August 2022 Sightings

Michael Newlon

Passaic River Park - River Rd, Chatham Twp
Morris County, NJ

9:20-11 AM, sun and high cloud, 72-80 F. Most butterflies on Purple Loosestrife and Liatris; Grass-leafed goldenrod just starting to bloom. And one recently-deceased Monarch in the clutches of a mantis.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Monarch

Zabulon Skipper

Spicebush Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Peck's Skipper

T Jawidzik

Jamesburg Park Conservation Area and my back yard at Helmetta Rd. Monroe Twp.
Middlesex County, NJ

Partly cloudy, 90 degrees, 12pm to 5pm

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Harvester 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Little Wood-Satyr 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Peck's Skipper

Harvester

Zabulon Skipper

Stephen Buckingham

Sparta Mountain WMA
Sussex County, NJ

12:15 pm to 3:45 pm, mid-80s degrees and partly cloudy with light breeze. Walked the powerline ROW for a few miles and back, and through woods. Many acres of blooming wild Bergamot, Joe Pye, Goldenrod, but butterfly numbers pretty low. Highlight was a Clamp-tipped Emerald dragonfly that landed in front of me.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 18
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 16
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Viceroy 3
  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 5
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 4

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Broad-winged Skipper

Spicebush Swallowtail

Monarch

Clamp-tipped Emerald

Northern Pearly-eye

Viceroy

Stephen Buckingham

Holland Mountain Rd, Hardyston powerline ROW south (downhill) to wet area
Sussex County, NJ

11:15 to 11:45, low 80s and sunny. Lots of wild Bergamot in bloom, as well as Goldenrod

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 17
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Maria Loukeris

Canal Rd. (Bucky Lane side)
Sussex County, NJ

partly cloudy, hot and humid, 10:15-10:45

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Monarch 1

Northern Pearly-eye

Hackberry Emperor

Mary Jo Sichak

Wanaque,NJ
Passaic County, NJ

This Juniper Hairstreak was resting in a houseplant plant on my deck.

  • Juniper Hairstreak 1

Juniper Hairstreak

Sharon & Wade Wander

Yards Creek Generating Station, Blairstown Twp.
Warren County, NJ

9:30-12:20, 73-83 and full sun

The purpose of this visit was to search for Common Roadside Skipper, which is anything but common. We have found this species here for many consecutive years until this year. We usually search for the first brood in mid-May. But we were late this year and may have missed it. There is a little known, and perhaps not annual, second brood in late July and early August ( I have a slide photo from this site taken in early August). Did not find it on this visit but we did find a very fresh Swarthy Skipper and 4 very worn and ragged Edwards' Hairstreaks (new late date by 1 day). Only 2 Orange Sulphurs in an area that in the recent past has supported large numbersas well as lesser numbers of Cabbage Whites and Clouded Sulphurs. Our 3 hr. total of 21 species and 138 individuals is well below recent totals. So many 1s and 2s!

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 35
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Edwards' Hairstreak 4
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Ringlet 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 24
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 31
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

Common Ringlet

Swarthy Skipper

Edwards' Hairstreak

Common Wood-Nymph

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden and pollinator meadow, Fredon Township
Sussex County, NJ

Observations for the 2nd and 3rd.

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Banded Hairstreak 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Northern Pearly-eye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Jim Springer

Blairstown, Kaiser Trail to Raccoon Ridge and areas around the top of the
Warren County, NJ

Clear, 78°F-86*F, 10:00am-2:00pm
White Snakeroot a potential nectar source just coming intol bloom. A modest patch may be found just south of the Raccoon Ridge peak along the Appalachian Trail. Minimal interest by pollinators so far,

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2

Maria Loukeris

My Glenwood yard
Sussex County, NJ

  • Juniper Hairstreak 1

Juniper Hairstreak

Jeanine Apgar

Horseshoe Bend Park, Kingwood Township
Hunterdon County, NJ

Extremely hot day.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Gray Comma 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Joyce Cloughly

Monroe Township
Middlesex County, NJ

Finally had a few butterflies around my house.

  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Zabulon Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Ken Witkowski

Wallkill River NWR - Timberdoodle Trail
Sussex County, NJ

Surveying managed fields north of Kelly rd. Much Wild Bergamot in bloom. Mostly sunny, warm and humid.
10:30 - 11:30

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 12
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 2

Chao Fang

Lawrenceville
Mercer County, NJ

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Tim Vogel

Tourne County Park , Boonton Township
Morris County, NJ

Sparrow Fields/ Riverside
2 pm - 3:10pm
90 degrees, 40% cloud cover with storms threatening later
Minimal breeze
Very birdy
Butterfly diversity good but numbers low, dragonfly numbers low

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

John J. Collins

White Lake Natural Resource Area
Warren County, NJ

Leaderless Walks - 12 participants
Sunny, warm in 80's

  • Giant Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 16
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 13
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 14
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Tammy Laverty

Bergen County Audubon Butterfly Garden at Overpeck Park, Leonia NJ
Bergen County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • Monarch
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Tammy Laverty

Bergen County Audubon Butterfly Garden at Overpeck Park, Leonia NJ
Bergen County, NJ

sighted and id by Don Torino during Hummingbird day at the garden

  • Cloudless Sulphur
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Variegated Fritillary

C Wyluda

Baldpate Mtn (Ted Stiles Preserve) Hopewell Twp., white and red trails
Mercer County, NJ

extremely hot humid afternoon. found what might be an Appalachian Azure caterpillar (?) on the underside of a cohosh leaf but it was as small as you would imagine. one female zab. Joe pye weed, monarda, hibiscus, sweet pepper bush, asters, thistle, golden rod, Queen Anne's lace blooming, esp in the garden adjacent to the "event" building.

  • Black Swallowtail 8
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 19
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 35
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 8
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 9

Hackberry Emperor

Cabbage White

Small caterpillar on Black Cohosh

Small caterpillar on Black Cohsoh

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden and pollinator meadow, Fredon Township
Sussex County, NJ

Very warm and humid under partly cloudy skies.

Observations made through most of the day. Highest one day yard total this year. Second brood of Zabulons emerged on Aug. 5. Very fresh Red-banded Hairstreak was the first we have seen here since May. In addition to the 22 species identified we saw an anglewing or a lady zip by.

We could not resist including two photos of Royal Walnut Moth that appeared at our moth lights on Aug. 3. First sighting for yard.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Northern Pearly-eye 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Northern Broken-Dash 1

Royal Walnut Moth

Royal Walnut Moth

Dave DeSarno

Eastmont Orchards
Monmouth County, NJ

3:10-3:40 90's and sunny - Quick walk through the sunflower field. Lots of pollinators out. Likely large numbers of sachems in this field.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 4

Grant Price

Pequest Hatchery
Warren County, NJ

2 Dark Tigers

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 25+
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 12
  • Cabbage White 30
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Spicebush Swallowtail

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Silver-spotted Skipper

Common Buckeye

Joyce Cloughly

Thompson Park, Monroe Township
Middlesex County, NJ

1:30 - 4:00. Mostly sunny, in the nineties. A total of fifteen Harvesters seen! Nine were observed at a single location, frolicking and pairing off around a Beech tree whose twigs were particularly loaded with Woolly Aphids, and one of those began laying eggs on the twigs near the aphids. All in all, an amazing sight!

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 26
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Harvester 15
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 3

Woolly Aphids on Beech

Woolly Aphids on Beech

Harvester Laying Eggs Among Woolly Aphids

Harvester Laying Eggs Among Woolly Aphids

Tammy Laverty

bergen County Audubon Butterfly Garden at Overpeck Park, Leonia NJ
Bergen County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • Monarch
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Stephen Buckingham

Kittatinny Valley State Park, Andover
Sussex County, NJ

Here are a few photos from today's NABA NJ annual picnic/butterfly walk.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

NJ Butterfly Club

KVSP, Andover Township.
Sussex County, NJ

Field trip in morning from 9:30-11:45 followed by annual club picnic. As many as 23 participants on field trip with a few more attending the picnic. Good food and good company. Congrats to Betty and Henry for making the long trip west.

Very warm and humid under partly cloudy skies.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 48
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 9
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 9
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 4
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Horace's Duskywing 6
  • Least Skipper 11

C Wyluda

County Arboretum, Lebanon and a brief look at Echo Hill (across Rt 31)
Hunterdon County, NJ

no hairstreaks :(
incredible stonecrop blooming this tear and I did finally see a cabbage white and a zab on it.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 8
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 17
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Monarch

Broad-winged Skipper

Michael Newlon

Passaic River Park - River Rd, Chatham Twp
Morris County, NJ

Clouds, intermittant sun, 80 F, strong breeze. Large butterflies mostly on Purple loosestrife and Joe Pye Weed; Liatris blooming, Grass-leafed goldenrod getting started.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4

Cabbage White

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Monarch

Giant Resin Bee

Monarch

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Horace's Duskywing

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Stephen Buckingham

Rifle Camp Park, Woodland Park
Passaic County, NJ

2:00 pm to 2:30 pm. low 90s. Hot and breezy.

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

Black Swallowtail

Maria Loukeris

My Glenwood yard
Sussex County, NJ

weekend sightings

  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1