Butterfly sighting

May 12

Dean Hansen

Location: Crex Meadows SWA, and to the NE
Burnett County

Gravel roads at Crex were dry, not attracting any butterflies. Animal scat at Reed Lake certainly was, however. Numerous (over 50) flighty duskywing skippers went unidentified. I have never seen as many Henry's Elfins in a day before. Sites where Eastern Pine and Brown Elfins were seen in years past were barren. I checked extensive stands of bearberry north of Clemens Creek Firebreak on the Namekagon Barrens but saw no Hoary Elfins. Mostly sunny, temperature in low 60s.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

4 blue species party!

4 blue species party!

Mottled Duskywing

Mottled Duskywing