbers but what was the most interesting was 25%+ of the Red-banded, Azures, and Duskywings were tiny runts. The azure pictured below was half the size of a dime. Some of the Duskwings were half the size of the others .

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 67
  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Spring Azure 57
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 32
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Spring Azure

Eastern Pine Elfin

Red-banded Hairstreak

Horace's Duskywing

Brown Elfin

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

62 degrees but windy—walk to the river and return along the powerline cut. Surprisingly no duskywings. 2 etb in the garden while weeding—plus male hummingbird coming to coral honeysuckle.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 17
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Steven Glynn

Powerline east of Shaw's Mill Pond
Cumberland County, NJ

Walked the powerline east of Shaw's Mill Pond, which runs almost parallel to Ackley for some distance. Perfect habitat for Cobweb, my primary target again.

Wind was making every sighting a challenge.

A very poor photo is included of a Frosted Elfin seen

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 25
  • Frosted Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 14

Frosted Elfin

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA- Rt. 555 Powerline
Cumberland County, NJ

Walked this historic area again for Cobweb Skipper. Disappointed to not find Cobweb's, but happy with FOS Dusted Skipper.

[Good work, Steve. Sorry to hear you had no luck with cobwebs, but our log's FOY dusted for 2020 is a solid find – in a cool photo as well. jc]

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 30
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 15
  • Dusted Skipper 1

Dusted Skipper

Jesse Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 1

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard, Mullica Township
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spring Azure 1

Brian Johnson

Natural Lands Preserve at North Burden Hill road
Salem County, NJ

I was doing invasive work on the preserve today. The Sleepy Orange was a pleasant surprise. I planted Senna seeds two years ago but have not found any growing in the meadow yet.

[A significant find! This sets a new earliest-ever record for our log and suggests sleepy orange is now over-wintering in SAL (as well as at its known colony, ~15 miles away, at Dix WMA in CUM). jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 35
  • Pearl Crescent 21
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Sleepy Orange

Jack Miller

Middle Township bike path
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 8
  • Frosted Elfin 7
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 22
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Duskywing sp. 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Black ST male from overwintered chrysalis. Tiger flew through the yard in tree canopy.

[Nice work protecting that BLST through the winter, Chris! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Kathy Horn

Rte 83 power line cut
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Cobweb Skipper 2

Cobweb Skipper

Spring Azure

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Jennifer Bulava

Barker's Brook natural resource area, Springfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

Restricted area, not open to public access. Butterflies seen from 10-12. Horace's duskywing was a brand new female. Pearl crescents mating.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Sulphur sp. 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • American Lady 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Pearl Crescent

Jack Miller

Fries Mills rd powerlines
Gloucester County, NJ

9:45 - 11:30. Warm and sunny morning. The dusted skippers did not begin to fly until 10:30.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 58
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • American Lady 3
  • Duskywing sp. 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Dusted Skipper 6

Horace's Duskywing

Dusted Skipper

Ernie Hahn, Steve Glynn, Harvey Tomlinson

Rte 83 Power Line
Cape May County, NJ

Good numbers of Cobweb Skippers with the addition of Frosted Elfins, and Wild Indigo Duskywing. The habitat is being overgrown with some type of sticker bush which may over run the habit, making next year's search for Cobweb impossible.

[Excellent mix of spring species, including our second WIDW report of year and the highest count of cobweb skippers since at least 2015. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Frosted Elfin 2
  • Henry's Elfin 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 25
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Duskywing sp. 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Cobweb Skipper 11

Henry's Elfin

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Frosted Elfin

Cobweb Skipper

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden
Cape May County, NJ

I guess I can assume Sachem is no longer a southern stray.

[Yes, they been emerging too soon – usually in May, but sometimes in April and once in March – to be taken for strays. Almost certainly, it is over-wintering now in our area. By summer our resident population is increased by migrant arrivals. According to David Wright, it is still only a migrant in Pennsylvania and apparently does not survive winter there. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Sachem 1

Sachem

Harvey Tomlinson

Higbee WMA
Cape May County, NJ

The Spoil Bank Dike at Higbee is the best place I know for Hayhurst's…just walk the road at the base of the dike.

[Hayhurst's is our FOY for 2020 and ties our log's earliest-ever emergence for the species: May 14, 2012. Good find, Harvey! jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Horace's Duskywing

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Brian Johnson

Powerline cut in Thundergut WMA
Salem County, NJ

Tried out a new section of the cut at the end of the day. It's to the north of where I usually look for Dusted Skippers. It has some very interesting wetland areas. I had my work camera but struggle to get pictures of Skippers with it.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5
  • Cobweb Skipper 1
  • Dusted Skipper 3

Kathy Horn

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

While working in the butterfly garden from about 2-4:00 pm.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1