Sighting for September 8, 2017

Barb Sendelbach

Lafayette backyard
Sussex County, NJ

During an early morning walk around the yard I found 2 more Monarchs feeding nearby 2 that already pupated in the White Snakeroot next to the Milkweed. Across from them in the patch of Hog Peanut, there was a late instar Silver-spotted Skipper. In the driveway I found a pair of Delicate Cycnia hiding on the back of Indian Hemp. On the next leaves over, several Delicate Cycnia caterpillars of various stages.

Later that morning I saw a few Cabbage Whites in the garden with 2 males chasing a female and later in the day the lucky winner mating with her.

Meanwhile in the rearing container, 2 Milkweed Tussock caterpillars pupated while a third was in the early stages of pupation.

  • Cabbage White 3

Moonarch chrysalis

Milkweed Tussock pupa

Delicate Cycnia caterpillar

Delicate Cycnia

Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillar