Sighting for September 10, 2020

Beth Polvino

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

Drizzle most of day and some butterflies out in it but at about 3:30 PM the sun came out strong for about 1.5 hrs and the butterflies came out from everywhere. Temp high 70's and very humid. Common Buckeyes were all over with several mating pairs and others trying to horn in on the mating to no avail. Est count 110. Sachems were also everywhere and wanting to mate. Est count 75. 2 Brazilian Skipper' s chrysalis found with many nests. Other caterpillars in the yard (probable) American Snout, Question Mark, Black Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Cloudless Sulphur, American Lady, and Monarch.

[Such a festival of butterfly activity, including our first triple-digit count of buckeyes in a long time. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 110
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 75

Zabulon Skipper

Common Buckeyes