Sunday, July 2, 2017

Remembering Mom

Remembering Mom ~ JWM ~ 1925- July 2nd, 2009

Monday, June 19, 2017

NABA-North Jersey Butterfly Club ~ Great Purple Hairstreak

I am still so excited about seeing the Great Purple Hairstreak last Thursday in my yard .  To think if I had gone away as planned to KS & NE I never would have seen and gotten pictures of this butterfly. I was contacted by Jim S from the North Jersey NABA about including a picture of the butterfly I found in my yard in their information logs.  Here is the submission he wrote up:


Great Purple Hairstreak

Atlides halesus
Identification: Very large compared to other hairstreaks in our area. Slightly larger than Common Ringlet. Below: FW and HW very dark with red basal spots on both wings. Bright orange abdomen and white spots on body. Male has some iridescent blue underneath. Two sets of tails on each HW. Brilliant iridescent blue above seen while flying. Not easily confused with any other butterfly in NJ.
NJ Status and Distribution: Vagrant. Found throughout southern U.S.—closest colonies to NJ in southern Delmarva. Only one NJ record from southern Cape May County (6/15/17) in past century. Apparently, it was a resident in NJ before 1900.

Habitat: Moist woodlands.
Flight Period: March to November in VA.
Larval Food Plants: : Oak Mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum) which is still locally present in southern NJ.
Overwintering Stage: Pupa, but does not overwinter in NJ.
Best Locations: None, but most likely if found it will be in Cape May County.
Comments: A truly stunning butterfly. It is the only member of this tropical genus to make it into the US.

Copyright © 2017 NABA-North Jersey Butterfly Club

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Cape May Point State Park ~ 3 Life Birds ~ Fork-tailed Flycatcher #439 & Northern Bobwhite #437

It was a great morning over at the state park which netted me good looks at 3 new life birds.  It's always fun to see new birds especially if you get to watch them moving around.  The flycatcher with the forked tail was an amazing sight as he flew back and forth from the trees to the fence.

Fork-tailed Flycatcher  Life Bird #439

Northern Bobwhite Life Bird #437

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Yard ~ Great Purple Hairstreak

What a fun afternoon!  I have been working on my photography in small breaks of time trying to learn more about how to properly use the camera so that I can take better images.  I am using one of the "Dummies for Books."  I went outside with my camera to take some images in the garden when I saw a Great Purple Hairstreak.  I knew immediately what butterfly it was though I didn't realize they were that much larger than a Gray or Red-banded Hairstreak.  She was nectaring on some Coreopsis in the front garden.  I took some documentation shots and then ran into get my camera that had the macro lens on it plus called my sister, Jenny out to see it.  Fortunately, it was still there when we came out.  I took more images and we watched it for about 20 minutes until it flew off into the dunes across the street.  After that I went into find out if we had ever had a GPH on our SJ Butterfly Log.  I could find no entries so I emailed Jack C to let him know about the butterfly.  I sure am hoping that she'll return and hang out some more.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Happy Anniversary ~ 32 years in this house

It's been 32 years today since I have moved to this house in NJ with Russ.  Back then, I never imagined that I would be gardening here with my sister, planting flowers and also host plants for butterflies.  Here are some recent flower pictures with most from today.


Common Mallow




Purple Milkweed

Purple Milkweed Closeup
Blanket Flower ~ Arizona Sunrise
Blanket Flower

Swamp Milkweed

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Recent Yard Butterflies

Zabulon Skipper ~ Male

Zabulon Skipper ~ Female

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

First Monarch Butterfly of 2017 seen

Question Mark Butterfly

Silver-spotted Skipper
Common Buckeye Butterfly

Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly

Pearl Crescent Butterfly


Three special girls are getting quilts this fall to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus and to wait for Santa to visit them. Some of the blocks used were from a swap and many were made by me. Each is set up different and has different borders. Also need to make a special label for each of the quilts. Now to get the backs made and then to get them quilted.



Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Yard ~ Overwintered Black Swallowtail Butterfly & Black Swallowtail Instar

Black Swallowtail  Instar

This gorgeous Black Swallowtail Butterfly over wintered with 18 other BS chrysalis .  She eclosed this AM.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

North Cape May~ My yard ~ American Lady Caterpillars

American Lady Caterpillar

This young American lady instar was playing hide & seek!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Middle Township ~ Cook's Beach

Royal Tern

Seaside Sparrow singing away

Seaside Sparrow

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My Yard ~ More Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

Birding the Back Bays on the Osprey

Ruddy Turnstone

Bar-tailed Godwit ~ Life Bird #436 

Bar-tailed Godwit 

American Oystercatcher with chicks

Diamondback Terrapin Turtles Sunning

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cumberland County ~ Heislerville WMA & Thompson Beach Road

Black-bellied Plover

Short-billed Dowitcher
Semipalmated Sandpiper


Osprey on nest

Marsh Wren

Monday, May 15, 2017

Ohio Butterflies

American Lady Butterfly
While I was in the Lake Erie area near Magee Marsh it was cool and most days only warmed up to the low 60's.  Just as I was ready to return home to NJ the predicted temperatures were increasing and there was more sun in the afternoon.  My last day here saw an increase in the number of species and numbers within each species.

Pearl Crescent Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly

Silver-spotted Skipper