November 2016 Sightings

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Late morning ninety minute walk.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 9

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Not much for nectaring butterflies except lone seedlings of Phlox and Mistflower. Salvias, Cannas, and Mexican Sunflowers still blooming.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Will Kerling

Sturdy Savings Administrative Building field - Cape May CH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Sulphurs and buckeyes were easy to find and the Sachems seen to be now gone.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Common Buckeye 5

Common Buckeye

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Warm enough at 63 degrees but windy. Red Admirals well represented here today.

  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 1

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard NABA # 1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, high temp 62 but winds brisk at 20-30 MPH but more butterflies today. One fresh Variegated Fritillary and one rag seen. Black Swallowtails & chrysalis continue as do Monarch Chrysalis.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 8

Common Buckeye

Variegated Fritillary

Orange Sulphur

Chip Krilowicz

Palmyra Cove
Burlington County, NJ

60 sunny and windy.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red Admiral 4
  • Common Buckeye 5

Red Admiral

Common Buckeye

Cynthia Allen

Middle Township Bike Path
Cape May County, NJ

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 23
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Jack Connor

Our garden in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

9:40 am; temps in mid-50s, sunny. Stopped in high flight in red cedar briefly, then continued on its way. Rather late for a monarch in our yard.

  • Monarch 1

Will Kerling

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

There are still plenty of buckeyes and some worn Sachems hanging on.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Sachem 8

Variegated Fritillary

Common Buckeyes

Will Kerling

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

A pair of Sachems and an Orange Sulphur getting nectar from Common Cat's-ear. The female Sachem was, also, going to White Clover for nectar.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Sachem 2

Sachem

Steven Glynn

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

I continue to be the moth that is drawn to this flame, the large slowly decaying field of goldenrod at the turn around area.

This field has a broad edge that is quiet and sun-soaked, and if the day has warming sun the butterfly activity will be revealed here first. Today was no different and it held still more surprises.

Mostly cloudy, 62 degrees at my early afternoon visit. The breaks in clouds revealed a very warming sun and it was educational to watch how the butterfly activity reacted. Cloudless Sulphurs, absent from yesterday's visit, were the most obvious species to watch as they reacted to the sun's appearances. Like a natural game of musical chairs, they flew in the warming sun, only to hit the deck immediately after it withdrew.

The appearance of Little Yellow once again was another record setting surprise and based on my photos, is a different individual than the one from three days ago. Perhaps equally surprising was the inclusion of four species to my daily list that were absent yesterday.

As the weather allows and maintains, I'll probably keep coming back to witness the amazing struggle these late season flyers endure to their inevitable end. Both beautiful and sad to behold.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 8

Cloudless Sulphur

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Little Yellow

David L. Amadio

National Park dredge spoil site
Gloucester County, NJ

45 min. here yielded only one butterfly. Flushed a Buckeye from one small frost aster. It took cover in some clumps of grass. I was escorted out of the dredge spoil site by 7 Cedar Waxwings.

  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Will Kerling

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

Found three distinct butterfly species on the bike path.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Sachem 1

Sulphur sp. (white form)

Sachem

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard NABA # 1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

14 Black Swallowtail caterpillars in various stages.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 11

Meredith Koenig

my garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Sachem tribe dwindling, very ragged, little nectar remaining on zinnias.

  • Sachem 4

Sachem

Will Kerling

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

After visiting the Sturdy Savings field, I found the same two butterfly species here, also. The Orange Sulphurs and Common Buckeyes are very cold tolerant.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 1

Orange Sulphur

Will Kerling

Sturdy Savings Administrative Building field - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Just after 9 am at 42 degrees, I saw an Orange Sulphur angled to catch the morning sun. Found a second species - Common Buckeye - ten minutes later, doing the same thing.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Orange Sulphur

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

One Monarch eclosed this afternoon. still drying its wings.

  • Monarch 1

Steven Glynn

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

Sunny, 57 degrees at the turn around area field. Overnight was 31 degrees. Activity finally coming to a close, but not without some hardy individuals defying the cold.

A special day when you're looking at butterflies and a young Golden Eagle is scoping things out overhead.

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Common Buckeye 13

golden eagle

Clouded Sulphur (white form)

Red-banded Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

A brief dogfight in the woods

  • Red Admiral 2

Will Kerling

High's Beach Area - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found Whites and Sulphurs plus a male Sachem, a Red Fox and a Red-backed and Marble Salamander in my butterfly field trip this day.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Sachem 1

red fox

Cabbage White

Cynthia Allen

Middle Township Bike Path
Cape May County, NJ

Butterflies very sparse despite nectar remaining.

  • Common Buckeye 2

Jean Gutsmuth

Haddonfield garden
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

my daily 1pm-1:30 observation of Sachem tribe. Wings now very worn. 57 degrees warm sun, still. Doubt I will see them tomorrow.

  • Sachem 4

Sachems

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Another good afternoon for Red Admirals

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Common Buckeye 3

Red Admiral

Common Buckeye

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard NABA # 1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

High winds until about 1 PM, sunny about 56 F. I was happy to have Painted Lady come in and nectar on the rotten fruit. Later it nectared on flowers & was still around 4 hrs later.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12

Monarch

Painted Lady

Chip Krilowicz

Timber Creek Park, Gloucester TWP
Camden County, NJ

Sunny and nice.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 4

Variegated Fritillary

Cabbage White

Steven Glynn

East Point Road areas near lighthouse
Cumberland County, NJ

Birding and noting butterflies

  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4

Question Mark

Will Kerling

Sturdy Savings Administrative Building field - CMCH, NJ
Cape May County, NJ

Found two early rising butterfly species - a Sulphur species and a Common Buckeye.

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Sulphur sp.

Beth Polvino

North Cape May ~ my yard NABA # 1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Cloudy of the day, temp low 50's and winds 10-20 MPH

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Monarch 4