October 2016 Sightings

Alice Koster

Willowwood Arboretum
Morris County, NJ

72 degrees, mostly sunny
Spent most of the time in the gardens
Gt. Spangled Fritillary was very worn

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Monarch

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine, NJ
Bergen County, NJ

  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Monarch 9

Alice Koster

Fairview Farms
Somerset County, NJ

69 degrees, sun and clouds
Had additional Monarch traveling to Willowwood

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

Orange Sulphur

Tom Halliwell

Fields at Rockport Pheasant Farm, Mansfield Township
Warren County, NJ

From 1:30 to 3:00. Mostly cloudy with a few welcome breaks of sun.

  • Cabbage White 20+
  • Clouded Sulphur 14
  • Orange Sulphur 18
  • American Copper 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Meadow Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Viceroy 2

Jim Springer

Warren backyard
Somerset County, NJ

12:30pm-12:45pm, brief sun after a week of mostly cloudy weather, 70 F

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Carol and Michael Newlon

White Lake
Warren County, NJ

11:15 AM-12:15 PM. Two white-form sulfurs. Some sulfurs fresh, the fritillary worn. Fringed Gentians in full bloom.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 6
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2

David DeSarno

Sandy Hook (Horseshoe Cove)
Monmouth County, NJ

These were my first long-tailed skipper and Ocola sightings. I also saw the largest group of Monarchs I've observed this year - around 6-10.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur c
  • Orange Sulphur c
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch c
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Long-tailed Skipper

Long-tailed Skipper

Orange Sulphur

Ocola Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Fred Weber

My yard near Culver Lake, Branchville, NJ
Sussex County, NJ

All but ETB were nectaring on New England Aster.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Marie Longo

DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst
Bergen County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 3

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Preserve
Warren County, NJ

10:55-12:15, sunny, 65, a bit breezy.
Also at least 3 white-form sulphurs.
First Com. Checkered-Skipper we have had here this year.

  • Cabbage White 22
  • Clouded Sulphur 12
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Meadow Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Common Checkered-Skipper

Tom Halliwell

Mt. Olive @ South Branch Preserve- North Unit.
Morris County, NJ

Sunny. From 12:00 to 2:30.

  • Cabbage White 100+
  • Clouded Sulphur 20+
  • Orange Sulphur 50+
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 7
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

David DeSarno

Dorbrook Park
Monmouth County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Sachem 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Wander home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Sunny all day, mid-60s to 70.
Our 3rd yard Ocola this year, and finally Wade got to see one.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Ocola Skipper

Michael Newlon

Glenhurst Meadows and Wagner Farm
Somerset County, NJ

Black swallowtail cats on dill at the Wagner Farm Community Garden. Sulfurs putting on a good show in an aster patch on the north side of the garden. 1 grass-skipper sp..

  • Cabbage White 21
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 16
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1

Cabbage White

Orange Sulphur

Red-spotted Purple

Pearl Crescent

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Black Swallowtail caterpillar

Jim Springer

Merrill Creek Reservoir
Warren County, NJ

1:40pm-3:40pm, 70 F, sunny
Great Spangled Fritillary was very worn.

  • Cabbage White 25
  • Clouded Sulphur 19
  • Orange Sulphur 17
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 9

Fred Weber

Camp Olympia, off Flatbrook Rd., Stokes State Forest.
Sussex County, NJ

First ever Ocola Skipper at this site. 2 very worn Spangleds nectaring on last gasp of Wild Bergamot. All others were on Heath Aster.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Michael Newlon

Wagner Farm, Mountain Ave, Warren Twp
Somerset County, NJ

2-3:30 PM. One white-form sulfur rejecting courtship by a male Orange Sulfur. Hard to do an accurate count of the Orange sulfurs because of their incessant movement.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur c
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 1

Orange Sulphur

David DeSarno

Dorbrook Park
Monmouth County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur 21
  • Orange Sulphur 31
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 1

Jane Hurwitz

Morris County Community Garden, 353 E.Hanover Ave, Morris Township, NJ 07962
Morris County, NJ

Warm sunny day with little wind. 11AM for 15 minutes. The Common Checkered-Skipper kept returning to a mallow weed that had fresh foliage.

  • Cabbage White 20+
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

David DeSarno

Sandy Hook
Monmouth County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 16

Ahmet Baytas

Avis Campbell Gardens
Essex County, NJ

11:30-11:45.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

Tom Halliwell

Kittatinny Valley SP
Sussex County, NJ

12:00 to 1:30. Sunny. Temps in low 70s.

  • Cabbage White 30+
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Eastern Comma 3
  • Monarch 7
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

David DeSarno

Sandy Hook
Monmouth County, NJ

My first Checkered white! - seen at Sandy Hook in a field adjacent to the Chapel, and on flowers nearby along the shoreline.

  • Checkered White 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur c
  • Orange Sulphur c
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye c
  • Monarch 5
  • Sachem 2

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Checkered White

Checkered White

Checkered White

John J. Collins

Sandy Hook
Monmouth County, NJ

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 2

Anita & Keith Richmond

Heathcote Meadows Trail, S. Brunswick Twp.
Middlesex County, NJ

11:40 - 2:30, mid 50's to low 60's, sunny and windy
Trail traverses a portion of D&R Canal SP and several small contiguous areas (Mapleton and Heathcote Meadows preserves, Cook Natural Area and Heathcote Park).

  • Cabbage White 28
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 14

Tom Halliwell

Fields at Point Mountain Reservation, Central Section.
Hunterdon County, NJ

Frost last night. Today sunny and cool.
Approximately 1:00 to 3:00.

  • Cabbage White 30+
  • Clouded Sulphur 10+
  • Orange Sulphur 20+
  • Eastern Comma 4
  • Monarch 1

Alice Koster

Willowwood Arboretum
Morris County, NJ

Sun and clouds, 65 degrees

  • Cabbage White 15
  • Clouded Sulphur 6
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Barb Sendelbach

Lafayette (Home Garden)
Sussex County, NJ

Despite the chilly nighttime temperatures, there are still about a dozen Cabbage White larvae feeding on the leaves of the Brussels Sprouts in the garden.

The Wild Indigo was flushed from a sunny spot while weeding this afternoon.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Michael Newlon

Glenhurst Meadows
Somerset County, NJ

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 1

Pearl Crescent

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Preserve
Warren County, NJ

1:35-2:50, sunny, 67.
The Spicebush was a late surprise; it was actually nectaring on Fringed Gentian. Also saw 2 white-form sulphurs.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Clouded Sulphur 9
  • Orange Sulphur 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 2