December 2018 Sightings

James Dowdell

my yard, Villas
Cape May County, NJ

laying eggs on stinging nettles.

  • Red Admiral 1

Jack Miller

rt 47 near Springer's Mill rd
Cape May County, NJ

I saw the Buckeye while driving. I stopped and saw it fly into the yard of a private residence.

  • Common Buckeye 1

Tom Reed

Avalon Seawatch (beach between 8th and 9th streets)
Cape May County, NJ

Mostly sunny, 60ºF, winds W 10-15mph. Brief look at Comma/Question Mark flying west along outer beach during late AM.

  • Anglewing sp. 1

Beth Polvino

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

A fly through with a short stop.

  • Question Mark 1

Jack Miller

rt 607 near the Beanery
Cape May County, NJ

Late morning with full sun and mid 50's.

  • Orange Sulphur 5

Orange Sulphur

Doyle and James Dowdell

Cape May Pt. State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Question Mark 6
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 12

Beth Polvino

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

Seen while walking to the garage to go out. Going south but stopped briefly at my lone blooming Rudibeckia plant.

  • Monarch 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

45 degrees F at 11:45 a.m. Sunning on a stretch of boardwalk on the Yellow Trail. Flushed and photo'd on an American Holly tree trunk. How the heck did it survive the cold weather we've had to date? [Could this possibly be an escapee from Santa's sleigh? This is our first report since December 4th. Since then, the Cape has seen 3" of snow, 4" of rain, and lots of wind and clouds. Congrats to Pat, Clay and the bug! - jm]

  • Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral

Chris Herz

Cape May point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

43 degrees and sunny, walking the blue trail. [The southern most point in NJ does again. Congrats to Chris on not just one but two butterflies today. Will we get another 2018 report? -jm]

  • Red Admiral 2

Red Admiral

Jack Miller

rt 607 near the Beanery
Cape May County, NJ

I had not seen any bflies here recently and thought this attempt might be futile. For the past few winters, I have wondered about the sulphur colonies that exist in the Cape in December. When I see some of these sulphurs fly and show lemon yellow, I think "clouded." However, they often show orange dots when see dorsally. I still wonder if hybrids of these two species might have an cold weather edge. See the blog on this topic from 12/22/15.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Jesse Amesbury

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny. Mid 50s.

  • Red Admiral 2

Red Admiral

Jack Miller

Cape May Point SP
Cape May County, NJ

50 and sunny. I studied the photos of the recently reported RA's at the Point, and I am convinced this is a different bug. Unrelated to that, this RA was happy to stay put: notice the proboscis in the sap. I missed a bfly that flew away from the path that I believe was a buckeye. A young observer who saw it just after I gave up on it called it a "painted lady." I was surprised to hear peepers, see a green frog, and see a ribbon snake (my new LOY for snakes in SJ).

[Startling collection of sightings just before the New Year begins – especially the two vertebrates. jc]

  • Red Admiral 1

green frog

ribbon snake

Red Admiral