October 2019 Sightings

Dave DeSarno

Rutgers Gardens
Middlesex County, NJ

Skipper counts are approximate - lots in the same area. First ocola I've seen in quite a while. Really cool seeing large numbers of monarchs.

  • Cabbage White c
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Painted Lady 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch c
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 2
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 8
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 15

Monarch

Monarch

Ocola Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Adrian Smith

Clover Hill Park
Somerset County, NJ

4.45-6pm Only in Somerset part of park

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 8
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Sunny day, mid to high 70s. As usual, our late-blooming 'Hella Lacy' New England Aster is proving to be a butterfly (and moth) magnet. QM and Silver-spot were super fresh.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Question Mark 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Celery Looper Moth

Question Mark

Question Mark

Michael Newlon

Passaic River Park - River Rd, Chatham Twp
Morris County, NJ

10 AM - noon, 65-70 degrees; overcast, then patches of sun. Buckeye cat looked about to pupate.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 9

Monarch

Common Buckeye caterpillar

Tom Halliwell

Private farm off Alphano Road, Independence Twp.
Warren County, NJ

1:30 to 2:00. Sunny, mid-70s. All butterflies were roadside.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 10+
  • Clouded Sulphur 15+
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 7

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 91

S & W Wander, M Barrett, & J Burgiel

White Lake
Warren County, NJ

Sunny, Temperature Low 70s, 2 - 3 PM

  • Cabbage White 12
  • Clouded Sulphur 16
  • Orange Sulphur 10
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 11
  • American Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Monarch 10
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Ahmet Baytas

Montclair
Essex County, NJ

Possibly the best year in town for Ocola Skipper (1-3 a day during the past week) and Fiery Skipper (5-15 a day). One of the best autumns for Monarch, Painted Lady and Common Buckeye around here. Many Monarchs migrating the last several days, some stopping in gardens for fuel.

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 11
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 50+
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 9
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 6

Tom Halliwell

Fields at old Rockport Pheasant Farm, Mansfield Twp.
Warren County, NJ

11:00 to 1:00. Overcast to partly sunny. Temps in low 70s.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 35+
  • Orange Sulphur 25+
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Meadow Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 4
  • Monarch 7
  • Least Skipper 2

Tom Halliwell

Highlands Ridge Park, Chester Twp.
Morris County, NJ

11:30 to 12:45. Sunny; temps to upper 80s; very breezy. Most butterflies were found in the Chester Community Garden within the park.

  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur 10
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Painted Lady 5
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 25+
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 90

Tom Halliwell

Kay Environmental Center
Morris County, NJ

1:15 to 2:15. Went back to look for Sleepy Orange found on Sept. 29. Easily found flying in the area where the small trail opens into the upper fields, just past the Senna plants on the left. I spent an hour here, finally getting a documentary image at one of the rare times one of them landed. At one point three Sleepy Oranges were chasing each other. For directions see the Sept. 29 post.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White c
  • Clouded Sulphur 12
  • Orange Sulphur 7
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 5
  • Monarch 2

Sleepy Orange

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 12

John Beetham

Lord Stirling Park
Somerset County, NJ

9-12. Sunny but 45-50 degrees.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Common Buckeye 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Kay Environmental Center, Chester Twp.
Morris County, NJ

For directions to the Sleepy Oranges see Tom Halliwell's post of Sept. 29. To photograph the Sleepy Oranges it is best to visit during a cool and sunny day when this otherwise very active species is more sedentary. The temp. this afternoon was 57 under a cloudless sky.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 3

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 11

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 4

Jane Hurwitz

Morris County Community Gardens, Morris Twp.
Morris County, NJ

Overcast and cool.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Dan Mish

Riverdale - home garden
Morris County, NJ

Checked the flower gardens a few times from 1:00 - 3:30. Cloudy and breezy with rain on the way.

  • Cabbage White 10
  • Monarch 7

Monarch

Peggy Seme

Personal property Port Murray
Warren County, NJ

Biston betularia
I was planting some more mums and looked at my Red Twig Dogwood and saw this caterpillar

  • Cabbage White A
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 3

Peppered Moth caterpillar

Peppered Moth caterpillar

Peppered Moth caterpillar

Peppered Moth caterpillar

Peppered Moth caterpillar

Lillian Shupe

White Lake, Hardwick
Warren County, NJ

in field near main parking lot

  • Bronze Copper 1

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Sharon & Wade Wander

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

Eleven species on the tenth day of the tenth month, incl. Variegated Fritillary, Fiery Skipper, and Bronze Copper. Not bad for NW Jersey. A big thank you to Lillian Shupe for finding the copper and telling folks about it. This is an Endangered species in NJ with very few sightings in 2019.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 10
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Bronze Copper 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Question Mark 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Monarch 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3

Fiery Skipper

Bronze Copper

Dave DeSarno

Rutgers Gardens
Middlesex County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 3
  • Fiery Skipper 7
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Sachem

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Sachem

Common Buckeye

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Fiddlers Creek Preserve of Hopewell Twp
Mercer County, NJ

8-12 birding trip, butterflies in meadows with goldenrod, daisies, etc.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Variegated Fritillary 3
  • Common Buckeye 2

Preying Mantis

Variegated Fritillary

Linda Ward

Robbinsville
Mercer County, NJ

I headed out into my backyard to take pictures of a very dark Black Swallowtail caterpillar and noticed an odd LBJ out of the corner of my eye.

  • Ocola Skipper 2

Ocola Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 1

John Beetham

Sandy Hook
Monmouth County, NJ

9-12. Most of the butterflies were recorded near the north end on the Fishermen's Trail.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 3
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 11
  • Monarch 15
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Ahmet Baytas

Avis Campbell Garden, downtown Montclair
Essex County, NJ

A very late and quite fresh male Zabulon Skipper.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • American Lady 4
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 5
  • Sachem 2

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

We were away much of the day, so able to observe only from about 3:00 on, when the sun was fading.

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Tom Halliwell

Kay Environmental Center
Morris County, NJ

11:45 to 12:45. Partly cloudy; temp. ca. 60°. Two of the Sleepy Oranges were in the same area as previous reports from here. The other 2 or 3 were along trails in the lower fields, especially on the trail along the long hedgerow separating the preserve from private farmland.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 6
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 4 or 5
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1