Butterfly sightings for September 2012

Sep 1 2012

Ginny Nelson

Location: Walking Iron Park in Mazomanie
Dane County

Sep 1 2012

D Nussbaum

Location: Town of Menasha Open Space
Winnebago County

Much slower than the last time I was here. What happened to all the Sachems???

The peep had a deformed bill that would not close but it seemed to feed all right. I think it was a Baird's due to its oval shape.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 1 2012

Donnalynn Bloedel

Location: an unused farm field near my house
Fond du Lac County

A little windy today, didn't see too many out there.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 1 2012

Andy Paulios

Location: Hunting Land in West Bloomfield Township
Waushara County

Prairies very dry with limited nectar.

Sep 1 2012

D Nussbaum

Location: Carpenter Preserve
Winnebago County

Sachem

Sachem

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 1 2012

Esjay

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Dainty's continue to thrive, expanding into more places. Red Admirals were 20-25 feet off ground on tree trunks. Pockets of butterflies, with long stretches empty of activity. Late Dion surpassed Fiery for top find of the day.

Dion Skipper

Dion Skipper

Sep 1 2012

Marcie O'Connor

Location: our farm - near Praag
Buffalo County

This species is a first for our farm.

Sachem

Sachem

Sep 2 2012

Ginny Nelson

Location: Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Dane County

This is the first Red Admiral I have seen in weeks.

Sep 2 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Spring Lake Township
Washburn County

86 degrees and Sunny. Mourning Cloaks and a Red Admiral visited us in the boat hundreds of yards out in the lake.

☆ = New county sighting record

Sep 2 2012

Judith Huf

Location: My backyard in Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee County

Just a few observations while gardening.

Sep 2 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: (mostly dried up) Ponds on 78; Walking Iron county park.
Dane County

E. Tailed-Blue and Dainty Sulphur were most abundant species! Dorothy took swallowtail photo.

Sachem

Sachem

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sep 2 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Trempealeau NWR
Trempealeau County

Kiep's Island and also a field of Blazing Star north of the Visitor's Center along the loop. This field had 53 Monarch's, 3 Giant Swallowtails, 4 Fiery Skippers as the highlights of about 45 minutes of searching after 5:00.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Blazing Star

Blazing Star

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 2 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Arena and Lower Wis. Riverway, Avoca Unit.
Iowa County

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Sep 2 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

I have seen few butterflies except Mourning Cloaks for some days now.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Sep 2 2012

D Nussbaum

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

I was surprised to see the emperor and the pearly-eye.

Sachem

Sachem

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Northern Pearly-eye

Northern Pearly-eye

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 2 2012

Ellen Smith

Location: 420 E Jefferson St - Oconomowoc - In The Backyard
Waukesha County

I was watering in the late morning and felt like the skipper's and cabbage whites were following me around. The viceroy and the Admiral were enjoying the most boisterous pot of zinnias.

Sep 2 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Perrot State Park
Trempealeau County

Sachem

Sachem

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

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

Sep 3 2012

Andy Paulios

Location: Home - McFarland
Dane County

Sep 3 2012

Jeffrey Burrer

Location: On my 50 acre property south and east of Viola Wisconsin
Richland County

Spotted this Giant Swallow Tail on my Humming Bird Feeder this afternoon....the Hummers were a bit confused at first but welcomed him after a bit. Spotted this Female Black Swallow Tail on the Joe Pye Weed this afternoon before the rains moved in.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Sep 3 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: Racine Zoo
Racine County

Beautiful day. High 70's, sunny, light breeze off the lake.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 3 2012

Janet Mueller

Location: Bloomer south of cornell lake
Chippewa County

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

★ = New county photo record

Sep 3 2012

Ryan Brady

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

Sep 3 2012

D Nussbaum

Location: Back roads near Weyauwega
Waupaca County

Mostly at Colic Slough Road and Marsh Road(s) north and south of Weyauwega. The Checkered White and 33 Dainties at the southeast corner of the fairgrounds.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Viceroy

Viceroy

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Checkered White

Checkered White

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

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

Sep 3 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Madison, Olbrich Gardens
Dane County

Sunny mid-80s, 10am-noon. Butterflies everywhere.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Sachem

Sachem

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 3 2012

Bob Ring

Location: Large Prairie area at High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

Sep 3 2012

Jym Mooney

Location: Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 3 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Montesian Gardens, Monticello
Green County

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

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

Sep 3 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Muralt Bluff Prairie SNA
Green County

Even in areas with seemingly good nectar sources, there was little flying. No skippers at all!

Efferia albibarbis

Efferia albibarbis

Downy Gentian

Downy Gentian

Sep 3 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Gardens, Janesville
Rock County

4:10-5:10

Sep 3 2012

Aaron Carlson

Location: My front yard, Menomonie
Dunn County

Observed these two acting as if they were buddies, nectaring from the same flowers, and following each other around, or so it seemed.

Fiery Skipper and Sachem

Fiery Skipper and Sachem

Fiery Skipper and Sachem

Fiery Skipper and Sachem

Fiery Skipper and Sachem

Fiery Skipper and Sachem

Sep 3 2012

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Lovely fields of prairie flowers made a pollinator's paradise today. Good to see lots of Monarchs still alive; I've heard reports of many being found dead on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Besides the butterflies, I came across several giant Puffballs including one twice the size of a person's head. I put my hat and glasses on it to show scale.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Monarch

Monarch

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Sep 3 2012

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Black Earth
Dane County

Sep 4 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Olbrich garden
Dane County

93 degrees and sunny. 2hrs. Saw a very rare species of Ann T. also.

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Sachem

Sachem

Sep 4 2012

Ryan Brady

Location: Ashland DNR Service Center on the west side of town
Ashland County

A very odd checklist for early September in far northern WI! C. Checkered-Skipper vanished before I could break out my camera...

☆ = New county sighting record

Sep 4 2012

Dorothy Legler

Location: My yard in Sauk City
Sauk County

Gray Hairstreak and Tawny-edged Skipper were new species for my butterfly garden yardlist.

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Sep 5 2012

Fern Springs

Location: Hwy 124 in the median between 37th & 40th Ave
Chippewa County

warm, sunny, 11:00

Sep 5 2012

Fern Springs

Location: County Q & Beavercreek Reserve
Eau Claire County

Warm & sunny, 11:30-12

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record

Sep 5 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard. Meadow and Marsh
Marquette County

88 degrees and Sunny. One cluster of flowers had 22 Dainty Sulphurs. They are in every area that I looked. First time I have seen a Praying Mantis(5" long) in the wild. One Sachem laying eggs on sedge grass.

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Sep 5 2012

Douglas Buege

Location: My backyard, near Tenney Park, Madison
Dane County

The giant swallowtail flew all around my citrus trees in the backyard for 20 minutes, landing on leaves and probably looking for nectar. Those plants have never flowered so it was out of luck, but it was cool to see the butterfly looking for its southern host plant.

Sep 5 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Stoddard Sand Prairie
Vernon County

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

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

Sep 5 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Stricker's Pond, Middleton
Dane County

Excitement of the day: A snapping turtle was on the sidewalk across the road from the pond. A man who was concerned about the turtle getting run over trying to cross the road provided assistance. He gently prodded the back of the turtle's shell with his foot and eventually got the turtle onto an old blue bedspread. He pulled up the edges of the bedspread and carried the turtle safely across the road, depositing it near the edge of the pond. Within 10 minutes the turtle made its way into the water. (I provided moral support and minimal help with the edges of the bedspread. I don't generally mess around with snapping turtles.)

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Sachem

Sachem

Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle

Sep 6 2012

Jaimie

Location: Port Washington
Ozaukee County

Several in a wildflower area in the yard.

Sep 6 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Grand Marsh WLA
Green Lake County

82 degrees and Sunny. Nearly all on a short section of Grand River Road near the sunflower field.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Monarch

Monarch

★ = New county photo record

Sep 6 2012

D Nussbaum

Location: WIOUWASH Trail
Winnebago County

North and south from Medina Junction Road. It was slow both ways.

Sachem

Sachem

Viceroy

Viceroy

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 6 2012

Janice Steinbach

Location: Boerner Botanical Gardens - Franklin
Milwaukee County

Pipevine Swallowtails - pair nectaring on phlox

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Sep 6 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area
Kenosha County

Wow! Very exciting to add a butterfly to our life-list! Didn't think we'd ever run into a Horace's Duskywing -- too rare. After a few minutes it flew off, never to return.

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Horace's Duskywing

Horace's Duskywing

Horace's Duskywing

Horace's Duskywing

Horace's Duskywing

Horace's Duskywing

Horace's Duskywing

Horace's Duskywing

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

Sep 7 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: Rd G and Lake Drive, Okauchee
Waukesha County

Disturbed field with a patch of Canadian thistles attracted about ten species. Fiery Skippers, Pecks, and somewhat fewer Sachems blanketed the flowers.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

★ = New county photo record

Sep 8 2012

Janie Holsteen

Location: Our yard near Bass Lake, St. Joseph Township
St. Croix County

This beautiful Giant Swallowtail was my companion for about ten minutes as I worked in my perennial beds. We live on four wooded acres on Bass Lake, next to pasture lands and marsh.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sep 8 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Lion's Den Gorge Natural Area
Ozaukee County

A windy morning with cool temps.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Sep 8 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Baxter Lane
Grant County

One Common Checkered-Skipper chased a grasshopper for over 40 yards. He was within a foot of it at all times. I didn't even notice the Hummingbird Clearwing until I got home and looked at the photos.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Sep 8 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Windy conditions. This is a great place to look for butterflies.

Sachem

Sachem

Sep 8 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: Hawthorm Hallow
Kenosha County

Lovely day, mostly sunny, some wind, clouds coming in, rain likely, temp in low 70s, no dragonflies, no mosquitoes (smile), one monarch, a few bees and fat chipmunks.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 9 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Petenwell Dam
Juneau County

No Monarchs and no skippers.

Sep 9 2012

Bob Ring

Location: Various places
Calumet County

Nice sunny day, temperatures in the low 70's.

Sep 9 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard, Meadow and Marsh
Marquette County

74 Degrees and Partly Sunny. The Dainty pictured is only 3/8 inch tall. Less than half the height of any of the others I saw. Only made one pass through the bean field. Can't imagine how many the field holds.

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Sep 9 2012

Tracey Nanstad

Location: Happy Hollow Park
Rock County

I was walking the trails when this huge butterfly landed basically right in front of me. I snapped as many pictures as I could before it flew off over the water.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sep 10 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Stagecoach Prairie (E of Cross Plains)
Dane County

Visit in late afternoon to bluff prairie remnant; quite windy on top! After dark saw mouse crawling about on tip of stick for at least a minute (doing what I don't know); another was observed eating moths off of baited trees (not helping with survey!).

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

★ = New county photo record

Sep 10 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: USF&WS Visitor Center - Hwy Z Brice Prairie (near Midway)
La Crosse County

Checkered White

Checkered White

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

★ = New county photo record

Sep 11 2012

JOrgen Goderstad

Location: Black Earth
Dane County

Sep 11 2012

D Nussbaum

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

Windy.

Monarch

Monarch

Sachem

Sachem

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Common Green Darners

Common Green Darners

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

Sep 11 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: Hospital grounds on Spring Street and Quarry Lake Park
Racine County

Beautiful day for a walk after work. Not much buttterfly activity. One caggabe white, three Fiery Skippers, one Morning Cloak, and one bright blue damselfly. No camera, alas.

Sep 11 2012

Sara Sonntag

Location: Brillion Nature Center
Calumet County

Saw this Gray Hairstreak while walking on the Sugar Maple Link not far from the Nature Center building.

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

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

Sep 11 2012

Andy Paulios

Location: Indian Mound Park - McFarland
Dane County

Sep 12 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard, Meadow and Marsh
Marquette County

89 degrees and Sunny. Didn't even make a full pass through the bean field before I counted the 350th Dainty Sulphur. Took Doreen back out to see a cluster of 25-30 on some flowers in the meadow. She got to see 85-100 from the seat on the 3 wheeler. A dying elm in the front yard held nearly all of the Mourning Cloaks and Red Admirals.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sep 12 2012

Judith Huf

Location: My back yard in Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee County

A few minutes in my garden around 4:15 pm. Sunny and warm.

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Sep 12 2012

D Nussbaum

Location: Buboltz Nature Preserve
Outagamie County

Warm and breezy. Saw two Gartersnakes and a Fox Snake.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Western Fox Snake

Western Fox Snake

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sachem

Sachem

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 12 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area
Rock County

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

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

Sep 12 2012

Kyle Johnson

Location: Root River Parkway
Milwaukee County

Search late in evening; not much activity. Dainty Sulphur was a nice surprise, flying about the end of a weedy abandoned runway.

☆ = New county sighting record

Sep 12 2012

Steven Lubahn

Location: Warnimont park
Milwaukee County

I found this butterfly along the bluff and relocated it about and hour and forty five minutes later to take several photos. There may have been two in the area.

Funereal Duskywing

Funereal Duskywing

Funereal Duskywing

Funereal Duskywing

Sep 12 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Hoofers Riding Club, between Paoli and Belleville
Dane County

After my riding lesson, I took a short walk around the outside of the barns and managed to spot quite a few butterflies. An unexpected pleasure.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 13 2012

Marcie O'Connor

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

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 14 2012

Jorgen Goderstadq

Location: Black Earth
Dane County

Sep 14 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Verona, Prairie Moraine County Park
Dane County

Great day. Mid-70s and sunny. Quite a few asters and lots of clover. The great spangled fritillary spent a very long time nectaring on one of the last large thistles around. The two most numerous butterflies were fiery skippers at 25+ and Eastern-tailed blues at 10+.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Sep 14 2012

Marcie O'Connor

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

I've been seeing a Checkered Skipper for about a week - and finally got a photo.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Sep 14 2012

Armund Bartz and Erin Holmes

Location: Borah Creek Prairie State Natural Area
Grant County

Warm, sunny afternoon-had hoped to see a late flying Leonard's skipper. Tons of flowers blooming with good butterfly activity.

Sep 14 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: Boat Launch Down Town and hospital
Racine County

60s Sunny no breeze. At the hospital Skippers only and very few at that. At the boat launch Little Yellow, two Clouded Sulphurs, two Morning Cloaks, 3 Common Green Darners, C geese, ducks, sandpipers and sail boat.

☆ = New county sighting record

Sep 14 2012

Daniel Jackson

Location: Retention Pond on N side of Hwy 35 on east edge of Trempealeau
Trempealeau County

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

★ = New county photo record

Sep 15 2012

Rhonda Curtiss

Location: Wauwatosa Public Grounds Monarch Trail
Milwaukee County

My first ever Common Checkered Skipper!!! Common? I think not! Very pleased to add it to my life list! Great day today for our butterflies!

Sep 15 2012

Alex Harmon

Location: Wisconsin River
Richland County

Today I went canoeing on the WI River. We went from Blue River to Boscobel

☆ = New county sighting record

Sep 15 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Delavan City Parks
Walworth County

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

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

Sep 15 2012

John Dixon

Location: Wind Point, Racine, WI.
Racine County

Checkered White

Checkered White

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

Sep 15 2012

Jym Mooney

Location: Lake Park, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

The Red Admirals were swarming a large crab apple tree's fruit, along with a few Mourning Cloaks.

Sep 15 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Baxter Lane, Russel Hill, Millville Unit of Lower Wisconsin Riverway
Grant County

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Sep 15 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Gardens, Janesville
Rock County

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Great Spreadwing

Great Spreadwing

Sep 16 2012

Bob Ring

Location: prairie garden near High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

Very pleasant day. Monarchs were feeding on plants sheltered from the wind.

Sep 16 2012

Lauren Nebel

Location: Fitchburg, on the bike path near Lacy Heights neighborhood - a large honeysuckle bush between several larger trees
Dane County

These guys were hanging out on the big bush on the bike path behind my house! The Painted Ladies seem to be beginning their migration while the Mourning Cloaks were stocking up for their upcoming hibernation and they both decided to spend the weekend here. So glad that they did! I wish I would have been able to get some pictures, but both my phone and camera were dead. Hope they come your way too!

Sep 16 2012

D Nussbaum

Location: Back roads near Weyauwega
Waupaca County

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 16 2012

Ryan Brady

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

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 16 2012

Aaron Carlson

Location: Diamond Lake SNA
Taylor County

Sunny, 82F, breezy. Not much seen here today. The fiery skippers and sachem were seen in the grass along the lakeshore, the least skipper was seen in the tamarack swamp west of the picnic area.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

☆ = New county sighting record

Sep 16 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard, meadow and marsh
Marquette County

78 degrees and Sunny. Still a lot of Dainty's around.

Sep 16 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Boerner Botanical Gardens
Milwaukee County

The Mourning Cloak was in the experimental garden.

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Sachem

Sachem

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Sep 16 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Giant Spreadwing

Giant Spreadwing

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 16 2012

Vicki Depies

Location: Our backyard, Random Lake
Sheboygan County

Had too many Mourning Cloaks to count today! The Red Admiral landed on my leg, and a Mourning Cloak sat on my knee for several minutes. Great afternoon!

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Monarch

Monarch

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Sep 17 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: Hospital grounds on Spring street
Racine County

Still nice out, sunny, but clouds building. Few hours before the storm hit. Spotted a Morning Cloak flying around. Followed it with my eyes as it went into the tree top. As I watched i saw several Morning Cloaks flitting through the upper branches of a willow tree. There may have been more but I was only able to count seven distinct individual. Too far away for a good picture. Here's an old one of the willow by the pond. A quick check of the bank of flowers I've been watching was down to couple skippers.

Sep 18 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My meadow
Marquette County

56 degrees and Mostly Cloudy. In a large cluster of Heath Asters while the sun was briefly out.

Sep 19 2012

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Black Earth
Dane County

Sep 19 2012

Ryan Brady

Location: DNR Service Center on west side of Ashland
Ashland County

Relatively late Summer Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

Sep 20 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard, meadow, soybean field and marsh.
Marquette County

67 degrees and partly sunny. The frost a couple nights ago killed some of the zinnias, but wildflowers look good.

Sep 20 2012

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Black Earth
Dane County

Sep 21 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: Hospital on Spring Street, Racine
Racine County

Overcast, windy, 60s. Only had a few minutes. The Mourning Cloaks were gone from the willow tree. Two were resting in the driveway. One Clouded Sulphur, one reddish dragon fly with translucent wings with red veins, two Common Green Darners.

Sep 21 2012

Ann Thering

Location: Newport State Park
Door County

50s and windy.

☆ = New county sighting record

Sep 21 2012

Peter Fissel

Location: Wisconsin Point
Douglas County

Not many butterflies out on the Point; I was a bit surprised to see the Buckeye.

Sep 23 2012

John Davis

Location: my backyard in Prairie du Chien
Crawford County

sunny, with wind in the low 60's

the skippers are all getting old, while the Red Admirals and Painted Ladys look very fresh, I think the Mourning Cloak is the same one I've been seeing for the last couple of weeks, it finally stayed still so I could get pictures

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 23 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Eagle Point Lane
Grant County

Sep 24 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Lower Wisconsin Riverway--Avoca Unit
Iowa County

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Sep 24 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard, meadow & marsh
Marquette County

74 degrees and sunny. Saw the most beautiful white form of a Orange Sulphur. The orange really stood out on the females white wing with black laced edges.

Sep 24 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Verona, Badger Prairie County Park
Dane County

Sunny and 60's but very windy.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 24 2012

Ann Thering

Location: My Garden
Dane County

I also found a Gray Hairstreak in my garden yesterday (images).

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Sep 24 2012

D Nussbaum

Location: Calumet Co. Park and High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

Saw a Red Admiral early when it was very windy and cold. Didn't see another butterfly till over two hours later.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

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

Sep 25 2012

D Nussbaum

Location: East half of Waushara Co.
Waushara County

Bopping around the east half of Waushara County. The Great Spangled Fritillary was at the garden by the beach of Mount Morris Lake. The Dainty photo was from on top of Mount Morris by the ball diamond. The other Dainties were on Sumner Street by Pine River.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

Sep 25 2012

Tod Highsmith

Location: Olbrich Gardens
Dane County

Spent about an hour here from 11:30 to 12:30. Interesting other sightings were a Great Spreadwing damselfly and a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird with the base of her bill colored orange from pollen.

Sep 25 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: Nature Hill Preserve Oconomowoc and my garden
Waukesha County

Perfect weather with some nearby fields ablaze with New England aster. Cabbage white and Orange Sulphurs rampant. Astonishing rarity of Monarchs this entire month. Dainty Sulphur a treat to see. One hour well spent.

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Sep 25 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Chiwaukee Prairie and Bong Recreation Area
Kenosha County

Numbers down. Mostly Orange Sulphurs and Mourning Cloaks. Many Green Darners and a few Variegated Meadowhawks (dragonflies).

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Variegated Meadowhawk

Variegated Meadowhawk

Sep 25 2012

Darleen

Location: backyard in Allenton
Washington County

sunny day, 70's, light wind

Sep 25 2012

Dianne Thompson

Location: Horicon Marsh
Dodge County

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Sep 25 2012

Pam Campbell

Location: My garden, near Colfax
Dunn County

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

★ = New county photo record

Sep 26 2012

D Nussbaum

Location: Back roads near Weyauwega
Waupaca County

Dainties and the American Copper were by the fairgrounds. Lots of Palm Warblers around the last couple of days.

American Copper

American Copper

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

American Copper

American Copper

Sep 26 2012

Jim Ebner

Location: Hwy 16 & County Hwy P Oconomowoc
Waukesha County

Explored a two acre disturbed field laden with goldenrod, iron weed and asters for about an hour, seeking rare fall migrants. Success! Uncovered a Common Checkered Skipper, very fresh, and only sighted once before by me in Wakesha County during 2007. A slightly worn Dainty Sulfur , fourth sighting this year, added to the bonanza.

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

★ = New county photo record

Sep 26 2012

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

Just a short trip today but I found it interesting that I saw more eagles than butterflies.

Sep 27 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Middleton, Stricker's Pond
Dane County

70's and sunny, mid-afternoon. The skippers were nectaring only on thistles and ignoring the large number of asters that were around. Nice to see a fair number of dainty sulphurs. I haven't seen as many this summer as other folks have.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sachem

Sachem

Sep 28 2012

Kate Redmond

Location: Town of Saukville
Ozaukee County

I photographed this Common Checkered Skipper on a neighbor's farm lane today. Very active on the ground in the lane and in the nearby alfalfa stubble (but a bit camera shy). Beautiful little butterfly, and now verified for Ozaukee County.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

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

Sep 28 2012

Jaye Nelson

Location: Spring Street Hospital Gounds Racine
Racine County

Lovely day in the 60's sunny with a brisk breeze. Almost gave up on seeing any Butterflies today. Finaly a pair of Firey Skippers mating or trying to.

Sep 28 2012

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard, meadow, soybean field & marsh
Marquette County

74 degrees and sunny. Somedays the spider wins. Checkered Whites were 2 males and a female. Bean field still has tons of Daintys. Combine should be here this week. Saw all 9 species in the yard.

Checkered White

Checkered White

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Sep 28 2012

Ivy Otto

Location: Evansville Wildlife Area, Evansville
Rock County

The butterfly was spotted sunning itself on asters bordered by a row of oaks, a restored grassland and farm fields.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Sep 29 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Rock River Prairie SNA
Rock County

Stopped counting Dainty Sulphurs after 300 in a half an hour.

Sep 29 2012

D Nussbaum

Location: Northern Winnebago County
Winnebago County

Various parks and open spaces in northern Winnebago County.

Sachem

Sachem

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 29 2012

Ryan Brady

Location: Washburn area
Bayfield County

Casual obs while leading a birding field trip.

Sep 29 2012

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Several stops from Dubuque area up to Nelson Dewey State Park.
Grant County

Up to nearly 80 degrees and sunny. Fall colors were fabulous. Two interesting sightings were the American Snout and Variegated Fritillary. I have included Edgar Spalding's nice photo of the rare Black Meadowhawk (dragonfly). Congratulations Edgar!

American Snout

American Snout

American Snout

American Snout

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Black Meadowhawk

Black Meadowhawk

Sep 29 2012

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg, WI
Ozaukee County

The first Dainty Sulphur I ever saw... I had to chase it around a while, and it didn't land without obstruction, but I was able to get a photo.

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

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

Sep 29 2012

Edgar Spalding

Location: Deming Way, Middleton
Dane County

even more exciting than a dainty sulphur cooperating for a photo were the dragonflies. I saw my first ever black an and saffron-winged meadowhawks (pending confirmation of the photos by KL!)

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Sep 29 2012

Jim Otto

Location: Lapinski-Kitze Prairie at Madison Audubon's Goose Pond Sanctuary
Columbia County

Checkered White

Checkered White

★ = New county photo record

Sep 29 2012

Jim Otto

Location: MacKenzie Environmental Education Center east of Poynette, WI
Columbia County

Very dry conditions here.

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Sep 29 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Gardens, Janesville
Rock County

Stopped on my way home for just a half hour. Still plenty in flower but they took the flowers out of my favorite garden plot already.

Sep 29 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area
Rock County

Not a lot of nectar sources this year compared to past years at this time. My favorite field was mowed this year, but I did stop and saw the Gray Hairstreak along the road. I took lots of photos to get the two opened wing photos.

Dainty Sulphur male

Dainty Sulphur male

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Dainty Sulphur female

Dainty Sulphur female

Sep 30 2012

Mike Reese

Location: several stops along Highway 35
Vernon County

Sep 30 2012

Mike Reese

Location: Russell Hill
Grant County

White M Hairstreak

White M Hairstreak

White M Hairstreak

White M Hairstreak

★ = New county photo record

Sep 30 2012

Timothy Schwartz

Location: Whitefish Dunes State Park
Door County

This Question Mark was sighted sunning itself in a wooded area of Whitefish Dunes State Park. Temperature was in the mid to upper 60s.

Question Mark

Question Mark

Sep 30 2012

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, several locations along East Cheryl Parkway
Dane County

Early on I thought my sightings would be limited to one cabbage white seen through a window and one dainty sulphur spotted on a barren patch of grass, but things picked up slightly a bit later. There were abundant asters at one location, but I only saw one butterfly nectaring on the asters, a fiery skipper.

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Sep 30 2012

Pat Fojut

Location: Ice Age Trail at Hwy Z
Walworth County

I almost got the picture.