July 2021 Sightings

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Our garden has "popped" for bees, wasps, beetles, flies, et al, but not yet for butterflies so much. Hoping for a jump in diversity and numbers soon – and a rare skipper too!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 7
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Snowberry clearwing

Scolia wasp and unid beetles, flies on Spiraea

Dogbane beetles mating on host plant

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Monarch 7
  • Sachem 4

Sachem

'Summer' Spring Azure

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Tall Garden Phlox is beginning to bloom, Queen Anne's Lace blooming abundantly last week or so. Have started to see swallowtails. I see Cabbage Whites daily on this property.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • American Snout 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 8
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 20

Kathy Horn

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

[This is a striking photo of what looks to both of us to be very similar to the photographs of possible southern broken-dashes from July 2016 (Forsythe, ATL) and July 2017 (Davies Sports Complex powerline, CMY).

Separating southern broken-dash, Wallengrenia otho, from northern broken-dash, W. egeremet, by eye or photo, is difficult at best.  And there are no officially accepted records for southern broken-dash in NJ.  Still, with climate change and populations in Delaware, the species seems a potential new arrival, even if we cannot  yet recognize it.  For more of these details go to our blog post from August, 2017 at:  https://blogs.stockton.edu/sjbfs/2016/08/01/southern-broken-dash-a-species-to-look-for/).

Thanks and congratulations to Kathy Horn for the superb shot.

We ask all observers to be alert for reddish broken-dashes. Take photos if possible and please submit to the log.  We could be documenting the first hints of a range expansion of this southern species, even if we can not yet be sure of the evidence.

jm & jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 6
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

Broken-Dash

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Butterfly garden only, around 2:00pm.

  • Cabbage White 16
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

American Lady

Monarch

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Noting only species not seen here yesterday. Male rare skipper, our FOY, on Liatris, the species' favorite nectar source in our yard. First Peck's here since May 17, also a male, apparently second brood.

  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Rare Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Robert C. Koch

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

ETS is FOY at Lumberton.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Peck's Skipper

Clouded Sulphur

Jack McDonough

Dennisville RR
Cape May County, NJ

Partly sunny at 80 degrees

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Snout 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 14
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

The most sightings I have had so far in our yard! I was also outside for a significant amount of time because the heat was more bearable and we were showing friends the garden. The sachems were on the Gaillardia and the Monarda fistulosa. The Eastern Tiger was going back and forth between the mountain mint (Pycnanthemum Incana) and the Monarda. Saw several large black butterflies but they flew by so fast was not able to identify if they were a type of swallowtail or a red spotted purple.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Sachem 3

Sachems

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

David L. Amadio

Magnolia garden center
Camden County, NJ

Around 5:15 p.m. Sachems seemed to be everywhere here. I quickly counted at least a dozen.

  • Sachem 12

David L. Amadio

Mom's garden in Laurel Springs
Camden County, NJ

Observed at least three Sachems on liatris at around 6 p.m.

  • Sachem 3

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Monarch was ovipositing.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Willingboro Lakes Park, Willingboro
Burlington County, NJ

Morning following major tropical storm. The monarch was flying around us but didn't land.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Monarch 1

Clay & Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Clay got out into the garden more than I did today and spotted a Pipevine Swallowtail and a probable Brazilian Skipper; neither cooperated when Clay came back inside for me and a camera.

[Update: Based on the caterpillars you found on July 18 and after, I am using my awesome hindsight powers granted to the moderators of this log to declare this report from Clay our FOY Brazilian adult for 2021. Congrats to both of you. As of 7-31-21, your Brazilans are the only individuals of the species yet reported anywhere in NJ, as far as I can tell. jc]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 7
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10
  • Broad-winged Skipper 40

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 10:30 to 4:30 while working in the garden. Most activity so far this year. Pretty uneventful so far this year in the garden.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Marilyn Patterson's garden in Alloway
Salem County, NJ

As usual a lovely well tended garden with great butterflies, birds, flowers, and her little dog is a cutie as well. One of two Easter Tigers was a dark form female. A Cloudless Sulphur made a brief appearance racing through the garden. Obs. made from 3:15 to 4:15

[Our 3rd report of cloudless this year and the first from SAL. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 3
  • Sachem c
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Audubon home garden
Camden County, NJ

first sachems of the season here. One monarch cat and 2 chrysalises.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 0
  • Sachem 2

Sachem

Karen Thompson

Home, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Karen Thompson

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 2

Tom Bailey

Medford WMA
Burlington County, NJ

12 to 1 pm. Sunny, 82 degrees when finished.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

7:30 to 11 am. Sightings mostly from flower gardens along the road. Cabbage White numbers are an estimate.

  • Cabbage White 150
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Teresa Knipper

Cape May Point State Park.
Cape May County, NJ

Beautiful morning after the storm. Winds from the west. These are incidental sightings while taking my grandson for a walk at the park. He is already very good at spotting wildlife and found this rat snake in the shelter while we were having a snack!

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1

Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

2 of the Monarchs were in tandem (mating) and the third was laying eggs on Common Milkweed in our itty bitty meadow. 4 Black Swallowtail caterpillars eating & hiding in the Fennel flower heads.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 12
  • Broad-winged Skipper 40
  • Dun Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Thundergut WMA, Rt540
Salem County, NJ

Overgrown with little nectar right now. Usually some good swamp milkweed.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Common Wood-Nymph

David L. Amadio

Featherbed Lane, Kings Hwy end
Salem County, NJ

Very little sun while here. May well have had a Meadow Fritillary, but I lost it and could not confirm. dogbane in the area along Kings Hwy has been mowed and will need some time to begin flowering again.

  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur c
  • Orange Sulphur c
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Chris Herz

Tall Pines Preserve, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

1:15-5:30, 84 degrees mostly sunny, humid. It paid off looking at the queen anne's lace as there was a juniper hairstreak on it. Buckeye laying eggs on narrow plantain and monarch laying eggs on c. milkweed. Spicebush cat was on the move. Dead A. Lady on dogbane–captured by a spider. Little glassywing & NB Dash very worn.

[Nice list – diversity and numbers! Looks like a spot very much worth visiting. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 35
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 40
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 10
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper

Juniper Hairstreak

Common Wood-Nymph

Spicebush Swallowtail

David L. Amadio

Alloway municipal garden
Salem County, NJ

This garden got a late start this year in planting. Will likely improve as the summer progresses. Always a nice place to observe grass skippers.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 15

Sachem

Peck's Skipper

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

This now very ragged Monarch seen at 3pm, beautiful day, 77 degrees after terrific storm last night. Possibly the same one reported 7/7/2, then in prime condition.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Monarch 1