June 2020 Sightings

C Wyluda

Stonybrook Millstone Watershed, Hopewell Twp.
Mercer County, NJ

all zabs were male

  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 5
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Least Skipper 1

Barb Sendelbach

Backyard - Lafayette
Sussex County, NJ

A beautiful day to do some gardening. Unfortunately, I was constantly being distracted but butterflies and dragonflies.

While working, I flushed an unidentified Sulphur from my Senna plants which are just finally starting to come up. Fingers crossed!

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Hobomok Skipper 1

Tom Halliwell

Kittatinny Valley SP
Sussex County, NJ

11:15 to 1:45. Partly sunny; temps in 60s; quite breezy.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 12
  • Peck's Skipper 6
  • Hobomok Skipper 7
  • Dun Skipper 1

Fred Pfeifer & Jim Springer

Kaiser Road to Appalachian Trail to Raccoon Ridge
Warren County, NJ

9:30am-4:14pm, sunny to start but cloud cover came in earlier and denser than forecast had predicted. Brief moments of sun most of the time. 67°F at 4:00pm. Breezy. The trees on the ridge were just starting to leaf out–noticeably delayed compared to previous years. Quick looks at 2 Common Roadside-Skippers. Red-spotted Purple was mint

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 15
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sleepy Duskywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 4
  • Hobomok Skipper 4
  • Common Roadside-Skipper 2

Sleepy Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

American Copper

Chris Williams

Yard
Somerset County, NJ

Juniper Hairstreak Is a late first brood or early Second Brood?
I thinks it a late first brood.

  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

Michael Newlon

Glenhurst Preserve and Wagner Farm
Somerset County, NJ

10:30 AM-2:20 PM. Sun, then increasing cloud, 72 degrees. Huge area of Cow vetch blooming in meadow at Wagner Farm but no butterflies using it.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Zabulon Skipper

Cabbage White

Peck's Skipper

Joe Burgiel & Marge Barrett

White Lake
Warren County, NJ

2:00-3:30 PM, Sunny, Mid 60s, A bit Windy

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 14
  • Monarch 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 5

Adrian Smith

Schooley's Mountain County Park
Morris County, NJ

2.30-4.30. Mid to late 60s. Sun eventually showing more in second hour livening things up. Only fields at end of Cherry St.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Little Wood-Satyr 17
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Long Dash 2
  • Hobomok Skipper 6

Ken Witkowski

Lake Tamarack, Hardyston - yard
Sussex County, NJ

Mostly cloudy but starting to warm up - all seen nectaring on rhododendron. Not many around this spring.
One unidentified skipper flyby.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Lodestar Park, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Mid-morning walk with ZuZu. Mid-60's and mostly cloudy. Most of the action was on Red Clover. A survey of the entire park probably would have yielded 25-30 Peck's Skippers.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Peck's Skipper 16
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Adrian Smith

East Cole Road Greenway
Hunterdon County, NJ

2-4pm. 70°. Cloudy. Missed a Hairstreak that dove for cover. Also wasn't sure what to do with the Cloudywing pictured. Assume it was a Southern but had a dark face and Antennae bend!

[moderator]:The duskywing is a good example of cloudywings that can be found in NJ–they seem to have fieldmarks of both Southern and Northern Cloudywings as described in the field guides. Personally, I put cloudywings with such well-marked wing patterns in the Southern Cloudywing camp even though it doesn't have white at the antenna bend and a white face. I do note that it has white around the eye. Please send comments to springer@naba.org and I may update additional information here.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 5
  • Cloudywing sp. 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2

Cloudywing sp.

Cloudywing sp.

Zabulon Skipper

John J. Collins

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

Cloudy with temps in 60's with sun only occasionally.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Tom Halliwell

Schooley's Mountain County Park
Morris County, NJ

10:15 to 11:15. Increasingly overcast; ca. 70°.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 35+
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Long Dash 1
  • Hobomok Skipper 6

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake County Park
Warren County, NJ

3:50-5:10 mostly sunny, warm, and humid after the rain.
No pierids!!!
Have not seen a Giant Swallowtail yet this year despite everyone else reporting them. Time to bring the field guide with me again.
Peck's Skippers everywhere on Red Clover.
FOY Monarch and Dun Skipper.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 18
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 9
  • Peck's Skipper 79
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 7
  • Hobomok Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Mike Lee

Garrett Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park
Passaic County, NJ

830-1200
rain expected at 2pm. increasing clouds and humidity.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 3

Painted Lady

Adrian Smith

Hunterdon County Arboretum
Hunterdon County, NJ

3.15-5.30. Around 75-78°. Gardens and most of park. Zabulons all over.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Pine Elfin 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 21
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Hobomok Skipper 4

Eastern Pine Elfin

Red-banded Hairstreak

Tom Halliwell

Fen with irises on E side of Route 517 just S of and opposite Panther Valley.
Warren County, NJ

11:30 to 11:50. Overcast. A few other grass skippers too quick to identify.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Long Dash 1

C Wyluda

Bald Pate Mountain
Mercer County, NJ

evening…lost sun early and had a shower

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1

Tom Halliwell

Kittatinny Valley SP
Sussex County, NJ

10:45 to 1:00. Filtered sun to sunny; temps ca. 80°.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Little Wood-Satyr 13
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 11
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Hobomok Skipper 1

C Wyluda

Hopewell Twp., home
Mercer County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

C Wyluda

Pole Farm
Mercer County, NJ

missed a skipper that was NOT a zabulon; and a little gray thing, maybe a hairstreak :(

milkweed has flower buds

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Common Milkweed

Jim Springer

High Point State Park, Sawmill Road
Sussex County, NJ

12:00pm-1:00pm. 81°F, sunny, incredible amount of Wild Geranium along side of road this year

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Hobomok Skipper 5
  • Pepper and Salt Skipper 4

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Tim Vogel

Muriel Hepner Park, Denville
Morris County, NJ

Late PM
Nice boardwalk on west side of pond through wet areas

  • Question Mark 1

Jim Springer

High Point State Park, shale barrens site
Sussex County, NJ

10:15am-11:45am, sunny, 80°F, some breeze, female Falcate Orangetip rejecting male's advances

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Falcate Orangetip 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Juvenal's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 4
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Hobomok Skipper 5

Falcate Orangetip

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Sharon & Wade Wander

power line in Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Sussex County, NJ

Late morning amble in wide utility company right-of-way. Partly sunny, warm and humid. Good butterfly weather but someone forgot to notify the butterflies. Ticks outnumbered the butterflies 42 (and still counting) to 30. Lots of blooming rubus, wild geranium, and red clover. Also, not a single dad-blasted tiger beetle. Might be time to pack-it-in.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4

Tim Vogel

Timber Brook Lake, Rockaway Township
Morris County, NJ

West side of lake on the north morris greenway trail, just off Jacobs road

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Tom Halliwell

Whittingham WMA
Sussex County, NJ

1:30 to 2:45. Sunny & warm (ca. 80°).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Northern Cloudywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Hobomok Skipper 1

Nerses Kazanjian

Sandy Hook
Monmouth County, NJ

Isn't it early for the Cloudless Sulphur

[moderator}: Yes, it's early but not unprecedented. It is true that most sightings are in the summer and fall. Hoowever, this year there was an earlier sighting in Morris County on May 30, and last year there was sighting from Sussex County on May 18 and Somerset County on May 19. Also the all time early date in our database for northern NJ is May15.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 1

Barb Sendelbach

Backyard - Lafayette
Sussex County, NJ

I believe this is my first early brood Giant Swallowtail in the garden. I had 2 other sightings about 2 miles down our road while driving this week. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful trying to propagate Prickly Ash by cuttings this winter.

3 Hummingbird Clearwing Moths were nectaring on Rhododendron. And for a 3rd year in a row, my nemesis moth, Nessus Sphinx was bouncing around in the vegetation and I was unable to get a photo.

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 5

Sharon & Wade Wander

Swartswood SP off of Mt. Benevolence Road.
Sussex County, NJ

This undeveloped part of the park used to support strong populations of Indian Skipper and Long Dash. Now most of the good fields and wet meadows are overgrown with alien shrubs. Still, some linear areas have lots of Red Clover and Dewberry but very few butterflies and no Indian skippers or Long Dashes.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 12
  • Hobomok Skipper 8