April 2021 Sightings

Mike Bisignano

Our Yard, Heislerville
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Teresa Knipper

Warren Grove
Ocean County, NJ

  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Hoary Elfin 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Hoary Elfin

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

9:30-12:00, entire loop

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Falcate Orangetip 2

Teresa Knipper

Route 72 Whiting?
Ocean County, NJ

  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Blueberry Azure 1

Chip Krilowicz

Cramer Hill
Camden County, NJ

Cloudy.

[Nice! Our log's first silver-spotted of 2021. Good find, Chip! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Silver-spotted Skipper

Jackie Parker

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Pearl Crescent 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

This is a combination of the morning and afternoon observations at Smithville. The am walk was a guided group walk around the Smith's Woods loop from 9-11am. The afternoon observations were on my own on the other side of the park in the open field around 2:30pm and included my FOY eastern tailed blues and lots of distant sulphurs over the field.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Falcate Orangetip 4
  • Sulphur sp. 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

American Snout was active around a Dwarf Hackberry (just leafing out).

  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Snout 1

Cynthia Allen

Kimble's Beach Rd.
Cape May County, NJ

Surprised to see a Monarch working the side of the road. My previous earliest was May 6, 2014, in my yard. In their April 17 post, LepLog noted: "Early Monarchs were reported as well, hunting out the fresh emerging shoots of milkweed. These may be northward migrations of progeny that overwintered in Mexico, I suppose, but more likely to be from the populations that overwinter in the Gulf States, I suspect."

[Congratulations, Cynthia! Our log's first monarch of the year – always an exciting find!

I also saw that comment and wondered what populations Rick B was referring to. Some migrating monarchs apparently now over-winter in southern Florida. Are they elsewhere along the Gulf Coast? BTW: Maryland also had its first monarch yesterday – in Prince George County, MD.

Be on the lookout, everyone. And see if you can determine the sex of any early arrivers. Are they all females? (See blog for some ID tips.) jc]

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Monarch 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Heislerville
Cumberland County, NJ

Nice morning. After seeing the Black Swallowtail I realized my over wintering ones needed to go outside.
Oddly I did not see a single Azure

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 25
  • Pearl Crescent 11
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4

Eastern Tailed-Blues

Harvey Tomlinson

Narrows Rd Belleplain
Cape May County, NJ

Attended 4 Puddle Parties with 20+ guests. All of the guest were Azures of the violacea clan

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Spring Azure 125
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5

Eastern Pine Elfin

Spring Azures puddle party

Juvenal's Duskywing

Chris Herz

Glassboro Woods, Clayton
Gloucester County, NJ

Carpenter entrance and old gas station. 12:30-3:30, sunny and low 70s. Not much activity to start. Nowhere road the most productive. Some azures bright but most were around the blueberry flowers or on the road.

[Thank you, Chris! The photo of light-colored individual and note about the circumstances show how difficult it can be to ID blueberry azures – especially after mid-April when holly azures emerge. jc]

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Henry's Elfin 5
  • Blueberry Azure 24
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Duskywing sp. 1

Henry's Elfin

Brown Elfin

Eastern Tailed-Blues

Blueberry Azure

Peter Manzelmann

Tat Starr Trail
Cumberland County, NJ

[Welcome to Peter Manzelmann, our newest contributor! jc]

  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 3

Jack Connor

Mannheim Ave (dirt extension), Galloway
Atlantic County, NJ

1:30-2:30. Sunny, 70+ degrees. All azures looked like C. lucia (now called northern azure on most sites). Male dorsal light blue (2nd photo) matching C. lucia (not violet hints that apparently suggest C. idella, holly azure); most worn (idella should still be fresh); several were dusky "marginata" types (most common form of lucia); and host plant up and down road in bud or just opening (while local American holly and inkberry seem not yet showing buds).

  • Blueberry Azure 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Blueberry Azure

Blueberry Azure

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Harvey Tomlinson

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Normally looking for 3-spotted Cabbage Whites finding a "no-spot" threw me. Not the heavy dark markings on the FW coastal area. Also note the very heavy gray overscaling on the ventral HW.
I watched the Azure do what looks like ovipositing numerous times but on dead grass.
And the Question Mark is a bit off.
Fun day at Higbee

[Yikes, Harvey! On top of the "no-spot" cabbage, are you trying to add a new species of azure to the already too-complex complex?? jc]

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Spring Azure 11
  • Question Mark 1

Cabbage White (dorsal)

Cabbage White (ventral)

Question Mark

Spring "Dead Grass" Azure

Jack McDonough

Narrows rd, Belleplain
Cape May County, NJ

Around 12pm, mostly overcast. Very warm at around 65 degrees.

[Good find, JMcD – our log's FOY spicebush swallowtail for 2021. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Brown Elfin 1

Beth Polvino

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

Sightings about 10 AM when still sunny with little wind' Runty American Lady laying eggs on pussytoes. Found a Spicebush Swallowtail chrysalis in the yard on a stone. That's, in addition, to 4 SS chrysalises in the garage and 3 Black Swallowtail chrysalises also in the garage. SS & BS from last fall. Carolina Mantis egg case found on the hackberry tree as I was looking at the new growth on the tree

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 1

Carolina mantid egg case

Spicebush Swallowtail chrysalis

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Holly Azure 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on beach plum

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Female Black Swallowtail dashing through the yard, targeting emerging / leaving out Fennel to lay her eggs on.

[Cool shot! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3

Black Swallowtail ovipositing

Chris Herz

Tall Pines State Preserve, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

12:00-3:30, sun and windy but in the 60's. Juvenal's Duskywing patrolling encountered a juniper hairstreak which led to look closely at the red cedars.

  • Cabbage White 11
  • Juniper Hairstreak 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Anglewing sp. 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Juniper Hairstreak

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield
Burlington County, NJ

From about 3-4pm.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Am hours, from 9-11:30.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made between 12:45 & 4 p.m. Sunny 58-62 with 16-25 mph west winds. Primary focus here was Falcate Orangetips. Found at least 5 males & 2 females. Very little nectaring observed. One male was hunkered down out of the wind. All individuals were restricted to a fairly limited part of the powerline cut. Usually they are more widely distributed along the trail & roads here.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 27
  • Falcate Orangetip 7
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Falcate Orangetip

Falcate Orangetip

Peter Manzelmann

Shaw's Mill Pond
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Azure, sp. 12
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Jack McDonough

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Around 1pm

[Good find, Jack – our first red-banded of 2021. jc]

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Henry's Elfin 11

Karen Thompson

Lizard Tail Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

  • Henry's Elfin 1

Henry's Elfin

Karen Thompson

Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spring Azure 2

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

12 to 1:45. Sunny, 68 degrees.

[Good work, Tom: our log's first Hessel's for 2021 – always an exciting find. jc]

  • Hessel's Hairstreak 1
  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Hoary Elfin 4
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

Hoary Elfin

Hessel's Hairstreak

Tom Bailey

Brendan Byrne SF, Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

2:30 to 3:15. Filtered sun, 66 degrees, breezy.

  • Blueberry Azure 4
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Tom Bailey

Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

1:45 to 2:15. Filtered sun. 68 degrees.

  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7