Recent sightings

Jun 15

Judith Huf

Location: Falk Park
Milwaukee County

Sunny and 70 degrees. Besides the butterflies, there were many Ctenucha Moths and a few White-spotted Sable moths and many beautiful Golden-backed Snipe Fly.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Jun 15

Pamela Skaar

Location: Big Hill Token Creek Conservancy, Windsor
Dane County

Blooming red clover was attractive to the butterflies. The Silver-spotted Skipper males seemed to be setting up territories by sitting with their dorsal wing surface exposed on grasses, and shrubs from 4' to 25'. Female skippers were actively courted by males. One female followed a male to his perch 25' up in a tree but she was not receptive to mating. Another nectaring female ignored the male, who was touching her, for about 2 minutes. When a second male appeared, the courting male took off, circling with the new male. He did not return to court the nectaring female. Another male chased a Monarch out of his territory. A SS Skipper at the woodland edge was visiting creeping charly blooms. Pearl Crescent males were also swirling around each other but no courting was observed.

Jun 15

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Moely Prairie, Prairie du Sac
Sauk County

No photos today - doing restoration work.

Jun 15

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Whitnall Park, Wehr Nature Center
Milwaukee County

930-1130am. Finally saw a Baltimore Checkerspot!!! I tried following it, but it was so fast and gone before I knew it. I really wanted a photo.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Jun 15

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Fair Meadows State Natural Area
Rock County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

Jun 15

Halley Minser

Location: Estabrook Park
Milwaukee County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Jun 14

Fred Dike

Location: Fern Dell Trail- Mirror Lake St Pk
Sauk County

breezy

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Jun 14

Douglas Buege

Location: Along Rush Creek Road
Crawford County

Jun 14

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard garden in Stoughton
Dane County

Another very windy day!

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Jun 14

Mike Reese

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

57 degrees and cloudy.

Jun 14

Pam Campbell

Location: Rustic Road 89
Dunn County

Seen while birding BB Atlas Menomonie South block. FAR too windy for good photos, but my first Giant of the season.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Jun 14

Dave Frankson

Location: Hillcrest Lane, Town of Oregon, WI
Dane County

Jun 13

Fred Dike

Location: Newport Lake Trail- Mirror Lake St Pk
Sauk County

breezy

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Jun 13

Fred Dike

Location: S Lyndsey St
Iowa County

Jun 13

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Didn't realize the "rather small Monarch" was a Viceroy until I got closer (rarely seen in our yard); it was nectaring on the rue we planted for the BSTs. The Red-Spotted Purple never came down from the trees.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Jun 13

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Jun 13

Mike Reese

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Two mated pairs of Monarchs

Jun 13

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard flower garden in Stoughton
Dane County

Very windy 70 degree day. Spotted this raggedy Red Admiral enjoying the nectar on my pincushion plant.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Jun 13

Bonnie Booth

Location: Clam Lake
Sawyer County

Jun 12

Fern Springs

Location: Garden Valley
Jackson County

Red-spotted Purple and Red Admiral in my yard.
Common Ringlet and Northern Crescent in neighbor's yard.
3-5 PM, somewhat overcast

Jun 11

Ricki Bishop

Location: Gillingham
Richland County

Many Giant Swallowtails and Eastern Tiger Swallowtails on Dame’s Rocket.

Giant Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Jun 11

Tim Fenske

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Machimus notatus/virginicus

Machimus notatus/virginicus

Big Sand Tiger Beetle

Big Sand Tiger Beetle

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Jun 10

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: On Fromier Rd. 1/2 mi N of Fromier & Butternut Rds/FRs 2480 & 2181
Forest County

Many Canadian Tigers along roads.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

Jun 10

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Elliot & Windsor Dam Rds/FRs 2175 & 2174
Forest County

Many Canadian Tigers along all roads in NW Florence and NE Forest Co's. 2 unknown elfins and 3 Black-banded Orange - Epelis truncataria - in small bog just S. of intersection.

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Jun 10

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Cherokee Marsh in Madison
Dane County

Jun 10

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm on Star Lake Road
Oconto County

Jun 10

Joe Raboin

Location: Lake Wazeecha
Wood County

Observed in a restored prairie area near the lake

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Jun 10

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard milkweed garden in Stoughton
Dane County

Very sunny and windy day!

Monarch

Monarch

Jun 9

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Bull Falls Area, Pine R.
Florence County

Many Canadian Tigers along roads in NW Florence Co.

Jun 9

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm on Star Lake Road
Oconto County

Jun 9

April Stanke

Location: My Yard In Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Jun 9

April Stanke

Location: My Yard In Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Also saw two unknown skippers that were mating.

Jun 9

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Kohler-Andrea State Park
Sheboygan County

Sanderling Nature Center boardwalks by the beach

Jun 9

Fred Dike

Location: Sauk Prairie Recreation area
Sauk County

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Jun 9

Roger Zimmermann

Location: Hatley - Town of Reid
Marathon County

There were Juvenal's in the area but this one looked a little different

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Jun 9

Fern Springs

Location: Woodsy area of my yard in Garden Valley
Jackson County

4-5 PM, overcast, 60s

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Jun 9

Mike Gruenke

Location: Bay Lakes Industrial Park south side of Shawano
Shawano County

There were a lot of these flying around on the north end of the pond.

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Jun 8

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Grandma Lake SNA
Florence County

Also at least 10 Black-banded Orange Moths - Epelis truncataria

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Jun 8

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Long Lake
Florence County

Sunny, relatively calm winds, low 70s - seems Tiger Swallowtails everywhere (major emergence event; dragonflies also).

Jun 8

Dale Bonk

Location: Kahl Rd and Hwy 14
Dane County

Traditional location just east of Black Earth. Only found a single individual, but still early.

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Jun 8

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Off of Hwy78 between Sauk City and Mazomanie
Dane County

Red Admiral caterpillars have tied up Stinging Nettles leaves with silk strands to make a leaf nest to protect them. Quite a few leaves are closed up but not as completely over-run as they did in the invasion year 2012! Photo shows a Red Admiral caterpillar sewing a Nettles leaf shut.

Red Admiral caterpillar

Red Admiral caterpillar

Jun 8

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Lupine barrens in and near Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

85-93 degrees F, sunny. Karner Blue long-term monitoring surveys. 21 male and 2 female Karner Blues. The first female Karner Blue we've seen this year was courted by a male and the two then mated.

Jun 8

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Leola Wildlife Area
Adams County

The Purplish Coppers were along Archer Road in the 2nd quarter mile west of County W, and out in the grasslands south of that same 1/4 mile of frontage. But they can sometimes be found in every quarter mile both along this road and in grasslands to the north and south of the road, especially the first 1/2 mile west of County W.

Jun 8

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Buena Vista Wildlife Area
Portage County

A few grasslands, roadsides, and one lupine barrens. The Purplish Coppers were at the northern end of Farmers Road, in the east ditch just south of Swamp Road.

Jun 8

Mike Reese

Location: Tie Mill Rd.
Florence County

This road is also an ATV trail so during a weekend there is a lot more traffic on this gravel road.

Jun 8

Mike Reese

Location: Anvil Lake CE Atlas Block
Forest County

Incidental sightings while atlasing

Bombus ternarius (Tricolored bumble bee)

Bombus ternarius (Tricolored bumble bee)

Jun 8

Rory Williams

Location: Karner Blue Meadows SNA
Waushara County

Many Karner's but a real slow day for other species

Jun 8

Rory Williams

Location: Wild Rose Fish Hatchery
Waushara County

Jun 8

Mark E. Johnson

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Refuge
Wood County

Clear 70's sl windy. Saw the Karner Blue in two separate groups of 4 and 5. The last group was all male. Only 1 female in the other group. Lack of butterflies in general but several six spotted Tiger Beetles.

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Jun 8

Fern Springs

Location: My yard in Garden Valley
Jackson County

5 PM, 80s, sunny

Jun 8

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm on Star Lake Road
Oconto County

Jun 8

Jennifer Lanzendorf

Location: Moely Prairie, Prairie du Sac
Sauk County

American Lady

American Lady

Jun 8

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Buena Vista Grasslands
Portage County

Jun 8

Kate Redmond

Location: Spruce Lake Bog, Northern Kettle Morraine
Fond du Lac County

Lots of dragonflies (mostly baskettails) but only two (uncooperative) butterflies.

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

Jun 8

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

Jun 8

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard, rural Medford.
Taylor County

Jun 8

Pamela Skaar

Location: Token Creek Conservancy Historic Mill Site, Portage Road
Dane County

9:08-11:34, sunny, 70s, low wind speed. Bull frogs calling.

Jun 8

Tod Highsmith

Location: Cherokee Marsh North Unit
Dane County

A late morning visit to Cherokee Marsh. Also saw many Green Darner dragonflies, plus Common Baskettails and Black Saddlebags.

Jun 8

Shelley Hamel

Location: Town of Springfield
Marquette County

In a lush prairie, flitting around in lupine -- has a very pale orange hue in flight.

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

Jun 7

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Dells of the Eau Claire County Park
Marathon County

Many Tiger Swallowtails seen while driving in this area

Jun 7

Dale Bonk

Location: Schurch-Thomson Prairie
Iowa County

Calm, sunny and pleasantly warm. Just gnatty as all get-out.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Jun 7

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Hwy 54 bog
Jackson County

Our survey route is placed in the eastern part of this bog not far west of the upland forest bordering the east side. There is a ditch arcing south and southeast from Hwy 54 further west than the northwest edge of our route , and we do not cross this. The Jutta Arctics were in the east-central and northeast part of the bog, which is unusual for us. More than half of the Juttas we've seen here are in the northwest quadrant in the bog savanna with plenty of trees, and most of the rest have ben well south in the forest 250 meters south of Hwy 54.

Jun 7

Alex Harman

Location: Mirror Lake SP
Sauk County

Two of the tiger swallowtails were dark-morph females. About 10 unidentified duskywings.

Jun 7

Fern Springs

Location: My yard in Garden Valley
Jackson County

3-4 PM, 80s, sunny

Jun 7

Douglas Buege

Location: Intersection of Tar Dam and Sullivan Springs Roads
Oconto County

Jun 7

Douglas Buege

Location: Along Logan Road
Oconto County

And two unidentified commas.

Jun 7

Terry Mortier

Location: Willow River State Park
St. Croix County

Sunny calm evening

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

Jun 7

Fred Dike

Location: Mirror Lake St Park
Sauk County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Jun 7

April Stanke

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

A lot of unknown orange butterflies flittering through the woods.

Jun 7

Rory Williams

Location: Astico Park
Dodge County

Looking for a Hobomok Skipper but did not see any.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Jun 7

Rory Williams

Location: Waterloo SNA
Dodge County

Very little at this site

Jun 7

Rory Williams

Location: Mud Lake SNA
Dodge County

Looking for Arctic Skippers but failed to see any

Jun 7

Lester Doyle

Location: Sauk Canoe Launch
Sauk County

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm. Sunny, high 80's. Not a lot of butterflies at this location, but lots of Big Sand and Festive Tiger Beetles in the Sandy Prairie sections, and lots of Bronzed Tiger Beetles along the River Banks. Only found one Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle, no Sandy Stream Tiger Beetles.

Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle

Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle

European Skipper

European Skipper

Jun 7

Lester Doyle

Location: Spring Green Preserve (Pearl Road West Unit)
Sauk County

10:30 am till 1:30 pm. Sunny, high 80's. Habitat variable...lower prairie, steep hillside and hilltop bluff, Wooded section behind bluff.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

Common Roadside-Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Jun 7

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Moely Prairie, Prairie du Sac
Sauk County

Saw several butterflies on the prairie today but didn't have the right camera with me. I did capture this Monarch whose wings were very tattered. Wondering what happened to her....

Monarch

Monarch

Jun 7

David Wittrock

Location: Lac du Flambeau
Vilas County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

★ = New county photo record

Jun 7

Mike Reese

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Two mated pairs of Monarchs.

Jun 7

Paul Doxsee

Location: Hull
Portage County

On showy goldenrod

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Jun 6

Edgar Spalding

Location: natural area with pond on the south side of Old Middleton Road near the Madison/Middleton boundary
Dane County

first of year for me

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Jun 6

David Wittrock

Location: Powell Marsh
Vilas County

Seen during a morning walk at Powell Marsh in Vilas County. Large numbers of silvery blues and sulphurs were common.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Pink-edged Sulphur

Pink-edged Sulphur

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

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

Jun 6

Douglas Buege

Location: Along Elbe Road
Oconto County

Found a lot of duskywings on one short dirt road. Also first Hobomok and a Mourning Cloak nectaring. Warmer nights have helped insect populations explode.

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Jun 6

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm on Star Lake Road
Oconto County

Jun 6

Larry McNaughton

Location: Milwaukee S/W Backyard
Milwaukee County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Jun 6

Mike Reese

Location: Olbrich Gardens, Madison
Dane County

Jun 5

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm on Star Lake Road
Oconto County

Jun 5

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Jun 5

Mary Mirasola

Location: Town of Delton
Sauk County

Woodland edge, WI River Tributary

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Jun 5

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Avoca
Iowa County

I found these two species nectaring in an overgrown grassy area full of puccoon and lupine within the town of Avoca.

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Jun 5

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Barneveld Prairie
Iowa County

Found this one nectaring on clover within the prairie.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Jun 5

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen SNA
Winnebago County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Jun 5

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

Jun 5

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Greene Prairie, UW Arb, Madison
Dane County

Jun 4

Douglas Buege

Location: Along Saul Springs Road
Oconto County

Jun 4

Rory Williams

Location: Just south of Z and Country Club Road
Winnebago County

Jun 4

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Jun 4

Joan Vennie

Location: My yard
Dane County

The Dame's rocket is blooming in the fields. The fragrance is overpowering. Attracted Red Admirals and a Monarch.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Jun 4

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Madison - Old Sauk Rd exit off the Beltline
Dane County

Happy to see 2 Monarchs along the side of the road at the bottom of this exit. Sometimes you find butterflies where you least expect them. This was about 2:30 and the sun was shining brightly.

Jun 4

Joan Vennie

Location: Black Hawk Ridge
Dane County

Jun 4

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm along Star Lake Road
Oconto County

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Jun 4

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm along Star Lake Road
Oconto County