Recent sightings

May 29

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm on Star Lake Road, 1/2 mile from HWY 32
Oconto County

Mostly cloudy and breezy.

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

May 29

Douglas Buege

Location: Along Diamond Roof Road
Oconto County

Starting 1:38 pm. Break in clouds for 10 minutes.

May 28

Mike Reese, Nancy Nabak

Location: Fallen Timbers Environmental Station
Outagamie County

Seen while birding. My first of the year for both species.

May 28

Douglas Buege

Location: Along Ada Lake Road
Langlade County

Town of Wolf River

May 28

Douglas Buege

Location: Ada Lake
Forest County

Mostly cloudy with breaks in the clouds, 1pm.

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

May 28

Douglas Buege

Location: Glocke Lake
Oconto County

11 am to 12:15 pm. Sunny, mostly. Lots of odonates emerging!

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Chalk-Fronted Corporal

Chalk-Fronted Corporal

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Bog Fritillary

Bog Fritillary

May 28

Lester Doyle

Location: Wildenberg Sand Prairie (Lodi Town Park)
Columbia County

Mid-day, Sunny, mid-70's...Included in photos is a "hard to find" Goldsmith Beetle from yesterday (same location)

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Goldsmith Beetle

Goldsmith Beetle

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

May 28

Sue Feyrer

Location: UW Waukesha Field Station
Waukesha County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

May 28

Kate Redmond

Location: Riveredge Nature Center
Ozaukee County

Beautiful afternoon after an inch of rain. Also seen - an eight spotted six-spotted tiger beetle and a newly-emerged damselfly teneral on a water lily leaf.

teneral damselfly

teneral damselfly

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

May 28

Christine Stanke

Location: Mill St. in Saukville
Ozaukee County

May 28

Christine Stanke

Location: Blue Heron Wildlife Sanctuary in Saukville
Ozaukee County

May 28

Christine Stanke

Location: Lion's Den Gorge in Grafton
Ozaukee County

May 28

Christine Stanke

Location: In our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

May 28

Sylvia Edlebeck, Joan Vennie

Location: rural Mazomanie, a number of different roads and parking lots
Dane County

Also saw 3 butterflies that looked like common wood nymphs, but they were too far away to make a positive ID.

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

American Copper

American Copper

May 28

Stan Rehm

Location: Verona library and water tower
Dane County

Too windy for most butterflies except the ground-huggers. Maybe one Least Skipper, but it blew away.

May 28

Darleen Horman

Location: Our yard in Allenton
Washington County

May 28

Kate Judson

Location: Rome, WI, on Lake Arrowhead
Adams County

We found this Giant Swallowtail on our blueberry bushes

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

May 28

Pamela Skaar

Location: Black Road Oak Grove and surrounds
Columbia County

very gusty winds from the west. This was a white female clouded sulfur

May 28

Pamela Skaar

Location: Kent Road Marsh near County V
Columbia County

Bullfrogs singing. Gusty winds.

May 27

Pamela Skaar

Location: Tipperary and Cty V
Columbia County

May 27

Pamela Skaar

Location: Scheiffelbein and Cty V
Columbia County

one clouded sulfur stayed still long enough for me to tell it was a female.

May 27

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Doreens home farm
Marquette County

Warm and Sunny! Family picnic along the Fox River. Butterflies seen while taking the family for rides on the ranger and teaching them about butterflies.

May 27

Christine Stanke

Location: In our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

May 27

Christine Stanke

Location: Fellenz Woods in West Bend
Washington County

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

May 27

Marci Lanois

Location: Necedah NWR
Juneau County

I found one male Karner Blue Butterfly on Lupine along the Lupine Loop today. It was sunny and about 74 degrees with a slight wind.

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

May 27

Stan Rehm

Location: Ice Age Trail, Verona segment
Dane County

A rather disappointing count for a 2-hour hike on a warm sunny afternoon.

May 27

Sue Feyrer

Location: Ryan road county property
Waukesha County

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

May 26

Christine Stanke

Location: Our neighbor's yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

May 26

Darleen Horman

Location: Our yard in Allenton
Washington County

May 26

Chuck Petters

Location: Marsh Road
Waupaca County

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 26

Sue Feyrer

Location: Scuppernong Nature Trail
Waukesha County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Giant Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

May 26

Sue Feyrer

Location: Scuppernong Low Prairie Hwy 67
Waukesha County

Question Mark

Question Mark

May 25

SWBA Field Trip

Location: Bauer-Brockway Barrens
Jackson County

This was the 11th annual field trip of the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association. The trip had to be postponed but 6 of us spent the day observing butterflies with binoculars and cameras, led by Mike Reese. 29 species were found, 2nd only to 2012. Funereal Duskywing is a stray from the South, seen by Dan Sonnenberg.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

May 25

Rich Kahl

Location: Frederick Hill area, Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton
Dane County

Probably 7+ black swallowtails but several subsequent sightings in same areas as previous sightings. Only 1 each white and yellow seen from about 11:30 am-1 pm with mostly sunny, light winds.

May 25

Darleen Horman

Location: Our yard in Allenton
Washington County

Finally seeing some sunshine! I brought in 2 Hummingbird Clearwing moth caterpillars last year and over the winter kept the cocoons in the attic. They both emerged within a couple days of each other. It was fascinating to watch them as their wings dried. Hopefully I'll see them again around the yard.

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

May 25

Darleen Horman

Location: Lizard Mound County Park
Washington County

Plenty of milkweed around, but lots of poison ivy as well

May 25

Sue Feyrer

Location: My yard
Waukesha County

May 25

Kelly Mitchell

Location: Sycamore Dog Park Madison
Dane County

A couple of Black swallowtails flitting from dandelion dandelion on top of the hill at the dog park.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 25

Christine Stanke

Location: Frenz's Garden Center in Thiensville
Ozaukee County

May 25

Christine Stanke

Location: Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville
Ozaukee County

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

American Lady

American Lady

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Dot-tailed Whiteface

May 25

Christine Stanke

Location: Cedarburg Bog off of Cedar Sauk Rd.
Ozaukee County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 25

Christine Stanke

Location: In our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Monarch

Monarch

May 25

Marci Lanois

Location: Necedah NWR
Juneau County

It was 57 degrees with a slight wind.

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

American Copper

American Copper

May 25

Peter Sveiks

Location: Apple Creek Trail, Appleton
Outagamie County

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

May 24

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: The concrete apron in front of my garage
Marquette County

54° Cloudy with sprinkles on and off. I moved it to the flower box where Doreen could see it when she got home.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

May 22

Scott Swengel

Location: Barrens 1.5 to 3 miles south of Castle Mound Road between Haunter Haven and Brockway Roads, and at Stanton Creek Road, Bauer Road, near Highway 54, and Dike 17
Jackson County

65-75 degrees F, 75% sun. I surveyed 12 miles of barrens transects, 10.5 miles of which were to complete our Frosted Elfin long-term monitoring surveys. 30 of the Frosted Elfins were in one very large area and one medium/large survey area south of Castle Mound Road. I also saw an unidentified Tiger Swallowtail, 2+ unidentified elfins, 1 unidentified blue, and >42 unidentified duskywings. The overall number of individual butterflies was small compared to usual for these sites, suggesting that the many cloudy and rainy days are simply making there be shorter, smaller flights.

May 22

Scott Swengel

Location: Highway 54 Bog
Jackson County

May 22

Janice Steinbach

Location: Horicon Marsh Federal Section Auto Tour
Dodge County

May 22

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Wedde Creek Fishery Area & Crystal Lake Club property
Marquette County

Warm and Sunny 2:30-4 pm

May 22

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Hugh Iltis Prairie
Marquette County

Sunny and Warm. 1-2pm

May 22

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Our Yard, Meadow & Marsh
Marquette County

72° Sunny 10am-Noon while picking asparagus

May 22

Pam Campbell

Location: Dunnville Barrens
Dunn County

Mid 60's and breezy. My first Monarch of the year.

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Common Roadside-Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

American Copper

American Copper

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Hudsonian Whiteface

Hudsonian Whiteface

May 22

Christine Stanke

Location: N. Shoreland Pkwy. Mequon
Ozaukee County

May 21

Christine Stanke

Location: Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville
Ozaukee County

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Question Mark

Question Mark

American Lady

American Lady

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

May 18

Fred Dike

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

American Copper

American Copper

May 18

Dave Hogg

Location: Janesville Country Club
Rock County

May 18

Christine Stanke

Location: Virmond Park in Mequon
Ozaukee County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Prairie Trilliium

Prairie Trilliium

May 18

Rose Tiegs

Location: Navarino wildlife area
Shawano County

American Copper

American Copper

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

May 18

Christine Stanke

Location: Donges Bay Gorge in Mequon
Ozaukee County

May 17

David Czoschke

Location: Haskell Noyes Memorial Woods SNA
Fond du Lac County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

May 17

Christine Stanke

Location: Settlers Park in Thiensville
Ozaukee County

May 17

Christine Stanke

Location: Schoen Laufen Park
Washington County

May 17

Christine Stanke

Location: Our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

May 17

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Milkweed has essentially taken over our front yard. We have delayed mowing and were rewarded today when the FOY Monarch arrived and battled gusty winds to oviposit. We found about a dozen eggs.

Monarch

Monarch

May 17

Andy Paulios

Location: Town of Dunn
Dane County