October 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

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

As soon as, I waded into the super wet vegetation, an American Copper flushed out. Then the Common Buckeyes starting rolling out of the grasses - seven of them!!

  • American Copper 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Sachem 2

Will Kerling

Woodbine, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

There was a female Eastern Tailed-Blue flying in the wet grasses.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

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

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

Common Buckeyes were rolling out of the wet grasses.

  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 4

Common Buckeye

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Very limited observations today. Windy

  • Cabbage White 3

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

It was almost a day without a butterfly. Also, found a butterfly cat on a Locust tree.
Photos of Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillar and an Eastern Tailed-Blue.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 0

Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillar

Eastern Tailed-Blue

David L. Amadio

Tall Pines State Preserve, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

Spent roughly 40 min. here with Sun,Wind and 63 degrees. The small white asters are not as abundant as a few years ago here but still attracting a variety of butterflies. A more extensive search of this fairly large preserve, (formerly Maple Ridge & a former golf course) should turn up much more.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Steven Glynn

Bronze Copper colony area #2 near Salem City
Salem County, NJ

No coppers flying this area, but activity ceased a while back and has been overgrown in areas of activity earlier this year. Still plenty of butterflies flying.

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur Common
  • Orange Sulphur Common
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 31
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Variegated Fritillary

Pearl Crescent

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Sachem 1

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Steven Glynn

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

Heavy rain left area impossible to survey completely, but strong numbers of Bronze Coppers still flying. Count includes (2) males and (6) females. Late afternoon light and cooler temps had the coppers spread winged and turned toward the sunshine.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 10
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Bronze Copper 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 1

Bronze Copper (male)

Bronze Copper (female)

Pat Sutton

Cape May Point - Bill Schuhl's garden
Cape May County, NJ

Lots of quick stops while leading a group of volunteers from Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve. Distracted by mind-boggling hawk flight.

  • Ocola Skipper 1

Will Kerling

A road trip from downtown CMCH, NJ to Woodbine, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

On this road trip there were the following butterflies - downtown CMCH (a Cabbage White and a high flying Monarch in Acme Market parking lot), WaWa along Route 47 (a Common Buckeye) and Woodbine (10 Sachems in a Butterfly Bush).

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 10

Mike Hannisian

Cape May Point SP
Cape May County, NJ

While birding

  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 20
  • Monarch 7

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Sachem 2

Beth Polvino

My yard, North Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, windy, temps mid 70's. Still have Black Swallowtail cats and chrysalis along with Monarch Cats and chrysalis. Swamp milkweed looking sad.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Monarch 6
  • Sachem 8

Variegated Fritillary

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

About 25 min. here in the garden. The 3rd Ocola sighting here this year. Sunny, Windy,and 63 degrees.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Common Checkered-Skipper

Monarch

Ocola Skipper

Virginia Rettig

My house, North Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

1 American Snout and 5 Monarch chrysalises still in garden.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Snout 0
  • Monarch 0
  • Sachem 2

Will Kerling

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

Two Cabbage Whites were coupled on a Frost Aster.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Common Buckeye 5

Cabbage Whites

Chip Krilowicz

Mannington, Mannington Township
Salem County, NJ

Sunny 15 mph wind all day.

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 13
  • Bronze Copper 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 14
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 15
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12

Bronze Copper (male)

Will Kerling

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

A White M Hairstreak was getting nectar from Frost Aster.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Sachem 9

White M Hairstreak

Will Kerling

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

A fresh Red Admiral flew through the back yard this day.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Matt Webster

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 30
  • Monarch 35

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

The Red Admiral was fresh while the last few I've seen have been rags. Ocola showed up on Buddleia in the latter part of the afternoon. Gray Hairstreak nectared for a couple of hours on one goldenrod bloom.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Jesse Amesbury

Cape Island--Hidden Valley Riding Center entrance road
Cape May County, NJ

very worn

  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

Long-tailed Skipper

Beth Polvino

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Short walk was mainly birding. Sunny, windy about 72.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye c
  • Monarch 11
  • Sachem 5

Variegated Fritillary

Will Kerling

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

There were five butterfly species and lots of individual butterflies actively moving about at 9:30 am. Even with abundant sunshine, it was only fifty degrees!!

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 1

Common Buckeye

Orange Sulphur

Beth Polvino

Cox Hall Creek WMA ~ Villas, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Windy ~ 15MPH Sunny about 72. Surprised at the number of butterflies after several days of hard rain. Red Admiral was seen in an oak tree.

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye c
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 4

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Pearl Crescent

Will Kerling

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

Found White M Hairstreaks, a Fiery Skipper, Ocola Skippers and a surprise Long-tailed Skipper plus ten other butterfly species on the bike trail. The Long-tailed Skipper was the first ever at this location over the years of butterfly inventory!

  • Cabbage White 14
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 11
  • American Copper 1
  • White M Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Pearl Crescent 11
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 38
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 17

Orange Sulphur (captured)

Long-tailed Skipper

Will Kerling

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

Orange and Clouded Sulphurs are coming into Cape May County at present. Ocola Skippers are a common every day sight for some time now.
Photos of Ocola Skipper and Clouded Sulphur.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Ocola Skipper 5
  • Sachem 18

Clouded Sulphur

Ocola Skipper

Will Kerling

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

Witnessed my first cluster of Red Admirals for the first time in months.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 9

Red Admiral