Sighting for October 22, 2020

Beth Polvino

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

Temp 76, little wind and sunny all day. Another good day with migrating Monarchs. Started the day with over 2 dozen Monarch’s in the yard. This afternoon KH & RH tagged 30 Monarchs before running out of tags, warmth and sunlight. Mid- afternoon had a Monarch eclose. Hard to estimate the numbers of Monarchs that came and went throughout the day. Increase of American Ladies today. The ratty Long-tailed Skipper from yesterday continues but another very fresh Long-tailed Skipper here today. Stood waiting for 2 Brazilian Skippers to mate for about 20 minutes and while the darker skipper would fly around, landing near the the lighter one, no mating ever took place while I was watching. 1/2 hr later the lighter BS was still in the same exact spot on the leaf. Black Swallowtail caterpillars, Brazilian Skippers caterpillars, American Lady Caterpillars all continue along with Spicebush Swallowtail and Brazilian Skipper chrysalises also present in the yard.

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 7
  • Cloudless Sulphur 9
  • American Lady 18
  • Painted Lady 4
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 14
  • Monarch 45
  • Long-tailed Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 11
  • Sachem 18
  • Brazilian Skipper 3
  • Ocola Skipper 1

Long-tailed Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Black Swallowtail

Cloudless Sulphur

Fiery Skipper

Brazilian Skipper caterpillar

Brazilian Skipper