September 2015 Sightings

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Pat Sutton, Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Very freshly emerged, inches from chrysalis. May not fly until tomorrow morning.

  • Monarch 1

Monarch

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Ocola Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Rowan College at GC community garden & field
Gloucester County, NJ

some clouds and intermittent sun. Zinnias in the vegetable plots attracting the butterflies

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 14
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 19
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 10
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Had to shake the Euonymus bush to flush a couple.

  • Cabbage White 2

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Nice to find that the Ocola surge has reached northeastern Atlantic County. Five the minimum number seen today – coming mostly to New England aster but also globe amaranth. Unidentified caterpillar on aster with silver-spotted.

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  • Cabbage White 8
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 45

Silver-spotted Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Jack Miller

MacNamara
Cape May County, NJ

The lone wood nymph was pretty feeble. None of the hairstreaks were fresh.

Moderator's note: Our log's late date for common wood nymph is 9-26-10. We could set a new record this year. Keep alert, everyone!

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Common Wood-Nymph

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Second day for the Red Admiral under my peach tree.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Tawny-edged Skipper

Clay Sutton, Jim Dowdell

SW of Pomona, NJ
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 25
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Jack Miller

Lizard Tail
Cape May County, NJ

Many of the ponds have dried up completely.

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Duskywing sp. 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Jack Miller

Jake's Landing
Cape May County, NJ

  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 3

Salt Marsh Skipper

Variegated Fritillary

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

  • Monarch 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Steven Glynn

Reed's Beach areas near jetty
Cape May County, NJ

Saltmarsh Skipper count recorded with dial counter.

Moderator's Note: Thanks to Steve for taking the time to establish a new high count for salt marsh skipper in September. We have only one previous three-digit September count in our eight years: 100 recorded at Hansey Creek Road on 9-15-13.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Monarch 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 138
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Sachem 2

Salt Marsh Skipper

Common Buckeye

Ocola Skipper

White M Hairstreak

Jack Miller

Cape May Point and Triangle Garden
Cape May County, NJ

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 12
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 14
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Sandra Keller

Maria Greenwald Park
Camden County, NJ

Sunny, NE winds, 75 degrees. Mid day. I hit a couple clearings then the woods.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2

Jack Miller

Middle Township bike path
Cape May County, NJ

Pretty quiet here today. Major bush-hogging has been done along the path.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Less action today.This survey is usually only a 15 min. check of very poor habitat. The land management practice of my employer along with the NJTP mowing and pipeline cut clearing does not leave much in the way of host plants or nectar sources.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

First Common Checkered Skipper observed here since 2012. Nectared briefly on Purple Lantana.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator garden, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Garden observations only while watering–late in the day

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Brief check of garden and adjacent fields.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

First time that I have observed Common Checkered-Skipper here. Second time in two years for Ocola here. Observations from the butterfly garden.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 17

Fiery Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Chris Herz & Mike Russell

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

4 Monarchs released–all males

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 5

Brian Johnson

Eldora
Cape May County, NJ

New for my yard

  • Ocola Skipper 6

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Found 6 monarch cats on Tropical Milkweed in an enclosure supplied by Chris Herz.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sachem 1

Jack Miller

MacNamara
Cape May County, NJ

A pretty nice afternoon respite from continuous clouds and NE; however, pretty quiet considering how many miles I walked. All the hairstreaks are pretty ragged now.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Sandra Keller

The Triangle Garden and the CMP State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Some sun, strong NE winds, afternoon, 70 degrees or so. With Barb, Susan, and Mary.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 6
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 15

Ocola Skipper

Pat Sutton

Kimbel's Beach (beachfront)
Cape May County, NJ

all on Seaside Goldenrod

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 10
  • Ocola Skipper 1