Sighting for October 1, 2021

Jack Miller

Rea Farm market
Cape May County, NJ

Observation 12:20 - 1:45. I have never seen as many mourning cloaks as I did today at Rea's. There was a steady stream of them coming from the north woods and flying south with a purpose over a narrow band of the open fields. By 1:15 the numbers dropped and I only saw 2 in the last 30 minutes. Most of my attention was focused downward (looking for clouded sk's) so I wonder how many MC's I missed? The numbers of monarchs, oranges sulphurs and buckeyes are conservative as these species were weaving through the fields nectaring.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 15
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Mourning Cloak 20
  • Common Buckeye 25
  • Monarch 45
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 12