Butterfly sighting

May 24 2020

Dean Hansen

Location: Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area
Burnett County

First spot was to east of Larson Rd, 0.1 mi south of North Boundary Rd. Several flighty Erynnis were seen, and a single Common Roadside Skipper photographed. Then on the south-facing slope to the south of Crex Ridge Road, I focused on a "blue" with my Papilios. Strong blue above, with no markings or tail, and I just caught a glimpse of a row of orange spots near the margin of the under hindwing. Then it was off, with no chance of a photo. But I'm certain that it was a Karner. There was plenty of lupine about. Curry Road, that was so productive for Doug Buege five days ago, was dry and dead butterfly-wise. Despite perching on a columbine, I think I was seeing a Mottled Dusky Wing. Also saw a large Phidippus jumping spider.

Western Tailed-Blue

Western Tailed-Blue

Western Tailed-Blue

Western Tailed-Blue

Jumping spider

Jumping spider

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Mottled Duskywing

Mottled Duskywing

Mottled Duskywing

Mottled Duskywing

Mottled Duskywing

Mottled Duskywing