Recent sightings

Sep 24

Judith Huf

Location: Virmond Park
Ozaukee County

60 degrees and sunny

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 23

April Stanke

Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County

Sep 23

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Borah Creek Prairie
Grant County

Upper 60's, sunny, medium wind, late afternoon. ETB puddling and a new species for this location.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 23

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Upper 60's, early afternoon, sunny with some wind. Always happy to see a new butterfly for me! (First one reported this year! MR)

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 23

Mike Reese

Location: Muralt Bluff Prairie State Natural Are
Green County

Windy, sunny, and near 70 degrees.

Sep 23

Mike Reese

Location: Abraham’s Woods SNA
Green County

Sep 23

Tod Highsmith

Location: Table Bluff section of Ice Age Trail near Cross Plains
Dane County

Sep 23

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My neighborhood in Stoughton
Dane County

Saw these Cabbage White while on a walk through the neighborhood. Very windy, sunny, 68 degree afternoon.

Sep 22

Mike Reese

Location: Roadsides and trails near Lake Mendota
Dane County

Walked from Picnic Point to Allen Centennial Garden and back.

Sep 22

Mike Reese

Location: Allen Centennial Garden
Dane County

Sep 22

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

Beautiful sunny day with temps in the mid 60s.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Sep 22

Ken Stobbe

Location: Three miles south of Marengo,Wisconsin
Ashland County

Picture was taken today around 3:30 p.m.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Sep 21

April Stanke

Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County

Sep 21

Mike Reese

Location: Pleasant Valley Conservancy SNA
Dane County

A new late date for Holcocephala

Holcocephala calva

Holcocephala calva

Sep 21

Mark E. Johnson

Location: near Riley lake
Price County

Warm breezy and clear.

Sep 20

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Our neighbor's flower garden in Winter.
Sawyer County

Very windy, partly sunny, 77 degree morning.

Sep 19

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Near our cabin in Winter
Sawyer County

The Compton Tortoiseshell was landing on the siding of our cabin similar to last September. Windy, sunny, 80 degree afternoon.

Sep 19

Fred Dike

Location: Lower Wisconsin Riverway Area
Iowa County

80's slight breeze, partly sunny

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 19

Fred Dike

Location: Avoca Prairie/ Hay Rd
Iowa County

low 80s, slight breeze, partly sunny

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Sep 19

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Russell Hill and Wyalusing SP
Grant County

86 degrees. Sunny.

Sep 19

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Avoca Unit of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway
Iowa County

Viceroy

Viceroy

Sep 19

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Beautiful, warm, sunny day, slight breeze, noisy with tree crickets.

tree cricket sp

tree cricket sp

Sep 19

Lynn Erickson

Location: Town of Marion, near Castle Rock dam
Juneau County

Sunny, 85, light breeze, afternoon. Observed 3 fresh looking Monarchs while taking care of fall chores in my garden. Also, the monarch chrysalis spotted back on Sept 4 is starting to turn a darker green. The Autumn Joy sedums are buzzing with activity again--bumblebees, honey bees, many smaller bees and flies.

Monarch chrysalis

Monarch chrysalis

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 19

Dee Nordgren

Location: garden
Milwaukee County

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

moth sp.

moth sp.

Sep 19

Mike Reese, Karen Oberhauser

Location: Taproot farm
Iowa County

Sep 19

Ethan Brown

Location: Kettle Moraine Southern Unit
Walworth County

The fritillary was looking pretty good for almost 3 months old!

New late date of RSP for me.

Sep 18

Ethan Brown

Location: Roadside abandoned field
Walworth County

Sep 18

Terry Mortier

Location: Standing Cedars SNA
Polk County

Warm, sun and windy.

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Monarch

Monarch

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 18

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Late afternoon visitor. Have not seen a Viceroy in two years. The Apple Trees were the draw.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Viceroy

Viceroy

Sep 17

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Along the trails by our cabin in Winter
Sawyer County

Sunny, breezy, 65 degree afternoon.

Sep 17

Terry Mortier

Location: Fish Lake SWA. Stolte rd./Hickerson rd. loop
Burnett County

Windy, Sunny, late afternoon

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Viceroy

Viceroy

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Sep 16

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: In the yard and near road by our cabin in Winter
Sawyer County

Very windy, cloudy, 70 degree late afternoon.

Sep 16

Gretchen Dahlen

Location: Donald Park - Verona-Mt Horeb, WI
Dane County

Edge of the prairie, on thistle. Near noon, sunny, high 70's.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 16

JE Cooper

Location: Valton area field
Sauk County

Sunny, warm, breezy.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 16

Dan Abel

Location: Wolf river bottoms contact unit,large grassy field,. Shiocton
Outagamie County

Early afternoon ,mostly sunny,breezy

Sep 16

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Borah Creek Prairie
Grant County

Sunny, low 80's and quite windy. Happy to see an Eastern Comma and my first Painted Lady of the year. Unfortunately the Painted Lady was too quick for my camera. Every where I went a Clouded Sulphur greeted me!

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Sep 16

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Clear skies, light winds, low 80s. Always a great place to observe Monarchs during peak migration.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 16

Pam Skaar, Bill and Ginny Nelson

Location: Yahara Heights County Park
Dane County

In addition to seeing this beautiful prairie in all its late season glory and a good number of butterflies, we saw a leopard frog, a garter snake of unidentified species, two bald eagles and an osprey.

Sep 16

Mike Reese

Location: Avoca Unit - Lower Wisconsin State Riverway
Iowa County

Sep 15

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Leola Grassland Wildlife Area
Adams County

We walked 2 miles in the grassland and we each walked a different 1/2 mile of roadside. The Purplish Coppers were on both sides of Archer Road within 250 meters of the road (2 were in the roadside), all less than 1/2 mile wet of County Hwy W. The Variegated Fritillary was nectaring in the same patch as a Purplish Copper and was pestering the copper.

Sep 15

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Buena Vista Grassland
Portage County

We walked 2.5+ miles in the grassland and about 1/4 of the time there was standing water. This ties our latest date in the year for seeing a Regal Fritillary. The (male) Regal Fritillary was in the same plot where we found our first one this year on June 25.
The mosquitoes were bothersome.

Sep 15

Dan Abel

Location: Wolf River bottoms Herb Behnke unit, grassy dike in marshy woods,shiocton
Outagamie County

Afternoon and sunny

Sep 15

Bill and Ginny Nelson

Location: Walking Iron County Park
Dane County

This is probably an undercount as there seemed to be more butterflies as we retraced our steps to the car, but we were no longer counting.

Sep 15

K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

Mid 60s in the morning warming up to high 70s but with the warming came the wind. The Purplish Copper count was conservative. I had a hard time counting all of them in the mowed grass area around the bathrooms at the rest area. I had never seen one there before. They were landing on the grass then moving down to the ground.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Sep 15

Rob Pendergast

Location: Plover
Portage County

Attracted to my moth bait.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Sep 15

Ken Bates

Location: Brooklyn J
Green Lake County

In a grassy pasture, around 1:00 p.m.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 15

Urban Ecology Center

Location: Three Bridges Park (Urban Ecology Center)
Milwaukee County

Sep 15

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Sunny, low 70's, no wind. Happy to finally see an Orange Sulphur this year and also pleased to see another Red Admiral. The Red Admiral sightings seem to have been pretty scarce this summer for me.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 15

Mike Reese

Location: Ice Age Trail - Blackhawk Section
Walworth County

I walked around Lake LaGrange on trails. This was my first Gray Comma in the southern half of the state in three years. My new late date for Holcocephala calva.

Holcocephala calva

Holcocephala calva

Common Whitetail

Common Whitetail

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Punctured Tiger Beetle

Punctured Tiger Beetle

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

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

Sep 14

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville
Rock County

Sep 14

Babette Kis

Location: Barnes Prairie
Racine County

Partly cloudy, breezy, 78F. Fritillaries seen on New England aster and goldenrod flowers.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 14

Mary Roen

Location: 805 Glover Road, River Falls
St. Croix County

These butterflies were feeding in my zinnia garden on a sunny, light breezy day of 72 degrees.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Monarch

Monarch

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Sep 13

Jay Watson

Location: Backyard Rosecrans
Manitowoc County

74F, mostly sunny, light breeze; Leaf cutter bees, metallic green bees, small carpenter bees and halictid bees busy on the asters.

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Monarch

Monarch

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

leafcutter bee

leafcutter bee

leafcutter bee

leafcutter bee

Sep 13

Jay Watson

Location: Cat Island Causeway (restricted access)
Brown County

Mostly sunny, started around 65F and ended 73F; 5-10mph wind off the bay. Great weather!

Viceroy

Viceroy

Eight-spotted Forester (moth) caterpillar

Eight-spotted Forester (moth) caterpillar

Eight-spotted Forester (moth) caterpillar

Eight-spotted Forester (moth) caterpillar

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 13

Fred Dike

Location: Browntown Cadiz Springs SRA
Green County

partly sunny, breezy, 70s

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Sep 12

Terry Mortier

Location: Standing Cedars SNA
Polk County

low to mid seventies, partly sunny light wind

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 12

Mary Roen

Location: 805 Glover Road, River Falls, WI
St. Croix County

This butterfly was feeding on the zinnias in my garden in the late afternoon, 68 degrees, sunny
(Only the 9th Painted Lady reported this year. MR)

Painted Lady

Painted Lady