Recent sightings

Jul 31

Ethan Brown

Location: Cedarburg Bog
Ozaukee County

More butterflies than yesterday. “Bring the fly swatter.”

Jul 31

Fred Dike

Location: Kalscheur Savanna
Iowa County

Partly cloudy, 70s, slight breeze. From a joint hike of Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association and The Prairie Enthusiasts

Jul 31

Devin Corbin

Location: Beaver Creek Reserve's property in Ludington Township
Eau Claire County

A two hour walk in a restored prairie that is managed (very successfully, it seems) for the "Karner" Melissa Blue.

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Jul 31

Ethan Brown

Location: Backyard
Ozaukee County

Jul 31

Ethan Brown

Location: Around the Neighborhood
Ozaukee County

Sunny and 80 degrees.

Jul 31

Ann Thering

Location: My garden
Dane County

Jul 31

Rose Tiegs

Location: Home in Oneida
Outagamie County

Giant Swallowtail two summers in a row what a treat !

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Jul 31

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My yard and gardens in Stoughton
Dane County

Saw two Eastern Tiger Swallowtails today. One was a black form female who had lost her tails. Sunny, breezy, 78 degree afternoon.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Jul 31

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

Made the rounds of the rain gardens on this sunny mild day.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Jul 31

Rory Williams

Location: Just east of Czech and Cty N
Waushara County

The browns started early and are still present with some fairly fresh individuals. Incidental while removing invasive plants

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

Jul 30

Fred Dike

Location: Kalscheur Savanna
Iowa County

partly cloudy, 70s, calm

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Northern Pearly-eye

Northern Pearly-eye

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Jul 30

Devin Corbin

Location: Private property at southern edge of Birchwood Township
Washburn County

Incidental sightings during a day of pulling buckthorn and mowing trails. The harvester was the catch of the day, but the walkingstick also had charisma.

Northern Walkingstick

Northern Walkingstick

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Northern Pearly-eye

Northern Pearly-eye

Viceroy

Viceroy

Harvester

Harvester

Harvester

Harvester

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

Jul 30

Rory Williams

Location: Public Lands on Cty E
Green Lake County

East Parking Area.

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

Punctured Tiger Beetle

Punctured Tiger Beetle

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Jul 30

Kate Redmond

Location: Riveredge Nature Center
Ozaukee County

Cool and breezy. Surprisingly few butterflies and dragonflies.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Punctured Tiger Beetle

Punctured Tiger Beetle

Monarch

Monarch

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Jul 30

Mike Reese

Location: Arena Boat Launch area
Iowa County

Cloudy and low 70s

Jul 30

Mike Reese

Location: Swamplovers Nature Preserve
Dane County

Jul 30

Ethan Brown

Location: Cedarburg Bog
Ozaukee County

The hike started out with the least amount of butterflies I have seen since early April. The deer flies and mosquitoes were atrocious. Over a twenty minute sunny period, many critters came out to fly. The most humming bird moths I have ever seen plus one Snowberry Clearwing.

There were many grasshoppers like in the photos. I have never seen this before. A parasitic wasp?

I also saw a pair of Cedar Waxwings.

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Jul 30

Judith Huf

Location: My garden in Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee County

Yesterday I walked over a mile in the hot sun at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and only saw 3 Monarchs total. This morning in my tiny garden, I saw 7 individuals at one time! Sometimes it is best to just stay home in comfort.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Jul 30

John McCaw

Location: Diversey Blvd and Lancaster Ave, Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee County

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Jul 30

John McCaw

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Jul 30

Steve Kinyon

Location: Fort McCoy, 18th Avenue,
Monroe County

Partly cloudy, 9:15 to 10:30 am.

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Jul 30

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larson Prairie Trails SNA Oakridge Segment
Winnebago County

An odd mix of butterflies seen incidentally while we were removing Bouncing Bett from the SNA. The Eyed Brown seem to be putting on a second brood as there were two fresh specimens seen plus one very faded individual

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Viceroy

Viceroy

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Black Dash

Black Dash

Jul 29

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Grasslands/heaths northwest of Clam Lake
Bayfield County

We surveyed two Common Branded Skipper sites but no other areas. Butterfly activity was just getting started after a cloudy start when we arrived, so this may be an undercount. The sky was clouding up after a brief period of half-sun, so we didn't wait in hopes of getting better sky conditions. We saw 30 male, 10 female, and 48 Common Brandeds of unknown gender.

Jul 29

Curt George

Location: Fox Point, Wi
Milwaukee County

Evening, perched on a flowering lilac bush in my yard

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Jul 29

Urban Ecology Center

Location: Riverside Park (Urban Ecology Center)
Milwaukee County

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Jul 29

JE Cooper

Location: Valton area
Sauk County

The Giant Swallowtail was on swamp milkweed in the wildflower garden.

Jul 29

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

East and west prairie trails. Three tandem pairs of Monarchs.

Monarch

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Red Saddlebags

Red Saddlebags

Azure Bluet

Azure Bluet

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Jul 29

Rob Pendergast

Location: Dewey Marsh SWA
Portage County

Oakwood Rd - mostly hiked the bog/sedge habitat.

Eyed Brown

Eyed Brown

Eyed Brown

Eyed Brown

Viceroy

Viceroy

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Viceroy

Viceroy

White Admiral

White Admiral

White Admiral

White Admiral

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Jul 29

Fred Dike

Location: 2613 Waltham Rd Madison
Dane County

Ptly Cloudy, wind 11 mph, upper 80s

Jul 29

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Lewis Nine Springs E-Way Park
Dane County

Near noon; low 80s; breezy. Spent about an hour walking the upland prairie paths. Great place for butterfly sightings in mid-summer.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Viceroy

Viceroy

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Jul 29

Hayley Cramer

Location: 1 mile East of Marathon City
Marathon County

Meadow Fritillary on daisy fleabane in a roadside ditch.

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Jul 29

Ethan Brown

Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County

A very unusual Red Spotted Purple flew by me. It was much smaller and it had very noticeable white bands. It was a newly emerged individual. I have never seen this cross breed this south before.

Jul 29

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

Jul 29

Steve Kinyon

Location: Ebner Coulee Road, La Crosse
La Crosse County

Crossline Skipper

Crossline Skipper

Crossline Skipper

Crossline Skipper

★ = New county photo record

Jul 29

John McCaw

Location: Grobschmidt Park
Milwaukee County

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Jul 29

Brooke Alexander

Location: Watertown
Jefferson County

Spotted out on my sunflowers! Definitely what it was because there was also an eastern tiger swallowtail and it was so much smaller. Location is just south of Watertown.

Jul 29

Sean Harvatine

Location: City of Janesville
Rock County

Landed on my deck. I have never seen this species before.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Jul 29

Nels Monson

Location: South Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

All these going nuts at the same time on my liatris spicatas and purple coneflowers. Fun to watch!

Jul 28

Julie Newlun

Location: My front yard; Whispering Pines Lane and Pendleton Road, SW Neenah, WI
Winnebago County

One individual landed on a purple coneflower, flitted around to two or three more, and then flew off to the NW in our neighborhood. I saw it about 9:30 this morning - it was probably already near 80 degrees with high humidity, winds out of the SE and partly sunny. There is a large uncut field about a half a block from our house where there is a huge stand of milkweed just starting to bloom.

Jul 28

Michelle Bak

Location: Mitchell Park
Milwaukee County

Walked around the Michell Park from the Domes, aroundthe pond, and back to the parking lot. It was in the mid 80s and sunny. There were also Pseudacris frogs at the pond, I believe P. maculata. I also saw two eastern kingbirds, a starling, and a pair of caspian terns.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Monarch

Monarch

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Jul 28

Judith Huf

Location: Riveredge Nature Center
Ozaukee County

About an hour in the hot, humid weather, was all I could take today.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Jul 27

Megan Giefer

Location: 10 miles east of Beaver Creek Reserve
Eau Claire County

Dimorphic Eastern Tiger Swallowtail female

Jul 27

Cup Freeman

Location: Germantown, South
Washington County

Monarch

Monarch

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Jul 27

Kathy Kascewicz

Location: Home just south of Fifield
Price County

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Jul 27

Ethan Brown

Location: Avoca Prairie and Road side
Iowa County

Many Clouded Sulphurs congregated around dead roadkill adults. How strange. I chased after a mid sized Orange Sulphur thinking it was a Sleepy Orange. To my surprise, it was the only Orange Sulphur in the area.

Jul 27

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Capital Springs Dog Park
Dane County

Early afternoon, warm, with a strong wind.

Monarch

Monarch

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Jul 27

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Our yard, Lake Mills
Jefferson County

Another report from our yard. Its been a very good year here so far. The Monarch caterpillar was on a Narrow-leaved milkweed (Asclepias stenophylla). For the past month we haven't had a day go by without seeing at least one monarch.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Jul 27

Nels Monson

Location: South Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

Feasting on my Purple Coneflowers!

Jul 26

Babette Kis

Location: Barnes Prairie
Racine County

78F, drizzle. Butterfly on path in Barnes Prairie.

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

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

Jul 26

Dave Hogg

Location: Coon Fork area
Eau Claire County

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue, Eastern Tailed-Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue, Eastern Tailed-Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Jul 26

Laurie Hanson

Location: Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve
Outagamie County

mid-afternoon sightings; overcast day

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

Jul 26

Ethan Brown

Location: Private Farm near Soldier’s grove
Crawford County

Sunny. 78-88 degrees. Red Spotted Purp. was very fresh.

Jul 26

Ethan Brown

Location: Creek side Picnic Area
Jackson County

Still on the look out for White Admirals. I have failed to find any this year.

Jul 26

Ethan Brown

Location: Wazee Park
Jackson County

Disappointed in lack of individuals.

Jul 26

Ethan Brown

Location: Brockway Road Barrens
Jackson County

Various stops. 86-90 degrees, partly sunny and hazy. Many Red spotted purples were killed by ATV.

Jul 26

Ethan Brown

Location: Oakridge Road
Jackson County

Various stops. 88 degrees with mostly sun.

Jul 26

Stan Rehm

Location: McKee Farms Park and home
Dane County

The Monarchs eclosed on our screen porch. At the park one BST ovipositing on Queen Anne's Lace and one Cabbage White - that's all, during a one-hour walk. Slim pickings for a day of perfect weather at a location with abundant nectar sources. Rather worrisome, IMHO.

Jul 26

John McCaw

Location: My Home
Milwaukee County

Jul 26

John McCaw

Location: Warnimont Park
Milwaukee County

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Monarch

Monarch

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Jul 26

John McCaw

Location: Nojoshing Trail (WE Energies Grasslands)
Milwaukee County

Most of the area south of the main trail has been mowed due to White Sweet Clover

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Jul 26

Fred Dike

Location: Waltham Park
Dane County

Eighties,slight breeze, sunny

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Jul 26

Rob Pendergast

Location: Rocky Run Preserve
Portage County

Power line cut through mix of pine, maple, and other hardwood trees.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Machimus sp.

Machimus sp.

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Eyed Brown

Eyed Brown

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Jul 26

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen Prairie SNA GG Segment
Winnebago County

Incidental while removing Queens Anne Lace from SNA

Jul 26

Mary Coleman

Location: Town of Lisbon
Waukesha County

Monarch and Fritillary in my flower garden. There was also an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, but he was camera shy.

Monarch, Great Spangled Fritillary

Monarch, Great Spangled Fritillary

Jul 26

Douglas Buege

Location: Along Jones Springs Lane
Oconto County

First Oconto Co Red Admiral of year for me.

Jul 25

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Amnicon Lake bogs
Douglas County

For 25+ years we've monitored Purplish Fritillaries at 4-7 bogs in this area, usually 2 times during the possible flight period. Most years this date would be early in the flight, or just before the flight. We've seen the species only at North Bear Lake and Bear Lake bogs in the last 6+ years. Also, our counts have declined drastically, with all of the lowest counts being in the last 7 years or so. Today we surveyed North Bear, Bear, Lyman Lake, and Milchesky Road 1.15 bogs, and the roadsides of each. We saw a fresh-looking Purplish Frit east of County A along the ditch, at Bear Lake Bog.

Jul 25

Ryan Brady

Location: My house west of Washburn
Bayfield County

Diversity and numbers down substantially now

Monarch

Monarch

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Dion Skipper

Dion Skipper

Jul 25

Ethan Brown

Location: Hogback Prairie
Crawford County

I still can not believe I have not seen any Regal activity. It has been excellent weather conditions.

Jul 25

Nancy Meske

Location: Field near Helenville
Jefferson County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Widow Skimmer

Widow Skimmer

Jul 25

Laurie Hanson

Location: Sunset Beach Park/Pond
Outagamie County

Early evening among flora surrounding the pond, soft breeze, partly sunny

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Jul 25

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Our backyard in Lake Mills
Jefferson County

It was a beautiful day in our neighborhood - for butterflies. Humid, 86 deg., mild breeze.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Viceroy

Viceroy

Monarch

Monarch

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Jul 25

Michelle Bak

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

I walked along the waterfall trail to the lake and back. There was Monarda fistulosa (bee balm), Eutrochia purpureum (joe pye weed), and wild mint in bloom.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Jul 25

Judith Huf

Location: Havenwoods
Milwaukee County

Hot and sunny

Monarch

Monarch

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Northern Pearly-eye

Northern Pearly-eye

Jul 25

Rory Williams

Location: Asylum Bay Nature Preserve
Winnebago County

Incidental while doing a bumblebee survey, we saw five species of bumblebees

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Viceroy

Viceroy

Jul 25

Rob Pendergast

Location: 4 Oaks Marsh/Trail
Portage County

George W. Mead SWA - mix of maple, basswood, and oak from the parking lot to the sedge marsh. Northern Leopard Frog also pictured.

Northern Leopard Frog

Northern Leopard Frog

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Jul 24

Mark E. Johnson

Location: Spring Green Nature Preserve
Sauk County

In the am around 10-11:30.

Common Roadside-Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Jul 24

Melissa Vigil

Location: On the beach at Bailey's Harbor Boreal Forest
Door County

There were a large number of Monarchs (25+) at the beach along with a few fritillaries, a Mourning Cloak and a White Admiral.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

White Admiral

White Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Jul 24

Ethan Brown

Location: Private Farm near Soldier’s Grove
Crawford County

Jul 24

Ethan Brown

Location: Brockway Barrens/ along Brockway rd
Jackson County

Clouds of fritillaries around Wazee lake.

Jul 24

Terry Mortier

Location: Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

Warm windy afternoon

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Pink-edged Sulphur

Pink-edged Sulphur

Edwards' Hairstreak, Coral Hairstreak, Acadian Hairstreak

Edwards' Hairstreak, Coral Hairstreak, Acadian Hairstreak

Jul 24

Dan Abel

Location: lower wolf river bottoms- Herb Behnke unit, Shiocton
Outagamie County

midday 80 and mostly sunny. checked pking areas and short walks in fields and dikes near them for about an hour in the savannah areas.

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Jul 24

Dee Nordgren

Location: Home garden
Milwaukee County

First sighting of a Swallowtail this summer!

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Jul 23

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Port Wing bogs
Bayfield County

10% sun, 64-68 degrees F. Coastal bogs: Port Wing Boreal Forest West Unit, and Bibon Lake Bog, the two phenologicaly slowest bogs we study. A downpour of rain happened as soon as we finished, then a really big rain 1.5 days later. When we re-surveyed these two bogs in perfect weather July 25, our total was 46 Bog Coppers. The Bog Copper count July 23 was surprisingly high because all other other Bog Copper sites we visited in late July except one, and both other coastal bogs, had come way off their peaks already because the flight was far earlier than average.

Jul 23

Fred Dike

Location: Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center trail
Juneau County

80's, mostly sunny

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Viceroy

Viceroy

Eyed Brown

Eyed Brown

Jul 23

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Hot day with a nice breeze.

Cerotainia albipilosa

Cerotainia albipilosa

Jul 23

Dan Abel

Location: Lower wolf river bottoms - Herb behnke unit, shiocton
Outagamie County

Hour before sunset. Sunny and high 80's. Walked about 100 yards of dike trail through marshy savannah.

Jul 23

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard in Stoughton
Dane County

Sunny, humid, 88 degree day.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Jul 23

Ann Thering

Location: My garden
Dane County

Jul 23

Judy Cardin

Location: Holy Wisdom Prairie, Middleton
Dane County

On Rattlesnake Master flower

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

★ = New county photo record

Jul 23

Rob Pendergast

Location: Whiting Well Fields
Portage County

Hiked the central and north main trails. Hummingbird Clearwing was a nice bonus.

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Striped Hairstreak

Striped Hairstreak

Monarch

Monarch

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Hummingbird Clearwing )moth)

Hummingbird Clearwing )moth)

Jul 23

Mike Reese, Karen Oberhauser

Location: Nakoma neighborhood, Madison
Dane County

Only my second Orange Sulphur of the year.

Jul 22

Fred Dike

Location: Taft Ave- Buena Vista grasslands
Portage County

Sunny, 80s

Jul 22

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Several spots between East Dubuque and Cassville.
Grant County

83 degrees and humid, afternoon started sunny but then clouded up. No one was fishing near the dam because the Mississippi was so low the edge of the water was too far from shore! Negligible Partridge Pea seen. 14 species.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Jul 22

Joan Braune

Location: our yard in Madison
Dane County

Jul 22

Devin Corbin

Location: Southern edge of Birchwood Township
Washburn County

After not seeing a tiger swallowtail for several weeks, I saw a large, crisp-looking individual nectaring in the Monarda; seems to be an eastern tiger swallowtail, whereas those I photographed in early summer were Canadian. I also finally found a skipper that would hold still while I photographed it: a broad-winged skipper held in the clutches of a goldenrod crab spider (Misumena vatia).

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Banded Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Jul 22

Nancy Meske

Location: Adams birding conservatory
Jefferson County

Inner Peace trail.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Chickweed Geometer (moth)

Chickweed Geometer (moth)

Jul 22

Nancy Meske

Location: Bark River Rd
Jefferson County

By the artesian well and vicinity.

Question Mark

Question Mark

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Question Mark

Question Mark

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Question Mark

Question Mark

Jul 22

Dave Hogg

Location: Perennial garden at residence in Waunakee
Dane County

Butterflies seen while weeding garden.

Monarch

Monarch

Banded Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

Monarch

Monarch

Jul 22

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard gardens in Stoughton
Dane County

Mostly sunny 80 degree afternoon.

Monarch

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Jul 22

Pam Campbell

Location: Creek Bridge Road, Colfax
Dunn County

A one-hour visit. Near 80 degrees. Partly cloudy with a smoke haze.

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Eyed Brown

Eyed Brown

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

Black Dash

Black Dash

Viceroy

Viceroy

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Laphria flavicollis

Laphria flavicollis

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Jul 22

Ginny Nelson

Location: Madison residential yard
Dane County

These were seen in Alex Singer's prairie yard in just a few minutes of casual observation. Plant it and they will come!

Jul 22

Dan Abel

Location: D.w. Bergstrom III memorial wetland complex observation tower area. Shiocton
Outagamie County

Cloudy,warm. About an hour before sunset.

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Jul 22

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Two prairie hikes at Lake Kegonsa State Park
Dane County

It was a good day for a survey. Everywhere I looked there were silver-spotted skippers; I stopped counting at 60. Many, many monarchs, too--the most I've seen in one place this year. Also many other insects, including dragonflies and hummingbird moths. It was a still day; my survey was before noon, when the temps were around 80.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Snowberry Clearwing (moth)

Snowberry Clearwing (moth)

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Viceroy

Viceroy

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Viceroy

Viceroy

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Monarch

Monarch

Jul 22

Kate Redmond

Location: Spruce Lake Bog State Natural Area
Fond du Lac County

Late afternoon, beautiful day. One tandem pair of Monarchs.

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

bush katydid

bush katydid

Efferia aestuans

Efferia aestuans

Monarch

Monarch

★ = New county photo record

Jul 22

John McCaw

Location: Riverside Park (Urban Ecology Center)
Milwaukee County

Also saw a brushfoot (probably an Eastern Comma), but it flew off before I could get a great look at it.

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Jul 22

Les Hoffman

Location: Pheasant Branch Conservancy, northwestern prairie
Dane County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Jul 22

Carol Polacek

Location: Northern Highland State Forest, Land O Lakes
Vilas County

Jul 22

Rob Pendergast

Location: Buena Vista Grassland
Portage County

130th and Townline. Overcast, with intermittent sprinkles.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Jul 22

Thomas J Hickey

Location: Monarch Way Station in my Milwaukee WI garden
Milwaukee County

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Jul 21

Devin Corbin

Location: Southern edge of Birchwood Township
Washburn County

Larger skippers have started appearing near a beaver pond; they seem to be broad-winged skippers.

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

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

Jul 21

Megan Giefer

Location: Beaver Creek Reserve
Eau Claire County

"Karner" Melissa Blue found on the North side of Beaver Creek.

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Jul 21

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Scout Lake Park
Milwaukee County

Monarch

Monarch

Jul 21

Pamela Wiegel

Location: Ottawa trail Dousman
Waukesha County

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Jul 21

Ethan Brown

Location: Private Farm and Hogback Prairie
Crawford County

Jul 21

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Yahara River Trail by Admunson Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Prairie area is in full bloom with a variety of wildflowers, but few butterflies. Saw most of the butterflies along the trail. Also saw many birds including goldfinches, Baltimore orioles, red-wing blackbirds, tree swallows, a catbird, an osprey soaring and two in their nest, a mother wood duck and her 8 ducklings swimming, plus a green heron along the shoreline. Also spotted a mating pair of green darner dragonflies. Cloudy, 75 degree fun afternoon.

Common Green Darner

Common Green Darner

Monarch

Monarch

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Green Heron

Green Heron

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Jul 21

John McCaw

Location: Wehr Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Jul 21

John McCaw

Location: Boerner Botanical Gardens
Milwaukee County

All sightings from the free access (non-ticketed) part of the gardens

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Hummingbird Clearwing (moth)

Hummingbird Clearwing (moth)

Jul 21

Mike Doud

Location: Hawk Island Road, Black River Falls
Jackson County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Jul 21

Rob Pendergast

Location: Paul J. Olson SWA
Portage County

Brandl Rd.

Mustard White

Mustard White

Monarch

Monarch

Jul 20

Douglas Buege

Location: Oconto River Seed Orchard
Langlade County

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Mustard White

Mustard White

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Jul 20

Kathi Dwelle

Location: Our yard in Shorewood Hills
Dane County

Warm, sunny day

Monarch

Monarch

Jul 20

Mike Reese, Mathew Brust

Location: Hogback Prairie SNA
Crawford County

I had a great day in the field at this site for the first time since 2013. After 16 years of email correspondence I finally got to meet Mathew and spend some time in the field looking at insects. We had an unexpected Armund Bartz sighting, and he asked if we had heard the Bell's Vireo and it sang as if on cue.

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

Holcocephala calva

Holcocephala calva

Jul 20

Rory Williams

Location: Horicon - Northern Unit
Dodge County

Saw several grass skippers but they had an attitude (bad) today

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Jul 20

John McCaw

Location: We Energies Grassland (Nojoshing Trail)
Milwaukee County

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Jul 20

Fred Dike

Location: Waltham Park area
Dane County

80's, sunny, slight breeze

Jul 20

Deb Studley

Location: Jackson Twp., own property
Burnett County

Placed large caterpillar in a container - chrysalis developed in one day - butterfly emerged in 12 days and released.

Monarch

Monarch

Jul 19

Debra Rade

Location: Europe Lake, Ellison Bay, Door County, WI
Door County

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Jul 19

Melissa A. Ledden

Location: Reedsburg, by the high school garden
Sauk County

Spotted black blue butterfly with unique markings, waited for it to land, landed on some scat and I was able to get a few pictures. It disappeared but came back 3 times to same area. Rarely see black blue butterflies. Also seen a couple Monarchs in the same area.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Jul 19

Mike Reese

Location: Sauk-Prairie Canoe Launch
Sauk County

Jul 19

John McCaw

Location: My Home
Milwaukee County

Monarch

Monarch

Jul 19

John McCaw

Location: Grobschmidt Park
Milwaukee County

Viceroy

Viceroy

Jul 19

Fred Dike

Location: Lower Wisconsin Riverway roadside near Avoca
Iowa County

80s partly cloudy, slight breeze

Jul 19

Fred Dike

Location: Avoca Prairie
Iowa County

around 80 degrees, mostly sunny

Viceroy

Viceroy

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Northern Pearly-eye

Northern Pearly-eye

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Viceroy

Viceroy

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Jul 19

Fred Dike

Location: Rettenmund Prairie
Dane County

Mostly sunny, around 70 degrees

Monarch

Monarch

Viceroy

Viceroy

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Jul 19

Devin Corbin

Location: Southern edge of Birchwood Township
Washburn County

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Viceroy

Viceroy

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Jul 19

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My yard and gardens in Stoughton
Dane County

Sunny, 80 degree day.

Monarch

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Jul 19

Ethan Brown

Location: Private Farm near soldier’s grove
Crawford County

I chased down a small bright orange sulphur I thought maybe could be a sleepy orange. I couldn’t fully ID it. It was different than your typical Colias spp.

Jul 19

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Root River PKWY Section 5
Milwaukee County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Jul 19

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Froemming Park
Milwaukee County

Viceroy

Viceroy

Jul 19

Fern Springs

Location: North Settlement Road ATV parking area
Jackson County

Sunny, 70s, around noon

Monarch caterpillars

Monarch caterpillars

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Jul 19

April Stanke

Location: Virmond Park
Ozaukee County

Jul 19

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Butterfly Garden Latham Peak State Park
Waukesha County

80 deg., sunny, calm

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Jul 19

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Jul 19

Mary Backus

Location: Engle Road, Mead Wildlife Area
Marathon County

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

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