November 2015 Sightings

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A fresh female nectaring on Purple,Yellow,& multi colored Lantanas.

  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

National Park dredge spoil site
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Will Kerling

Estell Manor
Atlantic County, NJ

It is always great to see this species and November records are extra special!

  • White M Hairstreak 1

Matt Webster

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Overcast morning. Warm, but butterflies were tough to come by.

  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Only 2 Monarchs until the sun came out about 2PM and then they were chasing each other around the yard. 16 Black Swallowtail cats and 14 chrysalises. Also 6 Monarch chrysalises. 1 monarch partially enclosed but wings didn't expand.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Lady sp. 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Ocola Skipper

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

While working in the garden, spotted a late instar monarch caterpillar

  • Monarch 0

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Sachem 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Higbee Beach, Sunset Beach, Triangle Garden
Cape May County, NJ

As predicted lots of butterflies.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Monarch 35
  • Ocola Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 15

American Lady

Ocola Skipper

Red Admiral

Monarch

Sachem

Fiery Skipper

Jean Gutsmuth

Haddon Heights garden
Camden County, NJ

Butterflies were on zinnias.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Clay Sutton

SW of Pomona, NJ
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Jack Miller

Cape May Point Coral Ave to dunes
Cape May County, NJ

Last stop of day at 1:45- 3:00. Missed fiery skipper and Ocola at the Triangle Garden. Only one unidentifiable bfly on dunes. 14 bayshore species in total (all stops) on this lovely day.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 6
  • Sachem 7

Jack Miller

Lake Audrey
Cumberland County, NJ

The swallowtail, a male, was in amazingly great shape.

Moderator's note: JM's spicebush ties the latest-ever report for the species on our log: 11-3-09. The 2009 individual was "a rag basking in an open field" near the entrance of the Cape May Zoo, found by Will Kerling.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Common Buckeye 4

Chip Krilowicz

Scotland Run Park
Gloucester County, NJ

Not many blooms.

  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Flew quickly through the yard, heading due north.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1

Chip Krilowicz

Glassboro WMA
Gloucester County, NJ

Not many blooms, bugs just seem to be sunning.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 3

Variegated Fritillary

Jack Miller

649 N. Port Norris
Cumberland County, NJ

First stop. 11:00, sunny, calm, upper 60's. Pearl Crescents mating in November!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Buckeye 2

Pearl Crescent (mating pair)

Chris Herz

Rowan College @GC community garden
Gloucester County, NJ

all annual flowers gone–hit by frost. Some veg. gardens have hardy crop. 72 degrees at 4 pm.

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1

Jack Miller

Bay Ave Heislerville
Cumberland County, NJ

Tiger mosquitoes still awful! Saw 5 butterflies fairly high up cruising south along the shore.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 4

Jean Gutsmuth

Newton Creek Park
Camden County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Sachem 6

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, temp's high 60's with little wind. Can you find 2 Cloudless Sulphurs on the nasturtium? Had 3 on it at the same time this AM. 7 new Monarch cats found today, plus another 9 Black Swallowtail cats.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 6
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Suphurs (can you spot them?)

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, temp low 70's, very little wind, Very surprised to see Monarchs mating in my yard this afternoon. The sulphur in the two photos was pale in color, so my thought was "white form female," but is it an orange or a clouded sulphur?

Moderator's note: BP's photos show how difficult it can be to identify sulphurs to species. Her open-wing photo of the upper-side FW pattern indicates the individual is a female (as Beth notes) and suggests orange sulphur (bigger light patches breaking up the dark). However, hybridization is common between clouded (C. philodice) and orange (C. eurytheme). At least some experts believe these two sulphurs are far harder to distinguish (and be certain about) than most observers realize. Sulphur sp seems a good call here. (Anyone who sees other tell-tale details or has different analysis, please email me and I will happily paste in here or on the blog. jc)

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Lady sp. 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 9
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Sachem 9

Sulphur, sp

Sulphur, sp. (same individual)

Monarchs (mating pair)

Matt Webster

Dambly's Garden Center, Berlin, NJ
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 1

Jean Gutsmuth

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 2

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2

Harvey Tomlinson

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Of the 15 Buckeyes I saw today only 2 were Rosa form.
I do not know much about Rosa form and it may make for a good Blog topic

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 11

Common Buckeye (rosa form)

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Early am walk

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Monarch 1

Pearl Crescent

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Cloudy, drizzly morning, temps high 60's. Monarch eclosed during the morning before 10 AM and was gone when I returned home from work at 7PM

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 4

Pat Sutton

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse gardens
Cape May County, NJ

  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 4

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

All sachems seen here for the last two weeks have been males; today's was a lively female.

  • Sachem 1