September 2018 Sightings

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

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Cloudy & damp when I got home from work, but found a few butterflies. The E.Tiger & Silver-spotted found by Pat earlier during a sunny period. Monarch cats rapidly devouring Milkweeds.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Willingboro Lakes Park, Willingboro
Burlington County, NJ

During bird survey, 8-10am, overcast and humid.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Sachem 4

Sachem

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

during bird survey, overcast and light mist at times.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 2

Sachem

Eastern Comma

Beth Polvino

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

Only one walk around the garden at 4 PM - 4:30 PM. Cloudy with peaks of sun with winds 12-16 MPH. Surprised to find a fresh-looking Horace's Duskywing. Still have 4 varieties of butterfly caterpillars that I see along with some moth caterpillars.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem 21

Brazilian Skipper

Horace's Duskywing

Matt Webster

Damblys Garden Center, Berlin
Camden County, NJ

V Frit caterpillar was found on pansies

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 0
  • American Lady 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 6

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

A brief look at the gardens @3 pm.

[Very nice find by Tom: our South Jersey log's first Ocola of 2018. There have been four reports in North Jersey, the first on Aug 22 in Somerset County by Ben Barkley. jc]

  • Ocola Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Occasional obs. today. Both Monarchs were mint fresh.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

David L. Amadio

Rt45 North Woodbury
Gloucester County, NJ

A flyby

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1

Beth Polvino

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

Warm, Rain or drizzle most of the day with clearing on and off in afternoon. Some sun by 4 PM when butterflies came out to nectar. Images obtained. Surprised to see my first Common Sootwing in a while.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 6
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem 21

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

A monarch tried to emerge from its chrysalis and expand its wings, but was unable to break free and complete the process. (see photo) I checked online for some causes and the most likely, for me, seems to be that, because the warm sun was shining directly on the butterfly, the butterfly's wings dried out too quickly. So ironic because the past days have been so cloudy and overcast.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Steven Glynn

Cumberland Bayshore area from Dix WMA to Bivalve
Cumberland County, NJ

Helped lead a walk for Citizens United into the Sleepy Orange colony and then to some areas along the bayshore.

Numbers are guestimates from personal observations and info gathered from the group.

[Looks like an wonderful excursion, including a FOY fiery skipper for our log – on the same day Tom Bailey found one in BUR. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Sleepy Orange 25
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 15
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 18
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 25

American Lady

Peck's Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Tawny Emperor

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail & Community center areas.
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:47 to 4:37 p.m. with Cloudy skies and 77 degrees. Most activity here was on Eupatorium & Lespedeza species.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 15
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 44

Tom Bailey

Kinkora Trail, Mansfield Township
Burlington County, NJ

12 to 4 pm. Party sunny, @80 degrees. Photos of Painted Lady, Am. Copper, Fiery & Ocola Skipper.

[One day after finding our log's first Ocola, Tom finds our first fiery skipper of 2018 – and lots else! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 46
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 21
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 28
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 8
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 6
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 12
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 21
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Sachem 215

Ocola Skipper

Painted Lady

Fiery Skipper

American Copper

Meredith Koenig

Private Garden, Port Norris
Cumberland County, NJ

Steven Glenn led this CUMaurice River tour. His sighting list for the day records combined counts.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Common Buckeye

Cabbage White

American Lady

Orange Sulphur

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

With 100% cloud cover my expectations were limited. Obs. from 1:05 to 3:35 p.m. 78 degrees. Was somewhat surprised to find this level of activity. Conducted a fairly thorough search of the refuge this afternoon. Monarchs continue to be impressive this year. Found a dozen cats without hardly trying. Observed a female still laying eggs. My first NJ Ocola for the year highlighted this day in the field. A truly gorgeous IO moth ( Automeris io) was on a Lespedeza sp. At least two of the E. Commas were fresh winter form individuals.

[Dave's Ocola in GLO gives us a 2nd county in South Jersey for this species this year (and 4th county in the state in 2018). Apparently, none yet seen in CMY, however. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 37
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Eastern Comma 8
  • Red-spotted Purple 6
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 22
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 6
  • Sachem 33

White M Hairstreak

Ocola Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Io moth

C Wyluda

Lighthouse Point Park
Cape May County, NJ

3:20 - 4:40, red, blue trails, not the beach.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 7
  • Sachem 4

Sandra Keller

Tranquility Trails
Gloucester County, NJ

A GCNC botany field trip. We look at everything. Partly sunny, 77 degrees, light east winds.

[Good job by Sandra and company providing only our third little yellow report of the year – and the first away from Dix WMA in CUM. It is also the first little yellow found in GLO since 10-30-16 (by Dave Amadio in National Park). jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 30
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Little Yellow 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 15
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Tawny Emperor

Little Yellow

C Wyluda

Cox Hall Creek WMA
Cape May County, NJ

9:40-1:20pm while birding
buckeyes were very fresh

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Red-spotted Purple 6

C Wyluda

Triangle Park
Cape May County, NJ

was there 3-3:pm and 4:45 -5; wanted a white M picture but no luck with that. Also was hoping for a brazilian…just got a leaf roll.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 3
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 2

Question Mark

Beth Polvino

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

FOS Fiery Skippers in the yard today. Sunny and warm, winds 12-14 MPH. Butterfly numbers up for Common Buckeyes and Sachems. 5 types of caterpillars continue in the yard.

[Browsing through all the reports for 9-15-18 makes it obvious that it was excellent butterflying day. Among other things, we had three separate reports of fiery skipper – our first of the year – and they appeared in three different counties: CMY (Beth's here), CUM (Steve G) and BUR (Tom B.) jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem c

Fiery Skipper

Red-spotted Purple

Question Mark

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

11:15 - 11:45 am. Our yard's FOY white-m.

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 25

White M Hairstreak

American Lady

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Most activity here in over a week. Fresh winter form E.Comma & Q-Mark (two views in photos). Found 4 previously unseen Black Swallowtail cats on parsley.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

Question Mark

Question Mark

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

Briefly explored only the garden & adjacent fields. Fresh "intermediate rosa" form Buckeye found here. Obs. made from 3:48 till 4:16, part sun and 83 degrees.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 25

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Jennifer Bulava

Cape May State Park
Cape May County, NJ

4:12-4:40pm

  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 3

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

Over 60 Sachem on Lantana in front yard (about 30 plants)

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 65

Chris Herz

Audubon garden
Camden County, NJ

Warm and sunny. First variegated frit seen in this garden this season–it didn't stay long. One monarch released.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Jennifer Bulava

Triangle Park, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

3:50-4:00pm
Searching in vain for Brazilian skipper. Found empty chrysalis instead. Tiger swallowtail was black form.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 2

Jennifer Bulava

Garret Family Preserve, Cape Island Creek
Cape May County, NJ

4:50-5:20pm
Quick walk on the pollinator trail

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Sachem 3

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Commas & RSP's sharing fruit dish with Giant Hornets today. Found a Monarch chrysalis attached to Common Milkweed leaf. A lazy caterpillar?.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 4