Butterfly sighting

Jul 17 2018

Alon Coppens

Location: Boyd Park Prairie
Eau Claire County

Alternating between sun and clouds, mostly calm, lower 70°s. The "Prairie is a reclamation of an old parking lot, used by the Uniroyal Tire Factory and then for snow removal, so environmentally "challenged". It is now planted with a variety of native forbs and grasses.
Besides butterflies as below, Snowberry Clearwings were out in numbers (14 counted).
Field Milkweed is done here. Butterflies mostly on Monarda (fistulosa). Monarchs mostly on Butterfly Weed.
Personal note to Mike: The P cresphontes Cat I collected on June 25 (I think) eclosed this past weekend, having been kept inside at around 70°. I released it yesterday and it flew away. This period of enclosure coincides very well with the dip in seasonal sightings logged on your page. I guess it's assumed that the second flight peak consists mostly of individuals that developed up here?

Monarch

Monarch

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper