Recent sightings

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Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

81 degrees, 4:45-6 pm. 3 Black ST cats on fennel in the garden. 3 Monarch chrysalises, 3 cats and 10 adults were near the pump house by the Del. river starting to roost in the trees and shrubs around 5:30 pm.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 5
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 17
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 16

Monarch chrysalis

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Butterfly garden, noon

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Sachem 6

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

One Monarch was busy ovipositing on this beautiful afternoon in the yard.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Sachem 8

Ocola Skipper

Salt Marsh Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A fresh male Black Swallowtail this evening.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

A brief look at a weedy patch

  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Steven Glynn

Schuhl's Garden - Cape May Point, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 6
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 15

Ocola Skipper

Black Swallowtail

Steven Glynn

4-H Garden in Rosenhayn
Cumberland County, NJ

[Our first white-m in CUM in 2018. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 9

White M Hairstreak

American Copper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Jack Miller

rt 610 Dennisville
Cape May County, NJ

Last stop around 2:00 (I had been moving in and out of torrential downpours for the last hour). I have been checking this spot out for a couple of weeks. I had seen what looked like cat damage, but until today I had not found any Brazilian cats.

  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Jack Miller

Walton ave off of rt 47
Cape May County, NJ

Sixth stop. This site, a dentist's office, is just north of Fulling Mill rd. There were three areas of cannas which all had cats present.

  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Jack Miller

Cape May St Pk ponds
Cape May County, NJ

Fifth stop. I only walked the ponds and once again no yellow butterflies.

  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 26
  • Monarch 4

Jack Miller

Coral Ave
Cape May County, NJ

I found one Brazilian cat at the Triangle garden and a couple of eggs. These cannas have changed very little in the past few weeks and it appears that predators have worked over the cats. Once again, this place was spookily quiet.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Jack Miller

rt 607 just north of Rea Farm
Cape May County, NJ

Third stop. This is a private dwelling that has cannas growing along the road. I pulled over and did not get out of my car or stay long. I could see at least 6 leaf rolls and one adult buzzing around. I am sure that closer inspection would have revealed many more cats.

  • Brazilian Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

9:00-11:00am; starting off in overcast and light rain conditions, and ending with sun and extreme humidity; just before storm.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Viceroy

Pearl Crescent

Jack Miller

Beth Polvino's garden
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped here briefly around midday. Beth and I dodged scattered showers and watched at least 4 Brazilian skippers plus other bflys Beth will post.

  • Brazilian Skipper 4

Jack Miller

Cape May Distillery
Cape May County, NJ

First stop. 10:00. Mostly sunny and near 80. This location has been a major breeding ground for Brazilian sk's since mid-August. There were at least 30 cats present and plenty of eggs.

  • Brazilian Skipper 1

Beth Polvino

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

Interesting day in the yard. While Jack Miller here, a minimum of 4 Brazilian Skippers seen in the yard including 2 together on a canna leaf. While they were there, it started to rain heavily and they moved together to another canna leaf across the sidewalk. My wonder is, are the increased numbers of Brazilian Skippers in the yard, ones that are staying after eclosing there or new ones coming North? Of course there's no way to tell. All 5 species cats or chrysalis continue

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem c

Brazilian Skippers

Horace's Duskywing

Harvey Tomlinson

TNC - Eldora
Cape May County, NJ

I know Northern Crescent is a Unicorn but check Swift pg 209.
Garden here loaded with nectar but slow on Butterflies.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 7
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Cabbage White (3-spotted)

Common Buckeye

Crescent, sp?

Broad-winged Skipper

Jack Miller

MacNamara
Cape May County, NJ

Seen while biking in clouds and some light rain.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Beth Polvino

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

Mostly cloudy with some drizzle late afternoon. Winds 13-15 MPH. Some butterflies having difficulty with the higher gusts of wind. All cats and chrysalises continue. Finally a Question Mark chrysalis. Long-tailed skipper not refound. Short observation time today.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 15

Question Mark chrysalis

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

Over 60 Sachem on Lantana in front yard (about 30 plants)

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 65

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

On and off observing, 1 - 5 pm. First sunny day w/o a monarch in weeks.

Our first white-m appeared yesterday; today they were hard to count because appearing in various spots around garden and yard, but agreed that it was at least six – most looking very fresh.

[6 White M's! Only 5 White M's have been reported outside the Connor's garden this year. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 10
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 40

White M Hairstreak

Beth Polvino

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

Lots of butterflies today. Had Somerset County Audubon group here and leader found Long-tailed skipper in the front yard about 11 AM while I was in the back with 1/2 of the group.. Not found again by me, so not counted and hopefully will find again tomorrow. Courting behavior by 2 Brazilian Skippers in the front with #3 in the back. Brazilian cats and chrysalis now in the yard. All other cats continue. #2 Horace's Duskywing plus finally able to get Cloudless Sulphur images. Orange Sulphur a nice surprise.

[Whew, what a list! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 13
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 27

Brazilian Skipper

Cloudless Sulphur

Horace's Duskywing

Brazilian Skipper

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Briefly explored only the garden & adjacent fields. Fresh "intermediate rosa" form Buckeye found here. Obs. made from 3:48 till 4:16, part sun and 83 degrees.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 25

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Jennifer Bulava

Garret Family Preserve, Cape Island Creek
Cape May County, NJ

4:50-5:20pm
Quick walk on the pollinator trail

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Sachem 3

Jennifer Bulava

Cape May State Park
Cape May County, NJ

4:12-4:40pm

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 3

Jennifer Bulava

Triangle Park, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

3:50-4:00pm
Searching in vain for Brazilian skipper. Found empty chrysalis instead. Tiger swallowtail was black form.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 2

Jennifer Bulava

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

2:32-3:40pm

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 3

Common Buckeye

Viceroy

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

A brief check on the garden and nearby field off parking lot. Obs. made from 3:14 till 3:31, Mostly sunny and 84 degrees.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 12
  • Sachem 9

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Most of the action here is on Eupatorium.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Sachem 53

captured American Lady

Jennifer Bulava

TNC garden, Eldora
Cumberland County, NJ

1:20-1:35pm
most species nectaring on sedums

  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Sachem 2

Gray Hairstreak

Red-spotted Purple

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Commas & RSP's sharing fruit dish with Giant Hornets today. Found a Monarch chrysalis attached to Common Milkweed leaf. A lazy caterpillar?.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 4

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 25

Fiery Skipper

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Warm and sunny. First variegated frit seen in this garden this season–it didn't stay long. One monarch released.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

James Dowdell

my yard, Villas
Cape May County, NJ

the same sleepy orange has been patrolling my senna plantings weather willing since aug.29. Had a female ovipositing on senna back on june 15.

[This is the first report of sleepy orange in CMY (or outside CUM, mainly Dix WMA) this year. Harvey Tomlinson had one in his garden in Del Haven in CMY last September, and Jim Dowdell had a previous one in his garden in October 2012. There are only about a dozen other reports from CMY on our log since 2008. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 35

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden-Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

Brazilian and Fiery Skippers during a late afternoon tour of the garden.
The Brazilian seems to have an preference to sitting on the fence posts.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 7
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 15

Horace's Duskywing

Fiery Skipper

Brazilian Skipper

Chip Krilowicz

Haddonfield Yard
Camden County, NJ

Nice sunny day.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 5

Common Sootywing

Steven Glynn

4-H Garden in Rosenhayn
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 8

Painted Lady

Common Buckeye

Ben Barkley

Beth Polvino’s Yard
Cape May County, NJ

Beth gave us a fantastic tour of her yard. Observations from about 10:30-11:30am. Sunny. Long-tailed Skipper quickly visited the Lantana in the front yard and was not seen again. Beautiful garden! Spicebush caterpillar, Black Swallowtail cats, Question Mark cats.

[This is our first report of long-tailed skipper in South Jersey in 2018. (One was found at the very early date of July 29 at Duke Farms in Somerset County.) Could this be our last FOY for the year? Let's hope not! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem C

Meredith Koenig

Private Garden, Port Norris
Cumberland County, NJ

Steven Glenn led this CUMaurice River tour. His sighting list for the day records combined counts.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Cabbage White

American Lady

Orange Sulphur

C Wyluda

Lighthouse Point Park
Cape May County, NJ

3:20 - 4:40, red, blue trails, not the beach.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 7
  • Sachem 4

C Wyluda

Cox Hall Creek WMA
Cape May County, NJ

9:40-1:20pm while birding
buckeyes were very fresh

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Red-spotted Purple 6

C Wyluda

Triangle Park
Cape May County, NJ

was there 3-3:pm and 4:45 -5; wanted a white M picture but no luck with that. Also was hoping for a brazilian…just got a leaf roll.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 2

Question Mark

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

11:15 - 11:45 am. Our yard's FOY white-m.

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 25

White M Hairstreak

American Lady

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail & Community center areas.
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:47 to 4:37 p.m. with Cloudy skies and 77 degrees. Most activity here was on Eupatorium & Lespedeza species.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 15
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 44

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

With 100% cloud cover my expectations were limited. Obs. from 1:05 to 3:35 p.m. 78 degrees. Was somewhat surprised to find this level of activity. Conducted a fairly thorough search of the refuge this afternoon. Monarchs continue to be impressive this year. Found a dozen cats without hardly trying. Observed a female still laying eggs. My first NJ Ocola for the year highlighted this day in the field. A truly gorgeous IO moth ( Automeris io) was on a Lespedeza sp. At least two of the E. Commas were fresh winter form individuals.

[Dave's Ocola in GLO gives us a 2nd county in South Jersey for this species this year (and 4th county in the state in 2018). Apparently, none yet seen in CMY, however. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 37
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Eastern Comma 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 22
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 6
  • Sachem 33

White M Hairstreak

Ocola Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Io moth

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Most activity here in over a week. Fresh winter form E.Comma & Q-Mark (two views in photos). Found 4 previously unseen Black Swallowtail cats on parsley.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

Question Mark

Question Mark

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

A monarch tried to emerge from its chrysalis and expand its wings, but was unable to break free and complete the process. (see photo) I checked online for some causes and the most likely, for me, seems to be that, because the warm sun was shining directly on the butterfly, the butterfly's wings dried out too quickly. So ironic because the past days have been so cloudy and overcast.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Beth Polvino

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

FOS Fiery Skippers in the yard today. Sunny and warm, winds 12-14 MPH. Butterfly numbers up for Common Buckeyes and Sachems. 5 types of caterpillars continue in the yard.

[Browsing through all the reports for 9-15-18 makes it obvious that it was excellent butterflying day. Among other things, we had three separate reports of fiery skipper – our first of the year – and they appeared in three different counties: CMY (Beth's here), CUM (Steve G) and BUR (Tom B.) jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem c

Fiery Skipper

Red-spotted Purple

Question Mark

Steven Glynn

Cumberland Bayshore area from Dix WMA to Bivalve
Cumberland County, NJ

Helped lead a walk for Citizens United into the Sleepy Orange colony and then to some areas along the bayshore.

Numbers are guestimates from personal observations and info gathered from the group.

[Looks like an wonderful excursion, including a FOY fiery skipper for our log – on the same day Tom Bailey found one in BUR. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Sleepy Orange 25
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 15
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 18
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 25

American Lady

Peck's Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Tawny Emperor

Tom Bailey

Kinkora Trail, Mansfield Township
Burlington County, NJ

12 to 4 pm. Party sunny, @80 degrees. Photos of Painted Lady, Am. Copper, Fiery & Ocola Skipper.

[One day after finding our log's first Ocola, Tom finds our first fiery skipper of 2018 – and lots else! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 46
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 21
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 28
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 8
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 12
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 21
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 215

Ocola Skipper

Painted Lady

Fiery Skipper

American Copper

Sandra Keller

Tranquility Trails
Gloucester County, NJ

A GCNC botany field trip. We look at everything. Partly sunny, 77 degrees, light east winds.

[Good job by Sandra and company providing only our third little yellow report of the year – and the first away from Dix WMA in CUM. It is also the first little yellow found in GLO since 10-30-16 (by Dave Amadio in National Park). jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 30
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 15
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Tawny Emperor

Little Yellow

Beth Polvino

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

Warm, Rain or drizzle most of the day with clearing on and off in afternoon. Some sun by 4 PM when butterflies came out to nectar. Images obtained. Surprised to see my first Common Sootwing in a while.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 6
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem 21

David L. Amadio

Rt45 North Woodbury
Gloucester County, NJ

A flyby

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Occasional obs. today. Both Monarchs were mint fresh.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

A brief look at the gardens @3 pm.

[Very nice find by Tom: our South Jersey log's first Ocola of 2018. There have been four reports in North Jersey, the first on Aug 22 in Somerset County by Ben Barkley. jc]

  • Ocola Skipper 1

Matt Webster

Damblys Garden Center, Berlin
Camden County, NJ

V Frit caterpillar was found on pansies

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 0
  • American Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 6

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

during bird survey, overcast and light mist at times.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 2

Sachem

Eastern Comma

Jennifer Bulava

Willingboro Lakes Park, Willingboro
Burlington County, NJ

During bird survey, 8-10am, overcast and humid.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Sachem 4

Sachem

Beth Polvino

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

Only one walk around the garden at 4 PM - 4:30 PM. Cloudy with peaks of sun with winds 12-16 MPH. Surprised to find a fresh-looking Horace's Duskywing. Still have 4 varieties of butterfly caterpillars that I see along with some moth caterpillars.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem 21

Brazilian Skipper

Horace's Duskywing

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

2 monarchs released early am, and 2 flying late in the day when some sun appeared! 82 degrees and humid. 3 early instar black STs on Rue, and the 3 Giant ST chrysalises haven't emerged. Still seeing monarch eggs and early instars on c. milkweed.

[Those giant swallowtail chrysalises are exciting! Let us know what happens, Chris! jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 3

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

3 Monarch cats. Male and female Monarchs seen flying together. Garden full of all kinds of life, plenty of grass skippers. Butterflies seen between each of many rain showers all day. 1 Monarch rose heavy-wingedly from sheltering shrub to Phlox. This Monarch photographed from porch window.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 5

Beth Polvino

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

Sunny, hot & humid in the low 80's little wind. All cats continue. Brazilian Skipper laying eggs on Canna leaves but unable to get images as gardening.

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem c

American Lady

Pearl Crescent

'Summer' Spring Azure

Brazilian Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Cloudy & damp when I got home from work, but found a few butterflies. The E.Tiger & Silver-spotted found by Pat earlier during a sunny period. Monarch cats rapidly devouring Milkweeds.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

I checked out a very small patch, maybe 8' X 10' of Late flowering thoroughwort & Goldenrod around 2:30. Was surprised with the level of action. Mostly fresh looking bugs with the exception of the Comma. This property has been extremely poor this year due to frequent mowing & herbicide spraying.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

3:30-4:30 pm. Party sunny, humid ~80 degrees. Most species nectaring on Sedum. One rsp laying eggs on black cherry (not photo'd individual). At least three large monarch cats nearing pupation. One skipper a mystery.

  • Cabbage White 15
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 30

Red-spotted Purple

Unidentified

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

A lovely day in the 70's with sun and light winds. First White M here in two years. Caught the mantis laying eggs.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Sachem c

Tawny-edged Skipper

Least Skipper

White M Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Did a full walk through of the WMA from the roadside, but the full overcast conditions weren't ideal and my time spent was ended with a full thunderstorm.

Strong numbers of Sleepy Oranges flying, with at least 14 females ovipositing. My photo of one female ovipositing also captured a Sleepy Orange caterpillar doing its thing on the same small senna plant.

Good numbers of very fresh Cloudless Sulphurs today, as well as good activity overall.

[Yikes! Check out Steve's sleepy shot! Very cool documentation of breeding success in this site. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 11
  • Sleepy Orange 37
  • Gray Hairstreak 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 13
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 17
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Least Skipper Common
  • Sachem 3

Eastern Comma

American Lady

Common Buckeye cat

Cloudless Sulphur

Sleepy Orange adult and cat

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden -Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

FINALLY….after weeks of checking my Cannas I have my very own, mint fresh, Brazilian Skipper!

[Very cool find, Harvey! Gives hope to all the gardeners still checking their own Cannas! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12

Brazilian Skipper

Beth Polvino

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

Mist and drizzle early, clearing mid AM with sun until about 4PM when thundershowers arrived. Temp 82 with winds 8 MPH. Saw 3 Question Mark Butterflies laying eggs on the same Hackberry at the same time. There are more than 100 eggs and at least 40 QM cats right now of varying sizes. Still have Brazilian cats, Spicebush Swallowtail cat, Monarch and Black Swallowtail cats. Another Carolina Praying Mantis in the yard today. FOY Eastern Comma seen but unable to get photo.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem c

Question Mark cats

Gray Hairstreak and silver-spotted sk

Brazilian Skipper

Sachem

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to see the sun for an hour today.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 16

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

The Monarch & Cabbage White were obs. earlier in the day by my wife Pat. At least 10 Monarch cats.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

8:00-10:20am
Overcast and misty rain for most of the morning, did not expect to see butterflies (while birding). Also found a transparent monarch chrysalis.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1

Monarch chrysalis

Chip Krilowicz

Westville at Big Timber Creek
Gloucester County, NJ

Cloudy and misty.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem c
  • Dun Skipper 2

Beth Polvino

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

Drizzle in the AM and cloudy in the PM. Winds 12-18 MPH. There was a sachem attached to my window screen all day yesterday and again this AM that flew once the weather was better. Lots of wind damage to the garden from the storms over the weekend. 2 Brazilians flying all over the yard this afternoon. I wonder if one is the Brazilian that eclosed here on 9/7.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 0
  • Monarch 5
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Sachem 13

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Two monarchs braved the rain! The one on the flower (see photo) clung to it for just over 1 hour and 15 minutes through a constant drizzle and breezy winds. The rain stopped and after 10 minutes, or so, the monarch left and flew around the yard.

  • Monarch 2

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Weird to see this bug flying from flower to flower in the rain as if it was no big deal.

  • Cabbage White 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Rain did not stop one monarch.

  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

No adult butterflies observed here on this cool & wet September day. I did go out to look for and count Monarch cats. Found 11 today including 5 on Tropical Milkweed, 4 on Common Milkweed, and 2 on Swamp Milkweed. This was the first obs. of Monarch cats on the Swamp Milkweed this season here. One had just shed its exoskeleton.

  • Monarch 0

Monarch cat

Monarch cat