Recent sightings

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C Wyluda and M. Lee

B. Polvino's garden, North Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

from about 1 to 2 pm; sunny, 70s; zabs were all females; there were clouds of sachems in this yard and the number here is conservative; also seen: monarch cat and about 6 buckeye cats on snap dragons

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 12
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 10
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 23
  • Sachem 50

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove NP
Burlington County, NJ

Primarily birding in the park today but did spend some time in the early afternoon checking out the gardens. 7:25 am to 2 pm.

[Superb list for Burlington County in mid-October. jc]

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 13
  • Sachem 12
  • Dun Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

National Park Dredge spoil site
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:15 to 4:15. Full sun and mid 70's. small amounts of Frost Aster & Camphor-weed were the only nectar sources. Dun Skipper well worn. Summer Azure fresh.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 16
  • Monarch 1
  • Fiery Skipper 7
  • Sachem 6
  • Dun Skipper 1

Common Buckeye

Fiery Skipper

'Summer' Spring Azure

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Ocola returned today. Both Fiery Skippers were females.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

Fiery Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Sandra Keller

My garden in Barrington.
Camden County, NJ

Sunny, 70 degrees. Still nectar. Sedum being the main supply. 6 mph west winds. I was out doing some fall cleanup and watching the butterflies. I am still amazed at the numbers and variety this late.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 12

Robert C. Koch

Lumberton Leas on Creek Rd. Lumberton, NJ
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Sachem 12

Painted Lady

Cloudless Sulphur

C Wyluda and M. Lee

Cox Hall Creek, Villas
Cape May County, NJ

11:30- 1:15, sun and clouds; etbs fresh

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Monarch 20
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 4

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Minimal observations here today. My eye caught the unique shape of an Ocola Skipper nectaring on Buddleia. It quickly moved onto a hanging basket of Lantana, difficult to get to for an image. Managed a few noisy highly cropped images. First Ocola here this year and the 7th year in the last 8 that I have seen the sp. here.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Ocola Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Chris Herz & Sandra Keller

Palmyra Cove
Burlington County, NJ

9-12pm, sightings while birding;12-1 joined Sandra at the butterfly garden/planted strip. Sunny and into the low 70s. Worn streaky skipper we were fairly sure a swarthy but seems late. The tall Verbena bonariensis had all the grass skippers. Photos are Sandra's of the ocola and dun.

[Our late date for swarthy is Oct 30 (2016). jc]

  • Cabbage White 21
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 10
  • Sachem 9
  • Dun Skipper 2

Dun Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Observations made 3:30-4:00. I was surprised to see a fresh looking spicebush st. There were at least a 1000 tree swallows flying over the impoundments.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 6

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Sachem 18

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail & Community center
Gloucester County, NJ

Two weeks since my last visit here. Still a fair amount of White Snakeroot. Good diversity but numbers much smaller than two weeks ago. Had all three of the possible Hairstreaks in a 20 sq. ft patch of W.Snakeroot. Both anglewings quickly got away from me. Destroyed at least 12 more Spotted Lanternflies on two Alianthus trees. Obs, made between 1 & 2:45, part sun calm and close to 70 degrees.

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 19
  • Monarch 1
  • Fiery Skipper 9
  • Sachem 6

Fiery Skipper

American Snout

White M Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Very little activity this past week.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sachem 2

Beth Polvino

my yard NABA #1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Another good day in the yard with diversity and slightly increased numbers included fresh Red Admirals, American Ladies and Monarchs. Temps low 70's, ~8 MPH wind, sunny. Clouded Skipper in good condition seen. I took images of it and many other butterflies today but when I went to d/l the memory card tonight I had never placed it back in the camera yesterday. Hopefully, it'll be around again tomorrow. I have one image from another camera that shows Eastern Comma, Red Admiral and Question Mark on a combination of peaches and bananas. I was surprised to see the QM was so much larger the EC.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Question Mark 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 7
  • Painted Lady 6
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 0
  • Monarch 11
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 15
  • Sachem 32

Three species

Robert C. Koch

Lumberton Leas on Creek Rd. Lumberton, NJ
Burlington County, NJ

Very little activity today in the meadow.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Sachem 17

Sachem

Beth Polvino

my yard NABA #1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

I am lucky to still have good amount of nectar in my yard as I have watered the gardens all summer. Temp's about 67-68, partly cloudy with sun most of the morning & early PM, winds about 12 MPH. Had good day but all over butterfly numbers down though species count still at 15. No Ocola Skipper or Red-banded Hairstreak but picked up Variegated Fritillary and Orange Sulphur. Eastern Comma again in the yard but this looks more runty. Caterpillars and pupa's continue.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Painted Lady 9
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 0
  • Monarch 5
  • Fiery Skipper 13
  • Sachem 25

Variegated Fritillary

Eastern Comma

Chris Herz

Rowan College South Jersey, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

Vegetable garden plots–65 degrees and dense cloud cover, but near 1 pm, sun came out and the frost asters had all the activity.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 13
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 14
  • Sachem 5

Common Checkered-Skipper

Monarch and Buckeye

Chris Herz

Audubon yard
Camden County, NJ

Sun and 55 degrees at 8:30 am– so surprised to have a pearl crescent as haven't had any activity this last week. two monarch cats, but one not looking good. Four black ST chrysalises that will overwinter at this point.

  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 0

Sandra Keller

Bivalve - Strawberry Ave.
Cumberland County, NJ

Mostly sunny. Yea! 66 degrees, 7 to 13 mph north winds. It was cloudy in the early morning.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Common Buckeye 30
  • Monarch 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

Fiery Skipper

Common Buckeye

Pearl Crescent

Beth Polvino

my yard NABA #1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

I was delighted to see sun, temp's to the low 70's and winds decreased to about 10 MPH today after 2 days of cold, gray, windy weather. I thought there would be no butterflies at all. Observations were done throughout the afternoon as I worked in the gardens. There were clouds of mixed skippers in front and back gardens >50 in all. I was also happy to have 15 flying species, with Monarch, Black Swallowtail and Common Buckeye caterpillars. In addition, there are BS, CB, Red-spotted Purple and Spicebush Swallowtail pupa in the yard. I did get photo documentation of all species.

[Wonderful mix of species so late in the year. Interesting that we have only two photos of eastern comma since 9-1-19 – both by you in your yard, Sept 10 and Oct 10. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 7
  • Painted Lady 11
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 0
  • Monarch 7
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 13
  • Sachem 40

Painted Lady

Monarchs

Eastern Comma

Ocola Skipper

Steven Glynn

Cape May State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Late morning visit. Sunny and beautiful. Very low numbers of butterflies present now as the nectar sources have extensively died off.

The Clouded Skipper along the dead end path persists and a pair of Little Yellows were a nice find too.

[Good vagrant finds, SG! jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 13
  • Monarch 7
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Clouded Skipper

Little Yellow

Brian Johnson

Natural lands Glades preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

At work today. The Snout was in the woods on the Tat Starr trail.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 21
  • Sachem 2

American Snout

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Mottled gray color, long thorax (in proportion to abdomen), and short useless wings suggest this is a female Carolina mantis, the native species much harder to find in our yard than Chinese mantis.

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • American Copper 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 8
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Monarch 2
  • Ocola Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 22

Carolina mantis

Jackie Parker

712 Foster Ave, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Biked the loop at 3:15- 4:00; full sun and blowing a gale. Plenty of asters along the dikes that look promising but without bins and the wind flattening the plants it was hard to tell what was out there. The two sulphurs were together and were runts. Little doubt that the anglewing was a comma.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 10

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

A quick walk through at 3:00. The .2" of rain yesterday gets the total here up to about 2.2" since August 1.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 8

Harvey Tomlinson

Del Haven..My Garden
Cape May County, NJ

Highlight is having 2 Long-tailed Skippers and one actually has some tail left. The other has been here for over a week. Due to company yard survey finished early

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 3
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 25

Long-tailed Skipper

Jackie Parker

712 Foster Ave. Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

The butterfly was not found after we were ready with cameras.

[A frustration too many of us have known! jc]

  • Clouded Skipper 1

Beth Polvino

my yard NABA #1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, windy, mid 70's - 13-15 MPH keeping everything fairly low. Sachem & Fiery Skippers are my most common butterfly at this time and they are still all over front and back. Surprised to still have 19 species flying plus 4 species of pupa along with CB and BS caterpillars.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 0
  • Monarch 3
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 7
  • Fiery Skipper c
  • Sachem c

Long-tailed Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Jennifer Bulava & Kate Forte

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods butterfly garden only, 2:40-3:20pm
80 degrees but very windy
11 black swallowtail caterpillars
Ocola skipper was a first time sighting for this location.

[Good to see! jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Common Checkered-Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

A not-so-good photo of a sleepy orange but the butterfly did not wait around for me to get a good focus.

[Nice find, CC! This is our first photograph and second report ever for sleepy orange in BUR – following Tom Bailey's find at Palmyra Cove on 9-28-19. We had no previous records of the species in BUR Co, nor did Jim Springer when he compiled his excellent state map for the species on the North Jersey Butterfly website. A significant record! jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Sachem 1

Sleepy Orange

Harvey Tomlinson

Del Haven Garden...with a stop at the Beanery
Cape May County, NJ

Another Sleepy. And the Long-tailed Skipper continues. Yet the bug of the day is a Pearl Crescent that just won't quit. Have to admire that!

[And the Aaron's breaks our latest date ever for the species – previously 10-6-16. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 25
  • Sachem 17

Common Checkered-Skipper

Sleepy Orange

Pearl Crescent

Harvey Tomlinson

Del Haven Garden
Cape May County, NJ

Warm, but overcast.
My No-tailed Skipper continues and nectars only on my Salvia greggii. Monarch and Buckeye numbers have crashed in the past 2 days

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 15
  • Sachem 10

Red-banded Hairstreak

Long-tailed Skipper

Charisse Rudolph

My Backyard - Cape May Beach
Cape May County, NJ

Long Tailed Skipper.

[Good find, C.R! jc]

  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

Long-tailed Skipper

Beth Polvino

my yard NABA #1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Windy ~ 13 MPH, sun off and on temps mid 60's. Bugs move in and out of the shelter of the plants depending on whether the sun is out. Cloudy Skipper continues. One and possibly 2 Common Checkered Skippers here (1 front garden looked F and back garden looked more M and fringe at edge looks different but was it a trick of light?) I do have malva here which is a host plant. First time they have been here twice in one season that I have seen them.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 8
  • Fiery Skipper c
  • Sachem c

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Red-spotted Purple

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Sunny but only reached 63 today. Activity light.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

David L. Amadio

Platt's Nursery, Clarksboro
Gloucester County, NJ

Early afternoon observations.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

19 (adult) species three better than our previous best October yard count (16, 10/5/12). Also one black swallowtail cat. (Half a dozen monarch cats continue).

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • American Copper 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 8
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Monarch 2
  • Ocola Skipper 5
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 20

Pipevine Swallowtail

Question Mark

Painted Lady

Fiery Skippers

Beth Polvino

my yard NABA #1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Coming back from Beach Plum Farm I decided to have a quick look around my yard. Sunny but windy here along the bay. Looked at the butterflies on the berm first. Lots of skippers low down close to the plants. Went to the center garden and saw a dark bug that was flying. Waited til it settled on Blue Rhea Salvia. Got a few ID Photos before it flew but returned several times. Lastly on the Miss Huff Lantana. I was sure it was either a Zabulon or a Clouded Skipper. Clouded it was. #45 species for this yard for 2019 and #55 species overall. Looking forward to a few more species to stop by.

Still have many buckeye caterpillar on snapdragons. Plus Black Swallowtail and Monarch cats on their host plants. I also have chrysalis from Spicebush Swallowtail, BS, CB, and Red-spotted Purple. (front yard not included in numbers)

[Congratulations on a new species for the year and yard, B.P. And it's a good one indeed – and looks as fresh as JM's. Any chance it followed your car from Beach Plum Farm ;-) jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Painted Lady 9
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 0
  • Monarch 8
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper c
  • Sachem c

Clouded Skipper

Beth Polvino

Beach Plum Farm, West Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

At JM's urging I went over to Beach Plum Farm to see the Clouded Skipper but nary a sighting.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Fiery Skipper 8
  • Sachem 9

Fiery Skipper

Jack Miller

Beach Plum Farm
Cape May County, NJ

Upper 60's, sunny and windy. Barb and I spent a couple of lovely hours at the Point watching a steady flow of hawks and falcons. Afterwards, at her urging, we went to BP Farm in W. CM for a sandwich. Having never been there, I was surprised when I found out that with each sandwich comes a side choice of long-tailed sk or clouded sk. Barb and I had one of each.

[Good finds, not counting the sandwiches. These are our first clouded skippers since Sept 29 and in a different spot – also one photo'd looks fresh, suggesting this year's vagrant flight might not be over for the year. Our late date for the species is Nov 3 (2008) found by Will Kerling at Leamings Run, CMY. jc]

  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 8

Long-tailed Skipper

Clouded Skipper

Harvey Tomlinson

My Del Haven Garden
Cape May County, NJ

Good day in the Garden. A Long-tailed Skipper. 2nd for the season, and a Sleepy Orange. The Sleepy stopped on the Senna for awhile…..All the butterflies were nectaring on the Salvia greggii.

[Still more evidence that sleepy orange could be breeding in CMY after many years of being seen there only sporadically. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 7
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 25
  • Sachem 25

Sleepy Orange

Long-tailed Skipper

Jennifer Bulava

Kinkora Trail, Mansfield
Burlington County, NJ

During guided nature walk from 9-11:30am.

Lots of caterpillars crossing the trail, including Buckeye, Milkweed Tussock moth, and both species of wooly bears. Winds were sustained at 15 mph and gusting to at least 30 mph or more which kept the butterflies and dragonflies hunkered down and out of sight.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3

Common Buckeye

Fiery Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

11:45-12pm Breezy, overcast and spritzing, 68 degrees.

One Monarch high over yard heading south, while second one spending time in garden. Taking in their beauty while the season wanes.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Monarch

Dave & Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made mostly after 5 p.m. Pat photographed our first Variegated Fritillary in the garden this year.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 3

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

A quick look at a very small amount of Frost Aster yielded a female Fiery Skipper.

  • Fiery Skipper 1

Beth Polvino

my yard NABA #1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, warm and little wind. Pleased to have #44 species for 2019 in the yard - Common-checkered Skipper. Good number of Monarchs with 25 tagged here on 10/1. Red -spotted Purple is into chrysalis. Butterflies not counted just enjoyed.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Sachem w/praying mantis

Red-spotted Purple

Common Checkered-Skipper

Brian Johnson

Natural lands preserve at North Burden hill road
Salem County, NJ

Took a walk around the preserve after finishing the day's project. Cutting across the neighbors' property to get to the south field I noticed that the barnyard was covered in frost Asters. I thought goats ate everything. Looking from outside the fence I could see lots of Checkered Skippers. I went in to try and get a quick count but the goats wouldn't leave me alone. There was a lot more Checkered Skippers than I put on the list. The Sleepy Orange was the reddish winter form. Good looking bug.

[Be careful out there, Brian ;-) We need you! jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 16
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 25
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 28
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 38
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 6

Kate Forte

Pennington Park, Delanco
Burlington County, NJ

12:10PM-12:50PM

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 50+
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA- Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Did my first October check of the colony today. Very hot and humid, but active none-the-less.

Counts are from Dix WMA and along Schoolhouse Road for both colonies in existence now.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 39
  • Sleepy Orange 16
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 25
  • Monarch 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 14

Sleepy Orange