March 2020 Sightings

Tom Halliwell

Deer Lake section Allamuchy Mountain SP
Warren County, NJ

  • Eastern Comma 1

Tom Beattie

Julian Capik Nature Preserve, Sayreville NJ
Middlesex County, NJ

[Moderator note]: Earlier than previous early date in northern NJ by a week. The first azure of the year in southern NJ was seen only the previous day.

  • Spring Azure 1

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Mercer County Park, Edinburg Road, Blue Trail
Mercer County, NJ

2:45pm 58F sunny with little wind

  • Eastern Comma 2

Eastern Comma

Henry Kindervatter

Mercer County Park
Mercer County, NJ

On the way in to the park I saw one fly-by butterfly, which I believe to have been a Cabbage white, though its flight pattern and pale appearance might have been that of a Falcate orangetip. In any case, I was looking for the first signs of Falcate orangetips without success. Normally, they are abundant (at the right time) around the power lines near the lake and west picnic area of the park. Since we have had several days in the 60's and today was 70º F+, I wanted to see if the temperature had any effect of bringing them out early. This year, PSE&G (the owner of the power lines) is conducting a massive replacement of the lines and upgrading from girder-type towers to solid metal towers. Much of the area where one would normally walk in search of the Falcates is blocked off and less than optimally accessible. Also, although I have seen hairy rock cress growing in Princeton to the north of this site and Hamilton to the south, I saw no evidence of the plants in the park as yet.

  • Cabbage White 1

Marge Barrett & Joe Burgiel

Paulinskill Valley Trail, Blairstown
Warren County, NJ

  • Eastern Comma 2

Eastern Comma

Adrian Smith

Round Valley Reservoir
Hunterdon County, NJ

Walk of Green trail around 3.20pm. Temps topped out at 73 according to phone

  • Eastern Comma 3

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Fred Pfeifer

Rifle Camp Rd
Passaic County, NJ

1st yard butterfly for the year. Stuck around for about 3 minutes. Just long enough for Patti to see it.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Paulins Kill Valley Trail, Blairstown
Warren County, NJ

Wonderful sunny day in the upper 60's.

  • Eastern Comma 2

Jane Hurwitz

Home garden, Bernardsville
Somerset County, NJ

Seen around a sap run on a Black Walnut tree - seen from 1 pm to 4 pm.

  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 5

Eastern Comma and Question Mark

Eastern Commas and Question Mark

Mike Lee and Tom Beattie

Julian Capik Nature Preserve, Sayreville NJ
Middlesex County, NJ

73f and sunny met Tom there and decided to combine efforts
had a mystery butterfly flyby at the top of the pipeline

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak

Jane Hurwitz

Home Garden, Bernardsville
Somerset County, NJ

Warm afternoon, butterflies coming to sap run on a Black Walnut tree.

  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Keith Richmond

Hillsborough Twp.
Somerset County, NJ

Flyby around 3pm during my afternoon walk around my neighborhood in SE part of town.

  • Cabbage White 1

Joanne Pannone

Meadowbrook Rd, Robbinsville
Mercer County, NJ

I have been taking Pat Sutton’s advice and leaving the leaves and look who popped out. An Easter Comma

  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern Comma

Adrian Smith

Horseshoe Bend Park
Hunterdon County, NJ

Temp topped out around 70°C. Sunny but windy. 3.30pm til 5pm. Frustratingly short looks at Mourning Cloak before it hurtled off into the woods. One Anglewing unidentified.

  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Question Mark

Mourning Cloak

Sharon & Wade Wander

Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve, Frelinghuysen Twp.
Warren County, NJ

Cloudy, rainy morning cleared to a beautiful afternoon in the 60s. Hundreds of Wood Frogs were calling in a large vernal pond along the Red Trail in the South section of the Preserve, and Red-shouldered Hawks were active.

  • Eastern Comma 1

John J. Collins

797 Ashton Street, Raritan, NJ
Somerset County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

David Moskowitz

Jamesburg Park Conservation Area, East Brunswick
Middlesex County, NJ

3 or 4 anglewings too and countless ground nesting bees along the trails

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak

Susan Moseson

Hilltop Reservation, North Caldwell, NJ
Essex County, NJ

While out hiking with our family, we spotted a morning cloak fluttering around along the trail.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Mourning Cloak

Dave DeSarno

Home Garden, Tinton Falls
Monmouth County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Fiddlers Creek Preserve of Hopewell Twp
Mercer County, NJ

3:45-5:30pm diminishing sun to clouds

  • Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern Comma

Maureen Lasslett

Pleasant Valley Lake, Vernon
Sussex County, NJ

Thought it was a leaf falling, but it turned out to be a Mourning Cloak in my backyard! Seemed so early for a butterfly, until I read up on them and learned that they overwinter in the bark of trees. Fascinating! (too quick, didn't get a pic)

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Adrian Smith

My Yard, Whitehouse Station
Hunterdon County, NJ

2pm. 55°C

  • Cabbage White 1

Jim Springer

Great Swamp NWR, Orange Trail at end of White Bidge Road
Morris County, NJ

3:15-4:15, 56°F, filtered sun, very muddy trail
Wood Frogs and a few Spring Peepers calling..

  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Eastern Comma

C Wyluda

Hopewell Twp., home
Mercer County, NJ

FOY for me

  • Cabbage White 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Sussex Branch Trail, near Newton
Sussex County, NJ

Sunny afternoon, temp about 50, light breeze.

  • Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

C Wyluda

Fiddler's Creek Trails, Bald Pate Mountain, Ted Stiles Preserve
Mercer County, NJ

sunny, high 50's Eastern Comma on the exact same cedar tree as last week

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Spring Azure 3
  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern Comma

Fred Pfeifer

West Paterson
Passaic County, NJ

  • Spring Azure 1

Spring Azure

Maureen Lasslett

Pleasant Valley Lake, Vernon
Sussex County, NJ

Spotted three Eastern Commas in the woods near our house. So nice to see!

  • Eastern Comma 3

Eastern Comma

Jonathan Klizas

Trails from the end of White Bridge Rd., Great Swamp NWR
Morris County, NJ

60 degrees, sunny. All of the butterflies were along the very muddy trail.

  • Spring Azure 6
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 2

C Wyluda

Stoneybrook Millstone Watershed, Hopewell Twp.
Mercer County, NJ

this preserve was open until 4/8- closed now
green trail; two commas fighting

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Comma 3

Eastern Comma