Recent sightings

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Stephen Buckingham

Mountainside Park, Pequannock
Morris County, NJ

3 to 5 pm. 80 degrees and sunny. Lots of dogbane and common milkweed in bloom.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 5
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 11
  • Hoary Edge 5
  • Southern Cloudywing 2
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Little Glassywing 9
  • Dun Skipper 2

Dun Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Little Glassywing

Little Wood-Satyr

Red-spotted Purpleewbaned Hairwr3

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Banded Hairstreak

Hoary Edge

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden and pollinator meadow, Fredon Township
Sussex County, NJ

45º overnight, but turned into a beautiful day with high temp near 80. "Our" Banded Hairstreaks emerged today, nectaring on the Common Milkweeds in the front lawn and displaying in late afternoon on the Sassafras tree in the backyard, just as many previous generations have done.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Banded Hairstreak 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 3
  • Hobomok Skipper 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, NJ

1:45-2:40, sunny, 79º. White's Pond portion of Sussex Branch Trail. also saw a Water Snake eating a fish, found New Jersey Tea in flower, and Wade called up a Virginia Rail.

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Michael Newlon

Great Swamp NWR, Pleasant Plains Rd and Wildlife Observation Center
Morris County, NJ

8 AM - noon, Clouds then sun, not warm enough for butterflies until around 10 AM. Loads of Dogbane at the WOC but only the single fritillary.

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Least Skipper 2

Appalachian Brown

North NJ Butterfly Club, NABA

Schooly's Mountain Park
Morris County, NJ

Just as last year, large numbers of Great Spangled Fritillaries were present at the Cherry Street unit of the park.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 100+
  • Little Wood-Satyr 13
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 5
  • European Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Long Dash 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 9
  • Hobomok Skipper 2

NABA NJ Field Trip- afternoon portion

Crystal Springs unit of Teetertown Ravine CP
Hunterdon County, NJ

1:30 to 3:15. Mostly sunny; temps ca. 70°. Winds somewhat less than AM. Seven observers. In addition to the species on the list, an anglewing was seen, but not identified to species.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 10
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 60
  • European Skipper 15
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 3
  • Hobomok Skipper 1

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Horseshoe Bend Park- South
Hunterdon County, NJ

315-410pm

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 6

Banded Hairstreak

Great Spangled Fritillary

Banded Hairstreak

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Horseshoe Bend Park- Farm
Hunterdon County, NJ

150-300pm
lots of bottle brush

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 15
  • Gray Comma 16
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 12
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 2

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Hackberry Emperor

Little Glassywing

Red Admiral

Banded Hairstreak

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Horseshoe Bend- North
Hunterdon County, NJ

finished at 145pm

  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Monarch 1

Stephen Buckingham

Norvin Green State Forest
Passaic County, NJ

1 pm to 2:30 pm. lows 70s and windy. casual butterflying while hiking up to Oslo Rock on blue trail and back to Glenwild Avenue on red trail.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2

North NJ Butterfly Club & NJ Conservation Foundation

Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, Chester Twp.
Morris County, NJ

Good Weather
Also Seen, 1 Lady Sp.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Spring Azure 5
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 16
  • Little Wood-Satyr 10
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 10
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 6
  • Dun Skipper 1

C Wyluda

Pole Farm, Hopewell Twp.
Mercer County, NJ

a 5pm circumlocution… hot… 90 something. clovers, milk weeds, yarrows blooming. Not much in the way of butterflies but did finally get 1 hairstreak on milkweed.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Michael Newlon

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

1 - 3 PM, sun, windy, 87 F. Butterflies continue sparse here, maybe too windy for much activity. Common and Swamp milkweed blooming, also some Dogbane. Spotted Lanternfly nymphs on a number of milkweed plants; crushed as many as I could. Could find none on Dogbane or other plants.

  • Appalachian Brown 1

Spotted Lanternfly nymph

C Wyluda

Woosamonsa Ridge Trail, Hopewell Twp.
Mercer County, NJ

wooded ridge trail with a brook at the bottom- belongs to FOHVOS. about 3 miles- 10-11:30 a.m., a warm day but possibly more would be hatching later.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

C Wyluda

Assunpink Creek, Trenton
Mercer County, NJ

on vetch; sides of new open culvert planted by federal govt… watching what actually grows here- some budding common milkweed has sprung up

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Park, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

4:15-5:00, partly sunny and about 80º.
Although or visit was late in the day, these are pretty abysmal numbers for mid-June at what was formerly one of the best butterflying spots in our area. The dearth of grass-skippers continues, which we believe is largely attributable to the rapid expansion of various species of forbs (most, but not all, non-native species ) at the expense of warm-season, native species of grasses that are the hosts for most species of grass-skippers. We have noted with considerable alarm the incredible spread of plants like Wild Madder bedstraw (and at White Lake, Yellow Bedstraw) and hop-clovers, and even native goldenrods like Solidago rugosa. Good nectar plants such as milkweeds and dogbanes remain common but the native grasses are disappearing from many sites.
We were pleased to see a Black Racer, which seems to be much less common than Black Rat Snake in recent years.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Ringlet 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Black Racer

Stephen Buckingham

Mountainside Park, Pequannock
Morris County, NJ

1:15 to 3 pm. 85 deg. and sunny. My usual route from parking lot up wooded trail parallel to main gas line right of way to fen boardwalk then back on main right of way. Good amounts of Dogbane and Common Milkweed in bloom. No Monarch butterflies, but one caterpillar on milkweed. 4 foot long Black Rat snake.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Hoary Edge 12
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Hoary Edge

Monarch caterpillar

Black Rat Snake

Little Glassywing

Northern Cloudywing

Common MIlkweed Blosssom

Painted Lady

Hoary Edge

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Southern Cloudywing

Maria Loukeris

Canal Rd. (Bucky Lane side)
Sussex County, NJ

4:00-4:30, sunny, 85

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Eyed Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Eyed Brown

Dave DeSarno

Big Brook Park
Monmouth County, NJ

5:40-7:40 mostly sunny and hot. Europeans skippers were prevalent amid the Timothy Grass and Hairy Vetch patches - most I saw at once was 6 individuals. A couple of pairs attempted to mate including the pair pictured.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 18
  • American Copper 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • European Skipper 27

Orange Sulphur

European Skipper

European Skipper

European Skipper

European Skipper

Tom Halliwell

Kittatinny Valley SP
Sussex County, NJ

11:00 to 2:45. Mostly sunny; temps in upper 70s. The Commas, A. Lady, & Glassywing were really fresh.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 10
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 11
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Little Glassywing 1

Dave DeSarno

Big Brook Park
Monmouth County, NJ

4:10-6:15 warm and mostly sunny - I checked areas near both park entrances. This was my high count of European skippers at this park and there were likely many more as I only checked trail edges. (I didn't see any European skippers last time at the location June 9th.)

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 15
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • European Skipper 34

European Skipper

Tom Halliwell

Crystal Springs unit of Teetertown Ravine CP
Hunterdon County, NJ

12:00 to 2:00. Mostly sunny; temps in 80s.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 30+
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 40+
  • European Skipper 20+

Sharon & Wade Wander

Hampton Township
Sussex County, NJ

2:10-3:10, 80º, partly sunny. Both Coppers were males; images are of the same individual. Encouraging to see 7 Fritillaries after the last couple of abysmal years.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Bronze Copper 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 7
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Ringlet 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 11
  • European Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper