July 2022 Sightings

Dave DeSarno

Allaire State Park
Monmouth County, NJ

2:50-4:20 nearly 90 and sunny. less activity in the fields today but it was nice to see a few monarchs!

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 5

Monarch

Chao Fang

Mercer Meadows
Mercer County, NJ

4 Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillars at different instar. The Pearl Crescents are fresh.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Question Mark 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Park and White Lake WMA, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

10:55-11:45, sunny, 82º. The Cabin Glade metalmark site is becoming terribly overgrown and has lost its Black-eyed Susans. We are likely to lose this tiny population. Lots of Susans in the WMA field, but no metalmarks.

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Northern Metalmark 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 7
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 2

Northern Metalmark

Michael Newlon

Great Swamp NWR, Pleasant Plains Rd
Morris County, NJ

9 AM - noon. Warm and sunny. Common milkweed nearly spent.

  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1

Joyce Cloughly

Kittatinny Valley State Park.
Sussex County, NJ

4:00 - 5:30. Hot and sunny, around ninety degrees. Baltimore Checkerspot was a lifer!

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 6
  • Baltimore Checkerspot 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Little Glassywing 2

Viceroy

Baltimore Checkerspot

Baltimore Checkerspot

Jonathan Klizas

Central Park of Morris County (the original Greystone property)
Morris County, NJ

9 AM, sunny, 75 degrees at the start but getting hotter by the minute. Lots of Common Milkweed in bloom as well as Dogbane but always a lackluster collection of butterflies at this location.

  • Cabbage White 15
  • Clouded Sulphur 10
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Little Glassywing 1

Jonathan Klizas

Jockey Hollow (Morristown National Historical Park)
Morris County, NJ

9:45 AM, overcast and then partly sunny; 80+ F degrees. Two fields are near the peak of the Mt. Kemble loop. The one near the peak is primarily dogbane. The field on the east slope is practically impenetrable this year so not many butterflies were tallied there.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Little Wood-Satyr 10
  • Common Wood-Nymph 15
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 15
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 1

Ben Barkley

Lord Stirling Park EEC
Somerset County, NJ

First Harvester sighting at the Lord Stirling Park EEC since July 2013 when Harvey Tomlinson found one. This sighting was in a completely different section of the park than the previous.

  • Cabbage White 20
  • Harvester 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 2
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 4
  • Dun Skipper 2

Harvester

T Jawidzik

My back yard on Helmetta Rd. in Monroe Twp.
Middlesex County, NJ

Hot, partly cloudy. 11am to 5pm
More Harvesters today. 2 close to our house and 2 more on our swamp path.
I haven’t seen any at the nearby Jamesburg Park Conservation area yet where we’ve seen them a few times in past years but I’ll be checking there again soon.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Harvester 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Monarch 1

Harvester

Harvester

Sharon & Wade Wander

Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve, North
Warren County, NJ

10:00-10:45 walk with ZuZu, mostly cloudy and wet from 3:15 A.M. rain; and again, sans ZuZu, mid-afternoon for another 45 min. Mostly sunny and 80s. Includes observations from nearby Waterwheel Farm (private). Very few pierids and grass skippers, save Little Glassy Wing.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Tawny Emperor 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 15
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 40

Tom Bailey

Delaware Water Gap NRA, Walpack
Sussex County, NJ

9:30 am to 1:15 pm. Sunny, temps around 80 degrees. Pleasant day. I walked Mountain Rd from Walpack cemetery to Buttermilk Falls, poking into several fields along the way.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 14
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Mourning Cloak 4
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Kittatinny Valley SP
Sussex County, NJ

1130-335pm

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Harvester 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 8
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Baltimore Checkerspot 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 5
  • Viceroy 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 14
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 12
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Little Glassywing 2

Harvester

Common Wood-Nymph

Mourning Cloak

Baltimore Checkerspot

Mourning Cloak

Dave DeSarno

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, NJ

1:00-3:45 80's and mostly sunny. I walked the edges of the main wildflower fields. I wasn't 100% on the skipper in the photos but I thought most likely northern broken-dash. First time I had a Common Wood-Nymph land on me - so cool!!

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 18
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 8
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 4

Common Wood-Nymph

Pearl Crescent

Tom Bailey

Flatbrook-Roy WMA, Sandyston Township
Sussex County, NJ

1:30 to 3:30 pm. Parked at Roy Bridge and walked over to Mountain Road.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Harvester 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 16
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Mourning Cloak 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 6
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Harvester

Tom Bailey

Delaware Water Gap NRA, Walpack Township, Flatbrookville
Sussex County, NJ

Brief stop from 3:50 to 4:15 pm. Walked down to the old house and checked the milkweed there.

  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Little Glassywing 2

T Jawidzik

My yard at Helmetta Road Monroe Twp and nearby Jamesburg Park Conservation area.
Middlesex County, NJ

1pm to 4pm, sunny and hot.
Checked the bogs for Bog Coppers but season may be over. Nice to see Harvesters in our back yard yet.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Harvester 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Dave DeSarno

White Lake Natural Resource Area
Warren County, NJ

4:05-5:30 I checked the parking area and walked a few of the dirt and gravel trails through the forest. Banded hairstreaks were competing for perches in a couple areas. One of the commas was a cool mottled form.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4

Banded Hairstreak

Keith Richmond

Fellowship Village, Bernards Township
Somerset County, NJ

10:00-12:00, cloudless skies, low 80’s, light wind.
Explored large undeveloped area at south of property labelled as a protected wetland which seemed to me more of a currently dry floodplain. Several stands of milkweed and dogbane entirely butterfly free.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

Stephen Buckingham

West Milford, power line ROW from Van Orden Rd north to intersection of Union Valley Rd
Passaic County, NJ

2:15 pm to 4;45 pm; 85 degrees and sunny. Banner day for Great Spangled Fritillaries, which were nectaring on Bristly Sarsaparilla as well as Common Milkweed and Dogbane. First time for me finding Baltimore Checkerspot and Coral Hairstreak in this location. Checkerspots were on utility dirt road one at each end of wet area in ROW where road comes out of woods. I wasn't wearing muck boots so I didn't go into the wet area to look for more.

  • Coral Hairstreak 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 68
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Baltimore Checkerspot 2
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 2
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 2
  • Black Dash 1
  • Dun Skipper 6

Baltimore Checkerspot

Coral Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

Pearl Crescent

Red-spotted Purple

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Appalachian Brown

Least Skipper

Black Dash

Baltimore Checkerspot

Tom Halliwell & Mike Tracy

Kittatinny Valley SP
Sussex County, NJ

11:00 to 3:00. Sunny with temps to mid-80s. In addition to the species on the list there was an unidentifed anglewing, the only one we saw.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Northern Metalmark 15+
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 17
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Baltimore Checkerspot 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 7
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 3
  • Little Glassywing 4

Stephen Buckingham

West Milford; powerline ROW from Van Orden Rd south to Clinton Rd (Newark Watershed - permit required)
Passaic County, NJ

12:30 pm to 2:15 pm; sunny and 85 degrees. Lots of Common Milkweed blooming and yet to bloom. I was greeted by a Broad-winged Hawk who flew over my head as I entered the woods to access the powerline ROW. Great Spangleds abundant today; count is conservative. No swallowtails.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Striped Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 39
  • Mourning Cloak 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 13
  • Little Glassywing 5
  • Delaware Skipper 3
  • Dun Skipper 6

Little Glassywing

Delaware Skipper

Banded Hairstreak

Striped Hairstreak

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Pole Farm (Federal City Rd parking)
Mercer County, NJ

1155-1228pm
lots of milkweed in need of water.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 6
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Monarch 11

Black Swallowtail

Monarch

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Mountain Lakes Park, Princeton
Mercer County, NJ

100-318pm
streams very low and fields very dry

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 17
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Appalachian Brown 2
  • Little Wood-Satyr 4
  • Common Wood-Nymph 8
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dave DeSarno

Dorbrook Recreation Area
Monmouth County, NJ

2:35-4:05 breezy with clouds and mid 70's - mainly birding but this was the most Monarchs I've seen in quite some time at this location and only covered one field. I estimated at least 50.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Monarch 50

Tom Bailey

Freedon Township, Adiguzelli Tract open space
Sussex County, NJ

9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Mostly cloudy, humid, temps in low 80s.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Baltimore Checkerspot 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Appalachian Brown 24
  • Little Wood-Satyr 17
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 12
  • Little Glassywing 8
  • Mulberry Wing 8
  • Black Dash 7

Mulberry Wing

Black Dash

American Copper

Red-spotted Purple

American Snout

Baltimore Checkerspot

Tom Halliwell

Kittatinny Valley SP
Sussex County, NJ

1:30 to 3:30. Mostly overcast with maybe 15 minutes of milky sun; temp c. 80°.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 9
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Baltimore Checkerspot 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Northern Pearly-eye 6
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 10
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1
  • Little Glassywing 3

Tom Bailey

White Lake Natural Resource Area
Warren County, NJ

Brief stop from 2 to 3 pm. Cloudy.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Northern Pearly-eye 5
  • Little Wood-Satyr 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 6
  • Monarch 1

Ben Barkley

Lord Stirling Park EEC
Somerset County, NJ

Surveyed different parts of the park I thought might have Harvester. Did not visit the more specious meadows. A little too overcast by the time I started and that may have impacted activity. I checked the original Harvester spot from Saturday, but did not refind that individual. Though I found a new Harvester on the opposite side of the park. Incredible to have these butterflies around after a 10 year absence. I will continue to search for more. One unided anglewing.

  • Harvester 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 6
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 8
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Delaware Skipper

Harvester

Ken Witkowski

Wallkill River NWR - Lake Pochung Road fields
Sussex County, NJ

Warm and humid but very little sun. 2:20pm to 2:50pm

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 10
  • Little Wood-Satyr 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 10
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Northern Broken-Dash 2
  • Little Glassywing 1

C Wyluda

backyard, today, early
Mercer County, NJ

this was on a sedum

  • Monarch 1

Monarch