Butterfly sightings for October 2008

Oct 3 2008

Ann Thering

Location: Tiedeman's Pond
Dane County

Oct 3 2008

Ann Thering

Location: Pheasant Branch
Dane County

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Oct 4 2008

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

Despite highs in 50's all week and two consecutive nights at 28 degrees, still some butterflies and dragonflies flying, highlighted by the stunning Variegated Meadowhawk pictured below.

Oct 4 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Oct 4 2008

Craig Ellefson

Location: Decatur Lake Boat Launch
Green County

Oct 4 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Westfield, near the Hwy 51/39 and Cty J intersection
Marquette County

Monarch

Monarch

★ = New county photo record

Oct 4 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Wautoma
Waushara County

Looked in several areas but did not see any butterflies except this one.

Oct 4 2008

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Table Bluff segment of the Ice Age Trail
Dane County

We also had an unidentified anglewing fly by.

Oct 4 2008

Ann Thering

Location: Olbrich
Dane County

Oct 4 2008

Ann Thering

Location: Allen Centennial Gardens
Dane County

Oct 4 2008

Sharon Morgan

Location: In my backyard in the Town of Menasha
Winnebago County

I was very surprised to see this little beauty...I watched him for a few minutes on my petunias and went in to get my camera and my husband said he flew away out of the yard. We have had a few nights of very heavy frost so I was surprised to see him visit my yard. I was able to get this photo of the Autumn Meadowhawk.

Oct 6 2008

Ann Thering

Location: Tiedeman's Pond
Dane County

Oct 8 2008

Mike Reese

Location: my backyard in Wautoma
Waushara County

Oct 8 2008

Ann Thering

Location: Pheasant Branch
Dane County

Oct 8 2008

Tod Highsmith

Location: Cherokee Marsh, north end of Sherman Ave., Madison
Dane County

Also a few Green Darners and lots of Autumn Meadowhawks.

Oct 10 2008

Mike Reese, David Reese

Location: Wautoma, and several areas in the western part of the county
Waushara County

Oct 10 2008

Ann Thering

Location: Olbrich
Dane County

I stopped by at about 10:30 a.m. while it was still cool.

Oct 10 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: Highway 13 south of Wisconsin Rapids
Wood County

Saw these while driving this afternoon.

Oct 10 2008

Mike Reese, David Reese

Location: Westfield area
Marquette County

Oct 11 2008

Mike Reese, David Reese

Location: Rotary Gardens, Janesville
Rock County

Many of the nectar plants where I saw butterflies two weeks ago were pulled. We did see, but couldn't get enough of a look at a skipper, to ID it. The Great Spreadwing was the latest that I have ever seen this species.

Great Spreadwing

Great Spreadwing

Oct 11 2008

Mike Reese, David Reese

Location: Avon Bottoms
Rock County

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

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

Oct 11 2008

Tod Highsmith and Joan Braune

Location: Olbrich Gardens, Madison
Dane County

Oct 11 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Saw these while working outside today. It was warm and sunny.

Oct 11 2008

Ann Thering and Dave Eide

Location: Devil's Lake area
Sauk County

Oct 11 2008

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

Mostly sunny and unseasonably warm at 70+ degrees.

Oct 11 2008

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Fort Atkinson
Jefferson County

Oct 12 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Wautoma
Waushara County

Oct 12 2008

Tod Highsmith

Location: Madison
Dane County

I saw this fly by as I was driving down Monona Dr.

Oct 14 2008

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Olbrich Gardens, Madison
Dane County

Oct 16 2008

Ann Thering

Location: Pheasant Branch
Dane County

Oct 16 2008

Charles Roberts

Location: Olbrich Botanical Garden
Dane County

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Oct 18 2008

Craig Ellefson

Location: Decatur Lake boat launch
Green County

Oct 18 2008

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

Partly sunny with temps in mid-50s but not much left flying...

Oct 19 2008

marcie o'connor

Location: our farm in central Buffalo County
Buffalo County

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 19 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

The Monarch looked very fresh.

Oct 30 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Along County B southeast of Westfield
Marquette County

I had nearly given up looking for a butterfly when one flew over the alfalfa field near the road.

Oct 30 2008

Ann Thering

Location: Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie
Dane County

A comma whizzed by as I was backing out of the parking lot.

Oct 31 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Muir Park SNA
Marquette County

Sited while walking the Ice Age Trail.