October 2018 Sightings

Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

The 70th day this year in which monarch was recorded in this garden. 3rd best showing here in at least 20 years.

  • Monarch 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Anxiously awaiting the emergence of our Monarch butterfly from its chrysalis. One Monarch flew by today. [From the look of the chrysalis, today (10-18) may be the day. - jm]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

monarch chrysalis

Beth Polvino

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

Spent about 45 minutes in the garden. Sunny, but quite windy about 15-18 MPH, temp's mid 60's. 13+ Black Swallowtail cats. Did not look for other cats but on my Orange Sulphur picture is a cat on the aster center. Wonder if it could be a Pearl Crescent cat. I haven't ever checked out my asters. Have 5 species of chrysalises -BS, Spicebush Swallowtail, QM, Monarch & 6 Brazilian Skippers. Over 20 Sachems counted in the yard which I find amazing. Images of all butterflies seen. (And I wish the winds would quit not ready for the season to be over)

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Question Mark 0
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 6
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 20

sachem

Orange Sulphur and cat

Beth Polvino

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

temp's about 60 with winds 15 MPH and sun.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Question Mark 0
  • Monarch 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Sachem 6

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Still anxiously awaiting the emergence. One Monarch flew by.

  • Monarch 1

Sandra Keller

Thompson's Beach
Cumberland County, NJ

Walking the beach area at the end of the road. And then had some butterflies as I started back. Strong NW winds, mostly sunny, 45 degrees or so.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 50

Monarchs

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Sunny till nearly 2 p.m. today. Temp. topped out around 61

  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 4

Jack Miller

Heislerville: Bay Ave
Cumberland County, NJ

Early afternoon, sunny, windy and low 60's. After the night of our first frost, it seemed as if the butterflies were trying to soak up as much warmth as possible by presenting dorsally more often than ventrally. Some bushes were decorated by handfuls of dorsal presenting monarchs that made look ready for Christmas. The dark flecking on the cabbage suggests that winter is near.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 7
  • Common Buckeye 54
  • Monarch 43
  • Sachem 1

Monarchs

Cabbage White

Gray Hairstreak

Jack Miller

Thompson's Beach rd
Cumberland County, NJ

Having seen salt marsh sk's here last week, was hoping for the same this week.

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

Beth Polvino

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

Sunny, 60 with light winds. Butterfly activity up again. Black Swallowtail and Brazilian Skipper cats still feeding. I keep finding more Brazilian Skipper chrysalis on the cannas. I believe the Brazilian Skipper I saw today had just eclosed. It sat on the front wall of the house for over an hr. I believe it was drying its wings. 4 other species chrysalis also here.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Question Mark 0
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 14
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 11

Orange Sulphur

Red Admiral

Brazilian Skipper

David L. Amadio

Platt's Farm market & nursery, Clarksboro
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made here between 11 and 11:30 a.m. Sun and mid 50's. This was my 3rd Ocola this year in Gloucester County. Was nectaring on buddleia. Red Admiral & American Lady were enjoying the nice supply of Montauk Daisies.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Jennifer Bulava

Kinkora Trail, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

during guided walk, 10-12:30.
monarchs nectaring on asters

  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Monarch 2

American Copper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 5

David L. Amadio

Riverwind River Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Part sun and 63 degrees. Obs. between 2:35 & 3:18 Still some White Snakeroot in bloom here but not much nectaring observed today. A nice showing for Red Admirals here, mostly fresh.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 7
  • Common Buckeye 1

Red Admiral

Sandra Keller

Pinelands Preservation Alliance Headquarters
Burlington County, NJ

Partly sunny, west winds, 65 degrees. I was walking the field area in the afternoon.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Pearl Crescent 16
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 6

Common Checkered-Skipper

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Monarch finally emerged from chrysalis around 1:10 PM today. Temp 63, breezy, cloudy with a few breaks of sun.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

David L. Amadio

National Park Dredge spoil site
Gloucester County, NJ

64 degreees, part sun & 12-14 mph WNW wind. Sparse amount of Frost Aster. Monarch flying South over the dredge spoil hills.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Wanted to keep checking on the colony, but today's 49 degree temp and strong, blowing winds kept activity down, but not completely. I intend to keep checking into November, as I have had Sleepy's flying last year into November.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

I was bringing potted plants inside for the winter and was amazed to see a Monarch chrysalis on one of the pots. The butterfly looked ready to emerge, so I kept a close watch on it. I was able to capture the moment when the butterfly appeared with a video and photos.

  • Monarch 1

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Still cool at 51 degrees, but full sun and light wind. Activity in the grasses, but end of season clearly nearing.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 16
  • Monarch 2

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Beth Polvino

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

When taking down canna stalks in the front yard I found 3 viable Brazilian Skipper chrysalis plus a leaf that had 3 chrysalis that all looked parasitized. Also found 8 Monarch cats and 7 BS cats. Chrysalis continue in 5 species.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Question Mark 0
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 5

Brazilian Skipper

Jack Miller

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve
Cape May County, NJ

Second stop. Surprised not to see a pearl crescent anywhere today. Hard to count buckeyes here today as they were doing their classic "stay in front and on the path" act. Only found one cat. Lots of dragonflies here including dozens of E. pondhawks.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 20
  • Monarch 2

Common Buckeye

Beth Polvino

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

mid 60's with little wind, sunny.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Question Mark 0
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 4
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 7

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 1

Jack Miller

Fidler rd
Cape May County, NJ

Mid 60's and sunny. In all three places I observed today, love was in the air. Here, I watched a worn orange sulphur lay eggs for almost 5 minutes.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 30
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 2

Cabbage White

Orange Sulphur egg

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Not many bflys here even though there is still plenty of flowering plants.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 6

sachems

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH.
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, mid 60’s.

  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Ocola Skipper

Jack Miller

Corson's Inlet
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, breezy an low 50's. Spent almost two hours wandering Ocean City's south end. Still lots of seaside goldenrod in bloom.

  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 16
  • Monarch 14

Beth Polvino

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

3 eclosed Brazilian Skippers. One of the chrysalis I thought was parasitized eclosed. Monarch and Black Swallowtail, Brazilian Skipper cats continue. 5 species of chrysalis continue including more Brazilian Skippers.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Question Mark 0
  • Monarch 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 3

Brazilian Skipper

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

9 large Brazilian Skipper caterpillars (maybe more) in rolled and zippered shut leaves. Found others preyed upon in the last few weeks. With the amazing migration have been spending time elsewhere and not seen what the garden holds (but strolls through it, despite nectar) are quiet.

  • Brazilian Skipper 0