September 2018 Sightings

James Dowdell

my yard, Villas
Cape May County, NJ

the same sleepy orange has been patrolling my senna plantings weather willing since aug.29. Had a female ovipositing on senna back on june 15.

[This is the first report of sleepy orange in CMY (or outside CUM, mainly Dix WMA) this year. Harvey Tomlinson had one in his garden in Del Haven in CMY last September, and Jim Dowdell had a previous one in his garden in October 2012. There are only about a dozen other reports from CMY on our log since 2008. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 35

Ben Barkley

Beth Polvino’s Yard
Cape May County, NJ

Beth gave us a fantastic tour of her yard. Observations from about 10:30-11:30am. Sunny. Long-tailed Skipper quickly visited the Lantana in the front yard and was not seen again. Beautiful garden! Spicebush caterpillar, Black Swallowtail cats, Question Mark cats.

[This is our first report of long-tailed skipper in South Jersey in 2018. (One was found at the very early date of July 29 at Duke Farms in Somerset County.) Could this be our last FOY for the year? Let's hope not! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem C

Jesse and Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

On and off observing, 1 - 5 pm. First sunny day w/o a monarch in weeks.

Our first white-m appeared yesterday; today they were hard to count because appearing in various spots around garden and yard, but agreed that it was at least six – most looking very fresh.

[6 White M's! Only 5 White M's have been reported outside the Connor's garden this year. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 10
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 40

White M Hairstreak

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

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

Jennifer Bulava

TNC garden, Eldora
Cumberland County, NJ

1:20-1:35pm
most species nectaring on sedums

  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Sachem 2

Gray Hairstreak

Red-spotted Purple

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 25

Fiery Skipper

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Most of the action here is on Eupatorium.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 6
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Sachem 53

captured American Lady

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

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

Beth Polvino

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

Mostly cloudy with some drizzle late afternoon. Winds 13-15 MPH. Some butterflies having difficulty with the higher gusts of wind. All cats and chrysalises continue. Finally a Question Mark chrysalis. Long-tailed skipper not refound. Short observation time today.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 15

Question Mark chrysalis

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Jack Miller

MacNamara
Cape May County, NJ

Seen while biking in clouds and some light rain.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Steven Glynn

4-H Garden in Rosenhayn
Cumberland County, NJ

[Our first white-m in CUM in 2018. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 9

White M Hairstreak

American Copper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Our 1st Cloudless Sulphur for us. Only had time for a quick stroll through the garden.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1

Jack Miller

rt 607 just north of Rea Farm
Cape May County, NJ

Third stop. This is a private dwelling that has cannas growing along the road. I pulled over and did not get out of my car or stay long. I could see at least 6 leaf rolls and one adult buzzing around. I am sure that closer inspection would have revealed many more cats.

  • Brazilian Skipper 1

Harvey Tomlinson

TNC - Eldora
Cape May County, NJ

I know Northern Crescent is a Unicorn but check Swift pg 209.
Garden here loaded with nectar but slow on Butterflies.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 7
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Cabbage White (3-spotted)

Common Buckeye

Crescent, sp?

Broad-winged Skipper

Jack Miller

Coral Ave
Cape May County, NJ

I found one Brazilian cat at the Triangle garden and a couple of eggs. These cannas have changed very little in the past few weeks and it appears that predators have worked over the cats. Once again, this place was spookily quiet.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Beth Polvino

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

Interesting day in the yard. While Jack Miller here, a minimum of 4 Brazilian Skippers seen in the yard including 2 together on a canna leaf. While they were there, it started to rain heavily and they moved together to another canna leaf across the sidewalk. My wonder is, are the increased numbers of Brazilian Skippers in the yard, ones that are staying after eclosing there or new ones coming North? Of course there's no way to tell. All 5 species cats or chrysalis continue

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem c

Brazilian Skippers

Horace's Duskywing

Jennifer Bulava

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

9:00-11:00am; starting off in overcast and light rain conditions, and ending with sun and extreme humidity; just before storm.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 20
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Viceroy

Pearl Crescent

Jack Miller

Beth Polvino's garden
Cape May County, NJ

Stopped here briefly around midday. Beth and I dodged scattered showers and watched at least 4 Brazilian skippers plus other bflys Beth will post.

  • Brazilian Skipper 4

Jack Miller

Walton ave off of rt 47
Cape May County, NJ

Sixth stop. This site, a dentist's office, is just north of Fulling Mill rd. There were three areas of cannas which all had cats present.

  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Jack Miller

Cape May St Pk ponds
Cape May County, NJ

Fifth stop. I only walked the ponds and once again no yellow butterflies.

  • Swallowtail sp. 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 26
  • Monarch 4

Jack Miller

Cape May Distillery
Cape May County, NJ

First stop. 10:00. Mostly sunny and near 80. This location has been a major breeding ground for Brazilian sk's since mid-August. There were at least 30 cats present and plenty of eggs.

  • Brazilian Skipper 1

Jack Miller

rt 610 Dennisville
Cape May County, NJ

Last stop around 2:00 (I had been moving in and out of torrential downpours for the last hour). I have been checking this spot out for a couple of weeks. I had seen what looked like cat damage, but until today I had not found any Brazilian cats.

  • Brazilian Skipper 0

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A fresh male Black Swallowtail this evening.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

A brief look at a weedy patch

  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

One Monarch was busy ovipositing on this beautiful afternoon in the yard.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Sachem 8

Ocola Skipper

Salt Marsh Skipper