Butterfly sighting

Jul 8 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Hamel's Bog and Hugh Iltis Prairie
Marquette County

1:20 - 3:00 pm, 72-76 degrees F, 60% sunshine, wind west 10-20 mph. Just Scott surveying the bog, but landowners (of the bog and prairie) Shelley and David Hamel joined me in some of the searching in the prairie. I greatly appreciate Hamels letting me visit their great habitats. Shelley has seen a Bog Copper here before, so today's findings confirm their persistence but does not establish a new site record. The Bog Coppers were on the bog, but everything else was in prairie/barrens. It is unusual to find Leadplant Moth within 1/4 mile of a Bog Copper! In much searching Ann and I had only seen about 15 Leadplant Moths in the previous 5 years, so this is a significant sighting.

☆ = New county sighting record