July 2020 Sightings

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

A good count for us. Is the tide turning? Like many other butterfly gardeners, we have had a slow year to this point.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 11
  • Broad-winged Skipper 20

Little Glassywing

Peck's Skipper female

Spiny oakworm moth, Anisota stigmata?

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

6:40 to 11:40 am. Sunny, hot, 89 degrees when finished. Mostly birding today. Cabbage White numbers are an estimate.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 500
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 19

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Thrilled to find our second-ever dion for our yard, and first here in seven years (7-16-13).

Dions seem scarce in South Jersey north of Cape May County. This is our log's first report this year of the species outside CMY.

Of the 123 reports of the species compiled on our log from 2009-2019, 95 came from CMY. Eleven of the remaining 28 reports came from the Tuckahoe River in southernmost ATL, on the CMY border.

Otherwise, 2009-19:

CUM: 5 reports
SAL: 0
GLO: 0
CAM: 1, West Jersey Cranberry Meadows
BUR: 5, all from Parker Preserve
OCN: 3 – 2 Klots Bog; 1 Warren Grove (coming to moth light)
ATL: 3 north of the Tuckahoe River.

  • Dion Skipper 1

Dion Skipper

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Cloudless Sulphur laying eggs on Partridge Pea, plus caterpillar from past egg laying (see photo). Good number of Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillars on Spicebush and Sassafras in our woods this summer including this full size cat on Spicebush.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper a

Spicebush Swallowtail cat

Cloudless Sulphur cat

Tom Bailey

Swede Run Fields Park, Moorestown Township
Burlington County, NJ

Quick visit from 7 to 7:45 am.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 5

Karen Thompson

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Silver-spotted Skipper

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Two of the three monarchs flying together mid morning. This photo late afternoon.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Monarch 3

Monarch

Brian Johnson

My yard
Cape May County, NJ

Butterflies were seen while working in the yard today. The Snout was laying eggs on a young Hackberry tree. The Ultronia underwing Moth was on the back porch last night.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 9
  • Dun Skipper 1

Ultronia Underwing Moth

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Only the first double digit count for this season. Monarchs were male & female with the female actively laying eggs.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

Still not many butterflies but the ones that showed up are beautiful!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Sachem

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Tom Bailey

Medford F&WMA
Burlington County, NJ

8:10 to 12:15 pm. Sunny, hot & humid. 92 degrees at noon.

[Congratulations, Tom! Our log's first Ocola of 2020 and our 85th species for the year. It is also the second-earliest-ever arrival date for the species on our log. Earliest: 6-23-17; next earliest 8-9-12. Good find! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 36
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 6
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 6
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 15
  • Horace's Duskywing 16
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 9
  • Sachem 7

Ocola Skipper

brian johnson

Bellplain state forest
Cape May County, NJ

Surprising to see the hairstreak at the moth lights.

[Interesting – and near our latest date ever for the species, 7-25-14. jc]

  • Banded Hairstreak 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Quick swing through the yard today. Finding Summer Azures nectaring on White Avens in our woods and yard where this native perennial comes up naturally (see photo).

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper a

'Summer' Spring Azure

Karen Thompson

New Jersey Audubon Headquarters, Middle Township
Cape May County, NJ

Swallowtail laying eggs on fennel.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 14

Black Swallowtail

Kate Forte

Smith’s Woods, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Sightings while watering the butterfly garden
9:00am-10:15am

  • Cabbage White 42
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1

Karen Thompson

Cape May County WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 12

Salt Marsh Skipper

Red-banded Hairstreak

Horace's Duskywing male

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

FOY backyard snowberry clearwing moth.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Late day observations.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Black ST laying eggs on parsley and fennel. Monarch laying eggs on Common Milkweed. Fresh snout around Senna—? Peck's new for garden. Tiger ST and Peck's on phlox paniculata 'jeana.'

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Peck's Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

8:50-9:15am Smith's woods butterfly garden

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 25
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

9:50-10:50am

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

I have made little to no effort to search this property this year, but saw a fresh Spicebush ST today.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Are others seeing nymph and adult Wheel Bugs in their gardens (see photos)? We are definitely seeing many, many more than usual. Our stand of Turk's Cap Lilies had 27 blossoms this year and lured in hummingbirds and swallowtails. The American Snout was busy laying eggs on Georgia Hackberry. One of the Monarchs was a female laying eggs, at last (only the 2nd female I've had in the garden this year, to my knowledge).

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper a

wheel bug

tiger

wheel bug nymph

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA- Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Very hot, mid-afternoon visit. Not the best time, but plenty of activity. Many of the Sleepy were hiding under leaves, but still several activity flying in the heat. Most pristine fresh, except one (presumed) older generation still holding on.

Cloudless numbers building and all very fresh.

Colony should be at full flight over next couple of weeks. Biting flies were not too bad today.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 44
  • Sleepy Orange 16
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2

Sleepy Orange (worn)

Sleepy Orange (fresh)

Robert C. Koch

Lumberton Leas on Creek Rd. Lumberton, NJ
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 6
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 16

Peck's Skipper

Spicebush Swallowtail

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Peck's Skipper 6
  • Sachem 14

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental afternoon sightings while out in the yard.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Steven Glynn

Buckshutem Preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

Nature Conservancy property along Buckshutem Road, between Cedarville Rd and Fairton Rd.

Group of Sleepy Orange taking minerals along immediate access was a nice surprise. More found within.

Excellent diversity and numbers here.

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Sleepy Orange 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 150
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 20
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Common Sootywing 2

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Sootywing

Sleepy Orange