Butterfly sightings for March 2010

Mar 6 2010

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

It was sunny and in the 40's today. I considered going out in the woods, but had too much else to do. I was working outside on my van and saw a butterfly shadow on the garage door. A few moments later I saw the Tortoiseshell. It disappeared over the roof of the garage and that was the last I saw of it.

Mar 14 2010

Marcie O'Connor

Location: our farm - near Praag - central Buffalo County
Buffalo County

Beautiful day - I saw about a dozen Infant Moths (Archiearis infans) as well as the butterflies.

Infant Moth (Archiearis infans)

Infant Moth (Archiearis infans)

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mar 14 2010

Bob Ninneman

Location: Oma township
Iron County

mid afternoon along a woodland trail near the Montreal river

☆ = New county sighting record

Mar 14 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: Town of Hamburg about 1/4 mile S of Chaseburg
Vernon County

Mar 14 2010

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor township
La Crosse County

Sunny, and temp. in low sixties, butterfly was taking off and landing on edge of gravel drive. Tall dead grasses near by.

Mar 14 2010

Mike Reese, David Reese, Steven Reese

Location: Suicide hill north of Wautoma
Waushara County

Sunny and 60 degrees.

Mar 15 2010

Marcie O'Connor

Location: our farm - central Buffalo County near Praag
Buffalo County

Another warm day with even more butterflies.

Mar 15 2010

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor Twonship
La Crosse County

Mar 15 2010

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake Wildlife Area
Burnett County

It was along a gravel road. I saw one yesterday at Crex Meadows but could not positively confirm it.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

Mar 16 2010

Laurie Cieszynski

Location: my front yard. I live across from the school woods.
Winnebago County

I was sitting watching for new birds and the mourning cloak flew right past my nose! Pretty exciting. Seems early but I guess that is typical of this one.

Mar 16 2010

Ann Thering

Location: Ice Age Trail
Dane County

Mar 16 2010

Stan Rehm

Location: Lacy Heights subdivision, Fitchburg
Dane County

We see Mourning Cloaks at the edge of our woods every spring, but this is the earliest we can remember encountering one.

Mar 16 2010

Anna

Location: Greenwood Township, south of Hillsboro
Vernon County

60* & sunny sitting on the driveway

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Mar 17 2010

Stan Rehm

Location: Nakoma neighborhood, Madison
Dane County

My wife and I were driving at ~noon today (60 degrees, sunny), when we both saw a Cabbage White fluttering across Yuma Road (just west of the Arboretum). If this had been midsummer, we would not have been surprised, but to see it in mid-March was truly startling.

Mar 17 2010

Tina Ellis

Location: Green Bay
Brown County

☆ = New county sighting record

Mar 17 2010

Elizabeth Rogers

Location: Brule Creek Bridge, Cary Dam Road, Nicolet NF
Forest County

Flying around under the bridge by the creek and then on the snowbanks and damp gravel.

Mar 18 2010

Heidi Hughes

Location: Chippewa River State Trail
Pepin County

near County Rd M

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

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

Mar 18 2010

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor Township
La Crosse County

Mar 21 2010

Tod Highsmith and Joan Braune

Location: Edna Taylor Conservation Park, Monona
Dane County

Mar 21 2010

Peter Fissel

Location: Observatory Hill SNA
Marquette County

Mar 21 2010

Dan Jackson

Location: Town of Hamburg about 1/4 mile S of Chaseburg
Vernon County

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mar 23 2010

Joan Braune

Location: Madison
Dane County

I saw both species while driving from the east side of Madison to the west side.

Mar 23 2010

David Reese

Location: Suicide hill north of Wautoma
Waushara County

I added these to David's sighting because I didn't see any butterflies, but I did see the earliest Pasque Flowers that I have documented. These were seen off County C, east of Wautoma. -- Mike

Pasque Flower

Pasque Flower

Pasque Flower

Pasque Flower

Mar 28 2010

Kim Stephens

Location: Scout Lake Park, Greendale, WI
Milwaukee County

I saw one Mourning Cloak Butterfly in a calm, sunny area on oak leaf litter along the walking path. By the time I went to get my camera, it was gone. Other walkers said they had seen one farther along on the path.

Mar 28 2010

Marcie O'Connor

Location: our farm - near Praag - central Buffalo County
Buffalo County

Mar 30 2010

Ron Arnold

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

Windy today. I stopped here after work.

Mar 31 2010

David Reese

Location: Suicide hill, north of Wautoma
Waushara County

Looks like this one barely made it through the winter!

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Mar 31 2010

David Reese

Location: Madison, just off Dickenson Street
Dane County

Very fresh! Just a baby.