October 2016 Sightings

Cynthia Allen

Triangle Garden, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Ocola numbers way down on CM Point from previous reports. Perhaps they have dispersed north?
5 Fiery Skippers were in pursuit of one haggard-looking female.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 8
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Pavilion Circle Gardens
Cape May County, NJ

The most productive spot for folded wing skippers today. A Long Tailed Skipper grew tired of my attempts to photograph it and escaped high into a cedar tree.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 17
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 21
  • Fiery Skipper 11
  • Sachem 10

Black Swallowtail

Cynthia Allen

Cape May Point State Park, Hawkwatch Platform area
Cape May County, NJ

I did not see any Little Yellows when I was there around 2 PM.

  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 28
  • Monarch 6

Sandra Keller

Dix WMA - The Middle Lane Rd. area.
Cumberland County, NJ

I was walking the Senna area at a field. Sunny, 78 degrees or so, light south winds. Steve Glynn told me where to go to see the Sleepy Oranges. Two were just where he said they would be! Thanks! I was spending a lot of time in the Senna area.

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 2

David L. Amadio

CMBO CRE Gardens,Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

A brief stop at 9:30 a.m. yielded several butterflies.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2

Cloudless Sulphur

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Today's survey was very brief. It resulted in 2 buckeyes, 2 Eastern Tailed-Blues and a Pearl Crescent. All of these butterflies were getting nectar from frost Asters.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 2

Pearl Crescent

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Brief observation between 3-3:30. Surprised to see the Silver-Spot which beat my latest yard date of 10/10.

[Yes, getting late for silver-spotted. Our latest ever log record is 10-24-12. jc]

  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2

Harvey Tomlinson

Cresse Lane, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

This area is an old Vineyard that is now abandoned and covered in Goldenrod and Frost Aster, to name a few nectar sources. It's a huge area and I only could give it 30 mins. I will be back

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 11
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent c
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye c
  • Monarch 12
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Pearl Crescent

common buckeye

David L. Amadio

Salem WMA, RT540
Salem County, NJ

Less active here than Monday despite warmer temps.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2

David L. Amadio

Mannington Area roadsides.
Salem County, NJ

A new late date for Zabulon Skipper. Found a male on frost asters. Also a follow up photo documentation of Ocola Skipper for Salem County. Sent Monday's images to North Jersey NABA. Some of the rosa form Buckeyes are breath taking.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 12
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 23
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Common Buckeye

Ocola Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA- Middle Marsh Lane access areas
Cumberland County, NJ

Final check before leaving the area for a few days and taking advantage of this record warm weather.

Did an extensive search of the areas, dial counting Monarchs.

Sleepy Oranges were seen in two spots again today. Two were in the senna patch (host plant) and a 3rd was flushed from the broad field near the "turn-around" area.

[This is the 4th report of sleepy oranges from Steve G and others at this site over the last two weeks or so. I can't remember when we have ever before had a similar string of reports for this species at one site on our log. According to Gochfeld and Burger – citing numerous sources – it once was more numerous in the state. Art Shapiro reported in 1966 that he had twice seen "swarms of hundreds" in southern NJ. It has been rare in southern NJ over at least the last twenty or thirty years. We have found at least a couple of individuals in 7 of our 9 years of the SJ Butterfly Project. jc]

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Sulphur sp. x
  • Cloudless Sulphur Common
  • Little Yellow 6
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 14
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Monarch 53
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

'Summer' Spring Azure

Sleepy Orange

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar was on its walk about to find a safe spot to go into its chrysalis (which will overwinter). It must have come down out of the Tulip Tree behind our house and was walking along our porch.

[Cool shot by Pat. Of South Jersey's three most common swallowtails – black, spicebush, and tiger – the hardest to find and photo as a caterpillar is tiger, as our log photos demonstrate. Anyone have a thought about why that is? jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 0

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Pat & Clay Sutton

Triangle Park in Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Noon to 1 p.m. I haven't taken photos of butterflies on butterfly bush since I removed them all those bushes from my garden. All my programs are full of native plants full of butterflies (benefitting pollinators) instead. So my apologies for these butterfly bush photos. Fun to see the male and female Fiery Skippers keen on mating.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • American Lady 9
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Ocola Skipper 7
  • Fiery Skipper 7
  • Sachem 4

Ocola Skipper

American Lady

Fiery Skippers

Pat & Clay Sutton

South Cape May Meadows on Cape Island
Cape May County, NJ

3:15 - 4:15 p.m. All the Monarchs were moving south (west) down the dune line towards Cape May Point.

  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 24
  • Monarch 18
  • Sachem 1

Variegated Fritillary

Will Kerling

Woodbine, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were skippers and buckeyes on a Butterfly Bush along the road.

  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Will Kerling

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

All the butterflies here are getting nectar from Frost Asters.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Ocola Skipper

Meredith Koenig

Matt's Landing, Maurice River Twp
Cumberland County, NJ

2hrs, 1-3pm, windless, bright sun. Monarchs moving N-S toward East Point. Common Buckeyes everywhere: sunning on road or flying and landing, often in pairs, among the flowering plants and reeds.

  • Sulphur sp. 6+
  • Common Buckeye 20+
  • Monarch 16+

Monarch

Common Buckeye

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Waited here till 11:15 looking for last Saturday's Zab. but no sighting.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 2

Steven Glynn

Abandoned Cohanzick Country Club property
Cumberland County, NJ

Brief stop to check nectar patches.

  • Cabbage White 13
  • Sulphur sp. x
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Gray Hairstreak

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

The sightings were all during the noon hour. Temp was 80 and sunny.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Orange Sulphur

Sachem

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

402 West Hand Avenue - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A female Eastern Tailed-Blue and a Common Buckeye visited the back yard.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Meredith Koenig

Flower garden, Matt's Landing Road
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Sulphur sp. 3+
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1

Cloudless Sulphur

Will Kerling

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

There were plenty of buckeyes and some Pearl Crescents.

  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Buckeye 16

Common Buckeye

Sandra Keller

My garden in Barrington.
Camden County, NJ

I was watching off and on for 2 hours this afternoon. Sunny, 82 degrees, and hardly anything! I wasn't going to make a report, but I thought the lack of bugs was note-worthy. Somewhat.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sachem 1

Cynthia Allen

Hopewell Township
Cumberland County, NJ

The edges of this agricultural field were thick with Frost Aster which was covered with butterflies. A delight to behold!

  • Cabbage White C
  • Orange Sulphur C
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 10
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye A
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 8
  • Sachem C

Will Kerling

Frost Aster field along Court House-Dennisville Road - South Dennis, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Every fall, this field always has plenty of butterfly activity!

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • Common Buckeye 21
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 6

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Steven Glynn

Private Property- Blew Farms in Fairton
Cumberland County, NJ

Gained permission to walk on an area of private growing fields. Commercial grower of Buddliea and was able to walk the rows of growing beds today.

Dial counter used for Monarch and Common Buckeye counts.

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 9
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 7
  • Common Buckeye 68
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 41
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 8
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 13

Fiery Skipper

Red-spotted Purple

David L. Amadio

Field on Seabreeze Road (Dix WMA)
Cumberland County, NJ

Best Monarch show that I have observed this fall. Found two Little Yellows but managed only a distant shot of one of them.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 28
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Little Yellow 2
  • American Copper 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 17
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 26
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 47
  • Monarch 66
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Little Yellow

Ocola Skipper

Beth Polvino

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

Monarch #'s up today, 2 Long-tailed skippers in the yard and I believe I saw a third but couldn't get there to get an image and not refound. I have images of both the other LT Skippers.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Monarch 12
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem c

Will Kerling

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

Discovered great butterfly variety on the bike trail this day! It is a big year for the Common Buckeye.

  • Cabbage White 21
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 9
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 104
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 45

Common Buckeye

Cloudless Sulphur