Sighting for August 1, 2020

Beth Polvino

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

Going out this AM first saw a butterfly that I couldn't ID sitting on a canna leaf. I went back inside to my references, and while it looked similar to a Silver-spotted Skipper, the markings were different. Later, I could directly compare them as both ended up together on a flower. Images below and thoughts on ID always appreciated. Increase in number of Sachems with at least 3 sets mating. FOY Painted Lady for the yard. In addition Brazilian Skipper (many), Cloudless Sulphur, Spicebush Swallowtail and American Snout caterpillars all continue on their host plants.

["Beth's magic garden has done it again. This time we get to adventure into the unknown. This bug certainly resembles a silver-spotted, but has significant differences which are clearly not produced by wear. Besides the obvious pattern differences, there are more subtle ones like the difference in the eye-ring. Is it a hybrid? If so, what are the two species?" - jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 0
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Sachem 11
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1