October 2020 Sightings

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport Twp
Burlington County, NJ

A short impromptu walk led me to a patch of white snakeroot and a White M hairstreak surprise! This was the first documentation of this species at Long Bridge Park.

[Congrats to Jen for finding the first White M at Long Bridge Park. Nice to see the late rally of White M's move outside of the Cape area. - jm]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 3

White M Hairstreak

Matt Webster

New Brooklyn Park
Camden County, NJ

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 5

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Brazilian Skipper chrysalis looking dark, as if it will emerge soon.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Sachem 1

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 14
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Variegated Fritillary 5
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 4
  • Sachem 14

Karen Thompson

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 2

Red-banded Hairstreak

Pearl Crescent

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Full sun and upper 70's brought this place back to life. Most of the monarchs were mint fresh and most likely eclosed from here (There are still many chrysalises present). Of interest today was a reinforcing blast of fresh buckeyes that were in great contrast to the fading rag veterans. Almost all of the new arrivals were rosa form of which I had none until this batch of migrants arrived. I chased this almost tail-less ETB thinking it was an azure. Ah, the rags of fall.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 30
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 5
  • Sachem 30

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Cynthia Allen

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

Utility company butchered a wide swath of foliage along the powerlines adjacent to the MT Bike Path, reducing habitat for the butterflies. However, the Zinnia garden is still blooming nicely. My FOY Fiery Sk.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 2
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 12

Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

A survey while mowing – not a recommended methodology. Good to see a PVST making it into October, looked fresh as well.

[This is the third year in a row that the Connors have found pipevine st in their yard in October. It has been a poor year for PV with reports only coming from three locations: Connors, with multiple reports beginning on 7/26 (ATL), one from Chris Herz on 8/9 (CAM) and one from Dave Amadio on 8/28 (GLO). - jm]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 20

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Monarch 1

Matt Webster

My House, Cedarbrook
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Monarch 5
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 15

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Variegated Fritillary 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Sachem 14

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

Can't ever see too many Long-tailed Skippers. And my garden helper joined the Monarchs in the yard today!

[Happy to see Harvey's monarch eclose. See his report from 9/27. -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 11
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 9

Monarch

Long-tailed Skipper

Beth Polvino

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

Windy with butterflies cling to the plants. Cool and cloudy

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 4
  • Aaron's Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 28

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park & adjoining private property
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings as I was birding in the park today. Cloudy all morning with partly sunny skies beginning just after noon. High mid-60s. All sightings were during the afternoon.

  • Cabbage White 17
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 18
  • Pearl Crescent 13
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 5
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 4

Mourning Cloak

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Sun out around noon, temp moved into mid/high-60s. Survey ~2:30-3:30 pm. Monarchs all fresh; at least two monarch chrysalids yet to open.

[Good to see the pipevine st again. We will see, but the pipevine looks a bit weary to challenge our LOY date that goes all the way back to 10/26/11. -jm]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 12
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 11
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 3
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Sachem 25

Pipevine Swallowtail

Cloudless Sulphur

Ocola Skipper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny and 60's. I went behind my back fence which added a handful of cabbages, etb's, pc's and rbhs'. The frit, judging from its darkness, is probably a female. As Harvey reported on 10/2, "can't ever see enough LT sk's." 23 species here so far in October.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 7
  • American Copper 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 8
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 25

Variegated Fritillary

Horace's Duskywing

Harvey Tomlinson

Higbee WMA
Cape May County, NJ

An epic songbird migration at Higbee and surrounds probably accounts for the almost total lack of butterflies seen today. I did manage a White M

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Monarch 3

White M Hairstreak

Robert C. Koch

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

Got lucky on the Comma. Landed right next to me and posed.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 7
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12

Common Checkered-Skipper

Variegated Fritillary

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Sachem 2

Dave & Pat Amadio

Beth Polvino's Garden
Cape May County, NJ

Headed South for Cape May later than I usually do, but well timed for two Long Tailed Skippers in Beth's magical garden. Both were complete with both tails, one very fresh looking. With the exception of Long Tailed, Brazilian, & Ocola I did not count quantities, but all species were found in multiples. Obs' made from 1:15 to 2:45 with sunny skies and 64 degrees. Long Tails always have a way of making your day! Thanks Beth!

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Long-tailed Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Brazilian Skipper

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

Butterflies were very sparse (though unable to spend much time in the yard today). Did see another Sleepy Orange cat on the senna.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

Sleepy Orange cat

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Reporting only species seen here today but not yesterday.

  • American Snout 2
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

American Snout

David L. Amadio

Pavilion Circle gardens, CM Point
Cape May County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:20 to 3:45. Sunny and 64. A much better day for birds than butterflies at the Point. Trees & shrubs were dripping with warblers. Butterflies were scarce.

  • Monarch 4
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

David L. Amadio

Harvard Ave. CM Point
Cape May County, NJ

Observation from roadside of a private garden with abundant Lantana. Was told by a Monarch tagger that she had seen a Long Tailed Skipper along Harverd Ave earlier in the day..

  • Painted Lady 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Ocola Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

St Peter's Church, CM Point
Cape May County, NJ

checked out the purple butterfly bushes here. Turned up a worn Viceroy.

  • Viceroy 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Viceroy

Beth Polvino

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

Cool but sunny all day. This afternoon Dave and Pat Amadio visited and found 2 Long-tailed skippers in the front yard. Est Sachem count. Greater than 15 black Swallowtail cats in various stages. 7 Spicebush Swallowtails in various stages. Still a few Monarch cats here but also 8 Monarch chrysalises. Also still have Brazilian Skippers nests and chrysalises

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • American Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 8
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Sachem 22

David L. Amadio

Triangle Park Garden, CM PT.
Cape May County, NJ

Not much here at 3:50 p.m.

  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

The Schule property, Coral & Cambridge
Cape May County, NJ

  • Painted Lady 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Sachem 1

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

Jennifer Bulava

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Atlantic County, NJ

While birding the wildlife drive from 2-4pm. I am sure there were many more species on the goldenrod that I didn't see while driving by.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 30
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 22