Butterfly sighting

May 3 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Musser Lake, Chequamegan Forest
Price County

Gusty windy day, more clouds than sun. From cloud openings sun revealed itself only for a few minutes throughout the day, barely reaching fifty degrees! Forest roads still have some snow piles in various locations along the edges. Some fire lanes are rutted and impassable. One fire-lane to a remote lake was deeply rutted at the entrance, flooded in the middle and I walked through two foot deep snow at the back end to get to the lake.
One of the earliest lepidoptera to appear in the spring, in northern Wisconsin is a moth, the Infant Geometer, Reliably so, it marks virtually every year, the beginning of the Lepidopteran season, usually preceding any early butterflies! One battered Morning Cloak & one Eastern Comma ( Fr. Rd 130 ), three Infant Geometer Moths ( 1-Gates Rd, 2-Riley Road for a five -hour day of driving & walking.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

The Infant

The Infant

The Infant

The Infant

The Infant

The Infant

★ = New county photo record