Sighting for October 2, 2021

Beth Polvino

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

Today, was a great day in the yard. Monarchs started migrating through early, nectaring and continuing southward towards the Point. There were a lot of eyes looking at for the butterflies. Dave Amadio found a mint fresh Hayhurst's Scallopwing which is both the FOY 2021 and my latest record ever for the yard. Also, a very worn Horace's Duskywing was found, along 3 Long-tailed Skippers one with no tails, 1 tail and 2 tails. 2 Sleepy Orange butterflies eclosed. Ocola Skippers are going crazy in the yard though I would trade a few of them for one Clouded Skipper but I keep looking and hoping. I had 15 visitors to my yard today and was happy to see all of them. Many had 1 or 2 lifers and a few had 3 lifers though sadly none got to see the Brazilian Skipper. My gardens have brought me much please over the past 12 years. I would like to extend an invitation for anyone to visit between now and Nov 10th as on Nov 19th, settlement is to be made on the sale of my house and the future fate of the "Magic Gardens" is unknown.

[Not only is the Hayhurst scallopwing the latest for Beth's garden, it breaks the log's longstanding LOY record. The previous record was found by guess who? Dave Amadio on Sept 23 2012!

It is sad that our attempts to purchase Beth's property came up short. Beth's "Magic Gardens" are wonderful because of Beth's magical touch. Much of the "touch" is the result of countless hours of hard labor, gardening skills, and an eye for balance and beauty To the benefit of all, her magical touch extends not only to gardening skills, but to a loving readiness to joyfully and patiently share her outdoor masterpiece. Thank you Beth! -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 7
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 40
  • Long-tailed Skipper 3
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 22
  • Fiery Skipper 16
  • Sachem 40

Hayhurst's Scallopwing