Butterfly sightings for April 2009

Apr 7 2009

Philip Schwarz

Location: Hoffman Hills - Menomonie
Dunn County

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

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

Apr 8 2009

Joyce Plunkett

Location: my yard, S of Ridgeland
Dunn County

First butterfly of the season for me - exciting!

Apr 8 2009

Jim Otto

Location: Black River State Forest
Jackson County

There is still a few bits of snow in shaded areas along the south side of some roads.

Apr 8 2009

Jim Otto

Location: Meadow Valley State Wildlife Area
Juneau County

Apr 9 2009

Philip Schwarz

Location: Red Cedar Trail Menomonie, WI
Dunn County

Apr 9 2009

Judith Huf

Location: Havenwoods State Forest
Milwaukee County

Lovely warm and sunny day. My first Wisconsin butterflies of the year. The Cabbage White was a big surprise.

Apr 9 2009

Philip Schwarz

Location: Canadian Hill Farm 8 miles west of Menomonie
Dunn County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

Apr 9 2009

Ann Thering

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Also saw my first Festive Tiger Beetle of the year.

Apr 9 2009

Sarie Doverspike

Location: Westfield, WI
Marquette County

Today I observed two Mourning Cloak Butterflies! What a great sign of spring! Paired with that were the sounds of "peepers" in the wetlands nearby.

Apr 9 2009

Daniel Jackson

Location: Hixon Forest, La Crosse
La Crosse County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

Apr 9 2009

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: UW-Madison Lakeshore Path
Dane County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 9 2009

Ann Thering

Location: Tower Hill State Park
Iowa County

Apr 10 2009

Phil Peterson

Location: Manomin Lake
Waupaca County

Among the grasses on the wooded shore of the lake.

Apr 10 2009

Randy Krause

Location: Arlington Township
Columbia County

Apr 10 2009

Mike Reese

Location: Suicide Hill area, Wautoma
Waushara County

Apr 11 2009

Wayne Anderson

Location: Lake Emily
Portage County

Also saw a half dozen Cicindela purpurea here and about a dozen at the Custer site.

Apr 11 2009

Joan Braune

Location: Madison - my backyard
Dane County

My first butterfly sighting of the year!

Apr 11 2009

Ann Thering

Location: Sauk City area
Sauk County

Toothwort and Hepatica just starting to bloom, Pasque flower in bloom, Dutchman's breeches in bud.

Apr 11 2009

Mike Reese

Location: Meadow Valley Wildlife Area
Juneau County

Not a lot of butterflies, but I did get distracted by the trailing arbutus. I also picked up my first deer tick of the year!

Trailing arbutus

Trailing arbutus

Apr 11 2009

Susan Mayer

Location: Bruce
Rusk County

Not sure but I think this is an Eastern Comma.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

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

Apr 11 2009

Ron Arnold

Location: woods in the town of Seneca
Wood County

My first butterfly of the year.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 11 2009

Ryan Brady

Location: My house in the Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

My first butterflies of the season, amidst patchy snow cover. Not a bad start!

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

★ = New county photo record

Apr 11 2009

Mary Kenosian

Location: Trempeleau Natl Wildlife Refuge
Trempealeau County

This was one of several which we saw in Trempeauleau Nat'l Wildlife and Perrot State Park

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

Apr 12 2009

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

When it rains it pours...beautiful day and butterflies galore.

Apr 12 2009

Wayne Anderson

Location: Dewey Marsh Shooting Range
Portage County

Second butterfly this year

Apr 12 2009

Jeff Gruber

Location: Spring Green Preserve SNA
Sauk County

Found just off rock outcrop at top of steep bluff prairie. Windy day, slightly cool.

This is the first time I have seen this butterfly in the wild. One of my favs.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Apr 12 2009

Craig Ellefson

Location: Ableman's Gorge in Rock Springs
Sauk County

Apr 12 2009

Philip Schwarz

Location: Ice Age Trail near Loch Lomond
Barron County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

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

Apr 12 2009

Philip Schwarz

Location: Ice Age Trail near Loch Lomond
Barron County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

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

Apr 13 2009

Daniel Peterson

Location: Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
Juneau County

Apr 14 2009

Andy Paulios

Location: 4622 Yahara Dr. McFarland, WI
Dane County

My first ever for my yard.

Apr 14 2009

David Reese

Location: Suicide Hill, just north of Wautoma
Waushara County

Probably the same individuals I saw *4 weeks ago* now. Ready to see something new...

Apr 14 2009

Adrian Konell

Location: Lake Township
Marinette County

Apr 14 2009

Tod Highsmith

Location: East side Madison in my backyard
Dane County

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Apr 14 2009

Ann Thering

Location: Pheasant Branch
Dane County

Two gartersnakes as well.

Apr 14 2009

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

My lifer Satyr Commas! Lots of woodland butterflies on the forest roads again today.

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

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

Apr 15 2009

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Lake Farm Park near Madison
Dane County

Apr 15 2009

Wayne Anderson

Location: Hwy 10 west / Wildlife Habitate Area Project
Portage County

Checking on the Fox Snake Hibernacle, most snakes dispersed but noticed the Spring Azure just brought a smile and the start of the season.

Apr 15 2009

Mike Reese, David Reese

Location: North of Mount Morris
Waushara County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 16 2009

Ann Thering

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Lots of Festive and Oblique-lined tiger beetles, other cool beetles, and grasshoppers. Very little rock cress right now.

Apr 16 2009

Ron Arnold

Location: wooded area along Brown Street in Wisconsin Rapids
Wood County

I stopped here late today after work. Two of the Mourning Cloaks kept perching on my hat.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Ronus arnoldus with Mourning Cloak

Ronus arnoldus with Mourning Cloak

Apr 16 2009

Mike Reese

Location: Wautoma area
Waushara County

No Olympia Marbles here yet. The pasque flowers are nearly at their peak.

Apr 16 2009

Joan Braune

Location: UW Arboretum
Dane County

Apr 16 2009

Ryan Brady

Location: Long Lake Picnic Area, west of Washburn
Bayfield County

Still quite a bit of snow here, with the lake mostly iced over yet. Not much seen during quick visit over lunch hour.

Apr 17 2009

Mike Reese

Location: North of Mount Morris
Waushara County

I am always hopeful heading out that I will see something new for the year, but the snow still present along the south side of roads here, shows that it is still plenty early.

Apr 17 2009

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Devil's Lake and Natural Bridge
Sauk County

Apr 17 2009

Wayne Anderson

Location: Dewey Marsh Area
Portage County

64 degrees lots of bumble flower beetles (Euphoria inda) one day flying moth.

Apr 18 2009

Mike Reese, David Reese

Location: Necedah NWR, Meadow Valley Wildlife Area
Juneau County

I didn't know what Euphoria inda was until Wayne's post yesterday, but we saw one today at Necedah.

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Euphoria inda

Euphoria inda

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

Apr 18 2009

Craig Ellefson

Location: Sugar River Bike Trail near Brodhead
Green County

Apr 18 2009

Dan Mullen

Location: South Milwaukee Grant Park
Milwaukee County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

Apr 18 2009

Ron Arnold

Location: woods in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Apr 21 2009

Kathleen Krause

Location: Border of LaGrange and Town of Troy
Walworth County

☆ = New county sighting record

Apr 21 2009

Dan Foster

Location: Germantown
Washington County

Spotted this weather-worn Mourning Cloak on one of my apple trees. A very brief encounter before it flew off.

Apr 22 2009

Mike Reese

Location: North of Mount Morris
Waushara County

After a few cold days I couldn't help but look for the first Henry's Elfin of the year.

Apr 24 2009

Kathleen Krause

Location: border of LaGrange and Town of Troy
Walworth County

Apr 24 2009

Judith Huf

Location: Carlisle Ave, Whitefish Bay, WI
Milwaukee County

Saw a single Monarch on my street about 1:30 pm today (my first one of the year).

Apr 24 2009

Mike Reese

Location: Mount Morris area
Waushara County

Also saw my first Common Green Darner of the year.

Apr 24 2009

Ron Arnold

Location: wooded area along Brown Street in Wisconsin Rapids
Wood County

81 degrees out today and a few hours of sunshine at just the right time. Brown Street is my best spot for Spring Azures and Henry's Elfins.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 25 2009

Phil Peterson

Location: Manomin Lake
Waupaca County

In a mixed forest next to the lake.

Apr 28 2009

Ann Thering

Location: Several spots along Wisconsin River
Iowa County

I also saw a Green Darner dragonfly, and a duskywing, either a Wild Indigo or Columbine.

Apr 28 2009

Marcie O'Connor

Location: the driveway of our farm
Buffalo County

My first sighting of a Spring Azure for the year.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

Apr 28 2009

Daniel Gomez-Ibanez

Location: Madison Cherokee Marsh
Dane County

Mourning Cloak sighted on a wooded hill in Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park (North Marsh)

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak