Amazing Butterflies of New Jersey

There are 134 species of butterflies and moths in New Jersey. 134! The spring and summer months are the perfect time to get outside and take a butterfly ID hike. Bring your camera!

Here’s an interesting fact: the monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do. Unlike other butterflies that can overwinter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs cannot survive the cold winters of northern climates. Some fly as far as 3,000 miles to reach their winter home in Mexico.

Here are some really beautiful butterflies you should search for:

 American Copper

American Copper

 Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

 Least Skipper

Least Skipper

 Luna Moth

Luna Moth

 Monarch

Monarch

 Northern Metalmark

Northern Metalmark

 Northern Pearly Eye Satyr

Northern Pearly Eye Satyr

 Red Spotted Purple Admiral

Red Spotted Purple Admiral

 Silver Bordered Fritillary

Silver Bordered Fritillary

 Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

 Zebra Swallowtail

Zebra Swallowtail