October 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Found a Red-banded Hairstreak and a Gray Hairstreak near the goldenrods.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Jack Miller

N. Railroad ave, Rio Grande
Cape May County, NJ

Second stop. Quite quiet compared to September's frenzy. Cloudless sulphurs still courting and laying eggs on partridge peas.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 14
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Cloudless Sulphurs

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Our first yard long-tail since the big 2012 invasion. White-m and snout both fresh.

  • Cabbage White 9
  • American Copper 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 7
  • Sachem 10

White M Hairstreak

American Snout

Long-tailed Skipper

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

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

2 mile loop around park from Historic side to Smith's Woods in the afternoon.
Unfortunately, I witnessed a Chinese praying mantis eating a monarch in the butterfly garden.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Monarch captured by mantid

Tawny-edged Skipper

Red-banded Hairstreak

Will Kerling

Belleplain, NJ to Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

This road trip had whites and sulphurs along with a Red Admiral and a Common Buckeye - Belleplain (Cabbage White), Rte. 47 (Sulphur species) and Cape May CH (a Cloudless Sulphur, a Red Admiral and a Common Buckeye).

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

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

Will Kerling

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

Two Cabbage Whites flew through the yard and a Common Buckeye was using the back yard for egg laying.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Common Buckeye 1

Will Kerling

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

There were a total of 6 Ocola Skippers using Butterfly Bush and nearby Sedums along the bike path and a Cloudless Sulphur landed in this small garden on discarded yellow flagging and it stayed there for several minutes.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Ocola Skipper 6
  • Sachem 7

Cloudless Sulphur

Ocola Skipper

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

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

A Cloudless Sulphur and two Cabbage Whites were in the back yard. One of the Cabbage Whites nectared on Common Cat's ear.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There were 3 Cloudless Sulphurs rapidly flying here and there in the business district!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge -- walk to river
Gloucester County, NJ

4:40-5:20 pm. Warm and sunny. Mated pair of orange sulphurs by the pump house. One monarch cat on mowed down c. milkweed patch (which I rescued).

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 22
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 0

Will Kerling

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

Monarchs and Common Buckeyes are the main show at this place.

  • Common Buckeye 17
  • Monarch 13
  • Sachem 6

Monarch

Chris Herz

Audubon gardens
Camden County, NJ

Slim pickings butterfly-wise, even with lots of nectar available. Fresh American Lady flew through our yard to neighbor's NE Asters in bloom and in full sun. Sachem was a female. Possible red-banded hairstreak, but did not get a good look.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Sachem 1

Steven Glynn

Lummis Pond WMA near Cedarville
Cumberland County, NJ

Walked the area south of the pond with the abundant frost aster.

"Rosa" Buckeye flew onto my hand and didn't want to fly off.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 12
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 11
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 5

Common Buckeye ("rosa")

Common Checkered-Skipper

Will Kerling

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

Saw a Cloudless Sulphur in hiding and still failed to get a photograph.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Sachem 4

Steven Glynn

Seabreeze Road to Middle Marsh Lane in Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

This area continues to rock! Strong numbers of butterflies.

Common Buckeye count was dial counted and seemingly every bright sprig of goldenrod had them upon it. All sizes and color forms present, many of them "rosa".

Sleepy Oranges were both fresh and found in different spots within Dix. One was along the Middle Marsh Lane and the other was on the hunting access road that goes off to the left from Middle Marsh Lane. Curious to think if these are the progeny of the trio that were found in August here.

[Steve's sleepy oranges are only the 3rd and 4th logged this year and he and Teresa Knipper found the earlier ones at this same site on August 18 (SG) and August 20 (SG and TK). This is a rare find in NJ….and possibly sometimes overlooked and/or mis-identified as another sulphur. Good work by Steve exploring this out of the way locale and also being on the alert for this species. jc]

  • Cabbage White 11
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Common
  • American Snout 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • American Lady 9
  • Common Buckeye 316
  • Monarch 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 7
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Steven Glynn

Abandoned Nursing Home along New England Cross Road- near Fairton
Cumberland County, NJ

Abundant frost aster bringing in everything.

  • Cabbage White Common
  • Clouded Sulphur Common
  • Orange Sulphur Common
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue Common
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 8
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 9

Zabulon Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Steven Glynn

Triangle Garden
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 6
  • Long-tailed Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 17
  • Fiery Skipper 8
  • Sachem 3

Long-tailed and Fiery Skippers

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

The fiery skipper is the second "lifer" for me this week – the Ocola was the first – and both were in my own backyard!

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

Fiery Skipper

Matt Webster

My Backyard, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Sachem 10

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

The Red-banded Hairstreaks starting to come down out of trees early in the morning.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Sachem 2

Sachem

Pearl Crescent

Jennifer Bulava

Kinkora Trail, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

9-11:50am

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Sulphur sp. 15
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Low diversity, but good numbers of Ocolas and E. Tailed Blues.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Ocola Skipper 4

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Zabulon Skippers have a small 3rd brood in this area. Today's female was fresh enough to be just that. Also decided to enclose 6 Monarch cats to give them a chance at survival. 5 of 6 are 4th instar cats. Found them on Common, Tropical, & Swamp Milkweed.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Zabulon Skipper (female)

Red-banded Hairstreak

Will Kerling

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

Counted five Ocola Skippers along the bike path.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Ocola Skipper 5
  • Sachem 4

Ocola Skipper

Will Kerling

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

My surprise on this wet trip was finding three Spicebush Swallowtail Cats hidden in folded Sassafras leaves.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar

Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar

Will Kerling

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

This wet field was loaded with Common Buckeyes and Pearl Crescents. If the weather had been much better, I am sure their numbers on this count would have been much higher.

  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Common Buckeye 7

Pearl Crescent