May 2020 Sightings

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

My FOY for 3 species: Monarch, Spicebush and Pearl Crescent. The Monarch was early, with my earliest on 5/6/14. The Spicebush was on the late side, with my earliest on 3/28/12.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Fries Mill Rd. powerline
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 11:15 to 12:40, 73 mostly sunny. Didn't take long to find Dusted Skippers flying. Dewberry just starting to bloom here, a favorite nectar source for Dusteds, but only toadflax drew any attention while I was here.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • American Lady 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Dusted Skipper 11

Dusted Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Likely the same Zab as yesterday. Eastern Tiger flew by late in the afternoon.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

I am picking up a discussion I have presented over the past few years. I believe that the American ladies present in Mac in mid-May are freshly emerged and not migrants. I find it hard to believe that a migrant could have every scale perfectly in place. There are two very distinct kinds of ladies this time of year: rags and fresh (I am including photos of both). According to my reading, an American Lady can move from egg to adult in 4-5 weeks. Since they are present by the first week of April, the math
works. Could this be the first bfly to cycle in SJ? Comments and thoughts are welcome.

[Thank you for the puzzle, Jack. I hope folks will take you up on the prompt and respond, especially others with experience (and maybe even photos) of fresh, early Am ladies. jc]

[To respond to this puzzle about Am ladies looking fresh in May please email jm, me, or both of us. Thanks to anyone who can provide some thoughts! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Azure, sp. 6
  • Holly Azure 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • Pearl Crescent 20
  • American Lady 14
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Duskywing sp. 3
  • Southern Cloudywing 6
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

American Lady (fresh)

American Lady (worn)

Sandra Keller

Dividing Creek Power line cut area
Cumberland County, NJ

Sunny, 75 degrees or so, light NE winds. Mid day.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 8
  • Azure, sp. 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 15
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Duskywing sp. 20
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 3

Jackie Parker

712 Foster Ave.
Cape May County, NJ

  • Question Mark 1

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard, Mullica Township
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Karen Thompson

Coast Guard Ponds, 2 Mile Unit
Cape May County, NJ

  • Question Mark 1

Question Mark

Sandra Keller

Glassboro Woods WMA
Gloucester County, NJ

With Marilyn Henry. 70 degrees. Mostly overcast, but the sun was trying to emerge. This was a mid afternoon try for butterflies.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Duskywing sp. 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3
  • Dusted Skipper 2

Jackie Parker

Higbee Beach WMA, blue trail
Cape May County, NJ

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Red Admiral 6

Jennifer Bulava

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Atlantic County, NJ

Sightings while birding, all seen in the sheltered wooded section of the Wildlife drive.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red Admiral 2

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Although wind gusts were over 40 mph, the 'summer form' Question Mark was busy checking out the Hops.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Question Mark 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods Butterfly garden, in late am. Extreme winds: sustained 25 mph gusting to about 40mph, Surprised to see any butterflies with that wind.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Tate Perazzelli

My yard in Collingswood
Camden County, NJ

A windy day and was out and about in the garden. 65 degrees. My first monarch this year flitted by in the wind, it was a sight.

  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Silver-spotted Skipper

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Tiger Swallowtail battled strong gusty wind and managed to duck into Giant Rhododendron for shelter

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sighting in the yard today.

  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Historic Smithville
Burlington County, NJ

  • Gray Hairstreak 1

Jack Miller and Alice Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Mid 50's, overcast, NE winds 15-20. A nice stroll without camera or binoculars. Granddaughter Alice continues to work on her butterfly whisperer skills. The RBHS stayed with her for almost 10 minutes. (After our visit, I returned to get a photos of the saytr and rbhs).

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 18
  • Holly Azure 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Little Wood-Satyr

Red-banded Hairstreak

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Spicebush ST continues to be uncommon this windy and chilly month.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Jack Miller and Alice Miller

Lizard Tail
Cape May County, NJ

A lovely sunny stroll.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Frosted Elfin 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 8

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

65 degrees and sun. Also a dark ST flew through the yard.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Chip Krilowicz

New Brooklyn Park
Camden County, NJ

70 and sunny the best bug day of the year. Dusted photos are of two different bugs.

[Congrats Chip! This is only the second report of dusted sk from CAM in our log's history. The other report goes back to May 18 2017 and was logged by Sandra Keller from Winslow WMA. That report mentioned that BUR was the only county that had not reported dusted sk; that challenge still holds true and remains open to us all. - jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Lady 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Dusted Skipper 2

Peck's Skipper

Dusted Skipper

Dusted Skipper

Jack Miller and Alice Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

While working outside we saw the yard's FOY monarch arrive. It immediately started laying eggs on the milkweed.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1

Steven Glynn

Manumuskin Preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard, Mullica Township
Atlantic County, NJ

Late morning, sunny.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Red Admiral 1

Steven Glynn

Eppinger Road- Maurice River North access
Salem County, NJ

[Congrats to Steve for our log's first viceroy of the 2020. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Viceroy

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Light rain in am until 1:45. Overwintered black ST released—a male

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings today. First skippers in the yard this year. Also got a quick but distant look at a hairstreak which promptly took off. Probably a RB Hairstreak.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Mostly cloudy with several showers and even a few short sunny periods. Obs. made while working in the garden.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

RSP cat on beach plum. Our yard's FOY sachem, a male.

  • Red-spotted Purple 0
  • Sachem 1

Red-spotted Purple