April 2018 Sightings

Fred Pfeifer

Weis Ecology Center Ringwood
Passaic County, NJ

Checked Weis for Comptons. They don't tap the maples any more. I did see an anglewing sp.

Sharon & Wade Wander

Sparta Glen, Sparta Township
Sussex County, NJ

47 degrees, sunny, chilly breeze. Butterfly was basking on dirt road.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Steven Glynn

Sourland Mountain Preserve
Somerset County, NJ

Partly sunny, 48 degrees during a late morning walk along the A-C trail and along the pipeline cut.

  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Comma

David Moskowitz

South Plainfield in a farmfield. Nectaring on the few blooming Spring Beauties at the edge of the field.
Middlesex County, NJ

Hard to believe it took until April 12 for the first cabbage.

  • Cabbage White 1

Cabbage White

Sharon & Wade Wander

Wawayanda State Park, West Milford
Passaic County, NJ

Mid-70s, filtered sun. Trail off of Hansen Lane (spelled Hanson on Google Maps). Disappointed not to see Compton Tortoiseshell, as we had good numbers of the summer brood here in 2016. But it looks like even the Cloaks and Commas are just getting started.

  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Michael Newlon

Great Swamp NWR - Old Meyersville Rd/Orange Trail
Morris County, NJ

High 70's, sunny. 12:30-2:45 PM.

  • Spring Azure 7
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Spring Azure

Jack McKee

35 Merrick road, Howell Twp.
Monmouth County, NJ

1200 to 1400; variably cloudy; breezy. Cabbage Whites seen flying N to S at different times. no attempt to nectar on the approximately 400 Daffodil flowers in my yard.

  • Cabbage White 3

Sharon & Wade Wander

Flatbrook—Roy Wildlife Management Area, and Mountain Road north of Walpack Cemetery.
Sussex County, NJ

Very warm (70's) and sunny. All of the butterflies were seen on dirt roads. Most of the commas looked good whereas the tortoiseshell was very ragged. Other notable observations included 4 The Infant (Archiearis infans) moths (a day flier), 1 Oblique-lined Tiger Beetle (Cicindela tranquebarica), and a kingfisher nest. No Harvesters. Observers: Marge Barret, Alice Koster, and Wade Wander. Note that the road through Tillman Ravine was closed.

  • Eastern Comma 23
  • Compton Tortoiseshell 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Anita & Keith Richmond

Jenny Jump State Forest
Warren County, NJ

10:30 - 11:30

  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 3

Jim Springer & Fred Pfeifer

Mountainside Park
Morris County, NJ

1:45pm-2:30pm, scouting trip to see status of season, very little green growth yet. 78F

  • Cabbage White 1

Marcus Gray & Family

Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown
Morris County, NJ

Arrived late in the day. Warm and sunny conditions became windy.

  • Cabbage White 1

Jim Springer

Wildcat Ridge WMA
Morris County, NJ

12:00pm-1:00pm, 78F, scouting trip to see status of season, very little green growth and no nectar sources yet, 78F

  • Mourning Cloak 2

Jim Springer

Great Swamp NWR - Old Meyersville Rd/Orange Trail
Morris County, NJ

3:15pm-4:15pm, both shrubs and trees starting to bud, 77F

  • Spring Azure 20
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Spring Azure

Jack McKee

Allaire State Park
Monmouth County, NJ

Around 1400 the stiff breeze lessened a bit and a Cabbage White flew by and settled on a patch of sand in the sunlight, trying to get warm.

  • Cabbage White 1

David Moskowitz

9 Camelot Drive, East Brunswick, New Jersey
Middlesex County, NJ

Late yesterday afternoon this dead monarch was laying in my back flower beds. I’ve cleaned out the beds with a leaf blower 3 times already this spring and there is no way it was there before. The beds aren’t that big and I definitely couldn’t have missed it. Other than being a little tattered and worn she’s in pretty good shape, not desiccated, all legs and both antennae in place. There is another record of a live Monarch at Beach Haven from today, so I'm guessing she flew in on the nice warm southerly winds over the weekend and then perished with the cold and lack of nectar sources after that. As of yesterday, this was the most northerly report of a Monarch in North America.

  • Monarch 1

Monarch

David Moskowitz

Jamesburg Woods Natural Area, East Brunswick, New Jersey
Middlesex County, NJ

With the largely butterfly-less April so far this year in central New Jersey (this is only the fourth species so far), I was very happy to find this extremely tattered Red Admiral late yesterday afternoon when it had finally warmed up a bit. I don't think they are supposed to overwinter in New Jersey but I find it hard to imagine this one flew any great distance on those ratty wings.

  • Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral

Anita & Keith Richmond

Hillsborough backyard
Somerset County, NJ

2pm, low 50,s and windy

  • Cabbage White 1