Butterfly sightings for April 2012

Apr 1 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Brockway Rd.
Jackson County

Nice weather after 1:00 pm. The American Lady was only the second butterfly I have ever seen nectar on trailing arbutus. I tried hard to get one more species but no luck. I settled for watching Short-eared Owls at Buena Vista on my way home to finish a wonderful April 1!

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

American Lady

American Lady

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

★ = New county photo record

Apr 1 2012

Bob Ring

Location: Prairie garden
Calumet County

There was some Pasque flower in bloom nearby. I'm not sure if the Tortoiseshell was making use of them at all, but he was hanging around the vicinity for awhile.

Apr 1 2012

Lois Ballard

Location: My cottage near Wautoma
Waushara County

The Lady stayed around for quite a while before I lost track of her.

American Lady

American Lady

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 1 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Edge of my marsh
Marquette County

59 Degrees and partly sunny. The girls liked getting their pictures taken today.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 1 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Riley Lake Bog
Price County

No Freija Fritillary yet. The spring azures were found during a brief search of the uplands. Night was excellent for moths, especially on willow catkins The picture of Lithophane pexata, one of the "pinion moths".

Lithophane pexata

Lithophane pexata

Apr 1 2012

Ron Arnold

Location: spruce/tamarack bog in the town of Cranmoor
Wood County

There wasn't much cooperation for photos today except for the Infant Moth. I've seen quite a few of them this spring, but this is the first that landed for a photo.

Infant Moth

Infant Moth

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 2 2012

Pamela Willis

Location: My yard, Adams Twp. approx. 3 miles west of Grand Marah
Adams County

Saw while walking my dog.

Apr 2 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Cherokee Marsh
Dane County

All three butterflies seen in wooded areas.

Apr 2 2012

Josephine Diaz

Location: In our backyard
Green County

Saw two Red Admirals in out backyard in the late afternoon.

Apr 2 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Father inlaws farm, Moundville Township
Marquette County

64 Degrees and Sunny. Found a place out of the wind that was hot.

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 2 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Davis Lake Bog & Uplands
Price County

All butterflies in the uplands; the Green Common was puddling on wolf scat. No Freija Fritillary yet.

☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 2 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike trail below trail parking lot on Sunset Vista Rd in Onalaska
La Crosse County

Apr 3 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Black Creek Bog
Ashland County

Both were feeding on banana-brown sugar bait pasted on shrubs and tree trunks. The Red Admiral was a big surprise this early this far north.

Apr 3 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Davis Lake Bog
Price County

All butterflies in uplands. Still no Freija Fritillary.

Apr 3 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Hixon Forest Nature Trails, La Crosse
La Crosse County

Very windy. Several Common Green Darners flying along the trails in the woods.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 3 2012

Stan Rehm

Location: UW Arboretum
Dane County

Not surprisingly, blossoms at the Arboretum are weeks early. Lilacs, cherries, crabapples opening, magnolias and tulip trees post peak already.

Apr 3 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: my yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

It stayed long enough to check out a few daffodils. A tri-colored bumble bee liked the flowers too.

Apr 4 2012

Tod Highsmith

Location: East Side Madison
Dane County

The American Lady was in our backyard.

Apr 4 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Lawrence Creek FA and Neenah Creek FA
Adams County

63 Degrees and Sunny.

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

Apr 4 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Trempealeau NWR
Trempealeau County

American Lady

American Lady

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 4 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Stewart Lake County Park, near Mount Horeb
Dane County

Apr 4 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Estabrook Park
Milwaukee County

I was surprised by the number of butterflies since although it was bright and sunny with many flowers blooming early, it was not warm, only 46F with a cold wind off the lake. Lots of white Trout Lilies blooming and found the biggest most beautiful patch of Bloodroot that I've ever seen in Milwaukee County in the most unexpected place, right on the embankment of the old railroad (now bike path) growing under a mess of invasive Oriental Honeysuckle. I saw a number of orange-colored butterflies which did not alight and I didn't get a look at. I was surprised to see both an Am Lady and a Painted Lady on the same day; don't think that has happened to me before.

Apr 4 2012

Alex Harmon

Location: Spring Green Natural Wildlife Preserve
Sauk County

Nectering near the top of a bluff on some white flowers.

Apr 4 2012

Sandy

Location: Standing Rocks Co Park
Portage County

Fuzzy pics, but so hard to see this one camouflaged among the leaves. Amazing how the comma shows up among the browns.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

★ = New county photo record

Apr 4 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Swamp Lover's Preserve
Dane County

Apr 5 2012

Ann Thering

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 5 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Village of Trempealeau
Trempealeau County

Apr 5 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike trail below Sunset Vista Rd in Onalaska
La Crosse County

Apr 5 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike Trail below Sunset Vista Rd
La Crosse County

Included some pictures of the early dragonflies and damselflies that I have found at this location

Apr 5 2012

Jeanie

Location: Janesville, city of
Rock County

Saw this butterfly on my birdbath early this afternoon. It sat on a small stone in the birdbath for several minutes then dropped to the patio and stayed there for several more minutes.

Apr 5 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Picnic Point, UW Campus
Dane County

Apr 6 2012

Ryan Brady

Location: Shirley Lake Rd south of Shirley Lake
Iron County

Brief butterflying after some morning bird surveys. Not many individuals but took home the coveted Comma Slam! Also a couple C. Claybank Tiger Beetles.

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

Common Claybank Tiger Beetle

Common Claybank Tiger Beetle

Green Comma

Green Comma

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 6 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Brockway Road, Jackson County
Jackson County

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Eastern Hognose Snake

Eastern Hognose Snake

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Apr 6 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Spring Green Reserve
Sauk County

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Apr 6 2012

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Blue Mound State Park
Dane County

Blue Mound State Park seems to be in both Dane and Iowa counties.
We also saw either a Black Swallowtail or a black form female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. We had a brief look as the butterfly flew by.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Apr 6 2012

Joey Reichhoff

Location: 29th Ave
Barron County

Apr 6 2012

Anne Geraghty

Location: Necedah NWR
Juneau County

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Common Green Darner

Common Green Darner

Bronzed Tiger Beetle

Bronzed Tiger Beetle

bumble bee

bumble bee

American Lady

American Lady

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

★ = New county photo record

Apr 6 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Father inlaws farm, moundville township
Marquette County

4:30-5 PM.

Apr 6 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard and edge of marsh
Marquette County

58 degrees and Sunny.

Apr 6 2012

K. Java

Location: My yard
Burnett County

Windy and 59 degrees. I just happened to see something white drop into the grass out of the corner of my eye. Checked it out and it was a Mustard White. 1st one I've ever seen in Wisconsin but I haven't been at this all that long.

★ = New county photo record

Apr 6 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Davis Lake Bog
Price County

Freshly emerged males; still no Freija Fritillary

Apr 6 2012

Danielle Schweitzer

Location: Bristol
Kenosha County

This Red Admiral was enjoying the afternoon sun on a warm day as were we!

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 6 2012

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Black Earth
Dane County

Apr 7 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Badger Prairie County Park, Verona
Dane County

My first black swallowtail of the year. It was in the exact location in Badger Prairie Park where there were many black swallowtails last year.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Apr 7 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Brockway Rd.
Jackson County

Almost no sun and little activity except for the duskywings. I saw 8 other duskywings but still no Persius Duskywing or Frosted Elfin.

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Apr 7 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Mazo Bluff
Dane County

58 Degrees and Sunny. Only had an hour. Many prairie wildflowers in bloom.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Apr 7 2012

Jim & Suzanne Otto

Location: Baxter's Hollow SNA along Stones Pocket Rd
Sauk County

The Tortoiseshell was worn almost beyond recognition, with little orange or yellow remaining. Wildflowers are blooming: Marsh Marigolds, Spring Beauties, Trout Lilies, Skunk Cabbage.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 7 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Armstrong Creek Bog, SW of Tomahawk
Lincoln County

Still no Freija. The Milbert's was nectaring on leatherleaf in the bog.

(note: vouchers for all species)

☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 7 2012

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Apr 7 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Avoca Prairie
Iowa County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 7 2012

Owen Boyle

Location: McFarland School Forest
Dane County

Apr 7 2012

Rose Tiegs

Location: Home in Oneida
Outagamie County

Landed on my Bradford Pear tree.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 8 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Havenwoods State Forest
Milwaukee County

It certainly looks like another year for Red Admirals.

Apr 8 2012

Owen Boyle

Location: Backyard near the Milwaukee River
Milwaukee County

Apr 8 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Walking Iron Park
Dane County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 8 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Spring Green Reserve
Sauk County

The duskywing was in sandy, pine barrens at the entrance to the Reserve, flying in the grass.

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Festive Tiger Beetle

Festive Tiger Beetle

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 8 2012

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Newburg - Riveredge Nature Center
Ozaukee County

Windy day so I wasn't expecting to see much. The Spring Azure and Red Admiral were in a swampy area that is fairly protected from the wind. A few other butterflies were seen, but they were too erratic to positively identify.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record

Apr 8 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, private property
Dane County

Apr 9 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Korth Park, west shore of Rock Lake
Jefferson County

Really windy!

American Lady

American Lady

★ = New county photo record

Apr 9 2012

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor Township
La Crosse County

Very windy and cool, but sunny. I found both of these butterflies in among the new and old dried out field grass in the meadow. They were on a south facing hillside.

American Lady

American Lady

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Apr 9 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Hixon Forest Trails off Milson Court
La Crosse County

Apr 11 2012

Sandy

Location: 9 Mile County Forest
Marathon County

He posed for me yet I was too excited to see him to pull in my zoom. Open woods.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 11 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Summerton Bog SNA
Marquette County

59 Degrees and Sunny.

Apr 11 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard and marsh
Marquette County

59 degrees and sunny.

Apr 11 2012

Joan Braune

Location: my backyard
Dane County

Apr 12 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike trail below Sunset Vista Rd and also along Mason St in Onalaska
La Crosse County

Despite the frost of the last 2 days, still quite a few butterflies and also Common Green Darners and dozens of Eastern Forktail damselflies.

Apr 12 2012

Joey Reichhoff

Location: Public hunting grounds on 13th St
Barron County

Apr 12 2012

Ann Thering

Location: stops along Wis. River
Iowa County

Apr 12 2012

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

I was picking up litter on Cty Rd O for Crex Meadows clean-up day. Spotting butterflies was a bonus.

Apr 12 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: vacant land behind Oakwood Village West
Dane County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 12 2012

Peter Thornquist

Location: Milwaukee River, River Hills
Milwaukee County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 12 2012

Patti Gelbuda

Location: Two Rivers, WI
Manitowoc County

I just saw a Red Admiral. I couldn't believe my eyes but it sat down on the container I keep my cushions for outside chairs so I got a good look at it. Beautiful for this early in the year!

Apr 12 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Armstrong Creek Bog, SW of Tomahawk
Lincoln County

Finally Freija is out! Beats the 2010 absurd early record by 2 days.

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 12 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Father inlaws farm
Marquette County

Took my wife for a walk. She got to hold the Juniper Hairstreak.

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Apr 12 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard
Marquette County

61 degrees and sunny. First Black form of the season.

Apr 12 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Very early arrival this year. Last year it was in my yard on May 22.

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Apr 12 2012

Ryan Brady

Location: Augustine Creek area northeast of Augustine Lake
Iron County

Good number of butterflies on these remote forest roads today. Comma Slam! Also my first Red Admirals of the year.

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

Green Comma

Green Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 12 2012

Ryan Brady

Location: Forest roads north of Augustine Lake and northeast of Glidden
Ashland County

Another Comma Slam! Spring Azures seem to have popped, although 11 of my 18 here were in the same spot.

Apr 12 2012

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor Township
La Crosse County

Walking in woods and along gravel drive in the grasses.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Apr 12 2012

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Lake Farm Park, Madison, and Black Earth
Dane County

The tiger swallowtail was in Black Earth, others at Lake Farm Park.

Apr 12 2012

Denise Klotzbach

Location: My property in the town of Rhine
Sheboygan County

I was trying to get a shot of this butterfly all morning. It finally settled down on the side of our camper.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 14 2012

Bob Ring

Location: my own back yard
Outagamie County

Apr 14 2012

Peter Thornquist

Location: Milwaukee River, River Hills
Milwaukee County

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Apr 14 2012

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Earliest-ever sighting of Tiger and Blue in our yard.

Apr 14 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson property 1/4 mile south of Chaseburg on east side of County Hwy K
Vernon County

Had a sulphur fly past that showed orange on the top side of the lead wing. It did not stop for a picture.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Apr 14 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Wildcat & Brockway Rd. various stops
Jackson County

Sunny!

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Harvester

Harvester

??

??

Bluish Spring Moth

Bluish Spring Moth

Apr 14 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Yard, Marsh and Summerton Bog SNA
Marquette County

77 Degrees and sunny. Been seeing what I thought was Harvey for days now. Today he stopped to honored me with an ID & a pict. An apple tree along the marsh was a buzz with more butterflies than one could count. Bait log was a hot place also. All I had to do there was wait as they took their turn.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Harvester

Harvester

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Apr 14 2012

Sharon Knopf

Location: Plover backyard
Portage County

Apr 14 2012

Lois Ballard

Location: My cottage between Wautoma and Neshkoro
Waushara County

A beautiful day for butterflies, plenty of them around, catching up with them was tough. Not sure if the Olympia Marble that I saw a couple times was the same one or if there were a couple. We also found a couple baby grasshoppers in the kitchen... I wonder if they hatched out of a potted plant that we kept in the house over the winter. They were so cute, I had to share a photo, only about 1/4" long.

grasshopper

grasshopper

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Apr 14 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

American Lady

American Lady

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Apr 14 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Prairie Moraine County Park, south of Verona
Dane County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Apr 14 2012

Aaron Carlson

Location: Caryville Savanna SNA
Dunn County

70 degrees, slightly breezy, partly cloudy. Besides those listed, I also saw a Painted or American Lady, but it never landed, so I wasn't sure which it was.

Mustard White

Mustard White

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 14 2012

Ryan Brady

Location: My house off Wanabo Rd west of Washburn
Bayfield County

Very casual obs while in the yard. My money says thousands of Red Admirals were blasting north today -- all mine were.

Apr 14 2012

Eric Howe

Location: Lulu Lake SNA
Walworth County

Casual lep observation while looking for garlic mustard. (~15:15 to 17:50, partly sunny, habitat: savanna and wetland/upland edge). May have seen a duskwing sp. along edge of woodland.

Mustard White

Mustard White

Apr 14 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Meadow Valley Barrens SNA, near Mather
Juneau County

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 14 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Bauer Brockway SNA
Jackson County

Once clouds moved out at 11am, it was a butterfly wonderland. Full sun.

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Apr 14 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: 1 mile east of Wildcat Road on Castle Mounds Road
Jackson County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Apr 14 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Walking Iron, Mazomanie Oak Barrens, Ponds on 78, Lodi Marsh
Dane County

Also a Duskywing that was either Columbine or Wild Indigo but no food plant present to indicate which.

Apr 14 2012

Fern Springs

Location: my backyard in Brockway
Jackson County

Sunny, 60s, 10:30-1 PM

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 14 2012

Steven Borzynski

Location: Caledonia
Racine County

An unexpected Eastern Tiger Swallowtail swooped in for an afternoon tryst with Madame Hawthorn. This honey-scented hedge is a harem for any passing butterfly. This swain was a particularly strapping, handsome fellow with a stately wing-span to boot.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Apr 14 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Estabrook Park
Milwaukee County

Apr 14 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: peatlands NE of Spirit Falls
Lincoln County

A new Freija site! The Henry's Elfin was also a nice surprise, found along a trailside through mesic aspen woodland. After getting out of the bog I found the comma enjoying my shoes left in the sun.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 14 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Spirit Falls
Lincoln County

Another welcome surprise to the day...rarely encountered this far south in the state. This is a female.

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 14 2012

Ann Thering and Dave Eide

Location: Black Earth area, several stops
Dane County

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Apr 14 2012

Richard D. Breen

Location: 1530 52nd St. S. Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Wood County

About a dozen in the one acre yard. Have been seeing as many as two dozen in the same space every warm day including today 23 Apr 2012 since then. Lovely!

Apr 14 2012

K. Java

Location: A single tree in Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

One tree was oozing sap and the Mourning Cloaks and Red Admirals were nectaring on it.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record

Apr 14 2012

Danielle Schweitzer

Location: Preston our yard
Adams County

These 2 were together for over 10 minutes and I was able to watch them dance together!

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Apr 14 2012

Richard Ouren

Location: Ouren Farm, 17892 Co Rd G Muscoda
Grant County

Apr 14 2012

Ann & Scott Swengel

Location: South Brockway West
Jackson County

Our earliest date for this species.

Apr 15 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

Red Admirals everywhere. Very few other butterflies.

Apr 15 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bakken's Pond
Sauk County

Question Mark

Question Mark

★ = New county photo record

Apr 15 2012

Tom Reiter

Location: Madison
Dane County

We had many Red Admirals taking advantage of the flowering trees in our yard.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 15 2012

Bob Ring

Location: various
Calumet County

I'm starting to see many Red Admirals. I saw them while driving and in the gardens.

Apr 15 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: rural Medford
Taylor County

The Red Admirals were in my neighbors flowering crab tree. They were everywhere, near and in the tree! What a sight!

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record

Apr 15 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Yard, Marsh and 13 miles of road to Father inlaws & back
Marquette County

70-77 degrees Cloudy/sprinkles to Sunny. 13 RAs on the driveway in front of the garage when I stepped out the door this AM. Many dead ones along the road. We hit a bunch with the truck. Bait log had 4 in a cluster.

Apr 15 2012

Steven Borzynski

Location: Caledonia
Racine County

Here is a beautiful, bright-barred Vanessa gorging itself on the honey-sweet nectar of the white hawthorn. If Proust was with me, he would have an aesthetic apotheosis (c.f. Remembrance of Things Past, pg.s 150.5-153). Along this bursting, blooming hedge, there were dozens of atalantas feeding amid the teeming bees and bumble bees. I must have seen over a hundred individuals (and maybe even Hazel Shade) on a good long ramble this afternoon, and other nymphs were seen suckling dandelion and crab-apple blossoms. If one is especially fond of Vanessa, I should be remiss if I didn't recommend Nabokov's Pale Fire, the greatest work of art produced in the 20th century.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 15 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Verona, vacant land in a subdivision near my apartment
Dane County

Truly amazing. Red admirals everywhere. Most of the red admirals were landing on dandelions. No cabbage whites and only one clouded sulphur.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 15 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, private property
Dane County

Surprised to see butterflies today, since there was a huge thunderstorm last night, some light showers this morning, then overcast and windy. But there they were. This was between 11:30am and 12:30. One landed on a purple flower (don't know what kind). The other two were in the dead stems.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 15 2012

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

At the Butterfly Garden forum at GardenWeb, people are reporting "explosions" of Red Admirals in zones south of Wisconsin. Our yard seems to have more than ever before; they are nectaring on crabapple (Malus sp.) blossoms.

Apr 15 2012

Mike Reese

Location: George Sorenson County Park
Waushara County

The sun came out temporarily at 4:00 pm and so did some butterflies and butterfly watchers!

Apr 15 2012

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor Township
La Crosse County

I saw many Red Admirals, as well as Juvenal's Duskywings. Too many to count. The Red Admirals were everywhere I went. It was very windy and it was hard to get a picture as they were all very busy trying to stay in the air or finding a spot out of the wind.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 15 2012

Maria Elena Mau

Location: Skunk Coulee Galesville, Wisconsin
Trempealeau County

We live about 7 miles east of Galesville and they are every where today, yesterday there were only a few. Right after a rain storm the swallowtail was laid flat out drying itself.

Apr 15 2012

Chuck Petters

Location: Home
Waupaca County

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 16 2012

Peter Dunwiddie

Location: Shaginappi Park
Fond du Lac County

On a cold (high 40s), overcast, very windy day, the last thing we expected to see were hundreds of butterflies, but there you go. The "red" trail in the park was a bit damp, full of blooming violets and dandelions - and literally hundreds of Red Admirals. Perhaps they were enjoying the shelter from the wind provided by the shrubs and small trees? A few were on dandelions, but most were just basking or hanging tight. Some were much darker brown than others. Great sign of spring.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 16 2012

Joan Voigt

Location: Town of Deerfield, Upper Millpond, Lake Drive
Waushara County

Spotted two red admirals in the driveway and garden.

Apr 16 2012

Tina Olson

Location: Allouez, WI
Brown County

Apr 17 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Yard and edge of the marsh.
Marquette County

62 degrees, sunny and no wind. Olympia Marble allowed me not only to pick it up, but bring it home with me. Doreen will be surprised. RAs were flying when it was 46 degrees. CWs were a mating pair.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Apr 17 2012

Chris G

Location: just NW of Nekoosa
Wood County

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 17 2012

Jaycee & Grandma

Location: Victory, Wisconsin
Vernon County

Not far from the Mississippi River. Red Admirals all over the place today. First day without strong winds for three days.

Apr 17 2012

Ginny Nelson

Location: Stricker's Pond
Dane County

The Common Buckeye was very worn. The Red Admirals were everywhere!

Apr 17 2012

Steven Borzynski

Location: Caledonia
Racine County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 17 2012

Sylvia Lieteeau

Location: My backyard, near Buckeye Rd & Hwy 51
Dane County

Several dozen feeding from, or resting on, my lilacs.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 17 2012

Joey Reichhoff

Location: Public Land 13th St
Barron County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 17 2012

Ilona Loser

Location: Ice Age Trail - Lewis St. entrance - Cross Plains, WI
Dane County

Large numbers of Red Admirals were seen all along the Ice Age Trail and along Brewery Creek. I read that Red Admirals are present in large numbers in many places. The Iowa-Insects email list has a number of people reporting large numbers of Red Admirals being sighted in different areas of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Apr 17 2012

Bob Ring

Location: several places throughout the county
Calumet County

Even though it was only in the 40's there were many Red Admirals present once again. I'm sure the purple martins at my colony are devouring some.

Apr 17 2012

Pete

Location: Mukwonago
Waukesha County

It was marvelous to see these beauties weather the storm from the night before and come out and soak up the morning sun. Dozens of Red Admirals decorated the plush green hillside jumping from dandelion to dandelion in an endless game of musical flowers.

Apr 17 2012

Lori T. Brown

Location: Bayview, WI - Backyard
Milwaukee County

This little guy was hanging out enjoying my flowering crab tree.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 17 2012

Kate Benkert

Location: Brooklyn State Wildlife Area
Green County

Walking the trails mid-morning we spotted an Eastern Swallowtail (1) and several American Ladies (8). Several yellow sulphers, but species unknown.

Apr 17 2012

Richard Ouren

Location: Ouren Farm, 17892 Co Rd G Muscoda
Grant County

Apr 17 2012

Ann Thering

Location: Walking Iron
Dane County

Apr 18 2012

Richard Ouren

Location: Ouren Farm, 17892 Co Rd G Muscoda
Grant County

Apr 18 2012

Kate Benkert

Location: Spring Green Preserve SNA (TNC)
Sauk County

Mid-afternoon, breezy; tiger beetles out on sand trail; American Ladies flying along shrubs as approaching the bluff.

Apr 18 2012

Kate Benkert

Location: Bakken's Pond SNA
Sauk County

At the boat ramp parking lot at the Bakken's Pond Unit; two Red Admirals. About 4:15 pm.

Apr 18 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: Kettle Morraine St Forest nr Eagle
Waukesha County

Windy with sunshine ending by 1:00PM. Red Admirals most everywhere...gravel, mud, and flowers. I observed 40 or more in less than an hour, with dandelions their clear favorite. This Admiral outbreak is wonderful, and some individuals appear very fresh, despite their journey to arrive here in Wisconsin.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

American Lady

American Lady

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record

Apr 18 2012

Crystal O

Location: Sheboygan Falls, backyard
Sheboygan County

I've seen close to 10 a day for the past 3 days as I walk to my backyard garden. They seem to congregate on the dandelions.

Apr 18 2012

Diane Milson

Location: Wooded home in town of Oconto
Oconto County

Red admirals and American Ladys are everywhere. All nectaring on my hearty crop of dandolions. Windy day, cool. At least 10 tree frogs on or around my house.

American Lady

American Lady

tree frog

tree frog

Apr 18 2012

Mike Reese

Location: North of Mount Morris
Waushara County

Apr 18 2012

Ben Rogall

Location: Madison
Dane County

Around 20 Red Admirals on the dandelions in our back yard.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 18 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard and Father inlaws farm
Marquette County

71 degrees Sunny of Partly Cloudy. With the change in weather coming lots of butterflies flying. Spied an Eastern Hog Nose snake. Saw lots of different Dragonflies.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mustard White

Mustard White

Apr 18 2012

Kristen Halverson

Location: Monona, WI - Residential Area
Dane County

30-40 Red Admirals sunning on our roof!

Apr 19 2012

Patti Wiskow

Location: NW Green Bay-our front yard
Brown County

Enjoyed seeing about 20-30 Red Admirals on our Montmorency Cherry tree which is in full bloom. They fluttered around the tree all morning in the sunshine, often pausing on the blossoms with wings open. Then about noon when the sky turned cloudy, they flew away, except for a couple of stragglers.

Apr 19 2012

Dan Foster

Location: Germantown - Backyard
Washington County

My grass was tall and the dandelions plentiful; so were the Red Admirals in my 2 acre area, often seen flying in tight groups of 3 & 4. Nice.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 19 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: Okauchee Lake a short walk from my backyard
Waukesha County

A brief break in the weather allowed me 15 minutes to explore a grassy field rimmed by a gravel road. Despite cool windy conditions, Red Admirals were common but stayed close to the gravel, rather than venture to the dandelions. nearby. One Clouded Sulphur observed, a very early date for this species in my area.

Apr 19 2012

Cindy Donegan

Location: residential area and park
Kenosha County

I've seen lots of Red Admirals during the last week even on very windy and gray days. Today I had a Question Mark hanging on to my window ledge trying not to be blown off by the wind.

Apr 19 2012

Ashley

Location: Oostburg
Sheboygan County

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) I have found 2 of these in my house the last 2 days. I think they may have come in with laundry that I had hanging outside. And I saw one in the backyard yesterday!

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 19 2012

Anne Wycklendt

Location: Greendale back and side yards
Milwaukee County

About 15 on this sunny (for now), cool, windy day of April 19, but more numerous on a warm April 18 (50+) on dandelions, wood chips, window screens, and skirting a huge spruce.

Apr 19 2012

Pam DeVore

Location: East Dean Avenue
Dane County

There were so many Red Admirals floating around the house and in the gardens, we were simply amazed last evening. It seems the warmth near the house and garage were tempting them.

Apr 20 2012

Marty Anderson

Location: Marshfield
Marathon County

Apr 20 2012

Ryan Brady

Location: WDNR Service Center on Golf Course Rd (Hwy 137) just west of Hwy 112 (Sanborn Ave.)
Ashland County

I stepped outside my work office and was stunned to see a white butterfly this early here on Lake Superior. Suspecting a Cabbage White, a closer revealed something quite different! If confirmed, this would be just the 3rd state record. Ironically, the 2nd was a similar individual I photographed in my Bayfield County yard last summer.

Western White

Western White

Western White

Western White

Western White

Western White

Western White

Western White

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 20 2012

Sallymae James

Location: Town of Trempealeau, Park Rd, along Bike Trail, outside Perrot State Park
Trempealeau County

In the Catholic Cemetary, outside the Public Cemetary, and in an old apple orchard

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 20 2012

Sandy

Location: Standing Rocks Co Park
Portage County

Too many to count! In the grass, on the trees, on the rocks & flying over my head.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 21 2012

Melisa Hills

Location: Muskego - In my backyard
Waukesha County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 21 2012

Robert and Rosanne Griffin

Location: Backyard near Hoyt Park
Milwaukee County

One of many red admirals feasting on early blooming lilac tree.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 21 2012

Joan Basch

Location: 72nd and Bluemound
Milwaukee County

Apr 21 2012

Bob

Location: Sussex neighborhood front yard
Waukesha County

Apr 21 2012

Gerke

Location: HalesCorners
Milwaukee County

So many flying around my yard!

Apr 21 2012

Gunther Nelson

Location: Mequon
Ozaukee County

We had many 50+ Red Admiral Butterflies in our yard this morning. I have never seen these in such great numbers.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 21 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

Early date by 9 days on the Ringed Boghaunter.

Ringed Boghaunter

Ringed Boghaunter

Apr 21 2012

Bob Ring

Location: Freedom Moravian Cemetery
Outagamie County

Saw my first American Lady of the season.

Apr 22 2012

Rose Tiegs

Location: Navarino wildlife area
Shawano County

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 22 2012

Bob Ring

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

Apr 22 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Necedah Natl. Wildlife Refuge, SW of the town of Sprague
Juneau County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record

Apr 22 2012

Cynthia

Location: Dell Boo Campground
Sauk County

Red Admirals are everywhere! Saw them sunning themselves on the RVs, on branches, on decks.... Beautiful! They are also abundant in NE Illinois all of a sudden.

Apr 22 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: North Racine, Back Yard, about four blocks West of the Lake
Racine County

Chilly morning, bringt sun, mild breeze. On light blue and white wall in full sun and in yard on dandylion.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 22 2012

Pam Prenger

Location: Brookfield
Waukesha County

We have had 100+ Red Admiral butterflies in our back yard this past week. A sight to behold!

Apr 22 2012

Joswick family

Location: N.Wausau - our backyard
Marathon County

Red Admiral found sunning itself on the swing set.

Apr 22 2012

Aaron Carlson

Location: Dorothy Lake State Natural Area/Chippewa Moraine State Rec Area Visitor Center
Chippewa County

Partly cloudy, 55 degrees.
Dorothy Lake: red admirals, spring azures, american ladies
Visitor Center: red admirals and tiger swallowtail
Red admirals were numerous at any sunny spot we hiked through.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

American Lady

American Lady

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 22 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Black River State Forest, along Battle Point Rd & Road to Wilson Marsh Flowage
Jackson County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Apr 22 2012

Ron

Location: E. Bristol
Dane County

dozens of Red Admirals flying around in the sunshine, lots of pairs either playing and darting about

Apr 22 2012

Stephanie Van Vreede

Location: Wrightstown, WI
Brown County

Several Red Admirals enjoying the Crabtree, along with hundreds of bees.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 22 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Early for the swallowtail. 2011 I first saw one on June 2.

Apr 22 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Brockway Rd.
Jackson County

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Variegated Meadowhawk

Variegated Meadowhawk

Apr 22 2012

Lois Ballard

Location: Observatory Hill
Marquette County

Apr 22 2012

Richard D. Breen

Location: 1530 52nd St. S., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Wood County

Bright and fresh American Lady.

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 22 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Stricker's Pond, Middleton, WI
Dane County

I continue to be amazed by the large number of red admirals I encounter at almost every location I visit. Today I encountered a new red admiral almost every 10 feet along my walk. Even on the wooded path where I rarely see butterflies, they were fluttering about.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

American Lady

American Lady

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Apr 22 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard and Father inlaws farm
Marquette County

59 Degrees and Sunny. The Black Swallowtail is one that I collect as an egg last fall. Kept it outside over the winter, and brought it inside just the day before it hatched.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Apr 22 2012

Robin Brewer

Location: Rockbridge Township
Richland County

American Lady

American Lady

★ = New county photo record

Apr 23 2012

Ann Thering

Location: Spring Green
Sauk County

i saw my FOY American Copper here last week.

☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 23 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Quarry Ridge Park, Fitchburg, WI
Dane County

The red admiral fun continues. They were everywhere I went in the park. The other highlight of the day was my first silver-spotted skipper of the year.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 23 2012

Richard Ouren

Location: Nahley Rd, Muscoda Township
Grant County

Apr 23 2012

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Black Earth
Dane County

The red admirals seem to love dandelion blossoms.

Apr 23 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Black Creek Bog
Ashland County

Finally a Red-disked Alpine, a single freshly emerged male late in the day. Same date & location as Ryan Brady's 2010 record, but if it weren't for the prior cold spell it probably would have been out even earlier. But still amazing!

No RDA or Freija despite searching some good sites in Bayfield & Sawyer counties

Apr 23 2012

Karla Heun

Location: My backyard in Colgate, WI
Washington County

Late afternoon after work, I came home to find dozens of Red Admirals in my wooded backyard.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 23 2012

Happy Tonics, Inc.

Location: Minong, 705 B Street
Washburn County

Cabbage White was fluttering by front property. Landed near dandelions. Only dandelions and violets are in bloom.

☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 23 2012

jim Ebner

Location: Kettle Morraine St Forest nr Eagle
Waukesha County

Pleasant, sunny but cool day, with butterfly activity noted from 11am to 2:30pm. Gravel attracted many Admirals at midday, but a return several hours later to the same area found them greatly diminished. First Orange Sulfurs of the season found on dandelions, one exceedingly fresh. Silvery Blues rather scarce and a female observed ovipositing on vetch. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail found along forest trail, alighting briefly and allowing me a hasty pic opportunity. This is the earliest date I have ever experienced this swallowtail and blue on the wing in Waukesha County. Mustard Whites found at Lulu Lake Preserve in Walworth County, bringing my daily count to nine species.

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

★ = New county photo record

Apr 23 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike trail below Sunset Vista Rd in Onalaska
La Crosse County

Found my first emergent dragonfly of the season - a Dot-tailed Whiteface.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Variegated Meadowhawk

Variegated Meadowhawk

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Apr 23 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

American Lady

American Lady

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

American Lady

American Lady

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 24 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: In and around Blue River Unit of Lower Wisconsin Riverway.
Grant County

100 Clouded Sulphurs in an alfalfa field.

Apr 24 2012

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor township
La Crosse County

I'm finding Red Admirals everywhere I go: open fields, wooded edges, woods and along driveway. Juvenals Duskywing almost as prevalent. Two new species today I saw the Giant Swallowtail along creek and the Pearl Crescent taking up sun in the gravel.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Apr 24 2012

Tod Highsmith

Location: Cherokee Marsh, North Unit
Dane County

Not a lot happening, except for Red Admirals. The prairies had been burned within the last week or ten days, by the looks of things, so maybe that explains it. Also a Lady sp. and possible Orange Sulfur.

Apr 24 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Hwy 27 just north of Cashton
Monroe County

Pulled off of Hwy 27 on two roads on the east side of the road within 3 miles of Cashton

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

clearwing moth

clearwing moth

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 24 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Property 1/2 mile south of Chaseburg on east side of Hwy K
Vernon County

Apr 24 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Brockway Road
Jackson County

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Apr 24 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Hwy 14 between Lone Rock and Gotham
Richland County

I looked down Hwy 14 with 8.5x binoculars (50 degree field) to a sign that was 1/5 mile away. I counted 61 Red Admirals crossing the road, heading north, in 60 seconds! Calculations are precarious but fun: that's 305 butterflies per mile per minute. Wisconsin's south. boundary is 149 miles wide. That's 45,563 butterflies streaming into the state each minute, or 2.7million Red Admirals per hour. Virtually no wind today! We are being invaded.

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 24 2012

Bob Ring

Location: all over the place
Outagamie County

I saw numerous Red Admirals in little clusters during the early afternoon.

Apr 24 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: Nature Hill Preserve Oconomowoc
Waukesha County

Located a large patch of nettles and observed some red Admiral females ovipositing. Within several minutes I located about a dozen eggs sprinkled about the plants. This may be a good indication that a plentiful second generation of Red Admirals may be possible.

Red Admiral egg

Red Admiral egg

Apr 24 2012

Ilona Loser

Location: Dorothy Statz Conservancy Park, Cross Plains, WI and Community Nature Park
Dane County

Apr 24 2012

Gary Krogman

Location: Brockway Road
Jackson County

Had fun photographing the Harvesters as well as the Hoary Elfin. I hope to make it back soon for more adventures.

Harvester

Harvester

Apr 25 2012

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor township
La Crosse County

Question Mark

Question Mark

Apr 25 2012

Debra Brill

Location: Backyard
Milwaukee County

I have had numerous red admiral butterflies in my backyard for a couple of weeks now. There are very very many flying around. I don't remember ever having so many flying around my backyard.

Apr 26 2012

Ilona Loser

Location: Cross Plains section of Ice Age Trail
Dane County

I walked along the edge of the woods in the open fields near the Hickory Hill section of the Ice Age Trail. During the several hours I spent walking along the edge of the woods (insect photography) there were always anywhere from 2-5 Red Admirals present. Several even landed on me.

Apr 26 2012

Aaron Carlson

Location: My yard, Menomonie
Dunn County

Sunny, 55 degrees. Spotted while mowing, so no photo.

Apr 26 2012

Chris Kaye

Location: Town of East Troy
Walworth County

Red Admiral seen feeding on lilac flowers on bush located off of our deck. Our place is located adjacent to large farm field, wooded areas and nearby stream.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 26 2012

Lois Ballard

Location: Sandhill wildlife Area
Wood County

I saw so many Red Admirals that they made it difficult to see anything else! I would try to follow something that looked different and end up loosing it in the traffic of Red Admirals swirling all over. Quite a few American Ladies too, in places.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Apr 26 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fireman's Park and Morningside Drive, Verona
Dane County

Only red admirals today. Not a single cabbage white or clouded sulphur. Where are the urban butterflies? Several red admirals flew within inches of my face. The most creative landing place was on a chain link fence.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 26 2012

Ilona Loser

Location: Cross Plains - private trail
Dane County

Here was one that I missed reporting. It was an American Lady found on a patch of Dodecatheon meadia or Shooting Stars.

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 26 2012

Dan Foster

Location: Germantown
Washington County

On the 24th I once again had a bevy of Red Admirals (one of which was already well worn) in the back end of my backyard amidst a carpet of dandelions. Less today, but still plentiful. Also saw what I think may have been a couple of Pearl Crescents on the wing.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 26 2012

Cindy Reinders

Location: My yard, Town of Merton
Waukesha County

I have seen tons of these for the past few days and had to find out exactly what they are as I don't remember seeing this many in the past. The fly up as you walk through the yard. Beautiful!

Apr 27 2012

Joey Reichhoff

Location: 29th Ave
Barron County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 27 2012

Danielle Schweitzer

Location: Preston
Adams County

After riding our bikes and not seeing much in the way of butterflies we returned home to find several of them right in our yard. The Spring Azure is so quick and small I just kept shooting and finally got a great shot!

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 27 2012

Beverly Schulze

Location: Fish Creek
Door County

I've never noticed the Red Admiral before, they were all around sitting on the dandelions. Such a sight. Seen them around for a couple of days.

Apr 27 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

American coppers were the butterfly of the day. Also saw my first Eastern-tailed blue of the year.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

American Copper

American Copper

American Lady

American Lady

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

American Copper

American Copper

Apr 27 2012

Reed Rosenow

Location: Greenville
Outagamie County

Apr 28 2012

Ryan Brady

Location: My house off Wanabo Rd. west of Washburn
Bayfield County

Just a couple casual observations. Cold by the lake!

Apr 29 2012

Lois Ballard

Location: My cottage between Wautoma and Neshkoro
Waushara County

A chilly day, not many butterflies around. The first Copper I've seen this year.

American Lady

American Lady

American Copper

American Copper

Apr 29 2012

Mike Reese, Ken Tennessen

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

We saw 6 species of odes, including 12-15 Ringed Boghaunters, and 2 Ebony Boghaunters, the fist time the Ebony has been seen in April. We also saw a Four-spotted Skimmer and many Hudsonian Whitefaces. Ken took the photo of the Dreamy Duskywing.

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Apr 29 2012

Danielle Schweitzer

Location: Our yard in Preston
Adams County

Again no luck sighting on our morning bike ride, but they sure love my yard!! Many American Ladies, Red Admirals and Spring Azures.

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

★ = New county photo record

Apr 29 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Baxter's Hollow SNA, along Stones Pocket Rd.
Sauk County

Saw only the 1 Red Admiral on a 2 hour hike. Not surprising given the cool, cloudy, windy conditions. The tent caterpillars (moth) are rapidly maturing.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

tent caterpillars

tent caterpillars

Apr 29 2012

Mary Bethke

Location: Wooded area by 1 Corporate Drive, Wausau
Marathon County

I photographed a Satyr Comma yesterday on the woods trail by the Corporate Cove building. The path parallels a back channel of the Rib River.

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 29 2012

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Apr 29 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Navarino SWA
Shawano County

Steve Bransky also joined, as part of the WI Ent Soc spring field trip. Those not attending missed a nice day!

We also documented Ebony and Ringed Boghaunters; the latter is an exciting range extension within the state.

☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 29 2012

Anna Merritt

Location: Fairbanks Road, Gordon.
Douglas County

Saw this Olympia Marble in our driveway. Been seeing them here each spring.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble