Butterfly sighting

Aug 7

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Grasslands northwest of Clam Lake
Bayfield County

Mostly sunny, 80 degrees F. Today we only surveyed grassland patches for Common Branded Skippers, not any roadsides. We found 22% fewer Common Branded Skippers today as on July 23 when we found 67 in the same patches (+13 on roads that day). Although we expected to find fewer today because of the advanced local phenology seen July 23, the skipper numbers held on more strongly than we thought they would.