Butterfly sighting

May 16

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens between Millston and Black River Falls
Jackson County

We walked 14 miles of barrens transects in most of the best Frosted Elfin sites in our Frosted Elfin long-term monitoring (mostly 28-35 year time series). Today probably ranks as about our 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th highest Frosted Elfin day ever in Jackson, Wood, or Jackson + Wood Counties. Five of the 6 roadside ROW and pipeline ROW units along Stanton Creek Road had their highest Frosted Elfin counts ever. Also record-setting was the pipeline ROW diverging to the northwest parallel to an ATV trail about 0.5 mile north of Stanton Creek Road. We also surveyed 7 more miles of transects west of Hunter Haven Road in addition to the pipeline, and 10 survey units in the Bauer-Brockway Barrens area. We also saw at least one undentified elfin and 36 unidentified duskywings.