May 2020 Sightings

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Summer Azures were on Silky Dogwood (not yet blooming). Latish Pine Elfin on Pyracantha blooms.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 1

Chris Herz

Audubon yard
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

11:45 - 1:00. Over the years at Mac, I have been able to observe N. cloudywings along with S. cloudywings and was mostly confident identifying them. This year has been tough for me. I am reporting these cloudywings as southern, but they do not have the larger white markings of southerns of the past. Comments on cloudywings are most welcome. The Henry's was a surprise (as was how good a shape it was in) as was the azure two feet from it. The azure looks like a worn marginata and has colored differently than the remaining few aging holly azures at Mac. The late Juvenal's was also surprising. The Zab was a female.

[Interesting that our latest-ever Henry's should be such a fresh-looking one. Previous latest = 5/26/16. Good find, Jack. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Azure, sp. 5
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 58
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 6
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Southern Cloudywings

Southern Cloudywing

Azure, sp.

Henry's Elfin

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made between 3:05 & 4:50, Sun and low 80's. No sign of Harvesters here today.

[Good find of our FOY least sk, Dave. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Least Skipper

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings from 2 to 3 in the afternoon while working in the yard.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard, Mullica Township
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2

Jennifer Bulava

Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest
Burlington County, NJ

10:30-12:00

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

powerline cut off Coleman's Bridge Rd, Pemberton Township
Burlington County, NJ

8 to 8:30 am.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

Jennifer Bulava

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Atlantic County, NJ

Sightings along wildlife drive.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1

Brian Johnson

Our yard
Cape May County, NJ

The Cloudless was checking out the Senna patch and the Swallowtail was laying eggs on the Black cherry.
Looks like something almost got the Cloudless. Probably our nesting Crested Flycatchers.

[This is our third report of cloudless sulphur this May. Might May reports of this species become the future norm? -jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Cloudless Sulphur

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard, Mullica Township
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Spent the whole day at home. Butterfly activity still light. Of other interest were Virginia Creeper Sphinx & Eight-spotted Forester moths. Both species cats feed on Virginia Creeper which is in abundance on this property.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Virginia creeper sphinx

Sandra Keller & Chris Herz

Palmyra Cove
Burlington County, NJ

2:30-4 pm. Mostly sunny but cloudy at times with winds picking up towards the end of the afternoon. Various salvias in bloom as well as verbena bonariensis starting to bloom. Most activity though on the trails. Lots of stinging nettle on the trails.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 15
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Beth Polvino

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

Out working in the yard and a Brazilian skipper came in and checked out my cannas in the back yard. I did not have my camera outside. Will we be invaded again?

[Congrats to Beth for our FOY Brazilian skipper. This is the third year in a row that we have recorded a Brazilian sk in May. Are we witnessing a change in this species for our area? As Beth asks, "will they invade again?" - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Tom Bailey

Brightview Farm, Chesterfield Township
Burlington County, NJ

9:30 to 11:00. Sunny & windy. Flowering blackberry attracting many b'flies.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 9
  • Least Skipper 3

Tom Bailey

Pemberton Township Rancocas Creek Canoe Launch
Burlington County, NJ

8:45 to 9:15 am.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4