Sighting for October 10, 2019

Beth Polvino

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

I was delighted to see sun, temp's to the low 70's and winds decreased to about 10 MPH today after 2 days of cold, gray, windy weather. I thought there would be no butterflies at all. Observations were done throughout the afternoon as I worked in the gardens. There were clouds of mixed skippers in front and back gardens >50 in all. I was also happy to have 15 flying species, with Monarch, Black Swallowtail and Common Buckeye caterpillars. In addition, there are BS, CB, Red-spotted Purple and Spicebush Swallowtail pupa in the yard. I did get photo documentation of all species.

[Wonderful mix of species so late in the year. Interesting that we have only two photos of eastern comma since 9-1-19 – both by you in your yard, Sept 10 and Oct 10. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 7
  • Painted Lady 11
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 0
  • Monarch 7
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 13
  • Sachem 40

Painted Lady

Monarchs

Eastern Comma

Ocola Skipper