Butterfly sighting

Aug 31 2022

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens in and near Mirror Lake State Park.
Sauk County

We saw no Monarchs. 2.5 hours. Sunny, 81-85 degrees F. 2nd Leonard's Skipper monitoring survey of the same sites for which we reported on August 24. Leonard's Skipper counts at each site for August 24 and August 31 were 2 then 3 at one site, 3 and then 5, 0 and then 0 (a roadside), and 48 then 44. At nearby Van Zelst Prairie or Barrens, we saw 11 Leonard's Skippers on Aug. 24 and 28 on August 28. At Van Zelst all 28 Leonard's Skippers were seen using just 6 flowering stems of Rough Blazingstars (out of 10 stems seen altogether). One flower stem had at least 12 Leonard's Skippers and a Peck's Skipper.