Butterfly sighting

Sep 6

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Buena Vista Grassland
Portage County

2:00 to 4:30 pm. 69-75 degrees F, half sun, wind north 5-20 mph. We each walked 2 miles in the grassland and 1/2 mile of roadside. Several hours after we counted large numbers of them primarily on trees, Monarchs were flying west and south across grassland areas now, suggesting migration was happening. Although we saw more than 500 other Monarchs while traveling around Buena Vista from 1:50 to 7:30 PM, this report only includes butterflies seen on walking surveys in areas where few or no Monarchs were counted this morning in roadside counts. The Bronze Copper was on the east side of Farmer's Road. The female and male Regal Fritillaries were on opposite sides of Griffith Road in different grassland survey plots.