October 2016 Sightings

Jack Miller

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve Middle Township
Cape May County, NJ

Last stop. Oddly, after seeing ocola skippers in five places today, I did not see any here. Will K. has me wondering about ocolas and Lizard Tail.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 20
  • Sachem 1

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Both monarchs emerged this morning.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

Jack Miller

my yard, Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Came home to some very nice things, including a rarely seen for me green snake (often as rd kill). For the second time this fall, the checkered skipper only hung around for a moment and then I could not relocate it. A sudden burst of clouded sulphurs now in the Cape. 23 species on this lovely day in the Cape.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10

Steven Glynn and Harvey Tomlinson

Dix WMA
Cumberland County, NJ

Middle Marsh Lane areas. Interesting mix today, coming on the heals of heavy rain and patchy frost overnight. One Sleepy Orange continues, strong numbers of other butterflies, but some missing species from a few days ago.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 12
  • Cloudless Sulphur 25
  • Little Yellow 7
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • White M Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 15
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye Abundant
  • Monarch 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

Question Mark

Little Yellow

Sleepy Orange

Cynthia Allen

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

Stopped here in the late afternoon and it was breezy and chilly. Still an Ocola, though!

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10

Virginia Rettig

My house, North Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

3 black swallowtail caterpillars. 2 Monarch caterpillars; 5 chrysalises. 1 American snout chrysalis. No adults of any these species seen in the yard today.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Snout 0
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 0
  • Sachem 2

Matt Webster

Winslow Wildlife Management Area
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Common Buckeye 2

Jack Miller

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

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 4
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Least Skipper

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard
Cape May County, NJ

Monarch cats and 8 chrysalis continue, Black swallowtail Cats and 6 chrysalis continue. Sunny, high 60's, little wind.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 7
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 11

Gray Hairstreak

Ocola Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Sandra Keller

Mannington
Salem County, NJ

I know we aren't reporting exact locations for the Bronze Coppers. Sunny, with Barb Wiley.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Bronze Copper 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 2

Bronze Copper

Pat & Clay Sutton

Bivalve -- Commercial Township PSEG boardwalk
Cumberland County, NJ

Ground truthing for a field trip we're leading for the Raptor Research Foundation conference in Cape May, so not entirely focused on butterflies. Only there briefly. Monarchs were migrating by. Sulphurs and Cabbage Whites were nectaring on blooming asters.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 16
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 2

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

The first Ocola showed up at 9:30 AM and 50 degrees. White-M Hairstreak on its preferred nectar plant in my yard, 'Fireworks' Goldenrod.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Ocola Skipper 3

Jack Miller

Freidrieckstadt Ave. Woodbine
Cape May County, NJ

3rd stop. No little yellows for the first time here in weeks.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

Cloudless Sulphur and Clouded Sulphur

Steven Glynn

Nabb Road fields
Cumberland County, NJ

Low numbers and diversity in a late afternoon visit. Checkered Whites not found and may be done for the year.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 11
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Monarch

American Copper

Jack Miller

Scott Ave off of Dehirsch, Woodbine
Cape May County, NJ

A pleasant surprise to find a little yellow here.

  • Little Yellow 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, winds 5-10, 60's. First stop, 11:00. Black swallowtail was a male.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1

Steven Glynn

CMBO Northwood Center parking area
Cape May County, NJ

Birding and noting butterflies coming and going during a morning visit.

  • Red Admiral 5
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Found a Silver-spotted caterpillar in a Locust tree leaf shelter in the mourning hours and a female Cabbage egg laying on a mustard species late in the afternoon.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 0

Cabbage White egg

Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillar

Will Kerling

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

Flushed a Red-banded Hairstreak out of the lawn grass.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

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

Will Kerling

Road Trip from Belleplain, NJ to downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found Cabbage White in three different places - Belleplain (a Cabbage White), Woodbine (a Cabbage White) and Cape May CH (a Cabbage White).

  • Cabbage White 3

Pat & Clay Sutton

Cape May Point dunes at Brainard Avenue crossover
Cape May County, NJ

5 p.m. arrival, so only a few late moving Monarchs. Highlight was finding a nearly full size Polyphemus Moth caterpillar chowing down on Waxmyrtle in the dunes (while scanning for roosting Monarchs). The photo is Virginia Rettig's digiscoped photo through our scope, which I then photoshopped and zoomed in on.

  • Common Buckeye a
  • Monarch 3

Polyphemus Moth caterpillar

Kim Conner c/o Steve Glynn

Downtown Millville business address
Cumberland County, NJ

Found by Kim Conner on the doorstep to her business on High Street.

  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

Long-tailed Skipper

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Interesting that white-m's seem to cluster in our garden. Today 3 of 4 found were together at top of blooming seaside goldenrod. As usual, cloudless hard to count as they drift in and out of yard. 4 was high count of cloudless present all at once.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • American Copper 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Sachem 8

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Red-banded hairstreak spent well over an hour on my fruit dish - never saw that before.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Chris Herz

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua Twp.
Gloucester County, NJ

Late in the day walk, losing sunlight.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Sachem 4

Variegated Fritillary

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Very brief check.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Started the day with an Ocola Skipper getting nectar from a Field Thistle flower. The butterfly day ended in late afternoon with a Summer Azure and a Question Mark.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 10
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Red-banded Hairstreak

Peck's Skipper

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

4 Ocolas appeared on the Butterfly Bush as soon as the sun hit it, about 9 AM. Cabbage White was flying very high up in some tall oaks.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 4

Pat & Clay Sutton, Virginia Rettig

Virginia Rettig's GDN in North Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

Virginia will have to keep a close eye on this chrysalis and tell us if and when it emerges. Thomas Allen notes in his excellent book, The Butterflies of WV and Their Caterpillars, that "American Snout does not overwinter in WV … In the southern portions of its range the species diapauses as adults during winter months." Cech reports, "Resides permanently in the South, but it is a marginal colonist stray in the North … Seems to overwinter as far north as NYC."

  • American Snout 0

American Snout chrysalis