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Jackie Parker

712 Foster Ave
Cape May County, NJ

Our first Long-tailed Skipper this year.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Beth Polvino

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

Great rebound for the butterflies with some sun and temps in the mid 70's. FOY both Ocola Skipper and Sleepy Orange. No image of the Sleepy Orange as I was showing my sister from PA the gardens. Later visitor to the gardens, KC found a Long-tailed Skipper which was refound for pictures. She was with TK. First Pearl Crescent seen here since early July. 8 species of caterpillar currently being seen in the yard.

[This certainly is an impressive recovery. Besides a long and interesting list, your property hit a southern grand slam: long-tailed, ocola, fiery and Brazilian (and a sleepy). It appears SJ is "losing" some of its southern migrants. Sleepy orange is a well documented resident now. Is Brazilian next on the list? -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 0
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 25
  • Monarch 6
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 70

Long-tailed Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

My sister Therese Hurter spotted the Long-tailed Skipper - a FIRST for my yard!! And, always nice to see an Ocola. Lots of Brazilian cats.

[Congrats on your yard's first long-tailed sk! And what a beauty. Will these southern visitors have a good year in SJ? -jm]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 3
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10

Ocola Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Today seemed to be The Day of the Ocolas as several people, myself included, had their first of the season. Cloudless Sulphurs, which seem to be having a great season, continue to lay eggs on Partridge Pea. The Red-banded H was mint-fresh which was interesting since the current brood is just finishing up. Overlapping broods?

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 9
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR
Atlantic County, NJ

9:30 to 1 pm. Mostly sunny. Mostly birding at the refuge today but recorded sightings from the auto drive and around the visitor center. Orange Sulfur count is estimate.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 100
  • Cloudless Sulphur 22
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 33
  • Monarch 3
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 9

Tom Bailey

Greenwood Forest WMA
Ocean County, NJ

2:10 to 4:20 pm. Partly sunny. Except Monarchs, numbers were down from previous visit but expected with the cooler temperature.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 32
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Monarch 34
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 31

Teresa Knipper

Beth Polvino Garden
Cape May County, NJ

A delightful hour with a spectacular garden!! Caterpillars of spice bush swallow tail, American lady , monarch, Brazilian, snout, cloudless sulphur!!!

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye C
  • Monarch 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem C

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 9

Ocola Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 8
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 10
  • Peck's Skipper 9
  • Sachem 77

Peck's Skipper

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Mint fresh hairstreaks and Pearl Crescent. After 3 days without adult Monarchs thrilled to have a female laying eggs. 14 Monarch caterpillars (large) easily found and probably many more. Found cat in "J" from the 14th to be parasitized by tachinid fly larvae (white strings are an indication). But found 2nd cat in J. Excited by 3 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in the garden until one targeted a Monarch caterpillar and ate it (not surprised; at the winter roost in Mexico we watched Black-headed Grosbeaks eat adults with no problem). Our 1st Fiery Skipper (but dashed before photo). Found Brazilian Skipper cats and chrysalids.

[Sorry to hear that the grosbeaks are eating monarch cats. Please let them know that they welcome to come to my yard to eat the dozens and dozens of cabbage white cats that devour my kale. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 20

Kathy Horn

Cox Hall Cr WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 2

Kathy Horn

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Sept. has been very slow in garden and today’s cool temps and smoky skies didn’t help.

[It seems likely that our dimly lit smoky skies will slow down butterfly activity. It does, however, create interesting sunrises. -jm]

  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 10

Pearl Crescent

American Lady

Beth Polvino

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

Cloudy day in the garden. Cool with temp's mid 60's. Butterfly numbers way down here. First day I haven't seen a Brazilian Skipper in several weeks.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • American Snout 0
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 23
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 32

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Only the first RBH this year here. Used to be a common sighting in this garden. Only the 27th sp. here for the year, way below avg.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Jackie Parker

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

We searched the area of nectar across from the Lighthouse.

  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 6
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 8

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

From 11:00-1:00. American copper is a new species for this location.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 2

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 9
  • Sachem 77

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Joyce Cloughly

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Sunny. Sightings at butterfly garden.

[Welcome to Joyce Cloughly, our newest observer/participant. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Painted Lady

Joyce Cloughly

Lumberton Leas, Lumberton
Burlington County, NJ

Sunny. Visiting a friend who lives at Lumberton Leas. Nice variety, including 6 Variegated Fritillaries. Good numbers of Sachem.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 6
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 60+

Variegated Fritillary

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

late in the day observations–have 8 monarch chrysalises and 2 small cats, 4 black ST chrysalises and a couple early instar cats on parsley and rue.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Sachem 6

Pat & Clay Sutton

Conswell Rd, Green Creek
Cape May County, NJ

During an hour long walk we enjoyed the following.
All the Cloudless Sulphurs were moving north up the Delaware Bayshore. The Common Buckeyes were laying eggs in a robust stand of English Plantain on the road shoulder. We flushed the Common Wood-Nymph out of a lush stand of blooming Climbing Hempweed.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2

Common Buckeye

Common Wood-Nymph

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Question Mark (a rag) seen for the 3rd day. 10 large Monarch caterpillars easily found on Common Milkweed (probably many more under leaves). Plus one additional sizable Monarch caterpillar being sucked dry by a Wheel Bug. Refound 4 of the 5 Brazilian Skipper Chrysalids I'd found 2 days earlier (9-12-20)

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Sachem 30

Monarch cat and wheelbug

Question Mark

Brazilian Skipper chrysalis

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 2

Monarch

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods butterfly garden from 2:20-2:40pm.
1 monarch cat and 1 black swallowtail cat.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

Butterflies observed between 9:30-12:00.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 3

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 6
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 22
  • Sachem 81

Cloudless Sulphur cat

Least Skipper

American Lady

Barbara Ann Woodward

Sewell, my backyard
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Sulphur sp. 1

Carol Marceluk

Ocean City behind Wonderland
Cape May County, NJ

Looks like a common checkered skipper, Pyrgus communis.

[Yes, correct, Carol. Nice find! Also, good to see all those buckeyes in Ocean City – almost certainly southbound migrants. jc]

  • Common Buckeye 20
  • Monarch 14
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Common Checkered-Skipper

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

The Appalachian Brown visited fruit late in the day. 17 Monarch caterpillars easily found (probably many more under leaves). The Tersa Sphinx flew into our front door 2 evenings before and was refound and released today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 10

Appalachian Brown

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Tersa Sphinx moth

Horace's Duskywing

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

All clouds once again. There was a fresh tawny-edged sk which means the last brood is now flying here. For two days we have had a perfect lady-sized runt black st. We have had dozens of monarch cats and a dozen or so crysalises (I am sure there are more) which have resulted in fresh monarchs the past few days. Both the Brazilian and ocola gave me classic looks: 30 seconds of nectaring stillness each, then gone. The Brazilian, however, flashed through the yard at full speed a number of times.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 30
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 80

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 2

Beth Polvino

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

Long-tailed skipper returned this afternoon. Seen on 3 different rounds of the garden today. Continuing good numbers of Common Buckeye. Excellent numbers of Sachems. What I believe is a White form Orange Sulphur is pictured. Cloudy today, humid about 75, winds about 12 MPH.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • American Snout 0
  • Question Mark 0
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 85
  • Monarch 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Sachem 100

Long-tailed Skipper

Brazilian Skipper

Orange Sulphur

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Common buckeyes everywhere now that New England, and other Asteraceae are in bloom. Have not seen Monarch cats since August 27th although Common Milkweed leaves are full of chew holes, some leaves eaten down to midrib.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Sachem 2

Cabbage White and Buckeye

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

A late day visit with total cloud cover at first and then a few peeks of sun later. Obs. made from 3:50 to 5:10 p.m. 79 degrees. Despite ample amounts of Woolly aphids this was only my 2nd Harvester sighting here this year. Found another female laying eggs about 12 feet high and at a difficult camera angle. This park is typically a good location for Peck's Skippers late in the season. Blue Mistflower is crowded out but still attracting some skippers. [Harvesters have been scarce this year with only three individuals being reported. It is good news that both of Dave's reports featured a female laying eggs. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Harvester 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 16
  • Sachem 9

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 13
  • Sachem 82

Variegated Fritillary

Eastern Comma

Beth Polvino

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

Less Common Buckeyes than 9/10 but still great numbers. Large numbers Sachems remain in everywhere in the yard. Return of Horace's Duskywing.

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • American Snout 0
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 75
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 100

Common Buckeyes

Fiery Skipper

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Easily saw 16 large Monarch caterpillars today (hopefully this bodes well for this fall's migration)! And who knows how many others if I was really looking, inspecting under leaves. Lots of folded leaves on Canna (with Brazilian Skipper caterpillars in hiding), plus 5 Brazilian Skipper chrysalids, mostly on low-down leaves!

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 6
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Sachem 10

Monarch cats

Red-spotted Purple

Brazilian Skipper chrysalis

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

While in the yard found some interesting moth caterpillars including 3 different hornworms and the unicorn prominent. Pictured are the White-lined Sphinx moth cat (on common evening-primrose) and the Unicorn prominent (on red-osier dogwood).

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 17

White-lined Sphinx caterpillar

Unicorn caterpillar

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Mostly sunny and 74 degrees. Tawny Emperor made a surprise appearance on Thoroughwort.

[Emperors are drawn to you, Dave! I scrolled back through our last two years of sightings looking to see how many observers have managed to find adults of both emperors at the same site and same day. You are the only one of us who has managed that trick and you have managed it four times in a little over 12 months: here, earlier this year at Riverwinds on 8/30/20, then in your own garden in West Deptford 8/20/19, and again in your garden on 8/4/19. Very cool achievement! jc]

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 9
  • Sachem 42

Red Admiral

Tawny Emperor

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Cooler temps have slowed the activity

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 12

Spicebush Swallowtail

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Sachem 2

Jesse & Jack Connor

Roadside meadow, Egg Harbor City
Atlantic County, NJ

Incidental while botanizing. Pug caterpillar (Eupithecia, sp) feeding on disc flowers of showy aster.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Sachem 1

American Lady

Eupithecia cat

Robert C. Koch

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

High count on Sachems.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Viceroy 3
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 18
  • Sachem 177

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Viceroy

Variegated Fritillary

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

73 and cloudy after 3 days of heavy rain. Brazilians have been haunting my yard for a couple weeks and although I did not see today's Brazilian, in my rounds I found a fresh egg where I am positive there wasn't one an hour before. Fiery sk's have been here almost daily for weeks but today they were absent. The LT, which was in perfect shape, had tail coloring that I have not seen before.

[The long-tailed is a beauty and only our third reported in 2020. Re: the BZSK. Our Records & Sightings Committee will be meeting sometime in the next year or two to consider the question: Can you count the presence of an adult by the sudden appearance of eggs? A nine-hour debate is expected. ;-) jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 35
  • Monarch 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Sachem 60

Long-tailed Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Monarch: 6 chrysalises and 1 thinking about it; remaining caterpillars gone overnight.
Cloudless Sulphur: 2 cats

  • Cloudless Sulphur 0
  • Monarch 0
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Cloudless Sulphur

Karen Thompson

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Red Admiral

Painted Lady

Barbara Ann Woodward

My backyard, Washington Township
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Least Skipper 1

Least Skipper

Beth Polvino

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

Drizzle most of day and some butterflies out in it but at about 3:30 PM the sun came out strong for about 1.5 hrs and the butterflies came out from everywhere. Temp high 70's and very humid. Common Buckeyes were all over with several mating pairs and others trying to horn in on the mating to no avail. Est count 110. Sachems were also everywhere and wanting to mate. Est count 75. 2 Brazilian Skipper' s chrysalis found with many nests. Other caterpillars in the yard (probable) American Snout, Question Mark, Black Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Cloudless Sulphur, American Lady, and Monarch.

[Such a festival of butterfly activity, including our first triple-digit count of buckeyes in a long time. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 110
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 75

Zabulon Skipper

Common Buckeyes

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Monarchs: 3 chrysalises and 10 cats; the "J" from yesterday was gone in the morning, only the cremaster remained

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

Robert C. Koch

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

[Excellent find, RK! Our first hackberry emperor in BUR in more than a year (last reported there by Brenda Bruton at Taylor's Wildlife Preserve, Cinnaminson on 9-5-19). jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Sachem 77

Hackberry Emperor

Sulphur sp.

Black Swallowtail female

Black Swallowtail male

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

As of 3:45 PM today…
Monarchs: 2 chrysalisses, one "J" and 13 cats.
Black Swallowtail: 2 cats
2 Cloudless Sulphurs ovipositing.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Monarch 0

Beth Polvino

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

great numbers of Common Buckeyes -front yard counted by Jenny and backyard by me at the same time with 87 counted though more around. Sachems are everywhere -est 100. 6 Cloudless Sulphurs at the same time is a record, though haven't seen an Orange Sulphur in months. Male Cloudless Sulphurs interested in mating but the females not so much. I thought I saw a Long-tailed Skipper while busy watching the CS but it went through really fast so not counted.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 0
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 9
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 87
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 100

Cloudless Sulphurs

Cloudless Sulphurs

Mike Jacob

My yard in Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

[Cool shot, Mike! ETST cats are usually photo'd in earlier instars – not this final "UPS truck brown" stage just before pupation. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 0

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton.
Gloucester County, NJ

It seems like there have been fewer butterflies the last few days. Only out in the yard for short periods but did see lots of caterpillars- Monarch, Black Swallowtail and Sleepy Orange (also lots of eggs on Senna- Sleepy Orange most likely but some could be from Cloudless Sulphur). Pictured is Sleepy Orange cat-they usually hang out on the stem of the Senna or the midrib of the leaf where they are especially camouflaged.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Sleepy Orange caterpillar

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods butterfly garden from 4:30-5:30pm, not much activity despite hot sun and plenty of nectar. 2 black swallowtail cats remaining.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

From 9-11:00am

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Sachem 6

Karen Thompson

Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Lifer Sleepy Oranges, with female laying eggs on Wild Senna.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 40
  • Sleepy Orange 24
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Sleepy Orange

Fred Kahan

Medford Leas, Medford 08055
Burlington County, NJ

Found "nectaring" close to the entrance of a wild bee nest one foot off the ground in the deeply furrowed bark of a mature Willow Oak. This site attracts Anglewings and Red Spotted Purples as well..

[Good find, Fred! Only our 4th Appalachian brown in BUR in 2020 and our first there in almost two months (since 7/10/20, Tom Bailey in Medford WMA). jc]

  • Appalachian Brown 1

Appalachian Brown

David L. Amadio

Red Bank Battlefield, National Park
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 12:50 to 1:50 p.m. Mid 80's and sunny. Sleepy Orange may have been the same one sighted on 8/28/20

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Karen Thompson

Home, Lower Township
Cape May County, NJ

Brazilian Skipper Pupa today!
The Cloudless Sulphur emerged from the chrysalis yesterday.

[Cool shot! jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Sachem 5

Brazilian Skipper pupa

Jennifer Bulava

Maurice River Bluffs Preserve, Millville
Cumberland County, NJ

Walking mostly woodland trails from about 1-4pm.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Trying for an accurate sachem count… not easy.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 84

Monarch

Tom Bailey

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR
Atlantic County, NJ

Birding at the refuge during late morning till about 12:30. Count of sulfurs is best estimate.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 30

Tom Bailey

Greenwood Forest WMA
Ocean County, NJ

1:45 to 4:45 pm. Sunny, @80 degrees, light breeze. Beautiful day.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 54
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 51
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 7
  • Sachem 54

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

A Tail-less Long-tailed Skipper visited my Garden this afternoon. Always a wonderful butterfly. And as Beth said the Warblers are feasting on the butterflies…especially the Sachems. I started the a.m. with 25+. Could only find 7 by 3 pm. The Redstart took 4 that I watched, with the Yellow warbler and Common Yellowthroat adding to the carnage.

[Yikes. Can we hope the birds leave the long-tailed alone – or maybe they already had a bite of it? jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem 20

Long-tailed Skipper

American Redstart

Painted Lady

Robert C. Koch

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

Lots of sulphurs. High count for Cloudless. Only one swallowtail. Usually get 5-10.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 23
  • Sachem 102

Peck's Skipper

Clouded Sulphur

Viceroy

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Karen Thompson

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1

Jennifer Bulava

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Atlantic County, NJ

While birding the wildlife drive. The Little Stint took over everyone's attention for sure, but I managed to notice these butterflies along the rest of the wildlife drive.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2

Beth Polvino

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

FOY Tawny Emperor here on fruit. Est over 75 Sachems here and lots of activity. Sachems are chasing most other butterflies off the plants. Est Buckeye count 28. All Fiery Skippers seen are female.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 28
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 75

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

A brief late afternoon visit to the garden & adjacent fields. 4:35-5:05 p.m.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 32

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail & Community center
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:15-4:25, Sunny 83 & breezy. Comma numbers still strong, but have dropped off from what they were on 8/30. Sachem numbers rising. Watched several Eastern Commas & a couple of Red Admirals in the company of Spotted Lanternflies. Captured one image of "Good bug-Bad bugs"

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • Eastern Comma 16
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 40

"Good Bug" "Bad Bugs"

Red-spotted Purple

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Activity light here this afternoon.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

The cloudless sulphur was ovipositing.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Sachem 3

Robert C. Koch

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

Sachems continue to be extremely abundant and are taking to boneset plants and goldenrod in our meadow as well as butterfly bushes.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Sachem 141

Sachem

Black Swallowtail

Stephen Wajda

EHT Nature Reserve
Atlantic County, NJ

[Welcome to our newest observer/reporter, Steven Wajda. jc]

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

American Lady

Karen Thompson

Rea Farm
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Least Skipper

Karen Thompson

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Kathy Horn

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 9
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Beth Polvino

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

A second report for the day for the yard. Not repeats of any sighting. FOY Common-Checkered Skipper seen. Only second Variegated Fritillary seen this season.. Family of Common Yellowthroats is attacking/eating just about every caterpillar in the yard including Brazilian Skippers cats. Looper moths over running the gardens

  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Cloudless Sulphurs

Common Checkered-Skipper

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton.
Gloucester County, NJ

Pictured is Cloudless Sulphur female.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 6

Cloudless Sulphur

Tom Bailey

Medford Township
Burlington County, NJ

3 to 4:15 pm. Residential flower garden. Sachem count is an estimate.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 6
  • Sachem 15

Robert C. Koch

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

[Sachems surging in many areas in NJ right now. Triple digit counts for BUR here in RK's stomping grounds and also on 9-5-20 in Middlesex and Passiac Counties as logged on the North Jersey site. Double-digit counts everywhere. Our fall high numbers are often said to be migrants from southern states. But how many of these numbers are offspring of resident individuals – i.e. non-migrants? The sachem population in New Jersey has changed over last thirty years or so. Up into the 1990s sachems were considered fall migrants from the south. Now it seems we have both migrants and residents. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Sulphur sp. 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 22
  • Sachem 113

American Lady

Common Buckeye

Variegated Fritillary

Beth Polvino

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

FOY Long-tailed Skipper in the back yard this AM. 2 days earlier than my earliest record which was in 2019. Hoping for some other southern strays to head our way soon. Windy, sunny, temp 74.

[Congratulations, Beth! This is the first long-tailed reported to our log since you found our last one in your yard on 10-25-19. Nice to see! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Question Mark 0
  • American Lady 0
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 13

Long-tailed Skipper