May 2019 Sightings

Tom Halliwell

Allamuchy Mt. SP: top of large rock outcrop adjacent to the Sussex Branch Trail S of Cranberry Lake
Sussex County, NJ

Given that it was overcast, the temperature was in the low 50s, and it was breezy, I was surprised when this flushed from an extensive blueberry/huckleberry patch on this bald-like outcrop. No other butterflies seen in 2+ hours.

  • Brown Elfin 1

Michael Newlon

Great Swamp NWR, Orange Trail
Morris County, NJ

2-3:30 PM, high 70's, sunny. Trail still deep in mud and water. Plus one Duskywing sp that never stopped. Seems early for Horace's but no spots on underwing.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Horace's Duskywing

Horace's Duskywing

John J. Collins

Charles Rogers Wildlife Refuge
Mercer County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1

Tom Halliwell

Kittatinny Valley SP
Sussex County, NJ

10:00–2:00. Mostly sunny and warm (ca. 80° high). Nice variety but poor numbers. I think the Monarch (nectaring on Dandelion) was my earliest in NW NJ.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Spring Azure 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Joe Burgiel & Marge Barrett

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, NJ

Sunny, Warm,11:20 - 11:40 AM

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Anita & Keith Richmond

Backyard garden, Hillsborough Twp.
Somerset County, NJ

Mid day, 70 degrees and sunny

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve, Frelinghuysen Twp.
Warren County, NJ

2:30-3:20, mostly cloudy, 77.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Meadow Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Natural Area
Warren County, NJ

10:20, sunny, mid 60s.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Meadow Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Brian Carruthers

High Point State Park
Sussex County, NJ

After 2 days of rain the weather warmed up to 69.8f/21c by 2-20pm, sighted by the small bridge at 41.258467, -74.705942 Montague Township NJ, USA
(camera settings still on Irish time +5hr)

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Marge Barrett & Joe Burgiel

Whittingham WMA
Sussex County, NJ

Quick stops at each of the two west-border parking lots.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Jenny Jump State Forest
Warren County, NJ

NABA Field Trip. 10:00-1:00, cloudy (until we quit for lunch!), mid-60s. 7 participants braved the poor butterfly conditions, mostly settling for a very nice botany walk. Also found a Spicebush Swallowtail chrysalis on Spicebush.

  • Spring Azure 4

Jim Springer

Warren backyard
Somerset County, NJ

Drizzle in the morning and overcast unitil the sun came out around 3pm when there was a little activity.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Sussex Branch Trail (north end), Byram Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

2:30-3:45, sun and clouds, around 70º. Conditions greatly improved over the AM, so we were surprised at the lack of butterflies.

  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • American Lady 1

Michael Newlon & Tom Halliwell

Jenny Jump State Forest
Warren County, NJ

Went back up the ridge after lunch, when sun came out for about an hour. None of the Orangetips even stopped.

  • Falcate Orangetip 3

John J. Collins

Raritan Greenway
Somerset County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Mike Lee and C Wyluda

Garret Mountain Park, Woodland Park
Passaic County, NJ

7am-2pm
more sun today after rain previous day….
51f in AM warming to 75f by PM

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1

Jack McKee

Alllaire State park
Monmouth County, NJ

1130 to 1430; sunny, breezy, 60's.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Marge Barrett & Joe Burgiel

Willowwood Arboretum
Morris County, NJ

AM. Mostly sunny. Cool. Very few butterflies.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Marge Barrett & Joe Burgiel

White Lake
Warren County, NJ

1:10 - 1:40 PM, Sunny, Mid 60s

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Red Admiral 1

John J. Collins

Hyper Humus
Sussex County, NJ

Leaderless walks, 12 participants. Cloudy at outset then mostly sunny towards noon.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1

Mary Jo Sichak

Wanaque, NJ
Passaic County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1

Marge Barrett & Joe Burgiel

Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve
Warren County, NJ

12:00 - 12:55PM, Sunny, Mid 60s

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Juniper Hairstreak 8
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 3

Jack McKee

Backyard, Howell Twp.
Monmouth County, NJ

Flew through yard around 1630.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Dave DeSarno

Rutgers Ecological Preserve
Middlesex County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 2

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

David Benvent

Weequahic Park
Essex County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Painted Lady 1

Ahmet Baytas & Jim Springer

Ramapo Mountain State Forest
Passaic County, NJ

9:30am-4:30pm, cloudy going over to full sun, 60˚F-71˚F, Brown Eflins were in most of the openings on top of ridges–mostly fresh.
Common Buckeye was nice so early at this site. Falcate Orangetip were mostly males.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Falcate Orangetip 13
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Brown Elfin 50
  • Juniper Hairstreak 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 19
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Mourning Cloak 4
  • American Lady 8
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 8
  • Cobweb Skipper 3

Brown Elfin

Common Buckeye

Cobweb Skipper

Mike Lee

Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park, NJ
Passaic County, NJ

11am- 3pm
65f sunny and slight wind

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1

Black Swallowtail

David DeSarno

Sandy Hook
Monmouth County, NJ

Lots of American and Painted Ladies around flowering trees near the fishing beach.

  • American Copper 8
  • American Lady c
  • Painted Lady c

Ken Witkowski

Wallkill River NWR - Dagmar Dale Trail
Sussex County, NJ

Perfect spring day - mostly sunny 70 degrees
1pm to 2:15pm

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Falcate Orangetip 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 1

Jack McKee

Allaire State Park
Monmouth County, NJ

1300 to 1500; partly sunny; 60's.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1