October 2015 Sightings

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

spotty sun, windy and cool–monarch released (2 to go!) couple of black swallowtail cats.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1

Chip Krilowicz

Haddonfield yard
Camden County, NJ

  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

American Lady was very fresh nectaring on yellow lantana.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park butterfly garden
Gloucester County, NJ

Only about 25 min. observation. The Tawny-edge was a male.

Moderator's note: This ties our second-latest date for tawny-edged (= 10/5/12). Only a report on 10/15/13 came later in the season.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 3

Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

First sun of October poked out about 3 pm. Monarch and sachem both males.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Chip Krilowicz

Timber Creek Park
Camden County, NJ

Nice day.

  • Cabbage White 13
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Common checkered skipper

Dave & Pat Amadio

Stites Ave. & Ocean Ave. (Millie's garden)
Cape May County, NJ

Millie came out to show us her Monarch cats. She has at least 15 on three species of Milkweed: Common, Swamp, & Tropical.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 1

Dave & Pat Amadio

Pavilion Circle Gardens CM Point
Cape May County, NJ

Butterfly bushes doing well. Also Montauk Daisy in bloom.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Monarch 20
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 6

Dave & Pat Amadio

Cedar Ave., Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Observations made from car. Private residence.

  • Monarch 5
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Matt Webster

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 12

Dave & Pat Amadio

Coral Ave. & Oxford Ave. CM Point
Cape May County, NJ

  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard
Cape May County, NJ

Additionally found on side garage wall and under attached (7 ft high) deck: 6 Monarch chrysalis, 2 Monarch cats looking for a place to pupate and 1 failed Monarch cat (doesn't include chrysalis from 10/5).

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Sachem 4

Sachem (3 individuals)

Dave & Pat Amadio

Coral Ave. & Cambridge Ave. CM Point
Cape May County, NJ

  • Monarch 6
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Monarch 1

Dave & Pat Amadio

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

13 species in the State Park today and 14 overall in Cape May Point. Most of the Buckeyes & Monarchs were observed between the plover ponds & the dune system.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Common Buckeye 34
  • Monarch 23
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Dave & Pat Amadio

Triangle Park garden, CM Point
Cape May County, NJ

Still plenty of nectar here. Butterfly numbers slowly recovering from storms. visited several times througout the afternoon.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 3

Dave & Pat Amadio

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse garden
Cape May County, NJ

About 20 min. in the morning here. Extensive damage to gardens from coastal storms.

  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 3

Chris Herz

Rowan College at GC community garden plots
Gloucester County, NJ

sunny, common checkered skippers flying in and out of garden plots and nectaring on white clover on edge of plots. Variegated Frit was fresh.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 9

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

4:00 to 4:10 stop.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Sachem 2

Jack Miller & Jenna McCoy

Corson's Inlet
Cape May County, NJ

Watched the monarchs settle in for the night at sunset. Beautiful beyond words.

  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 22

Jack Miller

E. Point Rd Heislerville WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

SJB field trip second stop.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Pearl Crescent 6

Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Late afternoon check (4:00-4:45 pm). First Ocola here in two weeks. Peck's a worn female.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12

Ocola Skipper

Peck's Skipper (female)

Jack Miller

Lake Audrey
Cumberland County, NJ

SJB field trip fourth stop.

  • Gray Hairstreak 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Pearl Crescent 8

Harvey Tomlinson

Cape May Triangle Garden (Lighthouse and Coral)
Cape May County, NJ

Moderator's note. This is only our third report of long-tailed this year – and the second documented with a photo.

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  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 7
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 6
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 11
  • Dun Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Jack Miller

649 N. Port Norris
Cumberland County, NJ

SJB field trip third stop.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Little Yellow 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 20
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 3

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard
Cape May County, NJ

also additional 5 Monarch cats seen

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 4

Jack Miller

Bay Ave Heislerville
Cumberland County, NJ

SJBF field trip to Heislerville (and other Bayshore locations) with Jack and Jesse Connor, Jean Gutsmith, Chip Krilowicz, and Mike Hannisian. Began 10:00, cloudy and low 60's. Sun by 10:40 warming to 70 with light NW. 17 species here. 22 species for the day.

Moderator's note: a report of the field trip, with photos, will be posted on the log later today (10/8/15). Thanks to Jack Miller for leading such a successful trip!

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 12
  • American Copper 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 12
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 36
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 6
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 86
  • Monarch 110
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Jack Miller & Jenna McCoy

Ocean City 37th st to 47th st in dunes
Cape May County, NJ

4:30- 5:30. Sunny, 70, light NW. Buckeyes and monarchs drifting south. The mourning cloak (my first in O.C.) came in off the ocean and landed on the beach.

Moderator's note: The NYC Butterfly Club's 1993 checklist notes, "Most fall…records are coastal migrants" (as reported in Gochfeld & Burger, p. 193.)

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Monarch 16

David L. Amadio

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Late afternoon observations along first plover pond. Summary of today's "southern strays": Cloudless Sulphur 4, Ocola skipper 47, & Fiery Skipper 23

Moderator's note: I will go back through the records, but I believe that both the Ocola total and the fiery totals are new single–day high counts in our eight years of logging. Somehow, despite (because of?) last week's storm, southern immigrants are on the move!

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 11
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2