Butterfly sighting

Apr 24 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Hwy 14 between Lone Rock and Gotham
Richland County

I looked down Hwy 14 with 8.5x binoculars (50 degree field) to a sign that was 1/5 mile away. I counted 61 Red Admirals crossing the road, heading north, in 60 seconds! Calculations are precarious but fun: that's 305 butterflies per mile per minute. Wisconsin's south. boundary is 149 miles wide. That's 45,563 butterflies streaming into the state each minute, or 2.7million Red Admirals per hour. Virtually no wind today! We are being invaded.

American Lady

American Lady