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

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

John J. Collins

Charles Rogers Wildlife Refuge
Mercer County, NJ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jack McKee

Alllaire State park
Monmouth County, NJ

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

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red Admiral 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

John J. Collins

Raritan Greenway
Somerset County, NJ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Benvent

Weequahic Park
Essex County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Painted Lady 1

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

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