October 2020 Sightings

Jack Miller

North Rail Road Rio Grande
Cape May County, NJ

Sunny, calm and mid 70's (again). This area includes a section of private property (with permission). PC's, buckeyes, cloudless clouded are conservative estimates. Nice to see a pair of silver-spotted sk's. The Am. Lady was the smallest I have ever seen: it was barely larger than a pearl crescent. Sadly, I could not get a photo to capture that.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 10
  • Cloudless Sulphur 25
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 20
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 60
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 6

American Lady

Silver-spotted Skipper

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

and the Brazilians and Cloudless just keep coming. These are homegrown bugs.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 9
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 3
  • Brazilian Skipper 4
  • Fiery Skipper 7
  • Sachem 5

Brazilian Skipper

Jack Miller

my yard Petersburg
Cape May County, NJ

Although a few of these bflys were seen on an early morning stroll, the rest were from a surprisingly active late afternoon stroll to complete a lovely late October 17 species day.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Copper 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Monarch 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 8

Ocola Skipper

American Snout

Karen Thompson

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 10

David L. Amadio

Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 2:45 to 3:15, 71 degrees & mostly cloudy. Mostly Frost Aster for a nectar source now. All three Sachems were females. Did not explore the Beech Forest today.

  • American Copper 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Sachem 3

American Copper

Jack McDonough

Alexander Avenue, CMP
Cape May County, NJ

[Welcome to our newest observer, Jack McDonough. And what an entrance! Although sleepy oranges are becoming more common, it is good to see a report of them from CMP. The little yellow is only our second report in 2020; the other report was by Kathy Horn from the Garrett Family Preserve on 7/12. Nice going Jack! -jm]

  • Little Yellow 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1

Sleepy Orange

Little Yellow

Therese Hurter

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

Red Admiral was at fruit dish.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Red Admiral 1

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

1:30-2:20pm

  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2

Chris Herz and Denise Bittle

Cape May Point SP
Cape May County, NJ

Dense cloud cover but migrating Monarchs seen while walking the trails and from the hawk watch. 22 Monarchs seen on 2 caryopteris shrubs on Harvard near Coral on the Point.

  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 65

Chris Herz

Beach Plum Farm, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

Cloud cover so was surprised to find the skippers. Not cooperative for a photo. Flower garden behind the shop. 68 degrees.

  • Painted Lady 1
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1

Painted Lady

Chris Herz

Audubon
Camden County, NJ

Last chrysalis released.

  • Monarch 1

Monarch

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 14

American Lady

Fiery Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

David L. Amadio

Tall Pines State Preserve
Gloucester County, NJ

Obs. made from 3:45 to 4:40, 71 degrees & mostly cloudy. Extensive Frost Asters & grassy areas, but little sun while here.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 1

Jack McDonough

Cape May Pt
Cape May County, NJ

LT Skippers were at Harvard Ave, CMP.

  • American Snout 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 7

Long-tailed Skipper

American Snout

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Sachem 1

Sachem

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

Pat Sutton

Sutton GDN in Goshen
Cape May County, NJ

3 Brazilian Skipper chrysalises.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Eileen Bennett

Waretown backyard - Monarch Waystation# 10016
Ocean County, NJ

  • Monarch 1

Jack McDonough

Harvard Avenue, CMP
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 5
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • American Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 20
  • Long-tailed Skipper 3
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 3
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Brazilian Skipper

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

The Sleepy Orange looked just like some of the fallen leaves. It was so hard to spot after it landed but did manage to get a picture.

  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Sleepy Orange

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

Very little sun, but did reach about 74 degrees. Just casual observation while attending to assorted chores.

  • Cabbage White 1

Jackie Parker

Higbee Beach WMA - Hidden Valley
Cape May County, NJ

Brazilian Skipper nectaring on Japanese Honeysuckle.

  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Brazilian Skipper 1

Tom Bailey

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

Incidental sightings while birding today. Most were seen during the afternoon. 71 degrees when finished at 4 pm.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Monarch 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while birding in the park today. Both Monarchs were actively migrating high in the air on this chilly & cloudy day.

  • Monarch 2

Beth Polvino

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

Both 10/23 & 10/24 were similar butterfly counts to the days prior to them; with rain all day on 10/25. Today, started cloudy but then the sun and the butterflies came out. There were some cloudy periods throughout the day, winds 7-10 MPH , temps 70. Mid morning, the Monarch numbers started increasing, continuing to build through the day. One lantana bush in the front had over 2 dozen Monarchs nectaring. Mexican Sage in the back had at least 18 monarchs on it. They were gracefully lifting up in clouds when the wind would pick up a little. A friend stopped by and helped me count Monarchs. We stopped counting at just over 100 Monarchs. Exciting for me, was 4 and quite probably 5 Long-tailed Skippers in the yard with 3 in the front gardens and 2 in the back gardens. Only 1 had both long tails, others had partial tails but the sides varied and the last had no tails. There were 3 LTS in my field of vision at once in the front yard while 2 other people were visiting. Fiery Skippers were also very present with 7 counted in one small space of 3 ft by 6 ft and a total of 15 for the gardens. Most were male as is usually the case. Another mint fresh Black Swallowtail was here also. Black Swallowtail, American Lady and Brazilian Skippers caterpillars along with several Spicebush Swallowtail chrysalises continue.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • American Lady 15
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Monarch 100
  • Long-tailed Skipper 4
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 15
  • Sachem 19

Long-tailed Skipper American lady friend

Monarchs

Tom Bailey

Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Burlington County, NJ

Incidental sightings while birding in the park today. All were seen in the early afternoon after skies cleared.

  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 21

Jennifer Bulava & Kate Forte

Barker's Brook natural resource area, Springfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

Restricted area, not open to public access. Butterflies seen 1:30-3:30pm.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 6
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 18
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Sachem 1

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 6

Sachem

Common Buckeye

Beth Polvino

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

Cloudy morning, temp 60 degrees, wind 8 MPH; Monarchs flying at 8AM. Started the day with good numbers of monarchs; then throughout the day they left on their way south. Still cloudy mid AM but temp to 64 and more butteries out in the gardens. Perhaps, they know the season is getting short. Sunny about 3PM with temp about 67. Good variety of butterflies in the gardens. Mating Common Buckeye's on the front lawn.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 14
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Monarch 18
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 9
  • Sachem 15

Harvey Tomlinson

Beanery
Cape May County, NJ

Overcast, breezy. I was so surprised to see a butterfly I didn't check the camera settings but it's a Clouded Skipper. It was so tiny I started thinking Common Roadside, but my brain reprimanded me and got me back on track.

[An excellent find! Even without checking his camera settings, Harvey has provided the log with its first photos of a clouded sk for 2020. Harvey "Clouded" Tomlinson also posted our only other cloudless sk report back on 9/20 from Higbee. Incidentally, Harvey was the first observer to log a clouded sk in 2019 with his report from 9/14 which broke a five year drought for this species. We have had reports of cloudless in November, so keep looking. -jm]

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Clouded Skipper 1

Clouded Skipper

Clouded Skipper