September 2022 Sightings

Chao Fang

Duke Farms
Somerset County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 16
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Eastern Comma 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Hackberry Emperor 1
  • Monarch 1

Sharon & Wade Wander and Jack Miller

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Blairstown Twp.
Warren County, NJ

9:40-1:00
sunny and very breezy, 70s

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • American Copper 5
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 56
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Appalachian Brown 1
  • Common Ringlet 2
  • Monarch 5
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 12
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Swarthy Skipper 4
  • Least Skipper 20
  • Leonard's Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Tawny-edged Skipper 3
  • Crossline Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 2

Ocola Skipper

American Copper

Mary Jo Sichak

Wanaque, NJ Home Garden
Passaic County, NJ

  • Variegated Fritillary 1

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Dave DeSarno

Rutgers Gardens
Middlesex County, NJ

3:55-6:10 sunny and hot. The gardens are amazing and still in full bloom. Seeing such high numbers of sachems is great for observing the variations in both the males and females! They were feeding on most blooms including the tropical milkweed in the image. I spent a lot of time with the ocola skipper which stayed near the pickerelweed flowers and chased with the sachems nearby. This seems to be a consistent location annually for the ocolas.

  • Black Swallowtail 5
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 13
  • Monarch 3
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 5
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 31
  • Sachem 150

Ocola Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Monarch

Ocola Skipper

Sachem

Sachem

Peck's Skipper

Tammy Laverty

Bergen County Audubon Butterfly Garden at Overpeck Park, Leonia NJ
Bergen County, NJ

sunny, mild day. Photo by James M Falletti

  • Common Buckeye 1

Stephen Buckingham

Newark Watershed, West Milford - Powerline ROW between Van Orden Rd and Union Valley Rd (permit required)
Passaic County, NJ

2:20 pm to 5:10 pm. 78 degrees, mostly sunny. Surprising number of Fritillaries still around.

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 31
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 8
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 9
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Common Buckeye

Great Spangled Fritillary

Common Buckeye

C Wyluda

Hopewell Twp., near home
Mercer County, NJ

during dog walk

  • Variegated Fritillary 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Sachem 2
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Sharon & Wade Wander

Yards Creek Generating Station, Blairstown Twp.
Warren County, NJ

10:10-2:30

Mostly sunny, light wind, and generally warm and comfortable after an unseasonably cool start.

This was our annual survey for the State Endangered Leonard's Skipper at this gated facility. We saw only 4 Leonard's, which may be our lowest total in many years. Their Little Bluestem habitat in the lower meadow is being rapidly invaded by Sericea (aka Chinese) Lespedeza. Native Field Thistle, an excellent nectar plant, is also increasing greatly in the same area, but no Leonard's were seen using it, instead preferring Spotted Knapweed. Biggest surprise was a stunning Pipevine Swallowtail (FOY for us) nectaring all too briefly at a Field Thistle.

  • Pipevine Swallowtail 1
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 6
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • American Copper 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 31
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 11
  • Pearl Crescent 23
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Common Ringlet 1
  • Monarch 9
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 21
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 7
  • Least Skipper 20
  • Leonard's Skipper 4
  • Crossline Skipper 4
  • Dun Skipper 1

Joyce Cloughly

Thompson Park
Middlesex County, NJ

4:00 - 5:15. Mostly sunny. Three Harvesters, one caterpillar and two adults, one of them laying eggs. Also two handsome tussock moth caterpillars on beech twigs.

  • Harvester 3

Tussock Moth

Harvester

Harvester

Grant Price and Frances Wu

Duke Farms
Somerset County, NJ

  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 20
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 15
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Fiery Skipper 4
  • Sachem 6

fiery skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Sachem

Sachem

Orange Sulphur

Joe Burgiel and Marge Barrett

Newtonian Garden Apartments in Newton
Sussex County, NJ

These apartments are basically not butterfly friendly. However, there are several butterfly bushes which attract some species although never in great numbers. We were pleasantly surprised to discover the Sachems and the Ocola, neither of which appear with regularity.

  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Sachem 4

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Hunterdon Arboretum, Lebanon
Hunterdon County, NJ

mowed fields, stream was a trickle, garden was very dry

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 8
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 7
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Red-spotted Purple 3
  • Appalachian Brown 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 2
  • Sachem 5

Red-spotted Purple

Appalachian Brown

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Master Gardeners of Mercer County
Mercer County, NJ

mystery cocoon on Swallowtail enclosure. Sulphur being torn apart by a large yellow jacket.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Pearl Crescent 4
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Peck's Skipper 4
  • Sachem 10
  • Dun Skipper 1

Dun Skipper

Least Skipper

Cabbage White

Chrysalis

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Sayen Gardens
Mercer County, NJ

10-11:10 am; not crowded; a lot of flowers

  • Cabbage White 11
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • American Lady 1
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 14
  • Sachem 20

American Lady

Peck's Skipper

Red-banded Hairstreak

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Maria Loukeris

My Glenwood yard
Sussex County, NJ

Mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy. Viceroy was 2 days earlier.

  • Giant Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 4
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 1

Dave DeSarno

Big Brook Park
Monmouth County, NJ

4:45-5:30 83 and cloudy. No swarthy or tawny-edged skippers around today. Interesting behavior with a spicebush swallowtail wrapping its wings around a thistle blossom. After it flew off I checked as I thought there may have been a spider, but nothing was on the flower.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 4
  • Sachem 7

Sachem

Michael Newlon

Great Swamp NWR, Pleasant Plains Rd
Morris County, NJ

9-11:30 AM, mostly birding. Sun and clouds, 75-85F. Much Field thistle blooming between the Overlook and the bridge. Only one butterfly on it, but some other stuff to look at; the bug I think is Leptoglossus phyllopus. I owe the Viceroys to someone who did not pick up after their dog.

  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Viceroy 2

Viceroy

Viceroy

Crab Spider

Great Spangled Fritillary

Crab Spider

Michael Newlon

Central Avenue Powerline, New Providence
Union County, NJ

Brief stop. Power Company setting up for more construction here, much of the mint patch is beaten down, much of the loosetrife spent. But this year I have to be grateful even for a Cabbage White.

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Common Buckeye 1

Tammy Laverty

bergen County Audubon Butterfly Garden at Overpeck Park, Leonia NJ
Bergen County, NJ

sunny, mid 70' photo by: Don Torino

  • Sachem 1

Sachem

Sharon & Wade Wander

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

Random observations in gardens and meadow throughout this mostly sunny and pleasant day. Low double figures of species is about what we would expect here at this time of year but the 17 individuals is pathetic and alarming. Moths, too, are way down and some nights I see fewer than 10 species.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • American Copper 1
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 3
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 2
  • Wild Indigo Duskywing 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Least Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1

Grant Price

Glenhurst, East half
Somerset County, NJ

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 14
  • Zabulon Skipper 3
  • Peck's Skipper 1

Pearl Crescent

Zabulon Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Michael Newlon

Great Swamp NWR, Pleasant Plains Rd
Morris County, NJ

10:20 AM - 12:30 PM. Clouds and sun, breezy, 70-80 F. Viceroys likely the same as seen on Sept 05. One unidentified grass-skipper.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 2

Monarch

Viceroy

Gray Hairstreak

Sharon & Wade Wander

water wheel farm (private), Fredon Township
Sussex County, NJ

About 10 minutes of observation from edge of public roads. Only a small portion of extensive hayfields were viewed so sulphurs and especially ringlets were grossly under counted. Only 4 Meadow Frits were seen in the same area where well over 100 were seen last year at about the same date.

  • Clouded Sulphur 15
  • Meadow Fritillary 4
  • Common Ringlet 25
  • Monarch 1

Michael Newlon

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

1:30-3:50 PM, sunny, humid, about 80F. Most skippers quite faded. Lots of courtship between Sachems.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Monarch 2
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 3
  • Zabulon Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 18

Spicebush Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sachem

Monarch

Peck's Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Dave DeSarno

Huber Woods Park
Monmouth County, NJ

4:10-5:30. 74 and sunny. I walked the area near the environmental center and discovery path. It was a bit late in the season for the small gardens which have some new native species and other pollinator friendly flowers. Mostly goldenrod and asters still blooming. It's a really nice spot overall. Lots of the alianthus webworm moths around.

  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Sachem 6

Alianthus Webworm Moth

Peck's Skipper

Sachem

Sharon & Wade Wander

Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve, North
Warren County, NJ

1:50-3:10
Sunny , warm, and low humidity.

  • Cabbage White 17
  • Clouded Sulphur 7
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 6
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Common Ringlet 1
  • Zabulon Skipper 2
  • Swarthy Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Peck's Skipper 1
  • Crossline Skipper 4

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Stonybrook Millstone Watershed
Mercer County, NJ

3:15-4pm
asters, golden rod blooming. COYOTE!
Fresh mowed fields along boardwalk.
Sleepy Oranges fresh and not landing

[moderator]The coyote is a great find!

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Sleepy Orange 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 12
  • Least Skipper 2
  • Peck's Skipper 5
  • Sachem 20

Sleepy Orange

Coyote

Joyce Cloughly

Assunpink WMA
Monmouth County, NJ

Walked Field of Flowers. Then cruised the gravel road from the boat launch to the model airplane field. Then walked the second, smaller flower field and fields beyond it off Eldridge Road

2:00pm - 5:15pm. Mostly sunny becoming mostly cloudy. In the low 80s. One of the three Little Yellows worn. Amazing "Field of Tickseed Sunflowers" of perhaps some thirty acres lies beyond the second, smaller "Field of Flowers" near the Wildlife Conservation Center. I am guessing that this solid, Tickseed Sunflower field had been planted.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 3
  • Clouded Sulphur 2
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Cloudless Sulphur 14
  • Little Yellow 3
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 22
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 2
  • Variegated Fritillary 2
  • Pearl Crescent 9
  • Common Buckeye 10
  • Red-spotted Purple 5
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Least Skipper 7
  • Sachem 10

Little Yellow

Field of TIckseed Sunflowers

Field of TIckseed Sunflowers

Tickseed Sunflower

Mike Lee & C Wyluda

Master Gardeners of Mercer County
Mercer County, NJ

230-300pm

  • Cabbage White 2
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 2
  • Least Skipper 4
  • Sachem 30

Monarch

Viceroy

Sharon & Wade Wander

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

Mixed clouds and sun, warm.
Frequent sorties through our gardens.

Our FOY yard Ocola Skipper was only briefly seen. The average arrival date for this species in our yard is between Aug. 10 and 15. A likely Sachem gave us the slip before we could get bins on it. The lone Dun Skipper was very fresh.

  • Cabbage White 4
  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1
  • Great Spangled Fritillary 1
  • Pearl Crescent 2
  • Common Buckeye 1
  • Monarch 1
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Dun Skipper 1