Sighting for October 2, 2021

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

A wonderful day in the yard with more monarchs than sachems. On walk about in the early morning, I counted 24 monarchs. Many of them flew off to the south as the morning progressed, but were soon replaced. At no point did I count less than 20 and the high count for a walk about was 26. At 5:00 I began watching 20+ monarchs go to roost in one of my cherry trees. I have noticed over the years that they always roost on the east side of the tree. Nights are cold and catching first warmth is important. The last monarch went to roost in the near-dark at 6:40.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 16
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 40
  • Ocola Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 35