September 2018 Sightings

Ben Barkley

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

Incidental observation at 2 pm. The Ocola Skipper, as of writing this, is hanging out on the Boneset in front of the building. My personal first for the park. I grabbed a few cell phone photos.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Jim Springer

Reed-Reeves Arboretum, Summit
Union County, NJ

2:30pm-3:15pm, partyly sunny, 75F
A number of different species of Cannas here but no evidence of Brazilian Skipper activity.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 6

Steven Glynn

High Point SP
Sussex County, NJ

Full overcast during my ~ hour search of the shale area and walk in.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • American Copper 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Leonard's Skipper 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

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

1:45-3:00, cloudy 1st half, then sun. 73-78°.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 14
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 4
  • Meadow Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 17
  • American Lady 1
  • Viceroy 3
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Jill Homcy

DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst
Bergen County, NJ

10:45am

  • Queen 1

Queen

Queen

Queen

Christopher Takacs

Richard DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst
Bergen County, NJ

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Queen 1
  • Monarch 14
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Sachem 2

Queen

Jean Weir

Bloomingdale
Passaic County, NJ

Mid 80s, mostly cloudy

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Fred Pfeifer

De Korte Park, Lyndhurst
Bergen County, NJ

Found 11:30 AM still there 4:oo PM

  • Queen 1

Queen

Queen

Tom Halliwell

High Point SP slate quarry area
Sussex County, NJ

12:45 to 3:15. Overcast, breaking for sun in the last hour or so. Temps in 70s.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 9
  • American Copper 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Leonard's Skipper 5
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Alice Koster

Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Morris County, NJ

1:00-2:00. Mostly overcast. Had 4 Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars and 1 chrysalis. Had 3 Monarch cats and mating Monarchs. Have talked to John who works there. He has taken great photos and was excited to get our brochure.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Sachem 4

Jim Springer

DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst
Bergen County, NJ

9:30am-11:00am, 86F, mostly sunny, very humid,

Queen first found by Jill Homcy around 10:45am on September 2.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Queen 1
  • Monarch 10
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 4

Queen

Jean Weir

Bloomingdale
Passaic County, NJ

Reaching 90 degrees and extremely humid.
I watched a pair of Black Swallowtails and I think several attempts (not sure if successful) at mating. I live on a high hill.
A few minutes later, I was watching a hummingbird drinking from various zinnias in my garden and the remaining swallowtail not only chased it off the flower but clear across the garden (about 10 feet). This happened several times.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtaii

Ruby-throuated Hummingbird

Jack McKee

Home Gardens and grounds, Howell Twp.
Monmouth County, NJ

1200 to 1530. Hot, humid, and sunny, with a mild South breeze.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White a
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 10

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Hunterdon Arboretum
Hunterdon County, NJ

3:07-3:51pm , 91 F , sunny hot and humid
.75 miles (garden only)

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 3
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 4
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 6
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 7

NABA-NJ Field Trip

D. Briede's yard, Blairstown Twp.
Warren County, NJ

Hot & Very Humid
Many observers

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 3
  • Pearl Crescent 55
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Common Wood-Nymph 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 15
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 14
  • Leonard's Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 10
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 4

John J. Collins

Richard DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst
Bergen County, NJ

Alas, I did not see the Queen.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 5
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Sachem 3

Jack McKee

Merrick Farm, Howell Twp.
Monmouth County, NJ

1245 to 1400. Hot, humid, and sunny.

  • Black Swallowtail 3
  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 11
  • Pearl Crescent 8
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 5
  • Least Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 29
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 68
  • Dun Skipper 1

Steven Glynn

White Lake WMA
Warren County, NJ

  • Black Swallowtail 7
  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Orange Sulphur 8
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Meadow Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent Common
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Common Wood-Nymph 1
  • Monarch 6
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 3

Viceroy

Meadow Fritillary

Jean Weir

Bloomingdale
Passaic County, NJ

Very hot, 2-3pm

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

C Wyluda

home Pennington
Mercer County, NJ

this butterfly needed an assist to get on a flower- bad rainy cool weather

  • Monarch

Monarch

C Wyluda

Trenton, W. State St.
Mercer County, NJ

12:30 pm , break in the drizzle

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Sachem 15

C Wyluda

home, Pennington
Mercer County, NJ

new day, new monarch, though the weather was still rainy and not conducive to flight

Monarch

Tom Halliwell

Area near Tilcon Lake off Kinney Road, Mt. Olive Twp.
Morris County, NJ

11:00 to 1:15. Overcast, 70s. This area is loaded with shrubby willows and is a great spot for Viceroys and Red-spotted Purples. But it was interesting that ca. 8 Viceroys and 2 Red-spotted Purples were "nectaring" on the berries of three Autumn Olive shrubs, a very invasive alien. They were really quite approachable leading me to wonder if the juice was somewhat fermented.

  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 2
  • Viceroy 11
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 1

Viceroy & Red-spotted Purple

C Wyluda

home, Pennington
Mercer County, NJ

finally not raining, about 75F; sachems M,F

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Sachem 2

Barb Sendelbach

Mohawk Park, Cranford
Union County, NJ

Various flowers around the pond were still in bloom including Climbing Hempvine and Blue Mistflower. While poking around the Mistflower, I happened to notice a Giant Water Bug resting on a leaf nearby. My first sighting outside of Northern New Jersey.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Peck's Skipper 8

Ahmet Baytas

Montclair
Essex County, NJ

Several butterfly gardens in town. 2:15-4 pm.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 14
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Peck's Skipper 20
  • Sachem 50+

Chris Williams

Deepcut Park
Monmouth County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Monarch 8
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 7
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 5
  • Peck's Skipper 12
  • Sachem 120

Chris Williams

Tatum Park
Monmouth County, NJ

Let Monmouth County Aud Trip

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Sachem 4

Barb Sendelbach

Woodbridge backyard
Middlesex County, NJ

Most of the activity on Zinnia, Marigolds and Buddleia.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Ahmet Baytas

Avis Campbell Garden, Montclair
Essex County, NJ

2:30-3:30 pm. 86 degrees. Clouds and sun.
Most years I see at least one (usually 2-3) Ocola Skippers in this garden, almost always on verbena.

  • Black Swallowtail 2
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 6
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 35