October 2016 Sightings

Steven Glynn

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

Perhaps a final check of the broad area. Sleepy Oranges have gone to bed, as none could be found on this sunny, 78 degree afternoon visit.

Strong numbers still, with Buckeyes (dial counted) and Cloudless Sulphurs numerous and Little Yellows dancing about.

New late-date Swarthy Skipper a continuing surprise find in the turn-around area patch.

[Moderator's Note: Steve's find establishes a new latest-ever log date for swarthy, breaking previous latest of 10-20-12. The little yellow is very close to our latest-ever: 10-31-10. Both are good finds! jc]

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Cloudless Sulphur 19
  • Little Yellow 11
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 59
  • Monarch 6
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Little Yellow

Swarthy Skipper

Steven Glynn

Private Property- Blew Farms in Fairton
Cumberland County, NJ

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

Strong numbers of several species still on the plants in nectar. Season high count of (2) Painted Ladies. Very late Silver-spotted Skipper (new late date?).

[Yes, this is a new late date for silver-spotted. Old latest on our log: 10-24-12. Good finds, Steve!
jc]

  • Cabbage White 13
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 9
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 11
  • Sachem 17

Painted Lady

Silver-spotted Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Steven Glynn

Moore's Beach Road area
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 3

Variegated Fritillary

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

75 degrees, sun. Fresh monarchs, male & female sachem, anglewing most likely a Question Mark. 5 black swallowtail cats (3 newly hatched) and 20 chrysalids to overwinter.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 2

Sachem

Cabbage White

Matt Webster

Sea Isle City, 11th Street
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4

Meredith Koenig

Howard Pagliughi Memorial Park Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

sulphurs very active, lighting on common yellow wood sorrel of baseball fields. 75 degrees, overcast 12-1:30pm

  • Sulphur sp. 6+
  • Common Buckeye 2+

Common Buckeye

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

2:15 pm bright sun.

  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Sachem 2

Sachem, female

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Six butterfly species dispersed through the property today and they were travelling NW to SE. There were Orange Sulphurs, Common Buckeyes, a Cloudless Sulphur, a male Cabbage White, a fresh Red Admiral and a Variegated Fritillary on the move. A couple of them stopped, very briefly, for nectar.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Sachem 1

Sachem

Orange Sulphur

Virginia Rettig

My house, North Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

Today I had 1 Monarch chrysalis. Also, the American Snout chrysalis hatched about 10-14 days ago. I am posting a side-by-side shot of the chrysalis now and earlier.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 0

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard NABA # 1151 & Monarch Waystation #831
Cape May County, NJ

Mostly sunny, winds 5-8 MPH, Temps up to 78. Most probably the last good day for butterflies. Never before have I had 15 species this late in the year. Images of all species obtained. Best of the day were 2 Painted Ladies with one mint fresh just after 10 AM. One PL stayed all day nectaring on Lantana. Also Long-tailed Skipper continued all day. Many of the butterflies have become aggressive chasing the other species off the flowers.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 7
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 21

Painted Lady

Question Mark

Long-tailed Skipper

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 1

Cynthia Allen

Railroad tracks along Magnolia Dr., CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Variegated Fritillaries seem to have moved into CM County in good numbers recently. A worn Gray Hairstreak was nectaring on Frost Aster.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 5

Cynthia Allen

Middle Township Bike Path
Cape May County, NJ

Red-banded Hairstreak, looking fairly fresh, was a surprise. The E. tailed Blue looked fresh as well.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 34
  • Monarch 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve, Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

Four-hour walk through the preserve. Clouded Sulfur was nectaring (or attempting to) on Pine-Barren Gentian. Also tallied 21 Buck Moths (Hemileuca maia).

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Common Buckeye 5

Clouded Sulphur

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

Jean Gutsmuth

Haddon Heights garden
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1

David L. Amadio

National Park dredge spoil site
Gloucester County, NJ

My first trip this fall here. Big surprise! Only my 2nd sighting in Gloucester County for Little Yellow. Had a brief encounter in my garden several years ago. Not much nectar here now, but good action for October. Only spent about 40 min. here this afternoon. Now my knee has a date with an ice pack!

[This report from Dave in GLO and Steve G's report from CUM document very late little yellows. Our latest-ever log date for the species is 10-31-10. jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 20

Little Yellow

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

This is a Cabbage White update for the white fence. There were three Cabbage cats on the fence this morning and two were positioned in place with a silk girdle. The wandering one went on the top of the fence and it was exploring the back side. Through the day, the two stationary ones transformed into Chrysalides!
Photos of the natural history - wandering cat, girdled cat, side view of Chrysalis, contour view of Chrysalis and straight on view of Chrysalis.

  • Cabbage White 0

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A worn Red-Banded Hairstreak landed on both white begonia and orange chrysanthemum before nectaring on Montauk Daisy.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Jack Miller

Corner of Fidler Rd and Sumner Ave, Woodbine
Cape May County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Least Skipper

Cynthia Allen

Middle Township Bike Path
Cape May County, NJ

Surprised to see yet another Ocola; it was in good shape.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 24
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Cape May County, NJ

The color change in the fresh Cabbage White chrysalis of yesterday has changed color dramatically overnight. The buckeye chrysalis in the Frost Aster patch within South Dennis, NJ this month did the same type of change overnight.

  • Cabbage White 0

Meredith Koenig

Abandoned field behind my property, E. Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Sulphur sp. 2+
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Sachem 4+

Sachem

American Copper

Variegated Fritillary

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

High 50's, sunny

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

Will Kerling

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

Plenty of buckeyes for an early morning quick look. A small and fresh Variegated Fritillary was a very pleasing experience.

  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Sachem 1

Variegated Fritillary

Will Kerling

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

Flushed 4 Common Buckeyes after 4 pm in the fading sun.

  • Common Buckeye 4

Common Buckeye

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Pat Sutton

Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

From 11:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. walked 3 miles through the town of Cape May Point, including a number of wildlife gardens (Saint Mary's, Mildred Morgan's, Pecki Witonsky's, Circle Gardens, Triangle Park, Schuhl's). Nectar still luring in butterfies included Vitex, Montauk Daisy, Tropical Milkweed, Lantana, Seaside Goldenrod, Frost Aster).

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 23
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Monarchs

Ocola Skipper

American Lady

Matt Webster

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Monarch 9