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John Beetham

Bunker Hill Natural Area
Somerset County, NJ

9-11:15. Mostly cloudy. Lots of Zabulon Skippers, including a few courting. The former meadow loop is being overtaken by woody plants.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 33
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

NJ Butterfly Club Annual Picnic Day

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, NJ

Annual Picnic, 23 participants, 9:30 AM to 11:45, Overflow parking lot to office and back. Cloudy to partly cloudy, 70's deg. F. Photos of swallowtails courtesy of Mike Newlon.

  • Black Swallowtail 8
  • Giant Swallowtail 16
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 85
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Common Ringlet 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Peck's Skipper 3

Giant Swallowtailh

Black Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Common Ringlet

John J. Collins

Duke Island Park, Bridgewater
Somerset County, NJ

Cloudy, warm and humid. Eastern Tailed-Blue came to have a drink of my sweat. Most cooperative one I've ever seen.

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

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Ken Witkowski

Liberty loop - south and east side of trsil
Sussex County, NJ

Sun and clouds. Warm and humid.
11:00 to 12:30

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 8

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Mostly cloudy with occasional peeks of sun, temps in the 70s.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Dun Skipper 3

Garry Annibal and Ivan Kossak

Lincoln Park Gravel Pits
Morris County, NJ

9:00 AM till noon, 80's degrees, mostly sunny to overcast
Along power line, north of lakes.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 12
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3
  • Little Glassywing 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

C Wyluda

Stonybrook Millstone Watershed, Pennington
Mercer County, NJ

6:30-7pm, very late quick visit. More senna and partridge peas blooming. ruby throated hummingbird and a big mantis. Monarchs mating.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Zebulon Skipper

Marianne Ofenloch

Montague Twp yard de
Sussex County, NJ

Obs. incl. Hummingbird Clearwing Moth & many dragonflies feeding well above yard in late afternoon.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Hummingbird Clearwing

Zabulon Skipper

Peck’s Skipper

Peck’s Skipper

Peck’s Skipper.

Tawny Emperor

Mike Lee

Rutgers Garden, Ryders Lane North Brunswick
Middlesex County, NJ

2-4pm; mostly overcast
garden in full bloom…

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Zabulon Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve, Hardwick Twp. eg
Warren County, NJ

2:30-3:45, mostly sunny, 80 degrees. Nice to see 8 species of grass-skipper. All were nectaring on Spotted Knapweed and Wild Basil.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 24
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 3
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

John Beetham

Donaldson Park
Middlesex County, NJ

7-8:40 am. Mostly cloudy becoming very cloudy.

  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3

Michael Newlon

Central Avenue Powerline, New Providence
Union County, NJ

1:30-3:20 PM. Sunny, mid-80's, breezy. One Monarch caterpillar on Swamp milkweed.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 12
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Zabulon Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Mantis and Silver-spotted Skipper

Monarch and Monarch caterpillar

Broad-winged Skipper

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake County Park, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

A quick mid-afternoon trip with ZuZu. Warm and sunny. Both of the fritillaries were fresh females.

  • Giant Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 45
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 11
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 7
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 22
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 11
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Sharon & Wade Wander

This location is being deliberately kept vague as it supports a NJ Endangered species that may be desired by collectors.
Sussex County, NJ

The copper and the emperor were pristine indicating a very recent emergence of the second brood. At least 13 Tiger Swallowtails and the lone Red-spotted Purple were avidly nectaring in a small patch of teasel (Genus Dipsacus).

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 36
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Bronze Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

Dave DeSarno

Duke Farms
Somerset County, NJ

Considering the weather and the abundance of flowers in bloom, there was very little activity. The sleepy oranges were tough to track today and stayed mostly to the tall grass. 4:30-6:00 hot and sunny.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Sleepy Orange 4
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Peck's Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Sleepy Orange

Marianne Ofenloch

Wallkill River NWR
Sussex County, NJ

Obs made between Owens Station Rd & south pool of the Liberty Marsh; surprising lack of skippers and damselflies.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White c
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Monarch 12
  • Mulberry Wing 1

Monarch

Spicebush Swallowtail

Ahmet Baytas

Montclair
Essex County, NJ

9:30-10:30 am
Avis Campbell Garden (a small but lovely garden by the Montclair Public Library maintained by the Montclair Garden Club).
My first ever Pipevine Swallowtail (the 6th swallowtail sp. and the 58th species overall) in Montclair Township.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 3

C Wyluda

Stonybrook Millstone Watershed, Pennington
Mercer County, NJ

5-6pm, after the storm
most butterflies on Joe Pye weeds…
Wild Indigo on a garden hose

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 21
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Joyce Cloughly

Flatbrook Wildlife Management Area, Ennis Road
Sussex County, NJ

6:00-6:30 PM. Cloudy

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 4

Joyce Cloughly

Flatbrook Wildlife Management Area, Bridge Road
Sussex County, NJ

5:05-5:45 PM. Mostly Sunny at 5:05; mostly cloudy by 5:45.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Spicebush Swallowtail

Eastern Comma

Barb Sendelbach

Backyard - Lafayette
Sussex County, NJ

There has been a nice variety of butterflies in the garden the past few days. I think I had a flyby American Snout as well. It didn't land. I did have a caterpillar on my Hackberry sapling last year. Maybe I will get lucky again.

Thistles, Bee balm, various mints, composites and Loosestrife are doing much better than Buddleia and Joe Pye this year.

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Pequest WMA, Liberty Twp.
Warren County, NJ

1:55-3:40, mostly sunny, 82-86. Fields and parking areas along Janes Chapel Rd. Most fields have abundant Wild Bergamot. Quite a few dark swallowtails were too distant to ID.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 105
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 9
  • Cabbage White 100+
  • Clouded Sulphur 8
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Sharon & Wade Wander

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, NJ

9:45-10:50, sunny, 82.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Giant Swallowtail 7
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 98
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 14
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Ben Barkley

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

3-5 pm. Sunny to partly cloudy but due to time of day many areas in shade, which the hairstreaks seemed to prefer. A dedicated Red-banded Hairstreak survey following the earlier count of 19. That count was on only one section of trail, so I wanted to do a full survey throughout the meadows. Even with the dedicated effort I was quite surprised by the result. I saw none nectaring.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 68
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 12
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Sachem 3

Appalachian Brown

Red-banded Hairstreak

Jane Hurwitz

Bernardsville, Home Garden
Somerset County, NJ

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails are congregated on Cup Plant. Tawny-edged Skipper is a yard first. Unidentified sulphur laying eggs on Senna marilandica. Question Mark laying eggs on Common Hackberry.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 25
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Tom Halliwell

Schooley's Mountain County Park
Morris County, NJ

11:30 to 3:00. Sunny; temps in mid-80s. The bulk of the Tiger Swallowtails were in the fields off the upper left parking lot in main park section, and the fields at the end of Cherry Street. In both cases swallowtails were hungrily swarming on Monarda and Blazing Star. I've never seen so many dark Tiger females; a conservative estimate would be between 15 & 20% of all Tigers counted.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 250+
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 25+
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur 14
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 23
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 18
  • Monarch 20
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 32
  • Horace's Duskywing 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 17
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

C Wyluda

Hopewell Twp., home
Mercer County, NJ

  • Gray Hairstreak 1

Gray Hairstreak

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Hunterdon Arboretum, Lebanon
Hunterdon County, NJ

445-7pm
hairstreaks and app browns on boardwalk. 1 hairstreak in the garden.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 20
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 16
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Sachem 5

Appalachian Brown

Zabulon Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

John Beetham

Sewer ROW in Highland Park
Middlesex County, NJ

Early AM. Very cloudy. One Monarch caterpillar in addition to the adult butterflies.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

White Lake preserve
Warren County, NJ

Final stop before heading back south. Obs. made from 4:50-6 p.m., still mid 80,s and part sun. Again as in KVSP, 3 Tigers were dark form females. Explored 4 locations this day and was fortunate to find Giant Swallowtails at each of them.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Giant Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 40
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 15
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3

Monarch

Viceroy

Giant Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

David L. Amadio

Kittatinny Valley SP
Sussex County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:45-4:20, 87 & part sun. Three of the Eastern Tigers were dark form females.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Giant Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 53
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 13
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5

Giant Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

David L. Amadio

Whittingham WMA
Sussex County, NJ

Obs. made from 12:45-2:30, 87 degrees & part sun. Wild Bergamot drawing in nice numbers of Swallowtails.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 9
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 37
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White 37
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

American Snout

David L. Amadio

Canal Road & limited amount of AT
Sussex County, NJ

Obs. made from 8:30-11:50 a.m. Temp. range 71-84 & sunny. Most of these sightings came from the northern end of Canal Rd. NY Ironweed, Swamp Milkweed, Joe pye weed, Mountain mint, and purple loosestrife the primary nectar sources today. Grass skippers hard to come by as well as most Nymphalids.

  • Giant Swallowtail 8
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 12
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Meadow Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 5
  • Monarch 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Hackberry Emperor

Giant Swallowtail

Meadow Fritillary

Red-banded Hairstreak

Giant Swallowtail

Tawny Emperor

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Mostly sunny, high in upper 80s. One Tiger Swallowtail was a released female, from a caterpillar found in the yard on Black Cherry. A Spicebush was expected to emerge the same day, but instead we got a parasitoid wasp, likely Trogus pennator, which specializes in swallowtail caterpillars. But a Meadow Fritillary, rare to see in our garden, made up for the disappointment.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Meadow Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Trogus wasp

Meadow Fritillary

Jim Springer

Assunpink WMA
Monmouth County, NJ

10:15am-5:00pm, mostly sunny, 80°F-88°F,
Ladies were all very fresh

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 16
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur 9
  • Orange Sulphur 22
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 17
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 15
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 21
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Swarthy Skipper

Painted Lady

American Lady

Joyce Cloughly

Central Avenue Powerline, New Providence, 5:45 - 6:30 PM
Union County, NJ

Lots of plants in bloom, including Swamp Milkweed, Vervain, Mimulus and Purple Loosestrife. Monarchs mostly nectaring on Swamp Milkweed and Vervain.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 1

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Michael Newlon

Passaic River Park - River Rd, Chatham Twp
Morris County, NJ

11:30 AM-12:40 PM. Sun, increasing clouds, mid-80's. Nectar sources and butterflies sparse. 1 Duskywing sp.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Michael Newlon

Central Avenue Powerline, New Providence
Union County, NJ

10:15-11:15 AM; sunny and ca 80 degrees. Big patch of Clethra blooming, lots of Purple loosestrife, but mint patch paltry.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Keith Richmond

Mike Merdinger Memorial Trails, Hillsborough Twp.
Somerset County, NJ

11:40-12:45

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 3

Keith Richmond

Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve, East Amwell Twp.
Hunterdon County, NJ

9:30-11:00. Walked the loop at the northern part of the property. The trail map on the N j Trails website shows this area to be a mix of forrest and fields, but I found the “fields” to be a mixture of woods, forrest and, for variety, areas with lots of trees. Finally found one smallish opening with blooming bergamot. All the action was there, a swallowtail mass gathering with no social distancing observed.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 60+
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Red-spotted Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

John Beetham

Duke Island Park
Somerset County, NJ

9-11 am. Not much in bloom right now.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 3

Joe Burgiel & Marge Barrett

Kittatinny Valley SP
Sussex County, NJ

Hot sun; High 80s; 10:10–11:25 AM

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Giant Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 58
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Monarch 16

C Wyluda

Watershed Nature Center, Hopewell NJ
Mercer County, NJ

very late visit, after 7 pm
some senna about to bloom, some blooming in the butterfly house, but no sleepy orange or any sulphurs present
butterflies mostly on joe pye weed and monarda

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Monarch 2

Partridge Pea

Wild Senna

Spicebush Swallowtail

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Cloudy In the AM, clearing to mostly sunny around noon, high of 84. Our highest daily species count (17) in the yard so far this year. 10 of the 17 were single individuals.

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 2

C Wyluda

Hopewell Twp, home
Mercer County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Mostly cloudy all day, high around 88. Observations from mid afternoon on. Not a great list, but Fiery Skipper was a big surprise.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

John Beetham

Donaldson Park
Middlesex County, NJ

7-9:15 am. Most butterflies were around the pond.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 12
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 7
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Tim Vogel

Central Park of Morris County, Greystone
Morris County, NJ

2pm-3pm
Hot and humid, clear skies
Fields west and south of soccer fields
County is doing a great job managing fields here

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 15
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 10
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Least Skipper 1

Carol & Mike Newlon

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

11:15 AM - 1:15 PM. Sunny and around 80 degrees. Visitor Center to Kitty's Field.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Zabulon Skipper

Nerses Kazanjian

Tatum Pk., Middletown
Monmouth County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Tom Halliwell

Kay Environmental Center
Morris County, NJ

11:45 to 1:45. Sunny with temps near 90°.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 60+
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 10
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 7
  • Common Wood-Nymph 12
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 19
  • Horace's Duskywing 6
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Fred Pfeifer

Garret Mountain
Passaic County, NJ

Garret Mountain Wednesday Bird Walk
Horace's Duskywing was my 47th species for the Mountain. Not bad for an area that is terrible for butterflies.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Sunny and hot all day, high of 89. Buckeye was the 41st species in the yard this year.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 4

Michael Newlon

Glenhurst Preserve and Wagner Farm
Somerset County, NJ

Sunny, high 80's. At Glenhurst, Purple loosestrife in full bloom in SE corner; majority of nectar sources are on the east-side trail, hardly any on Brookside trail.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 16
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Peck's Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Tom Halliwell

Kittatinny Valley SP
Sussex County, NJ

10:45 to 12:00 & 12:30 to 1:30. Sunny with temps ca. 90°.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 31
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 2
  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

John Beetham

Sewer ROW in Highland Park
Middlesex County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6

Dave DeSarno

Mill Creek Marsh
Hudson County, NJ

3:50-6:10 very hot with sun and clouds. One other light colored skipper too fast to ID.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Sun and clouds, high of 88.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake County Park, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

9:50-11:00, mostly sunny, 82. Five of the Tigers were dark females.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 27
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 12
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Peck's Skipper 12

Fred Weber

Deedee Burnside's duplex in Allendale
Bergen County, NJ

A female Sachem on Mtn Mint for 2 hours. A small butterfly garden in mostly sterile suburbia.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Stephen Buckingham

Mountainside Park, Pequannock
Morris County, NJ

1 pm to 3 pm. Hot. Surprisingly few butterflies.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Chris Williams

Yard in Franklin Twp
Somerset County, NJ

Most Sachem and Pecks were Meteor Shower Flower

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 25
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 5
  • Sachem 20
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Broad-winged Skipper

Banded Hairstreak

Horace's Duskywing

Ben Barkley

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

1:00-2:30PM. Sunny, very hot, and a bit windy. The next brood of Red-banded Hairstreak has arrived in force. Very fresh! I believe today's count is a personal and park high.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 19
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 15
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 4

Peck's Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Red-banded Hairstreak

Red-banded Hairstreak

Karyn Cichocki

Home-Beaver Run Rd., Lafayette, NJ
Sussex County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing