Butterfly sighting

Oct 7 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Lake Church, lake front property
Ozaukee County

GREAT Monarch day, like Sept. 16th. By 10AM they were arriving off the lake, in small groups 2's, 3's & 5's. Exhausted from the flight like uncontrolled gliders, some crashed into the ground. Others landed on flowers hanging on for dear life, nectar maybe, but perhaps resting. Wings emitting small tremors, occasionally they would loose their grip on flowers, falling like rocks to the ground. What seemed like forever, was only seconds but eventually the fallen would arise again and regain a hold on another flower. 134 Monarch sightings over the six hour day, certainly many more in the area we were unable to see or count. Rejuvenated most moved on throughout the day. Admirals, Cloaks, Ladies & some Monarchs sought nutrition from rotting Crab Apples. Reaching 68 degrees, skies clearing by noon, Strong gusty winds all day.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White