July 2021 Sightings

Jack McDonough

Backyard in Dennisville
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny at 77 degrees 3:30pm

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 6
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Jack Connor

My PC
Atlantic County, NJ

FYI:

As of this morning, our South Jersey Log's list includes 81 species for 2021. We had 82 species at this time last year.

A quick review of the species with blanks so far for 2021 that we have usually found by this time in past years:

Checkered White: Recorded all years 2019-2012, sometimes not until July but missed last year, 2020 and only a single record (of five individuals) in 2019.

Harvester: Recorded all years 2020 to 2012 but some years not until July or August.

Meadow Fritillary: Recorded all years 2019-2009 but often not until July or August (not recorded at all last year, 2020).

Painted Lady (?!): Recorded all previous years of our log. Only once before have we have not recorded it by this time: 7-17-2015, our latest-ever FOY.

Other "expected" species not yet recorded in 2021 generally first appear in July or later: Giant Swallowtail, Little Yellow, Long-tailed Skipper, Fiery Skipper, Dion Skipper, Brazilian Skipper, and Ocola Skipper. And of course we can hope for some species seen in a few years but too rare to depend on: Zebra Swallowtail, Clouded Skipper, and perhaps a couple of others.

I am compiling this list hastily and may have some errors here. You can check this note and also find more details about our history of Early & Late Dates by going to our blog (https://blogs.stockton.edu/sjbfs/) and clicking on "Early & Late Dates All Years 2008-2021").

Let me know if you spot errors. I will correct this note here. Thank you!

And while I am at this, and halfway through our 14th year of this log:

A Big Thank-You to Jack Miller for sharing moderating responsibilities with me!

We would not have made it this far without him.

jc

Karen Thompson

Beach Plum Farm
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Appalachian Brown

Kathy Horn

Beach Plum Farm, West Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Appalachian Brown

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Butterfly garden only, 8:30am

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 1

Shannon Sharp

TNC, Lummistown Rd, Cedarville
Cumberland County, NJ

Monarch larva on milkweed.

[Welcome to our newest observer/contributor, Shannon Sharp! jc]

  • Monarch 0

Monarch

Karen Thompson

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1

Jack McDonough

Garette Family Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

75 degrees around 1:30pm

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 8
  • American Snout 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Kathy Horn

Head of River
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Mulberry Wing 6

Mulberry Wing

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Wijbren Huisman

James G. Atkinson Memorial Park, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 11
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Cabbage White

Kathy Horn

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, hot and humid. A lot of nectar here, few butterflies.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 1

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

After the rains cleared out I found a Hackberry emperor. first one seen here so far this year.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1

Tim Deppa

Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1

Red-spotted Purple

Monarch

Tom Bailey

Pinelands Preservation Alliance Headquarters, Southampton Township
Burlington County, NJ

1 to 2:20 pm. Partly sunny, 68 degrees when finished. Cabbage White total is an estimate.

[Our second double-digit count of var frits in past week – this one from BUR, other from CUM. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 30
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 16
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 24
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 5
  • Common Sootywing 2

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while birding in the park this morning.

  • Viceroy 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

With an absence of Tiger Swallowtails in our garden since mid-June, it was lovely to see a newly emerged female. Clay spotted this full-size Monarch caterpillar on Common Milkweed. So many are preyed upon, that it is good to see some reach full size. Male Monarch going round and round, looking for a female to mate with.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Monarch cat

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Steven Glynn

Wheelabrator garden area
Gloucester County, NJ

With three days of rain, a brief break provided an opportunity to get out, but from 5:10pm to 5:35pm. Not expecting much, I was very surprised with the activity at the garden and immediate area. Ocola skipper is my earliest ever in NJ by more than two months!

[Excellent find! Our 2nd earliest record of Ocola and only the third time we have had our FOY before August 1. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 1

Sachem

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Ocola Skipper

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 1

Little Glassywing (?) as prey

Sachem

Variegated Fritillary

David L. Amadio

Mannington area
Salem County, NJ

Checked out various locations looking for 2nd flight Bronze Coppers. Did not have the time to really cover the area well, but found some nice bugs.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Bronze Copper 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 112

m. Bronze Copper

Variegated Fritillary

f. Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Chris Herz

Audubon home garden
Camden County, NJ

1st adult monarch I've seen in yard–a male. I have 4 early instar monarch caterpillars also. Snout was in my neighbor's yard

  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Monarch 1

Lucy Hooper

Mickleton Park on Democrat Rd.
Gloucester County, NJ

There is a small slip of a new pollinator garden in Mickleton Park with much of the planting to be done Spring 2022 with the help of some grants. I was excited to see that the small number of native plants there are starting to attract butterflies.

  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton.
Gloucester County, NJ

This is the first Monarch I have seen in our yard though my daughter saw one about a week ago. This is only the 2nd Eastern Tiger Swallowtail I have seen (the first was May 1st-over 2 months ago!).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1

'Summer' Spring Azure

John Adams Jr

Estelle Manor Park butterfly garden
Atlantic County, NJ

Lots of bumble bees not many butterflies. Saw some Monarch eggs on Milkweed.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

I agree with Dolores Amesbury & Jack Miller. Pollinators really POPPED on July 4th! We had the most species in our yard so far this year (23 species), plus bumble bee, fly, and wasp numbers exploded (100s). Part of our butterfly high count was due to the bushel basket of overripe cantaloupes I got from my farm stand. Butterflies AND Box Turtles were drawn to them. Fun to see American Snouts nectaring. Female Monarch laying eggs, plus a full-size Monarch caterpillar went off to go into its chrysalis (swelling the Monarch population). YEA!

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 5
  • Tawny Emperor 2
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 8
  • Dun Skipper 1

Red-spotted Purple; little wood saytr

Tawny Emperor

sachem

Rare Skipper

snout

Wijbren Huisman

South Jersey Technology Park Glassboro (Wildflower meadow)
Gloucester County, NJ

A beautifull day to accomplish the one mile loop.

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 20
  • Pearl Crescent 20
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 8
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2

Variegated Fritillary

American Lady

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Tom Bailey

Greenwood Forest WMA
Ocean County, NJ

7:30 to 12:15 pm. Mostly sunny. Less activity than previous visit.

  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 9
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Crossline Skipper 3

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

The butterflies in the garden today were the only fireworks I needed! The Broad-winged skippers were virtually everywhere and impossible to count.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Cloudywing sp. 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Rare Skipper 4
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 6
  • Aaron's Skipper 7
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 65

Variegated Fritillary

American Lady

Common Wood-Nymph

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Quick mid-day check. Azures have apparently disappeared. First Horace's in a while, but looking beat-up. Hoary mountain mint just blooming, attracting many bees, wasps, and flies, but no bfs yet.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • American Snout 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 8

Therese Hurter

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Monarch emerged from chrysalis today!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Monarch