Recent sightings

May 18

Mike Reese

Location: Ridgeway, private land
Iowa County

May 17

Terry Mortier

Location: Homestead Parklands (Co. park)
St. Croix County

Along the shoreline of Perch Lake. A sunny windy day.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

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

May 16

Bob Jacobson

Location: Jim Falls, between Old Abe Lake and the Chippewa River, upstream of the power plant.
Chippewa County

Midday, sunny, 70s.

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

May 15

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail, Two Rivers/Manitowoc
Manitowoc County

along 1.5 miles of the trail

May 15

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Flying through my backyard in Stoughton
Dane County

May 15

Pamela Skaar

Location: Waterloo Bridge, Marshall CE birding block
Dane County

74 F, calm, 10:10 - 10:59 while birding the location (probably, many butterflies and skippers were missed)

May 15

Marci Lanois

Location: Off of N Brockway Road at Brockway-Bauer Barrens SNA
Jackson County

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

May 15

Katie Hahn

Location: Hogback SNA
Crawford County

2 Monarchs

May 15

Bob Jacobson

Location: At various locations along the Hay Meadow Flowage Trail, between 225th Street on the south and the Deer Fly Trail
Chippewa County

Several Spring Azures at multiple locations. Red Admirals at multiple locations. Mourning Cloak at Hay Meadow #3 horse park and marsh south of first earthen dam north of 225th Street.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

May 15

Dean Hansen

Location: Crex Meadows SWA, Namekagon Barrens
Burnett County

12th annual Crex to the Barrens butterfly trek with 8 participants. Started on Crex, saw a single Olympia near Crex Ridge Road. Saw 3 more Olympias, two Spring Azures and three Silvery Blues at north end of Reed Lake. One Pine Elfin was on Springbrook Trail. A two-rut "road" to the east of Dry Landing Road just north of Clemens Creek on the Barrens yielded over 30 Hoary Elfins. Another ten were seen near bearberry on Gomulak Fire Lane. A few skittish Duskywing Skippers were seen at each site visited, but most refused to land for long and were hard to ID. Say fifteen undetermined Erynnis.

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

May 15

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Moely Prairie, Prairie du Sac
Sauk County

I saw two Monarch butterflies flying about Moely Prairie this morning while out doing restoration work!

Monarch

Monarch

May 14

Randy Powers

Location: Township of Somers
Kenosha County

Mixed clouds and open sky, gusty winds, by noon reaching 64 degrees. Lots of butterflies out today on a privately owned prairie remnant

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

American Lady

American Lady

May 14

Sylvia Edlebeck, Joan Vennie

Location: Blue Mound State Park
Dane County

What a nice afternoon with the butterflies. The Eastern tiger swallowtail was especially entertaining, flying very fast and covering lots of territory. Also enjoyable to see a red-headed woodpecker, a bird I don't see very often.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

May 14

Paul Doxsee

Location: Hull
Portage County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

May 14

Bob Leary

Location: my back yard in Oshkosh
Winnebago County

Monarch on a cherry tree!

May 13

Kate Redmond

Location: Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve, east of Grafton
Ozaukee County

I walked the short loop from the parking lot to the lake bluff to the kiosk. Nice warblers, too.

Question Mark

Question Mark

May 13

Mike Reese

Location: Brockway Rd. various locations
Jackson County

This was a scouting trip for the May 19th SWBA field trip. Over 50 of the azures were seen puddling along Brockway Rd. south of the ATV trail. 18 of the Eastern Pine Elfins were seen nectaring on blueberry sp. along a 50 yard section of trail.

Prairie Violet

Prairie Violet

Bluish Spring Moth

Bluish Spring Moth

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

May 13

Bob Jacobson

Location: On the Deer Fly Trail in northern Chippewa County. Approximate GPS coordinates 45.186303, -91.321652
Chippewa County

On a dirt road through woods, near a sphagnum bog and slow-moving, shallow flowage.

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

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

May 13

Randy Powers

Location: Delafield Township
Waukesha County

The gusty wind day, blew most of the butterfly sightings away, before one could get a good photo, let alone ID them!

May 13

Marci Lanois

Location: Necedah NWR along 20th St W..
Juneau County

Also one tiger swallowtail sp.

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

May 13

Dean Hansen

Location: Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area
Burnett County

Saw no butterflies along Stolte Road in Fish Lake SWA. Got to Crex Meadows SWA, saw FOY Olympia Marble just south of Crex Ridge Road. Got to north edge of Reed Lake, hiked in swale here, saw FOY "blue" in flight. Checked wet mud and saw six Silvery Blues at a time. Single Duskywing Skipper was nectaring at violet--Dreamy/Sleepy. Season is a week or more behind normal. Surprised to see no overwintering guys, and no Painted Ladies or Red Admirals.

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

May 13

Tod Highsmith and Joan Braune

Location: our backyard in Madison
Dane County

May 13

Scott Swengel

Location: Barrens and and near Mirror Lake State Park
Sauk County

4 sites inside the park and one nearby. 2 hours. 65-73 degrees F, 90% sun. 3 of the 4 sulphurs were very close to, but not in, the survey sites. All of the E. Pine Elfins were in the barrens west of Hastings Road.

May 13

Peter Sveiks

Location: Lions Park in the Town of Greenville
Outagamie County

Besides the butterfly also saw many spring wildflowers: White and Yellow Trout Lily, Violets, Bloodroot, Trillium, Spring Beauty, and Anemones.

Yellow Trout Lily

Yellow Trout Lily

Anemone sp.

Anemone sp.

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

May 12

Douglas Buege

Location: Wolf Lake Bog
Forest County

I didn't see any of the arctic butterflies.

May 12

Fred Dike

Location: Ridgeway Pine Relict
Iowa County

May 11

Mike Reese

Location: Bay Beach Nature Preserve, Green Bay
Brown County

Seen while birding

May 11

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Bauer-Brockway Barrens
Jackson County

3 sites along Brockway Road and two stops along Bauer Road. 61-73 degrees F, half sun. 2.5 hours. We also saw 3 unidentified elfins.

May 11

Douglas Buege

Location: Glocke Lake
Oconto County

May 11

Pam Campbell

Location: Red Cedar State Trail, near Downsville
Dunn County

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

May 10

Fred Dike

Location: Devil's Lake St Pk
Sauk County

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 10

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: McGilvra Woods SNA
Sauk County

Windy, cold, mostly cloudy - all butterflies were flushed from forest floor. Beautiful spring ephemerals display.

May 10

Terry Mortier

Location: Apple river canyon state natural area T31N-R19W, Sections 21, 28.
St. Croix County

In a large open area (reclaimed gravel pit)

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

May 10

John Beaton

Location: Backyard 2356 N 55TH ST
Milwaukee County

2:45 p.m. sunny, 57 degrees F
Sighting of two Red Admirals making contact while flying about

May 10

Glen Larson

Location: Simmons Island Beach House
Kenosha County

Saw a Red Admiral on the south side of the beach house building.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 7

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Near our cabin in Winter
Sawyer County

Red Admiral was sunning itself in a spruce tree along our driveway. Mustard White was flying along road then landed near Bloodroot wildflower on side of road. Late afternoon, sunny and 50 degrees.

Mustard White

Mustard White

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 7

Mike Reese

Location: Suicide Hill area, north of Wautoma
Waushara County

May 7

Mike Reese

Location: Bowers Creek Fishery Area
Waushara County

May 7

Fred Dike

Location: Hay Rd
Iowa County

around 5 PM

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur