October 2018 Sightings

Barb Sendelbach

Lafayette backyard
Sussex County, NJ

Sun and cloud mix. Warm and breezy. Isabella and Virginian Tiger Moth caterpillars scattered throughout the yard along with a few Fall Webworms that have not gone off to pupate yet.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Becoming sunny, 75 degrees in PM.

  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Natural Area
Warren County, NJ

3:25-4:00, 74, sunny.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Monarch 20

Jack McKee

Home garden, Howell Twp.
Monmouth County, NJ

1130 to 1330. 70's, humid, mostly cloudy.

  • Cabbage White c
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Samantha P

Colonia, NJ
Middlesex County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 1

Black Swallowtail

Alice Koster

Lord Stirling Environmental Center
Somerset County, NJ

1:30-2:00. Sun and clouds. Also one Monarch chrysalis.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 2

Monarch

Monarch chrysalis

Sharon & Wade Wander

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

2:10-3:00, mostly sunny, 66°. We haven't seen a Buckeye in NJ all year, so nice to see 2 today.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 6
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 8

Common Buckeye

John J. Collins

Raritan Greenway
Somerset County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Barb Sendelbach

Woodbridge backyard
Middlesex County, NJ

Overcast with on and off misty drizzle.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 1

Marge Barrett & Joe Burgiel

Whittingham WMA, NW Parking Area
Sussex County, NJ

3:00 PM

  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 2

Ahmet Baytas

Avis Campbell Garden, Montclair
Essex County, NJ

2:30-3:05. 80 DEGREES. MOSTLY CLOUDY, HUMID.
For a quick stop, very good day in this garden for this time of year. Photos by Iphone.

This is at least the 5th Ocola Skipper this fall in Montclair. Common Checkered-Skipper is very rare around here (my 4th ever sighting in Montclair in about 20 years). One of the Buckeyes were super fresh.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 5
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 5

Common Checkered-Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Common Buckeye

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Clouds and sun, high near 80. Our Purpletop Verbena is still going strong, and all the butterflies love it. The sulphur is one of the very few we've had here all year.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Jack McKee

Allaire State Park
Monmouth County, NJ

1200 to 1305. Mostly cloudy, humid, 70's. Butterflies found in the fenced garden by the Nature Center Parking Lot during a burst of sunshine. No luck with my target species: Anglewings and Mourning Cloak. All specimens seemed fresh, especially the Dun male.

  • Monarch 1
  • Dun Skipper 2

Marjorie Barrett

White Lake
Warren County, NJ

Sun & Clouds, Temp in upper 70s
1:30 - 2:30 PM

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 8
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Monarch 9

Dena Temple

Yard at 108 Portland Road, Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Monmouth County, NJ

First report and very excited to include our first Long-tailed Skipper ever seen in NJ and of course a yard first as well. Species is well known to John Temple and me (he is also an observer) through Southern U.S. travel. Like Silver-spotted Skipper but blue-green above, with full and complete almost swallowtail-like tail. It was observed nectaring in our zinnia garden (we have many butterfly-friendly flowers in the yard). Observed for ~15 seconds, but when I ran inside to get a camera, it of course flew away and we could not relocate. Still, probably the most exciting butterfly sighting ever.

  • Long-tailed Skipper 1

Jack McKee

Home grounds, Howell Twp.
Monmouth County, NJ

1430 to 1500. Mostly cloudy, humid, 70's. During an interlude of sunshine, I was able to find some butterflies.

  • Cabbage White c
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Sachem 2

C Wyluda

Bald Pate Mountain
Mercer County, NJ

overcast, drizzle on and off, about 75F

  • Monarch 1

John J. Collins

State Line Lookout, Palisades Park
Bergen County, NJ

Leaderless Walks - 8 members. Cloudy and overcast with southerly winds.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 17

Deborah Bifulco

Pollinator garden, home, Andover Twsp
Sussex County, NJ

Nice numbers of monarchs in my garden every day now, mostly on the buddleia and zinnias.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Monarch 13
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Monarchs

Jack McKee

Home Garoneds, Howell Tep.
Monmouth County, NJ

70's, very humid, mostly cloudy.

  • Cabbage White c
  • Monarch 2

Barb Sendelbach

Lafayette backyard
Sussex County, NJ

Unseasonably warm and humid.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1

Jim Springer

Rutgers Display Gardens, North Brunswick Twp.
Middlesex County, NJ

2:30pm-4:00pm, mostly cloudy, 82F

  • Cabbage White 14
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 35

Common Buckeye

Alice Koster

Morristown
Morris County, NJ

9:30-9:45, overcast with mist, in downtown Morristown

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1

Tom Bailey

Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch, Worthington SF
Warren County, NJ

Migrating Monarchs were tallied while hawkwatching.

  • Monarch 16

C Wyluda

right of way cut near Hancock Field (baseball) , 112 Whitcomb Rd, East Windsor NJ
Mercer County, NJ

4:30 pm, sunny, 60F

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 1

Barb Sendelbach

Woodbridge backyard
Middlesex County, NJ

One lone Monarch on the Buddleia on a chilly morning before the morning rain came through.

  • Monarch 1

C Wyluda

Mercer County Park Northwest (Pole Farm)
Mercer County, NJ

small daisies, purple asters, golden rod blooming; monarch on only visible blooming thistle in park

  • Red Admiral 1
  • Monarch 1

Monarch

Monarch

Barb Sendelbach

Fields across from Hancock Athletic fields E. Windsor, NJ
Mercer County, NJ

Early to mid afternoon while waiting for Black-throated Gray Warbler to appear. Along with the butterflies, we saw a few Virginian Tiger Moth caterpillars, Ailanthus Webworm Moth, Soybean Loopers and Clover/Forage Looper Moths.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 17

Jane Hurwitz

Morris County Community Gardens - Morristown
Morris County, NJ

Bright sun, lots of annual flowers still blooming

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 5

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Sun and clouds, windy, high near 60. In one of the longer sun periods a few butterflies ventured out.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 2