Recent sightings

Apr 24

Stan Rehm

Location: Pleasant View Golf Course, Middleton
Dane County

Surprised to see a BST. Other butterflies blew by in the wind, ID's uncertain.

Apr 24

Christine Stanke

Location: Mequon Rotary Park
Ozaukee County

Apr 24

Christine Stanke

Location: N. Fieldwood Rd.
Ozaukee County

Apr 24

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

1 Red Admiral was depositing eggs on stinging nettle

Apr 24

Christine Stanke

Location: Our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Apr 24

Christine Stanke

Location: Brown Deer Park
Milwaukee County

Apr 24

Sue Feyrer

Location: Pike Lake State Park
Washington County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 23

Fern Springs

Location: South of Black River Falls
Jackson County

I also saw a small unidentified brown butterfly.

Apr 23

Christine Stanke

Location: Our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Apr 23

Mike Reese

Location: various locations on Brockway Rd.
Jackson County

Apr 23

Mike Reese

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

Checking for an early boghaunter without any luck, but I did see a Six-spotted Tiger Beetle, my first tiger beetle of the spring!

Apr 23

Mike Reese

Location: Necedah NWR
Juneau County

Dirt roads and both the Lupine Loop Trail and the Boghaunters Trail. No boghaunters today.

Apr 23

Pam Campbell

Location: Dunnville Barrens
Dunn County

Sunny, upper 60's. My first Tiger Beetles for the year and the Pasque flowers are blooming.

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Bronzed Tiger Beetle

Bronzed Tiger Beetle

Pasque Flower

Pasque Flower

Apr 23

Pam Campbell

Location: Hoffman Hills SRA
Dunn County

All before 12:30pm. I don't think I've ever had two Tortoiseshells in one day before. Lots of the large, green Dragonflies.

Common Green Darner

Common Green Darner

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 23

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Prairie Moraine County Park, Verona
Dane County

Sunny, mid-70s, beautiful day.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 23

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Doreens home farm
Marquette County

72° Sunny. 10:30-3 PM. All seen while pulling out fence. Doreen was with me. The area that had so many Lady's a couple days ago only had one today.

Apr 23

Sue Feyrer

Location: UW Waukesha Field Station Waterville Rd
Waukesha County

Apr 23

Laurie Smaglick Johnson

Location: Burlington - Thrushhaven
Racine County

Monarch in my prairie restoration

Apr 23

Lester Doyle

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

Sunny...mid 70's. First Time seeing Olympia Marbles at this location.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

★ = New county photo record

Apr 23

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

First tiger of the year in our garden, cruising the treetops.

Also pleased to report that our pipevine survived another winter and is starting to leaf out.

Apr 22

Jodi Sweere

Location: Eagle Scout Nature trail, Hilbert, Wisconsin
Calumet County

First observed on tree bark weeping sap from woodpecker damage. Relocated to deadwood on the ground nearby.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

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

Apr 22

Ann Thering and Dave Eide

Location: Black Hawk Ridge
Dane County

Apr 22

Sylvia Edlebeck, Joan Vennie

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Beautiful day, mid- to upper-60s, sunny, early afternoon. We spent several hours watching the Olympia marbles and American ladies. The Olympia marbles were everywhere and were quite photogenic. The American ladies were busy flitting about--none stayed in one place long enough for a photo. So nice to feel surrounded by butterflies again! When I looked at my photos I realized that one of the whites was in fact a clouded sulphur.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Apr 22

Christine Stanke

Location: Our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Apr 22

Mike Reese

Location: Leola Marsh
Adams County

7:15, while watching 3 Short-eared Owls

Apr 22

Mike Reese

Location: While on Dash the Dunes 5K, Manitowoc/Two Rivers
Manitowoc County

Apr 22

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Property along Buffalo Lake
Marquette County

Calm day; mid-60s. I saw more butterflies than listed here, but I wasn't fast enough to ID or photograph them.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 22

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

Trying to clean up the property (pulling garlic mustard and getting the vegetable garden ready) there were so many distractions! Saw several Red admirals, a lady sp. and a cabbage white. Also saw several Flower bumble beetles and native lady beetles on blooming Spring Beauties, not to mention the birds. A beautiful day!

Apr 22

Phil Peterson

Location: Pope Lake SNA
Waupaca County

Apr 22

Christine Stanke

Location: Highland Road in Mequon
Ozaukee County

Apr 22

Sue Feyrer

Location: Ryan property JK & KF
Waukesha County

Apr 22

Christine Stanke

Location: Mequon Rotary Park
Ozaukee County

Apr 22

Christine Stanke

Location: Friestadt Rd. In Mequon
Ozaukee County

Apr 22

Christine Stanke

Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County

Apr 22

Christine Stanke

Location: Swan Road Prairie
Ozaukee County

Apr 22

Christine Stanke

Location: County Line Rd.
Milwaukee County

Apr 21

Alex Harman

Location: Around Platteville
Grant County

Apr 21

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Apr 21

Pam Campbell

Location: Dobbs Landing
Dunn County

Also a few larger whites, I think Mustard. Bumblebees and Dragonflies are also getting busy. Sunny, low 60's.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Common Green Darner

Common Green Darner

Apr 21

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Our Yard, Woods along the marsh, and Doreen's Home Farm
Marquette County

63° Sunny. One small patch of Pussy Toes had 9 Lady's at the Home Farm. Had an AM Lady, Red Admiral and an Olympia Marble fly by me at noon while I was replacing light fixture by our patio. That started the days fun. Still waiting on the E.P. Elfins and Juniper Hairstreaks.

Apr 21

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA and the barrens area west of FLSWA.
Burnett County

59 degrees with gusts of wind swirling leaves around at times. Still a nice day to be out until I started picking off all the ticks. FOY Olympia Marbles and Red Admiral for me.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Apr 21

Mike Reese

Location: DNR lands NW of Mt. Morris
Waushara County

Looking for an early Henry's Elfin. 51 degrees and sunny. No Henry's but the most Bumble Flower Beetles I have ever seen! >25

Apr 21

D Nussbaum

Location: C. B. Park
Winnebago County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 21

D Nussbaum

Location: Franzoi Park
Winnebago County

Went tromping around for an hour and a half and I saw this one from the car.

Apr 21

Christine Stanke

Location: Our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Sunny and 50 degrees.

Apr 21

Christine Stanke

Location: Cedarburg Environmental Study Area
Ozaukee County

Cloudy and 45 degrees.

Apr 21

Jean Boldig

Location: Menasha
Winnebago County

One seen just off patio on a dandelion blossom.

Apr 19

Nick Gremban

Location: Loon Rapids Road, Mountain
Oconto County

Partly cloudy, 55-60 degrees.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 19

Christine Stanke

Location: Blue Heron Wildlife Sanctuary
Ozaukee County

Apr 19

Christine Stanke

Location: Our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Apr 18

Joan Vennie

Location: Black Hawk Ridge
Dane County

Low 70's, partly sunny, windy. The Azures were active along Wachter Road.

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Apr 18

Christine Stanke

Location: Our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Apr 18

Christine Stanke

Location: W. County Line Rd.
Milwaukee County

Apr 18

Christine Stanke

Location: Homestead Hollow County Park
Washington County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 18

Sue Feyrer

Location: Retzer Nature Center
Waukesha County

Apr 18

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Of note, yesterday we had the first spike of milkweed appear in our garden - by four days the earliest date ever (except for the aberrant 2012).

Apr 18

Lowan Metz

Location: Near Washington park and fire station #5
Kenosha County

17th and 18th many spotted, often landing on maples.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 17

Phil Peterson

Location: Pope Lake State Natural Area
Waupaca County

Apr 17

Douglas Buege

Location: Near Tenney Park
Dane County

Apr 17

Alex Harman

Location: Governor Dodge State Park
Iowa County

Lots of Anglewing-ish butterflies flying quickly along the trails, too quick to positively identify.

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

Apr 17

Mike Reese

Location: Mariner's Trail, Two Rivers
Manitowoc County

I didn't expect to see a butterfly at 7:15pm with a temperature of 39 degrees but...

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 17

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Our Yard, Fields & Woods along the Marsh
Marquette County

67° Sunny. Doreen and I took a quick ride around the farm. Whites were in the fields. Most of the brushfoot butterflies were in the yard or around the weeping elm & boxelder stumps that were cut a month ago. Didn't get out of the ranger to look for the azures that I had seen the past two days along the marsh. C.B. was the real surprise when checking the stumps.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Apr 17

Daniel Jackson

Location: Olbrich Gardens
Dane County

Apr 17

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike Trail below Hwy 35 in Onalaska
La Crosse County

Grapevine Epimenis (moth)

Grapevine Epimenis (moth)

Apr 17

Mark E. Johnson

Location: Spring Green Nature Conservancy
Sauk County

65 F but very windy

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 16

D Nussbaum

Location: Dolly Smith Park
Winnebago County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 16

Sue Feyrer

Location: Smout farm
Dane County

Apr 16

Christine Stanke

Location: Trinity Creek Wetland
Ozaukee County

Apr 16

Christine Stanke

Location: Our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

The Red Admirals were all nectaring on Nanking Cherry blossoms.

Apr 16

Kristin Gjerdset

Location: West Allis, 97th and Rogers
Milwaukee County

Apr 16

Jim Kabrhel

Location: Two Rivers
Manitowoc County

Three American Lady butterfly flying our newly opened flowers. Easter Sunday. A very bright and blue day.

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 16

Alex Harman

Location: Spring Green SNA
Sauk County

Also Cicindela tranquebarica, scutellaris, and splendida. Bethany Harman gets photo credit for the Buckeye.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

American Lady

American Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Apr 16

Darleen Horman

Location: Allenton Wildlife Area
Washington County

Apr 16

Claudine Nuetzel

Location: Milwaukee - 59th and North avenue
Milwaukee County

Saw this red admiral in my side yard

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 16

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Quarry Ridge Recreational Area, Fitchburg
Dane County

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 16

Edgar Spalding

Location: Middleton, my yard on South Ave.
Dane County

on my compost pile

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Apr 16

Mike Reese

Location: Trillium Trail, Woodland Dunes, Two Rivers
Manitowoc County

My first butterflies of the year in Manitowoc County. I saw all four species nectaring on a single willow.

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady, Red Admiral

Painted Lady, Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record

Apr 16

E Whitten

Location: residence in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

resting on narrow concrete ledge (in the sun) in a mixed flower/plant area. Then flew off

Apr 16

Joshua Cullum

Location: Leyden
Rock County

Apr 16

Peter Thornquist

Location: Good Hope Island, Milwaukee River
Milwaukee County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 16

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Red Admirals doing a courtship dance high in the air.

Apr 16

Tammy Roehl

Location: Clinton
Rock County

Apr 15

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Property, Hwy K south of Chaseburg
Vernon County

Apr 15

Edgar Spalding

Location: Middleton, my yard on South Avenue
Dane County

Apr 15

Bob Ring

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

Sunny day, around 70 degrees and windy.

Apr 15

Christine Stanke

Location: Cty Hwy T Rosholt
Portage County

We also saw three other butterflies that we didn't get a good look at.

Apr 15

Pam Campbell

Location: Hoffman Hills SRA
Dunn County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 15

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Backyard in McFarland
Dane County

76 degrees, light wind. I thought I saw a Painted Lady last weekend, but was unable to photograph it. Was able to snap it with the camera today. Also more American Ladies and Red Admirals today. Low estimate again on the numbers--they seem pretty plentiful flying among the Pachysandra.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Apr 15

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

Almost 70 degrees, windy and partly sunny. Saw 2 Red Admirals, one was depositing eggs on stinging nettle. Also saw a Lady sp. nectaring on snow glories.

Apr 14

Douglas Buege

Location: Near Archibald Lake
Oconto County

Apr 13

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike trail below sunset vista in Onalaska
La Crosse County

Apr 12

Tod Highsmith

Location: Lake Farm County Park
Dane County

Apr 12

Sue Feyrer

Location: Our property
Waukesha County

Apr 12

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Doreen's home farm
Marquette County

62° partly Sunny. Dandelions and buttercups are open. Pussytoes will open after tonights rain. The Eastern Commas we were seeing in numbers last week are no longer present.

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 12

Charles Roberts

Location: Cottage Grove
Dane County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 12

Christine Stanke

Location: Settlers Park Thiensville
Ozaukee County

Apr 12

Christine Stanke

Location: N. Shoreland Pkwy Mequon
Ozaukee County

The butterflies were attracted to a blooming pussy willow.

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 12

Christine Stanke

Location: Donges Bay Gorge Mequon
Ozaukee County

Apr 12

Christine Stanke

Location: Willow Bay Nature Preserve Mequon
Ozaukee County

Apr 12

Judith Huf

Location: Grobschmidt Park
Milwaukee County

About 50 degrees F. and Sunny.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 12

Judith Huf

Location: Falk Park
Milwaukee County

Lots of Red Admirals and other butterflies were congregating on the dripping sap from the workings of the Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers today.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 12

Pat Fojut

Location: Whitnall Park, Hales Corners, WI
Milwaukee County

Trail along Root River. Trail had Ironwood trees with sap holes from Yellow Bellied Sapsucker. Compton's Tortoiseshell was attracted to sap.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

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

Apr 12

Heidi Haring

Location: Corner of Lyon & Astor
Milwaukee County

Lower 50's with occasional chilly wind. Very docile - more interested in sunning itself than worrying about me. Another flitted past as I was attempting the photo.

American Lady

American Lady