Butterfly sightings for May 2012

May 1 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Sandhill SWA
Wood County

Believe that I had a Checkered White but couldn't get a picture. Larger than Cabbage White with significant black markings on upper side of front wing.

May 1 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Observatory Hill SNA and My Father inlaws farm
Marquette County

63 Degrees and Partly Sunny. The Juniper Hairstreak was laying eggs. Question Mark was huge and had satiny black hindwings. Duskywing was feeding on Geraniums 3/4 the way up Ob.Hill. The moth is micro and powder blue in flight. Dozens of them buzzing my head, but only in the black locust.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

May 1 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Bogus Swamp
Langlade County

Failed to find Red-disked Alpine at one of the most promising sites in the county...the last records were in the 1970's, and that site doesn't look so good anymore (near Kempster).

☆ = New county sighting record

May 1 2012

Chuck Petters

Location: Marsh Road
Waupaca County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 1 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Triple Pond Bog, 7.5mi NE of Neva
Langlade County

Failed to find Freija at one of the most promising sites in the county...it may be vanishing at the southern range extreme?

May 1 2012

Kathy Kascewicz

Location: Davis Rd. south of Fifield
Price County

60's, warm and sunny, out on my bicycle.

I think the Sleepy Duskywing is an aberrant individual of this species. The bands are more typical of the Sleepy/Dreamy, but the light spots and the shape of the bands are quite unique and unlike any species.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

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

May 1 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Gagen Bog (along RR track near Gagen)
Oneida County

search late in the day...very windy!

May 2 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: Kettle Moraine State Park near Eagle
Waukesha County

Great sunny day with plentiful butterfly activity. Red Admirals prolific and distracting, especially when stalking other flies. Juvenal's abundant, a banner year, with some scattered Sleepy Duskywings sprinkled in first sightings here of Silver-spotted Skipper, Giant Swallowtail, and Spring Azures. Clouded Sulphurs were ovipositing on red clover. Three hours well spent!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

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

May 2 2012

Aaron Carlson

Location: Chippewa Valley Riverview Reserve, Chippewa Falls
Chippewa County

A little lunch-break stroll through this nice reserve. 75 degrees, partly cloudy, slightly breezy.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

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☆ = New county sighting record

May 2 2012

Ryan Brady

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

Casual evening observations. Lots of admirals moving north and first duskywing of year.

May 2 2012

Ryan Brady

Location: Lakefront around Ashland area
Ashland County

The big wave of Red Admirals reached us on these southerly winds the past couple days. Thousands on the move north. First Cabbage Whites of the season for me.

May 2 2012

Ryan Brady

Location: Three Ten Bog northwest of Mercer
Iron County

Was hoping for Red-disked Alpine but no luck. Tons of elfins, lots of Red Admirals, and great number of Freijas, a couple of which were moderately photogenic, which I've found to be a rarity!

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

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May 2 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

79 degrees and sunny. First Monarch of the year. Met a new friend(Ornate Box Turtle) at the very top of the hill. And a ? duskywing.

ornate box turtle

ornate box turtle

May 2 2012

Karren Fabian

Location: N 45th St & Bradley, Brown Deer, backyard lilac bush
Milwaukee County

Several butterflies on a backyard lilac bush

May 2 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My parents farm
Dane County

76 degrees and sunny.

May 2 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: Neighbor hood around my house north Racine near lake
Racine County

Beautiful evening about 6:30 took a walk around the neighborhood. The Red Admirals were having fun dancing in small groups. Three danced over my neighbor's house. But this one was lazy resting on the fence, (photo) Hundreds of tiny (wing span @1/2 inch) moths in the grass, did not get a photo.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 2 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Cherokee Marsh
Dane County

May 2 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Scat Lake Bog (N of Eagle River)
Vilas County

No luck with Red-disked Alpine under great conditions...I've been trying here for years (this is the Vilas Co. historical site...last documented by George Balogh in the 1970's). No luck at other nearby sites as well...but still a beautiful day!

☆ = New county sighting record

May 2 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike trail below Sunset Vista Rd in Onalaska
La Crosse County

May 2 2012

Joey Reichhoff

Location: Veterans Park near Cameron
Barron County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

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

May 2 2012

Denise Klotzbach

Location: My property in the town of Rhine
Sheboygan County

This morning it's warm and muggy after raining most of the night and there are so many Red Admirals flying about that I can't count them. This is the first blue butterfly I've seen this year, and it was bold. It landed on the porch about two feet from the cat.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

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

May 2 2012

Tod Highsmith

Location: Rocky Run State Fisheries Area and Morse Rd.
Columbia County

With the all the speed demon Red Admirals whipping around, my first Giant Swallowtail of the year looked as graceful as an egret in flight. A bunch of Red Admirals were nectaring on what I believe is Russian Olive. The crescent in the photos likely got bonked by a car. Also saw 10+ Common Baskettails, lots of Green Darners and two Dot-tailed Whiteface dragonflies. And the Blanding's Turtle and Northern Water Snake were nice, too.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Blanding's Turtle

Blanding's Turtle

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Northern Water Snake

Northern Water Snake

May 2 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Sugar Camp Bog (Hwy 17 S of Vilas Co. line)
Oneida County

Finally Red-disked Alpines! This is the major historical site for RDA and Freija (per Les Ferge and others both species were very common here). The site has changed a lot since the 70's and Freija seems to have vanished, or at least is not detectable anymore.

☆ = New county sighting record

May 3 2012

Don Peterson

Location: Mercer
Iron County

May 3 2012

Marcie O'Connor

Location: our farm - along Hwy 88 near Praag
Buffalo County

There were lots of butterflies today, but these were the first sightings of these 3 species for me this year. And the earliest I've ever seen any of them.

May 3 2012

Kim Wheeler

Location: Crex Meadows WMA
Burnett County

Thousands of Red Admirals on the south end of Phantom Lake Road (in the woods between the lake and County Road D. Many Orange Sulphurs and duskywings.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

May 3 2012

Ann Thering

Location: Garden
Dane County

Monarchs were fresh and laying eggs. The Mourning Cloak was also fresh.

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

May 3 2012

Ginny Nelson

Location: Stricker's Pond Madison/Middleton
Dane County

May 3 2012

Jerry DeBoer

Location: Wind Point
Racine County

Karl Legler passed along this report of the Variegated Fritillary that was photographed by the well-known birder Jerry DeBoer in Racine County on May 3. The report was submitted to WisBirdNet and the photo is on the Flicker website. This is a recent county record and also a tie for earliest Variegated Fritillary.

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

May 3 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Haymeadow Creek Barrens (N of Conover)
Vilas County

Beautiful site with a lot of neat boreal habitats...will post pictures once I get them downloaded. No Western Pine Elfin but conditions weren't ideal and lots of areas to check...bet it's here!

☆ = New county sighting record

May 3 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard and road to Oxford.
Marquette County

84 degrees and sunny. Just doing yardwork and such. 40-50 dead RAs on the 6 miles of road to Oxford. That was before noon. Saw fleeting glimpses of duskywings, too.

May 3 2012

Ilona Loser

Location: Dorothy Statz Park, Cross Plains
Dane County

May 3 2012

Elaine Vokoun

Location: East side Cambridge Woods Area
Milwaukee County

Thanks to the help of this site, we were able to identify the approximately 50+ red admirals in the backyard -- feeding on the blossoms on the apple trees and resting on the side of the house. Dark Brown overall with 2 rows of white spots on the outer wing, and thicker band of orange on the wing between the white spots and the body. Also a band of orange on the (tail? - end of the body of the butterfly).

May 3 2012

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

The Monarch (by 9 days the earliest ever seen in our garden) did not stop to oviposit or nectar. The others contended for an overripe banana.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

May 3 2012

Joey Reichhoff

Location: Public land on 13th St
Barron County

My lifer American Lady!

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

American Lady

American Lady

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

May 3 2012

Bill Freeman

Location: the brickyard
Dunn County

First Monarch sighting of the year. Lots of butterflies seen yesterday and today!

May 3 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Klode Park, Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee County

Finally warm enough for more butterflies.

May 3 2012

David Salmon

Location: Shorewood, WI in Backyard
Milwaukee County

Lapping up the nectar of our lilac bushes.

May 3 2012

Bob Ring

Location: various places while bicycling
Outagamie County

Even though we had over 2" of rain today, butterflies made several appearances between showers. I also saw a larger butterfly just for a few seconds which I couldn't identify.

May 3 2012

Joey Reichhoff

Location: Along 30th Ave Barron/Washburn County line
Barron County

Took a walk with my wife yesterday. She pushed the kids, I carried a camera. :)

Harvester

Harvester

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

May 3 2012

Mr. Dommer's Fourth Grade

Location: County Road F, Near the Turkey Farm, Tilden, WI
Chippewa County

It was just flying around, hanging out!

May 3 2012

Jim and Melodie Quall

Location: Appleton
Calumet County

We had 10 plus, Red Admirals in our lilac trees

May 4 2012

Bob Ring

Location: various places
Calumet County

I saw a Mourning Cloak as I was walking into the plant where I work this afternoon. There were many Red Admirals seen while driving to work.

May 4 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Powell Marsh
Vilas County

Search late in the day. Finally able to re-document Red-disked Alpine in Vilas County...I've been trying since 2003!

Very big peatland complex and surely RDAs are in many places. My encounter was at 46.09009°N 89.92451°W

☆ = New county sighting record

May 4 2012

Dory Owen

Location: Windsor
Dane County

First of year here.

May 4 2012

Sandy

Location: Green Circle Trail - Plover River
Portage County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

American Lady

American Lady

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

★ = New county photo record

May 4 2012

Diana Kruse

Location: TOWN OF MIDDLETON
Dane County

Monarch on muscari flowers

May 4 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: Hospital grounds Spring Street Racine
Racine County

On Thursday, 5/3/12, a beautiful warm day two Morning Cloaks were on the mulch by the bushes at the base of the building. Another was flying by. Later, a friend and I went back to see if they were still there. We saw at least 9 in the mulch along the building. Some were opening their wings to reveal the beautiful black with white trim and blue spots. As we were leaving an American Lady flew into the window and a Clouded Sulphur made an appearance. Alas, no camera. Today, 5/4/12, a cold, windy, rainy, day camera in hand I really didn't expect any butterflies to be out but found one very sluggish individual by the wall.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

May 5 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson property 1/2 mile south of Chaseburg on east side of County Road K
Vernon County

May 5 2012

Bob Ring

Location: large prairie garden at High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

Saw my first Monarchs of the season, countless Red Admirals as well.

May 5 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Buena Vista Grasslands
Portage County

Cloudy, but still saw my first Monarch of the year!

May 5 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Hwy 162 near Stoddard
Vernon County

May 5 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Browne Prairie south of Kampen Rd at the Goose Pond Sanctuary
Columbia County

The butterflies were not flying much due to cloudy windy conditions.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

May 5 2012

Steve Wirth

Location: North Oshkosh
Winnebago County

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Question Mark

Question Mark

May 5 2012

Esjay

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Very poor day for butterflies, but I was at the meadows so with a short view of the sun for about 45 mins I decided to see what I could find. Temp on arrival - 58f Temp on depart 3 hours later - 61f. No nectaring, no puddling.

Many butterflies I couldnt get a look at, likely red admirals along Phantom trail, one possible compton/comma, a white I couldnt get near, several duskywings, etc.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Western Tailed-Blue

Western Tailed-Blue

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

Mottled Duskywing

Mottled Duskywing

May 6 2012

Richard Ouren

Location: Ouren Farm, 17892 Co Rd G Muscoda
Grant County

May 7 2012

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Of particular note were our first Monarch eggs of the year, and by a full two weeks the earliest ever in our garden. Two monarchs oviposited 15 eggs, of which twelve were on the recently-sprouted swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), and only three on the taller and more numerous common milkweed (A. syriaca).

Monarch egg

Monarch egg

Question Mark

Question Mark

May 7 2012

Dean Hansen

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

May 7 2012

Dean Hansen

Location: Namekagon barrens
Burnett County

May 7 2012

Dave Hanson

Location: 6 Mi. SE of Eau Claire in my yard.
Eau Claire County

May 7 2012

Ryan Brady

Location: Forest roads southeast of Clam Lake
Ashland County

Insane numbers of Red Admirals. I mostly counted them by 10s while driving slowly along roads. Had 600+ perched along ~12 miles of Cty GG and that was only one shoulder of the road. Amer. Lady total is a big undercount and I've never seen so many Orange Sulphurs up here. Finally, my first Dreamy Duskywings of the season.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

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

May 7 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike Trail parking lot off of Sunset Vista Rd, Onalaska
La Crosse County

May 7 2012

K. Java

Location: Coon Lake Park - Frederic
Polk County

I happened to see the Coppers on the way out of the park so I stopped at a small parking area.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

American Copper

American Copper

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

May 7 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: LB White Parking Lot, Mason St., Onalaska
La Crosse County

Common Roadside-Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

May 7 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: LB White parking lot and adjacent field
La Crosse County

May 7 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard and Edge of Marsh
Marquette County

72 Degrees and sunny. Spraying weeds around the yard in the afternoon when I found the mating pair of Silvery Blues. Marsh in the evening. QM and RA eggs hatched yesterday.

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

May 7 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Summerton Bog SNA
Marquette County

72 Degrees and Sunny. 2-5 PM. Watched a Mustard White and SS Azure laying eggs. Autumn Olives were in bloom and loaded with butterflies. At times it felt like I was in a butterfly house, because there were so many BFs around me. At one point I had 2 pair of MCs fighting for 40' of sunlit trail. So cool!! A little farther down the trail a Hobomok was sitting in the grass. Pearl Crescents were mating. Saw some really dark Ladies. Closer look showed they were painted!!! Whew!!! Gotta catch my breath. And then the dragonflies . . .

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Baskettail

Baskettail

Nessus Sphinx

Nessus Sphinx

May 8 2012

Armund Bartz

Location: Rush Creek State Natural Area
Crawford County

About 10 seen on one bluff prairie and 2 on another-both south of Rush Creek rd.

Dusted Skipper

Dusted Skipper

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

May 8 2012

Armund Bartz

Location: Battle Bluff SNA
Vernon County

Seen on Battle Hollow prairie portion of Battle Bluff prairie State Natural Area

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May 8 2012

David Salmon

Location: Estabrook Park Shorewood, WI
Milwaukee County

May 8 2012

Peter Thornquist

Location: Milwaukee River Valley, River Hills
Milwaukee County

Question Mark

Question Mark

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

May 8 2012

Chuck Petters

Location: Marsh Road
Waupaca County

Many many Red Admirals today.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

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☆ = New county sighting record

May 8 2012

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA - Hickerson Rd
Burnett County

50 degrees and intermittent heavy downpours flooding the roads but still managed to see a FOY Monarch.

Monarch

Monarch

May 8 2012

Joan Braune

Location: my yard in Madison
Dane County

Yesterday I saw my first Monarch of the season in my backyard.

May 8 2012

Marilyn Marx

Location: Milwaukee, Bay View neighborhood, South Shore Park
Milwaukee County

I saw at least 6 monarch butterflies in our backyard today and in South Shore Park across the street. This seems early to me, and also like a very sudden influx. I’ve been out and about a lot in the past week (birdwatching) and haven’t seen any until today.

May 8 2012

Pat Fojut

Location: Grant Park, South Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

This was an awesome display of butterflies at the 7 Bridges Trail and Beach. Many monarchs appeared very fresh, Red admirals were weathered.

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

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

May 8 2012

Dean Hansen

Location: Danbury WMA
Burnett County

May 8 2012

Jerry Ziegler

Location: Pickerel Lake Fen Preserve
Walworth County

I caught a flash of orange on Monday but couldn't identify the butterfly. Today, a monarch spent a half hour in plain sight.

Monarch

Monarch

May 8 2012

Aaron Carlson

Location: Chippewa Valley Riverview Reserve, Chippewa Falls
Chippewa County

cloudy, 60 degrees. Not a whole lot of activity today. The bright spot was finding some showy orchis in bloom.

Showy orchis

Showy orchis

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

☆ = New county sighting record

May 8 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Badger Prairie County Park, Verona
Dane County

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

May 8 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: Hospital grounds Spring Street Racine
Racine County

Beautiful day. Had lunch outside. Morning Cloak joined me. Sampling my lunch, walking on my finger, flying at my hair...what an experience. Butterfly feet are very soft and gentle.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

May 8 2012

Stephanie Dorman

Location: Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville
Rock County

Variegated Fritillary Butterfly seen at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI, enjoying Allium

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

May 8 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

Despite the early hour (7-10 am) it was unusually warm which brought out the butterflies.

May 8 2012

Ollie

Location: Orchards Golf course - Egg Harbor, Wi.
Door County

An almost 60 sunny day and I saw 1 Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (earliest I have ever seen one here), 1 Black Swallowtail (same), and at least 50 Red Admirals. Incredible day. Then upon returning home the 'territorial" Morning Cloak was at the end of my driveway and will remain there all summer!!! More butterflies at this time of the year than i have ever seen in Door County.

May 9 2012

Fern Springs

Location: Co Hwy M/Co Hwy W north of Flambeau River Starte Forest
Sawyer County

3 PM, 64 degrees, sunny.
There were also a couple of unidentifiable blues, and a couple of unidentifiable fritillaries who didn't want to have their pictures taken.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Large White Trillium

Large White Trillium

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Mustard White

Mustard White

★ = New county photo record

May 9 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Holland Sand Prairie. South side of County MH about 1/2 mile west of Hwy 53 just west of Holmen
La Crosse County

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

May 9 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Hugh Iltis Prairie
Marquette County

65 Degrees and mostly sunny. Only had an hour to spare today. Took on an obligation to find first occurrences of Karner Blues. Got a hit first time at bat. And a bonus Gray Hairstreak.

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Dusky Clubtail

Dusky Clubtail

May 9 2012

Ollie

Location: island view road Fish Creek, wi
Door County

A late afternoon walk came upon a solitary Monarch

May 9 2012

Aaron Carlson

Location: Chippewa Valley Riverview Reserve, Chippewa Falls
Chippewa County

mostly cloudy, breezy, 60 degrees.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Mustard White

Mustard White

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

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

May 9 2012

Sandy

Location: Hartman Creek State Park
Waupaca County

One lone monarch, my first of the year, open mowed area.

American Lady

American Lady

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

May 9 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: LB White parking lot and scrup area adjacent to it. Mason Street, Onalaska
La Crosse County

Got a good look at the skipper but didn't have my camera. I had seen a grass skipper last week and wasn't able to get a picture for an ID. I would say it was the same species.

May 9 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Black River State Forest along Smrekar Rd just to the east of N Settlement Rd
Jackson County

On an evening visit to Jackson County. A small sunlite patch produced 4 butterfly species.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

May 9 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: back yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

May 9 2012

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Black Eearth
Dane County

May 10 2012

Aaron Carlson

Location: Chippewa Valley Riverview Reserve, Chippewa Falls
Chippewa County

70 degrees, mostly sunny. Saw the first dragonfly out here since I've been walking out here for lunch. A female Dot-tailed Whiteface.

American Copper

American Copper

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Dot-tailed Whiteface

☆ = New county sighting record

May 10 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Madison, Union Terrace and Verona Rd
Dane County

No time for a formal walk today but saw two red admirals anyways. One on the pavement near the water at the very busy Union Terrace, the other flying across Verona Road, well above car level.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 10 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: Oak Creek< Howel and Rawson Ave
Milwaukee County

First Eastern Black Swallowtail of the year. Also first Monarch ova of the year on Milkweed. Several adult Monarchs observed heading north.
Orange Sulfur female laying eggs on lawn clover.

Monarch egg

Monarch egg

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 10 2012

Richard Ouren

Location: Ouren Farm, 17892 Co Rd G Muscoda
Grant County

May 10 2012

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

The Milkweed plant was only about 5 inches high, but it had 7 Monarch eggs on it. I hope it can outgrow the caterpillars.

Monarch eggs

Monarch eggs

May 10 2012

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: 9-Springs Eway and Town of Middleton
Dane County

May 10 2012

Nick Anich

Location: FR 174 and spruce swamp to east
Sawyer County

My first Jutta Arctic - apparently early. Was in a black spruce swamp with cottongrass nearby.

☆ = New county sighting record

May 10 2012

Ann Thering

Location: Bauer Brockway Area
Jackson County

Moments later, the Blanding's turtle blinked, and the azure was gone. Many duskywings did not get counted.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

May 10 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Buena Vista Grasslands Lake Rd. between Townline and Taft
Portage County

After 6:30 pm, lots of American Ladies, Red Admirals, and more Painted Ladies than I have seen since 2003.

May 10 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Summerton Bog SNA
Marquette County

74 degrees and sunny. Another mind blowing trip to the . . . wet prairie. Todays adventure begins with Silvery Blues cruizing the vetch. Followed by Weeping willows that were weeping. Many places on the bark were sap was seeping out and BFs were feeding. More MCs, QMs, RAs and Monarchs than I could keep track of. On top of that "Love was in the air" and boy BFs fancy has turned to girl BFs. Got to get very close looks at QMs. Not all have the "?". Some had nothing at all. All had the 4 dots on the top side of the forewing. Autumn Olives were still a big draw.

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Viceroy

Viceroy

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

May 10 2012

Fern Springs

Location: Moccasin Ave, Gordon, WI, just before the bridge east of Hwy 53
Douglas County

Sunny, 64, breezy, muddy area next to the road.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Common Roadside-Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

May 11 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Father-in-law's farm, Moundville township
Marquette County

82 degrees and sunny. Fox river is up nearly 2'. Saw 5-6 different types of dragonflies too.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

★ = New county photo record

May 11 2012

Dan Foster

Location: Germantown
Washington County

My yard was busy today & got a pic of a well-worn Mourning Cloak.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

May 11 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: Oconomowoc Nature Hill Preserve
Waukesha County

Windy and sunny during the one hour period I searched this refuge. Red Admirals remain commonest butterfly, but are diminishing in numbers compared to recent outings. Orange Sulfurs surprisingly common, and also fresh. Hobomok sighted ...first of the season. Another first, the Pearl Crescent glimpsed before it was carried off in the wind. Monarchs not common, rather occasional.

American Lady

American Lady

Monarch

Monarch

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May 11 2012

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

13 or 14 butterflies on an overripe banana, all at the same time. Then Mourning Cloaks would arrive and various chases would ensue. Great fun. And we've harvested 70 Monarch eggs from the milkweeds in the garden already.

Butterflies galore!

Butterflies galore!

May 11 2012

Ryan Brady

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

Casual obs while doing yard work. First Monarch of year for me.

May 11 2012

Fern Springs

Location: My yard in Brockway
Jackson County

Sunny, 70s, 10:30 AM

Common Whitetail

Common Whitetail

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

May 11 2012

Bob Ring

Location: several places around the county
Calumet County

Very pleasant day. Butterflies around wherever you look. Saw my first swallowtail of the season.

May 11 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Governor Dodge State Park
Iowa County

Early afternoon. 70s and sunny. Good to see the orange sulphurs up close and actually observe the orange on their upper wings (just glimpses while flying because they don't rest with wings open very often). Red admirals and mourning cloaks flying everywhere within inches of where we were walking on the path.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

May 11 2012

Sandy

Location: Shopko garden center-Wausau
Marathon County

Monarch flew around outer plants
Red Admiral was in tent of shade plants

May 11 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Milwaukee County Grounds
Milwaukee County

11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Warm and sunny. Not as many Red Admirals as there have been. Surprised to see so many Mourning Cloaks flitting about in the open meadows in the sun.

May 11 2012

Kim Wheeler

Location: Paint Mine Trail along St. Croix River (canoe landing)
Burnett County

Didn't go there for butterflies, but they were there anyway! Duskywings were near camp site fire ring. Eastern Commas were perching on the trees at the clearing's edge. Monarch was on top of the hill.

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

May 11 2012

Danielle Schweitzer

Location: Rustic Road Town of Preston
Adams County

Perfect mix of habitats along this road saw so many butterflies today I lost count of several species!

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

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☆ = New county sighting record

May 11 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard and Marsh
Marquette County

82 degrees and sunny. Saw Bfs while picking asparagus, doing chores in the yard and then a quick trip to the marsh. We got a lot of rain last week and the marsh is "squishy". Many ferns died with our last frost. Chased the "Blues" today to see if I could find the lost Eastern Tailed. Of course it would have to be in "the last place you look" (Last Blue of the day).

May 12 2012

Danielle Schweitzer

Location: Town of Preston
Adams County

Rustic Road is the perfect place to find butterflies, each time there is something new to be find. Wildlife sightings as well as butterflies!

Monarch

Monarch

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

American Lady

American Lady

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

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

May 12 2012

Dean Hansen

Location: Crex Meadows to Namekagon Barrens
Burnett County

This was a butterfly trip to Crex Meadows to Namekagon Barrens with various stops on the way. Dean Hansen led the trip with 15+ participants.

May 12 2012

Jim & Suzanne Otto

Location: Badger Army Ammunition Plant properties
Sauk County

We were on a Natural Resources Foundation field trip to the Badger Ammo Plant properties this morning.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

American Lady

American Lady

★ = New county photo record

May 12 2012

Zachary Sanders

Location: Pardeeville, WI
Columbia County

American Copper found on a dandelion

American Copper

American Copper

May 12 2012

Tim Fenske

Location: Wildcat Mountain State Park
Vernon County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

May 12 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard, meadow and marsh
Marquette County

74 degrees, no wind, and variable skies. WOW! 6+ mating pairs of monarchs. Indigo Bunting and Scarlet Tanager cruised by just in front of me. Giant Swallowtail lazily danced less than 10' by also.

May 12 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: south Brockway Road, all dirt
Jackson County

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Ebony Boghaunter

Ebony Boghaunter

Persius Duskywing

Persius Duskywing

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Hudsonian Whiteface

Hudsonian Whiteface

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

★ = New county photo record

May 12 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Bauer Brockway Barrens SNA
Jackson County

Who knows the plant that the Gorgone is nectaring on?

No sign of elfins today, though I didn't have that long to look. Did see plenty of duskywings that went un IDed.

Monarch

Monarch

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

Dusted Skipper

Dusted Skipper

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

May 12 2012

Tom Bentley

Location: Kettle Morraine State Forest North
Fond du Lac County

☆ = New county sighting record

May 12 2012

Joan Braune

Location: Picnic Point/Biocore Prairie
Dane County

May 12 2012

Richard Breen

Location: 130th St. South of W, Buena Vista
Portage County

Saw two gravid female monarchs laying eggs very near the ground south of the canal. (No visible milkweek here) Sandhill crane on nest nearby. While going north from the canal found a nice buckeye puddling in the mud of the trail.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

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May 12 2012

Bob Ring

Location: Freedom Moravian Cemetery
Outagamie County

Saw my first Tiger Swallowtail of the season, as well as my first question mark and American Lady. Lots of butterflies again today! It's like being in butterfly heaven!

May 12 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: Perkinstown Winter Sports Area, Medford
Taylor County

Perkinstown Winter Sports Area is located about 15 miles west of Medford off Hwy 64 on Winter Sports Rd. The American Lady was ovipositing on pussy toes. Lucky to get this picture!

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

American Lady

American Lady

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

May 12 2012

Danielle Schweitzer

Location: Rustic Road Town of Preston
Adams County

A perfect day for bike riding and sighting butterflys. Saw so many Red Admirals I lost count! As well as this American Copper, Monarchs, Swallowtails, whites and Sulphers

American Copper

American Copper

May 12 2012

Fern Springs

Location: Wyalusing State Park
Grant County

Various times throughout the day, sunny 60s, slightly breezy. There are a couple of eaglets peeking over the top of the nest. This photo was taken on the 13th from a boat on the Mississippi near Pairie du Chien.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Question Mark

Question Mark

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Monarch

Monarch

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

★ = New county photo record

May 12 2012

Nancy

Location: Sandhills Refuge
Wood County

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

May 13 2012

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

May 13 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Three Ten Rd.
Iron County

May 13 2012

Danielle Schweitzer

Location: Town of Preston
Adams County

Saw many species again today, including this Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

★ = New county photo record

May 13 2012

Zachary Sanders

Location: Pardeeville, WI in the road in front of my house
Columbia County

This would be my first sighting and snapshot of a Henry's Elfin

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

May 13 2012

Andy Paulios

Location: Picnic PointUW arboretum
Dane County

With Ryan Brady, Kim Kreitinger, Eric Preston

May 13 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Grant Park
Milwaukee County

The only new butterfly for the year for me today was the Snout. There continues to be an exceptional number of Mourning Cloaks but the number of Red Admirals are declining.

May 13 2012

Tom Bentley

Location: Kohler Dunes State Natural Area
Sheboygan County

☆ = New county sighting record

May 13 2012

Madelyn Le Clair

Location: shoreline restaurant Gills Rock
Door County

outside our table window on bush

May 13 2012

Madelyn Le Clair

Location: Woerfels Woods Road, Baileys Harbor
Door County

walking in yard

May 13 2012

Emma

Location: My house
Chippewa County

A beautiful Monarch was fluttering around.

May 13 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Yellowstone Lake State Park & Yellowstone Lake State Wildlife Area
Lafayette County

A perfect day for butterfly photography. I also several Duskywing Skippers and a tiny Grass Skipper all of which I was unable to ID. I was surprised by the number of Question Marks that I saw.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Monarch

Monarch

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

American Lady

American Lady

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

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

May 13 2012

Lois Ballard

Location: My cottage and adjoining land between Wautoma and Neshkoro
Waushara County

Wasn't really looking for butterflies today, except in a patch of Lupine, but kept seeing butterflies on and off during the day. Did see quite a few Skippers, but not well enough to ID them. Not as many Red Admirals lately.

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

May 13 2012

Lisa J. Cihlar

Location: Sugar River Trail about 4 1/2 miles from Brodhead.
Green County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

May 13 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: Location: Hawthorne Hollow Nature Sanctuary & Arboretum
Kenosha County

Beautiful Afternoon. Whites and Sulphur in sunny meadow. Morning Cloak, Red Admiral, Painted Lady and 1 unknown in wooded area near stream. I

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Question Mark

Question Mark

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

May 13 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: E Milchesky Rd between Hwy 35 and County A (south of Pattison SP)
Douglas County

Very windy which made chasing butterflies and dragonflies a little tough. Did find my first Four-spotted Skimmer of the year and also found a small pond with ovipositing Variegated Meadowhawks.

Variegated Meadowhawk

Variegated Meadowhawk

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Four-spotted Skimmer

Four-spotted Skimmer

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record

May 13 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

May 13 2012

Paula Kleintjes Neff

Location: Martell, private property
Pierce County

First Giant Swallowtail of the season; most species seen in sunny forest/yard opening

☆ = New county sighting record

May 13 2012

Terry Leasa

Location: Doctor's Park, Miwaukee
Milwaukee County

American Snout

American Snout

American Snout

American Snout

May 13 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: Kettle Morraine St Forest nr Eagle
Waukesha County

About two hours searching along trails and parking lot.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

★ = New county photo record

May 13 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Riley Lake Wildlife Area
Price County

Saw 1 Frigga Fritillary along N. Gates Rd. three times in a half an hour. Scott and Ann Swengel reported that this species was in peak flight.

May 13 2012

Maria Elena Mau

Location: Skunk Coulee
Trempealeau County

They just make you feel so peaceful when you watch them fly about.

May 13 2012

Ann Thering

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

May 14 2012

Madelyn Le Clair

Location: Woerfels woods road Baileys Harbor
Door County

Walking around the yard looking for butterflies

May 14 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike Trail Parking Lot and trail below Sunset Vista Rd, Onalaska, WI
La Crosse County

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

May 14 2012

Anastasia Schmidt

Location: Preble Park
Brown County

May 14 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: Nature Hill Preserve, Oconomowoc
Waukesha County

Forested trails sparsely populated, except for exposed sunnier tracts, where Red Admirals continue to persist at much less intensity than previously. Orange Sulfurs rather common, and a singleton worn Mourning Cloak also seen. Highlight of the one hour outing, a female Little Sulfur settled long enough on a dandilion to allow a pic. In my area this butterfly is seldom seen, perhaps once in several years, so this sighting was a thriller.

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

★ = New county photo record

May 14 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Pine Island WLA
Columbia County

78 Degrees and Sunny. 11AM to Noon.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Question Mark

Question Mark

★ = New county photo record

May 14 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Summerton Bog SNA
Marquette County

84 Degrees and Sunny. Autumn olives not as busy as last week. One that was still aeromatic had 5 Swallowtails in it.

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

May 14 2012

Joan Braune

Location: my backyard in Madison
Dane County

May 14 2012

Art Syth

Location: Between Ontario & LaFarge on the Kickapoo River
Vernon County

Two were seen on a sandbar in the Kickapoo River while kayaking the river.

May 14 2012

Aaron Carlson & Armund Bartz

Location: Battle Bluff Prairie SNA
Vernon County

NRF Field Trip - Prairie Reptiles of the Mississippi Bluffs. Sunny and 80 degrees. We were on the Southern prairie (Battle Hollow Prairie). Time was spent predominantly looking for lizards, otherwise the list would probably be longer.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

☆ = New county sighting record

May 14 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Hwy 54, Settlement Rd, Battle Point, and Shale Roads
Jackson County

Also saw a Forcipate Emerald (dragonfly).

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

★ = New county photo record

May 14 2012

Ann Thering

Location: Garden
Dane County

May 15 2012

Dory Owen

Location: Faville Grove Sanctuary
Jefferson County

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Question Mark

Question Mark

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

★ = New county photo record

May 15 2012

Chuck Petters

Location: Marsh Road
Waupaca County

☆ = New county sighting record

May 15 2012

K. Java

Location: St. Croix River landings
Polk County

I stopped at Never's Dam and Spangler's landings on the St. Croix River. I saw Giant Swallowtails in the exact same spots last year.

Giant and Canadian Tiger

Giant and Canadian Tiger

Question Mark

Question Mark

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

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

May 15 2012

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Hit the trifecta of swallowtails, with the earliest-ever sighting by us of a Giant.

May 15 2012

Armund Bartz

Location: Holland Sand Prairie State Natural Area
La Crosse County

Was hoping for Dusted Skippers but surprised with Common Ringlet and excited to see Gorgone Checkerspots. I saw a Gorgone 2 miles away a few years back so very glad to see them on the State Natural Area as well were there is more habitat!

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

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☆ = New county sighting record

May 15 2012

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Black Earth/Vermont Township
Dane County

May 15 2012

Donald Severson

Location: Trempealeau National Wildlife refuge
Trempealeau County

I saw a Red Spotted Purple butterfly near the office building in the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

May 15 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Cylon State Natural Area
St. Croix County

I saw a monarch patrolling an area, flying really close to the ground. This milkweed, 5 inches tall, was the only milkweed in the area. Underneath, I found the two freshly laid eggs.

Monarch

Monarch

Beaver Pond Baskettail

Beaver Pond Baskettail

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Harvester

Harvester

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

mourn

mourn

Monarch eggs

Monarch eggs

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

May 15 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Holland Sand Prairie, County MH about 1/3 mile west of Hwy 53 on west side of Holmen
La Crosse County

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

American Copper

American Copper

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Eight-spotted Forester

Eight-spotted Forester

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

May 15 2012

Ann Thering

Location: Black Earth area
Dane County

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

May 15 2012

Joey Reichhoff

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Dusted Skipper

Dusted Skipper

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Common Roadside-Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

May 15 2012

Dory Owen

Location: Mud Lake Riverine Marsh SNA
Dodge County

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

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

May 16 2012

Sandy

Location: Standing Rocks Co Park
Portage County

One flowering shrub feeding several in middle of open meadow. Had to brave the bumbles to get a look. Honeysuckles good feeding site too. One of the Monarchs was feeding on Pucoon blooming among the Lupines.

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

★ = New county photo record

May 16 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Madison, UW Arboretum, trails near Duck Pond
Dane County

Monarch

Monarch

Question Mark

Question Mark

May 16 2012

Ollie

Location: Orchards golf course
Door County

This has been an incredible Spring-I have never seen so many and so many species this early!!!!! For the fun of it my foursome on the golf course kept track of sightings

May 16 2012

Jerry Ziegler

Location: Pickerel Lake Fen Preserve
Walworth County

Question Mark

Question Mark

★ = New county photo record

May 16 2012

Dory Owen

Location: Hugh Iltis Prairie & Savannah
Marquette County

No Karners seen on lupine field burned earlier this spring.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

American Copper

American Copper

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

May 16 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

A brief stop to eat lunch.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

★ = New county photo record

May 16 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Ponds along Hwy 78
Dane County

May 16 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Arena and in and around Avoca
Iowa County

Pretty incredible mid-May! (Also heard a Bell's Vireo.)

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Dusted Skipper

Dusted Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

May 16 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Platteville and East Dubuque area.
Grant County

A last, short stop for the day.

May 16 2012

Jeffrey Burrer

Location: My 50 acre property 5 miles southeast of Viola Wi
Richland County

This photo was taken in my front yard this Lilac bush had at least fifteen Giant Swallowtails and numerous Monarchs

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

May 16 2012

Nick Anich

Location: Cheney Lake Rd.
Douglas County

Chryxus Arctic, Olympia Marble, and Hoary Elfin were new for me.

American Copper

American Copper

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

Chryxus Arctic

Chryxus Arctic

★ = New county photo record

May 16 2012

Janine Putzer

Location: Wauwatosa - Jefferson Elementary School
Milwaukee County

Black Swallowtail - female

May 16 2012

Aaron Carlson

Location: Chippewa Valley Riverview Reserve, Chippewa Falls
Chippewa County

Sunny, 65 degrees. The Common Ringlets were quite abundant and active. The Harvester was up about 10' high in a tree, so it was tough to get a decent shot.

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

Harvester

Harvester

Monarch

Monarch

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

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

May 16 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: Kettle Morraine St Forest nr Eagle
Waukesha County

Season's first sightings for Peck's Skipper, Viceroy, Red-spotted Purple and Question Mark.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Viceroy

Viceroy

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Question Mark

Question Mark

May 16 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard, meadow and Marsh
Marquette County

74 Degrees and Sunny. Saw some BFs while prepping and painting the barn today. Meadow and marsh 4:30-5:45 PM.

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

May 16 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: LB White Parking lot and surrounding area. Mason St, Onalaska
La Crosse County

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Variegated Meadowhawk

Variegated Meadowhawk

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

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

May 16 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Edge of Pond on west side of Timberwood Lane, Holmen
La Crosse County

May 17 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Hugh Iltis Prairie
Marquette County

77 Degrees, cloudy and sprinkles at one point. 1-3:30 PM. I really love when Hobomoks leap out in front of me on a path to defend their territory. I can imagine them shouting, "You shall not pass!"

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

May 17 2012

Bridget

Location: Hales Corners, WI
Milwaukee County

saw this on my back porch

Question Mark

Question Mark

May 17 2012

Ilona Loser

Location: Cross Plains - Ice Age Trail
Dane County

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

May 17 2012

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: black Earth
Dane County

May 17 2012

Richard Ouren

Location: Ouren Farm, 17892 Co Rd G Muscoda
Grant County

May 17 2012

Marcie O'Connor

Location: Prairie Haven Farm
Buffalo County

Pocahontas form

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

May 18 2012

Ginny Nelson

Location: Walking Iron Park in Mazomanie
Dane County

May 18 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: Kettle Morraine St Forest nr Eagle
Waukesha County

Alfalfa field with patches of white clover found Eastern Tailed Blue, American Coppers and Tawny Edged Skippers..plus many Orange and Clouded Sulfurs.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

American Copper

American Copper

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

May 18 2012

Ann Thering

Location: My Garden
Dane County

May 18 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: 2nd Ave. Jackson Township
Adams County

88 degrees and sunny. A 1/4 miles stretch near 1st drive. Only there about 45 minutes. Have loved seeing Hognose snakes since I was a kid.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Eastern Hognose Snake

Eastern Hognose Snake

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

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

May 18 2012

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

I stopped on Stolte Rd to specifically look for Karners. Extremely windy but managed to see the FOY Karner and also a FOY Common Buckeye.

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

May 18 2012

Sarah Bellehumeur

Location: 37th and Thurston
Milwaukee County

feeding on false Phlox

May 18 2012

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

These were all seen after 6:30pm.

May 19 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Badger Prairie County Park, Verona
Dane County

Was specifically looking for black swallowtails. There were many of them at one particular location in the park last year. Only saw two today, however.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 19 2012

Tom Bentley

Location: Sandhill State Wildlife Area
Wood County

May 19 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

Warm and sunny morning. The Little Yellow and the Spring Azures were new for the year.

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

May 19 2012

Fern Springs

Location: My yard in Brockway
Jackson County

86 degrees, 11:30AM, sunny

May 19 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: East end of Rush Creek Road
Crawford County

Columbine Duskywing

Columbine Duskywing

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

May 19 2012

Rose Tiegs

Location: Hartman Creek State Park.
Waupaca County

Not far from the entrance office, Spotted some lupine and decided to look. Made my day !

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

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

May 19 2012

Maddie LeClair

Location: WoerfelsWwoods Road, Baileys Harbor
Door County

Red admiral in home garden

May 19 2012

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

89 degrees today. My previous early date for a Gray Hairstreak was September 30th.

Question Mark

Question Mark

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Question Mark

Question Mark

May 19 2012

Rose Tiegs

Location: Hartman Creek State Park. Hartman Lake
Waupaca County

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Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

May 19 2012

Rose Tiegs

Location: Hartman Creek Segment
Portage County

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

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

May 19 2012

Ryan Brady

Location: Long Lake west of Washburn
Bayfield County

Short field trip as part of Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival. Most notable was Variegated Fritillary.

May 19 2012

Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association (SWBA)

Location: Bauer Brockway Barrens and other spots within the Wazee NABA count circle.
Jackson County

This was SWBA's 6th annual combination field trip to Bauer Brockway Barrens and Wazee NABA spring count. 18 participants using close-focusing binoculars. With vegetation and flight periods well advanced, we observed a somewhat different set of species (fewer early spring species, more early summer species) and southern immigrants (Gray Hairstreak, Common Buckeye, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Common Checkered Skipper, Orange Sulphur). Previous highest count (in ordinary weather) was 26 species. This year (extraordinary weather) produced 42 species! Some participants came from as far away as Minnesota, Illinois and Massachusetts! High temperature of 91! Photos: Sleepy Duskywing and Indian Skipper by Dan Sonnenberg, Henry's Elfin by Jim Otto.

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Indian Skipper

Indian Skipper

☆ = New county sighting record

May 19 2012

Esjay and K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Very Windy! Dusted Skippers hanging on tightly to puccoon. Clouds rolled in about 2pm and activity stopped. Only visited western side of the meadows.

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

May 20 2012

Mary Backus

Location: Mountain Bay Trail along Norrie Lake Bog
Marathon County

Saw my first ever Jutta Arctic.

Jutta Arctic

Jutta Arctic

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☆ = New county sighting record

May 20 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Wyalusing SP
Grant County

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

★ = New county photo record

May 20 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: River Bend Nature Preserve Racine
Racine County

Beautiful day, partially cloudy, about 80 degrees slight breeze, low humidity, wooded path, and almost no butterflies. Four Spring Azure who declined to hold still to have their picture taken and two dragon flies.

Common Whitetail

Common Whitetail

☆ = New county sighting record

May 21 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Brooks Bluff SNA
Adams County

74 degrees and Sunny. Very small SNA. Bluff has a lot of Poison Ivy, Columbine, and Blackberry. Had only enough time for a quick walk through.
Not sure what the rggs on the Lupine are. The Azure's had worn colors, the blue on top has faded to white. Wings were papery thin. and legs were missing.

eggs

eggs

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

May 21 2012

Sean Bruechert

Location: West Bloomfield
Waushara County

he was in my garage-then flew out onto my 4wheeler-cool looking-no camera at hand-looked up your site to find out what kind it was

May 21 2012

Ryan Brady

Location: Fourmile Creek trail off Cty C northwest of Washburn
Bayfield County

All the commas were worn and most if not all appeared to be females.

May 21 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard, meadow and sister inlaws yard
Marquette County

74 degrees and Sunny. Lilacs a hit. Swallowtails and 6 hummingbird/snowberry moths. Mosquitos overran me when I stopped the ATV. Was only out to find caterpillar food.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

May 21 2012

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

All sightings on Jimmy Carter Rd except Karners and Viceroy. I went to Stolte Rd to check for Karners on Lupine and was not disappointed. In only 20 minutes I found 17. 1st time I've ever been stopped by Game Wardens while butterflying.

White Admiral

White Admiral

Question Mark

Question Mark

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

May 21 2012

Nick Anich

Location: Swamp off of Town Line Rd (Town of Bennett)
Douglas County

I've been seeing Brown Elfins in all swamps I've been in lately.

☆ = New county sighting record

May 21 2012

Joey Reichhoff

Location: Rustic Rd north of Cty Rd V
Barron County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

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

May 21 2012

Nick Anich

Location: Muck Lake Rd.
Douglas County

Common Roadside-Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

May 21 2012

Elaine Vokoun

Location: Milwaukee East Side
Milwaukee County

Question Mark

Question Mark

May 21 2012

Nick Anich

Location: Halfway Rd.
Bayfield County

Question Mark

Question Mark

Common Roadside-Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

★ = New county photo record

May 21 2012

Connie Stout

Location: Village of Biron, Williams St
Wood County

Feeding on Lilac bushes

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

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

May 21 2012

Pamela Willis

Location: my yard, Adams Twp.
Adams County

about 4:00 pm at the base of a cedar tree

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

May 22 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: Hospital grounds, Spring Street
Racine County

Full sun, cool day, some wind.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

May 22 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Avon Bottoms, Newark Prairie SNA, Girl Scount Headquarters, Hwy D
Rock County

The Fiery Skipper was somewhat worn. The Sootywing was fresh.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

★ = New county photo record

May 22 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Margin of LB White Parking Lot, 411 Mason St, Onalaska
La Crosse County

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

May 22 2012

Chuck Petters

Location: Marsh Road
Waupaca County

American Copper

American Copper

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

American Copper

American Copper

☆ = New county sighting record

May 22 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area
Green County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

May 22 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Karner Blue Meadow SNA & Wild Rose Hatchery
Waushara County

Warm and Sunny. Field exercise for Karner Blue surveys.

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

American Copper

American Copper

Frosted Whiteface

Frosted Whiteface

May 23 2012

Lonnie Bernarde

Location: Eland, WI
Marathon County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

May 23 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: kettle morraine st forest nr eagle
Waukesha County

My second Little Yellow of the season, found along a wet low lying area within brushland.Also FOY for Buckeyes and Little Satyrs. A total of 17 species observed in less than two hours.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

★ = New county photo record

May 23 2012

Donnalynn Bloedel

Location: The Eisenbaum trail (between Kewaskum and Campbellsport)
Fond du Lac County

This trail is awesome if you are looking for butterflies. I could spend all day out there with my camera.

Question Mark

Question Mark

American Snout

American Snout

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Question Mark

Question Mark

American Lady

American Lady

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Eight-spotted Forester

Eight-spotted Forester

Common Whitetail

Common Whitetail

Monarch

Monarch

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

White Slant-line

White Slant-line

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

May 23 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard, meadow, marsh and sister in-laws Lilacs
Marquette County

81 degrees and mostly sunny. QM Cat.s are getting big. Quick trip around on the 3 wheeler. Only got off a few times. At one point a Hobomok landed on the running ATV 3 different times. Talk about bold!

Question Mark

Question Mark

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Question Mark caterpillar

Question Mark caterpillar

May 23 2012

Denise Klotzbach

Location: My property in the town of Rhine
Sheboygan County

All of these butterflies were found in a field next to a large natural pond or along the road where there's a lot of Phlox in bloom.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

American Lady

American Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Question Mark

Question Mark

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

May 23 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Lincoln Park
Milwaukee County

Warm and sunny. Enjoying my new camera.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Question Mark

Question Mark

May 23 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Our yard.
Sauk County

What a surprise! We have 2 small patches of Pipevine planted specifically for the Pipevine Swallowtail--but what was the chance that such a rare immigrant would ever find our Pipevine? There must be a significant population that is arriving in Wisconsin.

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

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

May 23 2012

Paul Sparks

Location: Glendale
Milwaukee County

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

May 23 2012

Stan Rehm

Location: Gotham Jack Pine Barrens SNA
Richland County

Not a very scenic State Natural Area, but the butterflies were o.k. The Little Wood-Satyrs were abundant, and a Silver-spotted Skipper finally assumed the classic spread-wing pose.

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Question Mark

Question Mark

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

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

May 23 2012

Nick Anich

Location: Chippewa Fire Rd.
Iron County

☆ = New county sighting record

May 23 2012

Ann Thering

Location: Pleasant Valley
Dane County

May 23 2012

Anna Merritt

Location: Totagatic River Wildlife Area, off Duck Pond Road
Washburn County

I have seen the Mustard White's on this road many times, within about four mile radius.
Both images were within about a mile of each other.

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

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

May 24 2012

Fern Springs

Location: US51 -> CR-H, CR-K, CR-M, CR-B
Vilas County

Sunny, 60s, 9:30-10:30AM. Duskywings and swallowtails were on CR-H. One Hobomok skipper and one clouded sulfur on CR-K. All the rest plus one Juvenal and 5 swallowtails were at a boat landing on CR-B.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

American Lady

American Lady

Chalk-Fronted Corporal

Chalk-Fronted Corporal

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

★ = New county photo record

May 24 2012

Paul Sparks

Location: Glendale, my backyard and neighborhood.
Milwaukee County

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

May 24 2012

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Lake Marion Park, Mazomanie.
Dane County

May 24 2012

Mary Backus

Location: Mountain Bay Trail
Marathon County

Harris' Checkerspot

Harris' Checkerspot

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

May 25 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Lower Wis River Lone Rock Unit and Orion Boat Landing.
Richland County

☆ = New county sighting record

May 25 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Cherokee Marsh
Dane County

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

May 25 2012

Jerry Ziegler

Location: Newell and Ann Meyer Preserve
Waukesha County

While checking bluebird boxes in a prairie restoration, I saw a blur of color and looked down to see an odd sight. It appeared to be a butterfly with wings moving in two different directions. Then I realized it was two butterflies locked pretty tightly together.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

May 25 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Lower Wis Riverway (Muscoda to Blue River).
Grant County

May 25 2012

Richard Ouren

Location: Ouren Farm, 17892 Co Rd G Muscoda
Grant County

May 25 2012

K. Java

Location: My yard
Burnett County

I planted some Korean Dwarf Lilacs last fall to attract butterflies and I guess it paid off. I was photographing a Nessus Sphinx Moth when this guy/gal showed up.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

★ = New county photo record

May 25 2012

Mary Backus

Location: Mountain Bay Trail through Norrie Lake Marsh
Marathon County

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

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

May 25 2012

Jeanette Klodzen

Location: Bauer Brockway Barrens area
Jackson County

Red-spotted Admiral

Red-spotted Admiral

Pink-edged Sulphur

Pink-edged Sulphur

★ = New county photo record

May 25 2012

Joey Reichhoff

Location: Comstock Rd
Barron County

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

May 25 2012

Lynn Mickelsen

Location: Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest
Fond du Lac County

Our property is adjacent to the State Forest. The Female Black Swallowtail was feeding on the lobelia in one of my potted plants for over 15 minutes. What a beautiful butterfly, first time I've ever seen one. Time of the sighting was 4 pm.

May 25 2012

Tim Anderson

Location: Hortonville Bog SNA
Outagamie County

First time there and unprepared. I will bring a compass to navigate the woods around the bog next time. Tiger swallowtails were flying but they did not land so I could not ID them. Questionmarks were half worn half fresh and many more present than I accounted for.

May 26 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Question Mark

Question Mark

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

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

May 26 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Tie Mill Rd.
Florence County

Certainly a surprise to see a Fiery here!

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

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

May 26 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Havenwoods State Forest
Milwaukee County

Hot and sunny afternoon. Lots of first-of-the-year butterflies for me.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

May 26 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Avoca Prairie East Unit
Iowa County

Date on other sighting should be May 26 also.

finally, photographic evidence of my Loch Ness monster of butterflies, the dreaded gray hairstreak. Moves very quickly!

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Viceroy

Viceroy

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

May 26 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Avoca Prairie West Unit
Iowa County

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Question Mark

Question Mark

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

May 26 2012

James Popp

Location: LaBudde Creek Fisheries Area
Sheboygan County

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

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

May 26 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Goose Pond Sanctuary just S of Kampen Rd
Columbia County

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

★ = New county photo record

May 26 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Schoenberg Marsh Waterfowl Production Area just N of Priem Rd
Columbia County

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

May 26 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Summerton Bog SNA
Marquette County

74 degrees and cloudy. 1 1/2 hour walk. Rain at end.

May 26 2012

Roy Lukes

Location: Toft Point State Natural Area
Door County

The remaining foundation of the old homestead lodge is near a huge lilac shrub that was at its peak of flowering and wonderful aroma. On that particular day I witnessed at least ten other species feasting on the lilac nectar.

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

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

May 27 2012

Danielle Schweitzer

Location: Towns of Preston and Rome
Adams County

Hot windy day! Set out early on the bikes and saw many variety of butterflies! Question Marks, Canandian Tiger Swallowtails, Monarchs, Red Spotted Purples, White Admirals, Northern Cresents, Red Admirals, and Viceroy. Even a pair of Sandhill Cranes. Overall a very good day for sighting not so much for photos!

White Admiral

White Admiral

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Red-spotted Admiral

Red-spotted Admiral

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

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

May 27 2012

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg, WI
Ozaukee County

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

★ = New county photo record

May 27 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, private property
Dane County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

May 27 2012

Andi

Location: Seminole Hwy arboretum in Madison
Dane County

Caught him visiting peonies on the edge of the UW Arboretum

May 27 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: Cliffside Park
Racine County

12:00 to 2:00, warm, full sun, light wind, Praire, Grass, purple clover, some wooded areas, and some lake side cliffs. Rained last night so some quickly drying mud spots. Lots of birds. Surprise of the day for me was a humming bird. First I've seen this year. Blues all over.
Warning for hikers, lots of ticks in this park. I found out the hard way. Use protection.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

wood tick

wood tick

★ = New county photo record

May 27 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Stolte Rd.
Burnett County

Stopped at a small patch of clover for about five minutes after 5:00.

May 27 2012

Aaron Carlson

Location: Giant White Pine Grove SNA Trail
Forest County

cloudy, 62 degrees. not a whole lot of activity, likely due to recent storm. The arctic skipper was seen in the conifer swamp that the trail loops around.

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

May 27 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Pleasant Prairie Rd., West River Rd. to County O.
Burnett County

May 27 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Old Grade Rd.
Sawyer County

Never stopped here before, and thought I would stop one place on the way to Burnett County. Southern immigrants are definitely up north! Saw both a male and a female Fiery Skipper. Henry's Elfin was fairly fresh.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

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

May 27 2012

James Popp

Location: Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest - near Greenbush
Sheboygan County

Cool, windy more kept activity down

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

May 27 2012

Jim Otto

Location: White River Marsh State Wildlife Area
Green Lake County

It was rather windy, and the mosquitoes were out and biting. I found my first Monarch caterpillar, which was only 1/4 inch long.

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Question Mark

Question Mark

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

May 27 2012

Alex Harmon

Location: Right outside of Dodgeville
Iowa County

☆ = New county sighting record

May 27 2012

Joey Reichhoff

Location: 30th Ave
Washburn County

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Question Mark

Question Mark

Monarch

Monarch

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

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

May 27 2012

Esjay

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Started out cold and cloudy until around 11. Windy all day. Question Marks everywhere and still flying in!

Question Mark

Question Mark

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Mottled Duskywing

Mottled Duskywing

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

May 27 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Our yard in Sauk City
Sauk County

The female Pipevine Swallowtail is still here, its 6th day. On the 25th we photographed it laying a batch of eggs. Today we photographed those eggs, layed at the base of the leaf stem. We found another batch layed on stem at base of leaf.

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail eggs

Pipevine Swallowtail eggs

Pipevine Swallowtail eggs

Pipevine Swallowtail eggs

May 27 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Ponds along 78 and briefly at Black Earth Prairie
Dane County

We revisited a nettle patch after 12 days. Photo shows the very numerous leaf nests the Red Admiral caterpillars made (photo on May 15). Second photo shows that today the caterpillars have decimated the nettles patch. Nothing left but stems. Many caterpillars crawling away from the nettles, presumably to change to chrysalis. In a 2 foot by 3 foot stretch of trail I counted 18 caterpillars crossing simultaneously! We tip-toed out of the area.

Red Admiral caterpillar

Red Admiral caterpillar

May 27 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: Muralt Bluff SNA
Green County

I don't know the skipper--thinking Tawny-edged.

The area of Muralt owned by Prairie Enthusiasts is the best place there for butterflies. It took me many visits to figure this out.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record

May 27 2012

Tom Elliott

Location: prefer not to say
Dane County

Photographed White M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album). Image will be posted in coming days on Flickr.com under photographer khteWisconsin.

☆ = New county sighting record

May 27 2012

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

92 degrees today. My previous early date for a Fiery Skipper was September 18.

May 27 2012

Roxanne Rogers

Location: Sand Creek Road, along Stebins lake off 108, about a mile south of Melrose (just past the Melrose Black River boat landing)
Jackson County

It was resting on a flower. Didn't move much the whole time I watched, about 5 minutes.

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

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May 27 2012

Richard Ouren

Location: Ouren Farm, 17892 Co Rd G Muscoda
Grant County

May 27 2012

Denise Klotzbach

Location: My property in the town of Rhine
Sheboygan County

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

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

May 27 2012

Pamela Willis

Location: my yard, Adams Twp
Adams County

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

May 27 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Pine barrens east of Hwy 27
Bayfield County

May 27 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Bender Park
Milwaukee County

Morning bird walk produced a number of butterflies too as the sun came out and the temperature went up.

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

May 27 2012

Ann Thering

Location: Garden
Dane County

The female Pipevine was laying eggs (temperature was 93 degrees); one cluster had more than 20!

May 28 2012

Bob Ring

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

I saw my first Buckeye's of the year. I have never seen them in May. I saw 2 types of the Blues/Hairstreak butterflies. I'm not 100% sure which ones they were.

☆ = New county sighting record

May 28 2012

Danielle Schweitzer

Location: Cree Ave Preston
Adams County

It was fairly windy today and the skeeters were out in force making it difficult.

White Admiral

White Admiral

White Admiral

White Admiral

★ = New county photo record

May 28 2012

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: our backyard and east side madison neighborhood
Dane County

What a treat to see 6 adult Pipevine Swallowtails! One female laid 2 eggs as we watched and we found 2 other clusters of eggs with 28-29 eggs each. The male Cobra Clubtail dragonfly was perched on our front porch steps! A female was in our backyard a few days ago.

Cobra Clubtail

Cobra Clubtail

May 28 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Milwaukee County Grounds, Wauwatosa
Milwaukee County

7:70-10:30 am. Mostly a bird-walk. There would probably be more butterflies on a walk later in the day, but I was too hot and tired by 10:30 to continue. The grassland birds were amazing.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

May 28 2012

Sally DuCharme

Location: Town of Dayton
Waupaca County

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

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☆ = New county sighting record

May 28 2012

Paul Sparks

Location: Harrington Beach State Park, grassland loop
Ozaukee County

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

May 28 2012

Richard Breen

Location: East of Kellner on 110th Street, South of WW
Portage County

Puddling on damp gravel road. Landed right at my feet when I got out of the van to shoot some other species.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

White Admiral

White Admiral

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Question Mark

Question Mark

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

White Admiral

White Admiral

White Admiral

White Admiral

★ = New county photo record

May 28 2012

Fern Springs

Location: CR-B Boat Landing
Vilas County

Sunny, 79, around 12:30.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

American Lady

American Lady

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

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☆ = New county sighting record

May 28 2012

Lee & Elizabeth Barker

Location: Neenah (my backyard, middle of town)
Winnebago County

We have one pipevine growing on our fence next to our butterfly garden. We never expected to actually get a pipevine swallowtail! But today one showed up and laid around 75 eggs on our plant!

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail eggs

Pipevine Swallowtail eggs

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine plant

Pipevine plant

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☆ = New county sighting record

May 28 2012

James Popp

Location: LaBudde Creek Fisheries Area
Sheboygan County

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

May 28 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Brooklyn Wildlife Area, northern section
Dane County

Late afternoon. Alternating between cloudy and sunny. Seeing lots of butterflies. Then a storm rolled in and I got drenched and pelted with small hail. Not the best ending to a very pleasant walk. Besides butterflies, I saw an interesting insect, which I found out is a golden-backed snipe fly.

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

golden-backed snipe fly

golden-backed snipe fly

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

May 28 2012

Alex Harmon

Location: Right outside of Dodgeville
Iowa County

I went outside after it stopped raining; it quickly became sunny.

☆ = New county sighting record

May 28 2012

Rose Tiegs

Location: Buzz Besadny Fishery
Kewaunee County

Question Mark

Question Mark

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

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

May 28 2012

Paul Sloth

Location: Rochester, private residence
Racine County

Daughter caught this Pipevine Swallowtail in the afternoon on Memorial Day. It was in a field near the edge of some woods. Wings were pretty beaten up.

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

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May 28 2012

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg, WI
Ozaukee County

May 28 2012

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Black Earth
Dane County

May 28 2012

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Black Earth
Dane County

I was amazed to see the pipevine swallowtail, but I had an extended close view and there is no doubt in my mind what it was. It was a shimmering blue. I know some had been spotted a few years back at Olbrich Gardens.

It was on an old privet bush which is starting to bloom. The flowers smell very sweet and it's a butterfly magnet.

May 28 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Black River State Forest
Jackson County

My counts are mostly under-counts. Many of the Question Marks and others were landing on the gravel/dirt roads, and were often becoming roadkill.

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

★ = New county photo record

May 28 2012

Fern Springs

Location: CR-L Wayside, Nokomis
Oneida County

Sunny, 79, 2:15 PM. The park was on a stream.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

American Lady

American Lady

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

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☆ = New county sighting record

May 28 2012

Mike Reese

Location: rest area just south of Spooner off Hwy 53
Washburn County

Quick stop to see if there were any migrants hanging around the clover.

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

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May 28 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: Mondeaux Dam on the Mondeaux Flowage
Taylor County

Female Hobomok Skipper was form pocahontas

Common Roadside-Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

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

May 28 2012

John Davis

Location: my backyard in Prairie du Chien
Crawford County

Noticed a dark swallowtail by my deck, it was black with blue toward the rear, had trouble getting a picture since it flew quickly from flower to flower. Stayed for about 15 minutes then flew off to the east.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

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

May 28 2012

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

My previous early date for a Little Yellow was July 3.

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

May 28 2012

Tim Fenske

Location: Dane County Dog Park at Indian Lake
Dane County

May 28 2012

Ann Thering and Dave Eide

Location: Swamplovers/Ice Age Trail
Dane County

May 28 2012

Ann Thering

Location: Garden
Dane County

The Pipevine returned this morning to lay more eggs.

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

May 28 2012

Joey Reichhoff

Location: Comstock Rd
Barron County

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

☆ = New county sighting record

May 28 2012

Joey Reichhoff

Location: 183rd Ave
Polk County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

May 28 2012

Kathy Kascewicz

Location: At my residence about 1 mile south of Fifield.
Price County

Woods and river nearby.

Question Mark

Question Mark

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

May 28 2012

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Upper Lake Park, Port Washington, WI
Ozaukee County

Lots of butterflies seen right along the top of the bluff along the lake. I am certain of the zebra swallowtail... I saw it once and walked in the same direction I saw it fly (so that I might happen upon it again). I saw it again (or possibly another one) on the opposite end of the park. I was taking photos, but it didn't land/stay still for me.

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

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

May 28 2012

Pamela Burrer

Location: East and south of Viola Wisconsin on my 50 acre property in the yard
Richland County

They all love the Lilac's

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

May 28 2012

Fern Springs

Location: Wayside on WI 13 south of Prentice
Taylor County

Sunny, 80, 3:45PM

American Lady

American Lady

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

May 28 2012

Fern Springs

Location: WI-8 & Hwy A, Prentice
Price County

Sunny, 79, 3:30 PM

Monarch

Monarch

★ = New county photo record

May 28 2012

Pamela Willis

Location: my yard, Adams Twp
Adams County

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

May 29 2012

James Popp

Location: LaBudde Creek Fisheries Area
Sheboygan County

Windy evening

Question Mark

Question Mark

May 29 2012

James Popp

Location: Kohler-Andrae State Park - Nature Center
Sheboygan County

Noon, breezy and warm

American Lady

American Lady

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

American Snout

American Snout

American Snout

American Snout

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☆ = New county sighting record

May 29 2012

Sharon Knopf

Location: backyard in plover
Portage County

Although we haven't seen the adult butterfly, there is a cluster of 16 pipevine swallowtail eggs on our pipevine.

May 29 2012

Nick Anich

Location: Wisconsin Point
Douglas County

Good look at the buckeye at parking lot 8.

May 29 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: nature hill preserve, Oconomowoc
Waukesha County

My third sighting of Little Yellow this season. Never stopped more than a few seconds at a time, , but remained in sight for several minutes. First European Skipper of the year.

European Skipper

European Skipper

May 29 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Fourteen stops from East Dubuque area to Cassville.
Grant County

At Potosi in one spot we had Common Buckeye, Gray Hairstreak, Little Yellow and American Snout! Also saw a Cobra Clubtail and heard an orchard Oriole.

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Cobra Clubtail

Cobra Clubtail

May 29 2012

Joyce Mary

Location: Glendale, off Green Tree Road
Milwaukee County

I have seen this butterfly in my backyard both yesterday and today ... it seems to be attracted to the house.

May 29 2012

Sandy

Location: Roche a Cri State Park
Adams County

Very windy day, most sightings in woods.
White Admirals dog-fighting along trail, the one near me kept coming back to the white oak versus another tree. Buckeyes were on the ground. Monarchs faded and battered.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

White Admiral

White Admiral

White Admiral

White Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

May 29 2012

Paul Sparks

Location: Kletzsch Park in Glendale
Milwaukee County

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

May 29 2012

Connie Stout

Location: Village of Biron, yard on Williams St
Wood County

In my garden

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

May 29 2012

Pamela Willis

Location: Adams Twp., roadside
Adams County

American Snout

American Snout

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

White Admiral

White Admiral

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

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

May 29 2012

Alex Harmon

Location: Dodgeville
Iowa County

Windy and cool, not nearly as many butterflies as yesterday. I saw what looked like a Sleepy Orange but I can't be sure.

May 29 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Allen Centennial Gardens, UW-Madison
Dane County

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

May 29 2012

Ted Kirkpatrick

Location: Hartland
Waukesha County

Not one, but two Pipevine swallowtails in my yard. Here's a video still of one of them.

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

★ = New county photo record

May 29 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Black River State Forest
Jackson County

It was a windy day. The Red Spotted Purple / White Admiral mixed morph was an interesting find. There were also grass skippers, plus one Lady butterfly, which I was undable to ID or photograph.

Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle

Pink-edged Sulphur

Pink-edged Sulphur

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Red-spotted Admiral

Red-spotted Admiral

May 29 2012

Janna Brausen

Location: Backyard in Oregon
Dane County

Feeding on catmint

Zebra Swallowtail

Zebra Swallowtail

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

May 29 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard, Meadow and Marsh
Marquette County

75 Degrees and Variable skies. Cooler day means butterflies like getting their picts taken. Summer form Eastern Comma, Female Summer Azure, Female Hobomok, and many dragonflies.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

May 29 2012

Jeff Raflik

Location: Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area
Dodge County

This report, and photograph, from today, was forwarded to me from Jack Bartholmai, an advanced wildlife photographer from Beaver Dam. Taken on Northern Road, south of Dike Road, in Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area.

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

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

May 29 2012

Hans Schabel

Location: Stockton Township
Portage County

Saw only this one variegated fritillary so far this year, while it was laying an egg on a violet leaf

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

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

May 29 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: St Croix Lake Dam County Park
Douglas County

Chilly and cloudy.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

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

May 29 2012

Sandy

Location: Standing Rocks Co Park
Portage County

Very windy, not much moving above except when we disturb the monarchs clinging to grasses along trail.

Monarch

Monarch

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Monarch

Monarch

May 30 2012

Pamela Willis

Location: Adams Twp., 9th Dr. N of Cty E
Adams County

Long Dash

Long Dash

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

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

May 30 2012

Eric Preston

Location: Madison (our house across from Edgewood High)
Dane County

A very fresh Banded Hairstreak at our "bird pond" then later hanging out on Jack-in-the-pulpit.

Banded Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

May 30 2012

Terry Leasa

Location: 151 Bypass and Martin Rd Bike Path
Fond du Lac County

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

★ = New county photo record

May 31 2012

Sandy

Location: saxon harbor area
Iron County

Upon entering Iron Co, Tigers were over US 51 & easy roadkill. Otherwise they were baking on Lake Superior shore or floating through woods. Surprised at Red Admiral greetings along trail, reminds me of April.

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

American Lady

American Lady

Question Mark

Question Mark

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record

May 31 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: My backyard milkweed patch and lawn, Okauchee WI
Waukesha County

Sequences shot from May 11 (adult )- May 20 (egg)May 31, (mature larva & pupa). I can't remember if I ever had the oportunity previously to capture all stages of the Monarch before the end of the month of May. This may suggest first brood hatches in early June, 2nd brood , early July, 3rd brood early August, and maybe a 4th brood, early September in southeastern Wisconsin.

Monarch egg

Monarch egg

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch chrysalis

Monarch chrysalis

Monarch

Monarch

May 31 2012

Joan Rickert

Location: yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

White Admiral

White Admiral

White Admiral

White Admiral

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

May 31 2012

Pamela Willis

Location: Adams Twp. 9th Dr. 1/4 N of Cty E
Adams County

Cloudy and chilly, not many butterflies out and about. Long Dashes in same area as yesterday nectaring on Phlox.

Long Dash

Long Dash