July 2020 Sightings

Therese Hurter

My yard in Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 5

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

One of the Black Swallowtail cats has gone to Chrysalis attached to Rue.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Finally a Monarch. Last year they were here late May. For ID of Appalachian Brown I used recent sightings photos on this site as guide to name this small, eyed, brown butterfly which perched most often with wings open. It flew very low near nut grass and sedge grasses that get into my grassy paths.

  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Karen Thompson

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

  • Common Wood-Nymph 1

Kathy Horn

Home Garden, Villas
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Gray Hairstreak

Brian Johnson

Beaver Swamp WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Not much blooming. All Butterflies were seen flying in the sedges and grasses.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Appalachian Brown 16
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Mulberry Wing 12

Mulberry Wing

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 1

Kathy Horn

Eldora Nature Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 5
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Broad-winged Skipper

Salt Marsh Skipper

Jack Miller

areas in Egg Harbor Township
Atlantic County, NJ

9 am- 1:30. Clouds, sun and some rain. Two different locations had all three hairstreaks. For the past few years almost all of the northern broken-dashes in this area are of the reddish variety.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • American Copper 2
  • Coral Hairstreak 3
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 3
  • Banded Hairstreak 13
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 12
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

Edwards' Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

Therese Hurter

My yard in Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 7

Kathy Horn

Buckshutem Rd
Cape May County, NJ

[This is our first report of sootywings since May 27 and only our 4th report for the year. Oddly, our last and only report of checkered sk was also on May 27. Let's hope these broods produce more individuals than the first broods.-jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 25
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Common Sootywing 10

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

[This is only our 5th report of N. cloudywing in 2020 and our first photo of one. This is Dolores' second report which makes 3 of the 5 reports from CMCH. It has been an especially difficult year to separate N. cloudywing from S. cloudywing. -jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 12
  • Aaron's Skipper 14
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 25

Northern Cloudywing

Orange Sulphur

Steven Glynn

Atsion Lake area
Burlington County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Mulberry Wing 1

Mulberry Wing

Therese Hurter

My yard in Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 8

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:30 to 3:40, 95 degrees with mostly hazy sun. Very dry here with most of the nectar dried up or past blooming. Activity way below normal for this location & time. Hackberry Emperor was a female, seen laying eggs on Hackberry. Found 2 Monarch cats.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Coral Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 4

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

At first look I though I had a RBH on my fruit dish . It turned out to be a dime sized LW Satyr runt, likely the smallest that I have ever seen. Would not remain for an image. Also now finding red stage immature Spotted Lantern Flies. I am finding them mostly on Common Milkweed stems. Not good!

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Jesse Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 14
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 16
  • Dun Skipper 1

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

I see sootywings in my yard every year. On May 7 this year I watched one laying eggs on lamb's quarters. As many cats of many varieties are devoured in my yard I decided to take in a couple of eggs. Raising these cats was simple (lamb's quarters is an abundant weed here) and fun. The cats lived and inclosed in rolled leaves. They have been emerging this week giving me perfect views of these gorgeous little bug before I release them.

  • Common Sootywing 1

Tim Deppa

Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 2

Monarch

Ben Barkley

Eldora Nature Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

A brief mid-afternoon stop. Skipper numbers are educated estimates based on relative abundance.

  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 10
  • Aaron's Skipper 15
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 25

American Lady

Rare Skipper

Salt Marsh Skipper

Jack Miller

Beaver Swamp WMA
Cape May County, NJ

My annual 4th of July trek to this forlorn location. The lone striped hs I saw was too close to get a photo, and as I backed up, poof, gone.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Appalachian Brown 12
  • Mulberry Wing 12

Brian Johnson

Peaslee WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

A long morning walk in dry habitat and a 5 minute stop at the Tuckahoe river on my way home.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Coral Hairstreak 2
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Mulberry Wing 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1

Chris Herz & Sandra Keller

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

8-10 am pulling weeds in the garden; 10-12 pm walk to the river. 88 degrees at 10 am and very humid, 93 degrees at noon. 2 spicebush cats on sassafras seedling in the woods. Also a hummingbird clearwing moth around dogbane.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 10
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 15
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2

Tom Bailey

undisclosed location
Atlantic County, NJ

11:15 to 12:15. Sunny, hot, humid. 91 degrees. Monarch was a fly by. The others were nectaring on Pickerel Weed.

[Tom's three two-spotted sk's establish a new LOY date for our log. The previous record was 6/30/16. Well done! - jm]

  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Two-spotted Skipper 3

Two-spotted Skipper

Two-spotted Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Monarchs were mating. Black Swallowtail ovipositing on fennel.

[This is a lovely yard list for a slow start to the summer. -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 12
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 15
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 30

Rare Skipper

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Just spent about 15 min. in the garden & surrounding fields around 4 p.m.. Again very dry, but a nice amount of Common Milkweed & dogbane with next to nothing on it. Monarch & Spicebush were in the garden.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden- Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

This report is for 2 days 7-2,7-3-2020. Counts are reflective of a high count for one of the days not collective.
The 3 -spotted Cabbage White is interesting as the third dot is on the HW.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 17
  • Dun Skipper 2

Salt Marsh Skipper

Dun Skipper

Common Sootywing

Cabbage White

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2

Common Wood-Nymph

Ben Barkley

Hesstown Powerline
Cumberland County, NJ

Early afternoon stop. Sunny and in the low to mid 90s.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2

Edwards' Hairstreak