September 2018 Sightings

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

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

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Many more sachems and skippers than counted. 90 F, no breeze.

  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 6

Red-spotted Purple

Sachem

Peck's Skipper

Claire Campbell

Black Run Preserve, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Least Skipper 4

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Smith's Woods butterfly garden, 9:20-9:40am
Monarch laying eggs on common milkweed

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Monarch egg laying

Monarch egg

comma

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. Brazilian Skipper in chrysalis had changed in color. Possibly getting ready to eclose soon.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 5
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 8
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem 17

Brazilian Skipper chrysalis

Steven Glynn

Stow Neck area
Salem County, NJ

Bronze Coppers not seen in any numbers that I would have expected. A lone male had all the late summer dogbane all to himself. Perhaps the brood is just getting started.

New Aaron's Skippers were nice to see as well.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Clouded Sulphur 6
  • Bronze Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 13
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Aaron's Skipper 11
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Sachem 20
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 3

Red Admiral

Bronze Copper

Aaron's Skipper

Steven Glynn

Mannington Marsh areas near Salem City
Salem County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 14
  • Clouded Sulphur 8
  • Orange Sulphur Common
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 16
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 13
  • Least Skipper 8
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem Common

Swarthy Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Steven Glynn

Canton Bronze Copper colony
Salem County, NJ

Unfortunately, this colony area was mowed and also planted this summer.

An adjacent field of wildflowers was very active. A lone male Bronze Copper was still seen flying within the new soybean patch.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White Common
  • Clouded Sulphur Common
  • Orange Sulphur Common
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Variegated Fritillary 6
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper Common
  • Sachem Abundant

Bronze Copper

Beth Polvino and Harvey Tomlinson

Beth Polvino's Magic Garden
Cape May County, NJ

Beth released a Brazilian Skipper this am and then gave me a tour of her wonderful garden!
Snout eggs, Question mark eggs and cats. An odd cat that could be a Comma, and eggs and tents for more Brazilians.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Snout 0
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 12
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem 15

Brazilian Skipper

Steven Glynn

Bronze Copper colony #1 (Private property)
Salem County, NJ

Unfortunately, this property is undergoing land use changes and loss of habitat for the colony. Access is also tenuous going forward.

Final brood of Bronze Coppers flying, but only a couple of males seen here and only males at other sites today.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Bronze Copper 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 3
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 11
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Broad-winged Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Bronze Copper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. on and off between 1 & 4:30 p.m. Mostly Cloudy but with a couple of sunny breaks.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Jennifer Bulava

Rancocas State Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

9:00-11:20, during guided hike
Cloudy and humid

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Least Skipper 16

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Weird to see this bug flying from flower to flower in the rain as if it was no big deal.

  • Cabbage White 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Rain did not stop one monarch.

  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

No adult butterflies observed here on this cool & wet September day. I did go out to look for and count Monarch cats. Found 11 today including 5 on Tropical Milkweed, 4 on Common Milkweed, and 2 on Swamp Milkweed. This was the first obs. of Monarch cats on the Swamp Milkweed this season here. One had just shed its exoskeleton.

  • Monarch 0

Monarch cat

Monarch cat

Beth Polvino

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

Drizzle in the AM and cloudy in the PM. Winds 12-18 MPH. There was a sachem attached to my window screen all day yesterday and again this AM that flew once the weather was better. Lots of wind damage to the garden from the storms over the weekend. 2 Brazilians flying all over the yard this afternoon. I wonder if one is the Brazilian that eclosed here on 9/7.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 0
  • Monarch 5
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Sachem 13

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Two monarchs braved the rain! The one on the flower (see photo) clung to it for just over 1 hour and 15 minutes through a constant drizzle and breezy winds. The rain stopped and after 10 minutes, or so, the monarch left and flew around the yard.

  • Monarch 2

Beth Polvino

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

Mist and drizzle early, clearing mid AM with sun until about 4PM when thundershowers arrived. Temp 82 with winds 8 MPH. Saw 3 Question Mark Butterflies laying eggs on the same Hackberry at the same time. There are more than 100 eggs and at least 40 QM cats right now of varying sizes. Still have Brazilian cats, Spicebush Swallowtail cat, Monarch and Black Swallowtail cats. Another Carolina Praying Mantis in the yard today. FOY Eastern Comma seen but unable to get photo.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem c

Question Mark cats

Gray Hairstreak and silver-spotted sk

Brazilian Skipper

Sachem

Chip Krilowicz

Westville at Big Timber Creek
Gloucester County, NJ

Cloudy and misty.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem c
  • Dun Skipper 2

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

8:00-10:20am
Overcast and misty rain for most of the morning, did not expect to see butterflies (while birding). Also found a transparent monarch chrysalis.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1

Monarch chrysalis

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

The Monarch & Cabbage White were obs. earlier in the day by my wife Pat. At least 10 Monarch cats.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Nice to see the sun for an hour today.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 16

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

2 monarchs released early am, and 2 flying late in the day when some sun appeared! 82 degrees and humid. 3 early instar black STs on Rue, and the 3 Giant ST chrysalises haven't emerged. Still seeing monarch eggs and early instars on c. milkweed.

[Those giant swallowtail chrysalises are exciting! Let us know what happens, Chris! jc]

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 3

Beth Polvino

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

Sunny, hot & humid in the low 80's little wind. All cats continue. Brazilian Skipper laying eggs on Canna leaves but unable to get images as gardening.

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem c

American Lady

Pearl Crescent

'Summer' Spring Azure

Brazilian Skipper

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

3 Monarch cats. Male and female Monarchs seen flying together. Garden full of all kinds of life, plenty of grass skippers. Butterflies seen between each of many rain showers all day. 1 Monarch rose heavy-wingedly from sheltering shrub to Phlox. This Monarch photographed from porch window.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 5

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden -Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

FINALLY….after weeks of checking my Cannas I have my very own, mint fresh, Brazilian Skipper!

[Very cool find, Harvey! Gives hope to all the gardeners still checking their own Cannas! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12

Brazilian Skipper

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

Did a full walk through of the WMA from the roadside, but the full overcast conditions weren't ideal and my time spent was ended with a full thunderstorm.

Strong numbers of Sleepy Oranges flying, with at least 14 females ovipositing. My photo of one female ovipositing also captured a Sleepy Orange caterpillar doing its thing on the same small senna plant.

Good numbers of very fresh Cloudless Sulphurs today, as well as good activity overall.

[Yikes! Check out Steve's sleepy shot! Very cool documentation of breeding success in this site. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 11
  • Sleepy Orange 37
  • Gray Hairstreak 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 13
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye Common
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 17
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Least Skipper Common
  • Sachem 3

Eastern Comma

American Lady

Common Buckeye cat

Cloudless Sulphur

Sleepy Orange adult and cat

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

I checked out a very small patch, maybe 8' X 10' of Late flowering thoroughwort & Goldenrod around 2:30. Was surprised with the level of action. Mostly fresh looking bugs with the exception of the Comma. This property has been extremely poor this year due to frequent mowing & herbicide spraying.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

A lovely day in the 70's with sun and light winds. First White M here in two years. Caught the mantis laying eggs.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 6
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Sachem c

Tawny-edged Skipper

Least Skipper

White M Hairstreak