August 2020 Sightings

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

Was lucky enough to see the Sleepy Orange lay eggs on a young Senna marilandica this morning. Saw a pair of Sleepy Oranges on 2 other occasions out by the meadow.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Peck's Skipper 5

Peck's Skipper

Sleepy Orange egg

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Ocean County, NJ

8:30 to 2:30 pm. Spent part of the time birding as well. Sweet Pepperbush in full bloom now. Gray Hairstreak nectaring on Redroot (Lachnanthes caroliniana).

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Dion Skipper 1

Dion Skipper

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 2

Monarch

American Lady

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

6 monarch chrysalis, one male black ST released and a female visited laying eggs on fennel. Anglewing probably a QM.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

A relatively good day in the yard. I hope it is the beginning of a good month!

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Karen Thompson

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 1

Don & Maria Taney

Back Yard Butterfly Garden in Cape May Court House
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Red-banded Hairstreak

Carolyn Gallagher

Estell Manor Park
Atlantic County, NJ

Found both the red-banded hairstreak and the zabulon skipper on plants beside the boardwalk at Estell Manor Park. Both are first sightings for me.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Beth Polvino

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

Going out this AM first saw a butterfly that I couldn't ID sitting on a canna leaf. I went back inside to my references, and while it looked similar to a Silver-spotted Skipper, the markings were different. Later, I could directly compare them as both ended up together on a flower. Images below and thoughts on ID always appreciated. Increase in number of Sachems with at least 3 sets mating. FOY Painted Lady for the yard. In addition Brazilian Skipper (many), Cloudless Sulphur, Spicebush Swallowtail and American Snout caterpillars all continue on their host plants.

["Beth's magic garden has done it again. This time we get to adventure into the unknown. This bug certainly resembles a silver-spotted, but has significant differences which are clearly not produced by wear. Besides the obvious pattern differences, there are more subtle ones like the difference in the eye-ring. Is it a hybrid? If so, what are the two species?" - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 0
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Sachem 11
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

unknown

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Robert C. Koch

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

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Spicebush Swallowtail

Clouded Sulphur

Variegated Fritillary

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

What a difference a change in months can make. I abandoned the jobs list and spent the bulk of the day from 10 until 7:00 doing slow lap after slow lap around the yard (I am glad on one was watching). One of first bflys I saw was a mint fresh Delaware that was so beautiful I went inside for the camera. I never found the bug again, but it did get me walking and searching. Almost every lap produced a new species, and it is likely that I would have missed many of the species had I not spent the day searching (the juniper was only present for 3 minutes as was the 10:00 rsp. ). I got to know some of bugs quite well; one red-banded hs spent over 4 hours on one cut-leaf coneflower. I was surprised by sudden appearance of so many sk species.The last new species was a m. cloudless that blasted through the yard close to 6:00.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 8
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 20
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6
  • Dun Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Cape May State Park
Cape May County, NJ

3:00-4:00pm

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Yard’s highest count for Red-banded hairstreaks.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 16
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 6
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Little Glassywing

Delaware Skipper

Common Sootywing

Jennifer Bulava

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

1:00-2:30pm

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 5

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Late afternoon. Red-spotted Purples were at the fruit dish.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Lots of eggs and tiny Monarch caterpillars. Plus female Monarch laying more eggs. AT LAST! Have had male Monarchs in the garden since June 26, but 0 females until July 21. Did a Red-banded Hairstreak tally at 3 pm (21) and another at 5 pm (43); seems they're showing up more once the garden is not so blazing HOT. Tawny Emperor cats still on Hackberry.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 43
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Tawny Emperor 0
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Jackie Parker

712 Foster Ave
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Two apparent male PVSTs – one with torn wing, seen last few days; other new here, as far as we can tell.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 10

Pipevine Swallowtail (wing torn)

different individual

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:30-6 Clouds with some nice sunny breaks. Also had a couple of Hackberry specialists buzzing around high in the trees, likely Snouts or Hackberry Emperors. Had one adult Black Swallowtail & two cats on Rue.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Sachem 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Red-spotted Purples on fruit dish. RB Hairstreaks & SS Skipper on Mountain Mint.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

FOY Cloudless Sulphur depositing eggs on Partridge Pea.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Cloudless Sulphur

William J. Bucholski

Collingswood
Camden County, NJ

Monarch activity finally picking up. 3 females laying eggs on the common milkweed.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 3

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard, Mullica Township
Atlantic County, NJ

Monarch appeared to be laying eggs on our common milkweed plants!

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

First 12 spotted skimmer for the backyard.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Monarch 1

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA- Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Peak flight beginning. Did a roadside dial count today of the Sleepy's, but held off on diving into the primary senna patch. I'll do that next weekend, on Sunday, which will correlate with the timing of last year's survey count.

Big numbers though today, exceeding 100 individuals of both Sleepy Orange and Cloudless Sulphurs. A new brood of Pearl Crescents also quite common. Count includes numbers of individuals found in several areas and access points into the broader Dix preserve. Happy to see a good number of Monarchs today as well.

A nice add-on surprise was a male Sedge Wren proudly singing within the senna patch and popping out briefly for a photo-op.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 150
  • Sleepy Orange 117
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Pearl Crescent 50
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 13
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Aaron's Skipper 8
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 15

sedge wren

Monarch

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

William J. Bucholski

Collingswood
Camden County, NJ

Spotted these later in the afternoon.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Burlington County Fairgrounds, Springfield Township
Burlington County, NJ

11:40 to 12:30 pm. Sunny, hot & humid.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

7:45 to 11 am. Mostly sunny, hot & humid.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 9
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 5

Spicebush Swallowtail

Peck's Skipper

Zabulon Skipper