Recent sightings

Aug 16

Lori Muench

Location: Wehr Nature Center, Franklin, WI
Milwaukee County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 16

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Private garden, west side of Madison
Dane County

1:45-2:15 or thereabouts. Managed to hit a sunny stretch. The Monarchs and Silver-spotted Skippers were very active, going from zinnia to zinnia.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 16

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

A late afternoon walk around the prairie loop north of the building at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve. I saw four pairs of monarchs in tandem.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Aug 16

Todd Sima

Location: Hay Lane
Iowa County

Dun Skipper, Least Skipper

Dun Skipper, Least Skipper

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Monarch

Monarch

★ = New county photo record

Aug 16

Todd Sima

Location: Avoca First West
Iowa County

Avoca First West was really hopping with Leps today. I found all these on just a quick drive through. A walk about would have had really big numbers.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Aug 16

Todd Sima

Location: Avoca Second West
Iowa County

I made a quick check for the Sleepy but had no luck.

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Aug 16

Thomas J Hickey

Location: Monarch Way Station in my backyard
Milwaukee County

Monarch

Monarch

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Aug 16

Todd Sima

Location: Blue River Sand Prairie
Grant County

I did a quick check at the Blazing stars for the Leonard's skipper and found one on a Blue Vervain.

Aug 16

Chris Tyler, Marilyn Lustek,Ginny Nelson

Location: A dead end road off Highway 14 not far from Middleton
Dane County

This nearly deserted road was a wonderful surprise!

Aug 16

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Lake Mills, bike trail along Tyranena Golf Course
Jefferson County

82 deg., cloudy, early afternoon. Not much in the way of nectar sources other than goldenrod just starting to bloom and Queen Anne's Lace.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Viceroy

Viceroy

Aug 16

Guido LaMoto

Location: rural Lyndon station
Sauk County

Aug 15

Olivia Goddard

Location: County Rd S
Vernon County

male monarch

Aug 15

Chuck Petters

Location: Marsh Road
Waupaca County

Aug 15

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail, Two Rivers/Manitowoc
Manitowoc County

I just looked at the gardens along the trail today. Despite lots of nectar sources and sun there were few butterflies today. Of course, I was distracted by the clearwings and the White-lined Sphinx. The black form female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail was completely missing one hindwing but was flying well.

White-lined Sphinx (moth)

White-lined Sphinx (moth)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Snowberry Clearwing (moth)

Snowberry Clearwing (moth)

Aug 15

Mike Reese

Location: Green Bay Botanical Garden
Brown County

The Giant Swallowtail is rare this far north in eastern Wisconsin. This is only the second Brown County record, both this year.

Squash Vine Borer (moth)

Squash Vine Borer (moth)

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 15

Kate Redmond

Location: Riveredge Nature Center, the long loop around the highest elevation point, the south side of the woods, and down through the prairie
Ozaukee County

When I was photographing the woolly alder aphids in the spot where I found the Harvester (Harvester caterpillars eat the aphids), I photographed a caterpillar without seeing it, on the top, right part of the trunk.

White-lined Sphinx (moth)

White-lined Sphinx (moth)

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Viceroy

Viceroy

Harvester caterpillar and wooly aphids

Harvester caterpillar and wooly aphids

Harvester

Harvester

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 15

David Dachlet

Location: Morrison WI
Brown County

Aug 15

Donna DeZwarte

Location: Rural Plymouth,Wi. On my front porch
Sheboygan County

Was not hard to miss, larger than other butterflies. Beautiful markings. I could walk right up to it

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 15

Thomas J Hickey

Location: Monarch Way Station in my backyard
Milwaukee County

Butterfly garden at my home has become honeymoon destination for many Monarchs!

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 15

Pam Campbell

Location: Dunnville Barrens
Dunn County

FOY Leonard's Skipper! (Just one.) I've been watching the blazing star for them.

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

American Snout

American Snout

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Aug 15

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Spent most of the time in the upper meadows near the building. One of the Tiger Swallowtails was a black form female. Carolina Grasshoppers are continuing to drive me crazy with their butterfly resemblance in flight.

Monarch

Monarch

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Aug 15

Susan Robertson

Location: Hobart wooded trail
Outagamie County

There were two of these I've seen over the past few days but they were further into the woods and could not get close enough. Today they were on the trail and the one let me get close enough for a picture.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 15

C L gleason

Location: Along the East River
Brown County

Still numerous Monarchs. Saw an Eastern Swallowtail mixed in - a pleasant surprise!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 14

Wendy Reichel

Location: Madison (west side backyard)
Dane County

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Aug 14

Bob Ring

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

Aug 14

Mike Reese

Location: Point Beach Start Forest
Manitowoc County

seen while looking for robber flies

Proctacanthus milbertii female laying eggs

Proctacanthus milbertii female laying eggs

Punctured Tiger Beetle

Punctured Tiger Beetle

Proctacanthus milbertii mated pair

Proctacanthus milbertii mated pair

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Big Sand Tiger Beetle hiding

Big Sand Tiger Beetle hiding

★ = New county photo record

Aug 14

Katherine Westover

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

This was the first time I've seen a red spotted purple admiral in this area & I am out quite a bit with my camera. It lingered for quite awhile & I used a long lens to not disturb it. It was alone on a thistle & appeared healthy & fairly unflappable despite nearby bees. What a treat.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Aug 14

Kelly Sauvage Angel

Location: Atwood Community Gardens, Near East Side of Madison
Dane County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 14

Judith Huf

Location: Cedarburg Bog
Ozaukee County

Short visit around noon. More dragonflies than butterflies.

Eastern Amberwing

Eastern Amberwing

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Aug 14

Kelly Sauvage Angel

Location: Governor Nelson State Park (Oak Savanna and Woodland trails)
Dane County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Aug 14

Susan L Robertson

Location: wooded trail
Outagamie County

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 14

C L Gleason

Location: Allouez , neighborhood yard
Brown County

Was in flight... easily could have missed.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 13

Mike Reese

Location: Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve, Goodwin Rd. area
Manitowoc County

The horse fly was on my car when I returned. Surprising number of Appalachian Browns on this late date.

Wood Frog

Wood Frog

horse fly

horse fly

Red-spotted Admiral

Red-spotted Admiral

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

Aug 13

Ginny Nelson and Jerry Gunderson

Location: Pleasant Valley Conservancy
Dane County

There were far fewer Giant Swallowtails than last year at this time.

Aug 13

Maureen Burke

Location: My backyard near Mauston, WI
Juneau County

Two tiny butterflies were enjoying my fountain and flowers. Even though I was watering plants, they hung around for 20 minutes or so.

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Aug 13

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg
Dane County

Stopped by the Monarch Way Station and adjacent flower garden at McKee Park for awhile after lunch. Nice to see some skippers today. Also good to see Mexican sun flowers, a monarch magnet this time of year.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Aug 13

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Working today removing invasive Burdock, I was amazed by the quantity of Silver-spotted Skippers feeding on the nearby Monarda.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 13

Pam Campbell

Location: Wetland on 430th Ave.
Dunn County

Temps near 90. The blooming Joe-pye-weed is very popular!

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Monarch

Monarch

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 12

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

The Question Mark was depositing eggs on stinging nettle. Found a chain of 3 eggs. A couple pairs of mating monarchs seen. Also saw a recently emerged Ruby Tiger moth and an American Dagger caterpillar

Aug 12

Bob Ring

Location: Calumet County Fairgrounds
Calumet County

Aug 12

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Various sites in the Lower Wisconsin Riverway
Grant County

Up to 85 degrees and sunny. 16 species. The Eastern Tailed-Blues were puddling. We heard Bell's Vireo and two cicadas: Lyric Cicada and the Dusk-singing Cicada.

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

American Snout

American Snout

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Aug 12

Mike Reese

Location: Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve, Two Rivers
Manitowoc County

The photo of the spider with the bumble bee prey was taken 1 minute and 31 seconds before the other when it was all wrapped! The compilation of the Hummingbird Clearwing shows how it uses its proboscis to get to the nectar.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Calico Pennant

Calico Pennant

Black and Yellow Argiope

Black and Yellow Argiope

Black and Yellow Argiope

Black and Yellow Argiope

Hummingbird Clearwing (moth)

Hummingbird Clearwing (moth)

Aug 12

Mike Reese

Location: West of the Lake Gardens
Manitowoc County

Black form female Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and Giant Swallowtails are both rare here.

Snowberry Clearwing (moth)

Snowberry Clearwing (moth)

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 12

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail, Two Rivers/Manitowoc
Manitowoc County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Sachem

Sachem

snowberry Clearwing

snowberry Clearwing

Aug 12

Kate Redmond

Location: Cedarburg Bog, public access trails at the north end of the Bog off of Hwy 33
Ozaukee County

I've been leading a "Butterflies and Dragonflies for Beginners" walk at the north end of the Cedarburg Bog for the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog for about 5 years. This was the best day for butterflies I've ever had for the event.

Aug 12

Karen Hagquist

Location: Near north central border of county.
Dane County

Hackberry trees and woodland present. Seen feeding on 'Pink Diamond' hydrangea. Six seen, nectaring w Monarchs and Eastern Tiger Swallowtails.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Aug 12

Judith Huf

Location: Lions Den Gorge
Ozaukee County

Sunny, warm, and humid.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 12

C L Gleason

Location: Green Bay
Brown County

We saw three species today along the East River.

Monarch

Monarch

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 12

John Klinger

Location: Northeast Janesville
Rock County

87 degrees, sunny day.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Aug 12

Ann Thering

Location: My garden
Dane County

Observed while removing Japanese beetles from raspberry patch.
This past week I enjoyed observing two White-lined Sphinx moths, which I hadn't seen in my garden for a few years.

Aug 12

Guido LaMoto

Location: rural Lyndon Station
Sauk County

Also saw a hummingbird moth feeding on butterfly bushes

Aug 12

Jay and Cole Mueller

Location: Madison
Dane County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - in the community gardens on the east side of Madison flying around Zinias

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Aug 11

Bob Ring

Location: Count Fairgrounds
Calumet County

Aug 11

Dave Hanson

Location: Brinks Rd. (231)
Bayfield County

Blazing Star and Bergamot in full bloom along Brinks (231) Rd. in Bayfield County.

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

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

Aug 11

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

Aug 11

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: McFarland suburban garden
Dane County

The Red-Spotted Purple was somewhat faded and had a torn wing, but it was still flying well.

Monarch

Monarch

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Aug 11

Jennifer Lazewski

Location: Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
Milwaukee County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Aug 11

Kathi Dwelle

Location: Post Farm Pollinator garden - Village of Shorewood hills
Dane County

Aug 11

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Five of our Monarchs eclosed and flew away today, including the one that emerged from the very small chrysalis I photographed on August 1. She was indeed a tiny butterfly (shown in the photo below a more conventional-sized female on the screen above her). Probably just normal species variability, because other than small size she appeared morphologically normal and looked healthy and flew vigorously. Interesting.

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 11

Judith Huf

Location: Whitefish Bay village parks
Milwaukee County

I found another nice butterfly garden in Whitefish Bay. It is at Cahill Square Park. There is a separate rain garden that is permanently wet enough for cattails to grow which was also attracting interesting insects. I watched a female Monarch lay an egg on Milkweed in the butterfly garden.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Monarch egg

Monarch egg

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Question Mark

Question Mark

Aug 11

Samantha Brown

Location: near Legend Lake dam #3 on Long Lake Rd
Menominee County

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

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

Aug 11

Pam Campbell

Location: Dunnville Barrens
Dunn County

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Monarch

Monarch

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Aug 11

Therese Katrosits

Location: Cedarburg
Ozaukee County

Near marshland. Sighted in morning.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Aug 10

Mike Reese

Location: Newport State Park
Door County

Aug 10

Fred Dike

Location: Devil's Lake St Pk Ice Age Trl area
Sauk County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Aug 10

Kathi Dwelle

Location: Post Farm Pollinator Garden, Village of Shorewood Hills
Dane County

3 monarchs were doing a happy dance together over and around the garden about 1:30pm. One was especially enjoying the liatris.

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 10

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Numerous stops in western Grant County
Grant County

Up to 85 degrees and sunny. 21 species. Also heard 4 cicadas: Lyric, Floodplain, Linne's and Scissorsgrinder.

Sachem

Sachem

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Aug 10

Veronica Ocampo

Location: Milwaukee backyard
Milwaukee County

warm and sunny, rather hot day, clear skies

Aug 10

Joan Rickert

Location: my yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

The Question Mark is tasting the moth bait.

Question Mark

Question Mark

Aug 10

Rory Williams

Location: Public Hunting Ground on Cty E at east parking area
Green Lake County

E. Tailed Blues have emerged at this location, which made the ID's with the Karner's very difficult. But no Spring Azures.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aug 10

Rory Williams

Location: Public Hunting Ground on Cty E west parking area
Green Lake County

The drier of the two parking areas, this area was suffering from lack of water on the north, prairie side

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Aug 10

Rory Williams

Location: Czech Dr and County N
Waushara County

Viceroy

Viceroy

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Aug 10

Greg Sromek

Location: N5061 State Road 57 Chilton, WI
Calumet County

I had a pair of Giant Swallowtails in my meadow for the last 3 days.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 10

Jim Otto

Location: Schoenberg Marsh Waterfowl Production Area
Columbia County

Between 11:10am and 12:10pm I hiked the paved trail north of Priem Road. The Common Buckeye was extremely tattered, but still flying.

Monarch

Monarch

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Aug 10

Judith Huf

Location: 155 Fairmount Ave, Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee County

I had to run over to the temporary Village Hall for Whitefish Bay today and discovered a wonderful rain garden/butterfly garden there. Wow! We need more of these.

rain garden

rain garden

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 10

Sarah Jacoby

Location: In my yard
Washington County

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Aug 10

Joel Trick

Location: Town of Cooperstown
Manitowoc County

All seen in our yard and prairie

Viceroy

Viceroy

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 10

Melissa Struve

Location: Madison- Lake Edge neighborhood backyard
Dane County

Black swallowtail caterpillar feeding on celery plant. In 2017, there were five caterpillars feeding on parsley plant. There have been a pair of monarchs visiting zinnias as well throughout the summer.

Aug 10

Barbara Figlewicz

Location: Edge of Chequamagon National Forest
Sawyer County

Flitting from low grassy edge to maple/birch/oak forest.

Aug 9

Joan Rickert

Location: my yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Aug 9

Joan Braune

Location: my eastside neighborhood in Madison
Dane County

Aug 9

Veronica Ocampo

Location: Milwaukee, my backyard
Milwaukee County

8:10 AM sunny, approx 72*F
1:10 and 1:20 PM, overcast approx 74*F

Aug 9

Douglas Buege

Location: Along Logan Road, east of HWY 32 2-4 miles
Oconto County

The guy with the big chopper on his tractor came to mow down the trees as I was surveying.

Harvester

Harvester

Viceroy

Viceroy

Dion Skipper

Dion Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Aug 9

Fred Dike

Location: my Madison backyard
Dane County

Monarch

Monarch

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 9

Kathy Kascewicz

Location: South of Fifield
Price County

The pair of White-lined Sphinx moths were almost as big as the hummingbird nearby. The moths kept busy in the Bee Balm.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

Aug 9

Tod Highsmith

Location: Cherokee Marsh, north unit
Dane County

A late morning walk around Cherokee Marsh, beginning in drizzle and ending in steamy sunlight.

Aug 9

Kelly Sauvage Angel

Location: Woodland Park in Monona
Dane County

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 9

Mike Reese, Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Still lots of nectar sources although the milkweed is gone. The Monarch count is down from the 175 that I had on July 24 when I had 14 mated pairs. Today we had only four mated pairs.

Aug 9

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: West Knoll & Greene Prairie, UW Arb, Madison
Dane County

After yesterday's outing at Avoca where many Least Skippers seen, we expected more than 1 here. 4 alive Peck's Skippers and 2 "ambushed" by appropriately named ambush bugs (Phymata spp.) (mating pair of ambush bugs with female holding the skipper). All on blazing stars. Far more ambush bugs this year than I ever remember seeing!

ambush bug

ambush bug

Silver-spotted Skipper, ambush bug

Silver-spotted Skipper, ambush bug

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aug 9

Pam Campbell

Location: Dunnville SWA, Larrabee Road
Dunn County

Temps in the mid 80's by 1pm. That's quitting time, for me. Still, a Buckeye and an Am Snout in the same day, is a good day! Recent showers provided good puddling action.

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

American Snout

American Snout

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Viceroy

Viceroy

Aug 9

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

80 degrees, hot, humid, sunny. One of the Tigers was a black female.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 8

Rick Poss

Location: Ledgeview
Brown County

Giant Swallowtail.

Again on August 15. Hovered around some garden phlox for an extended period of time.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

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

Aug 8

Fred Dike

Location: Moore Dr area
Richland County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Aug 8

Fred Dike

Location: Hay Rd
Iowa County

Viceroy

Viceroy

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Monarch

Monarch

Viceroy

Viceroy

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Aug 8

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area
Rock County

Mostly sunny. Up to 82 degrees. Fair number of individuals. 19 species. Nice to see some Orange Sulphurs. And nice to see Buckeye, Gray Hairstreak and Snout.

American Snout

American Snout

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Aug 8

April Stanke

Location: Fellenz Woods In West Bend
Washington County

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Viceroy

Viceroy

Viceroy

Viceroy

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Viceroy

Viceroy

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Aug 8

Rory Williams

Location: Lynden Sculpture Garden
Milwaukee County

Went to Milwaukee to watch the
Brewers and checked out the Sculpture Gardens for a couple hours. The gardens had a high concentration of butterflies

Aug 8

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Avoca WA
Iowa County

Had other commitments in West Bend Area this past weekend but had been planning a trip here for Cardinal flowers and other wildflowers. Spent most of our time along gravel lane up to the overflow crossing (where we saw most of these butterflies) then did a short loop through the prairie area. Least skippers almost everywhere - stopped IDing and counting at 25 but we saw at the very least 50 small orange skippers.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Question Mark

Question Mark

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Aug 8

Jodi Sweere

Location: Ader's Creek restoration area, east of Hilbert.
Calumet County

In the field (north) across the road from the public parking.

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Aug 8

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail
Manitowoc County

Aug 8

Mike Reese

Location: West of the Lake Gardens
Manitowoc County

Also saw a Hummingbird Clearwing and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird nectaring on Salvia.

Aug 8

Kelly Sauvage Angel

Location: Lake Kegonsa State Park
Dane County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Question Mark

Question Mark

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Aug 8

Pat Fojut

Location: Oak Leaf Trail and W. Beloit Road
Milwaukee County

A sedge meadow on the Oak Leaf bike trail.

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Aug 8

Pam Campbell

Location: Wetland on 430th Ave.
Dunn County

My last stop for the day. Hot, humid and breezy.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Viceroy

Viceroy

Clouded/Orange Sulphur

Clouded/Orange Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Aug 8

Pam Campbell

Location: Old Elk Lake
Dunn County

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Aug 8

Pam Campbell

Location: Lyndale Road ponds
Dunn County

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Viceroy

Viceroy

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Aug 8

Sarah Jacoby

Location: In my yard
Washington County

Monarch

Monarch

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Aug 8

Judith Huf

Location: Milwaukee County Grounds
Milwaukee County

75 degrees and sunny. Concentrated on the west side which has been designated a butterfly sanctuary. One of the Tiger Swallowtails was a black form female. Also saw Snowberry Clearwing moth and a Ctenucha virginica.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Aug 8

Bill and Ginny Nelson

Location: Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Dane County

Aug 8

David Stakston

Location: Mormon Coulee Park
La Crosse County

The host plant, willow trees, are abundant in the park.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Aug 8

Sharon Valentin

Location: 1516 Camden Ct, 2nd floor balcony
Waukesha County

Just saw a black Swallowtail on my jelly oriole feeder! It's been around for about 1/2 hr now - keeps coming back. Breathtaking!

Aug 8

Joe Krieg

Location: West shore of Bone Lake
Polk County

Two Monarch caterpillars on A. tuberosa

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Aug 8

April Stanke

Location: In Our Yard In Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Aug 8

Ambrosia Straub

Location: Kenosha
Kenosha County

Aug 8

Richard André Rivard

Location: Eau Galle Reservoir, Cady Township
St. Croix County

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Aug 7

Tricia Maederer

Location: Brookfield
Waukesha County

Aug 7

Pat Fojut

Location: Cedarburg Bog, public SNA
Ozaukee County

walked to walt lake, plenty of deer flies

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Aug 7

Jay Watson

Location: Chambers Island
Door County

Chambers Island Bio Blitz
Covered a large area of the island on bike. Main areas by the dock, air strip and dunes/beach, base line rd, sandy point.
70F, overcast still see shadow, light breeze

White Admiral

White Admiral

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Viceroy

Viceroy

Aug 7

Tim Kim

Location: Okauchee lake yard
Waukesha County

Monarch

Monarch

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 7

Alon Coppens

Location: Town of Wheaton
Chippewa County

75 degrees, calm, muggy, densely overcast with light drizzle. There's a seasonal lull in native flowers until goldenrod comes in fully so knapweed is quite popular now. Also seen: several unidentified satyrs flying low and fast. One White-lined Sphinx. One large Monarch caterpillar and lots of evidence of others. Last photo - Prickly Ash with red berries.

Prickly Ash, host plant of the Giant Swallowtail

Prickly Ash, host plant of the Giant Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

Monarch

Monarch

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Aug 7

Rory Williams

Location: Devil's River Recreational Trail
Manitowoc County

The best "find" of the day was a sphinx moth. I thought it was a hummingbird but when it came around the monarda into view it was a sphinx with a large red area on the bottom of the thorax. I was so shocked, that I went on observing and forgot to take the picture

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Aug 6

Tim Fenske

Location: City of Middleton yard
Dane County

Second year that I've had this species in my yard.

Tawny Emperor

Tawny Emperor

Aug 6

Richard André Rivard

Location: Erin Prairie Township
St. Croix County

Observation at 140th Ave & 200th St - 6:40pm

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 6

Kelly Sauvage Angel

Location: Capital City Trail through the Atwood and Willy Street sections of Madison
Dane County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Aug 6

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: McFarland suburban garden
Dane County

It was a good butterfly day. I saw others, but they didn't get close enough for me to ID them. Saw male and female Monarch adults. Many Monarch caterpillars and eggs on the milkweed, too.

Monarch

Monarch

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Aug 6

Jim Otto

Location: Lapinski Kitze Prairie at Madison Audubon's Goose Pond Sanctuary
Columbia County

In early afternoon I hiked the trail around the northern portion of the Lipinski Kitze Prairie at Madison Audubon's Goose Pond Sanctuary. I saw many Monarchs, especially where the Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistyis) is beginning to bloom.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 6

Brenda Wenzel

Location: 4321 East maple lane. In one of our flower gardens
Rock County

Had landed on our gas plant in one of our flower gardens

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 6

Pam Campbell

Location: Dunnville Barrens
Dunn County

Near 80 degrees, mostly cloudy and humid. All between 12 and 1pm.

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Monarch

Monarch

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Aug 6

Jill Mertens

Location: City of Manitowoc
Manitowoc County

My husband spotted it on a liatris in our garden

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Aug 6

Shannon Lynn

Location: Town of Winneconne, west side
Wood County

Came up to me sitting on my porch.

Aug 6

Susan L Robertson

Location: Off Centennial Blvd
Outagamie County

Several feeding on the underbrush along the woods trails

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Aug 6

Veronica Ocampo

Location: City of MIlwaukee
Milwaukee County

This was in my backyard, around 11:30 AM just as I finished watering my lawn. I have seen very few monarchs in the last two days, compared to the two previous days. Yesterday, there was an abundance of black wasps.

Aug 5

Darleen Horman

Location: Mindoro Park
La Crosse County

Aug 5

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Small prairie garden (planted by Laurie in her mom's front yard) about 6mi WNW of West Bend
Washington County

Hummingbird Clearwing (Hemaris thysbe) nectaring at Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Hummingbird Clearwing (moth)

Hummingbird Clearwing (moth)

Aug 5

Guido LaMoto

Location: rural Lyndon Station
Sauk County

Aug 5

Richard André Rivard

Location: Glenwood City
St. Croix County

Observation at home backyard birdfeeder - 3:20pm.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Aug 5

Rory Williams

Location: Bruce Ct Neenah
Winnebago County

Incidental while in our backyard

Aug 5

Paul Doxsee

Location: Hull
Portage County

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aug 5

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Franklin, Dad's house
Milwaukee County

Aug 5

Judith Huf

Location: Whitefish Bay Library Garden
Milwaukee County

very hot and sunny. Went out to test my new little point and shoot camera, a Panosonic Lumix. I was very happy with its performance.

Monarch

Monarch

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 5

Jill Mertens

Location: City of Manitowoc
Manitowoc County

In my garden

Aug 5

Lawrence Tabak

Location: Muralt Prairie
Green County

Aug 5

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Lake Mills, backyard
Jefferson County

Got home from a butterfly walk and .... more butterflies.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 5

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Lake District Preserve, Hwy A, Town of Oakland
Jefferson County

Best unguided butterfly walk ever for us. Had never seen more than one Viceroy at a time. We needed to watch our step on certain parts of the trail so as to not walk on the numerous crescents.

Question Mark

Question Mark

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Viceroy

Viceroy

Monarch

Monarch

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Question Mark

Question Mark

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Monarch  caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

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

Aug 5

Kate Redmond

Location: Waubedonia Park between Fredonia and Waubeka
Ozaukee County

I walked along the river between the boat launch on the west and the foot bridge on the east. Nice Osprey flyover.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Viceroy

Viceroy

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Aug 4

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: From Gotham to Blue River
Richland County

Two hours (8 - 10 a.m.) on same day as the SWBA Lower Wisconsin Riverway field trip. Only we looked on north side of Wisconsin River. 13 species.

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

☆ = New county sighting record

Aug 4

Sylvia Barbarich

Location: Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area, Northern Rd.
Dodge County

This is the 19th sighting of this species in Wisconsin where it was first found in 2002. (Mike Reese)

Funereal Duskywing

Funereal Duskywing

Funereal Duskywing

Funereal Duskywing

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

Aug 4

SWBA field trip to Avoca Wildlife Area

Location: SWBA field trip to Avoca WA
Iowa County

All photos by Lester Doyle except for Giant Swallowtail on Swamp Milkweed by Mike Reese

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Fragile Forktail

Fragile Forktail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 4

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Small prairie garden (planted by Laurie) in her mom's front yard, about 6mi WNW of West Bend
Washington County

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 4

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Riveredge Nature Center
Ozaukee County

At least 30 large fritillaries but only saw 12 sitting and close enough for certain ID. Most monarchs on Showy Blazing-Star (Liatris ligulistylis). Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe) nectaring at a Lesser Purple Fringed Orchid (Platanthera psycodes).

Lesser Purple Fringed Orchid

Lesser Purple Fringed Orchid

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Aug 4

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Falk Park
Milwaukee County

Aug 4

Halley Minser

Location: Slinger
Washington County

American Lady

American Lady

Aug 4

Richard André Rivard

Location: Clifton Hollow Area, County Rd F, Clifton Township
Pierce County

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Aug 4

Pam Skaar, Bill and Ginny Nelson

Location: Field of whorled milkweed across the road from north entrance of Walking Iron County Park
Dane County

There are acres of whorled milkweed in bloom. We only observed from the road since it is private property, but it seemed to be a butterfly heaven. These are conservative numbers.

Aug 4

Pam Skaar, Bill and Ginny Nelson

Location: Walking Iron County Park
Dane County

A great butterfly day!

Aug 4

Evan Miller

Location: Red Trail in Kinnickinnic State Park near River Falls
Pierce County

Spotted only the one in a prairie on the East end of Kinnickinnic State Park's Red Trail near a number (at least 4) of Monarchs following a rainstorm in mid to late afternoon.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 4

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My garden in Stoughton
Dane County

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 4

The Kim Family

Location: Stone Bank, Okauchee lake, front yard
Waukesha County

Feeding from our Zinnias.

Monarch

Monarch

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 4

Sven Almgren

Location: Sheboygan
Sheboygan County

In our Cup plant

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Aug 4

Rory Williams

Location: Horicon Wildlife Refuge
Dodge County

Very good species count. Combined bird watching and biking, but the butterflies turned out the most successful. Started the day with the Giant Swallowtail

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Aug 4

Judith Huf

Location: my garden in Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee County

I spent the morning in my own backyard reading. Every once in a while, I looked up as my eye was attracted to movement, and there was another great butterfly. The most amazing sighting: a new female Monarch whose wings were still wet and had just emerged from a chrysalis that I had not noticed although it was in a flower pot full of orange milkweed and zinnias. I have got to pay more attention. Also saw a Snowberry Clearwing and a Hummingbird moth.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

empty chrysalis

empty chrysalis

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 4

D Nussbaum

Location: Our Property
Waupaca County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Meadowhawk sp.

Meadowhawk sp.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Question Mark

Question Mark

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Aug 4

D Nussbaum

Location: Colic Slough Road
Waupaca County

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Aug 4

Rebecca Brown

Location: Village of Denmark
Brown County

Red Admiral feeding on grape jelly

Aug 4

Heather Hawley

Location: Home in Poynette
Columbia County

Warm, humid 85 degree day with a breeze. Found resting under our garage gutter and then inside our garage.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Aug 4

Jay and Cole Mueller

Location: Madison
Dane County

On leaves of an apple tree

Aug 4

Sue Meyer

Location: Pleasant Valley township, Stonebrook Ridge subdivision
Eau Claire County

Observed several minutes around 9:00 a.m. feeding on bee balm. They then landed and sat still. I then realized these were butterflies, not large hummingbirds.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 4

Peggy Kures

Location: Janesville
Rock County

Black swallowtail drying her wings just after emerging from chrysalis.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail