Sighting for September 13, 2021

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

We never get Orange Sulphurs in the garden anymore, but when a smaller-than-a-Cloudless-Sulphur yellow orange butterfly appeared, I assumed that's what it was. Luckily it nectared repeatedly on our pond Pickerelweed and I got a few photos of a Sleepy Orange (NO we did not bring it back from SC). Sad ending to yesterday's Monarch cat metamorphosing into the chrysalis stage. Today it had dark spots and a fine string dangling down from it (tell tale signs that Tachinid Flies laid their eggs on the cat and they'll emerge instead of a Monarch). Much Cloudless Sulphur activity in the garden today: a pair mating, plus 4 others chasing each other around, a sizable cat, and a female laying eggs.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 10

Sleepy Orange

Monarch chrysalis attacked by tachinid fly

Cloudless Sulphurs