Butterfly sighting

May 22 2015

Kyle Johnson

Location: Nixon Creek Peatlands (part of Nixon Lake SNA)
Vilas County

Brief survey of section on west side of Nixon Lake Road, south of Nixon Creek. Great potential for other peatland species- Bog Fritillary, for example, should be common here.

This is the first time I have found Frigga Fritillary using a riparian peatland complex. Bog willow (Salix pedicellaris)- the only demonstrated larval food plant in our region- is common here and if timing/effort was better one could probably observe large numbers of Frigga.

Bog Willow (Salix pedicellaris)

Bog Willow (Salix pedicellaris)

Frigga Fritillary

Frigga Fritillary

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