October 2016 Sightings

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

While birding this morning, I saw a few butterflies despite it being very windy and chilly.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Common Buckeye 4

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Still a fair amount of white snakeroot for nectar. Only a Cabbage white and a Pearl Crescent were using this nectar today. 54 degrees and windy. Possibly the best Glouco location for late season Red Admirals.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 6

Pearl Crescent

Red Admiral

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Two Cabbage White cats now appeared to be anchored by a silk girdle on the white fence.

  • Cabbage White 0

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge -- garden & field just outside
Gloucester County, NJ

64 degrees around 12: 30 pm, while working in the garden.

[Moderator's Note: this report extends our latest-ever date for our log for viceroy by one day. Previous record: 10-28-10. Nice find, Chris! jc]

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

Common Buckeye

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Looked like the same male Sachem from yesterday.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling

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

A Cabbage White and an Orange Sulphur came to the Common Cat's-ear for nectar.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1

Will Kerling

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

The most common butterfly was the Common Buckeye.

  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12

Will Kerling

Rea Farm (Beanery) - West Cape May, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The buckeyes were common around the Frost Asters and there were 3 Variegated Frits utilizing Frost Aster plants, also.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 29

Will Kerling

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

This garden had good variety per usual in the fall. Saw my only Cloudless Sulphur for the day here.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Variegated Fritillary

Fiery Skipper

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Ninety minute walk starting at 12:45 pm produced 9 species. Fiery Skippers & Com. Checkered-Skipper in garden.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 22
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2

Common Buckeye

Common Checkered-Skipper

Will Kerling

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

Discovered a worn female, Pearl Crescent visiting Frost Aster for nectar.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 4

Will Kerling

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

There are some buckeyes like Monarchs that will not make it further south for the winter.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 19
  • Monarch 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

TNC Meadows - West Cape May, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Took a brief walk into the Meadows from the state park.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 7

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Coming to still-blooming salvias and Cannas.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Monarch 1

Cynthia Allen

Middle Township Bike Path
Cape May County, NJ

Gray Hairstreak was a nice find.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 24
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard NABA # 1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

New yard butterfly #43 ~ a Checkered White. This is species #33 for the year here. I see from the blog that only one other Checkered White has been seen in CMC back in 2013 and that Louise Zemaitis said it had been 15 years prior to that since a CW had been seen in CMC. Amazing to be outside most of the day and able to get pictures. I had no idea it was so rare here. I was also surprised to see a fresh Long-tailed Skipper in the yard. There are several Monarch cats and about 5 Black Swallowtail cats. Good day here about 70, sunny with winds about 8 MPH.

[Congratulations to Beth P. on a superb find: checkered white in CMY. The 2013 individual, also a female, was found by Dave Amadio and also seen by Will Kerling at others at the Rea Beanery on 10-5-13. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Checkered White 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 8
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem c

Checkered White

Long-tailed Skipper

Pat & Clay Sutton

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

9:30-10:30 a.m. East and West trails, East Spur, vegetated dune and beachfront to 2nd Avenue Jetty. Lots and lots of pioneer Seaside Goldenrod plants in the building beachfront. Numbers of Wooly Bears (Isabella Tiger Moth caterpillars) crossing the East and West paths.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 5

Isabella Tiger Moth caterpillar

Monarch

Variegated Fritillary

Will Kerling

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

The buckeyes have moved from this patch even though there is still plenty of nectar.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Orange Sulphur

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

65 degrees , sunny and windy. Surprised to find a Red-spotted Purple here today. The 2nd latest date for our log. ( Late date: 11-5-09 W.Kerling in CM Point). Also found among the Red Admirals was one mint fresh individual. Observed a mated pair of Orange Sulphurs.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Sachem 1

Red Admiral

Red-spotted Purple

Will Kerling

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

Found only a buckeye in this vacant lot.

  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

Cape May Point, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found 4 different butterfly species walking various streets at the point. Monarchs were scarce in the Cape May Area today and Millie told me that October 21st was a big day!!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling

Millie's garden in Cape May Point, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were 2 Ocola Skippers on the Lantana plants along with a female Fiery Skipper.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Fiery Skipper

Will Kerling

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

Found two Ocola Skippers on Butterfly Bushes within this circle.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 4

Ocola Skipper

Will Kerling

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

Found only one lady butterfly and it was a very worn, American Lady. This was the only lady species for the trip to the Cape May Area.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 6
  • Sachem 8

Common Buckeye

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

I was surprised that I found at least 18 species of plant in bloom on my limp around my property today. This has been by far the best year here for common checkered skippers.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Mid to upper sixties, sunny and windy. Was expecting more action here than I found. Not all of today's Red Admirals were in good shape.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 7

Red Admiral

Chris Herz

Riverwinds River Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

3:10-3:45 pm

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 4

Chris Herz

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

64 degrees 2:15-3 pm; Red Admiral and Comma in the sunlit woods. 2 rosa form Buckeyes.

  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5

Common Buckeye

American Copper

Red Admiral

Pat Sutton

Avalon
Cape May County, NJ

Noon to 1 p.m. walked 3 miles around the north end of Avalon, from 9th street and the beach up to the Townsend's Inlet Bridge and some of the back bay streets. Montauk Daisy (a non-native, sprawling, very late-blooming plant) was pulling in numbers of Common Buckeyes and Yellow-collared Scape (Cisseps fulvicollis), along with Seaside Goldenrod.

  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 31
  • Monarch 4
  • Sachem 1

Variegated Fritillary

Yellow-Collared Scape Moth