Recent sightings

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Chao Fang

Lawrenceville
Mercer County, NJ

The Variegated Fritillary emerged from the chrysalis.

  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Sachem 2

Sachem

Sachem

Joyce Cloughly

Sandy Hook, in the areas around parking lots J, K and M.
Monmouth County, NJ

2:15 - 4:45 PM. Mostly hazy sun and breezy, in the mid 70s. All butterflies, except for the Cloudless Sulphurs, were found sitting on ground or on low vegetation.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • American Copper 8
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Sachem 2

American Copper

Common Buckeye

Orange Sulphur

C Wyluda

Stonybrook Millstone Watershed, Hopewell Twp.
Mercer County, NJ

1-3pm
mostly golden rod blooming, a few asters, knapweed, everlasting. Sleepy by the #21 Sustainability Tour sign.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Sachem 1

Michael Newlon

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

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM. High clouds and some sun, 66-75 degrees. Except for pierids butterflies were quite inactive.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Cabbage White

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Monarch

Common Buckeye

Ocola Skipper

Clouded Sulphur

Joe Burgiel & Marge Barrett

White Lake
Warren County, NJ

About 1 hour; Late afternoon; Sunny

  • Cabbage White 11
  • Clouded Sulphur 16
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Monarch 7

C Wyluda

Stonybrook Millstone Watershed, Hopewell Twp.
Mercer County, NJ

late… 6pm

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Monarch

Keith Richmond

Merrill Creek Reservoir, Harmony Twp.
Warren County, NJ

Sunny and breezy, warming to mid 70’s
10:30-2:00
Spotted Lantern Flies throughout the property, particularly at the parking lot where the hawkwatch occurs where they covered every surface in the hundreds.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Michael Newlon

DeKorte State Park
Bergen County, NJ

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Sun, strong breeze, mid-70's. Mostly birding. On the late side for a Broad-wing at least in north Jersey.
[moderator]:Ties late date for Broad-winged Skipper in northern NJ. DeKorte is a great place to find it.

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Broad-winged Skipper

American Snout

Jim Springer

Sandy Hook
Monmouth County, NJ

1:30pm-4:30pm, 64°F, sunny, breezy
Coppers were very fresh, most nectaring on remaining Knapweed. One sulfur was very orange, almost as orange as a Sleepy Orange.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • American Copper 8
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1

Jim Springer

Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown Twp.
Monmouth County, NJ

11:30am-1:00pm, sunny, 63°F, some breeze

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 33

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Fiery Skipper

C Wyluda

Hopewell Twp
Mercer County, NJ

home on garden flowers

  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Sachem

Stephen Buckingham

Richard W. Dekorte Park, Lyndhurst
Bergen County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 10+
  • American Snout 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 2

American Snout

American Snout

Ahmet Baytas

De Korte State Park
Bergen County, NJ

Went to DeKorte to see the Wood Sandpiper. Then spent 10-15 minutes to look for butterflies.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 8

Joyce Cloughly

Private garden, Ridgefield Park
Bergen County, NJ

Sunny but cool. Observations made throughout the day beginning 12:30 PM. Also one Sulphur sp.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 9

Sachem

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Sharon & Wade Wander

The specific location of these sightings is not being revealed because of the presence of a State Endangered species.
Sussex County, NJ

Two of the coppers were males. The sex of the third individual could not be determined. We also saw at least 12 Great Water Docks (Rumex orbiculatus) in the floodplain meadow. This is one of the native species of dock that is probably serving as the copper host plant. But the coppers could also be using the alien Curled Dock (R. crispus) that grows along the roadside. In the photo the tall greenish plants are the docks. The reddish plants are mostly spent Purple Loosestrifes.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Bronze Copper 3
  • Pearl Crescent 12

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Great Water Dock

Michael Newlon

Glenhurst Preserve
Somerset County, NJ

Mostly birding.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 9

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

C Wyluda

Hopewell Twp, home
Mercer County, NJ

actually cross the street… on a dormer

  • Monarch 1

Joe Burgiel & Marge Barrett

White Lake
Warren County, NJ

Late afternoon; Mixed sun & Clouds; About 70F; Occasionally windy.

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Michael Newlon

Glenhurst Preserve and Wagner Farm
Somerset County, NJ

11 AM - 1 PM. Cloudy with only intermittent sun, 65 degrees, NE breeze. Sulphurs, Fiery Skipper, and 2/3 of the Sachems were at Wagner Farm.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12

Sachem

Fred Weber

Holland Mtn Rd powerline
Sussex County, NJ

On Sussex- Morris County border just off Rt. 23.
Nothing on abundant Goldenrods and Asters. All were on weedy path, except Monarchs which were fly overs.
1:30-3 pm. Cool temps but mostly sunny.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 10
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 18
  • Pearl Crescent 15
  • Monarch 6
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Michael Newlon

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

1-4 PM; cloudy-bright, 75 degrees. Hairstreak was on the same goldenrod patch as usual. Female mantis is consuming a small prey item, caught while mating. Watched for over an hour, the male was still OK when I left.

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Mantises

Monarch

Common Buckeye

Red-spotted Purple

Dave DeSarno

Big Brook Park
Monmouth County, NJ

5:20-6:00 hazy and mild. Goldenrod fields in full bloom.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 2

Sachem

Red-banded Hairstreak

American Lady

Tom Halliwell & Keith Richmond

Appalachian Trail
Sussex County, NJ

2:50 - 3:30, Hazy sun, 70 degrees, breezy
Fields along the Appalachian Trail just east of NJ Route 94.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 17
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Ringlet 6
  • Monarch 1

Tom Halliwell & Keith Richmond

Undisclosed due to presence of state endangered butterfly
Sussex County, NJ

11:00 - 1:30, Hazy sun (smoke from western US wildfires), 70 degrees.
Both Bronze Coppers were pristine females apparently recently emerged 3rd brood.
Photos by Tom Halliwell.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Bronze Copper 2
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Monarch 3
  • Least Skipper 1

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Barb Sendelbach

Road side Lafayette/Augusta Armstrong area
Sussex County, NJ

Some of the late summer blooms are starting to fade. We did discover some Turtlehead in bloom upstream from an area where Baltimore Checkerspot were seen several years ago.

  • Cabbage White
  • Clouded Sulphur
  • Pearl Crescent
  • Monarch

Michael Newlon

Wagner Farm, Mountain Avenue, Warren Twp
Somerset County, NJ

1-1:20 PM, at the Community Garden

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12