June 2021 Sightings

Robert C. Koch

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

Photos: Question Mark, Silver-spotted Skipper and Zabulon. First Monarch I've seen at Lumberton Leas this year.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Question Mark 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Zabulon Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Question Mark

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Nice variety today. Skipper season is here!

[Good finds – including log FOYs, dun and Delaware. Interesting that the Delaware skipper appears on an early date (May 29th our all-time earliest) yet looks fairly worn. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Delaware Skipper

Spicebush Swallowtail

Orange Sulphur

Dun Skipper

Cynthia Allen

Middle Township Bike Path at W. Shellbay
Cape May County, NJ

A big emergence today of a new brood of Cabbage Whites.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Monarch 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

This fresh Delaware skipper joined the worn one from yesterday. As Sootywings are wont to do, today’s led me on a wild goose chase as I tried in vain for a photo.

[Keep chasing that elusive skipper, D.A. This is our first sootywing report in several weeks – since three in early May – and no one yet has managed a photo. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 6
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Delaware Skipper

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Orange Sulphur "white form" female

Jack Miller

Nabb rd
Cumberland County, NJ

Early afternoon. First stop of 3 on a "now that Steve Glynn is not here, somebody has to do it tour." This field looks good, but I only surveyed it from the road as it is a bit early for checkered white. I can hardly imagine how many variegated frits must have been in the field judging from the small area I surveyed. Surprisingly, there were few species present.

  • Cabbage White 50
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 18

Jack Miller

Lummis Mill rd
Cumberland County, NJ

3rd stop on the tour. This Euro sk colony is doing fine. Few people on our log have reported this bug for the past few years. I am including a handful of photos in hopes that people may feel more confident about seeking them out and appreciating this cool bug.

[… and our log's FOY of this puzzling skipper. jc]

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 5
  • European Skipper 22

European Skipper

European Skipper

European Skipper

Jack Miller

Fries Mills rd powerlines
Gloucester County, NJ

10:30- 12. Sun and clouds. I have not come to this location to look for dusted sk in June. Although some of the dusted could go by "clear-winged dusted," many of them were in pretty good shape. This place was loaded with crossline, tawny-edged and swarthy, and honestly, identifying the crosslines and tawny-edged made my head spin, so I hope the photos can help others. There was no way to get and accurate count of these buzzing sk's; therefore, all counts are conservative.

[Thank you for the good shots of those tough IDs! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 20
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 5
  • Crossline Skipper 15
  • Dusted Skipper 10

Crossline Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Dusted Skipper

Chris Herz

Audubon home garden
Camden County, NJ

Late in the day basking in sun. Two early install Question mark butterflies on hackberry sapling.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 0
  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern Comma

Question Mark cat

Jack Miller

Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

The area that hosted the sleepy orange colony has been completely plowed. However, some senna remains uncut along the back edge and new senna sprouts are rising from the mowed area. My guess is that sleepys will be seen here this year. The good news from this stop is that I did not have to consider stepping out from my car into deer fly city.

  • Cabbage White 1

Senna

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

1:50pm. Cloudy and very humid

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Question Mark was chasing Mourning Cloak around the fruit dish.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 10
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Robert C. Koch

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

Like living in "Groundhog Day". Same butterfly species and numbers appear day after day.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Sachem 1

Silver-spotted Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while in the yard this afternoon.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

David Moskowitz

Closed landfill along Route 206 in Bordentown
Burlington County, NJ

Two Oak Hairstreaks. One alive, one being eaten by a spider, both on dogbane. A few scattered white oaks along the edge of the landfill but otherwise a highly developed area.

[A superb find of this elusive species! These are the first oak hairstreaks reported to our log since 2019 when two were reported in June in CMY, after a five-year period of no reports. These are also the first reports of the species in BUR since June of 2010, eleven years ago. Good work, DM! jc]

  • Oak Hairstreak 2

Oak Hairstreak

Oak Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Early stage spotted lanternfly nymphs abundant. Finding them frequently on Common milkweed. Photographed a number of them on Virginia Creeper.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Spotted lanternfly

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Despite egg laying by a female Monarch on Common Milkweed in early May, these were my first caterpillars spotted (3: 1 big and 2 small).

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 0

Little Wood-Satyr

Monarch cat

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:40 to 4:45. Deer flies out in full force.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 12
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 10
  • Peck's Skipper 1

American Snout

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton.
Gloucester County, NJ

Was only out in the morning and evening because of the heat but in the early evening noticed the Spring Azure on the New Jersey Tea that is just about ready to flower.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Spring Azure 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3

Tom Bailey

Wharton SF
Burlington County, NJ

2 to 5 pm. Sunny, hot, temps in the low 90s.

[Two remarkable finds: our log's FOY Georgia satyr on the earliest we have ever recorded (breaking old date of June 8 (2018); and the first dusted skipper reported in BUR since May 2009, twelve years ago.
Good work, Tom! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Azure, sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Georgia Satyr 1
  • Dusted Skipper 1

Dusted Skipper

Jack McDonough

Garette Family Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

10am-2pm sunny at 85 degrees

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Orange Sulphur 12
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 6
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 10

Steven Glynn

1st Ave.- Hunters Mill powerline area
Atlantic County, NJ

Ventured into this area, although recent activity by 4x4 trucks mudding the area have gouged the bog area, creating deep, soft wet areas that leave foot travel dangerous. I sank into thigh depth, when I thought I was planted on a good, firm spot. Ended any further searching, beyond the very edge of the area.

Tough area now to navigate. The other trail area is heavily overgrown and always a huge tick area.

Logic suggests a trip to Franklin Parker might be smarter and easier for Bog Coppers going forward.

Hot and humid, but active at this spot and along the powerline.

[Thanks for the alert, Steve, and for the report, including our FOY bog coppers. Be careful out there, everyone! jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Bog Copper 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 11
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1

Tawny-edged Skipper

Southern Cloudywing

Bog Copper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Summery!!

[Good to see our log's FOY's glassywing for 2021. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 15
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Little Glassywing

Least Skipper

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Aaron's skipper the least numerous of the "salt-marshy" skippers in our yard. This only the fourth we have found here in last ten years.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Aaron's Skipper

Harvey Tomlinson

Higbe Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

My go to spot for Hayhurst's Scallopwing and was not disappointed today with 7+. Males and Females in mint condition.

[Nice! Our log's FOY Hayhurst's for 2021. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 25
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Question Mark 2
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 11
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Question Mark

Red Admiral

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

In wet areas of garden, frequent sightings of low-flying azures in the past two weeks. Many huge holly trees here, also Inkberry.

  • Azure, sp. 1

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:30 to 3:30.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 26
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 13
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Steven Glynn

Millville- Buckshutem & Cedar Lot
Cumberland County, NJ

My "favorite patch" isn't looking so good this year. Deer have taken over the plot for their sleeping, and the milkweed is sparse this season. Time will tell, but activity was pretty low at my mid-afternoon search.

Euro-skipper colony still present, but numbers very modest.

  • American Copper 2
  • European Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1

European Skipper

Crossline Skipper

American Copper