Recent sightings

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Jeanine Apgar and Greg Prelich

Sandy Hook
Monmouth County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 5
  • American Copper 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 2

American Copper

American Copper

Grant Price

Glenhurst
Somerset County, NJ

This is the only butterfly I saw today, and I was in most of the accessible good habitat.

To readers and all those submitting sightings: Sharon & Wade Wander will be filling in for Jim Springer while he is enjoying scads of tropical butterflies in Ecuador.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Park, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

Clouds and sun, upper 60s

A quick afternoon stroll with ZuZu along the trails through the meadows at the north end. In NW Jersey, butterfly diversity quickly declines by late September. No more 15+ species days until next May.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

Grant Price

Glenhurst
Somerset County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 2

Common Buckeye

Least Skipper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Dave DeSarno

Holland Ridge Farms
Monmouth County, NJ

2:10-3:30 mostly sunny and mild. Picking out some sunflowers and I was surprised by the Common Checkered-Skippers chasing.

  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2

Common Checkered-Skipper

T Jawidzik

Sandy Hook, NJ
Monmouth County, NJ

Mostly sunny and warm, near the Hawk watch. 12:00 to 1:00

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 6

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Pole Farm, Hopewell Maidenhead Trail to Keefe Rd
Mercer County, NJ

more fields cut and Purple Loosetrife eradication signs

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 3

Red-banded Hairstreak

Grant Price

West Essex Wetlands
Essex County, NJ

  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Sachem

Sachem

Least Skipper

T Jawidzik

Davidsons Mill Pond Park, North Brunswick
Middlesex County, NJ

84 and sunny, 12:00 to 2:30

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 18
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 11
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 23

Peck's Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

American Lady

Common Buckeye

American Lady

Orange Sulphur

Sachem

Fiery Skipper

Grant Price

Troy Meadows
Morris County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Monarch 1

Orange Sulphur

Michael Newlon

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

1:40-3:10 PM; sun; 80F

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Sachem

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

C Wyluda

Pole Farm, Hopewell Maidenhead Trail to Federal City Rd
Mercer County, NJ

did segments of this park and did not cover the Cold Soil parking lot which might have different vegetation if not also mowed. a few new butterflies from the previous day.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Sachem 4

Maria Loukeris

My Glenwood yard
Sussex County, NJ

late afternoon, sunny

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Sachem 1

Stepjhen Buskingham

Mountainside Park, Pequannock
Morris County, NJ

2:40 pm to 4:20 pm. Sunny, low 80s, breezy. Main nectar sources were bush-clover, goldenrod and knapweed.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 26
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 5
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 2

Orange Sulphur

Variegated Fritillary

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Variegated Fritillary

'Summer' Spring Azure

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Park, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

Sunny, warm, and humid

Short, mid-afternoon, walk along paths through fields.

Check out the size difference between the two Viceroys. The small male was seen first. When the second arrived we thought it was a Monarch just based on its very large size.
Both Question Marks were extremely fresh and the first we have seen in weeks. The female Black Swallowtail was also freshly emerged. Common Buckeyes and Variegated Frits have been regular visitors this year to NW Jersey but usually just 1 or 2 per site.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 17
  • Question Mark 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 5
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Variegated Fritillary

Question Mark

Question Mark

Viceroy

Michael Newlon

Watchung Reservation
Union County, NJ

Area around Trailside Nature Center, Scout Camp, etc. Few if any nectar sources.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1

Susan Rakoci-Anderson

Ivanhoe Drive, Robbinsville, NJ
Mercer County, NJ

photo attached.

Have also spotted many Tiger Swallowtails

Monarch

Susan Rakoci-Anderson

Ivanhoe Drive, Robbinsville, NJ
Mercer County, NJ

Saw a Monarch Butterfly in my yard for the first time on our Butterfly Bush

  • Monarch 1

Susan Moseson

Watsessing Park Butterfly Garden, Watsessing Park, Bloomfield, NJ
Essex County, NJ

This morning we saw what appears to be a red spotted purple basking on a butterfly bush.

  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

C Wyluda

Pole Farm, Hopewell Maidenhead Trail to Cold Soil Rd
Mercer County, NJ

dryness not conducive to anything - surface water mostly gone, lots of golden rod, a few asters, wild sunflower. ALL monarchs on thistle. some fields mowed to the ground, one as per a sign to eliminate purple loosestrife. No partridge peas which were good for sulphurs in other years.

  • Monarch 14

Monarch

Michael Newlon

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

2-3:30 PM, sunny,75F.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 11

Courting Sachems

Courting Sachems

Pearl Crescent

Cabbage White