September 2015 Sightings

Beth Polvino

My yard ~ North Cape May, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Female White form Clouded Sulphur Id confirmed by Jim Edsall.

Moderator note: An excellent photo to document this tough ID. The white dots in dorsal FW may be the key – smaller than on very similar white female C. philodice (it seems). Cech & Tudor (p.84): two species may be "ventrally indistinguishable."

Hybrids of two species another complexity.

Thanks, Beth, for the photo that will help many of the rest of us with this tough form of a tough pair.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 10
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem a

Clouded Sulphur (white female)

Clouded Sulphur (white female)

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Jean Gutsmuth

Haddon Heights garden
Camden County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 3

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Despite extreme dry conditions, a total of 22 species found this afternoon. Most of the action was along the Delaware River where there is more moisture.A season high count for me of Hackberry Emperors. In addition to the 5 Monarch adults, I found 5 cats on Com.Milkweed.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Viceroy 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 7
  • Common Wood-Nymph 3
  • Monarch 5
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 27
  • Broad-winged Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Michael Drake

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Nectar sources in the garden dried up along with the skippers.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 17
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 10
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

One rain (.5") since August 12. I cannot remember my property having fewer butterflies.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Sachem 20

David L. Amadio

Red Bank Battlefield, National Park
Gloucester County, NJ

No activity at the lilac sap. Lilacs are very dry. May have been one Hackberry Emperor.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Clouded Sulphur unusual–didn't stay long. Also one spicebush cat.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 5

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Extremely dry here. Surprised to find much of anything. American Copper along with one Gray Hairstreak were nectaring on Boneset.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Sachem 3

Chip Krilowicz

Blueberry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 35
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 4
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 9
  • Sachem 48
  • Dun Skipper 1

Jesse and Jack Connor

Cape May Meadows, Sunset Blvd
Cape May County, NJ

Buckeyes migrating –or just attracted by the abundant Gerardia at this site?

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 9
  • American Copper 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 20
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 35

Chip Krilowicz

Rio Grande
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2

Beth Polvino

My yard ~ North Cape May, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 11
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem a

Red-spotted Purple

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Both Monarchs were males, one fresh out of the chrysalis.Eastern Tiger was still nectaring at 7:15 p.m. tonight on lantana.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Jesse and Jack Connor

Cape May State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Late afternoon: hot and humid. Winds from the south. Will it ever rain in So NJ again?

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Sachem 50

Jesse and Jack Connor

Pavilion Circle, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Sachem 35

Jack Miller

MacNamara
Cape May County, NJ

Bike ride. First time all year I did not miss having binoculars because there were so few butterflies.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 3

Jack Miller

Middle Township bike path
Cape May County, NJ

First Swarthy for me in the Cape this year. Dry, but lots of thistle and goldenrod.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Sachem 20

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

13 of 16 Peck's Skippers were nectaring on a white flowering eupatorium sp.in the shade.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 16
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Pat observed the Monarch before I came home from work.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 15
  • Sachem 4

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 5

Jack Miller

MacNamara
Cape May County, NJ

Hairstreaks scattered along 5 mile ride but were always on or near one particular weed flower (whose name I have forgotten). Smallest E. Tailed-blue ever for me: ventral approximately 1/4". On 9/9 saw a Red-Spotted Purple the size of a Cabbage White at Mood's Orchard. Is drought a factor?

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 27
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 9

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Chip Krilowicz

New Brooklyn
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 8

David L. Amadio

Supawna Meadows NWR
Salem County, NJ

Was raining very lightly when I reached Supawna. Was not going to explore with my camera until I saw one of three Meadow Frits posing nicely low in the vegetation. The weather temporarily grounded this stunning bug.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Meadow Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 1

Meadow Fritillary

David L. Amadio

Mannington area
Salem County, NJ

Took a chance on the weather today.Despite occasional sprinkles, a nice variety of butterflies came out to play.Cloudy & 78 degrees.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 6
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 26

Clay Sutton, Jim Dowdell

SW of Pomona, NJ
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 20

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Dun Skipper 1