August 2018 Sightings

Tom Halliwell

Horseshoe Bend Park
Hunterdon County, NJ

11:30 to 2:00. Varying from sunny to overcast with a few rain events. Humid with temps in low 80s.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 25+
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 12
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Gray Comma 1
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Anita & Keith Richmond

Hillsborough Backyard
Somerset County, NJ

10:00, mostly cloudy warm and very humid. By this time of year we usually have many Red-banded Hairstreaks on our Mountain Mint. So far this year have not seen even one.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Copper 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3

Anita & Keith Richmond

Fox Chase Pond, Hillsborough
Somerset County, NJ

1:40 - 2:00, partly cloudy, hot and very humid. This has been a reliable spot for Common Buckeye, particularly last year. None found however.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Peck's Skipper 17
  • Sachem 4
  • Delaware Skipper 3

Alice Koster

Schooley’s Mountain County Park
Morris County, NJ

11:15-12:15. Sun and clouds. Covered Monarda fields left of main parking lot. Gnats were awful!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

John J. Collins

White Lake Natural Resource Area
Warren County, NJ

Leaderless Walks - 9 participants
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Partly cloudy

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 9
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White 17
  • Clouded Sulphur 7
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 3
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Common Ringlet 6
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 14
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Deborah Bifulco

Andover Township, yard pollinator garden
Sussex County, NJ

Butterfly numbers in my garden continue to be very, very low. This is only the second Eastern Tiger ST I've seen here this summer. Even cabbage white numbers are much lower than normal.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Giant Swallowtail

Horace's Duskywing

Ben Barkley

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

12:30-2:00pm. Hiked out to the Boondocks to look at the Swamp Milkweed, Buttonbush, and Joe Pye out there. Fewer butterflies than I expected, but the area looks promising. A few unided quick flybys and one super drab unided skipper.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Ben Barkley and Brian Magnier

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

Observations spread throughout the afternoon. Mostly from 1-3:30pm. One of my largest butterflying days at Lord Stirling Park. We covered the southern and western meadows in the property. Great numbers of skippers and a good showing of hairstreaks. My first White M Hairstreak and Swarthy Skipper for the park. First day in a long time without a Satyr.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 60
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 22
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 23
  • Peck's Skipper 21
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 8
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

White M Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Zabulon Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Red-banded Hairstreak

Horace's Duskywing

David DeSarno

Big Brook Park
Monmouth County, NJ

I was happy to see so many monarchs - most I've seen in one small area in years.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 25
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 6

Peck's Skipper

American Copper

American Copper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Swarthy Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Hollystone Preserve (across from Baldpate Mtn on Fiddlers Creek)
Mercer County, NJ

10:10-12:10 pm, 3 miles
Sunny and high 80s
did not know canabalistic nature of SS

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 17
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Red-spotted Purple

Silver-spotted Skipper

Ridge & Valley Cnoservancy Trip

White Lake Preserve
Warren County, NJ

10 - 11:30 AM
Very hot & humid

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Giant Swallowtail 12
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 11
  • Cabbage White 14
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 6
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Common Ringlet 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 32
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 11
  • Peck's Skipper 3

North Jersey NABA Chapter Picnic

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, NJ

18 participants led by Tom Halliwell. 9:40 - 11:35, high 80’s and humid. 1 black form Tiger Swallowtail & 1 mated pair of Monarchs. 4 Giant Swallowtail cats also observed.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Giant Swallowtail 22
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 48
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 15
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 64
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 21
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Ben Barkley and Brian Magnier

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

11am-2pm. After yesterday's showing of skippers we decided to do a dedicated skipper survey primarily targeting Least and Peck's. Exact count of those species. Peck's mostly using a variety of purple flowers (thistle, heal-all, etc). Good numbers of Tawny-edged and Eastern Tailed-Blue as well. Tawny-edged count is more of an educated estimate. Other species were incidental sightings mostly.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 45
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 35
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 13
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 154
  • Peck's Skipper 207
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 40
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Honey Brook Organic Farm, Pennington
Mercer County, NJ

12:50-2:00pm, 1/3 mile
sunny and humid….
oregano and forget me nots were productive
one black morph Eastern Tiger

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 16
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 14
  • Peck's Skipper 6

Variegated Fritillary

Swarthy Skipper

Variegated Fritillary

Common Sootywing

C Wyluda

home, Hopewell Twp.
Mercer County, NJ

hot, mid 90s, on trumpet flower leaves

  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

David DeSarno

Big Brook Park
Monmouth County, NJ

My first tawny-edged skipper sightings today.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Tawny-edged Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Swarthy Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Dun Skipper

C Wyluda

West State St., Trenton
Mercer County, NJ

hot- mid 90s, 1:15 pm
butterflies on zinnias

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Sachem 2

Ben Barkley

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, NJ

Observations from 12:15pm-1:45pm. Hot and sunny the whole time. Worked the two meadows off Goodale Road and the wooded path along the edge. The Red-spotted Admiral was an intergrade between Red-spotted Purple and White Admiral.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Giant Swallowtail 8
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 40
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White
  • Clouded Sulphur
  • Orange Sulphur
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 5
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 70
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Ben Barkley

White Lake
Warren County, NJ

Observations with a group from 10:10am-11:40am. Cloudy in the beginning, but became sunny and hot fast. Mosquitoes were pretty bad. Walked the meadows near the main parking lot.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 15
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur c
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Meadow Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 25
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 8
  • Peck's Skipper 4

Ben Barkley

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

A quick walk from 2-3pm. Brutally hot and humid. Did the western meadows, but at a faster pace due to time constraints. One sulphur spp went unided.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 27
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 21
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, NJ

9:45-10:45. Sunny, humid, 75-80°. Fields near Goodale Road entrance.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 8
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 25
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 9
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 30
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 12

Fred Weber

Yard near Culvers Gap, Frankford twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Aphrodite third ever in yard, first since 09. Basal spots, narrow cream band with follow spots.
Noon to 4 pm. on and off. Mostly sunny, 80's.

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Aphrodite Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 3

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Sharon & Wade Wander

Whittingham WMA, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

11:00-11:30, sunny, 80-83°. Parking lots on CR 612, Fredon-Springdale Road, and RIdge Road.

  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 13
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Jim Springer

Glenhurst Preserve, Warren
Somerset County, NJ

1:15pm-4:40pm, mostly sunny, humid, 89F, main paths mowed, paths mostly dry but flooded near the river

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 21
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 25
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 26
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 9
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 3
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Natural Area, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

2:40-4:00. Sunny, humid, mid-80s. The Meadow Frit was extremely worn.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 10
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Meadow Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 13
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 15
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Tom Halliwell

Evergreen Park, Green Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

11:30 to 2:00. Mostly sunny, hot and humid. Variegated and Red-banded were nice; surprisingly no Great Spangled.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 12

Spicebush Swallowtail

Red-banded Hairstreak

Jim Springer and Keith & Anita Richmond

Crosswick Creek Park, Province Line Rd. Section, Upper Freehold
Monmouth County, NJ

9:30am-11:30am, mostly clear but some clouds later, 85F, humid, Purple Loosestrife and Swamp Milkweed seemed to be most popular as nectar sources. Plenty of Ironweed in bloom but not as attractive.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 10
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 18
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Viceroy 5
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Monarch 65
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 57
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 3
  • Sachem 8
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Fred Weber

Yard near Culvers Gap, Frankford twp.
Sussex County, NJ

No Aphro today, but a bit more variety.
Noon to 5pm on and off. Sunny to partly cloudy, 80's

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 3

Joan Rottkamp

Franklin Lakes backyard
Bergen County, NJ

Lots of activity today.The weather was less humid,much more pleasant!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Broad-winged Skipper

Horace's Duskywing

'Summer' Spring Azure

Gray Hairstreak

John J. Collins

Hyper Humus
Sussex County, NJ

Leaderless Walks - 6 participants. From 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 28
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Red-spotted Purple