September 2018 Sightings

Jennifer Bulava

Egg Harbor Twp Nature Reserve, Egg Harbor
Atlantic County, NJ

Overcast, high 70's and humid

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2

Variegated Fritillary

Common Buckeye

David L. Amadio

Platt's Nursery, Clarksboro
Gloucester County, NJ

Checked out the large supply of potted Cannas plants here for Brazilian activity again. Found none. Sachems were everywhere especially on Coneflowers.

  • Monarch 4
  • Sachem a

Tom Bailey

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

7:30 to 2:45.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Orange Sulphur 13
  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 19
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 18
  • Eastern Comma 10
  • Red Admiral 5
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 13
  • Sachem 58
  • Dun Skipper 2

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Look what I found on my cannas!

[It is wonderful how the Brazilians are sharing cats with many of this year. -jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Sachem 5

Brazilian Skipper cat

Brazilian Skipper cat

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Found a tattered C.Wood Nymph today. This is the first sighting of CWN since 2010 here. Also have 3 final instar Black Swallowtail cats on Parsley. Monarch cats now on Com.Milkweed, Tropical milkweed, and A.tuberosa. None found on my lone Swamp Milkweed. Female Monarch was laying eggs on and off most of the day.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Sachem 7

David L. Amadio

Rt45 & S.Evergreen Ave.
Gloucester County, NJ

Flyby.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Only the garden & field off the parking area. Nice action on the Mistflower. The most active that this garden has been all year. Most RB Hairstreaks that I have seen anywhere in Glouco this year. Obs. made between 2:40 & 3:15 Cloudy and 77 degrees.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 38
  • Dun Skipper 2

Tom Bailey

Forsythe NWR
Atlantic County, NJ

11 to 11:30. Area around the visitor center and parking lot.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

sunny w/ some clouds later; 84F
12 noon - 4:45 pm; flower beds at entrance, beach
and Cove trail to platforms, back on Perimeter Trail and
Redwing Blackbird Trail (5 miles)
thanks to Jim for showing us around

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 25
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 37
  • Red Admiral 22
  • Red-spotted Purple 18
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 14
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 10
  • Zabulon Skipper 8
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 16
  • Crossline Skipper
  • Sachem 50+
  • Dun Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

1 Monarch released. Pecks new for the yard this season.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 9

Beth Polvino

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

Brazilian Skipper cats continue with many more eggs daily. Spicebush Swallowtail cats continue with 1 in a chrysalis and a second getting ready to go into chrysalis. Still have small SS cats. Sachems have exploded in the yard.

  • Black Swallowtail 8
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 11
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Sachem c

Spicebush Swallowtail

Spicebush Swallowtail

Brian Johnson

Power line cut off of Rt 49
Salem County, NJ

Tried the cut that I had the Dusted skippers at in the spring. Was hoping for Leonard's but didn't find any. No surprise there. With how barren the habitat is it was a nice surprise how many Butterflies were there. Almost everything including the Snout was feeding on the Groundsel.

[Nice to hear someone use the word "Leonard's" on our SJ log. Maybe there are still some out there. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • American Copper 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 5
  • Sachem 40 +

Gray Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Had a brief visit by a Variegated Fritillary. This is only the 2nd time in the last 6 years for this sp. in the garden. Took a census of caterpillars in the yard this morning. Found 11 Monarch cats, & 2 Black Swallowtail cat.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Sachem

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:58 to 4:28 with mostly sunny skies and 92 degrees. Ventured into the Beech forest today to look for Harvesters. Was rewarded with 6 plus one vacated Chrysalis. Numerous trees with Woolly Aphid infestation. Observed one female laying eggs on American Beech near the aphids. At the base of a large Beech tree I found both a Red Admiral & a Red-spotted Purple imbibing aphid honeydew. In the garden Mistflower is drawing in many Sachems & Peck's Skippers.

[Correction: In response to my suggestion that Dave's photos of a Harvester chrysalis were a first for our log, Dave sent an email to me with photos and following words: "I was actually fortunate enough to find and photograph a couple of them in 2012 during the big irruption at Chestnut Branch. Was stunned by the 'monkey face' look of the chrysalis. Real spooky without using my camera's flash. Was able back then to capture some well camouflaged caterpillars also."
Congrats to Dave for capturing these cool Harvester photos again! - jm]

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Harvester 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 11
  • Sachem 36
  • Dun Skipper 2

Red-spotted Purple

Harvester Chrysalis

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:05 to 1:35 with part sun & 88 degrees. Only observed the garden and adjacent fields. Found 4 Black Swallowtail cats on Fennel.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 17

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 15

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

7 am to 2:15 pm. Foggy early & hazy, hot, & humid later. Mostly birding today.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 6
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 11
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 33
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Crossline Skipper

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

3 Monarchs released and a rag laying eggs on c. Milkweed. Black ST laying eggs on rue.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 13

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Sachem 10

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Strange to find just sachems and least sk's today after having a nice variety the past few weeks. Counted 18 monarch chrysalises. My Brazilian cats are growing so slowly I can barely notice change in them. Is anyone else observing this?

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Sachem 62

Beth Polvino

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

Excited to find tiny, tiny Question Mark Caterpillars and more eggs on the hackberry. Rotten fruit pulls in several butterflies. Brazilian Skipper here laying more eggs. Lots of sachems chasing each other.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem c

sachem

Red-spotted Purple

Question Mark

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail & Community center area
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made between 1:45 & 2:40 with part sun & 90 degrees. This is a deceptively good spot for butterflies. At first glance many butterfliers would pass it by. Frequent mowing and most of the property is managed for sports & recreational events. At the edges one can find a surprising number of butterfly species. Geographically being along the Delaware River helps.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 11
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Chris Herz

Newton Lake Park
Camden County, NJ

Hazy, humid and sun. Bugs on purple loosestrife and smartweed by water's edge. One late instar monarch cat.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 8
  • Sachem 75

Sandra Keller

My garden in Barrington.
Camden County, NJ

I was scanning my Canna plants for cats. No. But found a record number of Monarch cats - all on Orange Milkweed. All this big size. This was at 6:15PM. I had 16 Monarch Caterpillars.

  • Monarch 0
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 25

Monarch cat

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas State Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

9:15-11:30am during guided hike

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Least Skipper 20

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

Very quick stop at meadow restoration.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Red Admiral

Common Buckeye

Sandra Keller

Harleigh Cemetery
Camden County, NJ

86 degrees, sunny, very light winds. I was mainly along the edge by the Cooper River. Lots of weeds for nectar.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 40
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 15
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 50
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 14
  • Sachem 185

Sachem

Sulphur sp.

Tom Baxter

my yard in Erma
Cape May County, NJ

Went out to investigate the large dark swallowtail that turned out to be a female Tiger.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 2

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

4:40-6 pm, 92 degrees and humid. 2 late instar monarch cats and one chrysalis.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 43

Beth Polvino

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

All cats continue ~ Monarch, Black Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Brazilian Skipper and Question Mark. I have more eggs of each kind on there respective host plants. Sachems continue to explode in numbers.

[Beth provides us with excellent photos of Question mark activity! -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 33

American Snout eggs

snout

Question Mark cats

Question Mark ovipositing

Brazilian Skipper