October 2020 Sightings

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

1 cloudless sulphur caterpillar.

  • Monarch 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Cloudless Sulphur

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

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

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

  • Monarch 1

Cynthia Allen

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Another White-M to add to the tally/rally. It was quite fresh and was on the railing next to the bird bath. It didn't show any signs of movement until I gave it a little flick and off it went, displaying that gorgeous blue upperside.

[Nice! That gives us 16 reports for 2020: 8 from CMY and 8 from other counties. jc]

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • White M Hairstreak 1

Tom Bailey

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

Incidental sightings while birding in the park today.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 11
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Monarch 3

Beth Polvino

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

Even though cloudy there were some periods of sun but again all day there were Monarchs migrating down the dunes from about 9AM until I left at 2 PM. Groups of 2 to 6 monarchs seen at a time. Est count 250 monarchs.

  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 250

Monarchs & Buckeye

Karen & Brian Johnson

Mannington area
Salem County, NJ

We spent half a day looking for Birds and Butterflies in Salem County today. The Dun Skipper was in good condition for this late in the season.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 11
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Cloudy and 70. Observations made throughout the day. I found about a dozen black ST first instar cats on parsley. Yesterday, the yard's last Brazilian eclosed; it was fun having them around this year. Once again, one of today's long-tailed sk's was perfectly fresh. Is it possible that some of these fresh LT's originate from the Cape? They certainly don't look like long distance migrants. Host plants like beans and wisteria are common, but I wonder if anyone is looking for cats on them.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 7
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 6

Brazilian Skipper

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail & Community center
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:30 & 3:55, 73 degrees cloudy with some strong filtered sun at times. Only the 2nd Fiery that I have seen in Glouco this year. Last year they were quite common. All Anglewings were fresh winter form individuals. Spotted Lanternflies out of control here.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure
  • Question Mark 2
  • Eastern Comma 15
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 7
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Jesse & Jack Connor

Forsythe NWR, Oceanville
Atlantic County, NJ

Quick ride around auto tour, focused on birds. 11:15-12:45. Low 60s, overcast. Some gentle wind. 2.5+ inches of rain last day and a half probably has left the monarchs trying to recover before moving on again.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 14

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

As it winds down this 5-spotted Brazilian Skipper made the day. Wonder if one of the parents ran into a 3-spotted Cabbage White

  • Monarch 7
  • Brazilian Skipper 1

Brazilian Skipper

David L. Amadio

At work in Cherry Hill
Camden County, NJ

Just a quick check outside in the afternoon.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1

Kathy Horn

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 21
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

Franklin Parker Preserve
Burlington County, NJ

Early afternoon walk from 1:25 to 2:45 pm starting at the Rt. 532 entrance. Sunny & light breeze. Pearl Crescent beat up & barely able to fly. Angle sp. was probably an E. Comma.

[Our first record of Ocola skipper from FPP. Good to have. jc]

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • Anglewing sp. 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Monarch 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Joyce Cloughly

Laurel Run Park
Burlington County, NJ

3:30 - 5:00 PM. Sunny, in the mid 70s. Lots of butterflies!
Six Common Checkered-Skippers and none got eaten by birds this time!

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 15
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 40+
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 6

Common Checkered-Skipper

Beth Polvino

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

Surprisingly good day in the gardens. Sunny with winds about 8 MPH, low 70's. Started with 5 Monarchs but on last round at 5PM there were 25 Monarchs. Fiery Skippers and Ocola Skippers together almost matched the Sachems in the yard. 6 Ocola skippers in the yard today was a big surprise. 4 Spicebush Swallowtail chrysalises and several Monarch chrysalises still waiting to eclose. Large irruption of Pine Siskins today in the yard plus still have 2 ruby-throated hummingbirds here.

[Brazilian skippers and pine siskins in the same garden on the same day. Have those two species ever before shared the same space with each other in NJ – or anywhere else we can think of? jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 7
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Monarch 25
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 6
  • Fiery Skipper 7
  • Sachem 14

Black Swallowtail

American Lady

Brazilian Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

All monarchs look sharp and ready for long flight. Not sure if today's long-tailed is the same tail-less one we had for several days or a different individual.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 9
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Sachem 10

Long-tailed Skipper

Joyce Cloughly

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

10:30 - 2:15 PM. Sunny, in the mid seventies. Beautiful day. But I have a butterfly conundrum and would appreciate expert opinions. I saw what I took to be an Eastern Comma since it lacked the horizontal bar above the three dots on the upper forewing. But the below hindwing sported a very distinct "question mark." All three photos submitted are of the same individual. For now, I'll call it a Comma.

[It has been a while since we have posted a "questionable comma" photo, and Joyce's photos have captured a great example of this phenomenon. For more on this topic, check out the SJBP's blogs of 3/10/17 and 5/16/17. jm]

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Sulphur sp. 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Sachem 3

Pearl Crescent

Tom Bailey

Bass River SF
Burlington County, NJ

Section of the state forest on the east side of Rt. 9. Birding today but noted a few b'flys while out in the salt marsh in the morning.

  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 2

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, 70 and perfect. Observations from 1-4:00. Second sleepy orange ever seen here. Two instars of Black st cats present. Nice to see a Brazilian still hanging around. The sleepy, snout, least sk, Brazilian, and gray hs were present for less than 2 minutes.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • American Copper 12
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 25
  • Monarch 8
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 8

Sleepy Orange

Least Skipper

Brazilian Skipper

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

4 large Monarch caterpillars.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

Matt Webster

EB Forsythe NWR (Brigantine Unit)
Atlantic County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 24

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Love enjoying the birds and butterflies this time of year.
p.s. Had Siskins in yard too ; )

[Lovely things to see in this lovely weather! -jm]

  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • White M Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Long-tailed Skipper

Ocola Skipper

White M Hairstreak

Clay Sutton

Jakes Landing
Cape May County, NJ

Pipevine Swallowtail was a fresh male - great look but no camera.

[A significant record as it has been a low year for pipevines – once again. jc]

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 5

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

Large Monarch caterpillars (5) and empty chrysalis.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Monarch 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Sachem 7

Sulphur sp.

Painted Lady

Common Checkered-Skipper

Karen Thompson

Rea Farm
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 2

Jack Miller

Fidler rd
Cape May County, NJ

70 and sunny. A 20 minute midday stop.

  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 20
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Sulphur sp.

Cloudless Sulphur