Butterfly sighting

Jul 7

Madison NABA Butterfly Count

Location: Within a 15 mile diameter circle centered on Madison
Dane County

Conducted by Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association using binoculars. 8 counters counted for 21.2 party-hours and found 509 butterflies of 34 species. Monarchs were highest ever presumably because of plentiful milkweed. Scarce species found were Gray Hairstreak and the very rare stray, the Reakirt's Blue. Photo of Hickory and Reakirts below by Karl Legler, Reakirt's above and Gray Hairstreak by Pat Ready. The other two photos by Edgar Spalding.
Thanks to all the counters for an outstanding count!

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

European Skipper

European Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Reakirt's Blue

Reakirt's Blue

Reakirt's Blue

Reakirt's Blue

Hickory Hairstreak

Hickory Hairstreak