Butterfly sighting

Jul 9

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Buena Vista Grasslands
Portage County

Finished the last 12 of our Regal Fritillary long-term monitoring units (21-25 year series one each), plus one non-monitoring unit. We averaged more than 200 Monarchs per mile of walking surveys. Although we counted more than half of our Monarchs by 12 Noon, we saw 58 out of the ca. 67 total mating pairs of Monarchs counted after 12 Noon. This is the 4th straight above average to very high Monarch year here, after 4 below-average years here (and elsewhere in WI) out of five during 2013-2017.