June 2017 Sightings

Jim Springer

Natirar Park
Somerset County, NJ

10:00am-11:45am, 90F, sunny
Common Milkweed and Dogbane not quite in bloom.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 30
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 6
  • European Skipper 14
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Black Swallowtail

Marcus Gray & Family

Columbia Trail.
Hunterdon County, NJ

6:00 - 7:30 pm.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 2

Jim Springer

Dismal Harmony Natural Area, Mendham Twp.
Morris County, NJ

12:15pm-1:15pm, 90F, mostly sunny
Still no Harvesters yet this year

  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Hobomok Skipper 1

Michael Newlon

River Road Park, Stahl Natural Area
Somerset County, NJ

10:30 AM-12:20 PM. 93 degrees. Birds-foot trefoil and Crown vetch blooming, Penstemon at its peak, Dogbane and Milkweed just beginning to bloom. Euro numbers actual count. Some overlap with Alice Koster's sightings.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 4
  • European Skipper 40
  • Peck's Skipper 7

European Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Monarch

European Skipper

Marcus Gray & Family

Middle Valley
Morris County, NJ

6:15-7:30 pm. Still warm (85F). Watered the garden this evening and butterflies came in to puddle.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red-spotted Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Eastern Comma

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Steven Glynn

Sourland Mountain Preserve
Somerset County, NJ

Mid-morning visit, from 10am to 11am. Hot and dry.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White Common
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Appalachian Azure 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 28
  • Question Mark 4
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • European Skipper 8
  • Little Glassywing 2

Little Glassywing

European Skipper

Question Mark

Hackberry Emperor

Great Spangled Fritillary

Marcus Gray & Family

Schooley's Mountain Park
Morris County, NJ

5:15-6:00 pm.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • European Skipper 9
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Peck's Skipper

Alice Koster

Willowwood Arboretum
Morris County, NJ

12:45-2:15. Sun and clouds, 80*

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • European Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 6

American Lady

Barb Sendelbach

Lafayette Backyard
Sussex County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Hobomok Skipper 3

Michael Newlon

Great Swamp NWR
Morris County, NJ

10 AM - 1:30 PM. Mix of sun and clouds. Only a few Dogbane have started to bloom. Note that one of the Appalachian Browns has an indentation in the post-basal line on the underside of the hindwing. Little Wood Satyr tattered, Zabulon Skippers faded.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 6
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Appalachian Brown 7
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4

'Summer' Spring Azure

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

Fred Weber

Flatbrook-Roy WMA, north of Walpack Center.
Sussex County, NJ

Along dirt road from bridge to intersection, both directions on Mountain Rd.
1:40-3:45. Bright overcast/hazy sun, some full sun. 75F.
No Harvester at this known location for them.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Eastern Comma 7
  • Red-spotted Admiral 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Marcus Gray

Duke Farms
Somerset County, NJ

1:00 - 4:00 pm. Hundreds of Cabbage Whites in each of the fields surrounding the Community Garden & elsewhere.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White Abundant (Estimate Thousand+)
  • Orange Sulphur 20
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 7
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 7
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 4
  • European Skipper 9
  • Peck's Skipper 5

Least Skipper

Cabbage White

Red Admiral

European Skipper

Monarch

Alice Koster

Cross Estate Garden, part of Jockey Hollow Nat'l Historical Park
Somerset County, NJ

1:10-2:00. Mostly sun

  • Cabbage White 12
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Barb Sendelbach

Old Mine Road (northern section)
Sussex County, NJ

As previously reported, thousands of butterflies were on and along the wet roadway when we arrived in the morning as the showers were ending in the area.

We spent most of the day in various fields along Old Mine Road. Along with the amazing number of butterflies seen, we found a dozen or so 2nd instar Common Buckeye caterpillars feeding on Linaria Canadensis, a Spotted Apatelodes hiding out under a small Catalpa tree and several dozen Delicate Cycnia mating and ovipositing in a large patch of Indian Hemp.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail c
  • Spicebush Swallowtail
  • Cabbage White a
  • Orange Sulphur
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure
  • Great Spangled Fritillary a
  • Pearl Crescent
  • Question Mark
  • Eastern Comma c
  • American Lady s
  • Red Admiral
  • Red-spotted Purple
  • Hackberry Emperor
  • Little Wood-Satyr
  • Common Ringlet
  • Monarch
  • Silver-spotted Skipper
  • Hoary Edge 1

Spotted Apatelodes

Delicate Cycnia

Common Buckeye caterpillar

Common Buckeye caterpillar

Hoary Edge

Sharon & Wade Wander, Tom Halliwell & Steve Buckingham

DWGNRA--Old Mine Road, Rt. 206 to Jager Road
Sussex County, NJ

9:30-12:30, clouds and sun, 75-80.
Tremendous emergence of American Ladies, which were counted with a clicker. Most were nectaring on Canada Thistle and Dogbane.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 200
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 21
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 7
  • American Lady 803
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Hackberry Emperor 14
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Ringlet 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Hoary Edge 1
  • European Skipper 4

Barb Sendelbach

Lafayette Backyard
Sussex County, NJ

Sadly I found a soggy, deceased Little Wood Satyr on the patio table this morning.

I discovered an Eight-spotted Forester caterpillar last night on the porch feeding on Virginia Creeper.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1

Eight-spotted Forester caterpillar

Eight-spotted Forester caterpillar

Sharon & Wade Wander

Private property, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

10:30-12:15, sunny, 70s, breezy. FOY Banded H. and NBD for us. Nice diversity but low numbers.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 14
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 13
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Hoary Edge 2
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 6
  • European Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Hobomok Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 2

Jim Springer

Ramapo Mountain State Forest
Passaic County, NJ

10:00am-12:45pm, 80F, clear but windy

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 10
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Hoary Edge 8
  • Southern Cloudywing 2
  • Northern Cloudywing 10
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Variegated Fritillary

Southern Cloudywing

Indian Skipper

Hoary Edge

Jim Springer

Troy Meadows
Morris County, NJ

1:15pm-3:15pm, 84 F, partly cloudy, windy

  • Cabbage White 15
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Banded Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 6
  • European Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Hobomok Skipper 4
  • Dun Skipper 3

Banded Hairstreak

Jonathan Klizas

Negri-Nepote Native Grasslands
Somerset County, NJ

Sunny, warm afternoon; temperature in mid-80s F; very windy. Birding was the primary activity. Other than abundant Cabbage Whites, butterflies were scarce or flying by at break-neck speed. Variegated Frits must be following me around this year.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White a
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Michael Newlon

River Road Park, Stahl Natural Area
Somerset County, NJ

80 degrees F, very windy. Milkweed and Dogbane beginning to bloom, abundant Crownvetch and Bird's-foot trefoil.

  • Cabbage White 27
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 13
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • European Skipper 17
  • Peck's Skipper 11
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Robber Fly

Little Glassywing

Great Spangled Fritillary

Dun Skipper

Banded Hairstreak

Cabbage White and Ambush Bug

Alice Koster

Dismal Harmony Natural Area, Mendham Township
Morris County, NJ

2:15-3:00, sunny
No Harvesters!

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1

Garry Annibal and Lee Gaitskill

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, NJ

Sunny, breezy, 9:45 AM to 12:45 PM. Temperature from mid to upper 70's.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 9
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 18
  • American Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Least Skipper 3

Christopher Takacs

Avon Landfill, Lyndhurst
Bergen County, NJ

  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Variegated Fritillary

Steven Glynn

Canal Road/AT Lands
Sussex County, NJ

Early afternoon visit. Did an extensive search of the large marsh field near the plank bridge for Baltimore Checkerspots, but none (apparently) have emerged yet. Same for areas that hold Pearly-eyes.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 14
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Eastern Comma 5
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Hackberry Emperor 4
  • Eyed Brown 9
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 3

Eyed Brown

Jim Springer & Keith & Anita Richmond

Sourland Mountain Preserve
Somerset County, NJ

9:30am=1:30pm, mostly sunny, 83F
Little Wood-Satyrs were fresh
Also Monarch caterpillar on Common Milkweed
Swarthy Skipper unusual for this site.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 100
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 7
  • Banded Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 140
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 14
  • Northern Cloudywing 9
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 40
  • Hobomok Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 6

Painted Lady

Little Glassywing

Denise Farrell

NJ Botanical Gardens/Skylands
Passaic County, NJ

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Only the 3 fields by parking lots B & C that were Control Burned earlier this year. Some Milkweed and Dogbane blooming.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Hoary Edge 1

Hoary Edge

Teresa Knipper

D and R Greenway poetry walk
Mercer County, NJ

Extensive and lush stands of butterfly weed and common milkweed as well as dogbane

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 4

Tom Halliwell

Schooley's Mountain Park
Morris County, NJ

12:00–3:30. Partly cloudy; upper 70s. Most variety was right along Springtown Road between the small "pump house" and the park entrance road. The mowed trail goes by good areas of milkweed (only barely in flower), Dogbane, and Canada Thistle.

Near the parking lot by the brown building on Camp Washington Road two female azures were seemingly laying eggs on flower buds of Black Cohosh- though I could not find any newly deposited ones. The only eggs I could find had holes in them apparently having already hatched. I did not make an extensive survey however. I have no idea if these are late Appalachian Azures or Summer Azures. Most of the Azures I called "Summer" today were fresher than the egg layers (see photo). I didn't notice any size difference.

{moderator's note] Along with Dave Amadio's report of a Meadow Fritillary at White Lake, this was the first report of Meadow Fritillary in NJ this year.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 30+
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Appalachian Azure ??
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 8
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 11
  • Meadow Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Common Ringlet 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 20+
  • European Skipper 100+
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Hobomok Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Appalachian Azure

David L. Amadio

Mountainside Park
Morris County, NJ

Lower parts of pipeline cut have heavy vegetation now. Very little Common Milkweed, but nice amounts of Dogbane. Observations made between 8:40 & 11:15 a.m. Sunny and low to mid 70's.

  • Cabbage White 23
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 26
  • Hoary Edge 17
  • Southern Cloudywing 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 5
  • Hobomok Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 4

Hoary Edge

Hoary Edge

Northern Cloudywing