Sighting for September 10, 2019

Beth Polvino

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

What another wonderful day. Sunny, 75 with 10 MPH wind. Record high number of species. Common Buckeyes everywhere in the yard. Est count over 180 which is as far as I got in counting. Counts of butterflies from 1:30 to 2PM. Finally obtained an image of the Long-tailed Skipper. Giant swallowtail back again. FOY Sleepy Orange for my yard.

Red-spotted Purple eggs and caterpillars on a ~3' small potted cherry tree. These are first I've seen here as my large cherry tree is 40 years old. Continuing Spicebush Swallowtails caterpillars and chrysalises, continuing Brazilian caterpillar and chrysalis. Lots of mating going on: Monarchs, Common Buckeyes, Fiery Skippers and Sachems. Sad to be going out of town for 4 days.

[Whew! You should rent out the place to envious butterflyers while you're gone! And charge at least three figures/day! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 5
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 8
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 180
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 9
  • Sachem c

Common Buckeyes

Red-spotted Purple caterpillar

Red-spotted Purple egg

Eastern Comma

Long-tailed Skipper

Sleepy Orange