October 2022 Sightings

Wade and Sharon Wander

Home garden and pollinator meadow, Fredon Township
Sussex County, NJ

A few forays into our gardens on the first sunny day after many consecutive cool, overcast, and rainy days. Despite the sun, warmth, and lots of plants still blooming we saw only 3 species. This compared to as many as 15 species reported on the same day from a single location in Cape May. So, if you want to see butterflies this time of year head south.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 1

Michael Newlon

Glenhurst Preserve
Somerset County, NJ

8:45 AM - 12:20 PM, 55-73F, sun and no wind. Many asters still blooming.

  • Cabbage White 1

Dave DeSarno

Echo Lake Park
Union County, NJ

2:10 - 2:50 warm and sunny. I visited this park to see the black swan that made its home in the pond and had one butterfly flyover.

  • Mourning Cloak 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden and pollinator meadow, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Last warm day for awhile brought a few last butterflies. A crab spider got one of our two Cabbage Whites late yesterday.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 2

T Jawidzik

Davidsons Mill Pond Park, North Brunswick, NJ
Middlesex County, NJ

3:30 to 4:30, 74 degrees, mostly sunny.
All butterflies were seen in the garden sections of the park.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Sachem 3

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout
Bergen County, NJ

  • Monarch 5

Michael Newlon

Great Swamp NWR, Pleasant Plains Rd
Morris County, NJ

8:45-11:45 AM, 55-70 F.

  • Monarch 2

Deedee Burnside

State Line Lookout
Bergen County, NJ

State Line Lookout

  • Monarch 22

Ann Hoffenberg

Jamesburg Park Conservation Area, Cedar Swamp Trail
Middlesex County, NJ

Cool, clear, sunny, midday. Two separate sightings in different areas of the forest.

  • Mourning Cloak 2

Mike Tracy

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, NJ

Spent a few hours, 11am-1pm walking in the park mainly hunting Odes came across these butterflies.

  • Cabbage White 7
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 3

Variegated Fritillary

Common Checkered-Skipper

Wade and Sharon Wander

Lodestar Park, Fredon Township
Sussex County, NJ

60s, mostly sunny, and breezy

1/2 mile walk with ZuZu in early afternoon.

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2

Dave DeSarno

Shark River Inlet
Monmouth County, NJ

3:50-4:50 sunny and warm. The very large seaside goldenrod field is probably just past peak.

  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1

Mike Tracy

Lake Ocquittunk, Stokes State Forest
Sussex County, NJ

a short walk near Lake Ocquittunk, 1:55 -2:15pm

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Eastern Comma 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Dave DeSarno

Sandy Hook
Monmouth County, NJ

2:30-4:40 multiple locations from Plum Island to the tip area. This was my first Mourning Cloak at Sandy Hook. Seaside goldenrod field at Spermaceti Cove is no longer growing - I've had a long-tailed skipper there in the past as well as ocolas.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Park, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

70 and mostly sunny with light breeze

1:30-2:10
Quick spin through the fields along the entrance road.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Water Wheel Farm, Fredon Township
Sussex County, NJ

Quick stop along the side of Dixon Road to scan the hayfield for Meadow Fritillaries and Common Ringlets. These vast hayfields are private property so please just view from road edges and do not park on grass.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 6
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Meadow Fritillary 1

Joyce Cloughly

Assunpink WMA
Monmouth County, NJ

2:30 - 3:30. Mostly overcast, around 70 degrees. Covered several areas but the only place where butterflies were seen was at the boat launch. One of the Buckeyes (pictured) was quite worn.

  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Common Buckeye 2

Common Buckeye

Lance Verderame

1370 Route 23 South, Wantage
Sussex County, NJ

I was taking a break at work swatting numerous Spotted Lantern Flies when a dark butterfly started to fly under the eaves of office. It finally landed on the concrete block at eye level. I was very surprised to see it was a Compton Tortoiseshell. I ran inside to grab my phone to take a picture, but it was gone when I returned.

[Moderator's Note: This is the first 2022 report of this increasingly hard-to-find species. The last report was of one individual seen by Barb Sendelbach in High Point SP in August 2021. Compton Tortoiseshell was a regular resident (e.g., seen most years on the Springdale Count from 1992 to 2009). However, it has not been reported on the Count since 2009, the last double-digit (13) observation was by Wade and Sharon Wander from Wawayanda SP in 2015, and only 9 have been reported to Recent Sightings since 2016.] (WW,SW)

  • Compton Tortoiseshell 1

Dave DeSarno

Rutgers Gardens
Middlesex County, NJ

2:40-4:05 mostly sunny with some clouds and 73 degrees. Gardens still looking good but much less pollinator activity. 4 female and 2 male sachems. Likely my last butterfly trip of the season.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Fiery Skipper 2
  • Sachem 6

Monarch

Sachem

Fiery Skipper

Sachem

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Park, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

70, mostly sunny and breezy

Short, mid-afternoon, walk with ZuZu along the paths through the fields along the entrance road.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 6
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1

C Wyluda

Hopewell Twp., near home
Mercer County, NJ

nice looking specimen but no photo- flew off as I approached

  • Common Buckeye 1

Wade and Sharon Wander

KVSP, Andover Township.
Sussex County, NJ

1:30-2:30 Full sun and 60's

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1

Wade and Sharon Wander

Home garden and pollinator meadow, Fredon Township
Sussex County, NJ

Observations late on a sunny day in the 60s.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Monarch 2

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Park and White Lake WMA, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

60s, mostly sunny and breezy

Afternoon stroll through the meadows along the entrance road and through some fields on the WMA on the opposite side of Route 21.

  • Cabbage White 5
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Monarch 3
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden and pollinator meadow, Fredon Township
Sussex County, NJ

60s and mostly sunny in the afternoon

  • Cabbage White 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 2

C Wyluda

Assunpink Creek, Trenton
Mercer County, NJ

not much blooming here- a few asters; powers that be weeded out invasives about 1.5 months ago

  • Cabbage White 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

White Lake Park, Hardwick Twp.
Warren County, NJ

Cool and breezy with temp maxing out at about 55. Mostly cloudy.

Short walk with ZuZu through the fields along the entrance road. The comma was very fresh. Pretty slim pickings otherwise.

  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Comma 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden and pollinator meadow, Fredon Twp.
Sussex County, NJ

Sunny, but mid-50s and quite breezy. The Lady was basking on our brick walk but it seemed to be too cool for it to attempt nectaring on the asters.

  • American Lady 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Home garden and pollinator meadow, Fredon Township
Sussex County, NJ

full sun, 60s in afternoon
After a few heavy frosts most of the insect action confined to late-flowering asters. (We counted more than 2 dozen honeybees on one large clump of asters.) Maximillian Sunflowers still going strong as well. Some goldenrods and purple-top verbenas are still blooming (though fading). Just a few Buddleia flowers left.

  • Eastern Comma 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

C Wyluda & m. Lee

Rosedale Park dog park Hopewell Twp.
Mercer County, NJ

Some fields mowed; asters and goldenrod

  • Orange Sulphur 1