October 2020 Sightings

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Three species today that we didn't find here yesterday.
One long-tail single-tailed (photo); other tail-less.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2

Orange Sulphur

Long-tailed Skipper

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Sachem 20

Painted Lady

Red-spotted Purple

Jackie Parker

Higbee Beach WMA blue trail
Cape May County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 5

Jennifer Bulava

Pennington Park, Delanco
Burlington County, NJ

2:20-3:30pm

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 3
  • Common Buckeye 2

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

[Nice to see! A three-hairstreak day in October – and one is a white-M, our first reported from OCN in more than six years (last by Ahmet Bytas at Double Trouble, 4-26-14). Good job by you and your goldenrods, EB! jc]

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 1

White M Hairstreak

Red-banded Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Gusty, veering wind, Monarch stopped for nectar in Zinnias

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Ragged Red-spotted Purple as you can see from the photo. Have had fruit out, but not seen this butterfly on it. Three 1" long Monarch caterpillars in garden. Brazilian Skipper chrysalis found yesterday has not yet emerged.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Red-spotted Purple

Chris Herz

Rowan College SJ campus, Sewell
Gloucester County, NJ

Lunchtime walk. Very windy but warm and sunny. Discovered small retention pond that has some good nectar and protected spots. Most of the sightings from here, except for the Monarchs.

  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2

Joyce Cloughly

Harvard Avenue, Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny and windy. A quick stop.

  • Monarch 20+
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 2

Joyce Cloughly

Area around Cape May Lighthouse
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny and windy.

  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 200+

Joyce Cloughly

Beth Polvino's garden
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny and windy. A delightful visit to Beth's amazing garden. Thank you, Beth!

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2

Therese Hurter

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, cool and breezy, between 3:15 and 4:00 in the afternoon. One of the Buckeyes was in Fall Rosa form.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Variegated Fritillary

Question Mark

Jennifer Bulava

Kinkora Trail, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

Walked the trail to the end and back. Butterflies seen from 10:30-12:00. Sunny, mid-60's, lots of goldenrod & asters in bloom. Wind was a major factor, sustained around 12-15mph.

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Sulphur sp. 4
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Fiery Skipper

Ward Dasey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Saw this at Palmyra this morning. I haven’t the slightest clue as to what it is. An escape? Over the years I’ve become used to the occasional escaped bird, but I never considered escaped butterflies.

[A mind-bender! A search through various on-line sites leads me to speculate that it is Parthenos sylvia virens, a.k.a. the Sahyadri clipper, a species found in the forests of south and southeast Asia (according to its Wikipedia entry). Go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenos_sylvia

If this is an escape from captivity, as Ward and others suggest, it would be interesting to track down the source. Another suggested possibility is an escape from a ship coming to Camden or Philadelphia. If there's another possibility, let us hear. All ideas are welcome. In any case, this seems the most unexpected report in several years. jc]

Sahyadri clipper ??!

Pat & Clay Sutton

Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

We were mostly in "off the beaten" spots, to avoid people. 1st Red Admirals in a long time! 5-10 Monarchs were in view all day long floating by us, migrating south. They were especially in evidence when we went to 3 dune crossovers in CMPt to drink in the close migration of raptors and steady movement of Monarchs heading south down the dune line. With the strong winds they were not crossing the Bay. No way of knowing how many we saw, but 1000s upon 1000s. 3,000 is probably way low.

[Thank you for the details and the numbers. Sounds like a wonderful watching experience, as the monarchs leave NJ for their long flight! jc]

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3000
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 17
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Lady sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Sachem 21

Painted Lady

Pearl Crescent

Least Skipper

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Pearl Crescent

Joyce Cloughly

Higbee Beach
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny and windy. The Common Checkered-Skipper was a lifer! Since it was staying put on the ground, I got out my phone to take a picture. I was no further than 6 feet away when a cheeky bird (flycatcher sp.) flew down from a nearby tree, pounced on it and carried it off. So, unfortunately, no photo.

[Ouch! But it still counts as a lifer! Congratulations! jc]

  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 20+
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

David Wright

Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Male Monarch found mineralizing on Cape May Point beach, near St. Peter's levee, above tideline, at noon on sunny day (October 3rd). Would be interesting to know how many others have seen this behavior during fall migration.

[Observers, if you have seen this behavior, please send me an email and I will forward to David.

He is the author of The Butterflies of Pennsylvania, the co-discover of the holly azure, the creator with Pat Sutton of the Butterfly Checklist of Cape May (which sparked so many of us!), and has published widely about butterflies over the years in many journals. It is an honor to have him contribute to our log. jc]

  • Monarch c

Monarch mineralizing CMPt beach

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

Very excited to see a lifer - American Snout. I planted 2 hackberries last fall, and hope this will encourage more in the future!

[Nice! Plant it (the host plant) and they will come. Congratulations! jc]

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 6
  • American Snout 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

American Snout

American Snout

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Sachem 12

Red-spotted Purple

Cloudless Sulphur

Beth Polvino

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

Wonderful day for monarchs in the yard. Many of those monarchs along the dunes came across the street & stopped by the yard for some extra nectar. I'd estimate at 75 monarch 's came through in about 3 hrs when I stopped trying to count and just enjoyed the migration. 3 Monarchs eclosed in the yard today. One Spicebush Swallowtail going into pupa with at least 4 cats left and actively feeding. Cloudless Sulphurs still laying eggs on Cassia.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • American Lady 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 75
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 24

Kathy Horn

Forsythe NWR
Atlantic County, NJ

So many Orange Sulfurs nectaring on boneset along the eastern leg of Wildlife Drive this afternoon.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 21
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 17

Orange Sulphur (white form female)

Orange Sulphur

Beth Polvino

Dunes of North Cape May - Browning Ave to Scott Ave observed
Cape May County, NJ

Watched and enjoyed as many hundreds of Monarchs floated/flew down the dunes on light winds and nectared on the Seaside Goldenrod. Some Common Buckeyes mixed in along with other pollinators.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 500

Monarch

Monarchs

Monarchs

Jennifer Bulava & Kate Forte

Amico Island, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

Butterflies seen from about 11:30 am-2:30pm.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1

Pat & Clay Sutton

Cape May Point
Cape May County, NJ

Hard to put a number to the Monarchs seen today nectaring on the Seaside Goldenrod along the beachfront in Cape May Point today. Walked the road closest to the dune and crossed about 6 of the dune crossover paths. Each foot path gave great and different vantage points of nectaring Monarchs on Goldenrod. So heartening!!!

  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 10
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 1000

Monarchs

Monarchs

Monarchs

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

22 consecutive days with a Long-tailed Skipper. 2 fresh Brazilians. Sleepy Orange in Summer form. Fiery skipper HW suggests Whirlabout pattern.

[Yes, we should definitely be on the alert for whirlabouts – our next species to add to the NJ all-time list? David Wright's Butterflies of Pennsylvania – and other sources – note and illustrate that fieries are variable and can be confused with whirlabout (and sachem). jc]

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 18
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 8
  • Sachem 5

Brazilian Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sleepy Orange

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

Third day of our two long-tails in Verbena patch – one single-tailed, other no tail (photo).

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 7
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 10
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 20

American Copper

Long-tailed Skipper

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

All that was flying here through 2:15 p.m.

  • Monarch 1

Jack Connor

Great Bay Boulevard, Tuckerton
Ocean County, NJ

"7 Bridges Road," 10:30-12:30, high 60s, overcast. All monarchs seen were nectaring on or clinging to seaside goldenrod, pinned-down by gusting winds from S and SE (oft pushing directly up the road). Largest group (~30) was farthest inland, in "inner marsh," more than a mile from the beach and open bay at end of road. Rest scattered in spots where Phrags or Baccharis provided wind protection. Total is a close approximation. Only buckeye seen was a beautiful "dark rosa" form.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 85