April 2021 Sightings

Pat & Clay Sutton

Belleplain State Forest (Goosekill Trail)
Cape May County, NJ

The elfins were immaculate, like they'd just emerged. It was only 50 degrees and we didn't expect to see any butterflies, so they were a real bonus and our 1st of the Spring.

  • Henry's Elfin 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Sunny and warm, in a sheltered spot away from today's cold wind at 2:10 p.m. Flew up as I passed by on path.

  • Azure, sp. 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

30 at dawn, 40s until noon when reached ~50, and a cabbage white zig-zagged at high speed through yard. Still waiting for our second species.

  • Cabbage White 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Azures seen all three at once, two frequently flying together from 1pm until 4pm as I transplanted shrubs. Garden work and photography hard to do at same time.

  • Azure, sp. 3

Spring Azure

Jack McDonough

Little field behind the Dennisville Wawa
Cape May County, NJ

Around 1pm

  • Cabbage White 3

Karen & Brian Johnson

Our yard
Cape May County, NJ

The Duskywing was seen on the sugar bait trail in the back yard.

[Our log's first skipper of any species for 2021. Nice to see. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Our FOY azure, flitting 15 feet up in our big white pine for a few minutes before disappearing.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Azure, sp. 1

C. Wyluda & M.Lee

Crystal Lake Park
Burlington County, NJ

some paved paths at this park that we had not seen before. In bloom: spring beauty; trout lilies and may apple just leaves.

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 3

Mike Bisignano

Our Yard, Heislerville
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Pretty sure the gray hairstreaks are earliest ever for yard. One was more worn than the other.

[Our log's FOY for the species. Good find, DA! jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Gray Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 2

Eastern Comma

Chris Herz

Audubon backyard
Camden County, NJ

on spicebush flowers

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Spring Azure 1

Spring Azure

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Copper 4
  • Eastern Comma 6

American Copper

Steven Glynn

Wheelabrator Refuge trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Late afternoon walk. Sunny and warm.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 3

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Fred Kahan

Medford Leas, Medford 08055
Burlington County, NJ

A female Orange Sulphur, smaller than local Cabbage Whites. Glassberg's Swift Guide provided the most definitive field mark, the dark smudge on the upper margin of the hind wing, differentiating it from an errant Pink Edged. An unbecoming pose, but at least she stood still.

[Our log's FOY – one of two spotted today. Good find! jc]

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Orange Sulphur

Jennifer Bulava & Kate Forte

Rancocas State Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

Scouting for my upcoming guided hikes this week. We were there from about 9:15-11:45. The butterflies starting coming out around 11:30. All were flying and none landed. Always a treat to see my FOY falcate orange tip.

[Good find. We had two FOY orange-tips today. jc]

  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Late afternoon. I finally saw my first Mac Henry's. Apparently, this is an elfin that can have years of explosive numbers and years when they are scarce.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Henry's Elfin 1

Jack McDonough

Lizard Tail Swamp. Along power lines on the west side of preserve
Cape May County, NJ

I’m pretty sure this pictured azure is a Holly/C. idella. It could be a Spring/C. ladon but it looked very snow white and the markings seemed too faint for the typical Spring Azures, but please correct me if I’m wrong. If it makes any difference, I did see it flutter out of the woods from a direction where there were two holly trees.

[Yes, if holly azure can be ID'd by pattern on ventral (and seasonality), that seems to be one. Good find and photo. jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Blueberry Azure 1
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Holly Azure

Jack Miller

Woodbine rr
Cape May County, NJ

2:15 - 3:00; sunny, upper 60's. After chasing the orangetip for a long time, I was surprised when it kindly landed.

[Our log's 2021 FOYs for orange tip and eastern-tailed blue. Good finds! jc]

  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

Falcate Orangetip

Teresa Knipper

Knipper Garden
Cape May County, NJ

First butterfly of the garden!’

  • Gray Hairstreak 1

Gray Hairstreak

Tate Perazzelli

My yard in Collingswood
Camden County, NJ

Cabbage White - 1

  • Cabbage White 1

Mike Bisignano

Our Yard, Heislerville
Cumberland County, NJ

[Our log's FOY report of pearl crescent. Good to see. jc]

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2

Chris Herz

Tall Pines Preserve, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

after work stop 4:30-5:40 pm. Azures flying so no chance for a photo

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Spring Azure 2

Tate Perazzelli

Retention Basin, Blackwood
Camden County, NJ

This was my first Mourning Cloak. The pic is blurry. This retention pond is filled with milkweed yet the township mows it multiple times per year and I'm trying to get that to stop.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak

Tate Perazzelli

My yard in Collingswood
Camden County, NJ

Probably the same one I saw yesterday just flitting around. Mid-afternoon.

  • Cabbage White 1

David L. Amadio

Fries Mill Rd. Powerline ROW
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Therese Hurter

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Probably including the three reported 2 days ago, I counted at least 6, just mobbed with Spring Azures flying acrobatically everywhere, especially in and out of red cedars and hollys. This one stayed on the ground 5 minutes at 1:02pm, seemed to pulsate, sway wings from side to side.

  • Spring Azure 3+

Spring Azure

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas State Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

10am-12:00 guided hike. 60's and sunny. This time the falcate orange tip males were super cooperative for pictures!

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Falcate Orangetip

Falcate Orangetip