September 2019 Sightings

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

A new Black Swallowtail cat discovered on recently purchased parsley plant. Possibly purchased with egg already attached. Also found a Monarch on Asclepias Tuberosa, the first one this year on this milkweed sp. Most this year have been using Common Milkweed with a few on Tropical.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Tawny Emperor 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Brian Johnson

Middle impoundment at Tuckahoe WMA
Cape May County, NJ

Walked a few patches of Salt-marsh Fleabane while birding today. The state is doing some good work at the impoundments. What was all Phragmite a few years ago is now good Butterfly habitat.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 6
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 175
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 2
  • Aaron's Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 10
  • Fiery Skipper 38
  • Sachem 65
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Less than a half hour here in the garden area after 3:40 p.m. Part sun and 85. Garden overtaken with weeds, but still ample nectar, primarily Mistflower & some Late flowering thoroughwort.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 19
  • Sachem 23

Peck's Skippers

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve, Woodland Township
Burlington County, NJ

5 mile hike mostly along the "Red" Trail from 9:15 am to 3 pm.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 24
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 2

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 10

Matt Webster

Dambly’s Garden Center, Winslow Twp
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 3
  • Sachem 18

Robert C. Koch

Lumberton Leas on Creek Rd. Lumberton, NJ
Burlington County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Sulphur sp. 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 11
  • Common Buckeye 13
  • Red-spotted Purple 9
  • Viceroy 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 17

Red-spotted Purple

Tawny Emperor

Variegated Fritillary

Peck's Skipper

David L. Amadio

Dippy's Ice Cream, Rt45 Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

A flyby

  • Red-spotted Purple 1

Chris Herz

River trail
Gloucester County, NJ

12-1:30, windy but 84 degrees. Nectar that was out of the wind would have a number of bugs.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 13
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 6
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings. All were northbound.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 3

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1

David L. Amadio

Wheelabrator Refuge, Westville
Gloucester County, NJ

A brief visit from 3:45-4:15. Observed a Clouded Sulphur ovipositing on red clover.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 10
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Sachem 16

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

One of today's E.tigers was a dark form female.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 4
  • Tawny Emperor 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Sandra Keller & Chris Herz

Riverwinds Scenic Trail
Gloucester County, NJ

Light rain prior to starting out, 10:30-11:45. 73 degrees; Hackberry emperor, RS purple, and pecks all on my car when I returned–salts on car– from earlier rain?

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 12
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Red-spotted Purple 23
  • Viceroy 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Sachem 10
  • Dun Skipper 1

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

5:15- 5:40. Arrived home thinking it likely I would see Am. Coppers and saw 2. The 6 beach plum trees and the peach tree brought in a record number of red-spotted purples for this yard. The last new bug of the day was a Red-banded hs, which I had not thought about all day. Total number of species for the day was 41.

[Thank you, Jack, for the impressive one-man one-day-in-September survey of the Cape May peninsula. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 2
  • American Copper 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Red-spotted Purple 11
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 60

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Sachem 8

Gray Hairstreak

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

I rarely see Hackberry Emperors nectaring on flowers. I have observed Tawny Emperors more often on flowers. Found this H.Emperor tonight on Buddleia.

[Interesting observation, Dave. You have a "nose" for that species, it seems: 12 of our 16 finds of hackberry emp since Aug 1 have been by you. Chris H and Jennifer B are tied for 2nd with two finds each – and a lot of us ;-) are still hoping for our first of the year. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Sachem 1

Hackberry Emperor

Jack Miller

Cape May Point SP
Cape May County, NJ

1:00- 2:15. After all sun at LT, the Point was all cloud which definitely slowed things down.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • Little Yellow 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10

Jackie Parker

712 Foster Ave. Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

[Exciting find, Jackie! – our first long-tailed skipper of 2019. The only other reports in the state this year were two of single individuals (same individual?) in Mercer Meadows (Mercer Co) 8/9/19 and 8/11/19. Let's hope a few more are coming. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 4
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 4

Jack Miller

Cape May Point Circle Garden
Cape May County, NJ

2:20- 2:25. Sun came out again.

  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Robert C. Koch

Lumberton Leas on Creek Rd. Lumberton, NJ
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Sulphur sp. 12
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 9
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 9
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 28

Painted Lady

Silver-spotted Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Monarch

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Pale female cloudless ovipositing on partridge pea.

Two cloudless cats found, one of partridge pea; other a late instar on common milkweed. We are hoping it is searching for a place to pupate. We have never found a chrysalis here.

Also half a dozen monarch cats, all mid to late instars.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 15
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • White M Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 25

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Jack Miller

Lizard Tail
Cape May County, NJ

10:00- 12:15, sunny and 70's. First stop on a day-long scouting trip for upcoming NNJ NABA invasion in mid-September.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 40
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 2
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Little Glassywing 1
  • Sachem 30
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1

Jack Miller

N. Railroad
Cape May County, NJ

2:45- 4:45. Sunny and 80. The field Brian Johnson referred in our report of 8/8 has faded; however, the places with bloom were loaded with bflies. The tawny emperor is a new one for me at this location.

  • Black Swallowtail 6
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 8
  • Cabbage White 25
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 16
  • Gray Hairstreak 14
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 40
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Viceroy 5
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Common Sootywing 14
  • Swarthy Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 60

Cynthia Allen

Middle Township Bike Path at W. Shellbay Ave.
Cape May County, NJ

A brief stop at the Zinnia garden here produced my FOY Ocola.

[Good find, Cynthia! Your is only our 3rd report of the species this year. North Jersey had a series of reports from the same powerline in New Providence (Union County) in mid-August –perhaps a single individual; and that's been it so far this year. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem c

Vince Elia

Winslow WMA, Winslow, Camden County
Camden County, NJ

This White Admiral-type was photographed by Sue Bennett Canale today at Oak Pond in Winslow WMA. I don't have a lot of experience with this subspecies, but this one looks like it might be a cross. Interested what others think. Was cavorting with 3 Red-spotted Purples…

[Exciting find and photo! This is only our second sightings log report ever of this northern form of the red-spotted purple/white admiral complex. And it is our first photographed. Tom Bailey found our only other last year on June 30 in Palmyra Cove. It is hard to find even in North Jersey where, like here, red-spotted is common.

[Vince points out correctly that there is a good chance this individual is not a "pure" white admiral. The two forms overlap over a large area in the northeastern US (from northern NJ to Canada) and mate w/each other so regularly that patterns show a wide mix of colors on many individuals. The RSP's more southern geographical range is thought to be limited (roughly) to the range of the pipevine swallowtail whose wing pattern it mimics – for protection from birds that have learned not to eat the poisonous swallowtail. jc]

  • White Admiral 1

White Admiral

Cynthia Allen

Davies Sports Complex, CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Little Yellow in the same spot in which I saw it on Aug. 26 (intersection of Bike Path and the RR tracks).

  • Little Yellow 1

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

[Excellent find, Claire! This is only our 2nd report for South Jersey this year, the 4th in the state in 2019, and only the 5th record ever of this species for Burlington County on our log. It's also the first in BUR in three years – dating back to your last find of long-tail in your yard on 9-12-16. Congratulations! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 15
  • Sachem 8

Pearl Crescents

Long-tailed Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Observation made after 5. This has been a good year throughout SJ for red-spotted purple. My property crushed its record for this species yesterday. My seven beach plum trees are the main attraction.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Red-spotted Purple 17
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 50