Butterfly Journal For 10/29/2021 – 11/04/2021

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) at Fresh Market

Since my last Butterfly Journal report I recorded 1 observation in my garden, bringing the 2021 annual butterfly total for my garden to 591 (30 species).

Also I had a first-of-year sighting in a commercial landscape planting at the grocery store this week.  I have been on the lookout for a Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), but it is a little bittersweet that I finally saw one this year away from home and not in my garden. I am excited nevertheless; this encounter brings my overall 2021 annual butterfly total to 592 (31 species).

Butterfly Sightings 10/29/2021 –  11/04/2021

10/31/2021 Clouded Skipper – Lerema accius 1
11/2/2021 Painted Lady – Vanessa cardui 1   FOY [not in my garden]

A Clouded Skipper frequented the back garden for much of one day. I also think I saw another one nectaring at the sasanquas but I could not get a photograph of that one for verification. This one landed on Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ .

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

It was nice to capture an open-wing view of the skipper taking off among coreposis leaves.

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

There is a freeze warning for tonight, our first this fall. Butterfly season is waning but I intend to keep an eye out for any late activity.

15 thoughts on “Butterfly Journal For 10/29/2021 – 11/04/2021

  1. lammjane

    Hi Susie Thank you so much for the Butterfly Journal. It has been a treat to see and learn. I never knew there were that many different butterflies in our area. Thanks Jane


    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for coming along on my little butterfly trip this year Jane. We have a long ways to go to see them all. I saw only 30 of the 177 NC butterflies, still I’m amazed at the variety seen here.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Whoa! Seriously coming toward winter, Judy. My apple watch is reading 34 degrees this morning with low of 30 tonight so we’re right behind you. It’s almost a relief to let the garden rest a bit.

  2. Beth@PlantPostings

    Oh I love these reports. My butterfly sightings might be done for 2021, although I occasionally see mourning cloaks in the late fall, winter, and early spring. Thanks for sharing your observations. 🙂

  3. Pauline

    We have had our first frosts so I doubt we will have any more butterflies this year. You have had such an amazing variety, thank you for sharing them with us.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Pauline, thanks for following along with my butterfly journal. It’s been quite interesting. Hope your winter is not too severe. I know your garden continues to be beautiful through every season.

  4. Cathy

    I wonder if you got that frost Susie. We have had a few, but I have still seen the odd butterfly here and there. Was lovely seeing yours all this summer. 😃

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      We didn’t quite get down to freezing Cathy. Garden looks pretty much the same today–a few more days’ reprieve. Nice you’re seeing the occasional butterfly! 🦋 Thanks so much for following along with me on this journey.


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