April 2021 Sightings

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

Very faded monarch trying to ovipost on some milkweed that is just barely sprouted.

  • Monarch 1

Monarch

Jack Miller

Middle Township
Cape May County, NJ

Finally, after weeks of searching… This is the second latest FOY for this species. Is this because of a general late emergence or because so few frosted exist? Let's hope for more.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Frosted Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Frosted Elfin

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Late afternoon.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1

Beth Polvino

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

FOY Orange Sulphur. The 2 American Ladies were ovipositing on pussytoes. One of the American Ladies was very small. (I have blurry digital images) Sunny with little wind about 80.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

The Red-banded Hairstreak was just sitting on a sunlit leaf in our woods.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

Jack McDonough

Estell Manor rd
Cumberland County, NJ

Around 1pm - humid and overcast at around 75 degrees.

After playing the stake out game for Hessel’s Hairstreaks, true treetop specialists who briefly come down to nectar, I was successful after an hour of hawking the highland blueberry bushes that lined the swamps edge. They truly glow, like emerald plates from within the leaves. It wasn’t long after that, that for once, a butterfly came to me. Unsuspectingly, the tawny wings of a Cobweb Skipper fluttered over and landed right in front of me on the sandy path. It really doesn’t get much better than this…

[Congrats to Jack for finding our first folded-wing sk of 2021. And what a find: a cobweb from a site that has not previously reported cobweb. Let's hope this is the start of a good year for this troubled species. Oh yeah, there is also the gorgeous Hessel's photo that was the result of patience. -jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Hessel's Hairstreak 2
  • Brown Elfin 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 20
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5
  • Cobweb Skipper 1

Cobweb Skipper

Hessel's Hairstreak

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Working in butterfly garden, between 1-3pm.
Extreme winds made it tough to find butterflies out today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas Pointe Trail, Mt Laurel
Burlington County, NJ

Extreme winds made it tough to find butterflies out today. These were seen between 10:30-11:30am. My FOY red-banded hairstreak was seen through binoculars, perched on a black cherry leaf but too far away for a picture.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

Jack McDonough

Garette Family Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Mid-afternoon, 73 degrees, sunny and windy.

[A nice list for a day when "windy" is an understatement as winds howled in the 20's and 30's all day. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1

Karen Thompson

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Brief appearance on French lilac

  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1