August 2021 Sightings

Pat Sutton, Teresa Knipper, Sue & Bob Farnsworth

Kimbles Beach Road
Cape May County, NJ

Yellow Leaf-cup is blooming and pulling in Hayhurst Scallopwings and Zabulon Skippers once again. Clay discovered this scallopwing magnet in 2017. This year road crews mowed the shoulder brutally, but it looks like the Leaf-cup will bloom longer than usual (with lots of cut-back plants low and not yet in bloom, while others are in full bloom). They were hard to count, always on the move, or perched out of sight.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 28
  • Zabulon Skipper 18
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Zabulon Skippers

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Yellow Leaf-cup

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Burlington County, NJ

Brief visit early in the morning - primarily birding. Partly cloudy.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 8
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Whitesbogs
Ocean County, NJ

Brief visit early in the morning - mostly birding. Cloudy & cool.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Least Skipper 2

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 2

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Huge Brazilian Skipper cats seen on July 29 have all become chrysalises.

  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Brazilian Skipper chrysalis

Kathy Horn

Rte 47, Leesburg
Cumberland County, NJ

Nice mix of species on clethra blooming along road, including the first White M HS I've seen in many years; poor photo before it flew off.

[Congrats on seeing your first White M in years. Their second brood is giving us a steady trickle of reports. -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4
  • Dun Skipper 2

Zabulon Skippers

White M Hairstreak

Wijbren Huisman

Tall Pine State Preserve, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

I was witnessing this afternoon “The Zabulon Skipper Mating Ritual”.
Two new ones for me this year, the Eastern Comma and the little Glassywing.

[Zabs are turning up in lots of places and in good numbers lately. When this happens we sometimes take them for granted and just check them off the list. If you have not stopped and admired these gems for awhile consider taking some time to do so. - jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 17
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Viceroy 4
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 28
  • Zabulon Skipper 20
  • Least Skipper 25
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

m. Zabulon Skipper

f. Zabulon Skipper

Eastern Comma

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Spicebush Swallowtail

Zabulon Skipper

Therese Hurter

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Quick walk around yard, on lunch break around 2:30.
Found 4 Black Swallowtail instars on fennel.
Little Glassywing is a first for my yard!

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Black Swallowtail cat

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Afternoon observations. Conservative count on Zabs. They were quite busy doing what zabs do..

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while working in the yard.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Zabulon Skipper

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Only able to spend a brief time in the garden today. 2 Black Swallowtail cats. Peeked at Brazilian Skipper cats.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • American Snout 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas Creek Canoe Trail, Pemberton
Burlington County, NJ

BCC-Clarks, 9:30-12:30 kayak trip
Tons of sweet pepperbush in bloom, would have thought there would be tons of butterflies, but not the case.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods garden only, from 4:00-4:30pm.
Also saw a snowberry clearwing moth and several milkweed tussock moth cats.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

2:30-3:30pm

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Dave DeSarno

Forsythe NWR
Atlantic County, NJ

(2:10-4:00) Made the trip to look for the roseate spoonbill, but there was a decent amount of butterfly activity around wildlife drive and the welcome center though it was cloudy. Lots of monarchs around the remaining common milkweed and likely many more salt marsh skippers than I saw - I only left the car a few times.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 24
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

In garden only briefly. 1 Black swallowtail cat. American Snout cat. on Dwarf (or Georgia) Hackberry, Celtis tenuifolia – the common hackberry of CMCo. 3 Monarch cats. 1 of the Brazilian Skipper cats was now a chrysalis (no photos - cause didn't want to attract predators).

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 7
  • American Snout 0
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

Only able to spend a short time in the yard today but found eggs which look like a small grain of rice on some of the Senna seedlings (likely either Sleepy Orange or Cloudless sulphur).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Robert C. Koch

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

Overcast, a little breezy and on the cool side. Not much butterfly activity but did get a high count for Lumberton Leas for Zabulons.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Sachem 2

Zabulon Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Brian Johnson

Bear swamp the Glades
Cumberland County, NJ

I haven't checked on this Dion colony in a few years. It's doing good. The Sweet Pepperbush is in full bloom. It was a pleasant surprise seeing the White M Hairstreaks. I don't remember seeing them in Bear swamp before.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 12
  • White M Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Dion Skipper 9

Wijbren Huisman

Tall Pine State Preserve, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

Tons of Zab’s and SS Skippers on Purple Loosestrife.

This moth is expanding its range northward. In 1954 the moth was not known to occur north of the Carolinas. It's now common and widespread in southern New Jersey.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Viceroy 4
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper
  • Least Skipper
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

spotted straw moth

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Brief time in garden. 1 Black Swallowtail cat. Found 2 E. Tiger Swallowtail eggs on 2-year old Tulip Tree (that seeded under our 40 year old Tulip tree). Female Monarch laying eggs on Common Milkweed. Found 4 Brazilian Skipper chrysalises in garden (could photo 2 without pulling apart the Canna leaves and disturbing them).

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Brazilian Skipper

Brazilian Skipper

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton.
Gloucester County, NJ

First time this year finding a Sleepy orange cat -on Senna marilandica seedling. Have been seeing eggs so hopefully there will be more.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sleepy Orange 0
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Sleepy Orange cat

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

A splendid weather day in the yard and a splendid mix of butterflies! Two of the Zabulon’s were females.

[It certainly is a splendid mix! Nice to have another report of fiery sk. Let's hope these beauties are everywhere soon. - jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 5
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Delaware Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 2

Fiery Skipper

Variegated Fritillary

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Fiery a FOY for our yard. Carolina mantid in early nymph stage.

[This is 1 of 2 reports of fiery sk today and our first outside of CMY. -jm]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 6
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 2

Fiery Skipper

Little Glassywing

Carolina mantid

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Strolls at 8:30, 10:00, 2:00 and 4:00 produced more bflys than I expected including 3 FOY's for the yard: Cloudless, salt marsh sk and sootywing. Once again, observations made throughout the day from 1 location suggests that many species have preferred times to be active (although monarchs were first at 7:30 and last at 8:15) and that a one time walk-through of most locactions will not reveal all the species that are present. I recognize wanting to see 30 species in a day here is silly, but it is nevertheless fun to do. During my late afternoon walk I found that I was trying to turn a spicebush st into a black st or a rbhs into juniper hs. I did a casual late tally and found that I needed 1 more species for 30. I took one more stroll and found a fresh Horace's. When I carefully tallied last night I found that I had 29 not 30. Ha!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 7
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Jack McDonough

Garette Family Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 16
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Jeanine Apgar

Manahawkin WMA
Ocean County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

Salt Marsh Skipper

Northern Broken-Dash

Wijbren Huisman & Carol Wood

Palmyra Cove National Park, Palmyra
Burlington County, NJ

10-12 am stroll in the park.
High numbers of Cabbage Whites, Zabulon’s and Silver-Spotted Skippers.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 100
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 100
  • Zabulon Skipper 100
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Broad-winged Skipper 8

Least Skipper

Cabbage White

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