Butterfly sighting

May 21 2020

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Bogs near Aminicon Lake and Moose Junction
Douglas County

Nine sites north of Moose Junction along Hwy 35 (2), west of Hwy 35 on Foxboro-Chaffee Road, on Milchesky Road 1.15 and 1.9 miles west of County Hwy A, 3 sites along County Hwy A south of Amnicon Lake--North Bear, Bear, and Bear SW, and Lyman Lake Bog. Most of these bogs are described in "The Fascinating Butterflies of Northwestern Wisconsin Bogs", posted at the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association website www.naba.org/chapters/nabawba/watching.html
These are high Freija Fritillary numbers but low Brown Elfin numbers. 50 of the Freijas and 4 Red-disked Alpines were at Milchesky Road "1.75" (about a 0.7 mile survey route), which we now access by walking south from a landing 1.9 miles west of County Hwy A. 26 of the Freijas and 3 Red-disked Alpines were at Bear Creek bog (not north or SW) in a 1/2 mile survey. 33 of the Freijas, plus the only Jutta Arctic, were along a 1.25 mile rout we walked on Lyman Lake Bog.