September 2015 Sightings

Amy Gaberlein

East Point Lighthouse parking lot.
Cumberland County, NJ

Flew in, landed, flew away… Severely cropped photo.

  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Variegated Fritillary

Chip Krilowicz

Taylor's Wildlife Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Least Skipper 4

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Late in the day observations–garden mainly, monarch seen flying just outside garden

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

Steven Glynn

Salem City areas
Salem County, NJ

Monthly check on Bronze Copper colonies. Both older, well worn individuals and fresher, newer individuals flying. Mated pairs found on each colony area. Numbers are for combined count of both areas. Some higher counts are from dial counter used.

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  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 44
  • Bronze Copper 9
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent 16
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 23
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 11
  • Sachem 14
  • Broad-winged Skipper 52

Common Checkered-Skipper

Viceroy

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper (mating)

Steven Glynn

Featherbed Road
Salem County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 11
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Meadow Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Chip Krilowicz

Amico Island
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Chip Krilowicz

Palmyra Nature Center
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 14
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 5

David L. Amadio

Veteran's Park, N.Wildwood
Cape May County, NJ

  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Triangle Park garden & Coral Ave, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Ocola Skippers having a banner year here! Fiery Skippers now well represented also.

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  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 13
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Ocola Skipper 7
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Sachem 6

Common Buckeye

Monarch

Ocola Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Jack Connor

Forsythe NWR, Oceanville
Atlantic County, NJ

60-minute bike ride out South Dike to First Tower hoping for monarchs. Sulphurs mostly distant and in-flight; not comfortable ID'ing to species, though none was an obvious orange. Only close individual was a white-form female.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

The Nature Conservancy's South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

My last stop for the day. Observations made between 4:45 p.m.& 5.45 p.m. All of the Hairstreaks were found on Groundsel Bush. A summary of today's Southern Strays:Cloudless Sulphur (28), Little Yellow (8),Ocola Skipper (27), Fiery Skipper (18)

  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 5
  • Fiery Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Garden, N.Wildwood
Cape May County, NJ

Very nice "Dallas Red" Lantana in back. Observations made 9:15 a.m to 9:45 a.m.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Monarch 7
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

David L. Amadio

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Little Yellows were discovered last Sunday here near the plover ponds and dune system. This was the hotspot several years ago for this species.

Moderator Note: we had only a single report of little yellow earlier this year – from the Cumberland County NABA count in late June. This is the first report since. Congrats to Dave on the excellent find!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 20
  • Little Yellow 8
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 5
  • Common Buckeye 46
  • Monarch 32
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 15

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Teresa Knipper

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Mercer Master Gardeners Annual Trip

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 8
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 24
  • Ocola Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 20

David L. Amadio

Pavilion Circle, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

The Ocola show continued here.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • American Lady 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 49
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 9
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 19

David L. Amadio

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

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 8
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 12

David L. Amadio

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

Maybe the most productive sedum at the point.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • American Lady 6
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

David L. Amadio

The Rea Farm ( The Beanery )
Cape May County, NJ

  • Sulphur sp. 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 5

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

No significant sun until 11 a.m. The Dun Skipper was well worn.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds "River Trail"
Gloucester County, NJ

Very dry with very little nectar.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Community Center
Gloucester County, NJ

White flowering Eupatorium sp.the main nectar source. Goldenrod not being used by any butterflies here today.
The Fiery Skipper was a male.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 6

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

First documented sighting of Ocola Skipper at Wheelabrator! The 53rd species recorded here. The Ocola Skipper was nectaring on Lespedeza cuneata. The Fiery Skipper was a female nectaring on Buddleia in the Butterfly garden.Also a possible White M.Hairstreak. Briefly flushed a large Hairstreak which seemed to flash its blue top.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 23
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Hackberry Emperor 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 11

Eastern Tailed-Blue (mating)

Ocola Skipper

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator garden
Gloucester County, NJ

In addition to Dave Amadio's sightings–from the garden only while working.

  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Only a brief survey of the fields surrounding the butterfly garden. Lespedeza sp. the primary nectar source here. The Spicebush Swallowtail was a female that flew into the fenced in butterfly garden.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 15
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Jack Miller

Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Complete cloud cover except for 30 minutes or so. Little to be seen during clouds except for ubiquitous monarchs.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 12
  • Little Yellow 7
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 25
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 50
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Jack Miller

MacNamara
Cape May County, NJ

Solid cloud cover kept things very quiet.

  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Sachem 3

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

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