November 2018 Sightings

Harvey Tomlinson

Lizard Tail Swamp ROW
Cape May County, NJ

There is no nectar along the right of way yet I had 4 species two of Witch were Halloween treats!
Cloudless Sulphur and Sleepy Orange !!!!
I believe Sleepy Orange is a new butterfly for LTS

[Yes, that is correct as far as I know, Harvey. We have only a handful of sleepy orange reports from CMY in our 11 years of logging and none from Lizard Tail SP, as far as I know. Excellent find! jc]

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Common Buckeye 25

Sleepy Orange

Claire Campbell

Amico Island Park, Burlington County Parks
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Jack Miller

Fidler rd
Cape May County, NJ

Last stop of day. By 2:00 it was 70 and overcast with winds approaching 20. I had not seen an ET Blue here in weeks; maybe it was because they were so worn they were almost see-through.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 2

American Snout

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Observations scattered throughout the day. Pretty neat to see 10 species on a November day.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 4
  • Sachem 1

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Such a nice day, sunny and 71 degrees, and a return check was compelling.

Interesting that I spent more time today (12:15 to 1:45pm) and found fewer butterflies, than yesterday's briefer visit.

Excellent count of Sleepy Orange's on this first November day. One was dancing around a flower/leaf that was the same color as the butterfly and I couldn't help but wonder if it was confused. It landed next to it (see photo) and made for a fun shot.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 6
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • Common Buckeye 8

Question Mark

Clouded Skipper

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Beth Polvino

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

high 60's and sunny, little wind. 4 monarch cats, 7 Black Swallowtail cats and Brazilian cats obs while gardening. Continuing Black Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Question Mark, Monarch and Brazilian Skipper chrysalises continue. New rotten fruit put out with some success.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 3
  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Walked the 5 mile loop from 10:45 to 11:15 in bright sun and temps climbing through the 60's. I believe all of the anglewings were commas.

  • Anglewing sp. 4
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1

Harvey Tomlinson

Stipsons Island Rd
Cape May County, NJ

This is the only Butterfly I saw along the road.
Note the odd markings. Even odder is that is was at the end of the road in the Marsh

  • Question Mark 1

Question Mark

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

1 monarch flying over the interior meadow (not feeding) around 3:00pm

  • Monarch 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Orange Sulphur present from 11am - 12:30. Seemed to prefer phlox in sunny, sheltered areas. Sachems spotted around 2pm. among the Zinnias.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Sachem 3

Sachem

Sachem

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Discovered the Monarch around 1:30; she was still on the same stalk at twilight although she had moved further up the plant. In the photo, you can see the chrysalis to her upper right. I'll check in the morning to see if she is still there, although a morning rain is forecast.

  • Monarch 1

Monarch

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Nectar scarce here. Only one lone Cabbage White on this warmer day.

  • Cabbage White 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Cloudy but 70+. I surveyed the garden for plants and counted 26 species of flowers still blooming. Best nectar sources at this point are Lantana & Buddleia. That will change soon. Perhaps the last mild day in the garden.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sachem 2

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sachem

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

4 monarch chrysalises left. I hope they make it!!

  • Monarch 0

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

I checked this morning around 9:00 and saw that the newly-emerged Monarch from yesterday was still positioned on the stalk where it was at the end of day. When I came back from a Burlington County Parks walk around 1:30, I checked again for the Monarch. This time, it was on the ground. I moved it to some asters so it was off the ground and, after a minute or so, it flew off. It flew briefly, then landed on the ground again. I noticed that it wasn't flapping its wing like other Monarchs. I put it on some butterfly weed and it began to drink nectar immediately. After a few minutes, it flew around the yard for a longer time this flight, but, again landed on the ground. If you take a close look at today's photo and the photo from yesterday, you'll see that the lower wings did not expand completely. Is there anything I can do expand the wings?

  • Monarch 0

Monarch

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve, Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

Observation made while doing volunteer work @ 1 pm.

  • Question Mark 1

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park & adjoining private property
Burlington County, NJ

While birding in the park today I observed a few b'flies once it warmed up. Also, unfortunately, found a Spotted Lanternfly (see photo).

[This is a significant discovery of this very destructive non-native pest, which now is apparently invading NJ from hot spots immediately across the Delaware River in PA. All NJ sightings (especially those photo'd as Tom did here) should be reported to the NJ Dept of Agriculture. It's a leafhopper that feeds by sucking plant sap. Adults prefer Ailanthus trees but the black and white nymphs feed on more than 70 plant species. See more info about them, the destruction they cause, and how to report here: https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/pi/prog/spottedlanternfly.html

Thanks to Tom for his alertness and sharp eyes!

jc]

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Sachem 1

Spotted Lanternfly (!)

Chris Herz

Barrington, Rte 30 & Clements Bridge
Camden County, NJ

while driving, 12 pm.

  • Cabbage White 1

Beth Polvino

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

Sad to see the butterfly season ending. Still nectar in the garden with lantana & zinnias. Cleanup today of some of the cannas. I found 1 large Brazilian cat creating a nest perhaps getting to to pupate plus 4 Brazilian Skipper Chrysalises. All look viable. 14 monarch cats mostly last instars and a few Black Swallowtail cats on host plants. Black Swallowtail (2), Spicebush Swallowtail (3), Question Mark (2), Monarch (1) and Brazilian Skipper (4) chrysalises here. Was surprised to have a Fiery Skipper hang around all afternoon.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Question Mark 0
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Brazilian Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Brazilian Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Commas were soaking up the sun on fallen oak leaves.

  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Common Buckeye 1

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Both sachems were ragged. This was the first day in weeks that I did not see monarchs or buckeyes.

  • Sachem 2

Beth Polvino

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

eclosed Brazilian Skipper today

[The magic continues! jc]

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

Brazilian Skipper

Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Anglewing sp. 1

Beth Polvino

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

Sunny, little wind and low 60's.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Question Mark 0
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1

Jack Miller

Fidler rd
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped her briefly around 1:00. I had not seen a Pearl Crescent in weeks. The one that I focused on was mint fresh. Shocked not to see a sulpher here today.

  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 1

Jack Miller

MacNamara WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped briefly to look for dragonflies.

  • Eastern Comma 2

Brian Johnson

Natural lands preserve at north Burden hill road
Salem County, NJ

Suprising to see the Buckeyes trying for another brood.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 4

Common Buckeyes

Jack Miller

Corson's Inlet and OC's south end
Cape May County, NJ

Mid-day; full sun; temp in near 60.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 8

Clay Sutton

Thompson's Beach
Cumberland County, NJ

Monarchs were flying west along the Delaware Bay beachfront and over the marsh.

  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 12

Sandra Keller

Heislerville and East Point Rds. area
Cumberland County, NJ

I was birding. I was surprised at the butterflies. Cool this morning. But sunny. This report covers Langley Rd, Glade Rd, East Point Rd, and the dirt road through Heislerville. The back entrance. First butterfly was a Monarch at 8:00AM. Flying low in a field.

  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 8
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Monarch 7

American Lady