October 2017 Sightings

Jim Springer & Mike Lee

Rutgers Gardens, North Brunswick Twp.
Middlesex County, NJ

1:00pm-3:00pm, mostly clear, 68F

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 45
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 6
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 75

Fiery Skipper

American Lady

Common Checkered-Skipper

Jack McKee

Dorbrook Park. Naturally landscapes fields(lots of wildflowers) on the South side of Rt. 537 West of the Soccer fields.
Monmouth County, NJ

1315 to 1445. Cloudy for the first .5 hour; mostly sunny thereafter. Mid 50's; a nice breeze. The Skippers were all very worn.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 15
  • Orange Sulphur 21
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Monarch 7
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Sachem 6

John J. Collins

797 Ashton Street, Raritan, NJ
Somerset County, NJ

All the butterflies reported were nectaring on Montauk Daisy (Nipponanthemum nipponicum).

  • Painted Lady 4
  • Sachem 2

Barb Sendelbach

White Lake (Red trail and Blue trail - fields and woods)
Warren County, NJ

Along with the butterflies, we had a bakers dozen of Isabella Tiger Moth caterpillars (Woolly Bears) and a single Milkweed Tussock caterpillar wandering the grassy paths.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 1

Carol and Michael Newlon

White Lake
Warren County, NJ

11:30-2:30; 69 degrees F and cloudless. Trails by Lake and WMA parking lots. Commas all in parking lots. Ocola and many of the Monarchs and Painted Ladies on thistle in vicinity of the White Barn. Two alba-form Sulphurs. Fringed gentians blooming.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 8
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 7
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Monarch 10
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Monarch

Painted Lady

Ocola Skipper

Clouded Sulphur

Sharon & Wade Wander

wander garden in Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

50's and 60's, sunny and calm
First observed Ocola Skipper of the year in our garden. Most years we start seeing this species in our garden beginning in August.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Monarch 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Anita & Keith Richmond

Hunterdon Arboreteum
Hunterdon County, NJ

70 degrees and sunny
1:15 - 2:30

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 29
  • Monarch 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Anita & Keith Richmond

Spruce Run Recreation Area
Hunterdon County, NJ

Boat launch area
65 degrees and sunny
10:30 - 11:55

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 23
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 33
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 6
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 5
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

Tom Halliwell

Willowwood Arboretum
Morris County, NJ

11:00 to 1:30. Sun alternating with clouds; breezy; upper 60s.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 7
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 32
  • Monarch 10
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine, NJ
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 67

David DeSarno

Tatum Park
Monmouth County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Least Skipper 2

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine, NJ
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 41

Alice Koster

White Lake Natural Area
Warren County, NJ

11:40-1:40. Sunny, 73*. Two white form Sulphurs. 4 Monarchs on 1 thistle near white barn

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 10
  • Sachem 1

Paula Williams

Stahls Natural Area
Somerset County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 20
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 12
  • Monarch 12
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

Barb Sendelbach

Lafayette backyard
Sussex County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Monarch 1

Jack McKee

Home Gardens, Howell
Monmouth County, NJ

1400 to 1500, Sunny, mid70's, breezy.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Sachem 2

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Natural Area, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

10:00-11:30
60's to low 70's, sunny
The Spiny Plumeless Thistles (Carduus acanthoides) near the barn are the main butterfly attractant here in late summer and early fall. This alien, invasive, annual or biennial species has consistently attracted more butterflies than the native goldenrods and asters which are also in full bloom. (This is just an observation and should not be interpreted to be a recommendation for planting.) Ocola Skipper has been observed on these thistles and Fiery and Long-tailed skippers should be looked for.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 6
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Painted Lady 16
  • Monarch 21
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine, NJ
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 85

Deedee Burnside

18-01 Pollitt Drive, Fair Lawn
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 1

Deborah Bifulco

Pollinator garden, yard, Andover Township
Sussex County, NJ

Looking a bit ragged, seen on zinnias and Montauk daisies mid-afternoon

  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Silver-spotted Skipper

Deborah Bifulco

Pollinator garden, yard, Andover Township
Sussex County, NJ

Yard first species, have seen two days in a row. Seems to have a special fondness for the Montauk daisies

  • Ocola Skipper 1

Ocola Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Deborah Bifulco

Pollinator garden in yard in Andover Township
Sussex County, NJ

This is a yard-first species for me

  • Fiery Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Deborah Bifulco

Alumni Fields, Hackettstown
Warren County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2

Common Buckeye

Tom Halliwell

White Lake
Warren County, NJ

11:30 to 2:15. Partly sunny to essentially overcast by end; quite breezy; low 70s. Wade's observations yesterday concerning the thistle plants held true today as well. And one of his predictions (Fiery Skipper) was spot-on.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 8
  • Orange Sulphur 11
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Painted Lady 16
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 30+
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Deedee Burnside

3 Cebak Court, Allendale
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 2

Michael Newlon

Passaic River Valley
Morris County, NJ

North bank of Passaic River, opposite Glenhurst Preserve.

  • Red-spotted Purple 1

David DeSarno

Dorbrook Park
Monmouth County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 3

Peck's Skipper

Jack McKee

Home Gardens, Howell
Monmouth County, NJ

1200 to 1500, 70's, partly sunny, some breeze.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Sachem 4

Michael Newlon

Glenhurst Preserve and Wagner Farm
Somerset County, NJ

1:20-4:00 PM. Warm and humid. Most butterflies on (1) asters in SE corner of Glenhurst tract (2) zinnia patch in Community Garden at Wagner Farm. Painted Ladies and Sachems worn, Monarchs fresh.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Monarch 10
  • Sachem 2

Monarch

Cabbage White

Painted Lady

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine, NJ
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 67