October 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

Middle Township Bike Path - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Flushed a classic 'Rosa Form' buckeye, discovered a Red-banded Hairstreak and a very large, Spicebush Swallowtail Cat partially within Sassafras leaves. It was raining the whole time for this trip!

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 2

Spicebush Swallowtail

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

Butterfly Weed patch - Belleplain, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

An exciting find of a Common Checkered-Skipper in this vacant lot. This skipper is not plentiful in Cape May County any time of the year.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Pearl Crescent

Common Checkered-Skipper

Will Kerling

Railroad Tracks along Magnolia Drive - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found hiding butterflies and flushed others in a light rain storm.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Copper 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 5

American Copper

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

Woodbine, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

At the base of a Butterfly Bush along the road, I saw an Eastern Tailed-Blue flying through the wet grasses.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Another lone Monarch floating on the breeze despite the drizzle.

  • Monarch 1

Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Misty moisty and overcast

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Virginia Rettig

My house, N. Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

Hoping the Cloudless Sulphur butterfly is the one that emerged this week!

[Moderator's Note: check out the photo of a American snout chrysalis! This is the first photo of that stage that I can remember on our log. Anyone out there have a similar one? Please let me know, if so. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 0
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 1

Cloudless Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Monarch

American Snout chrysalis

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

No adults found here today, but two Monarch cats found on Tropical & Common Milkweed.

  • Monarch 0

Pat & Clay Sutton

Jakes Landing: road stretch into marsh
Cape May County, NJ

Misty moisty and very overcast, so surprised to see anything in our 1 hour walk.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

While birding I noticed a few species of butterfies.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

male monarch released–6 more chrysalids to go. 4 black swallowtail cats on parsley.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Monarch 1

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

There were, at least, 14 active butterfly species here this day. My favorite finds were a female White Hairstreak and a female Summer Azure.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 17
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 15
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

'Summer' Spring Azure

White M Hairstreak

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

E. Tailed Blues did well through wind and 4.5" of rain. First Red Admiral in my yard in a long time was a rag.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Overcast with a few brief peeks of sun.
One Monarch was freshly emerged. Cloudless sulphur spent a good amount of time in the garden mostly on salvia.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Overcast day but calm to light winds. Temps in 60's.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Teresa Knipper

Cape May Point State Park and South Cape May Meadows including connector trail
Cape May County, NJ

I told this cloudless sulfur it has permission to go to the great butterfly beyond because it had done its job! The caterpillar is a Stinking Rose Caterpillar. It was on Sassafras. Sun and clouds between 130 and 330 this afternoon

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye C
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 24

Cloudless Sulphur

American Copper

Parasa indetermina

Virginia Rettig

My house, N. Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

  • Red Admiral 1

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard
Cape May County, NJ

Butterfly explosion in the afternoon when the sun came out

  • Black Swallowtail 9
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Monarch 9
  • Sachem 15

Red-banded Hairstreak

Will Kerling

Cape May Point State Park - CMP, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

It was a day with sun and a group of folks from north jersey and Reading, Pennsylvania in a program under the Cape May School of Birding called Late Season Butterflies. We found 14 butterfly species and big numbers of Monarchs and Common Buckeyes. Chris and I found an additional 3 butterfly species in the park - Black Swallowtails, a Fiery Skipper and a Sachem.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 39
  • Little Yellow 27
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 317
  • Monarch 263
  • Ocola Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Monarchs

Common Buckeyes

American Copper

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Just a quick look off the back loading dock today.

  • Cabbage White 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Monarchs released: 3 females, one male

  • Monarch 4

Teresa Knipper

Knipper garden, Cape May City
Cape May County, NJ

Outstanding butterfly day!! many monarchs in the garden including 10 that were tagged by Monarch Watch tagger.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye C
  • Monarch 23
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Common Buckeyes

Monarch

Jennifer Bulava

Burlington County Fairgrounds, Columbus
Burlington County, NJ

looking south from the Fairgrounds parking lot towards the edge of the open fields (of the County's Barker's Brook Natural Resource Area). 2:00pm, got very cloudy and dark by 2:30pm

  • Cabbage White c
  • Sulphur sp. c
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Again no adult butterflies when I arrived home. Did observe 3 additional Monarch cats. Now finding two feeding on Tropical Milkweed and 2 on Swamp Milkweed.

  • Monarch 0

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard
Cape May County, NJ

Butterfly explosion continues - FOS Long=tailed Skipper in my yard. Mating Monarch's, mating Black swallowtails, mating Red Admirals and more plus over 2 dozen Monarch cats on Swamp Milkweed plus 5 Monarch chrysalis, 19 Black Swallowtail Cats and 6 BS chrysalis

  • Black Swallowtail 14
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Question Mark 3
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 16
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 19

Black Swallowtails

Fiery Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Ocola Skipper 1

Ocola Skipper

Chris Herz

Riverwinds River trail, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

77 degrees, 4:30-5:15 pm. Most nectaring on white snakeroot. Orange sulphurs in large soccer field. All Red Admirals were fresh.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling

Triangle Garden - Cape May Point, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Ocola Skippers and Fiery Skippers were common in this garden. The Long-tailed Skippers hanging out in the garden for the longest time was an amazing event for our group of folks participating in a program called Late Season Butterflies.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 7
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Long-tailed Skipper 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 12
  • Fiery Skipper 15
  • Sachem 13

Ocola Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Will Kerling

Bill Schuhl's Garden at Coral and Cambridge Avenues - CMP, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The group under the program called Late Season Butterflies enjoyed great butterfly activity here, also. It would be interesting to check many gardens in Cape May Point for Ocola and Fiery Skippers. The total numbers of these two species would be a large number.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Ocola Skipper 8
  • Fiery Skipper 8
  • Sachem 6

Gray Hairstreak

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4