Monthly Archives: June 2011

And now we have 81…

Georgia satyr at Lakehurst, photo by Dave Amadio, 6/25/11. (Click to enlarge.) Dave Amadio journeyed back to Lakehurst yesterday for another try for Georgia satyr. and he managed to find four individuals of the beautiful, bog and savanna specialist. Thank … Continue reading

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Count at 80 — and a prediction challenge

Rare skipper on buttonbush, Johnson Pond, near Rt 47, photo by Will Kerling, 6/22/11 We have had a surge of FOYs in the last couple of weeks — two-spotted skipper, mulberry wing, dotted skipper, several Satyrium hairstreaks, and others. (See … Continue reading

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Pipevine Cats Mystery

Male pipevine swallowtail Why so many pipevine swallowtail caterpillars this year? Pipevine swallowtails have long seemed a hard-to-find butterfly in southern New Jersey. One obvious reason: their host plants, the Aristolochia, are rare to non-existent in the wild here. (Our … Continue reading

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Early Fiery Caps FOY Run

Fiery skipper on common milkweed at Wheelabrator Refuge, Gloucester, 6/12/11, photo by Dave Amadio. We have had several first-of-the-season observations in the last few days: coral hairstreak, white-m hairstreak, northern broken dash, broad-winged skipper, and — most surprisingly — fiery … Continue reading

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Cloudywings in Competition?

Northern cloudywing above; southern cloudywing below.   South Jersey has a number of look-alike/act-alike pairs of butterfly species: orange and common sulfurs, holly and blueberry azures, American and painted ladies, hackberry and tawny emperors, Juvenal’s and Horace’s duskywings, tawny-edged and … Continue reading

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May 31 Compilation

The least skipper was one of seventeen skipper species added to our log in May. Our current butterfly year continues to look like a good one — and might even be shaping up as better than last year’s excellent butterfly … Continue reading

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New Butterfly for Our State!

Photo by Sam Galick of silvery blue at Minisink Valley Preserve (Sussex Co). Click to enlarge. On Saturday May 28, Sam Galick and Tom Reed made the butterfly find of the year, if not the decade. They identified and photographed … Continue reading

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Bronze Copper Returns to Sunset Drive

Bronze copper at Sunset Drive Causeway, Salem County, photo by Joanna Burger, May 28. 2011. The latest FOY addition to our South Jersey Butterfly Log is a good one at any time, but especially at this time of year. We’ve … Continue reading

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