Butterfly sighting

Apr 23 2012

jim Ebner

Location: Kettle Morraine St Forest nr Eagle
Waukesha County

Pleasant, sunny but cool day, with butterfly activity noted from 11am to 2:30pm. Gravel attracted many Admirals at midday, but a return several hours later to the same area found them greatly diminished. First Orange Sulfurs of the season found on dandelions, one exceedingly fresh. Silvery Blues rather scarce and a female observed ovipositing on vetch. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail found along forest trail, alighting briefly and allowing me a hasty pic opportunity. This is the earliest date I have ever experienced this swallowtail and blue on the wing in Waukesha County. Mustard Whites found at Lulu Lake Preserve in Walworth County, bringing my daily count to nine species.

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

★ = New county photo record