July 2020 Sightings

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Common milkweeds suddenly and sadly "past" – their flowers drooping much earlier than usual. Monarch ovipositing on new shoot. Snout ovipositing on hackberry.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • American Snout 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 15
  • Dun Skipper 1

Little Glassywing

Steven Glynn

Seabreeze Road into Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Roadside button bush is blooming and drawing plenty to it.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 9
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 6
  • Rare Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 19

David L. Amadio

Mannington Area
Salem County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:30 to 3:45, Clouds & sun with temp. around 90. Checked several locations primarily for 2nd brood Bronze Coppers. Overall diversity & numbers down for most butterflies in the area. ( My late posting is due to no internet signal for the last two days).

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Bronze Copper 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 51

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Tom Bailey & Jack Miller

Peaselee F&WMA
Cape May County, NJ

9:40 to 12 noon. Partly sunny, hot & humid. Excursion to look for Mulberry Wings. One dark swallowtail sp.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Mulberry Wing 12

Mulberry Wing

Tom Bailey

Peaselee F&WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

1:10 to 2:20 pm. Sunny & hot. I walked the power line off Hesstown Rd. Also had one hairstreak sp.

  • Edwards' Hairstreak 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Horace's Duskywing

Edwards' Hairstreak

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Not much in the way of butterfly fireworks in the yard this afternoon although the cloudless sulphur put on a nice display. There have been many comments this year as to how butterfly numbers are down in many places. Last year on my property on July 9 I had 26 species which included 30 rare sk, 100 broad-wing sk, and 80 sachems; my total count of individuals today was 24. How might we account for these dramatic changes?

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 12

Cloudless Sulphur

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA- Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Excellent activity, though that also included the biting flies. The senna patch is as high as an elephant's eye and nearly impenetrable now.

Sleepy Orange count is up and fresh individuals flying. Cloudless Sulphurs are very abundant now, with many females laying eggs and poised to have a huge brood soon.

An adjacent field area has a nice patch of dogbane that is drawing in many skippers as well.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 31
  • Sleepy Orange 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 9
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 15
  • Broad-winged Skipper 35

Cloudless Sulphur

Sleepy Orange

Steven Glynn

Glades field along Rt. 553 @Beaver Dam
Cumberland County, NJ

Great field of milkweed and dogbane was very active. Numbers of skippers enticed me to get out my dial counters and take a shot at more accurate counts.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 53
  • Rare Skipper 6
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 26
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 229

Rare Skipper

Kathy Horn

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 7
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

2 Banded Hairstreaks in dogfight.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

William J. Bucholski

Collingswood
Camden County, NJ

Seems far fewer butterflies this year. Handful of swallowtails, occasional whites, a sulfur, and no Monarchs.

  • Cabbage White 2

Steven Glynn

Back Neck Road field across from Green Swamp Preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

Large amount of blooming milkweed had plenty of skipper activity and a chance to dial count again. Aaron's Skippers were the dominant species here (though my photo seems to belie that).

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 93
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 8
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 68

skippers

Harvey Tomlinson

Davies Sports Center
Cape May County, NJ

Lots of Knapweed in Bloom, but very dry. Double-striped Bluet…breakfast item.
Rare Skipper a nice surprise.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Cloudywing sp. 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1

rare

Rare Skipper

striped bluet

Harvey Tomlinson

Indian Trail ROW
Cape May County, NJ

Scouted this ROW 10 days ago and found a wonderfully HUGE patch of Milkweed. Got here this am and because Cape May County is having a severe dry spell found only 2 Butterflies…and many, many wilted Milkweeds. The Horace's is the brownest I've ever seen…

  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Horace's Duskywing

Common Buckeye

milkweed

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

Swallowtail sp. 1

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

First Sachem & RSP here this year.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Wharton SF - Washington Township
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings during a long birding hike in Wharton SF in the Bulltown area.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Banded Hairstreak

Therese Hurter

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

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 9
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Jennifer Bulava

Head of River
Cape May County, NJ

Quick stop paid off with nice looks at mulberry wings feeding on pickerelweed flowers.

  • Mulberry Wing 4

Mulberry Wing

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

FOY backyard monarch.

  • Monarch 1

Kate Forte

Amico Island
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

While working in the butterfly garden from about 9:30-11:00am. So many flowers in full bloom and yet so few butterflies! Very frustrating to see. Did not even find any caterpillars today.

  • Cabbage White 26
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Therese Hurter

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

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 10
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Craig Castelein

My porch
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1

Spicebush Swallowtail

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Primarily birding in the park today. Cabbage White numbers are an estimate. The gardens held 200+.

  • Cabbage White 350
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6

Karen Thompson

Forsythe NWR
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Monarch 5

Barbara Ann Woodward

Sewell, my backyard
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Pearl Crescent 1

Pearl Crescent

Tim Deppa

Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

After a slow start butterflies are starting to arrive in the garden. A monarch was spending much time in the milkweed which is encouraging.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1

Black Swallowtail

Monarch

Tom Bailey

Wharton SF
Burlington County, NJ

12:10 to 2:30 pm. Sunny, hot, & humid. 86 degrees when finished.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Bog Copper 3
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4

Tom Baxter

Fort Apache in Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2