July 2021 Sightings

Chris Herz

Audubon home garden
Camden County, NJ

Tiger ST in short supply recently. A. snout still attracted to short-toothed or clustered mt. mint.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Sachem 2

Robert C. Koch

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

Seeing a lot more Sachems over the past few days.

  • Cabbage White 31
  • Variegated Fritillary 6
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 24

Variegated Fritillary

Sachem

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

One Banded still on a lonely patrol. Question Mark at Hops.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

Also had a Hummingbird Clearwing for first time in a few years. It was nectaring on Monarda fistulosa which was added last year in a new pollinator garden.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

6 black swallowtail caterpillars

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Karen Thompson

Home, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Observations made off and on throughout the day. Broad-winged skippers seemed to be laying low around 2pm while the Sachems took center stage chasing anything that moved.

[Our log's first fiery skipper for 2021. Good find, Dolores! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12
  • Broad-winged Skipper 50

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

From 9-12.
One of the variegated fritillaries was nectaring on the new black-eyed susan flowers we planted in June.

[Our log's FOY common checkered-skipper at last – the second-latest first report in our log's history (8/4/2009). Good find, Jen! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Variegated Fritillary

Pat & Clay Sutton, Jack Miller

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

A few strolls through the garden today. Dion's Skipper is always a treat in the garden. Tiger Swallowtails coming to the 1st few Turk's-cap-Lilies in bloom. Female Monarch laying eggs, plus found a few caterpillars on Common Milkweed.

[Only our second report of dion so far this year. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 13
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 20
  • Broad-winged Skipper 50
  • Dion Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dion Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Jack Miller

Hand Ave.
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped by in the heat of the afternoon to see how the Dion colony was doing. Most of the bflys were hanging out in the shade on sweet pepperbush. The salt marsh sk was so worn that the biggest identification clue was its shape.

[Nice! This gives us three reports for dion in 2021. jc]

  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Dion Skipper 30

Dion Skipper

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Our first painted lady in the yard this year and only the second so far for our log. Not a good year for them so far in our region. The North Jersey log has had only has eight reports this year, mostly singletons. Will we see a late summer surge?

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Question Mark 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Sachem 25
  • Broad-winged Skipper 10

Painted Lady

Spicebush Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Kathy Horn

High's Beach Rd
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1

Tawny Emperor

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

This report covers both Wed and Th so as not to repeat species and individuals. Only the high number from each day is reported. This year will be the lowest tally of rare sk's ever and the number of sachems and broadwings are also very low. Last year's lone juniper hs was present for 2 minutes; this year's lone individual so far was only present for 2 seconds.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 5
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 25
  • Broad-winged Skipper 20
  • Dun Skipper 1

Karen Thompson

Home, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Common Wood-Nymph

Kathy Horn

Cape May NWR Office
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 11

American Snout

Chris Herz & Mike Russell

Pavillion Circle
Cape May County, NJ

good nectar here but little activity: 1-1:30. Very hot–90 degrees

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red Admiral 1

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 4:05-5:40 p.m. Still 93-94 & mostly sunny. Found at least 7 trees with Woolly aphids but no sign of Harvester cats or adults. Most trees with aphids also had numerous final instar Spotted Lanternflies close by. They seemed to be attracted to the aphids or the honeydew that they secrete. One two foot section of branch had at least 100 lanternflies on it.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Copper 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Sachem 2

Peck's Skipper

aphids and lanternflies

spotted lanternflies

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 10-2:30. NBD was the first for the garden this year. Both Swallowtails were fresh males.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Therese Hurter

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

91 degrees and sunny. Black Swallowtail was cruising around fennel.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Orange Sulphur

Jack Miller

610 power lines: Corson's Tavern Rd approach
Cape May County, NJ

Observation made 12:20- 1:15. This is the same powerline as discussed in my other entry from 7/16/21. This quagmire was too wet and dangerous to fully survey. It is possible that the low count from this often rich colony is because the Dion's are not at peak.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Dion Skipper 2

Jackie Parker

712 Foster Ave
Cape May County, NJ

[Good to see first scallopwing in a month – second brood emerging, apparently. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Wijbren Huisman

Atkinson Memorial Park, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

One hour walk 7-8 am.
Skippers, most are new for me, except the Silver Spotted skipper.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Sachem 4

Sachem

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper (male)

Jack Miller

610 power lines
Cape May County, NJ

Observation made between 11:15- 12:10. 93, windless, harsh sunlight, and as always, extra humid due to the constant presence of water. In other words, a perfect day for wandering this quagmire. This Dion colony produced 5 individuals which is the most in 3 years. It also presented the second infamous "red dash" I have seen here. Please see Jack Connor's write up of Kathy Horn's dash photo from 7/8/21. I have a difficult time thinking of these dashes as anything but S. broken-dash, but for now we record them as N. broken-dash.

  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Dion Skipper 5

Northern Broken-Dash (?)

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

3 black swallowtail caterpillars;1 black swallowtail ovipositing; variegated fritillary ovipositing

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Kathy Horn

Hand Ave, CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dion Skipper 5

Chris Herz & Mike Russell

Eldora Nature Preserve -- garden only
Cape May County, NJ

3-3:20 pm hot & humid, but some shade in parts of the garden. Snouts laying eggs on the hackberry trees in the parking area.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • American Snout 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 41

Rare Skipper

Spicebush Swallowtail

Chris Herz & Mike Russell

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Blue trail; 88 degrees, 11-12:30 pm, hot and humid. Maybe too hot for the butterflies! Stopped at the Triangle garden and had nothing even with good nectar. Very hot by then.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Common Buckeye

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3-3:45 only covering the butterfly garden & adjacent fields. 93-94 degrees and mostly sunny. Very slow at first but picked up on my way out. Nice surprise in the garden! first a fresh Variegated Frit & then a Sleepy Orange nectaring on Purple Coneflower & daylillies. The Wild Senna planted in the garden may be paying off.

[Excellent find! The first sleepy orange reported in GLO this year and the second from Wheelabrator, after photo and report of one there by Chip Krilowicz and Jean Gutsmuth way back on 12-1-2016. jc]

  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Sleepy Orange

Karen Thompson

New Jersey Audubon, Center for Research & Education, Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 9

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

Variegated Fritillary was a lifer…

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Variegated Fritillary