Butterfly sighting

Jul 8 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Riveredge Nature Center
Ozaukee County

Since I missed last week's butterfly count at Riveredge because of visiting family, I decided to take advantage of the break in the hot weather to check out this beautiful area. 44 Swamp Metalmarks were found on the count, but scrupulously keeping to the path, I only managed to see two. Despite the drought, there were hundreds of Ebony Jewelwings flitting about the woods along with many other lovely Odonata. Also found some interesting beetles (not yet identified) on some raccoon scat that was filled with pieces of crayfish parts. I was intrigued by the amazing camouflage of a Question Mark with closed wings.

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

carrion beetles

carrion beetles

Northern Pearly-eye

Northern Pearly-eye

Question Mark

Question Mark

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

★ = New county photo record