Butterfly sightings for May 2013

May 1 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Middleton - Tiedemann and Stricker's Ponds, Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Dane County

Finally, my first butterflies this year! Mourning cloak at Tiedemann's, 1 cabbage white at Stricker's, 2 cabbage whites at Pheasant Branch.

May 1 2013

Ann Thering

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

I also saw an Eastern Hognose Snake and caught glimpses of a couple of orange butterflies. Rock cress, puccoon, buttercup and pasque flower in bloom!

May 1 2013

Stan Rehm

Location: McKee Farm Park, Fitchburg
Dane County

May 1 2013

Bob Ring

Location: back yard
Calumet County

My first sighting of the year, about 6 weeks later than my first sighting of 2012.

May 1 2013

Diane Milson

Location: Town of oconto home, wooded
Oconto County

63 degrees, sunny, breezy. First butterfly of the season.

May 1 2013

Ginny Nelson

Location: My yard in Middleton
Dane County

May 4 2013

Cheryl M

Location: Town of Porterfield off of Schacht Rd
Marinette County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

May 5 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Bauer-Brockway barrens
Jackson County

1110-1135 and 1200-1222 hrs 66-73 degrees F, mostly sunny. The Spring Azure was of the marginata form.

May 5 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

May 5 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Spring Green Prairie Preserve
Sauk County

I tried very hard to get photos, but today these butterflies just wouldn't sit still within camera range. The attached photo is the best that I could do.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

May 5 2013

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Two hours at the UW Arboretum today in 70 degree sunny weather yielded nothing. Nada. Fortunately a little Pieris rapae greeted me when I got home, bless his little invertebrate heart.

May 5 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Brockway Rd.
Jackson County

Trailing Arbutus is just starting to flower. This species was in flower last year on March 25. No elfins yet!

May 5 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Estabrook Park
Milwaukee County

Day started off sunny but still cool, but by 11 it was warm enough for me to remove my coat and a butterfly to show up in a sunny meadow.

May 5 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: North Brockway
Jackson County

The North Brockway site is described in Ann Swengel's butterfly watching guide on the SWBA website. 1140-1155 hrs, 69-72 degreres, mostly sunny. Brown Elfins is all we saw here: we saw 2 other Brown Elfins in 8 other miles of barrens walking today, but no Hoary Elfins.

May 5 2013

Kristin Gjerdset

Location: West Allis near Greenfield Park
Milwaukee County

First sighting of the season for me!

May 6 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard and marsh
Marquette County

76° Sunny. Mating pair of Azures followed 10 or so yards by each of the remaining Azures. Lady played on the dandelions by our house. Mourning Cloak was feeding at a bait station. Rock Cress is ready whenever the Marbles wish to dine.

May 6 2013

Robert Bruss

Location: Town of Wausau, 2 miles northeast of downtown Wausau.
Marathon County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

May 6 2013

Ryan Brady

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

May 6 2013

Tim Fenske

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

May 6 2013

K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

FINALLY...Foy butterflies. 51 degrees when I spotted the 1st Mourning Cloak.

May 6 2013

Paul Sparks

Location: Glendale, my backyard near the Milwaukee River
Milwaukee County

May 7 2013

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard
Taylor County

At last-a butterfly in my yard! The last of the snow melted in my yard on Sunday, May 5.

May 7 2013

Anna Seidl

Location: Hancock Agricultural Research Station
Waushara County

Flying over the potato fields

May 7 2013

Ryan Brady

Location: County L near Lyman Lake and Cranberry Creek
Douglas County

May 7 2013

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

And once again a 2-hr walk on a warm windless day at the Grady Tract of the Arboretum was fruitless (#butterflies = #pterodactyls).

May 7 2013

Craig Ellefson

Location: Brodhead, Pearl Island service road
Green County

Pearl Island is kind of a new area being set up in Brodhead. What used to be a service road for the Sugar River "Race" in Brodhead is being converted in to a more pedestrian friendly area with more trails being added. A lot of brush and some trees have been removed for easier access to the water.

May 7 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard and Marsh
Marquette County

80° Sunny. Azures and one little brown butterfly along the marsh at 9:30 AM. Olympia Marble by my house while I was watering plants at 3 PM. An unid.ed white along the marsh at 4 PM.

May 7 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Back yard
Winnebago County

Drove to High Cliff to see my first butterflies of the year then came home to plant a school tree in the back yard and saw a butterfly.

May 7 2013

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Oakwood Village West, Mineral Point Road, Madison
Dane County

May 7 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: High Cliff SP
Calumet County

They do exist! It's been a long dry spell. And not for lack of trying.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

May 7 2013

Alex Harmon

Location: Military Ridge State Trail, Dodgeville
Iowa County

A lot were flying around an open area along a section of the trail.

May 8 2013

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest roads southwest of Glidden
Ashland County

Not nearly as many anglewings as I expected, despite perfect weather, perfect time of day, perfect habitat, etc. The snow only recently melted though. Cool to see three Comma species on one scat, from left to right, Gray, Eastern, and Green Commas.

Green Comma

Green Comma

3 commas!

3 commas!

May 8 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton
Dane County

May 8 2013

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

One encouraging sight was the appearance this week of the first couple dozen spikes of milkweed in the garden - the same week as 2011 (2012 was way earlier).

Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed

May 8 2013

Jim Ebner

Location: Observatory Hill Preserve, Oconomowoc
Waukesha County

Perfect day, but far from perfect for butterfly sightings.
Paultry numbers and species.

May 8 2013

Anna Seidl

Location: Madison, Southwest bike path
Dane County

Along the bike path between campus and Glenway Ave.

May 8 2013

Scott Swengel

Location: Mirror Lake State Park
Sauk County

10:50 am to Noon, 76-82 degrees F, mostly sunny. This list is everything I saw. The elfin was west of Hastings Road.

May 10 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: North Brockway
Jackson County

1:10-1:32 PM and 5:17-5:30 PM, 61-67 degrees F, mostly sunny. We're averaging less than 1 butterfly per mile in the central barrens this year, with two people looking.

May 10 2013

Joan Rickert

Location: back yard
Taylor County

May 10 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens east and west of Brockway Road, south of Bauer Road
Jackson County

1:45-2:30 PM and 4:50-5:05 PM, 58-67 degrees F, mostly sunny, light wind. This is our complete list.

May 10 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrrens west of Hunter Haven Road, south of Castle Mound Road
Jackson County

2:50-4:30 PM, 57-67 degrees F, mostly sunny, light wind. This is our complete list.

May 12 2013

Mike Reese

Location: North Brockway
Jackson County

Cool and windy, but better than yesterday!

May 12 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

Also saw my first Ringed Boghaunters of the year.

May 13 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

May 13 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Doreen's Home Farm
Marquette County

76° Sunny. Whites were along road near farm house. The rest were in the marsh and along the pines. Photos are of the 2 Elfins.

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

May 13 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Kempers Woods, Chippewa Falls
Chippewa County

Sunny, 60F, lunchtime stroll.

May 14 2013

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Cross Plains
Dane County

May 14 2013

Alex Harmon

Location: Outside of Dodgeville
Iowa County

May 14 2013

Darleen Horman

Location: Our yard in Allenton
Washington County

Very warm and breezy today. Finally saw my first butterflies of the year! I also saw a Lady sp.

May 15 2013

Lois Ballard

Location: My cottage between Wautoma & Neshkoro
Waushara County

Such a cute little guy. The first one of these I've ever seen was last year in mid April.

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

May 15 2013

Jym Mooney

Location: Lake Park, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

American Lady

American Lady

May 15 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Bowers Creek Fishery Area
Waushara County

Third try to see these this year. I never saw one land in 15 minutes of watching.

May 15 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Sandhill WLA
Wood County

Sunny for the first 30 minutes then clouds took over. Had one of the elfin sisters land near me long enough for a quick look, but she didn't carry an ID. Saw 11 trumpeter swans also. My trip thru was a short 1 1/2 hours.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Bluish spring moth

Bluish spring moth

May 15 2013

Scott Swengel

Location: South Brockway ATV Trail
Jackson County

1230-1250 PM, 69 degrees F, 0% sunshine, wind NW 6-10 mph. This is a complete list of what I saw at this site.

May 15 2013

Scott Swengel

Location: Hwy 54 Bog 2 miles east of North Settlement Road
Jackson County

8:31-8:42 AM, 66 degrees F, 100% sunshine, wind NW 3-8 mph. This is a complete list of what I saw at this site.

May 15 2013

Scott Swengel

Location: Barrens west of Hunter Haven Road and south of Castle Mound Road
Jackson County

1:05-4:35 PM, 69-83 degrees F, 40% sunshine, wind 0-10 mph. This is a complete list of what I saw at this site. The Spring Azure was the marginata form.

May 15 2013

Esjay

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

1st trip to the meadows this year. Crex needs rain. Green pussywillows at peak, white and yellows past peak. Pasque flowers out, a few cherry are flowering, no violets, no bear berry flowers. Not many bees yet. Big foliage difference between north of St Croix falls and the meadows.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

May 15 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Chippewa County Riverview Reserve, Chippewa Falls
Chippewa County

68F, mostly cloudy, lunchtime stroll.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

May 16 2013

Kristin Gjerdset

Location: West Allis - near Greenfield Park
Milwaukee County

May 16 2013

Esjay

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

I seldom get two days in a row on the meadows. Returned to same locations as previous day for most part. Hoary elfins definitely not there day before. One pine elfin was not in area day before. Many more cherry blooms. Found some violets blooming (not birdsfoot). One bush attracted 3 species (see pine elfin pic). Still no skippers.

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

May 16 2013

Tim Fenske

Location: Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton
Dane County

May 16 2013

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: A few miles NW of Lone Rock
Richland County

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

★ = New county photo record

May 16 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: County I ATV right-of-way 7 miles south of Hwy 8.
Marinette County

12:00-12:35 PM, 76-77 degrees F, 100% sunshine, wind 0-8 mph. This is a complete list of what we saw at this site, but we had 11 unidentified elfins.

May 16 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Hwy 8 bog west of County Y.
Lincoln County

8:24-8:51 AM, 64-69 degrees F, 100% sunshine, wind east 3-8 mph. This is a complete list of what we saw at this site.

May 16 2013

Jim Ebner

Location: Kettle Moraine St Forest, 2 mi west of Eagle
Waukesha County

Barring Cabbage Whites, 2 hours of searching yielded singletons of Juvenal's, Silvery Blue and Spring Azure. Appaling scarcity of butterflies. No Sulfurs seen, rather surprising also.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

May 16 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Bog on FR 2414 and 5 bogs on FR 2182 west of 2414; one bog was barely in Oneida County.
Forest County

2:30-5:15 PM, 76-77 degrees F, 99% sunshine, wind 0-12 mph. This is a complete list of what we saw at these sites. All 5 Freijas were about 0.8 miles N. of FR 2182 on Wolf Lake bog where a snowmobile trail crosses bog; both Milbert's Tortoisehells were on the same bog, one of them nectaring on Leatherleaf.

☆ = New county sighting record

May 16 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Doreens Home Farm
Marquette County

Only there for a short visit.

May 16 2013

Dean Hansen

Location: N. Refuge or Reed Lake Rd, Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Saw zero butterflies on Crex on May 7; nice to see these early guys again.

Checked several stands of bearberry at NE corner of Namekagon Barrens, but saw no Hoary Elfins. Juneberry shrubs are a few days behind those on Crex.

May 16 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: WIOUWASH Trail
Winnebago County

North and south from Medina Jct. Rd. less than a 2 1/2 mile hike. Four CWs playing follow the leader all over the place. Saw a bittern that thought he was invisable.

Bobolink

Bobolink

American Bittern

American Bittern

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

May 16 2013

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Blue River Bluff S.N.A.
Grant County

Profound extent of burning from last year on. Burning has destroyed the bulk of the easily accessible columbine. No Columbine Duskywings were seen.

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

May 17 2013

Douglas Buege

Location: Rush Creek SNA
Crawford County

Also saw a blue, likely a spring azure, but couldn't positively ID as it was too fast for me. Nothing seen earlier in the day at Spring Green Reserve and Avoca.

May 18 2013

Lester Doyle

Location: Wyalusing State Park - Boat Landing
Grant County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

May 18 2013

Douglas Buege

Location: Rush Creek SNA
Crawford County

Deer ticks must be celebrating some kind of holiday today--they were all out!

Saw another bumble flower beetle and Bombus bimaculatus on Missouri gooseberry. Also found a cool white and pink crab spider eating a pollinator.

bumble flower beetle

bumble flower beetle

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

May 18 2013

Douglas Buege

Location: Rush Creek Road, 10 miles east of Mississippii River
Crawford County

Should be a great day for butterflies but I'm working my tails off to find anything.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

May 18 2013

Tim Fenske

Location: Shedivy Lane, SW Richland Co.
Richland County

May 18 2013

Alex Harmon

Location: Near Dodgeville
Iowa County

Also saw a dark swallowtail with blue on the hindwings, but wasn't able to identify it.

May 18 2013

Ron Arnold, Emily and Isabel Thurber

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Lots of ticks today.

May 18 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: County Hwy X west of Babcock
Wood County

80-84 degrees F, 75% sunshine, wind 0-10 mph. We think Wood County remains a little ahead of Jackson Co. in phenology.

May 18 2013

Daniel Jackson

Location: Wyalusing SP
Grant County

May 18 2013

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Point Beach State Forest
Manitowoc County

American Lady

American Lady

May 18 2013

Southern Wis. Butterfly Association (SWBA)

Location: mostly Bauer Brockway Barrens
Jackson County

Annual SWBA Field Trip. Lowest species numbers of the 7 years this field trip has been conducted. Nevertheless, we found all 5 Elfins! If we ignore the highly anomolous hot spring of 2012, we have previously averaged 21 species and 232 individuals, but this year we found only 13 species and 85 individuals. The exceptionally cold spring continues to depress butterfly populations.

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

May 19 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Our Marsh
Marquette County

88° Mostly. 1:30-2 PM. Only the 2

May 19 2013

Terry Leasa

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Bluish Spring Moth

Bluish Spring Moth

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

May 19 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Tiffany Wildlife Area
Buffalo County

4.5 mile train ride through the area and back, with several stops for short hikes along the way. Heavy rainstorm at the beginning (~7am), but skies cleared and it warmed into the 80's. Amazingly, just saw one cabbage white.

May 19 2013

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Potawatomi State Park
Door County

May 19 2013

Cheryl Morschauser

Location: Porterfield WI. North of Hwy 64
Marinette County

American Lady

American Lady

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

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

May 19 2013

Joey Reichhoff

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

May 19 2013

Darleen Horman

Location: Home in Allenton
Washington County

First black swallowtail of the season. It was a male.
Also saw 3 cabbage whites.

May 19 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens west of Hunter Haven Road and south of Castle Mound Road
Jackson County

1:08-4:48 PM. 77-89 degrees F, mostly sunny to totally cloudy, 45% sunshine, wind 0-20 mph. We had at least 11 unidentified duskywings.

May 19 2013

Douglas Buege

Location: Dog Hollow, off Rush Creek Road
Crawford County

82 degrees F and really high humidity.

May 19 2013

Fern Springs

Location: My yard in Brockway
Jackson County

80s, sunny, 1:30.

May 19 2013

Cheryl Morschauser

Location: Porterfield WI. Schacht Rd. N of Hwy 64
Marinette County

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

May 20 2013

Todd Koeppen

Location: Little Menomonee River Pkwy at Mill rd.
Milwaukee County

@ sighted while basking.

May 20 2013

Alex Harmon

Location: Outside of Dodgeville
Iowa County

Of the black swallowtails, one was male and the other was female

May 20 2013

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

80 degrees, sunny, windy. 3 painted ladies and 1 male black swallowtail flying around

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

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

May 20 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Chippewa County Riverview Reserve, Chippewa Falls
Chippewa County

72F, mostly cloudy, lunchtime stroll.

☆ = New county sighting record

May 20 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Doreen's home farm, and Our meadow and marsh
Marquette County

78° Sunny. Not long in either place. Still no juniper hairstreaks.

Harvester

Harvester

May 20 2013

Stan Rehm

Location: Nine Springs golf course
Dane County

May 21 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Bubolz Nature Preserve
Outagamie County

Saw a Cabbage White and what I thought might be a Harvester before I got out of the parking lot but it was about 45 minutes before I saw another butterfly. Later I saw two Harvesters together. Saw a W. Fox Snake that was at least four feet long. Warm, sunny and windy to start and cooler, cloudy and windier later.

Western Fox Snake

Western Fox Snake

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Harvester

Harvester

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

May 23 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Butterfuss Rd in the Black River State Forest
Jackson County

A chilly, but sunny day. The Duskywing skippers were out. The Eastern Tailed-Blue that I saw was the tiniest butterfly that I have ever seen! It was only about half the height that I would expect one to be.

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Duskywings

Duskywings

May 23 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Brockway and South Brockway (west)
Jackson County

2:35 to 4:02 PM. 66-71 degrees F, wind 0-8 mph. The Brockway and South Brockway (west) sites are described in Ann's Jackson County butterfly watching guide on SWBA's website. This was the very beginning of Cobweb Skipper flight - saw a male in South Brockway but none in the excellent Brockway patch. The Frosted Elfin was in Brockway.

May 23 2013

Lester Doyle

Location: Deforest: Yahara River Trail
Dane County

Sunny, mid-day: Had 8 Cabbage White total along the trail, no other species seen.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

May 23 2013

Ginny Nelson

Location: Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Dane County

Quite windy. These were the only butterflies I saw in about two hours in the conservancy.

May 24 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Zeloski Marsh
Jefferson County

Beautiful day. 61 degrees and sunny. Glad to see several different species of butterflies today.

May 24 2013

Tim Fenske

Location: UW Arboretum
Dane County

63F, sunny, calm.

May 24 2013

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

My wife and I went here seeking out the Olympia Marble. We were getting near the end of our trip, heading back to the car when finally we found what we came for. There were plenty of American Coppers flying around.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

American Copper

American Copper

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

American Copper

American Copper

May 24 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Moquah Barrens
Bayfield County

4:57 to 5:45 PM, 72 to 61 degrews F, 20% sunshine, wind SE 0-8 mph. The weather was failing and butterflies were shutting down.

May 24 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: 4 bogs along FR 137 in Riley Lake Area
Price County

11:35-1:20 PM, 62-65 degrees F, wind SE 0-6 mph. Found Red-disked Alpines on 4 out of 4 bogs tried, including two ones we'd never found an alpine on before: 1.1-1.2 miles south of Hwy 70, 1.4-1.5 miles S of 70, 1.8-1.9 miles S of 70, and 2.3 miles S of 70. 18 Alpines at 2.3 mile bog, combining ones along road and out in the bog. Henry's Elfin at the 2.3 bog, where we've seen it before. Also found Red-disked Alpines south of FR 136 and in 2/2 bogs tried east of FR 505 in Riley Lake Area, plus 27 Freijas on those 3 bogs.

May 24 2013

Peter Fissel

Location: FR 174 - Partridge Crop Lake
Sawyer County

May 24 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Page Creek, Doreen's home farm and our Yard & Marsh
Marquette County

67 degrees and sunny. Work day at Page creek. Harvey opened up for me today.

Harvester

Harvester

May 24 2013

Ann Thering

Location: Bauer Brockway area
Jackson County

I saw 14 other species but did not have my close-focusing binoculars with me (argh!) so my counts were not terribly accurate. So, I am just reporting the FOY butterfly. Butterflying w/o binoculars does make you appreciate how tiny elfins are!

May 25 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Riley Lake W.A.
Price County

All the Red-disk Alpine and Freija Fritillaries were very active with little opportunities for photos

May 25 2013

Peter Fissel

Location: Moquah Barrens SWA
Bayfield County

May 25 2013

Alex Harmon

Location: Spring Green SNA
Sauk County

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

May 26 2013

Peter Fissel

Location: Stone Chimney Rd. - trail to Brule River
Douglas County

May 26 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Riley Lake W.A.
Price County

The Red-disked Alpine was blown over flat on the side of the road and just laid there while I took photos. The Freija Fritillary photo was the only one that I got close enough to take a photo.

Red-disked Alpine

Red-disked Alpine

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

May 26 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: The Bog East of Lake 19 Rd., along the Ice Age Trail
Taylor County

Made several stops in the Chequamegon NF in Taylor Co. today, the only butterflies I saw were these.

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

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

May 26 2013

Fern Springs

Location: Bauer Brockway Barrens
Jackson County

2:30PM, low 60s, overcast all day.

Lupine

Lupine

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

May 26 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Bear Lake and North Bear Lake bogs along County A.
Douglas County

The sites are described in Ann's NW Wisc. bog butterflies article on SWBA's website. Phenology is a week or more behind Price County. 69-70 degrees F, 85% sunshine, wind SE 0-10. These two bogs had above-average Freija counts among the 11 bogs we surveyed today.

May 26 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Picnic Point
Winnebago County

Black Swallowtail- one, Cabbage White- eleven and Chironomus plumosus- one million plus or minus a hundred thousand or so. The swallowtail was very small.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 26 2013

Bob Ring

Location: Brillion Wildlife Center
Calumet County

I saw my first Monarch of the season today!

May 26 2013

Lester Doyle

Location: Lodi: Wildenberg Sand Prairie
Columbia County

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

May 27 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Tie Mill Rd.
Florence County

Green Comma

Green Comma

Mustard White

Mustard White

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

May 27 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Moquah Barrens
Bayfield County

I was on a birding field trip while attending the WSO Convention in Ashland when I was pleased to find a new lifer for me, the Brown Elfin.

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

May 27 2013

Mike Reese

Location: The roads to Ada Lake
Forest County

This site is right on the border between Forest and Langlade County. I saw 7 south of the border also. There were lots of teneral Chalk-fronted Corporals that were chasing the West Virginia Whites.

Chalk-fronted Corporal

Chalk-fronted Corporal

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

May 27 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Hwy 70 bog 13 miles east of Fifield, 0.5 miles east of FR 137.
Price County

1:28-1:47 PM, 68-70 degrees F, 10% sunshine. The Frigga surprised us, because other butterfly phenology suggested we would not find any yet. Both of us got exellent looks abov and below.

May 29 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Havenwoods State Forest
Milwaukee County

Finally warm enough in Milwaukee for butterflies. The mating E. Tailed Blues were being harassed by another which wanted to get in on the action.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

May 29 2013

Ron Arnold

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

Also saw a Duskywing.

May 29 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Prairie Morraine Park, Verona
Dane County

Good to see my first monarchs of the year. But where are the cabbage whites and clouded sulphurs that usually entertain us in between other species?

May 29 2013

Alex Harmon

Location: near Land's End, Dodgeville
Iowa County

May 29 2013

Lester Doyle

Location: Deforest: Token Creek Park
Dane County

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

May 29 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Dunbar Barrens
Marinette County

11:50 am to 1:00 pm, 69-78 degrees F, 60% sunshine, wind 3-15 mph

☆ = New county sighting record

May 29 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: 7 bogs
Forest County

6 of the 7 bogs are east of Three Lakes on Forest Roads 2182, 2414, and 2174. 1:25 to 5:51 pm, 77-81 degrees F, 100% sunshine, wind 0-10 mph.

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May 29 2013

Joan Rickert

Location: my back yard
Taylor County

Finally, more butterflies in my yard.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

May 29 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: our marsh
Marquette County

85° Sunny. By this time last year we had all seen thousands of Red Admirals. Today was the first. Lady was in our yard. Saw another monarch laying eggs at Page Creek this afternoon..

May 29 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Doreen's Home farm in Moundville Township
Marquette County

77° Sunny. 11-Noon.

Monarch

Monarch

May 29 2013

Ron Arnold, Isabel Thurber

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

May 29 2013

Esjay

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

only 62f, cloudy, windy when I arrived. Feeling butterfly deprived, I took a shot at a couple hours sunshine. Around 1pm butterflies started moving. Most everyone seen was pretty fresh. Difficult getting close to most, very movement sensitive. Couldnt get close to one white which wasnt an O. Marble. Crescent/gorgone also too fast to ID. Numbers still small but increasing.

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Western Tailed-Blue

Western Tailed-Blue

May 30 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Hartman Creek State Park
Waupaca County

Killed the only Monarch I have seen this year with my windshield near Waupaca. Windy and humid. 10:30 to 12:30. Followed a blue that landed on a lupine for a second but it never landed again and I lost it. I was thinking Karner at the time. Oh, and an E. Hog-nosed snake.

Easter Hognose Snake

Easter Hognose Snake

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

May 30 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

Nothing unusual, just nice to see butterflies again.

May 30 2013

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Observed ovipositing on Queen Anne's Lace and parsley in our garden.

Black Swallowtail egg

Black Swallowtail egg

May 30 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Emmons Creek
Portage County

Sunny, cloudy, sunny, cloudy, cloudy, sunny, cloudy, thunder, rain. 12:30 to 2:00. Emmons Creek Rd.

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

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May 30 2013

Alex Harmon

Location: Dodgeville high school
Iowa County

May 30 2013

Forest Estates

Location: Arbor Vitae,Northern Highland state forest
Vilas County

Observed eating water melon in 20 mph winds in my back yard.

May 30 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Hugh Iltis Prairie
Marquette County

84° HUMID & Partly Sunny(at times). Lupine in full bloom. No Karners. 10:30-11:30 AM

May 30 2013

Tod Highsmith

Location: Our backyard, East Side Madison
Dane County

Yes, that's right -- one stinkin' Cabbage White! It's the only species we've had in our yard this entire cold, wet spring! And I don't mind telling you, I'm getting a little hungry for something more!

May 30 2013

Darleen Horman

Location: My backyard in Allenton
Washington County

It was very windy and warm this afternoon when I saw my first monarch of the season flying around the trees in the backyard!

May 30 2013

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

The Mourning Cloak hung around my front yard most of the day. I also saw my first Tiger Swallowtail for the year, but I was driving at the time, so I couldn't determine which species.

May 31 2013

Alex Harmon

Location: Military Ridge Trail, Dodgeville
Iowa County

Also saw a Common Green Darner

May 31 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Chippewa County Riverview Reserve, Chippewa Falls
Chippewa County

75F, partly cloudy, breezy. 2:30 pm.

May 31 2013

Dean Hansen

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Sunny, temp in the 70s, but with all-but-howling wind. Bummer. Still, spotted first Canadian Tiger Swallowtail and first Monarch.

May 31 2013

Jerry Ziegler

Location: Lulu Lake Preserve, Town of Troy
Walworth County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

May 31 2013

Esjay

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Gale force winds but sunny for 3 hours made butterflying difficult. Saw many blues and duskywings blow by into the distance. Went to one of three places on the meadows with some wind block just before the storms hit. Blew my video cam over into the mud. About had a heart attack running for the truck as the rain started. Oh and it hailed. But! I am glad I went.

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Common Roadside-Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

May 31 2013

Rose Tiegs

Location: Oneida
Outagamie County

Too windy to get a photo. I have waited along time to see a butterfly this year . Heading to Navarino wildlife area next too see whats there.

May 31 2013

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike Trail in Onalaska below lot on Sunset Vista Rd
La Crosse County

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

May 31 2013

Fern Springs

Location: Bauer Brockway Barrens
Jackson County

81,sunny, humid, rather windy.

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

Hoary puccoon

Hoary puccoon

Puddling

Puddling

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Persius Duskywing

Persius Duskywing

May 31 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Mosquito Hill Nature Center
Outagamie County

Clouds, sun and wind. 10:30 to 12:30.

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

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