July 2019 Sightings

David L. Amadio

Mountainside Park
Morris County, NJ

Obs. made from 7:30 till 11. Sunny & 65-80 degrees. Dogbane in bloom, Very little Common Milkweed, Butterfly weed starting to bloom. All Coral Hairstreaks found on butterfly weed as expected. Delaware Skippers were showing a strong preference for White Yarrow.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 4
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • American Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 5
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 24
  • Hoary Edge 8
  • Southern Cloudywing 2
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Delaware Skipper 4
  • Dun Skipper 2

Southern Cloudywing

Delaware Skipper

Hoary Edge

Coral Hairstreak

Michael Newlon

Great Swamp NWR
Morris County, NJ

10 M - 1:30 PM. 80 degrees, sunny. Wildlife Observation Center, areas near parking lots on Long Hill, Woodland, Old Meyersville Rds. Abundant Dogbane at the WOC; Mountain-mint and Buttonbush just starting. Comma had underwing mark suggestive of Question Mark but only on one side. Duskywings and Woodnymphs very fresh.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

Question Mark

Question Mark

Horace's Duskywing

Least Skipper

Horace's Duskywing

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Common Wood-Nymph

Fred Pfeifer

Kaiser Trail to Racoon Ridge
Warren County, NJ

80° mix of sun and clouds. Strong winds of 20+ mph on the ridge made it difficult to find hairstreaks. I'm certain this is an under count.
The milkweed stands in the scout camp had almost no butterflies. The camp has a lot of milkweed and crown vetch. I saw only one Banded Hairstreak and it was on a sunny rock on Kaiser Rd.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 20
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 3
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Striped Hairstreak

Edwards' Hairstreak

Marge Barrett & Joe Burgiel

Blue Mountain Lakes in DWGNRA
Sussex County, NJ

Low 80's, sunny, no wind.
Very few butterflies.
12:30-2:00pm

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 7

John J. Collins

Canal Road to Boardwalk, Waywayanda SP
Sussex County, NJ

Leaderless Walk - 9 participants. Sunny and warm.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Snout 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Hackberry Emperor 3
  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • European Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Canal Rd. & A.T. Lands
Sussex County, NJ

Obs. made from 12 noon till 4:20. Mostly Sunny 74-85 . Explored Canal Rd. from southern parking area to the northern parking area & fields at northern end. Also covered the AT from Rt 94 to the elevated footbridge along the boardwalk. Shocked to see so little Common milkweed in the fields adjacent to the AT. No Canada Thistle either. I believe that this is the fewest number of butterflies that I have encountered here when covering this much ground. Found the Black Dash in the overgrown sedge meadow near the RR tracks. Observed a pair of Northern Pearly-eyes in a dogfight for over seven min. They outlasted my patience for a photograph. Fun to watch their unique flight.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Snout 8
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 7
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Northern Pearly-eye 4
  • Eyed Brown 10
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Black Dash 1

Black Dash

Eyed Brown

Mike Lee

Julian Capik Nature Preserve, Sayreville
Middlesex County, NJ

2:30-4pm
cloudy and humid, biting flies in wet area, 89f and rain approaching; button bush productive near the 20' container

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Marge Barrett & Joe Burgiel

Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve
Sussex County, NJ

Sunny, Low 80s, Little wind
2:00 - 3:15 PM
Am Coppers nectaring mostly on Yarrow

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 14
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Delaware Skipper 2

David DeSarno

Tatum Park
Monmouth County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Monarch 8

Ben Barkley

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

9:00am to 11:15am. A walk around the property to scout locations for the count on Saturday. Mostly cloudy, sunny at times, and humid. Did not spend as much time today in Woodpecker Swamp due to the non-butterfly bugs. Unided sulphurs and duskywings.

  • Cabbage White
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure c
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Appalachian Brown 8
  • Little Wood-Satyr c
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Least Skipper c
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Dun Skipper 2

Sharon & Wade Wander

DWGNRA, Old Mine Road
Sussex County, NJ

11:00-12:30, sunny, low 80s. From Jager Road north to north end of Minisink Island. We visited the Westbrook-Bell House site (0.9 mile N of Jager Rd.) and a field along an unnamed dirt road 0.4 mi N of Jager. The attached list is from this field and the road to it. We were surprised to find a nice colony of Am. Copper here, hard to find this year, and also surprised to see a Baltimore on the road there, pretty far from the Jager Road colony. We did not count the many butterflies on OMR and the road to the Westbrook-Bell House, but they included many E. Commas; a few Question Marks, Red Admirals, Tawny Emperors, and Am. Snouts; and one Hackberry Emperor.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Copper 33
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Baltimore Checkerspot 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Baltimore Checkerspot

Tawny Emperor

Chrys Wyluda, Mike Lee & Jim Springer

Ringwood State Park
Passaic County, NJ

85˚F, sunny, 2:20pm-4:15pm

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

DWGNRA
Sussex County, NJ

9:35-10:55, sunny, 76-80º. Marsh and upland fields at intersection of Jager Road and Old Mine Road, Sandyston Twp. Thanks to the earlier posting from Steve Glynn mentioning Baltimore Checkerspot, we checked out this area that we usually don't visit this time of year, and were amply rewarded with a nice population at a new location for this declining species, as well as a few other goodies. One BC was seen in the upland field, all others were down in the dense Tussock Sedge marsh.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Baltimore Checkerspot 21
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 8
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 2
  • Black Dash 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Baltimore Checkerspot

Common Sootywing

Chrys Wyluda, Mike Lee & Jim Springer

Ramapo Mountain State Forest
Passaic County, NJ

8:15am-1:45pm, sunny, 78-85˚F
No joy in finding Edwawrds' Hairstreak at this site this year.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Coral Hairstreak 3
  • Banded Hairstreak 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 5
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 24
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Hoary Edge 5
  • Southern Cloudywing 12
  • Northern Cloudywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 8
  • Delaware Skipper 12
  • Dun Skipper 6

Southern Cloudywing

Coral Hairstreak

Stephen Buckingham

Mountainside Park, Pequannock
Morris County, NJ

3:30 to 5:30. Good to see Coral Hairstreaks back again. A number of Monarch caterpillars on Orange Milkweed. Orange Milkweed more plentiful this year.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Coral Hairstreak 3
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Hoary Edge 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Coral Hairstreak

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch caterpillar

Spicebush Swallowtail

Hoary Edge

Coral Hairstreak

John J. Collins

Raritan Greenway, Raritan
Somerset County, NJ

Cloudy and warm.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Sam Stuart

Watchung Reservation
Union County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6

Common Buckeye

Little Wood-Satyr

Painted Lady

Spicebush Swallowtail

Sharon & Wade Wander

Hardwick Meadows Preserve, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

1:40-3:00, bright overcast with peeks of sun, 82º. Southern end of utility line corridor through the preserve.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Northern Metalmark 28
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Hoary Edge 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3
  • Little Glassywing 3

Northern Metalmark

Part of NABA Great Swamp Count

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
Morris County, NJ

3:25-4:15pm, 80's, mostly cloudy. Photo by Mike Lee.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Mulberry Wing 1

Banded Hairstreak

Part of NABA Great Swamp Count

Great Swamp NWR
Morris County, NJ

9:00am-2:00pm, 80-87˚F, mostly cloudy, brief torrential downpour midday. Photos by Mike Lee.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 6
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Question Mark 3
  • Red Admiral 8
  • Appalachian Brown 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Common Wood-Nymph 56
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 7
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Mulberry Wing 8
  • Black Dash 3

Least Skipper

Mulberry Wing

Northern Broken-Dash

Part of NABA Great Swamp Count

Passaic River County Park
Morris County, NJ

80's,, 2:15-3:15pm, mostly cloudy, Photo by Mike Lee.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Black Dash 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Black Dash

Fred Weber

2 fields north end Celery Farm.
Bergen County, NJ

Activity mostly at Wild Bergamot patch. Good bloom of milkweed attracting Monarchs and Tiger Swallowtail. 4:40-5:15 pm.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3

Ben Barkley

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

The Lord Stirling Park portion of the Great Swamp Count. Hot and humid for the entirety of the survey, but alternating sunny, cloudy, and raining. Survey time from 9am to 3:45pm with a brief break during a thunderstorm. A few notable observations highlighted by the emergence of the Black Dash and Mulberry Wing colony. No nectar sources yet in Woodpecker Swamp, so surveying the wetland skippers was difficult. Not too many nectar sources in the meadows either at the moment, so no hairstreaks and skippers were hard to come by. All counts are exact. All in all, it felt like a pretty active day with quite a few butterflies flying.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 41
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 64
  • Question Mark 4
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 9
  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Appalachian Brown 6
  • Little Wood-Satyr 39
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Little Glassywing 4
  • Mulberry Wing 2
  • Black Dash 2

Nerses Kazanjian

Tatum Park, Middletown
Monmouth County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3

Sharon & Wade Wander

Wallkill River NWR
Sussex County, NJ

8:45-12:45, sunny, 70s-80s. Our territory on the Wallkill River NWR Count: North and South Loops of Dagmar Dale Trail, plus boat launch area on CR 565. Also had 2 white-form sulphurs and 1 anglewing sp.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • American Copper 6
  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 10
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 4
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 22
  • Little Wood-Satyr 7
  • Common Wood-Nymph 8
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 16
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 5
  • Delaware Skipper 2

C Wyluda and M. Lee

Delaware Water Gap, Old Mine Road
Sussex County, NJ

3-5pm. failed at finding a checker spot. emperor would not get off me. (Eastern tiger was huge… do we have Appalachians?)

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 50
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 6
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Admiral 1
  • Tawny Emperor 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 3

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Striped Hairstreak

Spicebush Swallowtail

American Copper

Tawny Emperor

Question Mark

Jane Hurwitz

Bernardsville Home Garden
Somerset County, NJ

First American Snout in my garden, at least that I have seen. Many eggs laid on Common Hackberry.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Monarch 1

Deborah Bifulco

Home pollinator garden, Andover Township
Sussex County, NJ

First snout I've seen on our property since July of 2012. And although I've yet to see a Monarch butterfly, I found several eggs and one first instar caterpillar on one of my milkweed patches.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Red Admiral

American Snout

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Observations from ~2:00 on. Sunny, mid-80s. A little more variety showing up, but numbers and diversity of butterflies -and other insects - well below normal.

  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 4
  • Mulberry Wing 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

David DeSarno

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

Went out looking for Appalachian Browns but I couldn't stay long due to all the deer flies. Some nice looks at summer azures in the short time I was there.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 12
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Monarch 1

'Summer' Spring Azure