May 2020 Sightings

Stephen Buckingham

woods behind New Street Reservoir aka "Wilson" near Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park
Passaic County, NJ

  • Cabbage White many
  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern Comma

M Lee & C Wyluda

Battlefield State Park, Princeton
Mercer County, NJ

FOY eastern tiger for us

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3

Joe Burgiel & Marge Barrett

River Bend Farm, Delaware River National Recrearional Area
Warren County, NJ

2:00 - 2:45 PM, Sunny, Calm,Temperature Mid 60s
Abundant Cypress Spurge needs another week or two.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

John Beetham

John A Phillips Open Space Preserve (Old Bridge)
Middlesex County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve, Frelinghuysen Twp.
Warren County, NJ

3:45-4:45, mostly sunny, low 70s.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2

Barb Sendelbach

Backyard - Lafayette
Sussex County, NJ

My garden has been very slow to wake up this spring. Saturday's warmth did the trick. Various pollinators were seen along with a nice variety of butterflies on the flowering trees and plants. Some of which probably enclosed from pupae that overwintered in the garden and the overwintering Red Admirals that eclosed last summer that fed on the Slippery Elm and Clearweed plants.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Joe Burgiel & Marge Barrett

Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve
Warren County, NJ

3:10 - 3:40 PM, Sunny, Calm, Temperature in mid-60s

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Meadow Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2

Tom Halliwell

Deer Lake section Allamuchy Mountain SP
Warren County, NJ

10:15 to 12:15. Partly sunny; ca. 70°.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 5

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Hunterdon Arboreteum, Lebanon, NJ
Hunterdon County, NJ

350-450pm
missed a dark gray sized hairstreak on driveway.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Eastern Comma 1

Eastern Comma

Eastern Pine Elfin

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Horseshoe Bend Park (South Entrance) Kingswood, NJ
Hunterdon County, NJ

many gnats, people, dogs and horses were in attendance.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Falcate Orangetip 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 2

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Black Swallowtail

Sharon & Wade Wander

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

10:00-11:15, mostly cloudy, 64º. An unusual female Black Swallowtail, with almost as much yellow in the wings as a male.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Black Swallowtail

Sharon & Wade Wander

Delaware Water Gap NRA, plus Flatbrook-Roy WMA
Sussex County, NJ

1:30-3:15. Full sun, high of 80º. Nice day to be out, but vehicle traffic was very heavy. The Harvester was a short distance past the bridge at Flatbrook-Roy, and lucky it didn't get run over, like several small snakes that we saw.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Harvester 1
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Meadow Fritillary 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 3

Harvester

John J. Collins

Negri-Nepote Grasslands
Somerset County, NJ

Sunny but very windy.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Spring Azure 6
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

C Wyluda

Mt Rose Trail, Hopewell Twp. NJ
Mercer County, NJ

sun then clouds, wind becoming biting…dropping from 60F

  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Juvenal's Duskywing

Keith Richmond & Jim Springer

Ramapo_Mountain_State_Forest
Passaic County, NJ

9:45am_1:30pm, sunny at first, then mostly cloudy with increasing wind, 65°

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 4
  • Brown Elfin 9
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 7

Juvenal's Duskywing

Brown Elfin

Joe Burgiel & Marge Barrett

Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve
Warren County, NJ

2:45 to 3:30 PM, Partly sunny, Light wind, Temperature in Low 50s

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • American Copper 11
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1

David Moskowitz

Power line ROW off of Fresh Ponds Road, South Brunswick, NJ
Middlesex County, NJ

FOY

  • American Copper 2

American Copper

Sharon & Wade Wander

Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve, Frelinghuysen Twp.
Warren County, NJ

10:10-11:30, 64 degrees, mostly sunny. Also had 1 Lady sp.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 11
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 10

Sharon & Wade Wander

Waterwheel Farm, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

11:40, sun and clouds. Observed from the car as we did a slow cruise past meadows and pastures. One briefly nectared on Yellow Rocket. Bobolinks were singing.

  • Meadow Fritillary 2

Tom Halliwell

Hillside Park, Andover Twp
Sussex County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Adrian Smith

Cider Mills Grasslands
Hunterdon County, NJ

55° 10-10.45

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 6

Adrian Smith

East Cole Road Greenway
Hunterdon County, NJ

Copper was on the mowed grass pre 9am, assumed it was dead but it flew into tall grasses. 8.30-9.30 around 50°c

  • American Copper 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Fred Pfeifer

Ramapo Valley Reservation
Bergen County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Falcate Orangetip 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 30
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 6

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Falcate Orangetip

Juvenal's Duskywing

American Lady

Timber Rattlesnakes

Joe Burgiel & Marge Barrett

Layton NJ Roadside
Sussex County, NJ

3:30 PM, Sunny, Warm
Noticed motion on roadside, we stopped to investigate.

  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

C Wyluda

Fiddler's Creek Preserve
Mercer County, NJ

unseasonably cold… maybe 40s, 30 mph wind gusts
butterfly appeared during a brief pocket of sun

  • Cabbage White 1

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Negri-Nepote Grassland Preserve, Somerset
Somerset County, NJ

60s and slight wind but sunny and pleasant. Fresh mowed area near parking lot. Returning to car we had an Anglewing Sp. fly by.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 2

American Copper

Jane Hurwitz

Morris County Community Gardens, Morris Twp. Morris County, NJ
Morris County, NJ

Fresh Gray Hairsteak was drying its wings next to a large patch of mallow. Windy, sunny, 58 degrees

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1

Gray Hairstreak

Joe Burgiel & Marge Barrett

Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve
Warren County, NJ

3:05 - 3:50, Sunny, Breezy, Temp. = Low 60s

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 13
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3

Sharon & Wade Wander

DWGNRA, Millbrook Gap south to Poxono boat launch
Warren County, NJ

11:45-2:15, sunny, 56-60º. Brown Elfins and Juvenals were at Millbrook Gap.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Brown Elfin 4
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2

Juvenal's Duskywing

Brown Elfin

Eastern Comma

Tom Halliwell, Carol & Mike Newlon, & Keith Richmond

Schooley's Mountain County Park
Morris County, NJ

9:30-11:45, Cool, Sunny then cloudy then sunny again.
Nectar sources scarce.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1