Sighting for August 1, 2020

Beth Polvino

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

Going out this AM first saw a butterfly that I couldn’t ID sitting on a canna leaf. I went back inside to my references and while it looked similar to a Silver-spotted Skipper, the markings are different. Later, I could directly compare them as both ended up together on a flower. Images below and thoughts on ID always appreciated. Increase in number of Sachems with at least 3 sets mating. FOY Painted Lady for the yard. In addition Brazilian Skipper, Cloudless Sulphur, Spicebush Swallowtail and American Snout caterpillars all continue on their host plants.

  • Black Swallowtail 4
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
  • Cabbage White 5
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • 'Summer' Spring Azure 1
  • American Snout 3
  • Question Mark 2
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 2
  • Common Buckeye 2
  • Monarch 4
  • Silver-spotted Skipper 1
  • Horace's Duskywing 1
  • Sachem 11
  • Broad-winged Skipper 1

Silver-spotted Skipper (aberrant)?

Silver-spotted Skipper (aberrant)?