April 2022 Sightings

Meredith Koenig

My Garden, East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

I can expect to see these frequently now in the damp parts of my garden, early Spring. This one rose up bright blue as I walked by, fled to invasive muscari, giving me time to get out my cell phone.

[Our first report of the new month. jc]

  • Azure, sp. 1

Jeanine Apgar and Greg Prelich

Warren Grove, Sand roads
Ocean County, NJ

Cool and windy early, but as the day warmed up the butterflies were more active. Thanks to Tom Bailey for much helpful information and helping us find our first Hoary Elfin!

  • Hoary Elfin 3
  • Blueberry Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Hoary Elfin

Blueberry Azure

Eastern Comma

Hoary Elfin

Jack McDonough

High Street, Maurice River
Cumberland County, NJ

Sunny at 53 degrees

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Blueberry Azure 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Jennifer Bulava

Tuckahoe WMA, Corbin City
Atlantic County, NJ

1 mourning cloak sunning itself on the sand road around midday.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Tom Bailey

Warren Grove
Ocean County, NJ

10:30 am to 1:40 pm. Sunny, windy, temps 46 degrees to start and 53 degrees when finished. Found the first Hoary Elfin at 11 am. Greg Prelich & Jeanine Apgar arrived later and we found a second elfin. The Am. Lady was actively nectaring on Bearberry blossoms. A bonus was my FOY Fence Lizard.

[Good finds! These Bailey/Apgar/Prelich hoary elfins and American lady are our log's FOYs for both species. The hoary report is also our log's second-earliest ever, later than only 3/30/12, a spring when more than a dozen species set early reports that still stand. jc]

  • Hoary Elfin 2
  • American Lady 1

American Lady

Hoary Elfin

Pat & Clay Sutton

Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

Plus many tiny, hard-to-follow, flying prong-gilled mayflies. Sharing a photo of one that cooperatively perched on our windshield.

  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

prong-gilled mayfly, Leptophlebia

Eastern Comma

Beth Polvino

yard along Ocean Ave, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spring Azure 3
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

low 50’s, partly sunny and breezy
Being seen pretty regularly since mid February in my wooded lot.

  • Mourning Cloak 2

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Like the last 3 years, my first American copper had to be chased while doing yard work.

[The chase was worth it: our log's first Am copper of 2022. And you also had the last one of 2021 –Nov 8 in your yard. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

American Copper

Clay Sutton

Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, NJ

  • Henry's Elfin 12
  • Spring Azure 5
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Chris Herz

Rowan College SJ -- Gloucester
Gloucester County, NJ

a lot of dandelions in the lawns, 51 degrees.

  • Cabbage White 1

Kathy Horn

Belleplain State Park
Cape May County, NJ

53, partly sunny with a chill, light breeze

  • Henry's Elfin 7
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1

Henry's Elfin

Scott McConnell

Middle Twp.
Cape May County, NJ

Clouds and sun, temp in 50s. Elfins chasing and perching at tops of hollies; tough to photo.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Spring Azure 5
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 3

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Comma

Spring Azure

Henry's Elfin

Tom Bailey

Tabernacle Township yard
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2

Karen Thompson

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

FOY Spring Azure

  • Spring Azure 1

Spring Azure

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Whitehead Road and Battle Lane areas.

[This is our first report of a duskywing in 2022.- jm]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Henry's Elfin 4
  • Holly Azure 5
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Scott McConnell

Whitesboro, Middle Twp.
Cape May County, NJ

Henry's Elfins high in American Hollies; 2 chasing each other at 3 different locations.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Henry's Elfin 6
  • Spring Azure 10
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Meredith Koenig

My garden, East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Bright sun around noon.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Azure, sp. 1

Jack McDonough and Savanna Berg

Narrows Rd, Belleplain
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny at mid 50s around 11:30am

  • Henry's Elfin 6
  • Blueberry Azure 2
  • Spring Azure 13
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Therese Hurter

back yard, CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

3:00, sunny, 61 degrees. Mourning Cloak nectaring on Common Chickweed.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Jack McDonough and Savanna Berg

City of Woodbine
Cape May County, NJ

While driving around (12:30 or so)

  • Cabbage White 4

Jack McDonough, Savanna Berg, and Jack Miller

Woodbine RR
Cape May County, NJ

61 degrees, full sun around 2pm. Five male Falcate and two females. Pictured is one of those females.

[Congrats to this crew for 1 of 2 two reports today of our FOY falcate orangetips and our log's FOY gray hairstreaks. -jm]

  • Falcate Orangetip 7
  • Henry's Elfin 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 11
  • Mourning Cloak 9
  • American Lady 1

Falcate Orangetip

Gray Hairstreak

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

1:00-2:00pm.
I was looking for a falcate orange tip, and sure enough, I saw my FOY today - it was a male - and it would NOT land for a picture. Sunny and 60 degrees.

[Congrats to Jen for 1 of our 2 reports today of our log's FOY falcate orangetips. How many of us have followed a m. falcate orangetip for great distances and times without seeing it land? - jm]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3-4:30, PC & high 50's

  • American Copper 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 2

Eastern Comma

American Copper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Between 4 and 5:00 while doing yard work.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 3

Jack McDonough and Savanna Berg

Beaver Dam Rd
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Henry's Elfin 3
  • Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1

Jack McDonough and Savanna Berg

Scott Ave, Woodbine
Cape May County, NJ

Power lines - a patrolling male around 2pm

  • Falcate Orangetip 1

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park & adjoining private property
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sighting while birding in the park.

  • Cabbage White 1
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