Butterfly sightings for October 2010

Oct 1 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Farm
Marquette County

First Male Common Checkered-Skipper. Saw the female on Sept 21.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Oct 1 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: Empty lot at NE corner of intersection of Mason Street and Hwy 35 in Onalaska.
La Crosse County

Oct 1 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

A warm and sunny day with a surprising number of butterflies. All the individuals that I got good looks at looked to be new and none were tattered or worn.

Oct 1 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My garden.
Marquette County

First time I ever recognized a Checkered White.
I probably saw more that day, but didn't start keeping records until 10/4.

Checkered White

Checkered White

Checkered White

Checkered White

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

Oct 2 2010

Ron Arnold

Location: my yard in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Oct 3 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area
Rock County

Cloudy and cool still at 1:30, but the sun gradually appeared for longer periods of time and the butterflies were nectaring on the still abundant asters.

Oct 3 2010

Esjay and K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Cold morning, and just two hours on the meadows.

Oct 3 2010

Peter Fissel

Location: Horicon SWA - Northern Rd.
Dodge County

Cool but sunny - both species seen along a gravel road in a sheltered spot

Oct 3 2010

Ron Arnold

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

Oct 4 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: Fishermen's Road on east side of La Crosse Airport
La Crosse County

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Oct 4 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My gardens, meadow and neighboring garden..
Marquette County

Sulpher, white, copper and buckeye are all minimum numbers.

Oct 4 2010

Kathy Novey

Location: Gravel road in valley of Mississippi bluffs
Crawford County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

★ = New county photo record

Oct 5 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My gardens, meadow and neighbors flower garden
Marquette County

Another great day to be watching and photographing.

Oct 5 2010

Esjay and K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Cold start but warm in afternoon. Few nectar sources remain. Very little puddling going on.

Oct 6 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Cold in the morning, but by 11am it had become quite sunny and warm. That was when I began to notice a few butterflies mostly feeding on the fall asters.

Oct 6 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My gardens, meadow and neighbors flower garden.
Marquette County

Mating pair of Northern Crescents!!!

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

★ = New county photo record

Oct 7 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My gardens, meadow and neighbors flower garden
Marquette County

Temps: 48 overnight and 77 Oct 7

Oct 7 2010

Jeff Raflik

Location: Marsh Haven Nature Center - Hwy 49, three miles east of Waupun
Fond du Lac County

70 degrees and sunny. The Buckeye only landed on the gravel trail, no matter how many times it was flushed. I never saw any of the Whites or Sulphurs land, on the numorous Daisies, or the few Asters that were left

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Oct 7 2010

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, McKee Park
Dane County

Sunny, mid-70s. Beautiful afternoon.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Oct 8 2010

Mike Reese

Location: George Sorensen County Park
Waushara County

Ken Tennessen found the Citrine Forktails here earlier in September and I checked to see if they were still here and was surprised to find a newly emerged male and female.

Citrine Forktail

Citrine Forktail

Citrine Forktail

Citrine Forktail

Oct 8 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Various sites around Tomah
Monroe County

Found the Fiery Skipper at the edge of Lake Tomah in Winnebago Park. It was the only butterfly I saw in the park.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

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

Oct 8 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My gardens, meadow and neighbors flower garden
Marquette County

Temps: 42 overnight and 79 during the day.

Oct 8 2010

Aaron Carlson

Location: SW part of Menomonie
Dunn County

Observed on cultivated pitcher plants (Sarracenia)

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Oct 8 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Another warm and sunny day. All the butterflies looked fresh and new except for the American Lady which was very battered and worn.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 8 2010

Douglas Buege

Location: Warner Park, Madison
Dane County

Oct 8 2010

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Verona, Badger Prairie Park
Dane County

Sunny and upper 70s. In addition to 2 species of butterflies I saw a cool grasshopper and an autumn meadowhawk.

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

grasshopper

grasshopper

Autumn Meadowhawk

Autumn Meadowhawk

Oct 8 2010

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Verona, Prairie Moraine Park
Dane County

Sunny and upper 70s. This is a dog park with very nice trails, just south of Verona off Hwy PB. I decided to take a walk there and see if by chance I'd see any butterflies. Saw a few. Unfortunately a dog scared away the silver-spotted skipper before I could take a photo.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 9 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My gardens, meadow and neighbors flower garden
Marquette County

Temps: 53 overnight and 80 during the day.

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Oct 9 2010

Ryan Brady

Location: My house off Wanabo Rd. west of Washburn
Bayfield County

I believe the latest Monarch I've ever seen here.

Oct 9 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Avoca Wildlife Area
Iowa County

A definite lack of butterflies despite 80 degree temps.

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Oct 9 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Stopped to possibly see a Splendid Tiger Beetle, but I didn't see any tiger beetles at all.

Oct 9 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: New Amsterdam Sand Prairie, Old NA 1 mile west of Hwy 53, Holmen, Wi
La Crosse County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

American Lady

American Lady

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

peck

peck

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

Oct 9 2010

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, McKee Park
Dane County

Sunny and 85! Lots of asters in McKee Park.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

clouded

clouded

Monarch

Monarch

Sachem

Sachem

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sachem

Sachem

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Oct 9 2010

Ron Arnold

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

This was a new late date for me for an American Copper. Judging by the shape it was in, it looks like a late date for this individual as well.

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

American Copper

American Copper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Oct 10 2010

Mike Anderson

Location: Fontana
Walworth County

I visited a small nature park in Fontana, at 600 Main St. behind St. Benedict's Catholic Church several times this summer. I had taken some fantastic photos of Monarchs, Whites & Sulphers a few weeks before. I came across this Common Buckeye, who was willing to pose for about 10 minutes. I got some great shots of him before he flew south.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Oct 10 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Havenwoods State Forest
Milwaukee County

Not many butterflies despite the warm and sunny weather and the abundance of asters.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Oct 10 2010

Mike Reese

Location: various locations in the western/central part of the county.
Waushara County

Mostly city parks in Wautoma, Plainfield, Hancock, and Plainfield.

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Oct 10 2010

Ryan Brady

Location: My house off Wanabo Rd west of Washburn
Bayfield County

Beautiful weather but most leaves off trees now and nectar sources very few and far between.

Oct 10 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My gardens, meadow and neighbors flower garden
Marquette County

Temps: 48 overnight and 80 during the day.

Oct 10 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: Kickapoo River from Ontario to Bridge 5 below Wildcat Mountain State Park
Vernon County

☆ = New county sighting record

Oct 10 2010

Ron Arnold

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

The pair of Whooping Cranes was back this year, and they were able to successfully raise a chick. The photo of all 3 was taken while they were feeding in my neighbor's corn field.

Monarch

Monarch

Whooping Cranes

Whooping Cranes

Oct 10 2010

Jeff Raflik

Location: Marsh Haven Nature Center - Hwy 49, Three miles East of Waupun
Fond du Lac County

The Monarch and the one White that I photographed are the only butterflies that landed on flowers. The Buckeye was landing on the gravel trail, but couldn't sit still for more than two seconds at a time. I'll have to do some research to ID the Leafhopper.

Monarch

Monarch

Graphocephala sp.

Graphocephala sp.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Oct 11 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My gardens, meadow and neighbors flower garden
Marquette County

Temps: 52 overnight and 72 during the day.

Oct 11 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: New Amsterdam Sand Prairie. North side of Old NA about 1 mile west of Hwy 53
La Crosse County

Oct 12 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My garden and meadow.
Marquette County

Temps: 48 overnight and 75.
White Heath Aster is all that is left to draw butterflies. I can only guess that the large abdomened Gray was the female. The other 2 hung around pretty close.

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

White M Hairstreak

White M Hairstreak

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

Oct 12 2010

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, McKee Park
Dane County

Sunny and upper 70s. Lots of skippers today.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Oct 13 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My garden & meadow
Marquette County

Temps: 51 overnight and 60 in the afternoon.
Colder daytime temps = fewer fliers.
Those I did see let me get close.

Oct 14 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Meadow
Marquette County

Temps: 40 overnight and 66 in the afternoon.
Purple Asters were the draw there.
Comma, Whites, and 1 of the Milberts were 3 miles S of Westfield in a friends front yard.

Oct 14 2010

Andy Paulios

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Oct 14 2010

Stan Rehm

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Very desert-like, especially re butterflies.

Congratulations, Mike (and everyone), on >1,000 sightings reported this year!

Oct 15 2010

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: 4 miles north of Fall Creek
Eau Claire County

On a sandy patch very close to the Eau Claire River.

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

★ = New county photo record

Oct 15 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My meadow.
Marquette County

Temps: 40 overnight and 68 in the afternoon.

Oct 15 2010

Joan Braune

Location: Merrimac Preserve
Sauk County

Oct 15 2010

Mike Reese

Location: western part of county
Waushara County

An hour after work.

Oct 16 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My meadow
Marquette County

Temps: 23 overnight and 70 in the afternoon.
First time watching two Am. Coppers come together and mate. After joining they landed on the napping cat. He awoke as I approached which spooked them before a picture could be taken.

Oct 16 2010

Tod Highsmith

Location: East Side Madison
Dane County

Oct 16 2010

Ron Arnold

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

I wasn't expecting to see very much today and I didn't until I reached my patch of Asters. The Copper, Hairstreak, and Swallowtail were unexpected. All 3 set new late dates for me, with the Swallowtail being more than 2 months later than previously! The Hairstreak was my first in 3 years and these are my first photos of the Gray Hairstreak. The Monarch was seen in Wisconsin Rapids. I also picked up 2 more Deer Ticks, setting a new season high for me.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

American Copper

American Copper

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

★ = New county photo record

Oct 16 2010

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: 3 miles South of Westfield on County M
Marquette County

Temps: 23 overnight and 70 in the afternoon.
Purple Asters.

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Oct 16 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Fitchburg, McKee Park
Dane County

Very windy and tough to get photos, but I was glad to see the Sachems. I had at least three, but possibly four males.

Sachem

Sachem

Yellow Collared Scape Moth

Yellow Collared Scape Moth

Sachem

Sachem

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Sachem

Sachem

Oct 16 2010

Bob Ring

Location: Darboy
Outagamie County

Oct 17 2010

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Black Earth
Dane County

Oct 17 2010

Tod Highsmith

Location: Table Bluff section of Ice Age Trail
Dane County

Oct 17 2010

Cindy Donegan

Location: Chiwaukee Prairie
Kenosha County

Spotted several male and female Ruby Meadowhawks, a rather ragged Buckeye, Orange Sulphurs and a Variegated Fritillary visiting some small asters which were still in bloom. The majority of the wild sunflowers are now past the blooming stage and are attracting gold finch to the seed heads.

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

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

Oct 17 2010

Ryan Brady

Location: My house off Wanabo Rd. west of Washburn
Bayfield County

Oct 17 2010

Heidi Hughes

Location: county M and the Chippewa River State Trail
Pepin County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Yellow-collared Scape moth

Yellow-collared Scape moth

Oct 17 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Boerner Botanical Gardens
Milwaukee County

Butterflies were scarce despite lots of nectar sources still available. All Fiery Skippers were fresh. The Chickadee tried to eat a moth that I was attempting to photograph and then decided it was easier to eat the fruit off this tree.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Chickadee

Chickadee

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 18 2010

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Madison, Nesbitt Road
Dane County

Upper 50s and sunny, late morning. Went to my vet's office to buy cat food, checked out some aster bushes outside the building, and found 2 fiery skippers and 2 cabbage whites.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Oct 19 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: Fishermen's Road, La Crosse
La Crosse County

Oct 20 2010

Peter Fissel

Location: Kohler-Andrae State Park
Sheboygan County

☆ = New county sighting record

Oct 20 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: Veteran's Memorial Park, West Salem
La Crosse County

Oct 20 2010

Ann Thering

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Oct 22 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Wautoma
Waushara County

1 female Fiery Skipper. Little to no nectar sources left in natural areas.

Oct 22 2010

Heidi Hughes

Location: Durand - Tarrant Park & chippewa River State Trail
Pepin County

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

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

Oct 25 2010

Ann Thering

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Oct 25 2010

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, McKee Park
Dane County

A few peaks of sun, but the day was mostly cloudy. Quite a few asters still around with lots of bees nectaring. The clouded sulphurs were flying around and/or landing on the grass, but not going to the asters.

bumble bee

bumble bee

Oct 30 2010

Diane Milson

Location: My home on Cty S in Oconto
Oconto County

It was sunning itself on the house.

☆ = New county sighting record

Oct 30 2010

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg butterfly garden
Dane County

The first butterfly in a week was a VERY surprising one. Perhaps its coloration helped it fly on this 53-degree but very sunny morning.

Funereal Duskywing

Funereal Duskywing

Oct 30 2010

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Brooklyn segment Ice Age Trail
Dane County

Sulphurs everywhere along the sunny trails. One landed on my vest and stayed awhile.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 30 2010

Bob Ring

Location: Near High Cliff State Park marina
Calumet County

A lone Monarch came and explored the prairie in hopes of finding some nectar. He fed for an hour from an aster plant that is barely flowering.