Location: Within a 15-mile diameter circle centered at Muscoda.
This was the 15th annual Avoca NABA Butterfly Count. It includes parts of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. 4 observers in 2 parties observed with close-focusing binoculars for 12 party-hours. We found 274 butterflies of 23 species. This was one of the 3 years with the lowest diversity. (Presumably drought and recent severe storms played a role.) We found 3 migrants from the South: Common Sootywing (10), Red Admiral (2) and Sleepy Orange (14). We searched diligently for Little Yellow and Leonard's Skipper but could not find any. We saw a Hog-nosed Snake pretending to be a viper. Thanks to counters Fred Dike, Mike Reese, Karl and Dorothy Legler.
Eastern Hognose Snake
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