March 2021 Sightings

Pat & Clay Sutton

East Creek Trail in Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

Landed briefly for a very poor photo.

  • Question Mark 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Pine Swamp Road, Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

Flushed from the road.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Mid afternoon and mid 60's. The snout was doing a test flight. Its steering was apparently ok as it cruised down the road, but I did not get to see if the landing gear were functioning properly.

[FOY Snout. Could we have a third good year in a row for this species? jc]

  • American Snout 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Mourning Cloak

Therese Hurter

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Hazy sun, 64 degrees, between 2 and 3pm.

[Exciting to have three reports for the day. Has the butterfly season begun? jc]

  • Anglewing sp. 1

Jack McDonough

Belleplain State Forest by the intersection of Cedar Bridge and New Bridge Road
Cape May County, NJ

Basked in bare sandy spots on the ground in between the masses of leaves. 2:20pm

  • Question Mark 1

Question Mark

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Flushed from a sunny spot on tree trunk.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Mourning Cloaks were seen together in same area of our woods. The Anglewing was fluttering high in the canopy.

  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Chip Krilowicz

Cramer Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Anglewing sp. 1

Beth Polvino

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

Seen flying from east to west in my yard with a stop on one of my hummingbird feeders. This feeder is where I normally have my fruit out for the butterflies in the summer though it's probably coincidence. The feeders are out as today was day 110 of an adult male Ruby-throated hummingbird in my yard. No images of the Red Admiral but really exciting for Jenny and me to see.

[Nice. Our log's FOY for red admiral. jc]

  • Red Admiral 1

Harvey Tomlinson and Jack Miller

Narrows Rd
Cape May County, NJ

and so it begins……

  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Question Mark 1

Question Mark

Harvey Tomlinson and Jack Miller

Old Robbins Road
Cape May County, NJ

"not with a bang but a whimper"

  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jack Miller

Corbin City WMA
Atlantic County, NJ

Midday. I spent an hour here but the comma was the only bfly I saw.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Old Robbins Trail (dirt road off Jakes Landing Rd)
Cape May County, NJ

In addition to the unid'd Anglewing that landed all too briefly on the road, we had an unidentified butterfly (anglewing or Mourning Cloak) high up in the tree tops floating through (beginning-to-flower) Red Maples.

  • Anglewing sp. 1

Jack Miller

Narrows rd Belleplain St. Forest
Cape May County, NJ

Mid afternoon; 70 and sunny. The Henry's took off from the road before I could get a photo. It flew to tree-top level; I followed until I lost it. I ran into Jim Dowdell who showed me the qm in the leaves where he had watched it settle after jumping it. A good day for camo bugs (see Mac report from 3/11).

[This is our earliest-ever Henry's elfin report, three days earlier than last year's record date of 3/14. jc]

  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Question Mark 1

Can you find the question mark?

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Beautiful, 72 degree day. Mourning Cloaks very cooperative. C's & Q's anglewings not so much. Nice to have the season start anew.

Spent about 2.5 hours walking and/or driving from Whitehead Road access, down to Shaw's Mill Pond area.

  • Anglewing sp. 5
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 5

Mourning Cloak

Jack McDonough

Just a few hundred feet up Narrows Road from Sunset. Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

2 individuals basked in different areas of the forest, one in a tree and one on the ground beside the road. 11:20am

  • Question Mark 1

Question Mark

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Mid morning, upper 60's, full sun. I rediscovered the snout reported on 3/9 near the same hackberry tree (ventral photo). For a bug that must have overwintered, snout #2 (dorsal photo) is in perfect condition. I spent 5 minutes laying on the road trying to get an eye-level shot of a mourning cloak. It flew loop after loop over me and kept buzzing my blue hat and landing on the back of my red sweatshirt (I could hear it and see its shadow). Last year, Tom B would wear a similarly colored blue shirt which also attracted butterflies.

  • American Snout 2
  • Mourning Cloak 3

American Snout

American Snout

Mourning Cloak

David Reese

Mullica Township, just outside Egg Habor City
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Jennifer Bulava

Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest
Burlington County, NJ

12:34pm - FINALLY saw my first butterfly of the year! After searching every Burlington County park to no avail, all I had to do was essentially walk out my backdoor. The mourning cloak flew back and forth over my head 5-6 times, as if taunting me, since I had my camera out and it wouldn't land for a picture.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jack McDonough

Beaver Swamp WMA at first bend in road, just past all the potholes.
Cape May County, NJ

Fluttered around for quite some time, tried extracting some minerals from a pile of raccoon poop on the side of the road. Basked in several places across the ground and up against the beech tree with the NJ Fish and Wildlife sign on it. 69 degrees at 3:30pm

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak

Mike Hannisian

Middle Township
Cape May County, NJ

Railroad tracks alongside Atlantic Cape CC.

  • Question Mark 1

Question Mark

Jack McDonough

Thompson’s Beach, main landing path leading out into the marsh by the main intersecting creek.
Cumberland County, NJ

Surprisingly, I was met by a half fluttering, half gliding Mourning Cloak out in the middle of the marsh. It came in from the southwest and headed over the road and towards the bay, being directed by the wind. Around 1pm, partly cloudy, but mostly overcast.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jack Miller

Stockton U farm
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Eastern Comma 1

Mike Bisignano

Beaver Swamp WMA - parking area by gate
Cape May County, NJ

Single Mourning Cloak basking on sand near gravel boat launch. Appoximately 12:00.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Tom Bailey

Wharton SF
Burlington County, NJ

Along Batona Trail near Carranza Memorial.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jennifer Bulava

Backyard, Mullica Township
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Karen & Brian Johnson

Our yard
Cape May County, NJ

The sugar bait that I put out was busy at midday and for a hour and a half after sunset. The moth is a Speckled Green Fruitworm Moth.

  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Question Mark

Speckled Green Fruitworm Moth

Chip Krilowicz

Cramer Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Question Mark 1

Chris Herz

Tall Pines State Preserve, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

getting sap from YB Sapsucker holes, possibly a 2nd one.

[Nice! Our first butterfly report from GLO in 2021. jc]

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak

C Wyluda, M. Lee

Longbridge Park, Hainsport
Burlington County, NJ

none of these butterflies stoped to be photographed- mourning cloak went about 40ft up in a tree :(

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1