Butterfly sighting

Jun 8

John Morrissey

Location: Cross Plains, my back yard
Dane County

The Hackberry Emperors are back this year! I had not seen any around my house prior to last year. This year I first starting noticing them around June 8th, but they come out in numbers (30+) every morning now. The flight is perhaps not as big as last year's, possibly due to lack of precipitation, but we'll see how it develops. I got some nice close ups a fellow perched on my hand and thumb. They also seem to love dog feces and crowd it (or furry dog toys, or anything else might contain an excess of dew compared to surrounding plants and surfaces).

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor