Butterfly sighting

May 16

Wazee NABA Spring Count

Location: Bauer-Brockway Barrens and Black River State Forest
Jackson County

This was the 17th annual NABA Spring Butterfly Count at Bauer Brockway Barrens and Black River State Forest, in Jackson County. It is conducted by Ann and Scott Swengel and the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association (SWBA), a chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA). The temperature was 63 - 79 degrees. The sky was whitish "smokey-sunny" due to high smoke from Canadian forest fires. Eight observers in 4 parties used close-focusing binoculars and cameras to identify 885 butterflies of 22 species. 885 is the 2nd highest of the 17 years. The 22 species is exactly average. The most abundant butterflies were Olympia Marble, Spring Azure and Eastern Pine Elfin. (All 5 species of Elfins were seen.) Scarcest butterflies were Cabbage White, Black Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur and Meadow Fritillary.
Thanks to counters Ann and Scott Swengel, Mike Reese, Douglas Buege, Donna Williams-Richter, Pam Skaar, Karl Legler and Fred Dike.

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