Butterfly sighting

Aug 9 2014

SWBA Avoca Field Trip

Location: Lower Wisconsin Riverway from Avoca to Blue River.
Iowa County

This was the 8th annual Avoca field trip of the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association. We found 156 butterflies of 28 species (about average). Immigrants found included Giant Swallowtail (10), and Little Yellow (17), and Fiery Skipper (1). Five species were found in the highest numbers of the 8 years: Red-spotted Purple (8), Eastern Comma (4), Tawny-edged Skipper (2), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (8) and Harvester (2).
Mike Reese was able to persuade a Harvester to land on him with a prolonged photographic opportunity! The Harvester was transferred to the finger of an 11-year old boy. We also found Little Wood-Satyr (3) which represents a seldom seen 2nd brood. Finally we saw 6 Common Roadside-Skippers. The main miss was the fewest Red Admirals ever (0)! (In spite of large numbers at some other sites.) Other finds included Blanding's Turtle, a Band-winged Meadowhawk (dragonfly), a Praying Mantis, a large hornet (Cicada Killer), and a Northern Water Snake.

Common Roadside-Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

Chinese Mantis

Chinese Mantis

Harvester

Harvester