Butterfly sightings for July 2008

Jul 1 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Riley Lake Wildlife Area
Price County

Also saw and was lucky to photograph my first Williamson's Emerald

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Jul 1 2008

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Bayside
Milwaukee County

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Jul 1 2008

Wayne Anderson

Location: Green Circle Trail/ East of Airport
Portage County

Only the second time I have seen a Dainty Sulphur in Wisconsin. C.patruela where out in numbers also.

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Jul 1 2008

Ann Thering

Location: Pleasant Valley
Dane County

Crossline Skipper

Crossline Skipper

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Jul 1 2008

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Lake Farm Park, near Madison
Dane County

Jul 1 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Moquah Barrens
Bayfield County

7:30-11:30

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Jul 1 2008

Natalie Serna

Location: Pell Lake, WI
Walworth County

They love my garden. I see them in my yard all the time. My daughters and I love it.

Jul 2 2008

Christine Taylor

Location: in my house northwest of milwaukee/ tosa
Milwaukee County

My daughter caught 3 caterpillars and they did their thing and this afternoon she saw that two had emerged. One has already manged to be set free, we are still waiting for the other to decide to climd out of the bug catcher to freedom. The third has yet to emerge.

Jul 3 2008

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Olbrich Gardens and home (Madison)
Dane County

The hairstreaks and mourning cloak were seen where I live near Rimrock Road. The remainder are all from Olbrich Gardens.

Jul 3 2008

Mike Kirch

Location: Town of Addison, Allenton Marsh
Washington County

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Jul 3 2008

Tod Highsmith

Location: Cherokee Marsh along the RR tracks
Dane County

Just a quick look, but found these on milkweed.

Jul 3 2008

Ron Arnold, Ann Thering, Mike Reese

Location: NABA Sandhill/Seneca count
Wood County

The weather cooperated nicely for this year's count, not too hot, cloudy, or windy, (or too many skippers to drive me crazy). We also saw a very worn Tiger Swallowtail but weren't able to determine the species. The Baltimore Checkerspots and Least Skippers were more than I've ever previously seen in one day.

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Jul 4 2008

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: 9 Springs ewat near Madison
Dane County

Jul 4 2008

Ann Thering and Dave Eide

Location: Schurch-Thompson
Iowa County

The Eastern Comma was nectaring on thistle.

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Jul 4 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Germania Marsh
Marquette County

Milkweed was barely in flower. I went looking for skippers and only saw a single Least Skipper!

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Jul 4 2008

Wayne Anderson

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Also flying many rusty holomelinas, urola nivalis and Reversed Haploas. Cicindela splendida, C. formosa and C. punctulata also seen.

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Jul 4 2008

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Grady Tract, UW Arboretum
Dane County

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Jul 4 2008

Rose Tiegs

Location: Jones Spring Townsend,wi.
Oconto County

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Jul 4 2008

Peter Fissel

Location: FR2316/Blue Spruce Rd. near Mountain
Oconto County

All species seen in the tornado blowdown area south of Hwy 64.

Jul 5 2008

Rose Tiegs

Location: Buzz Besadny Fishery , Kewaunee
Kewaunee County

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Jul 5 2008

Mike Kirch

Location: Riverside Park West Bend
Washington County

The Swallowtail had a chunk of it's right side tail missing.

Jul 5 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: town of Seneca
Wood County

Saw a robber fly chasing a Meadow Fritillary.

Jul 5 2008

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Vermont Lutheran Church cemetary, south of Black Earth
Dane County

Jul 6 2008

Adrian Konell

Location: Lake Township
Marinette County

Jul 6 2008

Richard André Rivard

Location: Glenwood City, Wisconsin
St. Croix County

While photographing some Deptford pinks - this Silver-spotted Skipper landed.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Jul 6 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Rocky Run Oak Savanna SNA
Columbia County

This was the most Tawny Emperors that I have seen in one day. Despite lots of milkweed in flower, there were not many butterflies flying. I was most amazed at not seeing a single grass skipper.

Jul 6 2008

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

Pink-edged Sulphur was a surprise in this non-barrens habitat. Also surprised by the Baltimore Checkerspots in this northwoods habitat.

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Jul 6 2008

Joan Braune, Tod Highsmith and Mary Dykstra

Location: Pleasant Valley Conservancy
Dane County

Jul 6 2008

Karl & Dorothy Legler, and others

Location: Madison NABA count
Dane County

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Jul 7 2008

Adrian Konell

Location: Lake Township
Marinette County

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Jul 8 2008

Tom Poklen

Location: UW Arboretum - Grady Tract
Dane County

Jul 8 2008

Andy Paulios

Location: Marblesee Prairie
Green County

Jul 8 2008

Andy Paulios

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Jul 8 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Cedar Springs Fishery Area
Waushara County

Clear skies turned cloudy and then some unexpected rain.

Jul 8 2008

Tom Poklen

Location: Rock River Prairie SNA
Rock County

Not a lot of butterflies, considering it was excellent butterfling weather. Been seeing the same in Illinois so far this summer.

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Jul 9 2008

Scott Swengel, Ann Swengel

Location: Baraboo NABA count
Sauk County

Jul 9 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Rush Creek State Natural Area
Crawford County

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Jul 9 2008

Laureanna Raymond-Duvernell

Location: Town of Lisbon
Waukesha County

I have two black swallowtail caterpillars on my parsley. I placed them in a butterfly habitat, and they left the parsley and have been walking around the mesh all morning. They'll hopefully be in a chrysalis by the end of the day.

Jul 9 2008

Ann Thering

Location: Pleasant Valley
Dane County

Jul 9 2008

Mike Kirch

Location: LacLarawn Nature Preserve, West Bend
Washington County

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

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Jul 9 2008

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Fitchburg, near Oregon
Dane County

I have garden spot with some friends near Oregon. Their house is surrounded by trees where the eyed browns and hairstreaks were.

Jul 10 2008

Wayne Anderson

Location: Dewey Shooting Range
Portage County

A short walk before work today not much going on in some of my other sites.

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Jul 10 2008

Ann Thering

Location: Cherokee Marsh
Dane County

My hike was cut short by overcast skies and ferocious mosquitoes.

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Jul 10 2008

Karl & Dorothy Legler, and others

Location: Trempealeau NABA count
Trempealeau County

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Jul 11 2008

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

A sick American Elm tree near the parking lot is dripping sap and is attracting butterflies. At one point, there were 4 Mourning Cloaks, 1 Red-spotted Purple, and 1 E. Comma all feeding at the same time.

Jul 11 2008

Adrian Konell

Location: Lake Township
Marinette County

Jul 11 2008

Larry Breneman

Location: Bauman Rd.in Enterprise Forest.
Oneida County

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Jul 12 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: town of Seneca
Wood County

Very windy today. Saw a robber fly catch a Northern Crescent and saw another one chasing a Clouded Sulphur. The Buckeye nectared for over an hour on a patch of Oregano in my garden.

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Jul 12 2008

Wayne Anderson

Location: Buena Vista Prairie / Lake Road Area
Portage County

Big patches of thistle and milkweeds butterflies were few and far between.

Jul 12 2008

Judith Huf

Location: Lion's Den
Ozaukee County

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Jul 12 2008

Judith Huf

Location: Riveredge Nature Center
Ozaukee County

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Jul 12 2008

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

Very windy. Harris' Checkerspot and Painted Lady were highlights. Also lots of N. Pearly-eyes here in the woods.

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Jul 12 2008

SWBA Field Trip, 18 participants

Location: Schurch Thompson
Iowa County

Cool, overcast conditions kept numbers down, but we managed to flush a a few butterflies while walking through the prairie. Leadplant and yellow coneflower were beautiful.

Jul 13 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: spruce/tamarack bog in the town of Cranmoor
Wood County

Very windy today with gusts at 20+ mph. Saw several butterflies and skippers that couldn't be identified because of the wind. Went looking for Bog Coppers and found 3. All had crossed a ditch out of the bog and were along the side of the road. Two were nectaring on Yarrow. They ignored me while I steadied the Yarrow with one hand and attempted to photograph with the other. I was lucky to get any usable photos. Photos 1133 and 1177 are of one individual; 1179, 1184 and 1185 are of another.

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Jul 13 2008

Craig Ellefson

Location: Decatur Lake near Brodhead
Green County

Area includes the boat launch and trail between the two dams.

Jul 13 2008

Rose Tiegs

Location: Navarino wildlife area Mcdonald rd. Navarino,wi.
Shawano County

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Jul 14 2008

Mike Reese, John Lamey

Location: Puchyan Prairie SNA
Green Lake County

Flooding on the road and through the field to the site.

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Jul 14 2008

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Captol City Bike Trail, Fitchburg
Dane County

I think this may be the first Baltimore checkerspot that I have ever seen. I was quite excited about seeing it.

Jul 14 2008

Jim Paruk

Location: So. Bayfield County NABA count
Bayfield County

Jul 14 2008

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Mud Lake NABA count
Columbia County

Jul 15 2008

Adrian Konell

Location: Lake Township, Harmony Township
Marinette County

Jul 15 2008

Karl & Dorothy Legler, and others

Location: Northern Kettle Moraine NABA count
Fond du Lac County

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Jul 15 2008

Jim Schwiebert and 11 others

Location: Beaver Creek NABA count
Eau Claire County

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Jul 16 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Northeast of Goodman, Shrine Rd.
Marinette County

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Jul 16 2008

Adrian Konell

Location: Lake Township
Marinette County

Jul 16 2008

Sharon Morgan

Location: Town of Menasha in my front flower bed
Winnebago County

likes my lilys...the first of the season here for me.

Jul 17 2008

Karl & Dorothy Legler, and others

Location: Sister Bay NABA count
Door County

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Jul 17 2008

Mary Anna Thornton

Location: Conserve School Community Garden, Land O' Lakes
Vilas County

Feeding on swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata).

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Jul 17 2008

David G. Stakston

Location: Holmen,Wisconsin
La Crosse County

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Jul 17 2008

Mary Anna Thornton

Location: Conserve School Community Garden, Land O' Lakes
Vilas County

The monarch was lighting over and over on butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). It was unusually faded and tattered.

Jul 18 2008

Kevin Brown

Location: Lion's Den Gorge Nature Reserve
Ozaukee County

Jul 19 2008

Wayne Anderson

Location: Peterson Creek Fishing Area
Portage County

Lots of annoying mosquitos and deer flies drove me out of the swamp!

Jul 19 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Buena Vista Marsh
Portage County

Hoped to see my first Regal of the year, and was surprised that I had to work hard to find a single one. Lots of large robber flies, including a Promachus fitchii female laying eggs, a new species for me.

Jul 19 2008

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

Great morning with 25 species before clouds and rain moved in around lunchtime.

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Jul 19 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: spruce/tamarack bog in the town of Cranmoor
Wood County

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Jul 19 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

It's very unusual to see a Silver-bordered Frit on my property. This one was nectaring on Oregano in my former garden. The Oregano has formed a huge patch and is a popular nectaring spot.

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Jul 19 2008

Ann Thering and Dave Eide

Location: Schurch-Thomson Prairie
Iowa County

Intermittent sun. Absolutely beautiful Marine Blue!

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Jul 19 2008

Rose Tiegs

Location: Navarino Wildlife Area McDonald rd.
Shawano County

This spot never lets me down.Awesome!

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Jul 19 2008

Kevin Brown

Location: Lion's Den Gorge
Ozaukee County

Many Eyed Browns flying in the wet wooded/marshy areas on the Waterfowl Walk trail; 2 Appalachians intermixed with the Eyeds provided a great opportunity to compare and contrast. There are also many immature Meadowhawks (Sympetrum sp.) present; saw 1 adult Cherry-faced.

Jul 20 2008

Wayne Anderson

Location: Peterson Creek Fishing Area
Portage County

Grass of Parnassus in bud stage, Swamp Thistle also in bud, Virgin's Bower just starting to flower and Joe Pye Weed starting to flower. Should be good nectar sources in another week. Mosquitos and Deer Flies tolerable, very wet!

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Jul 20 2008

Rose Tiegs

Location: Navarino Nature Center,Navarino.
Shawano County

I was surprised at how small they were no more than two inches.

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Jul 20 2008

Tod Highsmith

Location: East side of Madison
Dane County

Seen yesterday and today in our neighborhood and yard while doing yard work.

Jul 20 2008

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

Fog until lunchtime and then partly sunny. Diversity is great right now -- 28 species this afternoon just walking on and adjacent to my property.

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Jul 20 2008

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Madison and Fitchburg
Dane County

Jul 21 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Greenwood Refuge
Waushara County

Robber fly cannibalism with the male preying on the female.

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Jul 21 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

This Monarch was flying at 6:30 in the morning.

Jul 21 2008

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Lake Farm Park, southeast of Madison
Dane County

The blues and checkerspots were "puddling" in a muddy area. It was interesting to be able to compare the eatern tailed blue with the spring azure as both were seen at the same time.

One of the tiger swallowtails was a dark phase female which is so amazing to see.

Jul 22 2008

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

My first of the year...

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Jul 22 2008

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Pope Farm Park west of Madison
Dane County

Pope Farm Park is a new county park about 1 1/2 miles west of the Beltline on Old Sauk Road. They have put in a restored prairie area which is full of blooming flowers.

Jul 22 2008

Andy Paulios

Location: Cook Arboretum
Rock County

Jul 23 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Rush Creek State Natural Area
Crawford County

5:30-7:30

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Jul 23 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

These were all seen between about 5:30 and 6:00 this evening. The American Copper was very fresh. The hairstreaks were in good condition except for one of the Corals which had a lot of wing damage.

Jul 23 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Monroe County Flowage at end of Dragonfly Rd.
Monroe County

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Jul 23 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Petenwell Dam area
Juneau County

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Jul 23 2008

Judith Huf

Location: Bong State Recreation Area
Kenosha County

I also had a number of loverly Ctenucha virginica moths, a Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird moth and a lovely Celery Looper moth.

Jul 23 2008

Ann & Scott Swengel

Location: Wazee NABA count
Jackson County

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Jul 24 2008

Marcie O'Connor, Dave Hanson, Mike Reese

Location: NABA Count
Buffalo County

Beautiful day!

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Jul 24 2008

Ann & Scott Swengel

Location: Cornucopia NABA count
Bayfield County

Jul 25 2008

David G. Stakston

Location: LaCrosse River West Salem,Wisconsin
La Crosse County

★ = New county photo record

Jul 26 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: DNR property in the town of Saratoga along Highway 13
Wood County

I tried to photograph some of the many tiger beetles that were here, but they didn't cooperate very well.

Jul 26 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

My Oregano patch is a popular spot for nectaring right now. Most of the butterflies today were seen there.

Jul 26 2008

Wayne Anderson

Location: Peterson Creek Fishing Area
Portage County

Confused Haploa's flying in the fen areas, Swamp Thistle just opening buds. Found one Buprestis laeviventris on a rock at the parking area (Black with greenish reflex and orange elytra spots)

Jul 26 2008

Jim Phillips and others

Location: Pederson's Gardens/Anna-Gene Park NABA count
Douglas County

☆ = New county sighting record

Jul 26 2008

SWBA, Prairie Enthusiasts and Madison Audubon Field Trip - Rich Henderson & Karl and Dorothy Legler, leaders -17 partici

Location: Scuppernong Prairie
Waukesha County

☆ = New county sighting record

Jul 26 2008

Mike Reese, David Reese

Location: Observatory Hill SNA
Marquette County

Jul 26 2008

Mike Reese, David Reese

Location: Chafee Creek area along Ice Age Trail
Marquette County

Also observed a female Black Dash lay an egg on marsh fern (Thelypteris palustris).

Jul 26 2008

Ann & Scott Swengel

Location: Crex Meadow NABA count
Burnett County

Jul 26 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: Buena Vista Marsh
Portage County

These were my first Gray Copper sightings. The most that I saw at any time was 2, but I was able to identify 5 different individuals from my photographs thanks to them being quite worn and with varying amounts of damage to their wings. I've included photos of the individuals in the best and worst conditions.

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Jul 27 2008

Wayne Anderson

Location: Peterson Creek Fishing Areas
Portage County

Went out later in the day more skippers flying. Many more Haploa's flying.

Jul 27 2008

Craig Ellefson

Location: Decatur Lake Boat Launch, Brodhead
Green County

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Jul 27 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Also saw an unidentified Tiger Swallowtail. Lots of robber fly activity today and several ambushed insects as well.

Jul 27 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: spruce/tamarack bog in the town of Cranmoor
Wood County

There was Ambush Bug activity here today also. Photo 1367 isn't one of my better ones, but I included it because the Black Dash is very close to being ambushed.

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Jul 27 2008

Mike Reese

Location: White River Marsh
Green Lake County

Not much for butterflies here even in areas with plenty of nectar sources. Anyone have any idea what the insect in the photo is?

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Jul 27 2008

Ann Thering

Iowa County

Late in the day.

Jul 27 2008

Thomas Schultz

Location: My home, on my prairie restoration -- between Green Lake and Princeton.
Green Lake County

★ = New county photo record

Jul 28 2008

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Lake Farm Park near Madison
Dane County

These are the first viceroys that I've seen this year. Two were locked in a mating flight.

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Jul 28 2008

Mike Reese

Location: Peterson Creek Fishing Area
Portage County

Just checking out this area and saw a nice fresh Striped Hairstreak.

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Jul 29 2008

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

Quick outing at my house in late afternoon/evening. Township mowed many of wildflowers previously along roadside.

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Jul 29 2008

Tom Poklen

Location: Newport State Park
Door County

Fewer species than same time/place last year.

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Jul 30 2008

Ann Thering

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Jul 30 2008

Ann Thering

Location: My Back Yard
Dane County

Jul 30 2008

Mike Reese, David Reese

Location: Quincy Bluff SNA and area
Adams County

Many more mosquitoes and deer flies than butterflies! This Machimus sp. robberfly had captured an Autumn Meadowhawk and was flying with it when I saw it.

★ = New county photo record
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Jul 31 2008

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

This was a quick survey this evening. There were several skippers that were too worn to identify with certainty.

Jul 31 2008

Ann Thering

Location: Curtis Prairie
Dane County

Mosquitoes galore anywhere near shade. The Tawny Emperor was nectaring on monarda.