October 2016 Sightings

Steven Glynn

Bronze Copper area #1 near Salem City
Salem County, NJ

Brief visit as I was running through the area in late morning. Strong, steady breeze and 52 degrees. Warming sun was the order of business for all butterfly activity.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Bronze Copper 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Bronze Copper male

Bronze Copper female

Cynthia Allen

Pavilion Circle Gardens, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

What a difference a week makes! A week ago it was 80 degrees and Dave A. had 21 Ocolas here. Today was mostly cloudy, breezy, with temperatures in the 50's and no Ocolas.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 19
  • Sachem 5

Will Kerling

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

The buckeyes came rolling out of the grasses during a late afternoon walk.

  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Sachem 1

Cynthia Allen

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

  • Monarch 10

Pat & Clay Sutton

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

Found a Tersa Sphinx Moth caterpillar on its walk about along the dune trail.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Monarch 6

Common Buckeye

teresa sphinx moth

Pat & Clay Sutton

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to see how much Seaside Goldenrod is still in bloom along the trails and especially in the vegetated beachfront at the CMPtStPk.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1

seaside goldenrod

American Lady

Pat & Clay Sutton

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

8:30-10 a.m. we walked the trail between the dune and Bunker Pond to the far end of the State Park. Saw 16+ scattered roosting Monarchs, perched out of the wind and in the warm sunny edge. Loved watching one as Yellow-rumped Warblers dashed into and out of the willow it was roosting in. Winds were 10-15 mph from the NW with gusts to 20.

  • Monarch 16

Monarch

Monarch

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

The number of Cabbage White cats has expanded to seven of them. Two of these cats are crawling up a white fence and hopefully, they will convert to a chrysalis - stay tuned.
Found a female Common Checkered-Skipper and a Common Buckeye on this very chilly day.

  • Cabbage White 0
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Common Checkered-Skipper

Cabbage White caterpillar

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Saw two Monarchs flying high toward the south in the downtown area of CMCH.

  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 4

Cynthia Allen

Middle Township Bike Path
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny and about 50 degrees after temperatures dipped below freezing early this morning.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 3

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Saw a high flying Monarch heading southward.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Thompson's Beach
Cumberland County, NJ

Walked beyond the gate on the road all the way out to the Delaware Bay. Monarchs were moving west up the Delaware Bayshore. Seaside Goldenrod was mostly spent.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 7

Will Kerling

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

The buckeyes probably moved in the south direction.

  • Common Buckeye 2

Common Buckeye

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 1

Will Kerling

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

The buckeyes were well hidden or they have moved further south with the present cold weather.

  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Sachem 1

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

The Cabbage White cats are mostly wandering for a location to turn into an anchored chrysalis. Three CW cats have found the surface of a white fence too slick for them to use and have wandered somewhere else. Saw two CW cats still on a Mustard species eating away at the leaves.

  • Cabbage White 0

Will Kerling

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

The best sighting was a fresh Variegated Fritillary.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Sachem 7

Variegated Fritillary

Will Kerling

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

A Monarch appeared in the frosted yard at 36 degrees just before 9 am.

  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1

Pearl Crescent

Will Kerling

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

Found 4 butterfly species which are all cold hardy.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Sachem 3

Orange Sulphur

Will Kerling

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was a narrow window of light coming through the overcast day. Flushed buckeyes and an Orange Sulphur.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 11

Orange Sulphur

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

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

A Common Green Darner twice almost caught a Variegated Fritillary in the back yard. Got a photo of it getting nectar from a yellow-flowering Wood Sorrel species after this chase. It then got nectar from Dandelion and Common Cat's-ear, also.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Variegated Fritillary

Will Kerling

Wetlands Institute - Stone Harbor, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

It was incredible to find butterflies at the Wetlands Institute since the wind was constantly gusting between 30 and 40 miles per hour.

  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 5

Monarch

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found a Sachem in the downtown area along with an Orange Sulphur.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Sachem 1

Sachem

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

There were 4 Cabbage White cats on the white fence in the morning and near dark two were still on this fence. Still trying to find one go into the 'J' position and then turn into a chrysalis.

  • Cabbage White 0

Cabbage White caterpillar

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A male was nectaring on Purple Lantana

  • Sachem 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Monarch 1

Chip Krilowicz

Haddonfield yard
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Community Center
Gloucester County, NJ

Made a brief survey of the field that was mowed severely in September. Found only one Orange Sulphur and a folded wing skipper that got by me, likely a Sachem.

  • Orange Sulphur `

Clay Sutton

Kimbles Beach Road (part of Cape May NWR)
Cape May County, NJ

  • Anglewing sp. 1

Will Kerling

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

Found a second Variegated Fritillary for the day. Common Buckeyes were braving the wind quite well.
Photo of Orange Sulphur at rest on an Aster species.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Sachem 2

Orange Sulphur