Butterfly sighting

Jul 5 2020

Dean Hansen

Location: Fish Lake State Wildlife Area
Burnett County

Hickerson Road had two areas with blooming common milkweed. One spot was about 0.1 mile north of Co. O and had sedge skippers at the milkweed and other butterflies on the damp road gravel. A second spot had a nice stand of common milkweed; this was just west of Daniel's flowage, and Mulberry Wing Skippers were common here. This year's "carpet bombing" approach to roadside mowing on Fish Lake SWA should be softened to allow some flowering milkweeds (common, swamp, and butterfly) to bloom, for both the butterflies and for those who want to observe them. Numerous Broken-dash/Dun skippers were flighty and went undetermined. The hairstreaks were mostly on butterfly milkweed on Grettum Pines Trail (thanks Kathy Java for alerting me to that spot!).

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Delaware Skipper

Delaware Skipper

Delaware Skipper

Delaware Skipper

Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed

Mulberry Wing

Mulberry Wing

Mulberry Wing

Mulberry Wing

Dion Skipper

Dion Skipper

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Edwards' Hairstreak

Edwards' Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak