July 2021 Sightings

David L. Amadio

Mom's garden, Laurel Springs
Camden County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:15 to 2. Black swallowtail cat was on parsley.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Less activity today. Very hot again, 94 sun & humid.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Karen Thompson

Cape May NWR
Cape May County, NJ

  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 8

Silver-spotted Skipper

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

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

Only short trips outside due to the heat. Silver-spotted skipper was really enjoying the mountain mint (Pycnanthemum incana) in the meadow garden. The snowberry clearwing hummingbird moth was still coming to the Monarda fistulosa even though it is past its prime. A pair of Sachems were on anise hyssop. Saw a monarch twice in different parts of the yard but it could have been the same one.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Finally plenty of butterflies here.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Sachem

Peck's Skipper

Orange Sulphur

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

NBDs courting. Milkweed tussock moth cat seems early (for our yard, at least).

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 20
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • American Snout 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Sachem 25
  • Broad-winged Skipper 15
  • Dun Skipper 1

Spicebush Swallowtail

Northern Broken-Dashes courting

Dun Skipper (female)

Milkweed Tussock Moth

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

Pearl crescent on mountain mint (Pycnanthemum tenufolium) was very tattered. Eastern tiger swallowtail (female dark morph) spent quite a long time on the anise hyssop.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 2

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Therese Hurter

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

3:30 in the afternoon, partly sunny, 82 degrees.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 10

Gray Hairstreak

Wijbren Huisman

Wildflower Meadow SJ Technology Park, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

I was happy to spot the Red Admiral.
Just before my mother passed away last year, she told me that she wants to come back as a Red Admiral.
I think she was waiting for me to meet me this morning.

  • Black Swallowtail 10
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 6

Red-spotted Purple

Horace's Duskywing

Red Admiral

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

R-S Purple was ovipositing on Black Cherry tree.
Lots of dragonflies hunting in the gardens but the Eastern Pondhawks were the most voracious as evidenced by the unlucky skipper (sachem?) in the photo.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 7
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Sachem 10
  • Broad-winged Skipper 40
  • Dion Skipper 1

Dion Skipper

pond skimmer with skipper

Black Swallowtail 1st instar

Red-spotted Purple

Maryann Farrell

Marlton front yard gardens
Burlington County, NJ

I’m so excited to report a monarch, because it has been such a slow year sadly. It was picking up in early May and then that sudden cold snap wiped out anything I had in my yard . I recorded 42 degrees early the morning of the cold snap. Some may have survived if it wasn’t for the pouring cold rain for 3 days and 42 temps in May.
I have one monarch caterpillar at 3 instar and today there was a monarch laying her eggs on the native milkweed. Usually I have at least a 100 monarch caterpillars this week. So maybe it’s a good sign now that I had one stop by today. There’s still warm enough temps to support plenty of monarch activity and I planted tons of milkweed this year. Fingers crossed

  • Monarch 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Turns out Clay's probable Brazilian Skipper on July 9th, was indeed a Brazilian Skipper. We have dozens of folded over Canna leaf parts with growing cats inside (front yard garden AND back yard garden).
[Congrats to Pat and to Clay for having his probable bug confirmed as our first report of Brazilian sk this year. Whose canna plants will be next? -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 20
  • Broad-winged Skipper 40
  • Dun Skipper 1

Juniper Hairstreak

Brazilian Skipper cat and egg

Brazilian Skipper cat

Chris Herz

Audubon home garden
Camden County, NJ

2 monarchs released (both males) and a female laying eggs.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 3

Wijbren Huisman

Wildflower meadow SJ Technology Park, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

New ones, I didn’t report yet at this location.

  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

American Copper

Red-banded Hairstreak

Kathy Horn

Tuckahoe WMA
Atlantic County, NJ

[Congrats to Kathy for finding a Dion at MacNamara. As far as I know it is a new species for that location and puts the number of total species there to 61. -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 13
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3
  • Dion Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dion Skipper

Northern Broken-Dash

Dun Skipper

Kathy Horn

CRE, Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 22

Rare Skipper

Rare Skipper

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 21
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 24

'Summer' Spring Azure

Peck's Skipper with worn friend

Horace's Duskywing

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

During youth program from 9:30-12:00.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Cynthia Allen

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

Came to check out the status of the Zinnia garden here. It is well underway, with some other butterfly-friendly plants as well. Cloudy at the time of observations.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 8

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Sightings from 7/18 and 7/19 so as not to repeat numbers. On these two days I have seen the following ovipositing here: variegated frit, sachem, cabbage white, black st, Am copper and snout. Two nice additions to the yard today: the first RBHS here from the new brood and a FOY S. cloudywing which not common here. I studied it for a minute and never saw again which was similiar to the 2 second look I had of a juniper hs last week. How many times do we just barely miss seeing the gulf frittalary in our yards?

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 8
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 25
  • Broad-winged Skipper 20
  • Dun Skipper 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Wijbren Huisman

Alcyon Lake Park, Pitman
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Northern Broken-Dash

Broad-winged Skipper

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 22

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Least Skipper

Horace's Duskywing

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A mint fresh ( on spearmint) 2nd brood Zabulon Skipper showed up this day.

[Nice to welcome the new brood. -jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Zabulon Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Tim Deppa

Home Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 2

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Lynn Jackson & Chris Herz

Wetlands Institute Stone Harbor
Cape May County, NJ

Area 5, Cape May Butterfly Count, mid-morning stop–biting flies bothersome as we walked this front garden. Salt Marsh skippers mostly on sweet pepper bush. Monarch laying eggs on c. milkweed.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 31
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Lynn Jackson & Chris Herz

Davies Sports Complex, Cape May Courthouse
Cape May County, NJ

Area 5 of the Cape May Butterfly Count, early to mid-afternoon, hot & humid. Powerline cut trail to lake. Sulphur sp. was a female orange or clouded.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Viceroy 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Southern Cloudywing 7
  • Horace's Duskywing 11
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Southern Cloudywing

Horace's Duskywing

Lynn Jackson & Chris Herz

Cape May Veterans Cemetery Field, Crest haven Rd., Cape May Courthouse
Cape May County, NJ

Area 5, Cape May Butterfly Count, midday, hot & humid. Dogbane and some C. Milkweed in bloom main nectar sources. E. Tiger ST seen while driving just outside this spot. Broad-wing & Salt Marsh skippers on dogbane and conservative count.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 7
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 77
  • Rare Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 16
  • Sachem 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 30

Common Buckeye

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Juniper Hairstreak