September 2018 Sightings

Beth Polvino

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

Excited to have the Long-tailed skipper and Ocola skipper here today. Brazilian skipper ovipositing on many canna leaves. All 5 species cats and chrysalis continue.

[How many NJ gardens have ever hosted these four "wrong-way" migrant skippers on the same day: long-tailed, fiery, Brazilian, and Ocola? Any others at all, ever? jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 8
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 16
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Sachem 21

Long-tailed Skipper

Brazilian Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Beth Polvino

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

Mostly rain with a few cloudy breaks where a few butterflies came out to nectar. Black Swallowtails and Monarchs using the cherry tree for cover. Some skippers also seen from window but I didn't go out at all.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Monarch 6

monarch

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

During a morning river watch for birds I counted Monarchs moving south over the Delaware River.

  • Monarch 21

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard, Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

2:30-4:00 pm, mix of sun and clouds. Monarch chrysalis looks close to opening. Two white-ms apparently very fresh – more of them in our yard this fall than we can remember from any past September.

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 35

Monarch

Ocola Skipper

Pat & Clay Sutton

Alexander Avenue in Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Noon to 12:30 p.m. Despite heavy rain to the west and north of us, the sun came full out at Cape May. 50 Monarchs and 25 Common Buckeyes were nectaring on a stunning stand of Late-flowering Thoroughwort in a garden on Alexander Avenue. The Viceroy was at the dune crossover.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Common Buckeye 25
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 50
  • Sachem 2

Viceroy

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

After a delightful visit to Beth Pulvino's garden and learning by seeing Brazilian Skipper eggs on her Canna leaves (and a beautiful chrysalis), we went home to find Brazilian Skipper eggs on our own Cannas, but no cats. Will be watching those eggs closely! Thank you, Beth!

  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Brazilian Skipper egg

Brazilian Skipper egg

Pat & Clay Sutton

Triangle Park in Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

1:30 to 1:45 p.m. Still sunny. Finally for us, 1st Long-tailed Skipper of the fall. Plus nice to see other southern wanderers like Fiery and Ocola Skipper

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 30
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 30
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 2

Beth Polvino

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

Sunny & windy. 13 months after the last visit I was glad to see a Sleepy Orange again in the yard. No Long-tailed Skipper seen. Pat & Clay Sutton visited the garden and saw my remaining Brazilian Skipper, eggs, nests and chrysalis. Images obtained. All 5 species of cats and chrysalis continue.

[Intriguing find of sleepy orange – is it a Bay-crossing "wrong way" migrant or could there by a sleepy orange colony somewhere in Cape May County? jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 11
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 23
  • Monarch 17
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 6
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem c

Sleepy Orange

Painted Lady

Chip Krilowicz

Cooper River Park
Camden County, NJ

Cloudy misty windy and cool. Results of a two hour walk.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 6

Viceroy

Common Buckeye

Variegated Fritillary

Steven Glynn

Triangle Garden in Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 3
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Long-tailed Skipper

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Observations made throughout the day during periods of sunshine. Monarch ovipositing. A few cats too.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Sandra Keller

Floodgates Rd. - the dike area.
Gloucester County, NJ

Overcast, sun did peak out now and then. Strong SE winds, 75 degrees. Most of the butterflies were concentrated in areas out of the wind when I hit them.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 40
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 22
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 5
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 4

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Pat & Clay Sutton

South Cape May Meadows
Cape May County, NJ

10 a.m. to Noon, Looped through the meadows. Sky still pretty overcast. Garden by building in parking lot had 3 of the Ocola Skippers. 20 Common Buckeye caterpillars on Seaside Gerardia.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 35
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 8
  • Ocola Skipper 4
  • Sachem 2

James Dowdell

My yard, Villas
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 6
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 60+
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 50+
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 10+
  • Fiery Skipper 12
  • Sachem 40

Linda Spangler

North Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

[Welcome to our newest observer/participant, Linda Spangler. jc]

  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Monarch 12

Jennifer Bulava

Boundary Creek, Moorestown
Burlington County, NJ

1:30-3:00 pm
Very hot and humid, sunny.
Large bur marigold in full bloom attracting lots of monarchs.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Monarch 16

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

8:00-11:00am, during bird survey

  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 11

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Brazilian Skipper eggs (16, some hatched and some not yet hatched) and caterpillars (3) all on massed planting of Cannas in my front yard garden. Curious that the 8 Cannas planted as accents in the perennial garden in the backyard were not found by the egg-laying Brazilian Skipper that visited the front yard?

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Sachem 2

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

11:30-noon

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 2

Beth Polvino

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

All Cats and Chrysalis continue. Brazilian Skipper eclosed from chrysalis today.

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 27
  • Monarch 17
  • Duskywing sp. 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 15

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Many more Brazilian Skipper eggs hatched today. Found 11 small caterpillars working on their hidey hole (folded over leaf edge) on massed planting of Cannas.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Pat Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

First Pearl Crescent of the year for this garden. An irregular visitor here in the garden.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1

Chris Herz

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua Twp.
Gloucester County, NJ

Heavy cloud cover and 72 degrees, 4:30-5:15. Not even a cabbage white flying but did notice this spicebush cat on sassafras.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0

Spicebush Swallowtail

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden
Gloucester County, NJ

Monarchs & Thithonia : A pefect combination.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 2

Beth Polvino

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

Much quieter past 2 days. Winds 15 MPH with higher gusts in AM. Sunny and less wind in the afternoon. Cats and chrysalis of 5 species continue. Watched 2 Question Marks and a Monarch eclose today. It's now been 6 weeks of seeing one or more Brazilian Skippers in my yard on a daily basis. Never would have dreamed this would happen a year ago and wonder what next year will bring.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Question Mark 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 7
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 11

Question Mark

Brazilian Skipper

Chris Herz

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

4:30-6:15 pm, partly cloudy and 70 degrees.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

David L. Amadio

Triangle Park Garden
Cape May County, NJ

Initial obs. made at around 11:30 a.m. Stopped back later in the afternoon twice searching for Long Tailed Skippers without any luck.

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 10
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Monarchs