Recent sightings

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  • Other Clear

Chip Krilowicz

Raccoon Creek, Woolwich
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Orange Sulphur 50
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 25
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 25
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 30
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 40
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Ocola Skipper

Common Buckeye, caterpillar

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Mint-fresh Orange Sulphur. Horace's Duskywing was a fresh female.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Only had 20 minutes in the garden today. Wonder what I would have seen if I'd had more time. Delighted to find a large Monarch caterpillar on my still lush and leafy Swamp Milkweed.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10

Red Admiral

Ocola Skipper

Amy Gaberlein

Triangle Garden, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Three Cloudless Sulphur caterpillars, all different instars, on small partridge pea plants. At least two adults were observed egg laying on these plants on Sept. 13. Possible predation of cats; what appeared to be young assassin bugs were present.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 0

Cloudless Sulphur (caterpillar)

Cloudless Sulphur (caterpillar)

Cloudless Sulphur (caterpillar)

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton NJ
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods butterfly garden only.
1:00 pm

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2

Jennifer Bulava

Kinkora Trail, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

9:30am-12:00. Only having visited this trail twice now, but after today, I have 21 species on my list for this spot. Lots of goldenrod, boneset, etc. Spicebush swallowtail was completely worn and ratty.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Sulphur sp. 20
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

A fresh female Wild Indigo today.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Sandra Keller

Wetlands Institute Gardens
Cape May County, NJ

Strong SE winds, sunny, 70 degrees. Lots of Blue Mistflower in bloom as the nectar of choice in the gardens.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Salt Marsh Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Watched Monarch emerge from chrysalis this morning.
Both Spicebush swallowtails were very worn and ragged. One E.Tiger was fresh and the other ragged.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

American Lady

Gray Hairstreak (male)

Beth Polvino

Cape May Point ~ Triangle Garden
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 10
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 6
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem c

Beth Polvino

Cape May Point ~ Coral & Cambridge ~ Bill Schule's garden,
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 8
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Long-tailed Skipper

Beth Polvino

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 9
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 7
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye c
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 9
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem c

Least Skipper

Harvey Tomlinson

Lizard Tail Swamp Powerline
Cape May County, NJ

Wonderful Fall afternoon despite not seeing a single Monarch. Common Buckeye (7 rosa forms), Gray Hairstreak, and Eastern-tailed Blue were uncountable. 22 species…lots of fun.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 11
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Gray Hairstreak x
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue x
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye x
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 14

Viceroy

mourning cloak

Common Buckeye (rosa form)

Clouded Sulphur (white form)

Steven Glynn

Private field along Silver Lake Road and another nearby field in Canton, NJ
Salem County, NJ

Overcast and breezy kept things hunkered down in grass, but the nectar sources were drawing in many butterflies. Common Buckeyes and Pearl Crescents were dial counted. A large percentage of the Common Buckeyes were "rosa" form. Very numerous Peck's Skippers from earlier this month were down to a few very worn and faded individuals.

  • Cabbage White 15
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur Common
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Common
  • Variegated Fritillary 16
  • Pearl Crescent 62
  • Common Buckeye 53
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 4
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 8
  • Peck's Skipper 9
  • Sachem Common

Ocola Skipper

Viceroy

Steven Glynn

Mad Horse Creek WMA- Boat Launch area near Canton
Salem County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Brief early afternoon stop. Most likely the same wood nymph as one I saw yesterday. I am not sure this old thing can survive the approaching storm.

[If this butterfly does survive the storm – and can be re-found by JM or another observer – it will establish a new latest-date ever for the species for our log. Current record: 9-26-10 (tied with this report). jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Claire Campbell

Butterfly Garden, Smith's Woods
Burlington County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Matt Webster

My Backyard, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

Hundreds of butterflies in the garden today! Fantastic amount of skippers.

[This is only our second report of Ocola in CAM – following Chris Herz's report from her garden on Sept. 6. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 15
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 60

Beth Polvino

Triangle Garden ~ Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

late afternoon only 1/2 in sun at this time.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 5
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Beth Polvino

Beth Polvino North Cape May ~ my yard
Cape May County, NJ

Just home after 4 weeks away ~ at least 2 dozen Monarch cats, about the same in Black Swallowtail cats, Cloudless Sulphur laying eggs on Partridge Pea.

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Monarch 9
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem c

Horace's Duskywing

Monarch, caterpillars

Cloudless Sulphur

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

My first Orange Sulphur for the yard this year. Not a bad week although numbers have dipped.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Sachem 15

Orange Sulphur

Salt Marsh Skipper

Will Kerling and Chris Tonkinson

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

We had the incredible experience of seeing and photographing ten different White M Hairstreaks!! All of them were identified as separated individuals through our photography and there was only one rag. Nine of them spent hours getting nectar from a Goldenrod species while the tenth (the rag) was utilizing Frost Aster for nourishment.

Chris discovered the 50th butterfly for this location (Common Checkered Skipper) and I took a series of images of it. Eighteen other butterfly species were recorded on this property in the Estell Manor area this day.

[This might be our log's all-time high count for one day/one site for white-m. Anyone remember a higher count? jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 10
  • White M Hairstreak 10
  • Gray Hairstreak 14
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Pearl Crescent 26
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 9
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Sachem 58

Common Checkered-Skipper

Pearl Crescent

White M Hairstreak

Pat & Clay Sutton

West Cape May Elementary School
Cape May County, NJ

The school's "Schoolyard Habitat" Common Milkweed patch is producing Monarchs. Found 5 chrysalises on the brick school and under steps of wooden ladders carefully placed near the garden.

  • Monarch 0

Schoolyard Habitat

Monarch chrysalis

Pat & Clay Sutton

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

11 am - 1 pm: walked East and West paths, plus spur off East Path, plus trail behind dune between E & W paths. Common Buckeye caterpillar on Seaside Gerardia. Some of the Common Buckeyes were high and migrating. American Lady caterpillar hiding in webbed room on Sweet Everlasting. Little Yellows were nectaring on Buttonweed (Diodia).

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 11
  • Cloudless Sulphur 9
  • Little Yellow 3
  • American Copper 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 48
  • Viceroy 3
  • Monarch 8
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Viceroy

American Lady cat hidden

Common Buckeye, caterpillar

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Early morning run through the garden before leaving for Cape May Point.

  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Sachem 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Only the second and third Pearl Crescents in my yard this year. Spicebush female a rag, but female E. Tiger in decent shape.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Donna Van Horn

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Saw two tagged Monarchs but could not get clear enough pictures to read the tags.

[This and report below from Jack Miller give us only our 4th & 5th reports of mourning cloak this month (all in CMY) – and we had none in August. jc]

  • Cabbage White x
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye x
  • Monarch x

Mourning Cloak

Sandra Keller, Marilyn Henry, & Chris Herz

Marilyn Patterson's garden
Salem County, NJ

Pipevine swallowtail only a brief appearance on Mexican Sunflowers–no photo. Ocola photos by Marilyn Henry.

[This report gives us our 7th county for Ocola skipper in 2016. Only county not yet recorded this year is Ocean. jc]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 17
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 30

Monarch cats and chrysalises

Monarch

Ocola Skipper

Sandra Keller, Marilyn Henry, &Chris Herz

Mannington Mills
Salem County, NJ

late in the afternoon observations.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Sandra Keller, Marilyn Henry & Chris Herz

Alloway Municipal garden
Salem County, NJ

5 Monarch cats on tropical milkweed.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 6
  • Sachem 10

Monarch caterpillar

Fiery Skipper

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Explored the butterfly garden and small field next to the parking lot. Up till this day, I have seen only two White M Hairstreaks in 2016. Today there was three here, two in the field and one in the garden all on late-flowering thoroughwort. Also the second Ocola here this season. Found a RSP again with faint White Admiral field marks.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 3
  • White M Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Sachem 20

Red-spotted Purple

Peck's Skipper

Ocola Skipper

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Community center
Gloucester County, NJ

The field here that was productive last weekend was mowed to the ground for yesterday's "Family fun day." I don't think the butterflies were amused, nor was I. Had to work harder and pursue butterflies into the woods under the Cottonwood trees.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 32
  • Pearl Crescent 11
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Still fairly dry here but last week's rain did rejuvenate some of the white snakeroot. If a Common Checkered-Skipper sees its shadow do we get 6 more weeks of summer?

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Viceroy 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Common Checkered-Skipper

Viceroy

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 2

Steven Glynn

Seabreeze Road
Cumberland County, NJ

Activity has decreased significantly as the nectar has worn out, but still a good mix.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 13

Red-banded Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

Field along CR-676 (Haleyville Rd.-Highland St.)
Cumberland County, NJ

Strong activity in the field on the blooming Daisy Fleabane.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem Common

Ocola Skipper

White M Hairstreak

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Sightings from the park and adjoining private property - 11 am to 2 pm. One of the Monarchs was seen at 7:20 am migrating south over the Delaware River while I was doing a bird census.

[Neat shot of 9 orange sulphurs puddling – have other observers ever photo'd more in one small spot in NJ? jc]

  • Cabbage White 29
  • Sulphur sp. 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 76
  • Gray Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 104
  • Variegated Fritillary 6
  • Pearl Crescent 41
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 21
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 15
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 11
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 13
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 19
  • Dun Skipper 2

Swarthy Skippers

Orange Sulphurs

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

1:30-3:30. Calm, clear, upper 60's. Spent much time searching for wood nymphs and found two. Interestingly, both landed on my hat. The mourning cloak was flying across the marshes and dike heading south. I drove the dike where I counted 19 buckeyes and also saw one of the white-m's. Some very fresh red-banded hs.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 7
  • White M Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 11
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 40
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Common Buckeye 36
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Sachem 14

Red-spotted Purple

Common Wood-Nymph

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

1:30-4:30 survey on a beautiful September day led to our best count of the year (22 sp). Common checkered skipper a FOY in garden in 2016. Three Ocolas visible simultaneously. White-m's distinguishable by tail wear and hindwing breaks. Moved a spicebush cat from a leafless sassafras sapling to a more promising one.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • American Copper 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 6
  • Sachem 70

Spicebush Swallowtail (cat)

Clouded Sulphur (male)

Common Checkered-Skipper (male)

Michael Stanton

Higbee Ave.
Atlantic County, NJ

Nectaring on mature Hedera helix.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 16

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 2

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Pat & Clay Sutton

Cavier (on edge of Delaware Bay)
Salem County, NJ

Sadly, so overcast and chilly that few pollinators could be found despite tons of nectar (Groundsel-tree, Seaside Goldenrod, etc.)

  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 2

Will Kerling

Cape May State Park - Cape May Point, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Flushed 27 Common Buckeyes despite the cloudy and chilly weather!

  • Common Buckeye 27
  • Monarch 5
  • Fiery Skipper 2

Fiery Skipper

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

Bill Schuhl's Garden - Coral and Cambridge Avenues
Cape May County, NJ

Did get an image of one of the two active Ocola Skippers.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2

Gray Hairstreak

Ocola Skipper

Will Kerling

Triangle Garden - Cape may Point, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

It was difficult to find butterflies in the garden due to the weather. Did find an Ocola Skipper on a Butterfly Bush.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Will Kerling

Railroad Tracks along Magnolia Drive - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Flushed 4 Common Buckeyes and saw an American Copper on a Goldenrod species and a resting Sachem in the grasses.

  • American Copper 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling

Joe Testa's Garden - Clermont, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Monarch was the only active butterfly in this garden.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Monarch

Will Kerling

Middle Township Bike Path - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Sachems were the most active butterfly in the chilly and cloudy weather.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 16

Sachem

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Heavy overcast, breezy, temperatures in upper 60's.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas Pointe Trail, Mt Laurel Twp
Burlington County, NJ

10:00 am-11:30 am.

[Moderator's Note: this is the first Delaware skipper report since Sept 6 and ties our log's previous latest-date: 9-23-11. jc]

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Delaware Skipper 1

Matt Webster

My Backyard, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 12

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Not sure to feel good or bad about this find. We had a female pipevine s'tail apparently ovipositing high on our pipevine 7/20/16 – for the first time in five years (last time: 6-15-11). Climbed a ladder trying to find eggs with no luck. Also both of us searched for cats over next few weeks w/o success. But today Jesse found the empty chrysalis on the corner of our wooden fence 20 feet from the tree that holds the vine. Good to see at least one adult flew off to find a mate, but we missed the eggs, cats, and emergence.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 0

Pipevine Swallowtail chrysalis

Sandra Keller

My garden in Barrington.
Camden County, NJ

A quick scan for anything new. Sunny, 80 degrees or so. Only nectar left is Sedum.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Cynthia Allen

Joe Testa's Garden in Clermont
Cape May County, NJ

18 Cloudless Sulphur includes 6 on the trip from Woodbine. They were everywhere!

[Yes, and Ocola skippers were also numerous, at least in and near Cape May. See this report and below: assuming no duplicates, ~60 Ocola skippers were totaled by our observers in CMY on 9-23-16. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 18
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 50

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Ocola Skipper was fairly fresh.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Pat & David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Observations made after 6 p.m. The Red-Spotted Purple was observed by Pat earlier in the day.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

David L. Amadio

The Rea Farm
Cape May County, NJ

Last butterfly seen here was a very faded Common Wood-Nymph.

[We are getting close to our latest date for that species: 9-26-10. Our late date last year was 9-23. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 11
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 4

Pat Sutton

Joan Berkey's garden on Rt. 47 between Sluice Creek and Court House-South Dennis Rd
Cape May County, NJ

Quick tour through Joan's sedum patch.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10

David L. Amadio

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

The Little Yellow show continues! Many Buckeyes nectaring on Groundsel bush. Most of the Ocola and Sachem skippers were on mist flower in the woods. At least one rosa form Buckeye here.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 29
  • Little Yellow 26
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 125
  • Monarch 17
  • Ocola Skipper 10
  • Fiery Skipper 7
  • Sachem 17

Little Yellow

Common Buckeye, rosa form

Pat & Clay Sutton

Jakes Landing (road end, where it enters salt marsh)
Cape May County, NJ

The Groundsel-tree (male and female) bushes are beginning to bloom and were loudly buzzing with bees, wasps, flies, and butterflies. Other excellent nectar along this stretch included Seaside Goldenrod and Lespedeza. Common Buckeyes were chasing each other about amorously.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Common Buckeye 36
  • Monarch 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 4
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Groundsel

Ocola Skipper

Common Buckeyes

David L. Amadio

Pavilion Circle Gardens
Cape May County, NJ

I found my 5th Long Tailed Skipper here on yellow lantana. Blurry image of Long Tail with both tails intact not submitted.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 13
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 10

Ocola Skipper

David L. Amadio

Bill Schule's garden, Coral & Cambridge
Cape May County, NJ

Ocola skippers very active on Buddleia.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 16
  • Sachem 3

Long-tailed Skipper

David L. Amadio

Coral Ave, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Triangle Garden, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Observed 3 different Long Tailed Skippers in this garden. One with both tails intact, one missing right tail and one missing left tail. The individual with tails intact is not the same intact individual observed in Bill Schule's garden.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 6
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Sachem 4

Cloudless Sulphur

Long-tailed Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

David L. Amadio

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Gardens
Cape May County, NJ

Cloudy and 70 degrees between 9 & 10 a.m. Abundant nectar but too cool and cloudy at this point.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Sachem 3

Will Kerling

Cape May CH, NJ to Rio Grande, NJ via Rte. 9
Cape May County, NJ

There were 3 Cloudless Sulphurs, an Orange Sulphur and a Cabbage White on this trip.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3

Will Kerling

Rio Grande, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was a dispersing Red Admiral in the Shop Rite parking lot. Also, the Rio Grande streets were graced with , at least, 3 Cloudless Sulphurs and 2 Orange Sulphurs.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red Admiral 1

Will Kerling

402 West Hand Avenue - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was a mint Red-spotted Purple floating through the yard. This year, I learned that the female Red-spotted Purple will sometimes egg lay on the leaves of a Beech tree at this location.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were Sachems, Cabbage Whites, Cloudless Sulphurs and an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail in the downtown section of town.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sachem 2

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Returned home by about 4:00. First thing I saw was the checkered-skipper which usually show up about once each fall. Once again, my yard was a lovely mass of bflys. As happens each fall, a fine run of tawny-edged skippers. The long-tail was from this morning (2nd here this fall). Two fresh male black swallowtails and one old female. 30 species in the Cape today.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 16
  • Monarch 3
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 5
  • Sachem 20

Will Kerling

Middle Township Bike Path - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A quick look on the trail near Dias Creek Road.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Near 6 pm, there was a Cabbage White and a mint Red-banded Hairstreak gathering nectar from the flowers of a Goldenrod species.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

Jack Miller

farm stand near Goshen on 47
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped to buy peaches on the way to Lizard Tail and saw a red-spotted purple here that was in very good shape.

  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Jack Miller

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve Middle Township
Cape May County, NJ

2nd stop, 2:15-3:30. Especially hoping for viceroys (yes) and wood nymphs (no), but nicely surprised by least skippers. I stopped counting tailed-blues, pearl crescents, and buckeyes, but put the glasses on every gray hairstreak searching for a white m. The hairstreaks love the Chinese clover.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 17
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 20
  • Viceroy 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 10

Jack Miller

N. Railroad ave, Rio Grande; Delorme 72, n6
Cape May County, NJ

11:45-1:45. Sunny, calm, 85. This is a big territory that I have divided into about 20 sections. The counts that end in "0" are species that I would count in groups of 10 as I entered a new area. After awhile, I stopped counting cabbage whites, orange sulphurs, cloudless sulfurs ( I saw 8 up at once), E. tailed-blues, pearl crescents, buckeyes, and sachems so that I could concentrate on less common species. Odd that in 4 visits to this spot in 15 days I have seen 34 species but not a single red admiral.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Orange Sulphur 10
  • Cloudless Sulphur 10
  • Little Yellow 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 30
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 8
  • Pearl Crescent 30
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 50
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 6
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 20

American Snout

Steven Glynn

Nabb Road field
Cumberland County, NJ

Prompted by the sighting of a female Checkered White at the nearby 4-H garden in Rosenhayn, I checked this area for new activity. All Checkered Whites were males today.

  • Checkered White 3
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur Common
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Sachem 6

Checkered White, male

Steven Glynn

Rutgers/ 4-H Garden in Rosenhayn
Cumberland County, NJ

Checkered White is new butterfly in this garden. This garden is about 1 mile from the Nabb Road fields that have held the Checkered Whites for the past few years. Overall activity down as the nectar sources are drying out and going to seed.

  • Checkered White 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 9

Checkered White

Steven Glynn

Bridgeton City Park
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White Common
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Common
  • Variegated Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 9
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem Common

Common Buckeye

Tawny-edged Skipper

Steven Glynn

Private gardens of Shoshana Osofsky and Lorretta Pierce in Gouldtown
Cumberland County, NJ

New England aster was an amazing attractant for the butterfly activity today in these wonderful native plant gardens. Common Sootywing was a new late date for me.

[9-23 is a new latest-ever date for sootywing on our log. Previous record set just last year 9-21-15 (C. Herz at Rowan College Community Garden, GLO.) jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 14
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 3
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 9
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem Common

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Sootywing

Orange Sulphur

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

1 Black Swallowtail caterpillar.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 16

Chris Herz

Riverwinds River Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

86 degrees, 4:30-5:15–more diversity today; Monarch a migrant flying south and high

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

A large Northern Walking Stick was resting on the front wall of the house in the early morning hours. This is my first walking stick since my teenage years in my hometown of Pennsylvania. They were quite common there.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Sachem 3

Will Kerling

Middle Township Bike Path - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Sachems are still common and most are well worn.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Sachem 16

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Nice movement of Cloudless Sulphurs through the yard today.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Especially pleasant today were the return of swallowtails and some fresh American coppers.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Sachem 25

Tawny-edged Skipper

American Copper

Will Kerling

Rte. 9 at Rte. 83 to Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were Cabbage Whites, an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and a Red Admiral on this journey - Rte. 9 (a Cabbage White) and downtown CMCH (an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, a Cabbage White and a dispersing Red Admiral).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Will Kerling

402 West Hand Avenue - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Cloudless Sulphur zipped through the back yard,

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling

Joe Testa's Garden - Clermont, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A quick early visit to this beautiful garden yielded 6 butterfly species.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Sachem 24

Will Kerling

Railroad Tracks along Magnolia Drive - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

American Coppers were getting nectar from a Goldenrod species.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

I did not have Ocola Skipper for myself over the years at Lizard Tail until today. It was the 73rd butterfly species for Lizard Tail!!

[Congrats to Will on this find – and his continuing many years study of the butterfly life at Lizard Tail.
jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 64
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 47
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 13
  • Common Buckeye 51
  • Viceroy 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 20

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Nothing out of the ordinary here. Species diversity for the year is only running about 75% of long term avg. for this garden.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

Claire Campbell

Boundary Creek Park, BurlCo Parks, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

Found a Monarch here that was tagged! The ID is WPA 721.
How/to whom do I report the sighting?

[CC: Exciting! Call the number on the tag: 1-888-TAGGING and please report back to us what you learn! From the WPA 721, you should be able to learn when and where it was tagged. jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

Monarch

Horace's Duskywing

Steven Glynn

Villas garden near Miami Ave.
Cape May County, NJ

Hoping to still find Pipevine Swallowtail, but still a nice selection of butterflies flying near the property.

[This is only our 5th report of painted lady this year. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 9

Fiery Skipper

Painted Lady

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Hairstreaks favored Thoroughworts.

[Hayhurst's scallopwings are usually scarce in September, and this month, so far, we have only two reports – both from CMCH: Cynthia Allen's yard on 9-20 and this one from Dolores A's yard on 9-22. Our all-time latest log record is 9-23-12 (from David Amadio's yard in West Deptford, GLO). jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Least Skipper

White M Hairstreak

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Our FOY Ocola for the yard. Again three white-m's – two together on mountain mint and other a runt 15 yards away. Cloudless sulphurs hard to count because circling through yard and possibly returning all day long: are they the same three or four individuals or fifteen or twenty passing migrants? Have decided to follow the Great Backyard Birdwatch Count rule for those (and monarchs): listing only the highest count present at one time.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • American Copper 1
  • White M Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 30

White M Hairstreak

Peck's Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Chip Krilowicz

Blueberry Hill, Gibbsboro
Camden County, NJ

Went back to look for the Little Yellows again and could not find any but my first Camden County Long-tailed Skipper made the trip.

[Chip's find adds a third county for our log for long-tail in 2016. At the moment we have a sighting each from BUR and now CAM and all other records (7) have been from CMY. Can we add another county over the next week or two? jc]

  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Long-tailed Skipper

Chris Herz

Riverwinds River Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

4:30-5:20 pm

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Viceroy 2

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

No swallowtails for past three days. Nice to come home to second red-spotted purple of the day.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 16

Jack Miller

RR tracks north of Freidrieckstadt Ave. Woodbine
Cape May County, NJ

2nd stop and clouds had increased. Little yellows are all over this area. I only counted them on my return walk and saw one albinistic form The cloudless sulphurs were flying in all directions today, but there were a couple of times when 5 or 6 could be seen at once (it is hard to travel 3 miles without seeing a cloudless sulphur in the Cape these days). Wild indigo numbers way down from last week.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Little Yellow 17
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 16
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 12

Little Yellow, white form

Little Yellow

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Jack Miller

Rt 50 powerlines; Greenfield; Delorme 72 b16
Cape May County, NJ

mid 70's; partly cloudy. First stop around 12:30. Amazing how nicely a mated pair of cabbage whites can fly.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 8

Cabbage Whites

Horace's Duskywing

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Cloudless Sulphurs and Ocola Skippers came through the property and both stopped for nectar from Field Thistle and a Goldenrod species. There was an Ocola Skipper still nectaring on the Goldenrod species at 6:12 pm!

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 13
  • White M Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 17
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 32

Cloudless Sulphur

White M Hairstreak

Ocola Skipper

Virginia Rettig

My house, No. Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

My second Cloudless Sulphur chrysalis this summer (and ever)! This one not yet emerged. I also found a Monarch chrysalis (first I've found this season). :-)

  • Cloudless Sulphur 0
  • Monarch 0

Cloudless Sulphur chrysalis

Monarch chrysalis

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Gray & Red-Banded Hairstreaks on goldenrod.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Steven Glynn

Woodland Village and Claymont Gardens at Avalon Campground
Cape May County, NJ

Afternoon visit, 2:00pm to 3:00pm, with full overcast conditions.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 32

Ocola Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Steven Glynn

Nabb Road field
Cumberland County, NJ

Too early for much activity, as field with still wet and very overcast. Still surprising finds along the access road. Common Buckeye caterpillars in many spots (at least six found).

  • Checkered White 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 4

Common Buckeye caterpillar

Checkered White, female

Chip Krilowicz

Blueberry Hill, Gibbsboro
Camden County, NJ

[Chip's find of little yellow gives us our 4th county for the species in 2016: CMY (all but 4 reports, at the moment), CUM (one report), ATL (two reports), and CAM (this report). jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 40
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Sachem 35

Red Admiral

Little Yellow

American Lady

Claire Campbell

Amico Island Park, BurlCo Parks
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 4

Mike Hannisian

Davies Sports Complex
Cape May County, NJ

Leps I noticed while looking for Odes.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Common Buckeye 15

Chris Herz

Riverwinds River Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

4:30-5:15 walk.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Overcast with some dim sun. Surprised to get 9 sp. in these conditions. Best sighting: Hayhurst's Scallopwing which Will Kerling says is the group's 60th species for September. My previous late date for this species was Sept. 11.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

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

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found 7 butterfly species in the heart of downtown CMCH. My favorite finds were a Fiery Skipper and a Red-spotted Purple.

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 9

Fiery Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

It was very wet in the morning from yesterday's rains. A fresh, blooming flower of a Primrose species reveals this well. Pearl Crescents were basking in the early morning wet grasses.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Sachem 1

Pearl Crescent

Primrose, sp.

Will Kerling

402 West Hand Avenue - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A female Eastern Tailed-Blue had a wing that did not properly dry and a predator took bites out of its false head areas. Also, this bug was exceptionally small.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue, female

Sandra Keller

Wheelabrator Refuge
Gloucester County, NJ

I was here starting mid morning for birding. I wasn't expecting much with butterflies with the weather. Stuff started emerging after a couple hours or so. Cloudy, 72 to maybe 75 degrees. Loads of nectar in the refuge. Eupatorium species were the best. I like being wrong at times! The Eastern Tailed Blues were all over the dirt road as I walked back from the pump house.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 90
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Claire Campbell

Newton's Landing Trail, Delanco
Burlington County, NJ

Newton's Landing Trail joins to the trails of Pennington Park and follows along the Rancocas Creek.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Claire Campbell

Pennington Park, BurlCo Parks, Delance
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 13
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 5

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Walking with a dog in soaked grasses at 4:30 pm, I suddenly saw an Eastern Tailed-Blue lift off the ground by an accidental flush from the Golden Retriever.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Will Kerling

Butterfly Bush along the road in Woodbine, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was a male Eastern Tailed-Blue flying in the wet grasses at the base of the Butterfly Bush. Some Sachems were getting nectar from the flower clusters on the Butterfly Bush.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Sachem 5

Sachem

Will Kerling

Railroad Tracks along magnolia Drive - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

In the pouring rain, I flushed my first butterfly of the day - a Common Buckeye.

  • Common Buckeye 1

Will Kerling

Butterfly Weed patch in Belleplain, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

It rained from daylight until 3 pm and there was still some sprinkles when I entered this vacant lot. Pleased to flush so many butterflies and an Eastern Tailed-Blue landed on my sock and was probing through it for nourishment. This was a hard photo to take with the SLR.
A Common Buckeye, after this experience, landed in the wet grasses and I noticed interesting natural history on its wings. Each hindwing had a missing slot through an eyespot from a predator or predators!

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Sachem 3

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Common Buckeye

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Mint-fresh female Black Swallowtail. Female Horace's Duskywing.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Meredith Koenig

Matt's Landing
Cumberland County, NJ

I counted 4, three together, certainly there were many more, hot sun, light south wind. This one a male? I try to see dorsal markings through transparent wing.

[I'd call the photo'd sulphur a male orange sulphur, but I like "sulphur, sp" as a designation when unsure. jc]

  • Sulphur sp. 4

Sulphur sp.

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds community center
Gloucester County, NJ

One would look at this field and pass it by. Very dry, very little nectar, but a surprising amount of life exists here. The nectar is restricted to small amounts of Late-flowering thoroughwort and a very small patch of flat-topped godenrod. Fiery skippers were 2 males and a female. White M was nectaring on thoroughwort when I flushed it. A flash of iridescence and off into the sky and out of sight. A trio of mantids, apparently two males competing for a female made for an interesting image.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 17
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 11
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 20

Common Buckeye

Fiery Skipper, female

mantids

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

My second sighting of Variegated Fritillary. Last several days there have been Pearl Crescents in the garden. It is very dry. Sweet Pea no longer filled with skippers.

  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Pearl Crescent

Variegated Fritillary

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

First Viceroy sighting in the garden this year.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 3

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Found great butterfly diversity here today including three species of hairstreaks!!

[Will's Ocola report gives us our 6th county for the species: GLO, CAM, CUM, CMY, BUR, and ATL. Only SAL and OCN remain for a clean sweep of our eight counties. jc]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 7
  • White M Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • Pearl Crescent 18
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Sachem 15

Gray Hairstreak

Red-banded Hairstreak

White M Hairstreak

Steven Glynn

Bevan WMA near Millville
Cumberland County, NJ

Toured around seeking Liatris and the butterflies coming to it and blooming thistle.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 11
  • Gray Hairstreak 14
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Variegated Fritillary 13
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Sachem 8

Gray Hairstreak

Common Buckeye

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard
Cape May County, NJ

per sister, Jenny McCann, new year yard butterfly Mourning Cloak – on rotten fruit.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

NABA--NJ Butterfly Club

Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

With help of Teresa Knipper.
Weather was glorious.
Also seen 2 White Female Sulphurs

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 38
  • Little Yellow 26
  • American Copper 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 16
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • American Snout 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 15
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 75
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 3
  • Monarch 27
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Fiery Skipper 10
  • Sachem 100+
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

C Wyluda/ M/ Lee

Goshen NJ Audubon Center
Cape May County, NJ

after 6 pm, sedums still the attractive flower

  • American Lady 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Salt Marsh Skipper

C Wyluda

Meadows- NJ Consevation Assoc. site
Cape May County, NJ

also saw a cooperative sora

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Sachem 5

Little Yellow

C Wyluda/ M. Lee

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

visited around noon; returned at around 3:30 because we had seen the long tailed skipper but did not get a photo. It was at the beginning of the red trail on yellow flowers.

  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Long-tailed Skipper

American Snout

C Wyluda

Higbee Beach
Cape May County, NJ

around 9-10 am

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Sachem 12

Will Kerling

Butterfly Bush along Middle Township Bike Path - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The bush was loaded with Sachems and a lone Cabbage White!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sachem 20

Will Kerling

Rio Grande, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Cloudless Sulphur bounded across the road near the main intersection of town.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1

Will Kerling

West Cape May, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Cloudless Sulphurs are everywhere you go in September.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

Will Kerling

Butterfly Weed patch in Belleplain, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Was surprised to see only one species in this vacant lot! There is always more variety than this.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8

Will Kerling

402 West Hand Avenue - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Only one butterfly was active in the yard and it was an egg laying Common Buckeye.

  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

Coral and Cambridge Avenues Garden - CMP, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were skippers and Monarchs in this garden.

  • Monarch 6
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 20

Will Kerling

Cape May Point, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was good butterfly variety walking the streets of CMP.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12

Will Kerling

Cape May Point State Park - CMP, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Common Buckeyes, Cloudless Sulphurs and Little Yellows were common along the ponds and dune.

  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 38
  • Little Yellow 14
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 44
  • Monarch 2
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 3

Little Yellow

Will Kerling

Triangle Garden - Cape May Point, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Long-tailed Skipper made a quick appearance in the boat and left just as quickly.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 34

Long-tailed Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Fiery Skipper, male

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Did not venture into the woods today.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 20
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 13
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 30

Tawny-edged Skipper

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds river trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Mostly cloudy at this point in the afternoon. Still found Viceroys at their expected post. Question Mark was a fall form individual.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Viceroy 3
  • Sachem 1

Viceroy

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds community center
Gloucester County, NJ

Wind picked up a bit here making photography a challenge. Again very dry but still productive. Found a very handsome Buckeye here showing strong blue scaling on its FW costa.

  • Sulphur sp. 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 10
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Viceroy 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 12

Fiery Skipper, male

Common Buckeye

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Very dry here in Glouco. I was surprised to find a total of 27 species at this facility including the Crossline & Swarthy Skippers only seen in the butterfly garden. Observed 20 Monarch cats that have almost eaten all of their Common Milkweed host plants. Fortunately they were mostly 4th instar cats. They are receiving stiff competition from Milkweed Tussock moth cats as well.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 79
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 4
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 18

Viceroy

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator butterfly garden
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

The only Eastern Tiger today here was a very worn out dark female.

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

Steven Glynn

Seabreeze Road to Middle Marsh Lane into Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Continues to be very active. Little Yellows a new county butterfly for me.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Sulphur sp. x
  • Cloudless Sulphur 16
  • Little Yellow 3
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 18
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Common
  • American Snout 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 17
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem Common

Variegated Fritillaries mating

Little Yellow

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Sightings are from Palmyra Cove Nature Park & adjoining private property - 11 am to 3 pm.

[Moderator's Note: Tom's Ocola adds a new county to our list of sightings for this species this year. In order they have come from: GLO, CUM, CAM, CMY, and BUR. We need ATL, OCN, and SAL to complete the sweep!]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 26
  • Sulphur sp. 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 81
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 52
  • Variegated Fritillary 9
  • Pearl Crescent 52
  • Eastern Comma 6
  • American Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 9
  • Common Buckeye 22
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Viceroy 15
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 13
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 29
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 18
  • Fiery Skipper 9
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 138
  • Dun Skipper 1

Ocola Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Steven Glynn and Shoshana Osofsky

Private garden in Gouldtown
Cumberland County, NJ

Beautiful native plant garden. Good diversity, though many showing their age now. Strong numbers of some species greatly down from last month.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Sulphur sp. x
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 15
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 6
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 5
  • Sachem Common

American Copper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

  • White M Hairstreak 1

White M Hairstreak

Will Kerling

Cumberland Avenue and Rte. 49 - Estell Manor, NJ
Cumberland County, NJ

A Cloudless Sulphur flew up and over our car.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

There were two Silver-spotted Skipper Cats hanging out in leaf shelters on a Locust tree. Photos of Confused Eusarca (Euscara confusaria) and a Peck's Skipper captured by Ambush Bugs. David Wright has 264 records of Ambush Bug captures of butterflies through the years. For 2016, I have sent him captures of Broad-winged Skipper, Sachems, Peck's Skippers, Gray Hairstreak and Silver-spotted Skipper.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Peck's Skipper captured

Confused Eusarca

Red-banded Hairstreak

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Mint fresh Red-banded Hairstreak. Two female E. Tigers were fairly fresh so it looks like a late season ahead for this species.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10

Jesse Amesbury

Bill & Edie's Garden -- Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Quick look at garden. Didn't stay long.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Long-tailed Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Female Horace's here today. Only the 3rd Horace's in this garden for 2016.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 1

Horace's Duskywing, female

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Found a Pearl Crescent and an American Lady in lawn grass catching the first morning sun.

  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Sachem 1

American Lady

Pearl Crescent

Will Kerling

Middle Township Bike Path - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Looked for Ocola Skipper on Sedum plants and found only Sachems and a Gray Hairstreak.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Sachem 31

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There are Sachems anywhere one checks in Cape May County!

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Sachem 11

Will Kerling

402 West Hand Avenue - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A Common Buckeye was laying green eggs on Narrow-leafed Plantain leaves.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Will Kerling

20th Street dune path to the Ocean - Avalon, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Watched a female Sachem lay eggs under grass leaves which I think belong to Crab Grass.
Photo of two Sachem eggs under grass leaves.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Sachem 2

Sachem eggs

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

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

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Claire Campbell

Laurel Run Park, BurlCo Parks
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 11
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 4
  • Common Sootywing 5

Common Sootywing

Common Checkered-Skipper

Steven Glynn

Country Meadows Drive- South Millville
Cumberland County, NJ

Nice areas of ironweed along the drive. Area borders the Peek Preserve and Manumuskin River Preserve areas.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Steven Glynn and Harvey Tomlinson

Triangle Garden and Bill & Edie's garden along Coral Ave.
Cape May County, NJ

Many thanks to Harvey for the alerts and for getting me to hustle faster to Cape May today. Walked between the two areas from 11:20 am to 12:40pm.

[The photos document three highlights: another Ocola to add to our growing count for the month (about 10 reports so far); our third long-tailed skipper of 2016 (2nd in CMY); and our first painted lady since June 27 (and only 3rd of year). Nice set of shots! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 10
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem Common

Long-tailed Skipper

Painted Lady

Ocola Skipper

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Our personal backyard record for white-m (old one-day record = 1), all visible at the same time on sedum 10 yards apart.

Moving our 20+ remaining monarch cats from leafless milkweeds to others. Uneaten leaves very dry, however.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Cabbage White 20
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • American Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 31

Chip Krilowicz

Willow Grove Lake, Newfield
Cumberland County, NJ

[Congratulations to Chip on a new late date for Appalachian brown – breaking old record of 9/13, set in 2013 and matched last year. jc]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 9
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Appalachian Brown

Common Wood-Nymph

Pearl Crescent

Claire Campbell

Willingboro Lakes, BurlCo Parks
Burlington County, NJ

  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Claire Campbell

Pennington Park (BurlCo Parks, Delanco)
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White
  • Orange Sulphur 10
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Sachem 6

American Copper

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Variegated Fritillary and Pearl Crescent

Chris Herz

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Observations 5-5:20–garden only

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 27

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Donna Van Horn

Cape May State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Beautiful day after a very long hot summer. The butterflies were really out in force.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White c
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Common Buckeye c
  • Monarch c
  • Horace's Duskywing x

monarch

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

All three R.B.Hairstreaks were on Sedum.

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

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

[Moderator Note: Congratulations to Jack on our second long-tailed of 2016 and the first in CMY.]

  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

Long-tailed Skipper

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

There was a surprise Little Yellow passing through the property just above the ground level and it was travelling SE!

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Pearl Crescent 15
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 17
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 14

American Copper

Gray Hairstreak

Teresa Knipper

Cape May point State Park and South Cape meadows including connector trail
Cape May County, NJ

Little yellow numbers building. I stopped counting at 60.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur C
  • Little Yellow c
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye c
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem C

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

American Lady (cat)

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

Me Too!…FOY Ocola Skipper in the garden.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 7
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem C

Ocola Skipper

Steven Glynn

Rutgers/4-H garden in Rosenhayn
Cumberland County, NJ

Return visit this week to a favorite patch.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 13
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem Common

Common Buckeye

White M Hairstreak dorsal blue