July 2021 Sightings

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

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

Kathy Horn

Cox Hall Cr WMA, West side
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 10
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

First sighting of sleepy orange in my yard this year! Unable to obtain a decent picture as it was flying frenetically low to the ground covering quite a bit of yard and rarely stopping (but I had to stop following it and go inside and pack for our vacation so not much time for butterfly watching today).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1

Meredith Koenig

My small woods, Eat Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

I was very surprised, walking a path of the wooded part of my property around 9am, to see this Mourning Cloak rise up and fly smoothly away. I checked the latest Leplog and was glad to read that such a sighting might be expected at this time. Also, two tiny Monarch Cats tucked into very young Common Milkweed shoot. Monarch(s) flying all day, probably already counted.

[Although not common, the log does receive reports of MC in July most years. It is often a "how unusual!" moment. -jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Monarch 0

Kathy Horn

Kimble Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 4
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Zabulon Skipper

Tom Bailey

Greenwood Forest WMA
Ocean County, NJ

9:20 to 3 pm. Mostly sunny, 73 to 83 degrees.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • American Copper 8
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 34
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • American Lady 7
  • Common Buckeye 54
  • Monarch 3
  • Southern Cloudywing 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 11
  • Swarthy Skipper 34
  • Sachem 6
  • Dion Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Dion Skipper

Southern Cloudywing

Swarthy Skipper

David L. Amadio

Swedesbridge Rd.
Salem County, NJ

A brief stop here to scan some preserved farmland.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Clouded Sulphur c
  • Orange Sulphur c
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

Alloway municipal garden
Salem County, NJ

Another brief stop at around 2:45. Overcast and low 80's. Zabulon was a 2nd brood female. also saw one Monarch cat on Tropical Milkweed.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 13

David L. Amadio

Rt620 & Seabrook.
Salem County, NJ

Overcast with low 80's. The only activity here today was Monarchs. 2 adults and 1 cat on Swamp Milkweed.

  • Monarch 2

David L. Amadio

Supawna Meadows NWR
Salem County, NJ

A final stop made here to check once more on a previously good spot for Meadow Fritillary. Observed ample amounts of violets, but again no Meadow Fritillary.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

Kings Highway roadsides.
Salem County, NJ

Stopped at various stands of Dogbane & Red Clover along this road from Featherbed to RT 40. This area was excellent for Meadow Fritillary 2 years ago, but nothing last year or this year so far.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur c
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 9
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Featherbed Lane
Salem County, NJ

Obs. made from 12:15 to 1:35, mid 80's and part sun. Walked most of the roadside from Sharptown-Auburn Rd. to Kings Hwy. The 3 common pierids were just that today common when normally they would be abundant.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur c
  • Orange Sulphur c
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Variegated Fritillary 15
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Monarch 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Tom Reed

Cape May Harbor/Jarvis Sound
Cape May County, NJ

Incidental observations from The Osprey during backbay tour (10am-12pm). All butterflies generally headed north over marsh/waterways, with exception of Black Swallowtail and Cabbage White on Coast Guard base.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 4

Wijbren Huisman

Wildflower meadow SJ Technology Parg, Glassboro
Gloucester County, NJ

Spent almost 2 hours in the field (10-12 am)

  • Black Swallowtail 12
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 20
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 25
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 16
  • Northern Broken-Dash 5
  • Sachem 2

Silver-spotted Skipper

Least Skipper

Wijbren Huisman

Wheelabrator wildlife Refuse, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

A very short stop from 9-9.20 am at the butterfly garden

  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4

Zabulon Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Less time spent in the garden today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Horace's Duskywing

David L. Amadio

Auburn Road
Salem County, NJ

In search of Meadow Fritillary today. A fair amount of Dogbane along roadsides that was mowed earlier in the season is providing nectar now. Numbers and diversity way off the norm in Salem County. Started searching around 12 noon.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 36

Black Swallowtail cat

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Horace's Duskywing

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A couple of hours obs. made this afternoon. Zabs were 2 males and one female.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

For last couple of days female summer azures have been landing regularly on Clethra alternifolia, sweet pepperbush, and touching unopened blossoms with their abdomens. Movement is quick and hard to photo. Haven't found an egg yet, but could they be ovipositing? Clethra is not a listed host plant for azures.

Photos are all of same individual (we think) but at least one other female (with a distinctive chipped wing) that escaped the camera multiple times was also behaving in same way.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 8
  • American Snout 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Sachem 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 6

'Summer' Spring Azure ovipositing?

Male (above) joins female on bloom

Maryann Farrell

Front yard gardens Harwood Rd Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

It’s picking up a drop, but I’m still worried since it’s been such a bad year for me here. The rain has caused the bacteria for Black Death and I lost too many monarch caterpillars sadly.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Horace's Duskywing

Wijbren Huisman

Tall Pine Trees, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

Started at 10 am with an overcast sky, sky opened up at 10.30.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 25
  • Sachem 2

American Lady

Red Admiral

Horace's Duskywing

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Burlington County, NJ

2:15 to 3:45 pm. Sunny, hot & humid.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Sachem 1

American Copper

Karen Thompson

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 3

Chris Herz

Audubon home garden
Camden County, NJ

E. Tiger coming to zinnias and 'jeanna' Phlox paniculata. Monarch laying eggs on c. milkweed. Silver spotted skipper first visit this summer. On Sat a Black ST emerged from overwintered chrysalis–that took a while! Today's Black ST chased by a catbird.

[Very interesting late emergence of over-wintering BLST cat! Can't help wondering how often that happens. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Ocean County, NJ

10 to 2:15 pm. Partly sunny, hot & humid.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Dion Skipper 1

Karen Thompson

Home, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 0x5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while in the yard today.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

Jack Connor

Hay Road, Galloway
Atlantic County, NJ

10:30-11:15 am. 80's and humid. Sweet pepperbush and buttonbush blooming.

  • Rare Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Rare Skipper