October 2020 Sightings

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Another fresh individual. This species was not present for yesterday's count.

  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Pennington Park, Delanco
Burlington County, NJ

During guided walk from 9-11:30.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Sulphur sp. 2
  • American Copper 4
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

Butterfly garden only, from 2:50-3:15.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2

Painted Lady

Monarch

Jennifer Bulava

Laurel Run Park, Delran
Burlington County, NJ

12:35-1:00

  • Sulphur sp. 7
  • American Copper 1
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

David L. Amadio

National Park Dredge spoil site
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made between 3:10 & 4:35 p.m. 75 & Sunny with S15-22 winds. Had low expectations with little nectar here, but found some nice patches of Frost Aster that proved to be productive. Several of the Buckeyes were of the "rosa" form. Both Fiery Skippers here were males.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Viceroy 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Viceroy

Variegated Fritillary

Fiery Skipper

Common Buckeye

Beth Polvino

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

I've had Long-tailed Skippers the past 2 days though missed putting it on the list yesterday. Surprised to see the Long-tailed Skipper nectaring on old or dead looking blossoms instead of any of the other nectar in the gardens. There were over 2 dozen Monarchs seen between the front and back yard. Monarchs were tagged in the yard today.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • American Lady 8
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 13
  • Monarch 27
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 5
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 13

Long-tailed Skipper

Orange Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

David L. Amadio

Riverwinds River Trail & Community center
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:15 to 3 p.m. 74 & Sunny with S16-22 winds. A larger than normal number of butterflies got away from me today. As I kicked them up amidst the large stands of White Snakeroot the wind would quickly disperse them. Well at least that's my excuse today. All three Fiery Skippers were females this day. Found another butterfly, this time a Question Mark imbibing honeydew excreted by Spotted Lanternflies.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Anglewing sp. 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Monarch 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 1

Question Mark

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

Had binos with me for warblers. 10:30 am, sunny, before gusty wind came up.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

Steven Glynn

Dix WMA- Sleepy Orange Colony
Cumberland County, NJ

I've been out of the area for six weeks and figured I'd check on the area at least once more, while the weather was still cooperative. Today was a beautiful, sunny, 59 degree day.

Activity was very good and the Sleepy Oranges were running the range of looking pretty fresh to very worn. Eleven individuals was a nice count and will now be interesting to see if and how many of them will over-winter and be found next spring.

The area has seen some cutting however, as about 20% of the colony's senna patch was cut to the ground for hunting access. I can no longer maintain contact and follow up, and I suspect that an inevitable end may come at some point. The cutting down will allow hunters access around the main patch and I suspect will probably invite hunter's to trample straight through the patch now. Some cutting and clearing was probably a necessary step for maintaining the patch, so perhaps this cutting will be a positive thing going forward, but the threat of trampling has always been a concern through the years.

All in all, a nice way to spend part of my 60th birthday.

[Happy birthday and welcome back after your long absence. -jm]

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 11
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Red Admiral

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

C Wyluda

Lighthouse trails
Cape May County, NJ

not much nectar here- some seaside goldenrod but less flowering than I have seen other years; steady trickle of monarchs

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 12

Eric Todd

Supawna Meadows NWR
Salem County, NJ

As I said earlier this season, my primary interest this year was moth photography with little paid attention to our daytime visitors, but I have occasionally been heading out with the camera in the morning or afternoon to local areas. This one caught my eye yesterday. The lighting wasn't quite right for me to see it visually, but once I got home, it didn't take long to realize that this was a viceroy- red spotted purple hybrid. I know these are often reported as rare, but I think it has more to do with lighting and coloring as the latter often is so close to either one or the other species that field ID automatically puts it into either the red spotted purple or viceroy category. I've definitely seen these before but often I am not confident whether or not it was a hybrid. Anyway, all I could get in focus was closed wings, but I have attached both. Wind was a moderate issue yesterday as well as dropped temperatures.

[What a find and what a photo of a stunning bug! Yes, the RSP/Viceroy hybrid is reported as rare. As far as I could find, we only have one photo of this hybrid combination in our log which Jack C wrote about on October 21 2012, and no other reports. I have photos from 9/20/13 of these two species mating, but they are not in the log. Considering the thousands of entries that have been posted since 2008, I think we can say that in SJ, this is a rare hybrid. In an article published on 25 October 2018 for the Xerces Society, Bryan E. Reynolds states "there have only been approximately 80 documented sightings of this particular hybrid in the wild." Even if this figure is off, it still suggests that this hybrid combination is rare. Also of note is that neither Cech and Tudor or Glassberg mention this hybrid in their respective field guides. -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Sachem 6

Red-spotted Purple/viceroy hybrid

Red-spotted Purple/viceroy hybrid

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Sachem 12

Orange Sulphur

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

4 large Monarch caterpillars. Brazilian Skipper: 1 large caterpillar and 1 chrysalis.

  • Monarch 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Jack Miller

Lizard Tail
Cape May County, NJ

60's, mostly sunny, winds in the teens. Flowers are scarce here now. I did not find any buckeye cats, but that doesn't mean aren't still trying.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 31
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Common Buckeyes

Beth Polvino

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

Great day again in the garden for mid Oct. Temp's high 60's & sunny. An influx of Common Buckeyes, Painted and American Ladies noted. Some really runty Common Buckeye and American Ladies noted. There are new eggs on the Cassia that look like 2 different types - one round egg and one oval egg. Oval egg looks like the Cloudless Sulphur eggs. Caterpillars on rue and parsley, cannas and spicebush. Mint fresh Red Admiral. Midday another Long-tailed Skipper put in a fast appearance while I was working in the garden without my camera. Not found again once camera available.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 8
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 17
  • Monarch 6
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 13

Red Admiral

Ocola

Fiery Skipper

Painted Lady

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Lily Lake walkaround
Cape May County, NJ

nice new dog walking path with waste stations….

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • American Snout 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 3
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Monarch 3

American Snout

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Beth Polvino Yard NABA #1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

A quick stop over. Beth has done a great job maintaining this butterfly garden in October! Spicebush and Brazilian cats!

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 5
  • American Lady 8
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 15
  • Monarch 8
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3

Spicebush Swallowtail

Brazilian Skipper

Brazilian Skipper

American Lady

Robert C. Koch

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

Lovely day but sparse on butterflies.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 7

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

  • Sachem 1

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Sachem 8

Silver-spotted Skipper

Chip Krilowicz

Slims Ranch
Camden County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 8

American Copper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

We had a rooftop frost on Saturday night which may account in part for a dramatic decrease in species and numbers here. Missed a hair-streak and also a ragged sk that was likely a Brazilian or a tailless long-tailed sk that did not stick around for good view. The cloudless cat J'ed up early yesterday, but still no chrysalis today 10/20.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

Cloudless Sulphur cat

Dolores Amesbury

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Beth Polvino

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

No real changes since last report- caterpillars and chrysalises continue. Still having 12-14 species of butterflies in the yard though numbers vary slightly. Today was a good monarch day with 20 monarchs tagged by RH & KH. Then, by 3:30 PM these tagged butterflies, excepting 1-2 of them, were on their way with a new crop of about 15 monarchs stopping by for the night. It was exciting to have 7 mint fresh Cloudless Sulphurs today within the same field of vision in the back yard. Of note. there were 8 male Fiery Skippers and 1 female Fiery Skipper in the yard. 2 Long-tailed Skippers continue though one is really a rag now.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 7
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 5
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Monarch 35
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 9
  • Sachem 17

Monarch

Long-tailed Skipper

Brazilian Skipper

Cloudless Sulphur

Meredith Koenig

My garden East Vineland
Cumberland County, NJ

3:30 pm 75degrees, still, sun.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Monarch

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Sachem 11

Cloudless Sulphur

Jesse & Jack Connor

Our yard in Port Republic
Atlantic County, NJ

2:30-3:30 pm walk-around; sunny sky after foggy & overcast morning; little wind; temp low 70s. It has become that time of year when each butterfly you find seems to say, "Take a good look. This could the last of my kind you see this year."

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • American Copper 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 2

American Copper

'Summer' Spring Azure

Monarch

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

A late afternoon stroll. After three days, the cloudless cat is finally a chrysalis. All of the monarchs were fresh and showed no interest in going anywhere.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 4
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 5

Red-banded Hairstreak

Cloudless Sulphur

Jack Miller Harvey Tomlinson

Cox Hall Creek WMA
Cape May County, NJ

After the fog cleared off, sunny, calm and mid 70's. Observations from 11:45- 2:15. A good day for bad photos as neither the viceroy or m. fall form sleepy landed anywhere near us. We were both impressed with the extremely large size of many of the pearl crescents.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 6
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 20
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 60
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 5

Sleepy Orange

Viceroy

Beth Polvino

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

Temp 76, little wind and sunny all day. Another good day with migrating monarchs. Started the day with over 2 dozen monarchs in the yard. This afternoon KH & RH tagged 30 monarchs before running out of tags, warmth and sunlight. Mid- afternoon had a monarch eclose. Hard to estimate the numbers of monarchs that came and went throughout the day. Increase of American Ladies today. The ratty Long-tailed Skipper from yesterday continues but another very fresh Long-tailed Skipper here today. Stood waiting for 2 Brazilian Skippers to mate for about 20 minutes and while the darker skipper would fly around, landing near the the lighter one, no mating ever took place while I was watching. 1/2 hr later the lighter BS was still in the same exact spot on the leaf. Black Swallowtail caterpillars, Brazilian Skippers caterpillars, American Lady Caterpillars all continue along with Spicebush Swallowtail and Brazilian Skipper chrysalises also present in the yard.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 9
  • Lady sp. 5
  • American Lady 18
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Monarch 45
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 11
  • Sachem 18

Black Swallowtail

Brazilian Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Monarch drying wings

Fiery Skippers