October 2020 Sightings

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 10

Michael Newlon

Glenhurst Preserve and Wagner Farm
Somerset County, NJ

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM; 61-66 degrees; sun then increasing cloud. Butterflies not very active.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Monarch 3

Pearl Crescent

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Cumulative total of 11 species on the day. Jack Miller in Cape May gets this many just glancing out his kitchen window.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Monarch 8

Deborah Bifulco

Wallkill River NWR
Sussex County, NJ

Morning started cool but warmed up when the sun broke through

  • Cabbage White 25
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Bronze Copper 3
  • Question Mark 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Monarch 6

Question Mark

Bronze Copper

Fred Weber

Yard - Upper N Shore Rd near Culvers Gap, Frankford Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

6 Monarchs nectaring in yard mostly on Tithonia, the rest migrant flyovers seen from lounge chair while watching sky for hawks.
Painted Lady very fresh, on Lantana.
Side note: second brood male Pipevine Swallowtail that appeared late August was last seen Sept. 25. It hectared for a month on Tithonia.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Monarch 24

Barb Sendelbach

Backyard - Lafayette
Sussex County, NJ

It was nice to see some butterflies in the garden again since the cold nights moved in a few weeks ago. I found an unexpected Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillar on the wisteria early this morning while mothing.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1

Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillar

Sharon & Wade Wander

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, NJ

A quick morning walk through the group campground area with ZuZu. Cool, mostly sunny and breezy.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 5
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Monarch 4
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 10

Joyce Cloughly

Thompson Park, in field below dog run.
Middlesex County, NJ

4:15 - 5:00 PM. Sunny, slight breeze. One of the Buckeyes very worn. One of the Eastern-tailed Blues without a tail.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Common Buckeye 2

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Jim Springer

Rutgers Gardens, North Brunswick
Middlesex County, NJ

2:30-4:00pm, 63-66°F, sunny

  • Cabbage White 8
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 1
  • Sachem 40

Tawny-edged Skipper

Fiery Skipper

John Beetham

Griggstown Grasslands
Somerset County, NJ

9:15-11:30 am. Sunny and cool.

  • Cabbage White 6
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Michael Newlon

Chimney Rock Hawkwatch
Somerset County, NJ

10 AM - 2 PM. Sun, a few clouds, west wind 2-10 mph. Monarchs southbound, a few quite high. Ominously, a flyby Spotted Lanternfly; other hawkwatchers saw several more.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 8

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 9

Barb Sendelbach

Backyard - Lafayette
Sussex County, NJ

I was very surprised to see a Hairstreak this late in my garden.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 22

Michael Newlon

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

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Sun then increasing cloud, westerly breeze, 60-65 degrees. All butterflies flying west, into the breeze. With the sun getting lower, the powerline cut here gets increasing shade.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Monarch 1

Joyce Cloughly

Home garden, Monroe Township
Middlesex County, NJ

Mostly sunny, upper 60s.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1

Stephen Buckingham

Hilltop Reservation, Cedar Grove
Essex County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 1

Cloudless Sulphur

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 14

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 14

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 4

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 4

Dave & Pat Amadio

Crater Lake
Sussex County, NJ

Mostly sightseeing today, but always looking for butterflies. Mid to high 60's and sunny. Mid afternoon visit.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Least Skipper 1

C Wyluda

Kuser Rd, Hamilton Twp
Mercer County, NJ

a drive by

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Dave & Pat Amadio

Blue Mountain Lake
Sussex County, NJ

Obs. made at the southern end of the lake. Fiery Skippers were male & female.

  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Fiery Skipper 2

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 2

Joe Burgiel & Marge Barrett

Kittatinny Valley SP
Sussex County, NJ

Sunny; Warm
1/2 hour late afternoon walk along north side of Gardner's Pond

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Viceroy 1

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 2

Keith Richmond

Crosswicks Creek County Park, Upper Freehold Twp.
Monmouth County, NJ

12:30-2:00, Upper 60’s, overcast and breezy.
Common Checkered Skipper very fresh.

  • Cabbage White 9
  • Clouded Sulphur 4
  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 10
  • Common Buckeye 3
  • Monarch 4
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Wallkill River NWR, Vernon Township
Sussex County, NJ

Breezy, in low 70s. All of the four male and 2 female Bronze Coppers were quite active. Both females appeared worn whereas 3 of the males looked quite fresh with the fourth worn. We did not see any of the usual host plants (docks), but plants in the genus Polygonum are abundant here and may serve as host plants for this colony.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Bronze Copper 6