Sighting for November 11, 2019

Beth Polvino

my yard NABA #1151 & Monarch Waystation #8318
Cape May County, NJ

Digging out more cannas on a beautiful fall day - low 60’s, sunny with winds 5 MPH. First butterfly of the day, Common Buckeye, but the second one was a Sleepy Orange. That was very unexpected. This is the first Sleepy Orange seen here since 11/2 but the 7th sighting this year. I am hoping to have the correct senna for them next year to mate and lay eggs here. Also male and female Cloudless Sulphurs here and the male kept trying to mate. Most of my nectar is either snapdragons or little tiny yellow flowers in the grass. The male Sachem was also in a mating mood. Total of 10 species flying. 5 Common Buckeye, 3 Black Swallowtail and 1 Monarch caterpillars continue along with overwintering 6 Spicebush Swallowtail chrysalis.

  • Cabbage White 3
  • Cloudless Sulphur 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 1
  • Fiery Skipper 1
  • Sachem 2

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye caterpillar

Black Swallowtail caterpillar


American Lady

Fiery Skipper


Cloudless Sulphur

Sleepy Orange