July 2017 Sightings

Chris Williams

Troy Meadows Wetlands, Patriot Trail off Beverwyck Rd, Parsippany NJ
Morris County, NJ

Partly Cloudy, Rain @ Times. 86 Degrees, 99% Humidity
SW wind 7 to 10 MPH

  • Cabbage White 32
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 17
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 18
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 13
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Appalachian Brown 19
  • Little Wood-Satyr 22
  • Common Wood-Nymph 7
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 13
  • Northern Broken-Dash 5
  • Little Glassywing 7
  • Delaware Skipper 5
  • Dun Skipper 2

Common Buckeye

NABA Great Swamp Butterfly Count-Great Swamp NWR Section

Great Swamp NWR
Morris County, NJ

Humid, 84F, some brief showers, 6.5 hours
Garry Annibal, Steve Glynn, Jonathan Klizas, Jim Springer
Photos by Steve Glynn

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 11
  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 18
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 25
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 9
  • Viceroy 1
  • Appalachian Brown 13
  • Little Wood-Satyr 33
  • Common Wood-Nymph 84
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 15
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 16
  • Northern Broken-Dash 34
  • Little Glassywing 9
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Mulberry Wing 1
  • Black Dash 3
  • Dun Skipper 2

Mulberry Wing

Horace's Duskywing

Pipevine Swallowtail

Black Dash

Banded Hairstreak

John J. Collins

Duke Island Park, Bridgewater
Somerset County, NJ

  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3

Chris Williams

Troy Meadow, Troy Meadow Rd. Gas Line cut to End of Road
Morris County, NJ

At 9:00AM had 4 Dion's by 9:15 AM all were gone
Mostly Cloudy, Humidity 99%, Wind 7 to 10 MPH

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 34
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Appalachian Brown 14
  • Little Wood-Satyr 48
  • Common Wood-Nymph 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 21
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 13
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Mulberry Wing 1
  • Dion Skipper 5
  • Dun Skipper 3

Chris Williams

Cameron Dog Park, Parsippany, NJ
Morris County, NJ

Cloudy, Rain at Times; Wind SW 7 to 10 MPH. 86 Degrees. Humidity 99%

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 13
  • Red-spotted Admiral 1
  • Appalachian Brown 6
  • Little Wood-Satyr 32
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 17
  • Northern Broken-Dash 11
  • Little Glassywing 6
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Mulberry Wing 1
  • Dion Skipper 1
  • Black Dash 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Delaware Skipper

Dion Skipper

Chris Williams

Troy Meadow Wetlands Old Rigedale Rd. Parsippany , NJ
Morris County, NJ

Mostly Cloudy, Humidity 99%, Wind 7 to 10 MPH

  • Cabbage White 11
  • Orange Sulphur 18
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 6
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 1

Striped Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

NABA Mercer Count (Mt. Rose Preserve)

Mt. Rose Preserve
Mercer County, NJ

Part of NABA Mercer butterfly count, J. Hummel, M. Lee, J. Springer, C .Wyluda, 90F, little wind, mostly clear

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Little Glassywing 12

NABA Mercer Count (Pole Farm)

Mercer Meadows (Pole Farm Section)
Mercer County, NJ

Part of NABA Mercer butterfly count, 7 people, 90F, little wind, mostly clear

  • Black Swallowtail 12
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 12
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 34
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 24
  • Pearl Crescent 110
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 42
  • Monarch 17
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Steven Glynn

White Lake WMA
Sussex County, NJ

11:30 to 1:00pm visit.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Northern Metalmark 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Appalachian Brown 8
  • Little Wood-Satyr 5
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

American Snout

Delaware Skipper

Northern Metalmark

Jack McKee

Allaire State Park, Fireman's Field
Monmouth County, NJ

1200-1345, Sunny, 85 degrees, 6-10 mph breeze. Usually the numbers for Little Wood Satyr and Common Wood Nymph are reversed in this area.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 12
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 13
  • Monarch 2
  • Dun Skipper 3

NABA Mercer Count (Master Gardeners' Garden)

Mercer County Master Gardeners' Garden
Mercer County, NJ

Part of NABA Mercer butterfly count, J. Hummel, M. Lee, J. Springer, C. Wyluda, 90F, little wind, mostly clear
Photo by Mike Lee.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 2

Cloudless Sulphur

Tom Halliwell

Kittatinny Valley SP
Sussex County, NJ

Warm & humid; mid 80s. 11:00 to 2:30. Plenty of nectar sources available; few butterflies.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Northern Metalmark 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 7
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Wildcat Ridge WMA
Morris County, NJ

Visited mid-morning (9:30 to 11:00) and again in mid-afternoon (2:30 to 3:30)

  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Red-spotted Purple

Northern Pearly-eye

Jeffrey Prosa

Emerson residential
Bergen County, NJ

  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Variegated Fritillary

Fred Pfeifer

Garret Moumtain
Passaic County, NJ

Locations, Rifle Camp Park, our home, Wilson Ave and Garret Mountain Reservation.
8:25 am till 5:pm
81 to 88 degrees
severe clear to 30% cloud cover by afternoon

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 6
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 52
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 3
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Delaware Skipper

Sharon & Wade Wander

Private properties, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

10:45-1:00, mostly sunny, 76-82 deg.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 29
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 5
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 4
  • Little Glassywing 4
  • Delaware Skipper 8
  • Dun Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

Lockatong WMA
Hunterdon County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur Common
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Common
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 14
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 2

Peck's Skipper

Common Wood-Nymph

Joe Burgiel & Marge Barrett

Whittingham WMA
Sussex County, NJ

9:45 to 11:15 AM, Sunny, Hot, Humid

  • Cabbage White 22
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 11
  • Meadow Fritillary 1
  • Northern Pearly-eye 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 6
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Meadow Fritillary

David L. Amadio

Canal Rd. & A.T.Lands from Canal Rd to RT94
Sussex County, NJ

Spent most of the day here wading through very high vegetation. Not a single Swallowtail here today. I wonder if we are seeing the extirpation of Baltimore Checkerspot here. I remember just a few short years ago easily finding double digit numbers, now only a couple of singleton reports so far.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 21
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 9
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Northern Pearly-eye 8
  • Eyed Brown 12
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 7
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 9
  • Delaware Skipper 3
  • Mulberry Wing 1
  • Black Dash 4
  • Dun Skipper 4

Mulberry Wing

Delaware Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Black Dash

Painted Lady

Northern Pearly-eye

Steven Glynn

Horseshoe Bend Park
Hunterdon County, NJ

Extensive time covering areas accessed from south and north entrances.

Cloudless Sulphur seen just over fence line to west of dog park, in private/"do not enter" area. Large, bright and obvious.

Difficulty with areas bordering the dog park as landowner was cutting fields with a large combine cutter. Gray Comma seen in one of these cutting fields only briefly, before retreating to cover.

Tough watching the cutting and seeing Meadowlarks, Bobolinks and other birds flying out of the grassland being cut.

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Clouded Sulphur 8
  • Orange Sulphur Abundant
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Common
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 9
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • Gray Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 7
  • Common Wood-Nymph 5
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 4

Black Swallowtail

Sharon & Wade Wander

Wander garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Sunny, low 80s most of the day. Usually at this point in the season we would be seeing 15-20 species on our property, but this year 9 is looking pretty good.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1

Schwinne Lee

Negri-Nepote Grass Land
Somerset County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 35
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 6
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Little Glassywing 1

Barb Sendelbach

Tilting Rock Farm Rookery (Private Property) Lafayette/Sparta
Sussex County, NJ

10:45 am - 1 pm observations made along the rookery, adjacent marshland and roadside. Drastic reduction in activity as observed in past years. There were several patches of various Milkweed species and other blooming nectar sources which had very little butterfly activity. The habitat has also been replaced with several invasive species and was impassable from the former access point.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

C Wyluda

Delaware Water Gap, Worthington State Forest
Sussex County, NJ

Sunny, about 80F, 5.5 afternoon hrs along Old Mine Rd. Bears! Porcupine. Thousands of distracting moths.
Photos by Mike Lee.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 5
  • Aphrodite Fritillary 1
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Northern Pearly-eye 2
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Northern Pearly-eye

American Snout

Red Admiral

Porcupine

Black Bear

Appalachian Brown

Eastern Comma

Sharon & Wade Wander

DWGNRA—Walpack area
Sussex County, NJ

10:00-1:45, sunny, 71-80°. The marsh off Mountain Road has produced good numbers of Baltimores for at least 20 years. It is gratifying to see that they are still here, as they are becoming increasingly scarce elsewhere.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 29
  • Baltimore Checkerspot 20
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Northern Pearly-eye 7
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 6
  • Little Glassywing 3
  • Black Dash 20
  • Dun Skipper 2

Baltimore Checkerspot chrysalis

Black Dash

Northern Pearly-eye

Baltimore Checkerspot

Jack McKee

Private Farm, Howell Twp.
Monmouth County, NJ

Sunny, low to mid 80's. 1015 to 1235. There is a area of 3 to 4 acres chock full of flowering Milkweed to attract and support Monarchs. I found only 4 Monarchs and 7 other butterflies amid this abundance of nectar. Other patches of prime Milkweed have been very lightly visited this season.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 19
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 11
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Dun Skipper 3

Deedee Burnside

18 John Dow Avenue, Waldwick, NJ
Bergen County, NJ

Excited to have a female Pipevine laying eggs here today!
It's been several years!

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1

Tom Bailey

White Lake Preserve, Hardwick
Warren County, NJ

2 to 5 pm. I walked the complete circuit around the lake from the parking lot off of Spring Valley Rd. I was surprised that the main fields off of Rt. 521 had hardly any butterflies in them. An Eastern Milk Snake was a nice surprise.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 14
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Common Wood-Nymph 6
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Eastern Milk Snake

Alice Koster

River Rd. Park, Bedminster Twp. Stahl Natural Area
Somerset County, NJ

10:00-11:30. Mostly sunny.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 32
  • Monarch 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Dun Skipper 3

Tom Bailey

Canal Road / AT Lands
Sussex County, NJ

10:30 to 12:45. One of the Eyed Browns was very worn and flew out and landed on my hand for it's photo.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Eyed Brown 8
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Least Skipper 9

Monarch caterpillar

Northern Pearly-eye

Eyed Brown

Eyed Brown