March 2019 Sightings

David Moskowitz

Frost Woods Park
Middlesex County, NJ

Warm and sunny and a perfect late winter butterfly day! 4 Eastern Commas at Jamebsurg Park Conservation Area, two at Frost Woods and two Mourning Cloaks there too.
[Moderator's Note]: First report of overwintering butterflies in northern NJ.

  • Eastern Comma 6
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Jack McKee

Howell Twp.
Monmouth County, NJ

Time 1500, mid 50's, filtered sunlight, 10 mph breeze. I spent the early afternoon walking the trails at Allaire State park, hoping to encounter a Mourning Cloak or an Anglewing. I had no luck and decided to return home. As I was turning into Merrick Road from Rt. 524, a smallish butterfly flew in front of my car. Since I was in the middle of a turn, I could not stop to use my binoculars. The insect was some 15 to 20 feet away, and about 20 feet off the ground, so I was confined to a naked eye ventral only view. Given the relative closeness of the butterfly, I was able to secure a decent look. Alas, it had no real field marks. I could see no clearly defined marks nor color, The size was good for Cabbage White or a Sulphur, but the near absence of color, ruled out a Sulphur. The ventral parts were a blurry gray-dingy white with a faint suggestion of beige or yellow on the hindwing, so I decided it was a Cabbage White, a common resident of this area.
[Moderator's note]: Our first butterfly of the year–let the fun begin!

  • Cabbage White 1

John J. Collins

797 Ashton Street, Raritan
Somerset County, NJ

My first butterfly of the season.

  • Cabbage White 1

Ben Barkley

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

Mostly cloudy and 65 degrees. Observation of comma at 12:45pm. First butterfly of the year for me.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Hyper Humus unit of Paulinskill WMA
Sussex County, NJ

10:30-12:50, sunny, temps in the 50s. Our first butterfly of 2019 - oh happy day!

  • Eastern Comma 1

Barb Sendelbach

Sussex Branch Trail between Andover and Allamuchy
Sussex County, NJ

  • Eastern Comma 2

Tom Halliwell

Hillside Park, Andover Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

11:00 to 1:30. Sunny.

  • Eastern Comma 2

Anita & Keith Richmond

Duke Farms
Somerset County, NJ

3:00pm, 55 degrees, light breeze

  • Eastern Comma 3

Jack McKee

Howell Twp.
Monmouth County, NJ

1320, 48 degrees, sunny, 12 mph SE breeze. Butterfly was basking in my backyard.

  • Cabbage White 1

Mike Lee and C Wyluda

Baldwin Lake WMA, Hopewell Twp, NJ
Mercer County, NJ

5:20pm
75 and increasing cloudiness

  • Eastern Comma 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

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

10:30-11:15, sunny-ish, temps in the high 50s.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Joe Burgiel & Marge Barrett

KVSP: Mt. Nebo Road
Sussex County, NJ

Partly sunny, low 60's.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Jim Springer

Troy Meadows, Troy Meadows Rd.
Morris County, NJ

Mostly cloudy, 76ºF, 1:45-2:30pm, comma flew up to nectar on Red Maple blossoms.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Marcus Gray & Children

Cross Estate Gardens driveway.
Morris County, NJ

75F

  • Eastern Comma 1

Ben Barkley

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

Observations from Noon-2:00pm. 2 unided anglewings.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Comma 2

Jim Springer

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

12:30-1:15pm, high clouds, 75ºF, trail very muddy and wet, Spring Peepers and Wood Frogs were heard all around, hardly any buds on shrubs or trees.

  • Spring Azure 1

Anita & Keith Richmond, Mike Lee, Chrys Wyluda

Mercer Meadows
Mercer County, NJ

Late AM, 70 degrees, mostly sunny. Observations during a walk with a large group of birders with Washington Crossing Audubon Society. Oone Mourning Cloak was nectaring on Red Maple blossoms.

  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 2

Mourning Cloak

Marcus Gray & Children

Great Swamp NWR Visitor Center
Morris County, NJ

76F. Lots of people out!

  • Eastern Comma 1