Butterfly sightings for August 2009

Aug 1 2009

Rose Tiegs

Location: Buzz Besadny Fishery, Kewaunee
Kewaunee County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

European Skipper

European Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

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

Aug 1 2009

Mike Reese

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

Very windy and mostly cloudy

Aug 1 2009

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Cherokee Marsh
Dane County

Aug 2 2009

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Aug 2 2009

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Aldo Lepold Nature Center, Monona
Dane County

The swamp milkweed was alive with huge black Sphex wasps and Great Golden Digger Wasps, which greatly outnumbered all butterflies. Also a number of Slender Spreadwing damselflies.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Slender Spreadwing

Slender Spreadwing

Aug 2 2009

Sharon Morgan

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

I had 3 sightings of the Monarch today...it was chilly this morning and quite windy.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Aug 2 2009

Wayne Anderson

Location: Buena Vista Area
Portage County

All male regal fritillaries and all chasing monarchs.

Aug 2 2009

Mike Reese

Location: Rocky Run Oak Savanna SNA
Columbia County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Band-winged Meadowhawk

Band-winged Meadowhawk

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

★ = New county photo record

Aug 2 2009

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Faville Grove Sanctuary
Jefferson County

Windy, lots of nectar sources but not many butterflies.

Aug 3 2009

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Stricker's Pond, Middleton, WI
Dane County

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Aug 3 2009

Mike Reese

Location: Greenwood Refuge
Waushara County

There was lots of nectar sources but no butterflies except for the Monarchs. It was very windy so I spent some time watching the pennants flapping in the wind.

Halloween Pennant

Halloween Pennant

Calico Pennant

Calico Pennant

Aug 3 2009

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: 9 Springs Eway
Dane County

I may have seen a viceroy too but wasn't certain.

Aug 3 2009

Wayne Anderson

Location: dyke 17
Jackson County

also seen in Jackson Co. a Goshawk with snake. Traveling home through Wood Co. Wildlife area a Trumpeter Swan and Double Crested Cormorant where of note. A trip to Jackson Co Wildlife Area alo uncovered a Cicindela lepida on Mekan Road.

Aug 3 2009

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor township
La Crosse County

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Aug 4 2009

Mike Reese

Location: Avoca Wildlife Area
Iowa County

Scouting trip for the field trip on Saturday. Eastern Pondhawk female was eating an American Copper.

Eastern Pondhawk

Eastern Pondhawk

★ = New county photo record

Aug 4 2009

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: UW Madison Library Mall
Dane County

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 4 2009

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Wingra Creek, Madison, Wisconsin
Dane County

More dragonflies and damselflies than butterflies today.

Blue Dasher

Blue Dasher

Aug 4 2009

Ann Thering

Location: Back Yard
Dane County

Aug 5 2009

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor township
La Crosse County

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aug 5 2009

Mike Reese

Location: Emmons Creek Fishery Area
Portage County

Many very fresh Karner Blues.

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Aug 5 2009

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, private property
Dane County

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

★ = New county photo record

Aug 5 2009

Tom Poklen

Location: The Ridges Nature Sanctuary, Bailey's Harbor
Door County

A couple of Hine's Emeralds still around! Never get tired of Dorcas Coppers on cinquefoils. The Ridges is a wonderful place.

Hine's Emerald

Hine's Emerald

Dorcas Copper

Dorcas Copper

Black Dash

Black Dash

Mustard White

Mustard White

★ = New county photo record

Aug 6 2009

Esjay Anderson

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Only covered 1/3 of usual trip.

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

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

Aug 6 2009

Ann Thering

Location: Amnicon Lake area
Douglas County

Green Comma

Green Comma

★ = New county photo record

Aug 6 2009

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, private property
Dane County

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 6 2009

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor township
La Crosse County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 6 2009

Mike Reese

Location: Wazee Area
Jackson County

Dry, with much less Liatris in bloom than in other years. The tiger beetle and robber fly were seen in eastern Jackson County.

Stichopogon trifasciatus

Stichopogon trifasciatus

Ghost Tiger Beetle

Ghost Tiger Beetle

American Copper

American Copper

Aug 8 2009

Ryan Brady

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

My first-ever N. Broken-Dash. First Harvesters in a while...

Harvester

Harvester

Harvester

Harvester

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

Monarch

Monarch

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

★ = New county photo record

Aug 8 2009

Larry Tonge

Location: Chilton
Calumet County

I found this one in my yard

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

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

Aug 8 2009

Mike Reese, Karl & Dorothy Legler, Ann Thering, Dave Eide

Location: Avoca Wildlife Area
Iowa County

This was a SWBA field Trip.

Aug 9 2009

Susan Mayer

Location: Section 35 T35N-R8W open fields
Rusk County

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 9 2009

Craig Ellefson

Location: Decatur Lake boat launch and service road
Green County

I wasn't expecting to find a harvester today.

Harvester

Harvester

★ = New county photo record

Aug 9 2009

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Fitchburg
Dane County

Aug 9 2009

Bill Benner

Location: Jersey Flats Prairie
Fond du Lac County

A mostly cloudy day, deteriorating into showers in the afternoon. Beautiful coppery-disked and brightly-spangled Aphrodite Fritillaries in Wisconsin! compared to our Massachusetts variety.

Aug 9 2009

Bill Benner

Location: Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area
Dodge County

Mostly cloudy with intermittent showers and thunderstorms.

Aug 9 2009

Ryan Brady

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

Nice weekend with 28 species overall

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Mustard White

Mustard White

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Aug 10 2009

Bill Benner

Location: Wehr Nature Center
Milwaukee County

A beautiful sunny day, with good numbers of butterflies; the savannah habitat was the most diverse and productive for butterflies today.

Aug 10 2009

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, private property
Dane County

Surrounded by butterflies today! Also saw several hummingbird clearwing moths. Interesting how they hover.

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 10 2009

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Olbrich Gardens
Dane County

Aug 10 2009

Bill Benner

Location: Boerner Botanical Gardens
Milwaukee County

Later afternoon and early evening of a beautiful day. I also saw at least one, and maybe two, emperor(s) in the top of the large hackberry tree near the annual garden. However, it stayed only in the treetop and never landed where I could ID it as Tawny vs. Hackberry Emperor.

Aug 11 2009

Bill Benner

Location: The Ridges Sanctuary
Door County

A cloudy, cool day, but enough warmth to allow the Dorcas Coppers to sit out and bask. Many of these were worn, but a few were quite fresh. Beautiful! I also saw 10 browns, but I am not going to report them all as to species, since some seemed to be Appalachian, but many were not seen well, and some could have been Eyed.

Aug 11 2009

Ann Thering

Location: Newark Road
Rock County

Aug 13 2009

Jeff Raflik

Location: The end of Ledge Road, in Horicon Marsh NWR
Dodge County

All 3 species were in a 5-foot strip of vegitation between the gravel road, and the water. The Coppers and the Viceroy were very easy to photograph... all the super close-ups that I wanted, for over an hour, and were still there when I left.

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Viceroy

Viceroy

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

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

Aug 13 2009

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: East Dubuque area
Grant County

We looked and looked for butterflies but could not find any -- until I noticed the Tawny Emperor sitting on Dorothy's hat!
The Juniper Hairstreak was nectaring on Queen Anne's Lace

Aug 13 2009

Jerry Miller

Location: Morning Glory Lane, Beloit
Rock County

In the front on the house , actually on the porch.

Aug 14 2009

Esjay Anderson

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Butterfly numbers were very low.

Aug 14 2009

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, private property
Dane County

Today the silver-spotted skippers were everywhere, sometimes sitting on flowers that were 6 inches from where I was standing and not being bothered a bit. Quite amazing.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 14 2009

K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

I only saw this one on scat on the road.

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Aug 15 2009

J. Simon

Location: Madison, Cherokee Marsh
Dane County

Prairie areas were crazy with butterflies. Blazing star in particular was swarming with monarchs.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 15 2009

Susan Mayer

Location: Section 35 T35N-R8W swamp
Rusk County

Very small butterfly.

American Copper

American Copper

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

Aug 15 2009

Mike Reese

Location: Quincy Bluffs SNA, northern trail to Lone Rock
Adams County

Polygala cruciata

Polygala cruciata

Lepidiphora

Lepidiphora

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

Aug 15 2009

Ron Arnold

Location: my property and surrounding property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Aug 16 2009

Ryan Brady

Location: My new house off Wanabo Road west of Washburn
Bayfield County

I recently moved and am enjoying the American Coppers at my new house. These are the first decent photographs I've gotten of this species, which is not common here in the northwoods.

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

Aug 16 2009

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Aug 18 2009

Mike Reese

Location: north of Blue River along the Wisconsin River
Grant County

Not a lot of butterflies but the ones I saw were nice surprises. The highlight for me was three lifer robber flies.

Diogmites platypterus

Diogmites platypterus

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Holcocephala

Holcocephala

Stichopogon argenteus

Stichopogon argenteus

★ = New county photo record

Aug 19 2009

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, private property
Dane County

Nice to see a variety of butterflies today. Also a chickweed geometer moth. They're very small and quick, so it's a treat to see one up close and get a photo.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Chickweed Geometer

Chickweed Geometer

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 19 2009

Sarah DeBraal

Location: Highwood Community, Edgerton
Rock County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 20 2009

Mike Reese

Location: S. of Coloma near Chafee Creek
Waushara County

There was occasional sun that didn't stay long but I went out to see if I could see my first Leonard's Skipper of the year. I succeeded in seeing the skipper, but I didn't expect to see a violet in bloom.

Aug 20 2009

Tod Highsmith

Location: Cherokee Marsh
Dane County

The monarchs were nectaring on blazing star -- a lovely sight.

Aug 22 2009

Rose Tiegs

Location: Navarino
Shawano County

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

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

Aug 22 2009

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

Back in cool Wisconsin after 3 weeks visiting family and butterflying in hot and humid Florida and Virginia.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Aug 22 2009

Mike Reese

Location: Buena Vista Wildlife Area
Portage County

Lots of nectar but few butterflies. The robber fly female was laying eggs in the blazing star.

Promachus vertebratus

Promachus vertebratus

Monarch

Monarch

Promachus fitchii

Promachus fitchii

Promachus vertebratus

Promachus vertebratus

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Aug 22 2009

Andy Paulios

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Aug 22 2009

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Verona, Badger Prairie Park
Dane County

Wasn't even looking for butterflies. Just driving through the park as a shortcut. There were 8 monarchs right near the road. A pleasant surprise.

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 22 2009

Tod Highsmith and Joan Braune

Location: Cherokee Marsh
Dane County

The monarchs and great spangleds were mostly in two different patches of rough blazing star -- I saw one flower head with six butterflies on it. Also saw our first migrating Common Nighthawks (a group of eight) of the fall.

Aug 23 2009

Esjay Anderson

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Slow until noon. Karner was worn and seemed very weak. Also seemed smaller than usual. One very worn Northern Broken Dash. Great spangled frits are really torn up. Leonards were abundant.

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

★ = New county photo record

Aug 23 2009

Conserve School Community Garden

Location: Land O Lakes, Conserve School Campus
Vilas County

American Lady

American Lady

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

Aug 23 2009

Mike Reese

Location: N. of Blue River along the Wisconsin River
Grant County

Still lots of Dainty Sulphurs.

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Diogmites platypterus

Diogmites platypterus

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Aug 23 2009

Ron Arnold

Location: my property and surrounding property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Lots of robbers today. The Buckeye is my first of the year.

Promachus vertebratus

Promachus vertebratus

Aug 23 2009

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Governor Dodge State Park
Iowa County

Aug 23 2009

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Lions Den Gorge, Grafton, WI
Ozaukee County

Viceroy

Viceroy

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Aug 24 2009

Andy Paulios

Location: Ericson Creek Bog (County Road A)
Douglas County

Small fritillary with white borders to wings, small dark triangles on base of hindwings and forewings.

Looked worn. Only butterfly that I saw!

Aug 26 2009

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Madison west side, Oakwood Village
Dane County

This was the first dark phased female I have seen this year.

Aug 28 2009

Mike Reese

Location: Greenwood Refuge
Waushara County

Two sunny hours in good habitat for Leonard's Skippers and Monarchs but saw none of them. I did see 20+ Proctacanthus milbertii including three mated pairs.

Proctacanthus milbertii

Proctacanthus milbertii

Aug 28 2009

Sharon Morgan

Location: Town of Menasha, my yard in the flowerbeds
Winnebago County

The butterfly's are moving so fast...it is a windy area here and I missed so much because I don't have time to properly identify them. I did catch a glimpse of a small light peach colored one just yesterday but it was gone too fast.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 28 2009

Judith Huf

Location: Pond at Harvey Rd and Wangsness Rd
Columbia County

I was at this pond to see the impressive numbers of migrating birds, but chanced upon my first Bronze Copper and first Least Skipper.

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

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

Aug 30 2009

Ron Arnold

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

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Green-striped Darner

Green-striped Darner

Aug 30 2009

Ron Arnold

Location: my property and surrounding property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Common Green Darner

Common Green Darner

Aug 30 2009

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor township
La Crosse County

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

★ = New county photo record

Aug 30 2009

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor Township
La Crosse County

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

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

Aug 30 2009

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Green Bay
Brown County