Butterfly sighting

Jul 1

Mud Lake NABA Butterfly Count

Location: Rocky Run, Mud Lake, Schoenenberg Marsh
Columbia County

Conducted by Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association. This was the 31st annual Mud Lake count. 5 people counted within a 15-mile diameter circle for a total of 12.5 hours. We began with light rain but unexpectedly the sky cleared up and became sunny! Temperature up to 85 degrees. 396 individuals of 28 species were found. Numbers were about average but species were below average. Individuals were inflated by a few species with unusually high count: American Lady was highest of last 25 years; Red Admiral was 3rd highest in 31 years; Least Skipper and Pearl/Northern Crescent were the highest in 31 years. Finally, we re-found on this count, the Karner Blue originally found and reported by Lester Doyle! (Count information from Goose Pond will be added in when we receive it.) Thanks to all the counters! Bronze Copper and N Crescent photos by Jim Otto. Rest by Karl Legler.

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Mulberry Wing

Mulberry Wing

Tawny Emperor

Tawny Emperor

Baltimore Checkerspot

Baltimore Checkerspot

★ = New county photo record