Butterfly sightings for September 2007

Sep 1 2007

Todd Sima

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

I was very happy to find four Megacephala Beetles today and they varied in size from very large to huge. They all ran like the dickens for grass clumps or the shade of cactus making them very difficult to photograph. I was also very happy to find my first Six Lined Racerunner and it allowed me to lay down and take a portrait of it.

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Sep 1 2007

Ron Arnold

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

Sep 1 2007

Ron Arnold, Lydia Thurber

Location: town of Seneca
Wood County

The Great Spangled Fritillary was very worn, with large pieces of its wings missing.

Sep 1 2007

Tod Highsmith

Location: Princes Point SWA near Hebron
Jefferson County

My favorite spot was a pile of rotting apples that had 2 Viceroys, 2 Red Admirals, a Question Mark and lots of bees on it.

Sep 1 2007

Tod Highsmith

Location: Scuppernong Basin, Kettle Moraine State Forest
Waukesha County

Wandered the prairies off of Hwy N and Rte. 59, near Paradise Springs and the visitors center.

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Sep 1 2007

Ann Thering

Location: Devil's Lake area
Sauk County

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Sep 1 2007

Adrian Konell

Location: Lake Township
Marinette County

Sep 1 2007

Mike Reese

Location: Greenwood Refuge
Waushara County

Sep 1 2007

Sandy and Elijah Fyffe

Location: Sheboygan Falls
Sheboygan County

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Sep 2 2007

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

A bit of a butterfly resurgence with the warmer weather, highlighted by a Variegated Fritillary in my yard.

Sep 2 2007

Mike Reese, Todd Sima

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Not a lot of butterflies, but plenty of distractions, including my first big-headed tiger beetle and eastern ornate box turtle, to keep in the field for 4+ hours.

Sep 2 2007

Mike Reese, Todd Sima, Tom Bentley

Location: Avoca Wildlife Area
Iowa County

Sep 2 2007

Ron Arnold

Location: town of Seneca
Wood County

Sep 2 2007

Tom Bentley

Location: Blue River Sand Barrens State Natural Area
Grant County

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Sep 2 2007

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Olbrich Gardens, Madison, & rural Fitchburg
Dane County

The monarchs and red admirals were seen at Olbrich Gardens. The suplphurs were seen along the roadside in rural parts of Fitchburg. The previouis day I counted at least 40 suplphurs along a 2 mile stretch of Caine and Byrne Roads in Fitchburg.

Sep 2 2007

Kelly McIntyre

Location: Kettle Moraine - Southern Unit
Waukesha County

Sep 3 2007

Kelly McIntyre

Location: Chiwaukee Prairie
Kenosha County

Sep 3 2007

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Captial City Bike Trail, Fitchburg
Dane County

Sep 3 2007

Ann Thering

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

The Pipevine Swallowtails were captivating the crowds at Olbrich.

Sep 3 2007

Ron Arnold

Location: Mead Wildlife Area
Marathon County

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Sep 3 2007

Van den Bergh Max

Location: Great Lakes Dragaway
Milwaukee County

in a prairie nearby a river, feeding on Trifolium sp.

Sep 5 2007

Ann Thering

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Sep 5 2007

Rose Tiegs

Location: Besadny Fish and Wildlife
Kewaunee County

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Sep 7 2007

Ann Thering

Location: My yard
Dane County

Sep 7 2007

joan braune

Location: Olbrich Gardens, Madison
Dane County

I may actually have seen more than one Pipevine Swallowtail as I saw it several times, but I couldn't be sure. It was always nectaring on verbena.

One shrub was covered with at least 60 Monarchs!

I saw both female and male Fiery Skippers - on previous visits I only saw males.

Sep 8 2007

Ron Arnold

Location: town of Seneca
Wood County

Sep 8 2007

Ann Thering

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Sep 8 2007

Kim Karow

Location: Allen Creek wetlands south of Fort Atkinson
Jefferson County

Mosquito netting is a must. The mosquitos were so thick I had to swipe them off the netting because they blocked my line of vision. This little eastern-tailed blue landed on my red print shirt several times and came for a ride.

Sep 8 2007

Mike Reese

Location: Various sites in the western part of the county
Waushara County

My last stop was at Greenwood Refuge where there were many Monarchs, mostly nectaring on Rigid Goldenrod.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

American Lady

American Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Monarch

Monarch

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Sep 8 2007

Dan Foster

Location: Germantown
Washington County

The one Black Swallowtail I managed to get a picture of was a bit beat up.

Sep 9 2007

Mike Reese

Location: White River Marsh
Green Lake County

Mosquitoes were more common than Red Admirals in late June.

Sep 9 2007

Mike Reese

Location: DNR land off Dearborn Ave.
Marquette County

This Aphrodite was quite a surprise.

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Sep 11 2007

Ann Thering

Location: My Yard
Dane County

I was happy to see some butterflies in today's high winds. The Red-spotted Purple was out nectaring before the bumblebees got going.

Sep 12 2007

Andy Paulios

Location: My House
Dane County

Finally!

Sep 13 2007

Todd Sima

Location: LWR Muscada and Blue River Units
Grant County

I was very surprised to see a Checkered White, Checkered Skipper and Gray Hairstreak all in one day! I also was able to watch a female Eastern Pondhawk fly up to catch a Damselfly and then photographed it eating the head off. I only saw two Robber Flies but was treated to watching this one fly out twenty feet and then return with a bee.

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Sep 15 2007

Ron Arnold

Location: town of Seneca
Wood County

The high temperature today was 61. The past week there were two nights with frost. All of the Checkered Whites seen today and on previous dates have been males.

Sep 15 2007

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

27 degrees and heavy frost in the morning, a few butterflies by afternoon...

Sep 16 2007

Martha Piepgras

Location: South facing driveway
Pierce County

One Red Admiral hovered near my garage door, and then moved toward my front garden.

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Sep 16 2007

Ron Arnold

Location: town of Seneca
Wood County

Warmer but cloudy today. The only period of sunshine was later in the day.

Sep 17 2007

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Nine springs eway near Madison
Dane County

The viceroys were near the boardwalk that goes across the marsh.

Sep 18 2007

Todd Sima

Location: LWR Muscada
Grant County

The Milberts Tortoiseshell was the first of the year for me. On Sunday I went down to Millville and watched clouds of dragonflies in two areas. The total number went well over 100. I also saw two Checkered Whites and photographed a female that has a lot of red around the black markings.

Sep 18 2007

Ann Thering

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Sep 19 2007

joan braune

Location: Olbrich Gardens
Dane County

Sep 20 2007

Ann Thering

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Several Splendid Tiger Beetles, one with a blue head.

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Sep 20 2007

Mike Reese

Location: Wautoma
Waushara County

This was my first Fiery Skipper of the year in Waushara County and my first Purplish Copper ever in the Wautoma Wetlands Park.

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Sep 20 2007

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Lake Farm Park, 9 springs Eway, Madison,WI
Dane County

I also spotted a small organish butterfly that I couldn't I.D. The swallowtail I spotted was large and brown. I at first thought I had seen a Spicebush Swallowtail. However, it would seem more likely that this was a dark phase female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. In any case it was a treat to see one so late in the season.

Sep 21 2007

Mike Reese

Location: My garden in Wautoma
Waushara County

This was my first Fiery Skippers I have ever seen in my garden. I ran inside to get my camera to document it and when I went back out I finally found one, but an assassin bug had beaten me to it!

Sep 22 2007

Mike Reese

Location: Avoca Wildlife Area
Iowa County

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

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Sep 22 2007

Kim Karow

Location: Allen Creek Wetlands south of Fort Atkinson
Jefferson County

Also saw two fritillaries, but they didn't stop long enough for me to figure out which species.

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Sep 22 2007

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Fitchburg, near County D & M
Dane County

I have a small garden patch out near Oregon with some friends. Most of the sulphurs were seen on the way to it. There is a dairy farm that attracts swarms of sulphurs. Maybe it's the manure.

Sep 22 2007

Mike Reese

Location: East Dubuque Area
Grant County

I checked on the Sleepy Orange site that we saw in July and when I stopped the car one flew by.

Sep 22 2007

Ron Arnold

Location: town of Seneca
Wood County

The Northern Crescent was very worn. The Variegated Fritillary and one
of the Buckeyes were nectaring together on Rigid Goldenrod. It would
have been a nice photo, but I had no camera. The Checkered Skippers
were all in the same small area. They were constantly chasing each
other, the Checkered Whites, and even grasshoppers.

Sep 22 2007

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Wisconsin Point in Superior
Douglas County

These observations were incidental to watching the 3-ring Jaeger circus at the Point (field trip of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology). Also 3 unidentified Ladies flew through.

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Sep 23 2007

Mike Reese

Location: Avon Bottoms
Rock County

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Sep 23 2007

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Gardens, Janesville
Rock County

Fiery Skippers were spread out more than I have seen them in the past. Every little flower bed had some. I once counted seven perched that I could see from one spot.

Sep 23 2007

Ann Thering

Location: Avoca LWR
Iowa County

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record

Sep 23 2007

Ron Arnold

Location: town of Seneca
Wood County

I tried videotaping butterflies for the first time today, hoping to get the Checkered Skippers. I was able to tape all of the immigrant species. Even when nectaring, the Checkered Skippers don't stay in one place for long.

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Sep 23 2007

Mike Reese

Location: Browntown-Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area
Green County

Stopped for about 45 minutes on my way to Avon Bottoms. This was the first time I have been here. It looks like a good place to check out next year.

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Sep 24 2007

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Nine Springs E-Way,Moorland Road near Madison/Monona
Dane County

Sep 28 2007

Ann Thering

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Sep 28 2007

Mike Reese

Location: Wautoma World War II Memorial Building flower garden
Waushara County

Stopped briefly to see if there were any butterflies and was surprised to find four male and two female Fiery Skippers.

Sep 29 2007

Kim Karow

Location: Allen Creek Wetlands south of Fort Atkinson
Jefferson County

Saw a few remaining meadowhawk dragonflies. I have been seeing reblooming violets, strawberries and marsh marigolds.

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Sep 29 2007

Rose Tiegs

Location: Oneida at home.
Outagamie County

★ = New county photo record
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Sep 29 2007

Ron Arnold, Mike Reese

Location: town of Seneca
Wood County

The 10% chance of rain turned into 100% this afternoon and it was sprinkling and about 62 degrees as I took this photo.

★ = New county photo record

Sep 30 2007

Mike Reese

Location: various sites
Marquette County

The Great Spangled Fritillary was the latest one I have ever seen. I almost missed it because I was most interested in photographing the fringed gentians.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

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Sep 30 2007

Mike Reese

Location: White River Marsh
Green Lake County

★ = New county photo record
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Sep 30 2007

Ron Arnold

Location: town of Seneca
Wood County

High of 76 and windy today. The sky was overcast, but the sun came through enough to cast shadows most of the day. The Dainty Sulphur was much smaller than any I've seen previously this year, with dark hindwings below with a green tint to them. The Gray Hairstreaks were the first I've seen in Wood County. About all that remains for nectar sources now are Rigid Goldenrod, New England Aster and Hoary Alyssum. Observed a mating pair of Bumble Bees.

☆ = New county sighting record