November 2020 Sightings

Jack McKee

Home Garden, Howell Twp.
Monmouth County, NJ

Time Ca. 1320; Sunny; 66 degrees; 32% humidity; wind SW 6 mph. I saw a small orange butterfly fluttering around our SE garden, and went out to identify it. While it nectared on the tattered remnants of some Verbena blossoms, I was able to identify it as an American Lady, due to the large eyes on the ventral hindwing, and small white spots in the orange ground of each forewing. This specimen appeared very fresh, lacking any signs of wear.

  • American Lady 1

Dave DeSarno

Big Brook Park
Monmouth County, NJ

1:20-2:20 sunny and warm. The sulphurs searching the grass for dandelions were quite fresh.

  • Orange Sulphur 3
  • Common Buckeye 2

Common Buckeye

Orange Sulphur

John J. Collins

Duke Farms
Somerset County, NJ

Bright and sunny and warm. One of the Orange Sulphurs was nectaring on a dandelion flower.

  • Orange Sulphur 2

Michael Newlon

Wagner Farm, Mountain Avenue, Warren Twp
Somerset County, NJ

Mostly birding

  • Orange Sulphur 1

Tim Vogel

Central Park of Morris County (Greystone)
Morris County, NJ

60 degrees , wind SW, up to 6 mph
Blue skies
1:30-2:30 pm
Fields west of soccer fields

  • Orange Sulphur 2

Barb Sendelbach

Road side Lafayette/Augusta
Sussex County, NJ

We took advantage of the warm weather and took a walk through the neighborhood this afternoon. 1 Barred Owl, 1 Northern Brown Snake (which we rescued from the road) and 1 butterfly.

Despite the 46 degrees temperatures between 1 and 2 am, I had a fairly productive moth night. 9 different species, with close to 2 dozen individuals all total, including a very late date for Dot-lined White.

  • Cabbage White 1

Fred Weber

Garden at Wyckoff preserve, Wyckoff.
Bergen County, NJ

Very fresh Comma sunning itself on a tree. 11 AM. Temp in 60's.

  • Eastern Comma 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Beautifully fresh Red Admiral. Both butterflies homed in on the New England Aster, as very little else is in flower.

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral

Jack McKee

Home Garden, Howell Twp.
Monmouth County, NJ

1300, sunny, low humidity, SW wind 6 mph. Two nectaring on the Cat mint in our West Garden.

  • Clouded Sulphur 2

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout, Alpine
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 1

John Beetham

Oros Preserve (Woodbridge)
Middlesex County, NJ

9:15-11:30. Sunny and very warm.

  • Common Buckeye 2

Common Buckeye

C Wyluda

Stonybrook Millstone Watershed, Hopewell Twp
Mercer County, NJ

only b'fly seen; 70F+ at 1:30 pm; a few frost asters and
some golden rod blooming- very sparse, a few dandelions

  • Sleepy Orange 1

David Moskowitz

East Brunswick Stop and Shop
Middlesex County, NJ

A fresh Eastern-Tailed Blue flying around the parking lot and grass areas.
[moderator]: A new late date for northern NJ. The previous late date was 11/4/2016

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

David Moskowitz

East Brunswick Community Arts Center fields
Middlesex County, NJ

A glorious November day! Sulphurs and Buckeyes flying and I kicked up a meadowlark and a Short Eared Owl!!!

  • Clouded Sulphur 6
  • Common Buckeye 4

Common Buckeye

Clouded Sulphur

Garry Annibal and Lee Gaitskill

DeKorte State Park and Disposal Rd.
Bergen County, NJ

Unseasonably warm for second day in a row, 10:00 to 10:30 AM, sunny, 60 deg. F.
[moderator]: New late date for northern NJ, previous late date was 11/3/2017

  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Common Buckeye 2

David Moskowitz

East Brunswick Community Garden/Kelemens Farm
Middlesex County, NJ

Late season butterflies are treasures!

  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 12
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Variegated Fritillary

Common Checkered-Skipper

Jack McKee

Front lawn in Howell Twp.
Monmouth County, NJ

1020. Sunny, warm. Seen flying over lawn.

  • Cabbage White 1

John Beetham

Donaldson Park
Middlesex County, NJ

Continued unusual warmth

  • Orange Sulphur 1

David Moskowitz

Franklin Township Open Space
Somerset County, NJ

Another remarkably sunny and warm day.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Common Buckeye

Orange Sulphur

Common Checkered-Skipper

Jane Hurwitz

New Jersey Audubon's Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
Somerset County, NJ

Very worn individual

  • Orange Sulphur 1

John Beetham

Cheesequake Inlet in Laurence Harbor
Middlesex County, NJ

Landed briefly and then took off headed south. In fresher condition that I would have expected.

  • Painted Lady 1

David Moskowitz

Kelemen Farm/East Brunswick Community Garden
Middlesex County, NJ

Remarkably, still four Frits in the field all looking pretty fresh and a very fresh Cabbage White.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 4

Variegated Fritillary

Cabbage White

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

No butterflies to report but we did find a really cool insect on our Hella Lacy New England Aster which still has flowers. The Thread-legged Bug (Emesaya) is a type of assassin bug and is actually fairly common (we find several at our moth lights every year) though hard to find. Note the heavier front legs which are adapted to grab and hold prey, the reduced wings, and the rostrum just below the head. This individual is about 1 inch from head to end of abdomen. Probably too small and weak to take butterflies except for small grass skippers.

Thread-legged Bug

Fred Weber

DeKorte Transco trail back by turnpike.
Bergen County, NJ

Orange Sulfur in good condition. 2 pm, sunny. 60 degrees.

  • Orange Sulphur 1

John Beetham

Cliffwood Beach Waterfront Park
Middlesex County, NJ

9:15-10:45. Upper 50s and sunny.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

John Beetham

Old Bridge Waterfront Park
Middlesex County, NJ

11-11:30 am. Sunny and about 60F.

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Common Buckeye 2