Butterfly sightings for May 2010

May 1 2010

Ann Thering

Location: My yard
Dane County

May 1 2010

Peter Fissel

Location: Mud Lake Wildlife Area
Columbia County

May 1 2010

Susan Mayer

Location: T35N R8W Section 35 swamp
Rusk County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

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

May 1 2010

Rose Tiegs

Location: Oneida,Wi. Home
Outagamie County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 1 2010

Jim Ebner

Location: Oconomowoc
Waukesha County

Painted Lady (V. cardui) in small but steady numbers daily May 1- May 3. These are very periodic and may represent an early, and sizeable migration to Wisconsin this season.

May 1 2010

Ron Arnold

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

May 1 2010

Lois Ballard

Location: Gas Station in Oshkosh
Winnebago County

We found a rather bedraggled Red Admiral at a gas station in Oshkosh, captured it and brought it to our cottage in Neshkoro where we gave it some black cherry kool-aid. It seemed to get rejuvenated and flew off. We saw it again the next day.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 1 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

On this beautiful sunny morning, I was out birding and was surprised by the number of butterflies feeding on the abundant dandelions. I was very sorry that I had not brought my camera along.

May 1 2010

Stan Rehm

Location: Lacy Heights subdivision, Fitchburg
Dane County

This Cabbage White was resting on mint after a courtship airdance with another. In addition to the BST and the Red Admiral there was one untyped sulphur and one Lady who didn't stop long enough for a spot count. All this in ~2 hours on a very windy day in a backyard butterfly garden; bodes well for the coming month.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

May 1 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Sohlberg Silver Lake SNA
Adams County

This area looked very similar to some of the Frosted Elfin habitat so I decided to check it out. No Frosteds but I was surprised by the 3 Persius Duskywings, including a female that I saw lay an egg on Lupine.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Persius Duskywing

Persius Duskywing

Persius Duskywing

Persius Duskywing

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

May 1 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Blue River Bluffs SNA
Grant County

2:30-4:30, cloudy and windy the entire two hours.

Columbine Duskywing

Columbine Duskywing

May 1 2010

Ann Thering

Location: Spring Green
Sauk County

May 2 2010

Mo Whalen with Dean Hansen

Location: Crex Meadows and north
Burnett County

Cool and windy, but a few butterflies were out. Some in the group saw hundreds of Clouded Sulphurs on flowering trees. Also saw an eastern hognose snake, very similar pose to Mike's.

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Eastern Hognose Snake

Eastern Hognose Snake

Mottled Duskywing

Mottled Duskywing

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

★ = New county photo record

May 2 2010

Susan Kenney

Location: Moely Prairie (PF Prairie), Prairie du Sac
Sauk County

Observed landing on pussy toes for 30 to 60 seconds.

May 2 2010

Craig Ellefson

Location: Decatur Lake Service Road in Brodhead
Green County

May 2 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Grant Park
Milwaukee County

I was surprised to see that other people in the state are not reporting the astonishing number of Red Admirals. Perhaps they are just down here in Milwaukee County. I was in a great field of dandelions in Grant Park and everywhere I looked there were dozens of Red Admirals. I tried to be conservative in my estimate that I entered into the species list but there may have been far more than the 50 that I have reported.

May 2 2010

Ryan Brady

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

My first Juvenal's Duskywing and Meadow Frits this spring. Also had my first Northern Barrens Tiger Beetles (C. patruela) of the year.

Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle

Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle

May 2 2010

Eric Howe

Location: Lulu Lake SNA
Walworth County

Casual observations while pulling garlic mustard, not all species reported.

May 2 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

Was looking for dragonflies and spotted a few butterflies while looking.

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

May 2 2010

Mike Reese

Location: off Brockway Rd. south of Castle Mound Rd.
Jackson County

Concentrating on the Frosted Elfins so much that I almost stepped on the snake.

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Persius Duskywing

Persius Duskywing

Eastern Hognose Snake

Eastern Hognose Snake

May 2 2010

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Cherokee Marsh
Dane County

Tod also saw a Powdered Dancer damselfly.

May 3 2010

Jeff Mroczek

Location: Kettle Moraine Lake, Dundee
Fond du Lac County

May 3 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Again good numbers of Am. Ladies and Red Admirals. One of the Admirals appeared to be laying eggs on Stinging Nettle.

American Lady

American Lady

May 4 2010

Susan Mayer

Location: Section 35 T35N R8W glade
Rusk County

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

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

May 4 2010

Kyle Johnson

Location: Turtle-Flambeau Peatland
Iron County

Came here hoping for Red-disked Alpines but yet again the season has moved forward, with the dozen Frigga seen in only about 30 minutes or less!

☆ = New county sighting record

May 4 2010

Ann Thering

Location: Mazomanie area
Dane County

Very, very windy.

May 4 2010

Ryan Brady

Location: Mud Lake Bog south of Beaver Lake
Ashland County

This is a nice bog but fairly heavily timbered and isolated from other boreal-like habitats. Couldn't turn up any bog specialists other than hordes of black flies!

May 4 2010

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest northwest of the town of Clam Lake
Bayfield County

Quick check of "Satyr Comma City" produced only 2 very worn Satyr Commas and no Greens. Had my first Mustard Whites and Cow Path Tiger Beetle (C. purpurea) of the year. The initial push of Red Admirals and American Ladies has solidly reached the northwoods now as well.

Mustard White

Mustard White

Cow Path Tiger Beetle

Cow Path Tiger Beetle

May 4 2010

Kyle Johnson

Location: Peatlands near Namekagon Lake
Bayfield County

More super early records from the north! Surprised not to find any Red-disked Alpines...habitat is superb.

☆ = New county sighting record

May 4 2010

Kyle Johnson

Location: Du Page Lake Peatland Complex N of Manitowish
Iron County

Finally a RDA after more than a little sweat. Freijas were worn. Short visit before storm fronts chased me out.

May 4 2010

Esjay

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Very windy. Temps were perfect! We saw more than we were able to ID as they blew by, carried by the winds!

Mottled Duskywing

Mottled Duskywing

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

May 4 2010

Jeff Mroczek

Location: Kettle Moraine Lake, Dundee
Fond du Lac County

May 5 2010

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Lion's Den Gorge - Grafton, WI
Ozaukee County

May 5 2010

Shane Schuelke

Location: My property. About 1 mile north of Symco, WI on East River Rd.
Waupaca County

Saw several Red Admirals while checking motion cameras back near Little Wolf River. Came back to house and saw one near my lilacs. Very windy today but was able to snap a photo.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record

May 5 2010

Kyle Johnson

Location: Gagen Bog (along railroad NE of town)
Oneida County

brief visit under mostly cloudy/windy conditions before storm front with few showers hit. All Freijas were females, but in OK shape still.

☆ = New county sighting record

May 5 2010

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Lake Marion, Mazomanie
Dane County

I saw several small orangish ones I couldn't properly ID.

May 6 2010

Jim Ebner

Location: Hwy 45 near Three lakes
Oneida County

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail. One example crossing hwy.

May 6 2010

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor township
La Crosse County

Hiked up to "Baldy" a goat hill on the farm. Saw these butterflies in and among wild raspberries and puccoon.

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

American Lady

American Lady

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Common Roadside-Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

Columbine Duskywing

Columbine Duskywing

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

May 6 2010

Ron Arnold

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

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record

May 8 2010

Shelley Meyer

Location: My Basement!!
Kenosha County

Imagine my husbands surprise, when he walked into the spare room in the basement, and saw a Swallowtail on the floor! We'll put him outside tomorrow.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

May 9 2010

Andy Paulios

Location: McFarland
Dane County

Seem to be really common around here this Spring.

May 9 2010

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor Township
La Crosse County

I came across these on a wooded trail on the ridge. There appeared to be two couples.

May 9 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

This is largely a negative report. That is after the large number of Am. Ladies and Red Admirals that I saw here in Milwaukee County at the beginning of the month, most of these butterflies have disappeared as mysteriously as they appeared.

May 9 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Solberg Silver Lake SNA
Adams County

I also saw one duskywing and my first Moccasin flower of the year.

Moccasin Flower

Moccasin Flower

★ = New county photo record

May 9 2010

Ryan Brady

Location: Moquah Barrens State Natural Area
Bayfield County

Peak or near-peak flight of Chryxus Arctics, despite some snow in shaded areas! Most were found clustered in five small areas. Saw lots of territorial disputes, one pair mating, and another individual just emerging. Also had my lifer Olympia Marble -- a rare find up here. What a gorgeous little butterfly!

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Chryxus Arctic

Chryxus Arctic

Chryxus Arctic

Chryxus Arctic

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

★ = New county photo record

May 9 2010

Susan Kenney

Location: Moely Prairie (PF Prairie), Prairie du Sac
Sauk County

May 9 2010

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Shopko garden center, West Towne, Madison
Dane County

Shopko must have nice blooming plants if it attracts butterflies.

May 10 2010

Ryan Brady

Location: Riley Lake area
Price County

I was here for some bird work (poor me, I know) and got in some butterflying. Unfortunately it was pretty disappointing as despite very good weather there was little flying. And none of the "bog specialties" I found provided even remotely satisfying views, let alone photos.

May 12 2010

Nick Anich

Location: Mathwig Rd. area
Vilas County

☆ = New county sighting record

May 14 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: Brockway Road
Jackson County

May 14 2010

Stan Rehm

Location: Owen Conservation Park
Dane County

Despite its large size (93 acres), Owen Conservation Park has very few pussytoes. In a 2-hour walk I found only 3 patches; fortunately two of those had American Lady eggs. I counted about a half-dozen eggs, but didn't examine the underside of leaves.

American Lady egg

American Lady egg

American Lady egg

American Lady egg

May 14 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Finally a sunny warm day. Had my first of the year Tiger Swallowtail.

American Lady

American Lady

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 14 2010

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg
Dane County

The red admiral was in the parking lot of Mounds Pet Food Warehouse. A nice surprise.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 14 2010

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Walking Iron Co. Park, Mazomanie
Dane County

May 15 2010

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Glacier Blue Hills Park, West Bend
Washington County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

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

May 15 2010

Kyle Johnson

Location: Lake of the Pines area peatland
Sawyer County

☆ = New county sighting record

May 15 2010

Nick Anich

Location: Wakefield Rd
Ashland County

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

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

May 15 2010

Cynthia Bridge

Location: Bass Hollow Recreation Area
Juneau County

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

★ = New county photo record

May 15 2010

Susan Mayer

Location: swamp path
Rusk County

The butterfly looked pretty battered up.

American Lady

American Lady

May 15 2010

Kyle Johnson

Location: Belden Swamp
Douglas County

Over one mile (one way) hike to get to the Freija habitat! Weather perhaps not good enough (plus late in the flight) to find Red-disked Alpines, but should be loaded here.

May 15 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Marinette County Beech Forest SNA
Marinette County

Not a lot of nectar sources here.

May 15 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Dunbar Barrens SNA
Marinette County

☆ = New county sighting record

May 15 2010

Rose Tiegs

Location: Hartman Creek State Park (Hartman Lake)
Waupaca County

American Copper

American Copper

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

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

May 15 2010

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor Township
La Crosse County

This butterfly was cruising over the long grass outside the barn and drew my attention. I wasn't really on a butterfly hunt. but here it was my first silver spotted skipper of the year!

May 15 2010

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Horicon Marsh
Dodge County

The Black Swallowtail was in the parking lot of the Bud Cook Hiking Area. The Red Admiral was on Northern Road.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 16 2010

Dean Hansen

Location: St. Joseph Twp, 4 miles east of Houlton
St. Croix County

In flight over old field (smooth brome) vegetation, first this season for me.

☆ = New county sighting record

May 16 2010

Craig Ellefson

Location: Decatur Lake Boat Launch
Green County

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

★ = New county photo record

May 16 2010

Craig Ellefson

Location: Magnolia Bluff County Park
Rock County

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

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

May 16 2010

Susan Mayer

Location: swamp path
Rusk County

Bluish Spring Moth (Lomographa semiclarata)

Bluish Spring Moth (Lomographa semiclarata)

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

May 16 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Nicholson Wildlife Refuge, 5 Mile Rd.
Racine County

Still more Red Admirals and Am. Ladies. Where are the other butterflies?

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 16 2010

Wayne Anderson

Location: Brockway Road
Jackson County

First day off in two weeks needed to get out and look for things. Scarlet Tanager, Trumpeter Swan nesting, Bobolink sighted. Loads of tiger beetles, C. formosa, C. scutellaris, C. sexguttata, C. tranquebarica also seen

May 16 2010

Ron Arnold

Location: Hiles Wetlands State Natural Area
Wood County

The Elfins were quite worn. This was the first time that I was used as a perch by a Harvester.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Harvester

Harvester

May 16 2010

Ron Arnold

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

There wasn't much happening here today. I was hoping to find some Silvery Blues and some Duskywings.

May 16 2010

Ron Arnold

Location: wooded property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

The sun came back out long enough for me to spot my first Meadow Frit of the year.

May 16 2010

Jeff Mroczek

Location: Kettle Moraine Lake, Dundee
Fond du Lac County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 16 2010

Nick Anich

Location: Head of Chequamegon Bay
Bayfield County

May 17 2010

Ron Arnold

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

May 17 2010

SWBA Field Trip

Location: Bauer-Brockway Barrens
Jackson County

13 butterfly watchers participated -- on a Monday! 25 species seen. (Also 10 unidentified E. Tiger/ Canadian Tiger Swallowtails.) The mated pair of Gorgone Checkerspots taken on Dave Hanson's shirt.

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

May 17 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike Trail below Lakeview restaurant, Onalaska, WI
La Crosse County

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

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

May 17 2010

Ryan Brady

Location: Near Little Muskeg Creek west of Iron River
Bayfield County

All casual observations made between 8-9 am while doing some bird survey work. My first Silver-bordered Fritillaries of the year.

May 17 2010

Susan Mayer

Location: swamp
Rusk County

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

May 17 2010

Nick Anich

Location: S Black Lake Rd
Ashland County

☆ = New county sighting record

May 17 2010

Nick Anich

Location: Stockfarm Rd just west of GG, bog S of Rd.
Ashland County

May 17 2010

K. Java

Location: County Road O landing on the St. Croix River
Burnett County

It was along a gravel road not too far from the river.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

★ = New county photo record

May 18 2010

Esjay

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Cold last week really impacted numbers. 2 yellow swallowtails, likely Canadian, not included in submission.

Dusted Skipper

Dusted Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

★ = New county photo record

May 18 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Plainfield TriCounty School Forest
Waushara County

I was surprised to see the robber fly,

Cyrtopogon lutatius

Cyrtopogon lutatius

May 18 2010

Judith Huf

Location: UW Arboretum
Dane County

I saw this lovely very small (smaller than a red Admiral) butterfly in the woods on a wild geranium.

White-striped Black Moth

White-striped Black Moth

May 18 2010

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor Township
La Crosse County

Saw all of these guys in the meadow. They were mating and with the exception of the Common Ringlet were not wanting to settle very long. Beautiful May day!

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Columbine/Wild Indigo Duskywing

Columbine/Wild Indigo Duskywing

Columbine/WildIndigo Duskywing

Columbine/WildIndigo Duskywing

May 18 2010

Ann Thering

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Several other Tiger Swallowtails flew by. A beautiful day!

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

May 18 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: Holland Sand Prairie, County MM NE of Holmen
La Crosse County

Saw a Checkerspot that I couldn't get close to for ID and a couple long distance looks at sulphurs in addition to the Common Ringlets.

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

May 18 2010

Lois Ballard

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

Saw lots of Tiger Swallowtails, photo of a nice big one on coyote scat. Karner Blue and what I think might be a Common Ringlet seen in field.

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

May 19 2010

Jim Paruk

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

May 19 2010

Marcie O'Connor

Location: our farm - hwy 88 near Praag
Buffalo County

my first Giant Swallowtail sighting of the year

May 19 2010

Amanda Kane

Location: Kiel, my backyard
Manitowoc County

Two butterflies were in my backyard on my lilacs.

May 20 2010

Jeff Mroczek

Location: Kettle Moraine Lake, Dundee
Fond du Lac County

May 20 2010

Marcie O'Connor

Location: woods on our land, hwy 88 near Praag
Buffalo County

There were at least two, chasing and being chased by several Juvenal's Duskwings along a wooded path.

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

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

May 20 2010

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor Township
La Crosse County

I saw the Swallowtail, Silver-spotted Skipper, and American Lady as I walked into the garden this morning. Nice surprise!

May 20 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike Trail below trail parking lot west of Lakeview Restaurant in Onalaska
La Crosse County

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

May 20 2010

Kathryn Kirk

Location: Danbury Wildlife Area
Burnett County

I watched the female ovipositing on lupine in this sandy pine barrens habitat. I was too excited about the egg to take a picture of the butterfly!

Persius Duskywing egg

Persius Duskywing egg

May 21 2010

Stan Rehm

Location: Lacy Heights, Fitchburg, butterfly garden
Dane County

Eight monarch eggs on A. syriaca this morning (none on the incarnata yet). I did not see the female, but these eggs were not present 48 hours ago. This is 5 days earlier than our first eggs last year.

Monarch egg

Monarch egg

May 21 2010

Susan Mayer

Location: swamp
Rusk County

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

May 22 2010

Ron Arnold

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

Just a few butterflies and even less sunshine today, but lots of dragonflies.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

May 22 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Brockway Rd. area across from Wazee Park
Jackson County

Cloudy in the afternoon including some rain soon after I got there at 1:00. This trip was to look for Laphria cinerea which we saw on the Monday field trip. I saw more than 10 including two mated pairs.

Laphria cinerea

Laphria cinerea

May 22 2010

Andy Paulios

Location: Toft Point SNA
Door County

May 22 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Property, 1/2 mile south of Chaseburg on Hwy K
Vernon County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Long Dash

Long Dash

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

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

May 22 2010

Susan Mayer

Location: swamp
Rusk County

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

May 23 2010

Jeff Mroczek

Location: Kettle Moraine Lake, Dundee
Fond du Lac County

My butterflying has been limited due to the fact that I've been put on second shift. It give's me more time to watch the moths though! There is a lot of color at night. I saw my first luna moth of the season!

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

May 23 2010

Ann Thering

Location: Back Yard
Dane County

May 23 2010

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Necedah Wildlife Refuge
Juneau County

Stopped at the Necedah Wildlife Refuge around 5:30 on my way back from the Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival in Ashland hoping to see some 'Karner' Melissa Blues, and I was not disappointed. Found about 8 individuals in one patch of lupine. Also saw numerous Tiger Swallowtails while driving through the Refuge, including a group of 8-10 who were puddling along side the road.

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

May 23 2010

Wayne Anderson

Location: Bauer Brockway Barrens
Jackson County

With my day off drove over to look for Dusted Skippers, very little sunshine but by 9AM. the butterflies were everywhere stayed till 2:00 and stopped counting the Gorgones.

May 23 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Avoca Wildlife Area
Iowa County

The Juvenal's Duskywings were very worn.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

★ = New county photo record

May 23 2010

Mike Reese

Location: DNR land on Hwy 78, south of Hwy 12
Dane County

Saw this cool spider in the parking lot.

May 23 2010

Ron Arnold

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

Practically no sunshine again today, but more butterflies than I expected. The Monarch, Ringlets, Crescents, and Arctic Skipper were the first of the year for me. I also saw 2 Tiger Swallowtails, but couldn't identify them to species, they were probably Canadians.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 23 2010

Wayne Anderson

Location: Wood County Wildlife Area
Wood County

Stopped to check out some areas in Wood County on my way home from Jackson County

May 23 2010

Ryan Brady

Location: Various areas west of Ashland and near Washburn
Bayfield County

Haven't been out much lately but here are some casual observations as summer comes on strong!

May 23 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Property 1/2 mile south of Chaseburg on CTH K
Vernon County

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

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

May 24 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Very hot and sunny this morning with only the slightest breeze from the lake to moderate the heat. Most of the Monarchs were near the milkweed patch and the Red Admirals were near the stinging nettle.

American Lady

American Lady

Monarch

Monarch

May 24 2010

Rhonda Hansen

Location: City of Racine
Racine County

My yard.

May 24 2010

Ron Arnold

Location: spruce/tamarack bog and wooded edges along cranberry reservoirs in the town of Cranmoor
Wood County

May 24 2010

Ron Arnold, Lydia and Emily Thurber

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

We went out after about 5:30 and saw more than I expected.

May 24 2010

Andy Paulios

Location: Yahara Drive in McFarland
Dane County

First Monarch of the year for me.

May 24 2010

Rose Tiegs

Location: Navarino Wildlife Area
Shawano County

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Cobweb Skipper

Cobweb Skipper

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

May 25 2010

Susan Mayer

Location: swamp
Rusk County

Got a picture of Arctic Skippers and Common Ringlet with and without spot.

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

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

May 25 2010

Ron Arnold

Location: Vesper Recreation Center(park)
Wood County

I missed my chance for butterflying this morning as thunderstorms moved in just as I was ready to go out. The sun came out about the time I had to take my granddaughter to her ballgame, so I made a quick lap around the park. The highlight of the day was seeing a Whooping Crane in my neighbor's field.

May 25 2010

Jeff Mroczek

Location: Kettle Moraine Lake, Dundee
Fond du Lac County

May 25 2010

Esjay Anderson

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Exciting day on the meadows. Monarchs, Dusted skippers everywhere. Couldn't get any shots of the few sulphurs and whites. Clearwings are always a treat. Got too excited over the Gray Hairstreak (first one for me ever)

Snowberry Clearwing

Snowberry Clearwing

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

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May 25 2010

Ann Thering

Location: My Back Yard
Dane County

The Question Mark was nectaring on Ninebark, and the azure was laying eggs on this great butterfly shrub.

Question Mark

Question Mark

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

May 25 2010

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor township
La Crosse County

The butterflies were out after the big rains of last night and this morning. Such a wonderful surprise!

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Question Mark

Question Mark

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

May 25 2010

Rick Larson

Location: 166 Villa Dr., Neenah
Winnebago County

My wife planted a small flower planter garden on the deck recently- 2 Red Admirals seemed to be chasing small gnats near the planter, but landed on my head and then my shoulder as I approached to take a picture.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 26 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Milwaukee County Grounds
Milwaukee County

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

May 26 2010

Susan Mayer

Location: open fields
Rusk County

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

May 26 2010

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Usually my first American Coppers of the year are very fresh, but this one was fairly worn. The Ringlets were found throughout my open field.

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

May 26 2010

Ron Arnold

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

The most common species here today was the Deer Tick.

Cyrtopogon falto

Cyrtopogon falto

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

May 26 2010

Kyle Johnson

Location: Island Lake Bog on "M", SW part of county
Rusk County

brief stops while running supply errand from MN to WI...not a bad chore! Bog Frits still early in flight here at this point but should soon be out over much of northern WI.

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May 26 2010

Kyle Johnson

Location: bog NW of Cornell
Chippewa County

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May 26 2010

Nick Anich

Location: Mathwig Rd
Vilas County

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

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May 26 2010

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor township
La Crosse County

Also saw my first monarch or a viceroy. It was flying in the shade along a wooded edge.

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

White Admiral

White Admiral

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☆ = New county sighting record

May 27 2010

Ron Arnold

Location: Wood County Wildlife Area along Ball Road
Wood County

Most of the Swallowtails were seen while puddling. One of the Ringlets was very dark above with none of the typical orange showing while in flight, I wasn't sure what it was until it landed. The underside looked normal.

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Pink-edged Sulphur

Pink-edged Sulphur

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Big Sand Tiger Beetle

Big Sand Tiger Beetle

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May 27 2010

Kathy Kascewicz

Location: half mile south of Fifield near South Fork of Flambeau River
Price County

Late morning in our front yard in a small subdivision near forests and river.

American Lady

American Lady

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May 27 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Esterbrook Park
Milwaukee County

Sunny and Mild. Typical city park habitat with a lot of invasive species. Not great butterfly habitat.

May 27 2010

Ryan Brady

Location: Canoe landing along Cty K at Namekagon River
Washburn County

Quick stop to do some dragonflying...

☆ = New county sighting record

May 27 2010

Jeff Mroczek

Location: Kettle Moraine Lake, Dundee
Fond du Lac County

May 27 2010

Stan Rehm

Location: Honey Creek and Schluckebier Sand Prairie
Sauk County

Honey Creek SNA had more mosquitoes than butterflies; just one tattered Juvenal's Duskywing and lots of Red Admirals in the riparian sunny spots. Schluckebier Prairie SNA was much more pleasant, with a Monarch and 3 American Ladies visiting the abundant Antennaria.

May 27 2010

Jeff Raflik

Location: State Natural Area #51, Waupun, Wisconsin
Fond du Lac County

A common Red Admiral, and an Arctic Skipper at the southern edge of its range, nectaring on the numerous Wild Geraniums.

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

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☆ = New county sighting record

May 27 2010

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor township
La Crosse County

I saw a Viceroy today, and one Red-spotted Purple. They both were on the gravel drive. I also saw quite a few skippers which I assume are the same ones I've been seeing...Juvenals but didn't list them because I didn't see them close enough to identify.

Viceroy

Viceroy

May 28 2010

Andy Paulios

Location: Brooklyn Wildlife Area
Dane County

A couple of skippers that I couldn't get onto.

May 28 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

The Azures and the Question Mark were all in the young sun-dappled woods. All the others were in the open meadows.

May 28 2010

Ann Thering

Location: Ice Age Trail Cross Plains
Dane County

One of the Question Marks was laying eggs on nettle.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

May 28 2010

Susan Stowers

Location: Bangor Township
La Crosse County

Butterflies were on the move. I had a hard time getting pictures because they didn't want to "settle'

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

American Lady

American Lady

May 28 2010

Shelley F.

Location: Polonia, Town of Sharon
Portage County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, or Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterflies are all over my Japanese Lilac bush, sometimes 3 or 4 at a time.

May 28 2010

Stan Rehm

Location: Lacy Heights, Fitchburg, butterfly garden
Dane County

Tattered Question Mark, missing one hindwing, was nectaring on Dame's Rocket.

Question Mark

Question Mark

May 28 2010

Jeff Raflik

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

The 2 Monarchs, and at least 4 Crescents, were on the prairies, and the rest were in the wooded area.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

May 28 2010

Ron Arnold

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

These were seen after 5:30 today.

May 28 2010

Susan Mayer

Location: fields
Rusk County

Raspberries are in bloom - butterflies were all over them.

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

May 29 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Yellowstone Wildlife Area
Lafayette County

May 29 2010

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Buckhorn State Park
Juneau County

May 29 2010

Jeff Mroczek

Location: Kettle Moraine Lake, Dundee
Fond du Lac County

This six-spotted tiger beetle grabbed two ants while I observed it. I couldn't get a clear shot of the ant in it's jaws. Now I know why their called tiger beetles!

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

May 29 2010

Nick Anich

Location: Town of Ashland
Ashland County

Just poking around near my parents' house.

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May 29 2010

Ron Arnold

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

The Duskywing was seen laying eggs on willow. The White Admiral was seen while driving through the town of Hansen.

May 29 2010

Judith Huf

Location: My back yard (Whitefish Bay)
Milwaukee County

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

May 29 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Hardscrabble SNA
Lafayette County

The Little Yellow flew by me in the parking lot.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

May 30 2010

Judith Huf

Location: Lion's Den Gorge Park
Ozaukee County

Lots of Azures but most would not settle down for a look. One of the few who did looked like a very worn "Spring" Spring Azure.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

★ = New county photo record

May 30 2010

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Hemlock County Park
Sauk County

May 30 2010

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

These were seen while I was out in my yard today. I also saw a small dark grass skipper that wouldn't perch long enough for me to focus my binoculars on it.

May 30 2010

Kathy Kascewicz

Location: South of Fifield in Price County
Price County

Found hovering over the gravel driveway on a hot sunny day, 5:45 PM

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

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☆ = New county sighting record

May 30 2010

Stan Rehm

Location: Lacy Heights, Fitchburg, butterfly garden
Dane County

Very fresh Red-spotted Purple resting on oak. Peck's Skipper resting on carrot.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

May 30 2010

Heidi Hughes

Location: SR 25 and County K
Buffalo County

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

May 30 2010

Jeff Mroczek

Location: Kettle Moraine Lake, Dundee
Fond du Lac County

May 30 2010

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Baxter's Hollow
Sauk County

Eight Red-spotted Purples puddling. Another 6 nearby. Total of 16.

May 31 2010

Paul Hitt

Location: city of green bay astor neighborhood
Brown County

May 31 2010

Ron Arnold

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

I saw these while working outside today. The Swallowtail had almost nothing left of both hindwings. It didn't seem to be having any trouble with flying other that it seemed slower than normal. It sure looked strange.

May 31 2010

Jeff Mroczek

Location: Kettle Moraine Lake, Dundee
Fond du Lac County

The little wood-satyr's were very abundant last year and it looks like it will be the same this year. The sun drenched stones around my fire pit proved to be a popular spot with the red admirals.

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 31 2010

Ryan Brady

Location: Milchesky Road Bog
Douglas County

My first Bog Frits and Jutta Arctic of the year.

Bog Fritillary

Bog Fritillary

Bog Fritillary

Bog Fritillary

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May 31 2010

Ryan Brady

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

My house is by far the best place up here that I know for American Coppers. Lots of C. Ringlets flying in the fields right now as well.

May 31 2010

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Home 1/2 mile S of Chaseburg on Hwy K
Vernon County

White Admiral

White Admiral

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☆ = New county sighting record

May 31 2010

Mike Reese

Location: Dunbar Barrens SNA
Marinette County

Not a lot of nectar sources. Five species of tiger beetles.

Blueish Spring Moth

Blueish Spring Moth

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

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May 31 2010

Judith Huf

Location: undeveloped park south of County Line Rd & east of 107th St.
Milwaukee County

An interesting area of wetlands and overgrown fields. Had a better morning of birding than butterflying.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

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May 31 2010

Ron Arnold

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

The Crescent photos are of the same individual.

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent