Butterfly sightings for March 2012

Mar 11 2012

Lois Ballard

Location: My cottage near Wautoma
Waushara County

Was hoping to see some butterflies this weekend. Too windy on Saturday, but Sunday we saw this Mourning Cloak, and another little orange guy that I wasn't able to ID, it was flying and got caught in the wind and was gone. Darn. So exciting to see the first butterflies of the year. I want more!

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mar 11 2012

Steven Lubahn

Location: Warnimont park, Cudahy, woods
Milwaukee County

Mar 11 2012

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg butterfly garden
Dane County

At noon today, this Clouded Sulphur nectared at fifteen different white crocus clusters in our front yard.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Mar 11 2012

Ann Thering and Dave Eide

Location: Tower Hill
Iowa County

Mar 11 2012

Craig Ellefson

Location: Service Road for Decatur Lake
Green County

Mar 11 2012

Bill Freeman

Location: Menomonie
Dunn County

Saw a Mourning Cloak Butterfly just now in the same location that I collected a caterpillar last fall. Can't wait for Butterfly Season!!!!!!!

Mar 11 2012

Eben Erhard

Location: De Pere
Brown County

Yesterday afternoon around 4:30 PM I watched a Morning Cloak butterfly fly over me and land on a wooden post in my yard on the East side of De Pere. It sat on this post for several minutes before flying off to parts unknown. Unfortunately I did not have a camera and thought that if I went to get one it would fly away so instead I stayed and watched this early beauty.

Mar 11 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Propery, 1/2 mile south of Chaseburg off of Hwy K
Vernon County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mar 13 2012

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Perhaps attracted by the rotten bananas I smeared on tree bark, but neither sat still for photos.

Mar 13 2012

Sherry Sprague

Location: My yard in Eau Claire
Eau Claire County

Mar 13 2012

Richard Ouren

Location: Ouren Farm 17892 Co Rd G Muscoda
Grant County

Mar 13 2012

Mike Reese, Bob Bergen

Location: Necedah NWR
Juneau County

Mar 13 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Along the marsh on our farm
Marquette County

67 degrees and sunny. Saw a possible milberts that wouldn't slow down.

Mar 13 2012

Rachael Butek

Location: Our property S.W. of Colfax
Dunn County

Also saw at least two of some sort of comma/question mark.

Mar 14 2012

K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

67 degrees...whee hoo. Also saw a comma type butterfly but it would not cooperate.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mar 14 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Van Loon SWA - Trail head on Hwy 35 across from the Black River Boat Landing
La Crosse County

Mar 14 2012

Andy Paulios

Location: McFarland - Indian Mound Park
Dane County

First butterfly of the year

Mar 14 2012

Diane Milson

Location: Wooded home on Cty S, Oconto
Oconto County

Found dead on the side of the road.

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Mar 14 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Bayside
Milwaukee County

My first Wisconsin butterfly of the year!

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mar 14 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Father-inlaws farm Moundville township
Marquette County

79 degrees and sunny. Saw nothing in the hour I spent at summerton bog. Saw both of the color phases of Eastern Comma at the farm. 2 groups of at least 3 individuals.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mar 14 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: my yard in rural Medford
Taylor County

I spotted this butterfly @5:30pm enjoying the sun at the edge of our woods. First of the season in my yard-Yeah!

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mar 14 2012

Bill Freeman

Location: Brickyard Disc Golf Park
Dunn County

Saw two Eastern Comma Butterflies sun-bathing and playing together in the woods. Made me wonder if these to butterflies were buds before the winter and were waiting for each other during hibernation. Pretty cool!

Mar 14 2012

Joey Reichhoff

Location: Cty Rd T northwest of Turtle Lake
Polk County

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Mar 14 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: city of Colby
Marathon County

Mar 14 2012

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Glacier Blue Hills Park
Washington County

Lots of mourning cloaks sunning in main parking lot.

☆ = New county sighting record

Mar 14 2012

Tom Alvey

Location: Wooded area in Whitnall Park
Milwaukee County

Mating pair

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mar 15 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Along the marsh on our farm
Marquette County

77 Degrees and Sunny. Put out bait this AM for the first time ever. 2 of them had commas in 10 minutes. 3 out of 6 had commas later in the day. The 4th had the milberts on a broken off sapling. Made me a believer.

Mar 15 2012

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Two Mourning Cloaks compete with flies for rotten banana spread on tree bark. Of note, the smear was still attractive to them after a day of desiccation.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mar 15 2012

Jerry Ziegler

Location: Lulu Lake Preserve, Town of Troy
Walworth County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mar 15 2012

Chuck Petters

Location: Marsh Road
Waupaca County

Was kind of surprised when I went out to take pictures of birds...that I would be taking pictures of butterflies. A very nice surprise indeed.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mar 15 2012

Anne Geraghty

Location: Eagle Crest development
Dunn County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mar 15 2012

Les Ferge

Location: Middleton (Ferge backyard)
Dane County

Emerged a full month earlier than previous records at this locality.

Mar 15 2012

Dennis Malueg

Location: My prairie
Waushara County

First sighting of the year

Mar 16 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Hixon Forest Trailhead off of Milson Court
La Crosse County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mar 16 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Near Portage
Columbia County

75 degrees and Sunny. Mourning Cloak Flew by while we were waiting in line at the Kwik Trip car wash in Portage. The Comma was near Hwy 33 & I94 interchange.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

★ = New county photo record

Mar 16 2012

Douglas J. Buege

Location: Off Schroeder Rd Madison
Dane County

Mar 16 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Along the marsh on our farm
Marquette County

79 degrees Cloudy.

Mar 16 2012

Rachael Butek

Location: Rural road near Colfax
Dunn County

Mar 16 2012

Joel Flory

Location: S. of Hwy 8 at NE end of Crescent Lake
Oneida County

My daughter reported this eastern comma in the front yard/woods, basking on a sugar maple. Sunny and 70 degrees. 50% snow cover on ground in woods.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

★ = New county photo record

Mar 16 2012

Tod Highsmith

Location: Flying across Stoughton Rd., east side of Madison
Dane County

Also a likely Cabbage White in our yard on the 15th.

Mar 16 2012

David Salmon

Location: Pleasant Valley Park Milwaukee River
Milwaukee County

Mar 16 2012

Kathy Kascewicz

Location: South of Fifield
Price County

Found in our garage.

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Mar 16 2012

Chris Goodwin

Location: Town of Port Edwards
Wood County

Walking trails through our oak woods, I spotted three Eastern Commas over about a 1/4 mile of trail.

Mar 17 2012

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Mar 17 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Middleton (Strickers Pond), Fitchburg (Seminole Glen Park)
Dane County

One at each place. Hooray!

Mar 17 2012

Tania Phillips

Location: Fonferek's Glen Conservancy
Brown County

Seen flitting around a tall tree near Bower Creek at about 10:30am.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

Mar 17 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Tanner Flowage, Black River State Forest
Jackson County

The Compton Tortoiseshell was a nice first butterfly of the year for me. Too bad I didn't have my camera ready.

Mar 17 2012

Ryan Brady

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

First butterflies reported locally were on March 13.

Mar 17 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Along Battle Point Road, Black River State Forest
Jackson County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

★ = New county photo record

Mar 17 2012

Bob Ring

Location: Walking trail at High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

I took a nature walk in hopes to see my first butterflies of the season this afternoon. It was 77 degrees and sunny. I was beginning to look hopeless, when all of a sudden I saw a good sized shadow coming from up above. I looked up and it was a Mourning Cloak. (Just like Mike describes in his write up.) I also saw two Commas in the same location which cooperated for photography much better than the Mourning Cloak did.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

☆ = New county sighting record

Mar 17 2012

Aaron Carlson

Location: Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area - Keil Birch Creek Preserve Unit
Dunn County

Warm and windy. Saw 1 of each, neither were cooperative in attempts to get a photograph.

Mar 17 2012

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Saukville (near where railroad crosses Hwy33)
Ozaukee County

Thought it was a bit early for these, but there it was!

Mar 17 2012

Ginny Nelson

Location: Stricker's Pond in Middleton
Dane County

Mar 17 2012

Andy Paulios

Location: West Bloomfield Township - private land
Waushara County

Many eastern commas seen throughout day in open woodlands.

Mar 17 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My marsh and Father inlaws farm
Marquette County

79-83 Degrees and Sunny. 10 EC at the marsh (3 at two different bait stations)and 8 at the farm(6 in one area chasing each other).

Mar 17 2012

Kathy Kascewicz

Location: S of Fifield, in our garage
Price County

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

★ = New county photo record

Mar 18 2012

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Madison - east side neighborhood
Dane County

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Mar 18 2012

Happy Tonics, Inc.

Location: Minong
Washburn County

Mar 18 2012

Craig Ellefson

Location: My backyard in Brodhead.
Green County

Mar 18 2012

Aaron Carlson

Location: Plummer Lake (one of the Chippewa Moraine Lakes SNAs)
Chippewa County

Warm and windy, observed observed along the shoreline in dead grass.

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

★ = New county photo record

Mar 18 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: Okauchee , my backyard
Waukesha County

This sighting today surpasses my previous earliest date for the Cabbage White by thirteen days!( March 31, 2000 in Milwaukee county.) The adult seen today fluttered but never alighted, for the minute or so that it was within sight.

Mar 18 2012

Bob Ring

Location: High Cliff State Park walking trail
Calumet County

I'm certain I saw the 3 same individual butterflies that I reported yesterday. They were in the exact same location. The Mourning Cloak was more cooperative today. He landed on my finger and on my head, and seemed to enjoy flying around with the Commas.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

Mar 18 2012

Aaron Nolan

Location: Carpenter Ridgeway Park Madison
Dane County

Mar 18 2012

Ryan Brady

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

Another 80+ degree day. First Spring Peepers. Snow almost all gone now but Chequamegon Bay still frozen.

Mar 18 2012

Andy Paulios

Location: McFarland - Backyard
Dane County

Azure flew through yard in the late afternoon.

Mar 18 2012

Tom Alvey

Location: Whitnall Park, near archry range
Milwaukee County

Anglewing, or Gray Comma found in wooded area.

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

★ = New county photo record

Mar 18 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Mar 18 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Coast Guard Impoundment near ferry terminal
Milwaukee County

Mar 18 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Hwy 78 between Mazo and Sauk, and My parents farm
Dane County

Hot and Sunny.

Mar 18 2012

Ann Thering and Dave Eide

Location: Devil's Lake area
Sauk County

Mar 18 2012

John Davis

Location: My backyard in Prairie du Chien
Crawford County

I notice you did not have a 'Spring' Spring Azure for Crawford county, I believe I have one from 2012

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

Mar 20 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Buena Vista Grasslands
Portage County

Mar 20 2012

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Black Earth at home
Dane County

Mar 20 2012

Douglas J. Buege

Location: Cherokee Marsh
Dane County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

Mar 21 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike Trail in Onalaska on west side of Hwy 35. Accessed from trailhead on Sunset Vista Rd.
La Crosse County

Mar 21 2012

Kristin Gjerdset

Location: Wisconsin Lutheran College
Milwaukee County

Mar 21 2012

Bryn Scriver

Location: Lakeshore Nature Preserve, UW-Madison
Dane County

I saw this spring azure flitting around in a restored woodland in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. The woodland is currently filled with blooming spring ephemerals--spring beauty, toothwort, bloodroot, hepatica.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Mar 21 2012

Judith Huf

Location: 700 block of East Carlisle Ave, Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee County

The picture is a little fuzzy since I had only my cell phone camera, but I was amazed to see such an early Red Admiral.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Mar 21 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Verona, near the parking lot by the bike trail (north side)
Dane County

Mar 21 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Marsh
Marquette County

High 60s before 10 AM and Sunny. 4 Commas at bait stations.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

★ = New county photo record

Mar 21 2012

Bob Ring

Location: Walking trail at High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

A lone Mourning Cloak was seen in a wooded area of the trail. What a wonderful birthday present!

Mar 22 2012

Jim Otto

Location: In front of the Memorial Union building, UW-Madison campus, Madison, WI
Dane County

Mar 22 2012

Patfojut

Location: Wehr nature center
Milwaukee County

Mar 22 2012

Dennis Malueg

Location: Pasque Flower Hill cty Hwy C west of Wautoma
Waushara County

Pasque Flowers

Pasque Flowers

Mustard White

Mustard White

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

★ = New county photo record

Mar 22 2012

Bob Ring

Location: My backyard near a ravine in Darboy
Outagamie County

2 Mouring Cloaks were in the back yard. They flew high up in the air together, and were seen landed on the grass.

Mar 23 2012

Alisha

Location: McMillan Marsh
Wood County

I saw a Mourning Cloak 3 days ago along this trail, and today when hiking back through found these Mourning Cloak eggs. I've got them safely set up to hatch and am looking forward to my very first time in bringing a complete life cycle (I have only reared from the larval stages thus far).

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mar 25 2012

Bob Ring

Location: Prairie garden on NE shore Lake Winnebago
Calumet County

Sunny and pleasant afternoon with temperatures around 60.

Mar 25 2012

Tod Highsmith

Location: East Side Madison
Dane County

Very active and nectaring in the gardens along Yahara Place Park. Also saw my first Green Darner dragonfly of the year.

Mar 25 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Havenwoods State Forest
Milwaukee County

Wildflowers blooming early: Violets, Bloodroot, and Spring Beauties.

Mar 25 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Baraboo and Devils Lake State Park
Sauk County

65-69 degrees, Cloudy changing to all sunny.
2 others that I couldn't ID.

Mar 25 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My marsh
Marquette County

69 degrees and Sunny.

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mar 25 2012

Aaron Carlson

Location: Menomin Park, Menomonie, WI
Dunn County

60 degrees, a bit breezy. No photographic cooperation on the part of the Lepidopterans.

Mar 25 2012

Mike Reese, Ken Tennessen

Location: Brockway Rd.
Jackson County

Also saw three infant moths.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Festive Tiger Beetle

Festive Tiger Beetle

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

trailing arbutus

trailing arbutus

Mar 25 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Property 1/4 mile South of Chaseburg on County Road K
Vernon County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Mar 25 2012

Joan Braune

Location: east side Madison - mostly my backyard
Dane County

Two of the spring azures were mating on an arbor vitae branch in my backyard. They were there for at least 3 hours.

Mar 25 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Cherokee Marsh
Dane County

Mar 25 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, private property
Dane County

Lots of cabbage whites enjoying all sorts of different areas. Quite a few in the grass, on various green plants, and a good number in a patch of dark mud. Plus one on a small evergreen tree.

Note: Spring Cabbage Whites, especially males may be lacking the dark marks on the upper wings. Mike

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Mar 25 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mar 27 2012

Owen Boyle

Location: Backyard near the Milwaukee River
Milwaukee County

Mar 27 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Hwy K about 4 miles SE of Goose Island County Park and NW of Chaseburg
Vernon County

Mar 27 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Goose Island County Park
La Crosse County

Mar 27 2012

Rebecca Deatsman

Location: Treehaven (campus of UWSP, east of Tomahawk)
Lincoln County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

Mar 27 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Marsh
Marquette County

67 Degrees and mostly Cloudy. Only out for about half an hour.

Mar 28 2012

Ann Thering

Location: Pleasant Valley
Dane County

The lady was nectaring on dandelion.

Mar 28 2012

Andrea Szymczak

Location: UW Waukesha Field Station - Waterville Rd.
Waukesha County

My first observation submitted to this website ~ I was looking for migratory birds and spotted a "yellow butterfly" (which I assumed was in the Sulphur family) with my naked eye. I was only 20 ft away and lifted my binoculars to discover that the large yellow butterfly was marked with broad black markings along the wing edges and additional black lines extending onto the deeper surfaces of the wing. When it landed (saw this four times) on a juniper adjacent to a creek (fields and small woodlands are also nearby) I observed the "tails"! I was also able to see some blue markings near where the tails and wings meet together at the back of the body. Prior to today, I have only seen Mourning Cloak & Cabbage White butterflies.

Mar 28 2012

Ilona Loser

Location: Cross Plains, WI
Dane County

Butterflies were sighted in backyard garden.

The Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) was sunning itself on a rock.

Mar 28 2012

Ann Thering

Location: Spring Green
Sauk County

Mar 28 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Page Creek SNA
Marquette County

59 Degrees, Sunny and windy. Rock cress, dandelion, buttercups and wood & Bird's-foot violet are blooming.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

★ = New county photo record

Mar 28 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: UW-Madison Arboretum, Longecker Gardens and nearby parking lot
Dane County

A beautiful day, beautiful surroundings, high hopes. I was feeling disappointed that I had seen only three cabbage whites. (Are we Wisconsinites getting greedy or what? It's only March 28.) Then as I was about to leave two Red admirals appeared and made my day.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Mar 28 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Trempealeau NWRF
Trempealeau County

Butterflies seen along road on prairie loop. The Red Admirals were very wary and didn't allow for more than an ID photo.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

Mar 29 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Eagle Valley Preserve
Grant County

Amazing to find Tiger Swallowtail this early!

Mar 29 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Madison, Edna Taylor Conservation Park
Dane County

The mourning cloak first landed on the path not too far ahead of me and seemed to be enjoying the sun. When it flew away, it headed for a small group of logs. I spotted it underneath one of the logs.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mar 29 2012

Dennis Malueg

Location: My orchard, Bloomfield
Waushara County

First swallowtail of the year, it was on the plum blossoms, but I only got a photo when it landed on the lawn.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Plum blossoms

Plum blossoms

Mar 29 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Father inlaws farm in the Moundville Township
Marquette County

52 degrees and Sunny. Didn't expect to see anything today. A comma buzzed me while I was cutting brush at home. Just had to go see what else was flying.

Mar 29 2012

Fern Springs

Location: Castle Mound
Jackson County

Sunny, 50's, light breeze.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

★ = New county photo record