October 2016 Sightings

Will Kerling

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

All the butterflies here were getting nectar from Frost Asters.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Steven Glynn

Bridgeton City Zoo area
Cumberland County, NJ

Large fields of frost aster near Veteran's Park and basketball parking areas checked in a mid-morning visit.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 13
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Variegated Fritillary

Pat & Clay Sutton

Rea Farm (the Beanery) on Cape Island
Cape May County, NJ

The Cloudless Sulphurs were madly nectaring on Jewelweed – knew of it as a hummingbird attractant, but fun to see the butterflies drawn to it too.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 25
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 25
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1

Cloudless Sulphur

Viceroy

Will Kerling

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

The Common Buckeyes have moved south of this site, at least, for now. The lone one is missing an antennae and lots of wing pieces.
Counted a total of 6 Ocola Skippers in four different locations. My best year for Ocola Skippers in the Cape May CH Area!

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 10
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Common Buckeye

Monarch

Will Kerling

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

Found 3 Ocola Skippers on the bike trail.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Sachem 4

Clouded Sulphur

Ocola Skipper

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Another Ocola for this garden. Tawny-edged Skipper found near the 9-11 memorial.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 9

American Copper

Ocola Skipper

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Monarch 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem c

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found an Ocola Skipper getting nectar from a Frost Aster plant.

  • Cabbage White 11
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Ocola Skipper

Jean Gutsmuth

Haddon Heights garden
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Monarch 1

Will Kerling

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

The Pearl Crescent population is building!

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 11
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Will Kerling

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

Common Buckeyes were flushing constantly out of the grasses.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 10

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Will Kerling

Woodbine, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A male Sachem and a Sulphur species on a Butterfly Bush.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Sachem 1

Sulphur sp.

Will Kerling

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

The best find was a late season Silver-spotted Skipper which landed on the ground near me. A very worn Gray Hairstreak was on a purple-flowering aster.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Gray Hairstreak

Silver-spotted Skipper

Steven Glynn

Closed nursing home along New England Cross Road
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

American Copper

Ocola Skipper

Will Kerling

Cape May Point, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Butterflies seen on the streets of CMP while traveling to another hot spot garden.

  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling

Rea Farm - West Cape May, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Very brief look at a row of Frost Asters (yes, a row), near the farm stand. It was loaded with Common Buckeyes.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 17
  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Male Zabulon Skipper ties late date for this garden.

[And Dave's zab is also getting close to our log's all-time latest-ever: 10-18-12. jc]

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Will Kerling

Cape May Point State Park - CMP, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

The best find was a territorial Viceroy within the forest of the park. Common Buckeye was the most common butterfly on this walk. It was really odd not to see a single Cloudless Sulphur.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 105
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 18

Viceroy

Steven Glynn, Sandra Keller and Marilyn Henry

Dix WMA along Middle Marsh Lane access areas
Cumberland County, NJ

Continuing decline of activity, but still with diversity and some numbers of certain species. Sleepy Orange not found again on this return visit.

Re-found a suspicious skipper that puzzled me from last week.

[Congratulations to Steve G and companions on new latest-ever date for dun skipper. Old record: 10-12-13. jc]

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 10
  • Cloudless Sulphur 15
  • Little Yellow 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 15
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Monarch 7
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper

Will Kerling

Garden at Coral and Cambridge Avenues
Cape May County, NJ

This garden is always a real treat in the fall! Looked for Clouded skipper without luck. See this bug here or in the Triangle garden some years.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 13
  • Monarch 9
  • Ocola Skipper 4
  • Sachem 7

Red Admiral

Ocola Skipper

Will Kerling

Triangle Garden - Cape May Point, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Ocola and Fiery Skippers were very active in this garden.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 8
  • Ocola Skipper 8
  • Fiery Skipper 8
  • Sachem 8

Gray Hairstreak

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Saw two Cloudless Sulphurs downtown and they were the only butterflies of this species today which including a trip to the Cape May area!!

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

The Long-tail stayed and nectared on the Butterfly Bush for at least an hour, until the bush fell into shade. Red Admiral was mint fresh. Ocolas continue on!

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1

Michael Stanton

Forsythe NWR
Atlantic County, NJ

Noticed while on Saturday bird walk

[Moderator's Note: this report from Mike ties our log's latest-ever date for tiger swallowtail – 10/15/13. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Common Buckeye 32
  • Monarch 4

Will Kerling

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

'Rosa form' Common Buckeye in the lawn grass and a surprise Pearl Crescent that drifted through the property.

  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

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

Surprise find of a Red-banded Hairstreak.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 9

Red-banded Hairstreak

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard
Cape May County, NJ

13 monarch chrysalis continue plus 2 newly emerged monarchs today

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 13
  • Monarch 6
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem c

Will Kerling

Pavilion Circle - Cape May Point, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

It was late afternoon and the butterflies were mostly done for the day.

  • Monarch 5
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Fiery Skipper

Beth Polvino

Cape May Point ~ Triangle Garden
Cape May County, NJ

Very short visit 11- 11:20AM, Sunny with little wind low 60's, Since there have been so few Painted Ladies around in NJ this year I was excited to find my FOS Painted Lady today. Monarch numbers higher today.

[Beth is correct that painted ladies have been few and far between in 2016. This is only our 6th report since September 1 and only our 8th for entire year. Seven of those eight have been from CMY; only one from outside CMY: 5-9-16, Estelle Manor, ATL, by Will Kerling. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • American Lady 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 10
  • Ocola Skipper 9
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 11

Painted Lady

Tom Bailey

Mannington Township
Salem County, NJ

  • Bronze Copper 1

Bronze Copper (female)