Sighting for October 7, 2018

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Great way to end a dismal weather weekend. A Long Tailed Skipper & an Ocola Skipper. This is only the 4th Long Tailed sighting here and the first digital images here. Previously seen in 2000,2003,& 2012. Was just about to hit the road for Tall Pines State Preserve when I made one last check of the garden. Good thing I did! Long Tail persisted for some 40 min. or so nectaring on Orange/Red Lantana, Yellow Lantana, Lavendar Buddleia, Sedum "matrona", "Zowie" Zinnias, and Dahlia. Ocola was here only briefly.

[Dave's Long-tailed sk makes GLO our third county to report this species. - jm]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Long-tailed Skipper

Ocola Skipper