October 2016 Sightings

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Three FOYs in the yard in early October! Unfortunately, the Long-tailed Skipper stayed very briefly. This was only my third record of Viceroy in 13 years I've lived here! It spent a long time nectaring on Buddleia. The Fiery was a fresh-looking male.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Viceroy

Will Kerling

Cape May Point, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Surprised to not see Monarchs floating here and there in the town of Cape May Point since very large numbers were in the park.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Area near historic buildings, (not Smith's Woods side).
9:30-11:30am.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Common Checkered-Skipper

Monarch

Will Kerling

The porch of Aleathea's Restaurant - Cape May, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

This porch in the fall is an excellent location to watch dispersing butterflies drift toward the point. Once in awhile, at this location, one can count a few hundred Monarchs while enjoying an outdoor meal.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 10

Sandra Keller

NP Dredge Spoils
Gloucester County, NJ

Marilyn Henry and I walking the area. Partly sunny, 75 degrees, calm to light NW winds. The Goldenrods were the main nectar.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 70
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Viceroy 11
  • Monarch 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 15

Common Buckeye

Common Checkered-Skipper

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

Will Kerling

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

Had a surprise find of a fresh Swarthy Skipper.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Cloudless Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Teresa Knipper

Triangle Garden, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Lots of southern strays still hanging about during this quick visit from 10 AM to 10:30 AM

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 15
  • Long-tailed Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 9
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 5

Long-tailed Skipper

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard
Cape May County, NJ

Mostly overcast but there was a period of 2-3 hrs of more sun. Windy. The monarch cat picture shows 17 cats in one area on my swamp milkweed. I'd estimate 3 dozen monarch cats & 2 dozen Black Swallowtail cats. All chrysalis continue from both species.

  • Black Swallowtail 9
  • Cabbage White 11
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Monarch 15
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 9

Horace's Duskywing

Gray Hairstreak

Monarch caterpillars

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Discovered 10 butterfly species here before a trip to the Wetlands Institute. The hairstreaks continue to visit goldenrods and asters.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3

Common Buckeye

White M Hairstreak

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Noticed Red-spotted Purple on fruit dish while walking out to my car.

  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Finally got my FOY White-M Hairstreak in the yard. It has been my nemesis bug this year! It was avidly nectaring on Frost Aster. C. Buckeye was a fresh, "rosa" form. Fiery was a female.

  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Chip Krilowicz

Winslow WMA, Winslow
Camden County, NJ

The sun was off and on all day, My first Fiery skipper in Camden County this year.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 24
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 15
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Zabulon Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Chris Herz

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua Twp.
Gloucester County, NJ

late afternoon 4:45-5:30; Mourning Cloak was not in the butterfly garden but back by the woods and large field. New England Asters in the garden had all the sachems and a few Cabbage Whites. One white form Sulphur sp.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 15

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

An Ocola Skipper and a Pearl Crescent were capturing the first sun over the trees early in the morning.

  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Ocola Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Will Kerling

Woodland Village - Clermont, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

It looks like a new brood of Sachems is emerging.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 6

Sachem

Will Kerling

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

Discovered a mated pair of Eastern Tailed-Blues and 6 other butterfly species. The butterflies ranged from mint fresh to rags.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Sachem 5

American Lady

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Our high count in yard this year for Ocola. One red-banded worn; others in good shape.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • American Copper 10
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Ocola Skipper 5
  • Sachem 7

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Once again, winds east and overcast all day. I don't think my yard has seen 1 hour of sun in 10 days. Even so, during "lighter" breaks, bflys briefly explode. Today's gift was a painted lady. I like Will K's comment of 10/3 about how many southern migrants we could see in gardens in the Cape. I am seeing ocola skippers everywhere I go.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Painted Lady

Will Kerling

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

The best find was a female Common Checkered- Skipper.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Common Checkered-Skipper

Clay Sutton

East Point
Cumberland County, NJ

40 Monarchs (moving SW) were seen in 10 minutes.

  • Common Buckeye a
  • Monarch 40

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard
Cape May County, NJ

still very overcast with brief periods of sun, much less wind with temps high 60's

  • Black Swallowtail 10
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Monarch 13
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Will Kerling

Joe Testa's Garden - Clermont, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

It was difficult to find butterflies in this lush garden due to clouds and high winds.

  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Sachem 4

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

Common Checkered-Skipper

Will Kerling

road trip from Woodbine, NJ to Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The Road trip produced a Cabbage White in Woodbine, 2 Gray Hairstreaks along Rte. 83 and 2 Orange Sulphurs and a Cabbage White in Cape May CH.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2

Will Kerling

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

The butterflies were in hiding due to cloud cover and wind.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Sachem 5

Common Buckeye

Jack Miller

Bay Avenue Heislerville
Cumberland County, NJ

Blue sky and upper 60's. First stop, 11:30-12:30. Amazingly similar to what was seen on SJBF trip on 10/7/15 except that there was an exceptional concentration of buckeyes here today. Buckeyes were counted in groups of 10 in one direction, but I stopped counting 1/3 the way down the road at 130 even though their numbers did not decrease. I did not see a single butterfly attempt to cross the bay; rather they were locked onto the goldenrod. Saw mated couples of variegated frits, monarchs, buckeyes, and tailed blues. Hordes of tiger mosquitoes made viewing and photography difficult.

[Moderator's Note: Jack's Aaron's report extends our log's latest date. The former record is an old one for our log, from our Project's very first year: 10/5/08. jc]

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 12
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 8
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 300
  • Monarch 40
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Variegated Fritillary

Aaron's Skipper

Common Buckeyes

Will Kerling

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

Even with plenty of nectar and sun, there were only four distinct butterfly species here this day.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 17
  • Monarch 8

Common Buckeye

Monarch

Will Kerling

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

A Cloudless Sulphur and a Common Buckeye were using the railroad tracks as a flight corridor.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2