July 2021 Sightings

Lynn Jackson & Chris Herz

Stone Harbor gardens: the point, corner lot, & bird sanctuary
Cape May County, NJ

Area 5, Cape May Butterfly Count, nothing flying in the garden at the point garden.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Wijbren Huisman (“V”)

Tall Pine Trees, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

We both enjoyed the “Pop-Up Garthering” yesterday.
Jack & Jesse, thanks again for your hospitalety.

  • Cabbage White 20
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 25
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Sachem 5

Viceroy

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

After Kathy Horn's report of a Dion at Mac, I searched in places where the host plant grows but did not find Dions.

  • Black Swallowtail 19
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

I was away most of the day, but a couple of walk-abouts produced the most species for the yard this year. The rare sk was a rag that spent the day on one coneflower plant. I am guessing it will be the last one in the poorest year for that species in my yard. The Appalachian Browns were just beyond my back fence.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • American Copper 9
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 31
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Brian Johnson, Jack Miller, Tom Reed, Pat Sutton

AREA 3 for Cape May Butterfly Count (Highs Beach and Indian Trail south to Rio Grande)
Cape May County, NJ

3 parties covered Area 3 and tallied an amazing 40 species. Sweet Pepperbush was just beginning to bloom.

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 8
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 27
  • Cabbage White 24
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Juniper Hairstreak 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 30
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 7
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 9
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 25
  • Red-spotted Purple 25
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 7
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 11
  • Southern Cloudywing 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 31
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 10
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 10
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 37
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 76
  • Dion Skipper 52

Juniper Hairstreak

Harvey Tomlinson, Ernie Hahn, Karen Thompson, Steph and Bob Brown, and Delores Amesbury and her Golden Garden

Area 4 Cape May NABA count
Cape May County, NJ

Hot, Humid, Smokey. Numbers very low so we had to kick the bushes to find them. 28 species

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 25
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 15
  • Broad-winged Skipper 70
  • Dion Skipper 32
  • Dun Skipper 1

Juniper Hairstreak

Southern Cloudywing

Dion Skipper

Kathy Horn

Bike path, Rio Grande-CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Partly cloudy, mid-70s.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

This or another PVST has been zipping through our yard several times a day w/o nectaring or perching since 7/18.
Finally managed a shot.

[Ah, that wonderful moment when not only does a butterfly finally land, but one has a camera on hand. -jm]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1

Pipevine Swallowtail

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

One, probably 2 male, and one female Monarch flew all day,sometimes all three together, even into dusk at 7:15 pm. Now seeing Monarchs daily.

  • Monarch 3

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

11:00-11:40am
Butterfly garden only. Lots of flowers in bloom, but few butterflies.

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 4
  • Sachem 1

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

1:20-2:20pm
Probably the most American coppers I have ever seen in one spot. Certainly the most diversity I have seen yet in the County Parks this year.

[45 is a lot of coppers! American coppers can be an explosive species. -jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 25
  • Orange Sulphur 20
  • American Copper 45
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • Variegated Fritillary 7
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 17
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 22
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Sootywing 1

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

I only included the skipper pictures because I could not positively ID-not sure if the pictures are enough-they are both of the same skipper. Monarchs were hanging around the stand of swamp milkweed behind the house all day. In another part of the yard a female Monarch for well over an hour was landing on Butterfly weed and common milkweed foliage (here pictured landing on the only flower left in the stand near a pair of large milkweed bugs). Hopefully will soon have baby cats. The Red-banded Hairstreak is on the same stand of Swamp milkweed the monarch was visiting all day.

[I believe the sk in the photos is a tawny-edge. -jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Tawny-edged Skipper

Red-banded Hairstreak

Tawny-edged Skipper

Monarch

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

The yard's FOY painted lady.

[This is only our third report of painted lady in 2021.- jm]

  • Painted Lady 1

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

I watched a black st lay egg after egg on the seeds of a dead parsley plant despite the fact that there is live dill and parsley in the yard and a large golden Alexandra within inches of the dead parsley. I don't doubt many of us could make some comments about this behavior.

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Black Swallowtail eggs

parsley seeds

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 38

Horace's Duskywing

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Sachems

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Summer Azures are everywhere in the garden. We've had 1-3 Monarchs in the garden almost daily since June 15th. The 3 today included 2 females, one of which was laying eggs. Lots of tiny holes in Common Milkweed, including this one made by this young Monarch cat. YEA! Cut-leaf Coneflower "Herbstsonne" (the one that is not a thug) is blooming and already pulling in hairstreaks. Had our 1st Hayhurst's Scallopwing in several years, despite having plenty of Lamb's Quarters (their host plant). Tallied the number of Brazilian Skipper cats: at least 15 (some with quite large leaf pockets).

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 12
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Broad-winged Skipper 10

Monarch on swamp milkweed

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Monarch cat

Red-banded Hairstreak

Kathy Horn

Stiles Orchard
Cape May County, NJ

Cape May Butterfly Count

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Sachem 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 21

Common Sootywing

Juniper Hairstreak

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Kathy Horn

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

Cape May Butterfly Count. Hazy, hot & humid.
Photos : N Broken Dash, Fiery Skipper

  • Black Swallowtail 14
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Viceroy 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 10
  • Monarch 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 16

fiery

Northern Broken-Dash

Kathy Horn

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

Cape May Butterfly Count

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 25

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

12:15-1:15pm

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Sachem 2

Karen Thompson

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 3

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:15 to 3:45 only covering the butterfly garden & adjacent fields. 84 & mostly sunny.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 6
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 2

Robert C. Koch

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

First multiple sighting of CBs this year and only second sighting of American Lady.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 25

Variegated Fritillary

American Lady

Peck's Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Atlantic County, NJ

Incidental sightings along edges of wildlife drive

  • Black Swallowtail 14
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 11
  • Sachem 1

Chris Herz

Tall Pines State Preserve, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

82 degrees and not too humid. Some wet areas on path attracting e. tailed blues, snout. Found a hackberry tree finally! Purple loosestrife in bloom. Fresh brood A. copper

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 12
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 8
  • American Snout 3
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 21
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 16
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 34
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

comma

American Copper

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Burlington County, NJ

Sightings from the Burlington County section. 4:30 to 5:15 pm. Sunny, low 80s.

  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Ocean County, NJ

Sightings from the Ocean County section. 2:45 to 4:15 pm. Sunny, low 80s. Sweet Pepperbush just starting to bloom.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to see so many Monarchs.

[A very encouraging list. - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Rare Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 10
  • Broad-winged Skipper 25
  • Dun Skipper 1

Rare Skipper

Least Skipper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

I thought I saw a tawny emperor a some days ago, so ala Clay Sutton (his 7/18 Brazilian sk report), I went out Friday night with my UV flashlight and found a bunch of young tawny cats on both of my hackberry trees. Although tawnys are present here every year now, I rarely see them.

  • Tawny Emperor 0