July 2020 Sightings

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Didn't spend much time outdoors, but made some very cool discoveries. The 48 Red-banded Hairstreaks were tallied at 6:30 pm, all on nectar (see photo of 4 in one field of veiw). At least half of them were still nectaring at 8 pm (when we wanted to turn on the sprinklers to water the garden). I put the Anglewing down as a Question Mark, but it sure has the "Comma" only? What do others think? Checked the Tawny Emperor caterpillar found 2 days ago and found 11 caterpillars total, all on the same young Hackberry. Monarch was a female laying eggs (YEA)!
Nessus Sphinx was a treat at 6:30 pm on fruit dish.

[My vote goes to question mark. - jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 48
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Tawny Emperor 0
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Red-banded Hairstreaks

Tawny Emperor cats

Question Mark

nessus sphinx

Hackberry Emperor

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

Cynthia Allen

Davies Sports Complex, CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Butterflies pretty scarce here, but at least I had my first Viceroys of the year.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Viceroy 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Cool to see shed skin of Black swallowtail caterpillar.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 8
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 7
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 8
  • Dun Skipper 1

Black Swallowtail cat

Delaware Skipper

Juniper Hairstreak

Karen Thompson

Pickle Factory Pond, Eldora
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Jackie Parker

712 Foster Ave
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

3 monarchs released (2 males, 1 female). Neighbor has a large bee bee tree, Korean evodia, that attracted 2 tiger ST and an azure and many bees. I guess this is as bad as buddleias. New Black ST cats on rue.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Cynthia Allen

Middle Township Bike Path at W. Shellbay Ave.
Cape May County, NJ

This magnificent garden, dubbed "Butterfly Lane" by the owner, has a long corridor of freshly blooming Zinnias. Numbers of butterflies are very low compared to previous seasons. I am wondering if part of the explanation for the low numbers of butterflies for many of us this year is the exceptionally warm and snow-free winter. This may have resulted in high numbers of predators. For example, earlier in the season, immature Wheel Bugs were everywhere. Any thoughts on what might be going on this year?

[Thank you Cynthia for suggesting a meritorious possibility as to why bflys are scarce this year. A thought that I have is that we had a significant drought late last summer which damaged or destroyed many host plants when cats were in need. What do others think? - jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 10
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

We had two guests yesterday so I spent more time than usual wandering through the yard. It turned out to be my best sk day here so far this year and my first tawny-edged sk's. Second day in a row that a cloudless spent hours scattering eggs on my peas plants. I saw the fiery as soon as I stepped out to take out the compost during dinner making. Ran in, got camera, bug gone. A lucky search rediscovered it quite far from where I first saw it and gave me another lesson in persistence. Yes, dinner was late.

[This is our first fiery sk for 2020, although as usual, NNJ has had a few reports already. - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 3
  • Sachem 25
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

One female PVST ovipositing on our Aristolochia; other apparent male nectaring on Phlox paniculata, "Jeana," our best late July/August butterfly draw. It's a naturally-occurring cultivar available from some native plant nurseries, e.g. New Moon Nurseries. Swallowtails especially seem to like its small flowers.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 20
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Pipevine Swallowtail

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

An additional species to add to our July 29 list at the butterfly garden: our first broad-winged skipper officially recorded in the Burlington County Parks System!

  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Broad-winged Skipper

Jennifer Bulava & Kate Forte

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

From about 1:30-3:30pm in the Smith's Woods butterfly garden while working and multi-tasking! Today was our best tally as far as species diversity so far this year in this garden. We counted 16 black swallowtail cats in every instar, and 3 monarch cats. The duskywing was essentially black when viewed through binoculars with super bright white spots, but would not stop moving. It landed in the complete shade so I had to use the flash for the photo.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Black Swallowtail cat

Horace's Duskywing

Dun Skipper

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Peck's Skipper 20
  • Sachem 30

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Burlington County, NJ

Quick stop at the village from 7:10 to 7:20 pm.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings in the yard today.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Ocean County, NJ

Early evening walk around some of the bogs from 5:15 to 6:45 pm.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 1
  • Dion Skipper 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Delaware Skipper was in a White Phlox. Female Black ST has been hanging around and laying eggs; there are now tiny caterpillars all over the Fennel.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Kathy Horn

Cape May NWR Hdqtrs
Cape May County, NJ

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • Juniper Hairstreak 4
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Kathy Horn

North Wildwood Seawall
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Variegated Fritillary 2

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Black Swallowtail was a female laying eggs. Missed the magic hour so not sure how many Red-banded Hairstreaks are truly in the yard. Found 9 Tawny Emperor caterpillars in the same area, some new, some too hidden to find. The 16th and final Polyphemus Moth emerged this evening (from eggs hatched last summer, raised on S. Red Oak, and wintered over as cocoons).

[What a great photo of a fresh polyphemus moth! - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 40
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Question Mark 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Tawny Emperor 0
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Tawny Emperor cat

f. Polyphemus moth

Hackberry Emperor

Juniper Hairstreak

Kathy Horn

Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 9
  • Juniper Hairstreak 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 8

Red-banded Hairstreak

Horace's Duskywing

Monarch cats

Juniper Hairstreak

Kathy Horn

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while out in the yard. RB Hairstreak on Mountain Mint.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Monarch was a female laying eggs. YEA!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak c
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Sachem 6
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 12

Southern Cloudywing

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Therese Hurter

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

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Beth Polvino

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

Butterfly numbers continue to be down in my yard. I counted 14 species with 27 butterflies which is low compared to past years. FOY Variegated Fritillary. On the plus side the butterflies here are mostly females and laying eggs on their host plants.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Sachem 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

snout

Variegated Fritillary

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

There were more Swallowtails flitting around but was not able to get close enough to identify. Did not see any skippers at all today. Last summer we had so many!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1

Spicebush Swallowtail

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

While conducting dragonfly survey from approx 10-12.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Peck's Skipper