August 2017 Sightings

Jack McKee

Merrick Farm, Howell
Monmouth County, NJ

1145 to 1350. Mostly sunny, Mid 80's.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White a
  • Clouded Sulphur 9
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 6
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 15
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 15
  • Peck's Skipper 12
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Anita & Keith Richmond

Hillsborough, Backyard Garden
Somerset County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 3

Joseph Burgiel

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, NJ

Sunny & Hot, 10:20AM to 11:20AM

  • Giant Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 31
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 4

Ken Witkowski

Wallkill River NWR - Owens Station Crossing tract
Sussex County, NJ

Mostly sunny - 80 degrees

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 6
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2

Carol and Michael Newlon

206 Emerson Lane, Berkeley Heights
Union County, NJ

On the Buddleia. Tiger Swallowtail a black-form female.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Carol and Michael Newlon

River Road Park, Stahl Natural Area
Somerset County, NJ

10:10 AM - 12:20 PM. Overcast at first, then sun and clouds. 86 degrees, humid. Much Mountain-mint and some Goldenrod near the silos and along field-edges to their north; good patches of Knapweed along River Road itself, between the two parking lots. One Tiger Swallowtail a black-form female.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 18
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Common Wood-Nymph 13
  • Monarch 13
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 19
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Least Skipper

Horace's Duskywing

Painted Lady

Monarch

American Lady

Gray Hairstreak

Leaderless Walk with 10 people

White Lake
Warren County, NJ

9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Fog early so there was little activity at first, then cleared around 10:30. The Emperor was photographed on three participants.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 8
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 15
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Common Ringlet 10
  • Common Wood-Nymph 6
  • Monarch 15
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 9

Hackberry Emperor

Red-spotted Purple

Viceroy

Red-spotted Purple

Gray Hairstreak

Giant Swallowtail

Common Ringlet

Common Buckeye

Sharon & Wade Wander

Kittatinny State Park. The fields that flank the entrance drive from Goodale Road, and the 2 fields near the office.
Sussex County, NJ

3:45 to 4:45. Hot, humid, and sunny. Five of the 137 Tiger Swallowtails were dark. All of the swallowtails were nectaring at Wild Bergamot which is near, or at, its peak now. Also seen were about 5 dark swallowtails and 2 ladies that could not be identified.

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Giant Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 137
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 11
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 15
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Jack McKee

Home Gardens aned grounds, Howell,
Monmouth County, NJ

Sunny, 80's. 1000 to 1400. Intermittent observation.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Ken Witkowski

Wallkill River NWR - Kelly Road
Sussex County, NJ

Mostly sunny - warm and humid. 2:45pm to 3:35pm

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 21
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 9
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 4

Chris Herz & Jean Gutsmuth

Horseshoe Bend Park
Hunterdon County, NJ

Partly cloudy in am and windy. Sunny later in am and afternoon. Stopped counting silver-spotted skippers after 90+. Couldn't find the elusive 30th species!

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 18
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White C
  • Clouded Sulphur 8
  • Orange Sulphur 51
  • American Copper 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 16
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 40
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Gray Comma 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 10
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 37
  • Silver-spotted Skipper C
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Least Skipper 15
  • Peck's Skipper 30
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Juniper Hairstreak

American Copper

Fred Pfeifer

Mountainside Park
Morris County, NJ

1:30-5:00 Cloudy start but it improved quickly with clear skies
There is major construction going on by the parking lot.
Lots of nectar sources with acres of knapweed.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 18
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1
  • Dun Skipper 3

Zabulon Skipper

Tom Halliwell

Schooley's Mountain County Park
Morris County, NJ

1:00 to 3:15. Partly cloudy; quite breezy; 70s.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 100+
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 21
  • Cabbage White 20+
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 6
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Natural Area, Hardwick Twp. fields around parking lot on Rt. 521 south to fields by barn.
Warren County, NJ

11:20 to 1:15 Mixed sun and clouds, breezy. One of the 24 tigers was dark.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 24
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 10
  • Cabbage White 17
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Common Ringlet 6
  • Monarch 18
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Barb Sendelbach

Rahway River Park
Union County, NJ

Took a stroll around the pond during the mid-afternoon.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 3

Carol and Michael Newlon

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, NJ

10:30 AM - 2:20 PM. High overcast, a few breaks of sun; low 70's. Abundant Monarda, attracting Swallowtails. Also abundant Knapweed & Queen-Anne's lace, but no butterflies on either. We covered fields near the headquarters and both sides of Gooddale Road. One Anglewing sp. Few Whites and Skippers, no Sulfurs.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Giant Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 60
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 12
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2

Spicebush Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Red-spotted Purple

Giant Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Mike Lee and C Wyluda

Deer Path Park
Hunterdon County, NJ

2:07-3:15, mostly cloudy
(hedge row edges severely mowed;
less flowers than we have seen other years.
location we had coppers last year mowed to bits.)
followed #1-10 of Parcourse, checking field
Photos by Mike Lee

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Red-spotted Purple

Black Swallowtail

Jack McKee

Merrick farm, Howell
Monmouth County, NJ

Kevin Keating and I did a butterfly census of the farm from 1000 to 1400. Partly sunny in the high 70's. Monarch and Skipper totals were the highest ever for the Farm.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 13
  • Cabbage White 18
  • Orange Sulphur 16
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 28
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 11
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 82
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 41
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 26
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 4
  • Sachem 10

Jim Springer

Glenhurst Preserve, Warren
Somerset County, NJ

10:15am-1:00pm, 68-72F, mostly cloudy

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 11
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 20
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 3

Question Mark

Zabulon Skipper

Mike Lee and C Wyluda

Master Gardeners of Mercer County Garden
Mercer County, NJ

78 F slight wind and pleasant. 11:40am to 12:40pm.
[Moderator's Note]: Ocola Skipper is new record for Mercer County and a new early date for northern NJ.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 6
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 20
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Sachem 5

Common Buckeye

Juniper Hairstreak

Ocola Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Pipevine Swallowtail

Barb Sendelbach

Karen Nash Memorial Butterfly Garden
Warren County, NJ

We found 3 separate groups of Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars each smaller than the other.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail
  • Black Swallowtail
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • Cabbage White
  • Orange Sulphur
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure
  • Pearl Crescent
  • Monarch
  • Silver-spotted Skipper
  • Peck's Skipper

Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars

Garry Annibal and Lee Gaitskill

DeKorte Park (Meadowlands), Lyndhurst.
Bergen County, NJ

9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, partly cloudy, 67 degrees to 77 degrees.

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Monarch 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 5

Red-banded Hairstreak

Monarch

Broad-winged Skipper

Mike Lee and C Wyluda

Hunterdon Co. Arboretium
Hunterdon County, NJ

3:22-4:35pm cloudy then sunny, 78F
garden and Discovery Trail
(hairstreaks fresh and mating)
1 Dark morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail seen
Photos by C Wyluda

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 9
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 13
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Delaware Skipper 2

Silver-spotted Skipper

Red-banded Hairstreak

Peck's Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Barb Sendelbach

Merrill Creek Reservoir
Warren County, NJ

We walked from the hawk watch to dam and then the fields and butterfly garden by the visitors center. We found a few mature Monarch Caterpillars along with several dozen Milkweed Tussock Caterpillars of various stages on the Milkweed and Indian Hemp in the fields.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White 28
  • Orange Sulphur 17
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Milkweed Tussock caterpillar-3rd instar

Milkweed Tussock caterpillar-1st instar

Red-banded Hairstreak

Sharon & Wade Wander

Duke Farms, Hillsborough Twp.
Somerset County, NJ

NABA led walk from 10-12. Partly to mostly cloudy, 70's. About 25 participants guided by Sharon Wander, Wade Wander, Anita Richmond, and Keith Richmond. Nearly more people than butterflies!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 5

Diane Redling

Whitehouse Station
Hunterdon County, NJ

3 Pipevine caterpillars on Dutchman's Pipe in backyard

Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar

Sharon & Wade Wander

wet meadow and upland fields on private property in Hardwick Township.
Warren County, NJ

2:00 to 3:20, mostly sunny, 76-81 degrees

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 19
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 13
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 23
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Ringlet 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Linda Ward

Robbinsville private garden
Mercer County, NJ

Practicing my butterfly photography skills this morning (and I need a lot more practice) and look what I found.

[Moderator's note]: Long-tailed Skipper is more than 2 weeks earlier than previous early date for northern NJ.

  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

Long-tailed Skipper

Mike Lee

Rutgers Garden
Middlesex County, NJ

85 f and sunny. Clear skies and pleasant. Garden in full bloom. Many bees too. One of the Eastern Tigers SW was a dark morph.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 11
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 5
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Broad-winged Skipper

Painted Lady

Horace's Duskywing

Dun Skipper

C Wyluda

Trenton, downtown
Mercer County, NJ

noon, sunny, warm, butterflies on zinnias.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1