October 2016 Sightings

Tom Bailey

Mannington Township
Salem County, NJ

  • Bronze Copper 1

Bronze Copper (female)

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

numbers of butterflies decreasing

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 17
  • Monarch 6
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem c

Tom Bailey

Mad Horse Creek F&WMA (off Alloway Creek Neck Rd)
Salem County, NJ

Section of the WMA on the north side halfway down Alloway Creek Neck Rd. Spent 45 minutes walking along the dirt road past the barn.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 26
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

The Ocola show continues with 4 on the Butterfly Bush at once, at times being territorial, twirling up into the air in pursuit of one another.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Ocola Skipper 4
  • Sachem 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Cabbage White c
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Sachem 1

Sachem (female)

Sulphur sp.

Will Kerling

Estell Manor, NJ Area
Atlantic County, NJ

Ambush Bugs captured a Pearl Crescent and an Orange Sulphur, at least, while I surveyed for butterflies this day. Later in the afternoon, I noticed a Monarch, an Orange Sulphur, an Ocola Skipper and a female Common Checkered-Skipper dispersing through the property.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Common Checkered-Skipper

Orange Sulphur (captured)

Pearl Crescent (captured)

Tom Bailey

PSE&G Estuary Enhancement Project, Elsinboro Township
Salem County, NJ

Spent @ one hour walking the nature trail.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Common Buckeye 3

Matt Webster

My Backyard, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Worn cabbage white female lifted abdomen to reject fresh male over several minutes.

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 5
  • Sachem 10

Cabbage Whites

Clouded Sulphur (female)

Chris Herz

Tall Pines State Park, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

2-3 pm walk; asters primary nectar source.

  • Cabbage White 14
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Only brief observation made here today.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

Mannington Mills, Maneto Ave.
Salem County, NJ

Sachems found along the RR tracks nectaring on frost asters.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Sachem 10

David L. Amadio

Salem City area
Salem County, NJ

Observations made from one field between 3:35 & 4:25. No doubt that I under counted the C. Checkered Skippers today here.

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Sulphur sp. 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 11
  • Orange Sulphur 12
  • Bronze Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Variegated Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Buckeye 32
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 31
  • Sachem 10

Clouded Sulphur

Will Kerling

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

It was late in the afternoon with much of the sun gone and I still found 5 Ocola Skippers!

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 3
  • Ocola Skipper 5
  • Sachem 8

Ocola Skipper

Steven Glynn

Private property- Blew Farms, Bridgeton
Cumberland County, NJ

Gained permission to walk on an area of private growing fields. Commercial grower of Buddliea and was able to walk the periphery of one area of growing beds.

  • Cabbage White Common
  • Orange Sulphur Common
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Monarch 16
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 11

Silver-spotted Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Chris Herz

Riverwinds River walk, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

5-6 pm; 78 degrees.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red Admiral 2

Jack Miller

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

This aster field was fantastic between 1 -2:00. Common checkered skippers are not plentiful in the Cape.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12

Will Kerling

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

A long-tailed Skipper was chased away from Zinnias by Sachems and Fiery Skippers. There were 7 male and 2 female Fiery Skippers in this patch of flowers.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 52
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 9
  • Sachem 26

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

A 'Winter Form Question Mark with violet wing edges landed on a fall-colored small tree.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 65
  • Viceroy 2

Viceroy

David L. Amadio

Salem WMA Rt540
Salem County, NJ

Fields were being plowed, but I was able to work the edges. The lady that got away sure looked like Painted.
Observations made between 1:35 & 2:10

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Sachem 1

Jack Miller

Cape May Point St Pk
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, mid 60's moving into mid 70's. First stop at 9:45. Curious to see if little yellows were still present.

  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Little Yellow 2
  • Common Buckeye 20
  • Monarch 5

Jack Miller

Bay Avenue Heislerville
Cumberland County, NJ

Happy to have found a salt marsh skipper.

[This report ties our record late date for salt marsh skipper: 10-17-12. jc]

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 30
  • Monarch 30
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

Salt Marsh Skipper

Sandra Keller

My garden in Barrington.
Camden County, NJ

Sunny, light winds, 80 degrees. A warm spell. Still some nectar in my garden. I'll be watching all week. The frit was laying eggs on the Violets scattered around my garden.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Sachem 5

Variegated Fritillary

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA- Middle Marsh Lane access points
Cumberland County, NJ

Beautiful weather prompted another late afternoon return visit. Glad I did. Sleepy Oranges were tough to pin down, but finally got pictures of both again today. One photo is from where it went into the growth for the (presumed) purpose of roosting around 4pm.

Couldn't re-locate the Dun Skipper in the "turnaround" area field, but did find a late Swarthy Skipper and a few Silver-spotted Skippers as well.

[As he notes, SG's swarthy is near our late date: 10-20-12. jc]

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 15
  • Little Yellow 4
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Swarthy Skipper

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Beth Polvino

My yard in North Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

I was surprised to see one of the Long-tailed Skippers back but it was chased off the property by a Sachem and I never saw it return.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Monarch 7
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Sachem c

Long-tailed Skipper

David L. Amadio

Mannington Area
Salem County, NJ

Observations made along several roadsides between 2:15 & 3:35 Found 3 Ocola Skippers in one location, possibly the first photo documentation for Salem County.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Bronze Copper 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 9
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 34
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 8
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Ocola Skipper

Bronze Copper

Common Checkered-Skippers

Harvey Tomlinson

Langley Rd
Cumberland County, NJ

Couldn't spend as much time and effort as this field needed. Lots of Butterflies and nectar.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 5
  • White M Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • American Lady 6
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye c
  • Monarch 11
  • Ocola Skipper 4
  • Sachem 3

Pearl Crescent

Red-banded Hairstreak

White M Hairstreak

Will Kerling

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

Found a fresh and bright male Cloudless Sulphur resting within vegetation.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 14

Cloudless Sulphur

Will Kerling

Woodbine, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

At a Butterfly Bush along the highway, I discovered five butterfly species. It was attended by a Fiery and Ocola Skipper. These two are an easy find this year.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 16

Orange Sulphur

Fiery Skipper

Will Kerling

Downtown Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

It is so great to see the Cloudless Sulphurs bounding around this fall!

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3