September 2020 Sightings

Brian Johnson

Glades Preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

Another quick walk around the new Garrison's property at the end of the day. I have just begun trying to mow some phrag out of the fields. The saltmarsh flowers are responding well to the mowing. Skipper numbers are estimated. Not enough time for a proper count. There was a few patches of Saltmarsh Fleabane that were covered in Skippers. It was challenging to get the fiery picture with the phone.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 23
  • Monarch 5
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 40
  • Aaron's Skipper 90
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 7
  • Delaware Skipper 1
  • Broad-winged Skipper 8

Fiery Skipper

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton.
Gloucester County, NJ

Not a lot of butterflies today but many in the making, including lots of Monarch caterpillars. Pictured are the Sleepy Orange cat on Senna marilandica (They sure do love those young tender seedlings), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail cat on Magnolia virginiana, and a very small Snowberry Clearwing Moth cat on Viburnum nudum (confirmed because I was lucky enough to to see the moth lay the eggs last week).

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Snowberry Clearwing

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Sleepy Orange

Jennifer Bulava

Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield Twp
Burlington County, NJ

79 degrees, mostly cloudy, 4:00-4:30pm. Prior to arriving at this park at 4pm, it was an overcast, humid, and biting insect-filled day, (& certainly no butterflies). I was only there to meet an Eagle Scout to go over his project. We were walking the field edge on the way to the trail when a butterfly landed on the scout's dad's shoulder. Fortunately, it landed on the trail seconds later and posed nicely for pictures - a tawny emperor! I have not seen one of these beauties as an adult since 8/27/2013, and never at this park! A great way to end an otherwise gloomy and frustrating day.

[And a delightful photo to match the good story!

This is only our 4th record of the species in BUR Co, 2008-2020. Ruth Cranmer had one in her fruit dish in her garden in Mt Laurel 9-18-13; another there on 8-10-14; and Robert Koch found and photo'd one at Lumberton Leas exactly one year ago: 9-1-19. jc]

9-2-20 Update: Jen B has sent along photos of the last tawny emperor she found in BUR:

"The tawny emperor I saw 7 years ago was at Long Bridge Park in Hainesport. It was during a guided nature walk I was leading on August 27, 2013. That would make 5 records for Burlington County!"

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Sachem 1

Tawny Emperor 8-27-13

Tawny Emperor 9-1-20

Harvey Tomlinson

My Garden Del Haven
Cape May County, NJ

4th season a Sleepy Orange has visited.
Not all Sachems are the same, and I now know why some of them have gone missing.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 11
  • Aaron's Skipper 2
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem 11
  • Dun Skipper 1

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem R.I.P.

Sleepy Orange

Beth Polvino

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

Best day of the season so far in my yard. Sachem exploded and are chasing each other all over. 25 is a conservative estimate. Large influx of Common Buckeyes mid-morning. Counted over 23. Lots of dog fights. First Horace's Duskywing in a long time. first day of double digit Monarchs with mating happening. Brazilian Skipper laying eggs on most of the cannas. 2 Cloudless Sulphurs laying eggs on both Cassia and Partridge Pea.

[Good to hear of all the action.. Sounds like the buckeye migration into the peninsula (and beyond) might have begun. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 23
  • Monarch 11
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 25

Common Buckeye

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton
Gloucester County, NJ

Great day for butterflies! Two female black swallowtails were laying eggs on fennel at the same time and I noticed several small black swallowtail cats already on the fennel. Pictured are Tawny Emperor (I have never identified one in my yard before), young Spicebush Swallowtail cat on Sassafras tree and Gray Hairstreak.

[This is only our 2nd record of tawny emperor in GLO this year, following Dave Amadio's find of one at Riverwinds on 8-30-20. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Tawny Emperor 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 8

Gray Hairstreak

Spicebush Swallowtail

Tawny Emperor

Claire Campbell

Duchess Avenue Backyard, Marlton
Burlington County, NJ

Additional 16 Monarch cats!

  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 0
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Sachem 10

Gray Hairstreak

Robert C. Koch

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

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 9
  • Sachem 96

Black Swallowtail

Painted Lady

Peck's Skipper

Carol Marceluk

Ocean City behind Wonderland
Cape May County, NJ

Spending the day relocating Monarch caterpillars to milkweed with leaves still left. Spotted this guy on a zinnia.

[Welcome to the South Jersey Butterfly Project, Carol! Thanks for reporting from your green & nectar-oasis garden! jc]

  • Sachem 1

Sachem

Robert C. Koch

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

High count for Peck's. Sachems continue to be very abundant.

[Cool comparison shots of monarch and its mimic. jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 8
  • Common Sootywing 1
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 19
  • Sachem 103

Hummingbird Clearwing

Monarch

Viceroy

Least Skipper

Common Sootywing

Jennifer Bulava

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Burlington County, NJ

11:20-12:00, Smith's Woods butterfly garden only. Black swallowtail cats have eaten just about everything. I counted 15 this time, (down from 36 on Monday). Zabulon completely worn.

  • Black Swallowtail 0
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 5

Jennifer Bulava

Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Burlington County, NJ

9:30-11:00am

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 5
  • Sachem 6

David L. Amadio

Backyard butterfly garden, West Deptford
Gloucester County, NJ

First Peck's & ETB this year here.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Karen Thompson

Home, Cape May
Cape May County, NJ

Brazilian caterpillar

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 0
  • Sachem 2

Ruth Kelly

Egg Harbor Township
Atlantic County, NJ

One Brazilian Skipper caterpillar.

[Welcome to the South Jersey Butterfly Project, Ruth! Your first report is a significant record – our first find of Brazilian skipper in South Jersey outside Cape May County. Congratulations! jc]

  • Brazilian Skipper 0

Brazilian Skipper caterpillar

Robert C. Koch

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

High count on Peck's. Most on Butterfly bushes.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sulphur sp. 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 27
  • Sachem 88

Cloudless Sulphur

Variegated Fritillary

Clouded Sulphur

Red-spotted Purple

Karen Thompson

Two Mile Unit, Coast Guard Beach
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 8
  • American Copper 1

American Copper

Brian Johnson

Glades preserve
Cumberland County, NJ

The fresh looking Rare Skipper earlier in the week really got my curiosity going so I went back looking again. I one that I saw was in the exact same place as before. The full list would have been very similar to the last one that I put in.

[Extending our latest-ever date farther. jc]

  • Rare Skipper 1

Rare Skipper

Rare Skipper

Beth Polvino

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

Severe thunderstorm last night appears to have knocked out many of the yard's butterflies. Had a very small Zabulon Skipper

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • American Snout 0
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 4
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Sachem 12

Zabulon Skipper (female)

Kathy Horn

Cox Hall Cr WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 9
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 9
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Viceroy 5
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 7

Viceroys

Therese Hurter

My yard in CMCH
Cape May County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Salt Marsh Skipper 1
  • Sachem 15
  • Broad-winged Skipper 7

Beth Polvino

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

FOY Long-tailed Skipper in the back yard this AM. 2 days earlier than my earliest record which was in 2019. Hoping for some other southern strays to head our way soon. Windy, sunny, temp 74.

[Congratulations, Beth! This is the first long-tailed reported to our log since you found our last one in your yard on 10-25-19. Nice to see! jc]

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 0
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Question Mark 0
  • American Lady 0
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 5
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Brazilian Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 13

Long-tailed Skipper

Karen Thompson

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1

Robert C. Koch

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

[Sachems surging in many areas in NJ right now. Triple digit counts for BUR here in RK's stomping grounds and also on 9-5-20 in Middlesex and Passiac Counties as logged on the North Jersey site. Double-digit counts everywhere. Our fall high numbers are often said to be migrants from southern states. But how many of these numbers are offspring of resident individuals – i.e. non-migrants? The sachem population in New Jersey has changed over last thirty years or so. Up into the 1990s sachems were considered fall migrants from the south. Now it seems we have both migrants and residents. jc]

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Sulphur sp. 5
  • Cloudless Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 22
  • Sachem 113

American Lady

Common Buckeye

Variegated Fritillary

Beth Polvino

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

A second report for the day for the yard. Not repeats of any sighting. FOY Common-Checkered Skipper seen. Only second Variegated Fritillary seen this season.. Family of Common Yellowthroats is attacking/eating just about every caterpillar in the yard including Brazilian Skippers cats. Looper moths over running the gardens

  • Gray Hairstreak 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Cloudless Sulphurs

Common Checkered-Skipper

Kathy Horn

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 9
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • American Snout 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 7
  • Monarch 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Sachem 4

Lucy Hooper

My backyard in Mickleton.
Gloucester County, NJ

Pictured is Cloudless Sulphur female.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Sachem 6

Cloudless Sulphur

Tom Bailey

Medford Township
Burlington County, NJ

3 to 4:15 pm. Residential flower garden. Sachem count is an estimate.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 6
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Common Sootywing 2
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 6
  • Sachem 15

Robert C. Koch

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

Sachems continue to be extremely abundant and are taking to boneset plants and goldenrod in our meadow as well as butterfly bushes.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 7
  • Sachem 141

Sachem

Black Swallowtail

Karen Thompson

Rea Farm
Cape May County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Least Skipper