Sighting for October 1, 2018

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Late afternoon. Still have all stages of Monarch cats–about 10. Three Black ST cats–2 late stage and a newly hatched one on rue. No change in Giant ST chrysalises–will they overwinter at this point?

[Gochfeld & Burger and Cech & Tudor both list the overwintering stage as pupa, so that is promising. Your GST is well out of its normal range, but it would seem there's a reasonable to good chance that your rarity will make it through to spring. Let's hope so, at least! What a development that would be! Good luck, Chris! We are rooting for you – and your cool bug. Thanks for the update. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Giant Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 2