July 2020 Sightings

Pat Sutton, Brian Johnson

freshwater meadow in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Nice looks at very fresh Dion Skippers.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Dion Skipper 15

Dion Skipper

Tom Bailey

Burlington County Fairgrounds, Springfield Township
Burlington County, NJ

2:30 to 3:30 pm. One of the Tiger Swallowtails was a dark female. Cabbage White number is estimate.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Monarch 5
  • Sachem 1

Tom Bailey

Kinkora Trail, Mansfield Township
Burlington County, NJ

3:40 to 5:30 pm. I only walked 2/3 of the trail. E. Tailed- Blue number is estimate.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 35
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 9
  • Sachem 11

Lucy Hooper

Backyard meadow in Mickleton, NJ
Gloucester County, NJ

Still not too many butterflies but am only outside for short stretches because of the heat.

[A lovely photo of a melanistic tiger swallowtail. Note that the yellow pattern is dashes and not dots as seen in a spicebush st. - jm]

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

'Summer' Spring Azure

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

[This is our first Hayhurst's since June 26. - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Sachem 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made between 3 & 4:45, part sun & low 90's. Found 9 trees with Woolly aphids, but no Harvesters flying. Butterfly garden deteriorating with weeds, but still worth checking for butterflies. Nice up tick in E.Tiger activity. Beavers are at work altering the landscape here.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Beav

Appalachian Brown

Tawny-edged Skipper

David L. Amadio

Rowan College SJ, Gloucester Campus
Gloucester County, NJ

Checked out what was formerly a community garden. Now a field with mainly white clover. This location has been a hotspot for Common Checkered-Skipper as reported often by Chris Herz. I was able to find two late this afternoon.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Common Checkered-Skipper

Beth Polvino

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

To answer JC's question. I believe I am seeing a new Brazilian Skipper here in the yard. The nests are still on the small size and even though there are a good number of them none are longer than an inch in size. Thought I saw 2 BS's yesterday but today I am sure I saw 2 of them. I do have some pictures but focus isn't that great. Saw both in the morning in the back yard and about 5PM in the front yard.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 0
  • American Snout 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Ocean County, NJ

1:30 to 3:00 pm. Sunny, hot & humid. This report for the Ocean County section of Whitesbogs. Gray Hairstreak fresh. Photo of Striped Hairstreak.

[This is only our 4th report of striped hs in 2020. -jm]

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Striped Hairstreak

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Burlington County, NJ

1 to 1:30 pm. Mostly sunny, hot, & humid. This report for the Burlington County section of Whitesbogs.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Dion Skipper 1

Jackie Parker

712 Foster Ave
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Sandra K. and I went looking for Harvestors at Chesnut Branch but the one from yesterday is back in the same spot as of 4:30 pm.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Harvester 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

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

Sachem

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

We had seven to eight looks at a male pipevine st as it zigged and zagged around the edge of the garden, dog-fighting with monarchs on and off. Did not land once while we watched, however, and we have not yet managed a photo, unfortunately. Hoping for a return and better luck next time!

[Congrats to Jack and Jesse for their excellent find. This is by far our log's lastest FOY for pipevine swallowtail (previous record was 7/4/18). It is interesting to note that we recorded our FOY before 6/1 in 7 of our first 8 years. In the last 5 years, the FOY date has been 6/13, 6/26, 7/14, 6/19 and 7/27. What has happened to the first brood in SNJ? - jm]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 10
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Found a good-sized Tawny-emperor Caterpillar in a partially webbed shut Georgia Hackberry leaf. Have others noticed big numbers of Wheel Bug nymphs and now some adult Wheel Bugs too concentrated in their pollinator gardens?

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 16
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Tawny Emperor 0
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 10
  • Dun Skipper 1

wheel bug

Chip Krilowicz

Laurel Run Park
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Variegated Fritillary

Gray Hairstreak

Common Checkered-Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Sleepy Orange an exciting new yard butterfly!
I too have recently noticed plain golden sachems in the garden which have been giving me ID headaches!

[Delores, congrats on your new yard record! It is not easy to add new species to a yard list like yours. Another report of "golden sachems." Is anyone finding them outside of the Cape? - jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10
  • Broad-winged Skipper 12

Sleepy Orange

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

Only spent a little time outside but did see a few butterflies, mostly early morning and late afternoon.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Pearl Crescent

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Pat & Clay Sutton, Michelle Uhl

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Enjoyed today's nice diversity (20 species plus 1 caterpillar: Tawny Emperor on Georgia Hackberry, THE native hackberry on the Cape). An AM Juniper Hairstreak (spotted by new butterflier: Michelle Uhl) got us out again and again, hence the good tally. Hairstreak magnets blooming now: Boneset, Sweet Pepperbush, Cut-leaf Coneflower, Mountain Mint, and Old Fashioned Mint (Apple Mint, I think).

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 20
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Tawny Emperor 0
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 12
  • Dun Skipper 1

Tawny Emperor cat

Juniper Hairstreak

Jack Miller

South Dennisville
Cape May County, NJ

There were two cats in this location. This is as far north as our log has evidence of Brazilian skippers this year.

  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Jack Miller

Cape May Distillary
Cape May County, NJ

I found cats from at least two egg laying sessions here: 8 large cats and 4 small ones.

  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Harvester nearly in the same spot around 3:30-7 pm.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Harvester 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Red-banded Hairstreak

Harvester

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

I know Buddleias are not native, and may be invasive, but the butterflies love my yellow Buddleia bushes.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Red-spotted Purple

Viceroy

Jack Miller

Tuckahoe Corbin City Fish and Wildlife
Atlantic County, NJ

Of the 6 location I walked today, this is the only one I am reporting from as the total from the other 6 locations was 10 species for a total of 18 blys (all singles except for 5 Horace's, 3 pearl crescents, and 3 red-banded hs). True, I was looking for rarities, but this was an exceptionally light showing.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental yard sightings.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2

Harvey Tomlinson

My lonely Garden
Cape May County, NJ

This is a dismal 4 day compilation. The count for each species is a one day high count. I have numerous Brazilian cat tents, but no cats in them or any signs of an adult. And I have proof a Black Swallowtail was here but never saw it! The "Summer" Azure was no bigger than an ETB…even fly like one. Almost didn't check it

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 200

'Summer' Spring Azure

Black Swallowtail cat

Brazilian cat tent

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

I had been finding the American Lady cats on the Antennaria neglecta and the Anaphalis margaritacea but this is the first American Lady butterfly I have seen this year. This is the 2nd Sleepy Orange and I followed it to where it landed under the Spiraea tomentosa where I was able to get the photo. Also saw the first Monarch cat on the Asclepias tuberosa today.

[Good find, Lucy. Your two recent sleepy orange reports are only our 3rd and 4th reports of the species in Gloucester County in our log's history. We have had three reports this year, including the one by Steve Glynn in Riverwinds in May, but previously only one other: J. Gutsmuth and Chip Krilowicz in Wheelabrator in December 2016. Your reports and photos hint that the species may be expanding in South Jersey, heading north from the known colonies in CUM.]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Sleepy Orange

American Lady