May 2017 Sightings

Sharon & Wade Wander

Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve, Frelinghuysen Twp.
Warren County, NJ

2:30-3:30, partly sunny, mid-70s. Extensive areas of Cypress Spurge in flower, attracting the hairstreaks and blues.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1

John J. Collins

Route 179 & Bridge St., Lambertville, NJ
Hunterdon County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

John J. Collins

Baldpate Mountain
Mercer County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

John J. Collins

Sourland Mountain Preserve
Hunterdon County, NJ

  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Ovipositing on violets along horse-farm electric fence just south of Fairview Hill Rd.

  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Henry Kindervatter

Mercer County Park; Power Lines near Lake
Mercer County, NJ

I wanted to check in on the Falcate orangetip population at MC Park again today. I arrived at 2:45 pm and stayed until 3:45 pm. It was sunny and 76º F with a stiff, constant 15 mph wind. The wind did not seem to be a very big problem to the butterflies, however, as they were fairly abundant.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 44
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 6

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Spicebush Swallowtail

Gray Hairstreak

Jonathan Klizas

Troy Meadows
Morris County, NJ

All butterflies were observed along Troy Meadows Road. Very windy conditions, 72°F, bright sunshine with puffy clouds. The unprecedented appearance of early Variegated Fritillaries in northern New Jersey continues. The two seen today are clearly different individuals. Besides being 1,200 feet apart, the one in the first (poor) photo is fairly fresh while the second is worn, faded and beat up.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Steven Glynn

Mountainside Park
Morris County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Falcate Orangetip 4
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 9

Silver-spotted Skipper

Wild Indigo Duskywing

John J. Collins

Raritan Greenway, Raritan, NJ
Somerset County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Comma 1

Jim Springer

Warren backyard
Somerset County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3

Sharon & Wade Wander

Lodestar Park, Fredon Township
Sussex County, NJ

11:00-11:45, 60 degrees, cloudy with about 10 minutes of sun, just enough for a few butterflies.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Spring Azure 2
  • American Lady 1

John J. Collins

Negri-Nepote Grasslands
Somerset County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Black Swallowtail

Barb Sendelbach

Lafayette (Backyard)
Sussex County, NJ

Despite the cool weather and not so sunny skies, there was some courting and mating activity amongst Spring Azures and Cabbage Whites when the sun did manage to stay out. The Juniper Hairstreak was a first to our yard.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Spring Azure 2

Juniper Hairstreak

Fred Weber

Camp Olympia, off Flatbrook Rd., Stokes State Forest.
Sussex County, NJ

11:45-1:15. Partly cloudy, breezy. 58-60F.
An early date for Buckeye.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Michael Newlon

Sandy Hook
Monmouth County, NJ

Cool early w/ SE wind, not much action until around 11AM.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • American Copper 14
  • Henry's Elfin 10
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Cabbage White

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Spring Azure

Silver-spotted Skipper

Juniper Hairstreak

American Copper

Fred Pfeifer

Garret Mountain Reservation
Passaic County, NJ

Male Black Swallowtail trying to warm up in temperatures in the high forties

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Anita & Keith Richmond

Sourland Mountain Preserve
Somerset County, NJ

1:15 - 3:45, Mostly Sunny

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 27
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Appalachian Azure 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 45
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Dreamy Duskywing 9
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5

Joe Burgiel

Kittatinny Vallew State Park
Sussex County, NJ

1:30-2:30pm, partly cloudy, breezy, cool

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 3

John J. Collins

Raritan Greenway, Raritan
Somerset County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3

Jim Springer

Mountainside Park, Pequannock Twp.
Morris County, NJ

10:00am-1:30pm, 62 F, high clouds

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 90
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2
  • Cobweb Skipper 3
  • Dusted Skipper 1

Cobweb Skipper

Northern Cloudywing

Juniper Hairstreak

Dusted Skipper

Ahmet Baytas

Mountainside Park
Morris County, NJ

Cloudy and relatively cool. 2-3:30 pm

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 50+
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Cobweb Skipper 5

John J. Collins

Delaware Water Gap NRA, Watergate area
Warren County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1

John J. Collins

Raritan Greenway, Raritan, NJ
Somerset County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3

Jonathan Klizas

Patriots path east of Whitehead Rd. in Morris Twp.
Morris County, NJ

Only butterfly seen while birding. 60°F, partly sunny. This day followed a solid day of steady rain. Very poor photo included.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1

Gray Hairstreak

Barb Sendelbach

Lafayette (yard)
Sussex County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2

Barb Sendelbach

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Eastern Pine Elfin

Marcus Gray

Hepburn Woods, Drew University
Morris County, NJ

Windy, 64F.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

David DeSarno

Sandy Hook
Monmouth County, NJ

Seen on the trail near the Fishing Beach.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 4
  • Henry's Elfin 2

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Jim Springer & Jack Miller

Sourland Mountain Preserve
Somerset County, NJ

9:30am-3:30pm, 80F

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 10
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 25
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Appalachian Azure 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 50
  • Pearl Crescent 30
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 9
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Northern Cloudywing 2
  • Dreamy Duskywing 15
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 10
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Hobomok Skipper 5
  • Pepper and Salt Skipper 2

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Appalachian Azure

Dreamy Duskywing

Marcus Gray

Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center
Morris County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Spring Azure 6