Sighting for October 3, 2018

Pat & Clay Sutton

Cape May Point (dunes and beachfront)
Cape May County, NJ

October 3rd was a day for the record books. A gentle northwest wind produced a river of migrating Monarchs and dragonflies (Black Saddlebags and Common Green Darners, with some Carolina Saddlebags – 1 in 10 of the Saddlebags). The flight was right down the Cape May Point dune line. Dune Crossovers were the best vantage point and put us in the epicenter of the flight. There thousands upon thousands upon thousands of Monarchs migrating south (and nectaring on Seaside Goldenrod), same for dragonflies. The flight was right overhead, but when scanning to enjoy the hawk migration, Monarchs were picked up high too! There were 100s and 100s and 100s of Common Buckeyes nectaring on Seaside Goldenrod in the dunes. Found a Brazilian Skipper chrysalis on a Canna in the Schuhl Garden.

[Pat, thanks for this fabulous report. It makes the heart pound! -jm]

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye s
  • Monarch s
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Common Buckeye


Monarchs dragonflies