Butterfly sightings for August 2013

Aug 1 2013

Ann Thering

Location: Black Earth area
Dane County

American Snout

American Snout

Aug 1 2013

Tim Fenske

Location: Rock Island State Park
Door County

Aug 1 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Horicon NWR
Dodge County

Aug 1 2013

Gayle Isermann

Location: Cambridge residential prairie
Dane County

Same giant swallowtail.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 1 2013

Judith Huf

Location: My backyard in Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee County

Aug 1 2013

Sharon Morgan

Location: My town of Menasha flower bed
Winnebago County

Beautiful day to have a beautiful butterfly come, my first sighting of Monarchs this year...he was on the butterfly weed and stayed for quite a while

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 1 2013

Lester Doyle

Location: LodI: Wildenberg Sand Prairie
Columbia County

First Dainty Sulphur seen since last report on July 26, same area of the Sand Prairie.

The Ghost Tiger Beetle was also taken today in the Lodi area, and was one of four seen.

Ghost Tiger Beetle

Ghost Tiger Beetle

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Aug 1 2013

Judith Huf

Location: WE Energies Grassland, St. Francis
Milwaukee County

No photos today, I forgot my camera.

Aug 1 2013

Pam Radtke

Location: Kimball
Iron County

Aug 2 2013

Fern Springs

Location: My yard in Brockway
Jackson County

75, sunny, ~3PM

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Aug 2 2013

Nadine Bogusz

Location: City of Burlington, my yard
Racine County

Butterfly was on a swamp milkweed plant, stayed for a while. Partly cloudy day, 76 degrees, slight wind.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 2 2013

Alex Harmon

Location: Sugar Creek Bible Camp, Ferryville
Crawford County

Only place that I can consistently find Compton Tortoiseshells.

Aug 2 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Besides the butterflies, I saw 4 Hummingbird Clear-wing Moths and 2 Hummingbirds.

Aug 2 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Our Yard, Meadow and Marsh Town of Oxford
Marquette County

77° and variable skies. Good Day! Swallowtails have only been single before today. Confused Male Black Swallowtail trying to mate with the gladiolus. First saw him trying to put the end of his abdomen in the end of the 2nd and 3rd flower from the top.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 2 2013

Sharon Morgan

Location: My Town of Menasha flower bed
Winnebago County

The cabbage whites really like the Gaillardia (blanket flower) in my garden...

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Aug 3 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Toft Point and Pioneer Road
Door County

Quick trip with Doreen in hopes of seeing a Dorcas Copper.

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

★ = New county photo record

Aug 3 2013

Tim Fenske

Location: Rock Island State Park
Door County

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Aug 3 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Leola Wildlife Area
Adams County

2:23-4:24 PM, 74-82 degrees F, 40% sunshine, wind 5-15 mph. We walked almost 3 miles. A male Purplish Copper was 120 meters west-northwest of the junction of Apache Road and County W. Another Purplish Copper was more than 600 meters NW of that intersection, in a giant nettles patch.

☆ = New county sighting record

Aug 3 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Havenwoods State Forest
Milwaukee County

A beautiful day, but not many butterflies. I especially notice that there are no grass skippers. Is it because of all the heavy rains?

Viceroy

Viceroy

Aug 3 2013

Rose Tiegs

Location: Navarino wildlife area
Shawano County

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

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

Aug 3 2013

Sharon Morgan

Location: My Town of Menasha flower bed
Winnebago County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 3 2013

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

Found several monarch eggs on the milkweeds, but haven't seen any caterpillars in the wild.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 3 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Picnic Point and Coughlin Prairie
Winnebago County

12:30 to 3:30. The war bird photo will give you an idea of the sky. A Summer Azure found a little patch of sun and opened up for photos for about 10 seconds.

Lance-tipped Darner

Lance-tipped Darner

monarch

monarch

Eyed Brown

Eyed Brown

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Eastern Pondhawk

Eastern Pondhawk

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aug 3 2013

Darleen Horman

Location: Stodola Prairie at Lac Lawrann Conservancy in West Bend
Washington County

Sunny and breezy. I expected to see lots of butterflies. Only saw a few. Plenty of bees, dragonflies and goldfinches. Also saw a hummingbird clearwing.

Aug 3 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Spur Lake SNA
Oneida County

sunny, 60F, 9 am. Not much to see with the cold morning, but these early risers. The eyed brown was so worn, I wasn't sure what it was at first.

Eyed Brown

Eyed Brown

Atlantis Fritillary

Atlantis Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Aug 3 2013

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Four eclosions this week, originally from eggs laid on our Pearly Everlasting in June.

American Lady

American Lady

Aug 3 2013

Douglas Buege

Location: Shea--Williams Prairie
Iowa County

Last day of surveying Regal Frits.

Aug 3 2013

Steven Lubahn

Location: Bong SRA
Kenosha County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Viceroy

Viceroy

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Chickweed Geometer

Chickweed Geometer

Aug 4 2013

Douglas Buege

Location: Sunrise Lake Road, near rockpile
Oconto County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Aug 4 2013

Fern Springs

Location: My yard in Brockway
Jackson County

~3PM, 80s, sunny

Aug 4 2013

Douglas Buege

Location: Stoehr Road and Nieman Road intersection
Oconto County

Harvester

Harvester

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 4 2013

Gayle Isermann

Location: Residential prairie in Cambridge
Dane County

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Aug 4 2013

Dean Hansen

Location: Stolte Road, north part of Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

Went specifically to check for Karners. Mild success. Not much in flight--butterfly milkweed done, and rough blazing star just starting. Latter was attracting some Speyeria. Karners were not nectaring, and there was no damp gravel to attract anything.

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Aug 4 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Kelly Lynn Bog SNA
Langlade County

partly cloudy, 65F, noon. Another cold morning, and just this one seen hunkered down in the vegetation, allowing me to get pretty close with the camera lens.

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

★ = New county photo record

Aug 4 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Schoeneberg's Marsh Waterfowl Production Area
Columbia County

I didn't find as many butterflies as I had hoped for, but other things like the Eight-spotted Forester moth and the tiny Tree Frog kept my hike interesting.

Gray Tree Frog

Gray Tree Frog

Eight-spotted Forester

Eight-spotted Forester

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Aug 4 2013

Douglas Buege

Location: Near FR 2117, .5 miles off HWY 32
Oconto County

Tons of Duns

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Aug 4 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: CB and O'Hauser Parks
Winnebago County

Town of Menasha. Partly sunny and a little wind. 12:00 to 1:45.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Aug 4 2013

Anna Seidl

Location: West side of Madison
Dane County

Flying through my backyard. The Question Mark was a beautiful fresh adult. Stayed long enough for a good look, but not quite long enough for a picture.

Aug 4 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, Old Marsh Road
Dodge County

Mainly a birding trip, but a 6 mile round trip walk down Old Marsh Rd at noon netted (no pun intended) a few butterflies. Weather perfect: warm but not too hot, sunny with a few clouds that occasionally tempered the sun, and a breeze that kept away any mosquitoes.

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Aug 5 2013

Michael Riley

Location: south pond @ biketrail, Cedarburg
Ozaukee County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Aug 5 2013

Daniel Schneider

Location: Cold Spring Road Yard
Jefferson County

Aug 5 2013

Mike Reese, Lester Doyle

Location: Wildenberg Sand Prairie
Columbia County

Cool and cloudy. Checked the Common Buckeye later and it was still sitting in the same spot.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Aug 6 2013

Jaye Nelson

Location: Hathorn Hallow on Rt 31
Kenosha County

Partly cloudy. Moderate Temp. About 3:30 PM. Many Cabbage white, Great Spangled Fritillary, a few blue, a Red Spotted Purple and a Monarch

Coming home from Pennsylvania at a turnpike stop I spotted a strange critter which turned out to be a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth. Hard to Photograph, they move pretty fast.

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 6 2013

K. Java

Location: Reed Lake - Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

I only had about 1/2 hour to search for Karners before the rain started. I didn't see anything by the boat landing but had success in the field on the east side of the road in. One other Karner spotted in a different area on the way home. Note the caterpillar on the bottom of the photo of the Coral Hairstreaks.

Unexpected Cycnia (Cycnia inopinatus)

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Aug 6 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Dewey Heights Prairie SNA
Grant County

After 5:00. I saw the robber fly in the same spot as I saw one in 2007.

Proctacanthella cacopiliga

Proctacanthella cacopiliga

Aug 6 2013

Douglas Buege

Location: Along Peshtigo River Road, 8 miles south of Armstrong Creek
Forest County

Dun skippers in record numbers in the meadow I was surveying.

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

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

Aug 7 2013

Gail Kurtz

Location: Town of Farmington
Washington County

Aug 7 2013

Mike Reese

Location: various stops along Brockway Rd.
Jackson County

3:30-5:30

Aug 7 2013

Alex Harmon

Location: Dodgeville
Iowa County

Aug 7 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Babcock Park, McFarland, outlying parking area
Dane County

Here's an example of how strange butterflying has been in the Madison area. Yesterday I walked around Stricker's Pond in Middleton. There were lots of wonderful nectar sources, and NO butterflies besides 30+ cabbage whites. Today I stopped at Babcock Park in McFarland to look at waterfowl and found quite a few butterflies in the parking lot! (Granted there were some nectar plants between parking areas, but nothing like the selection at Stricker's.) You never know. The Eastern tiger swallowtails were especially photogenic.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 7 2013

Fern Springs

Location: Perry Creek Rd
Jackson County

~1PM, partly cloudy, 70s

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Aug 7 2013

Fern Springs

Location: Hwy 27 south of CR-SS
Monroe County

70s, ~12:30, cloudy

Aug 8 2013

Ginny Nelson

Location: Badger Prairie Park
Dane County

These were seen during about three hours of seed collecting in the prairie where there were thousands of nectar sources.

Aug 8 2013

Douglas Buege

Location: Near FR 2117, 1/2 mile off HWY 32
Oconto County

I've been looking for an Aphrodite all week in Oconto County. Finally found one.

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aug 8 2013

Dale Bohlke

Location: Fish Lake Wildlife Area
Burnett County

Lots of hairstreaks on the few remaining butterfly weeds in bloom and fritillaries on blazing stars that are just beginning to bloom. The highlight of the afternoon was the giant swallowtail seen at the south end of Stolte Rd.

Aug 8 2013

Erik Ostrum

Location: Loon Lake Wildlife Area
Barron County

☆ = New county sighting record

Aug 8 2013

Pam Campbell

Location: Near Colfax.
Dunn County

Butterfly numbers have been low all summer. Happily, the Monarch was a female depositing eggs on common milkweed.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Aug 8 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Shillinglaw Praires
Waushara County

70-79° Sunny. KB survey. Count was low. Got an excellent look a butterfly that I wish I had a pict of. ID is questionable. Didn't include it.

Aug 8 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Horicon Marsh Natl. Wildlife Refuge, along the Bud Cook hiking trail and the eastern end of the Old Marsh Road
Dodge County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

★ = New county photo record

Aug 8 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Along the railroad tracks in Fox Point
Milwaukee County

I found this weedy area along the railroad bed between Fox Point and Whitefish Bay which is turning out to be better for butterflies than the gardens and parks in the area this year. Also saw two Hummingbird Clearwing moths and a Hummingbird feeding from the Monarda.

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Aug 8 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Weyauwega Area Back Roads
Waupaca County

Larson Road, Colic Slough Road and Marsh Road. 9:30 to 12:30. Went to check if we had any storm damage at the cabin. We were lucky. Just some large branches. I talked to a guy at the IGA who lost over 1000 mature trees along the Waupaca River near the stone bridge.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Viceroy

Viceroy

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Aug 8 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard Meadow and Marsh
Marquette County

79° Parlty Sunny. First Least Skipper here this year. Found Indian Pipe in two places.

Aug 8 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Stewart County Park, north of Mount Horeb
Dane County

70's, mostly sunny, late afternoon. The common buckeye and one of the fritillaries were extremely worn, with huge chunks missing from their wings. It was good to see a skipper. I've only seen a few this year. I found this insect interesting.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aug 8 2013

John Davis

Location: my backyard in Prairie du Chien
Crawford County

mid 70's, mostly sunny, light wind

It has been a very poor year for butterflies. Have seen one grass skipper, a Peck's, June 17 since then none , last two years they and other grass skippers were abundant. Other butterflies seldom stay long enough to get a photo. Hopefully things will pickup.

Take care

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 9 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Riveredge Nature Center
Ozaukee County

A lovely day, but butterfly numbers are still disappointing. Got a photo of a beautiful fly which I can't identify that was feeding on flowers with the butterflies. More Hummingbird Clearwing Moths today.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Monarch

Monarch

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Bee Fly

Bee Fly

Aug 9 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Rettenmund Prairie, Black Earth
Dane County

My first Peck's skippers of the year.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Aug 9 2013

Liz Herzmann

Location: Mayville, WI
Dodge County

Butterfly seen at our prairie garden. Wings were a bit worn.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

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

Aug 9 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: northeast of Mazomanie, several different roads
Dane County

Lots of giant swallowtails, including a pair who flew together for a very long time. Many species visited a muddy patch, including a red-spotted purple and a viceroy who spent quite a bit of time together in the same spot.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Viceroy

Viceroy

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 9 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Avoca Wildlife Area
Iowa County

Scouting trip for Saturday's field trip

Aug 10 2013

Rill Moline

Location: on our farm between stoddard and genoa 3 miles east of the mississippi
Vernon County

Aug 10 2013

Douglas Buege

Location: Cassville area on private land
Grant County

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Aug 10 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Standing Cedars SNA
Polk County

noon-3:30 pm, started out cloudy, upper 60's. the sun gradually came out and it warmed into the 70's. quite humid. Saw several of either glassywings or dun skippers (I'm leaning towards glassywings). Saw one tail-less E. Tailed Blue, that had me hoping it was something else, until I got home and compared images. Overall, that was the most abundant sp. Saw a couple of huge (>1") robber flies. Quite the fearsome looking beast when I zoomed and cropped the picture I took. Right after taking the photo, it took off, then dive-bombed what may have been a six-spotted tiger beetle, then flew off with it. I saw more butterflies in the more natural parts of this property. The restored/planted prairie, while in full bloom with lots of nectar sources (and quite beautiful I might add), didn't yield as many sightings.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

American Lady

American Lady

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Proctacanthus milbertii

Proctacanthus milbertii

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Little Glassywing

Little Glassywing

American Copper

American Copper

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

Aug 10 2013

Brent Nowak

Location: My backyard west of Rio
Columbia County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 10 2013

SWBA FIELD TRIP/COUNT

Location: 15 mile diameter circle centered at Muscoda. Also includes portions of Grant and Richland Cos.
Iowa County

This was the 7th year for this annual field trip of the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association. 27 people participated. We found a total of 33 species and 259 individuals in 7.85 hours of observing. Three species were new to the count: Northern Pearly-eye (1), Meadow Fritillary (6) and Variegated Fritillary (1). Species with highest numbers of the seven years were: Great Spangled Fritillary (18), Coral Hairstreak (3), Painted Lady (4), Common Roadside Skipper (8), Dun Skipper (2), Least Skipper (26) and Cabbage White (12).

Aug 10 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County

Fewer butterflies here than in previous years. Saw four more Hummingbird Clearwing moths today.

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

Aug 11 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Douglas County Wildlife Area
Douglas County

10:41-11:20 am, 73-75 degrees F, 100% sun, wind SW 2-10 mph. One male, 1 female, and 3 unknown gender Leonard's Skippers.

Aug 11 2013

Pam Campbell

Location: Crex Meadows Wildlife Area
Burnett County

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Aug 11 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens near Hwy 27 and Murray Lake Road south of Brule.
Douglas County

3:10-3:46 pm, 79-83 degrees F, 90% sun, wind SW 0-8 mph. One female and 5 unknown gender Leonard's Skippers.

☆ = New county sighting record

Aug 11 2013

Gail Kurtz

Location: Town of Farmington
Washington County

Aug 12 2013

Edward Buchs

Location: West of Genoa City
Walworth County

Visited garden stopping at zinnia flowers. One of the tails damaged - seemed to be folded over itself. Flight pattern okay, but a lot of wing movement to compensate.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 12 2013

Jay Springer

Location: Mount Horeb
Dane County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 13 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: A friends farm on Fox Ridge Dr. and a Wildlife Area nearby
Richland County

74° Sunny to Partly Sunny.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

☆ = New county sighting record

Aug 13 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Northern townships
Winnebago County

12:30 to 3:30. Mostly cloudy, windy and cold (<70). A C. White was on the same flower for a half hour. Checked it out and an ambush bug had it.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Aug 13 2013

Jay Springer

Location: Mount Horeb
Dane County

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 13 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Co. EE in the Valton Area
Sauk County

74° Partly Sunny
Pecks evaded me 3 times then hid under this blade of grass before disappearing in a flash.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

★ = New county photo record

Aug 13 2013

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

4 of the Karners were seen on the west side of Southwest Dike Trail. Might be a new area to look for Karners.
A banner year for Rough Blazing Star so spent a lot of time checking for Leonard's but found the 1st one on Bergamot.

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aug 13 2013

Jym Mooney

Location: Lake Park, Milwaukee.
Milwaukee County

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 13 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Dike 17 area of the Black River State Forest
Jackson County

Aug 13 2013

Kaylin

Location: Mayville backyard
Dodge County

Aug 13 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Clark County Forest along Gorman Ave, and Rouse Rd.
Clark County

Not much Species variety today.

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Pink-edged Sulphur

Pink-edged Sulphur

White Admiral

White Admiral

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

★ = New county photo record

Aug 13 2013

Marilyn Leys

Location: Prairie du Chien
Crawford County

Nectaring on the open faced red zinnias in my garden.

Aug 13 2013

Lyn Socks

Location: Town of Cedarburg, Granville Rd and Hwy 60
Ozaukee County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 13 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Black River State Forest, east of Wildcat Rd. and south of HWY 54
Jackson County

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

★ = New county photo record

Aug 13 2013

Lester Doyle

Location: Lodi: Wildenberg Sand Prairie
Columbia County

Aug 14 2013

Yellow River Academy

Location: Cadott below the dam on the Yellow River
Chippewa County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 14 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Bender Park, Oak Creek
Milwaukee County

Beautiful sunny day with beautiful flowers and still few butterflies. Had my first Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (notice it has 8 spots!) of the year.

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Aug 14 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Mt. Morris Area
Waushara County

Thought I would check out my old stomping grounds. It was supposed to be a few degrees warmer out this way. It may have been but it was still pretty slow. 11:30 to 3:00.

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

American Copper

American Copper

Northern Pearly-eye

Northern Pearly-eye

Aug 14 2013

Sharon Morgan

Location: My Town of Menasha yard
Winnebago County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 14 2013

Janet Bode

Location: My backyard
Waukesha County

Aug 14 2013

Steve Gutschick

Location: Homeowner's backyard in the Town of Randall near Lake Tombeau
Kenosha County

For a week now, a male has been patrolling and basking in my vegetable garden, primarily less than 10-feet off the ground, frequently resting on the green beans and cucumbers or a nearby honeysuckle.

Aug 15 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard, Meadow & Marsh, Lock Rd., Muir Park and Doreens home farm.
Marquette County

74-78° Sunny>Cloudy>Partly Cldy.
Red Spotted Purple landed on a branch right next to the truck window as I was driving the woods road at Doreens home farm.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Aug 15 2013

Charles Roberts

Location: McCarthy Youth & Conservation Park
Dane County

American Snout was on Rattlesnake Master flower
head. .

American Snout

American Snout

Aug 15 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Avoca Prairie Natural Area
Iowa County

Lots of viceroys, no monarchs that we could tell, but we did see a monarch caterpillar. Least skippers were everywhere. Two of the giant swallowtails were extremely photogenic. We saw many chickweed geometers, one of my favorite moths.

Chickweed Geometer

Chickweed Geometer

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Viceroy

Viceroy

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 15 2013

Kathy Neururer

Location: City of Kenosha, SW Side
Kenosha County

Spent several minutes in our dianthus feeding on the red flowers in our back yard. We were within a couple of feet.

Aug 15 2013

Daniel Schneider

Location: Home, Cold Spring Road, Fort Atkinson
Jefferson County

Aug 15 2013

Douglas Buege

Location: Walking Iron Park
Dane County

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aug 15 2013

Sharon Morgan

Location: My Town of Menasha yard
Winnebago County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 15 2013

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: From Muscoda, along Wis. River and Mississippi to Glen Haven.
Grant County

While eating in Fennimore, we heard a Eurasian Collared Dove.

Aug 15 2013

John Davis

Location: my backyard in Prairie du Chien
Crawford County

sunny, mid 70's, light to no wind

saw my second grass-skipper of the year today

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Viceroy

Viceroy

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Aug 15 2013

Erik Ostrum

Location: Menomin Park, Menomonie
Dunn County

☆ = New county sighting record

Aug 15 2013

K. Java

Location: My yard
Burnett County

Just got home from shopping and was unloading groceries when it flew around my yard for a bit. It didn't land for photos though.

Aug 15 2013

Toni Koehler

Location: near lake arrowhead town of rome
Adams County

also saw 3 other kinds on our walk today too. it was warmer today than it has been in the past few weeks perhaps why more are out right now.

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Aug 16 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Avoca Area
Iowa County

78° Sunny Noon-3:30PM
Found the Common Sootywings in 2 different places. Little Yellows were hard to find today.
Only 20 minutes at Hay Lane.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Aug 16 2013

Pat Duss

Location: 4 miles northwest of Stanley
Chippewa County

On Dwarf Butterfly Bush

Viceroy

Viceroy

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

Aug 16 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

10:30-3:00

Aug 16 2013

Dave Hanson & David Bratley

Location: Snake Trail, SE corner of Bayfield Co.
Bayfield County

Re: Photo: Look Ma, no hands!
Nighthawks and Common Green darners migrating over Washburn this evening. Early winter? I hope not.

Common Branded Skipper

Common Branded Skipper

Aug 16 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Schoeneberg Marsh Waterfowl Production Area
Columbia County

Monarch

Monarch

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Aug 16 2013

Terrence J. Doyle

Location: 2517 Upham St., Madison
Dane County

Feeding on peppermint in my back yard.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Aug 16 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Fox Ridge Rd. & Lebansky Rd.
Richland County

74° Sunny

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Viceroy

Viceroy

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

★ = New county photo record

Aug 16 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Walking Iron County Prak
Dane County

80° Sunny. 4-4:30 PM
Biplane was the most interesting thing flying. Flew over at Ret. Prairie and my Parents farm, too.

Aug 16 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie State Natural Area
Dane County

82° Sunny 5-7PM
For this time of the day this place was nuts! Surpised that I didn't see any other Frits.
Saw a giant when I got to my parents at 7:30.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Aug 17 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Southwestern Winnebago Country
Winnebago County

9:40 to 12:30. Sunny and warm. Slow going. Not much over there.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Viceroy

Viceroy

Aug 17 2013

Jym Mooney

Location: Horicon Marsh NWR
Dodge County

Viceroy

Viceroy

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Aug 17 2013

Ashley & Tyler

Location: Town of Grand Rapids
Wood County

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 17 2013

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

The Buckeye was I think a first-ever for our garden. The Lady was one we had raised from an egg found on Pearly Everlasting.

Aug 17 2013

Ellen Smith

Location: In the backyard of 714 Sherman Ave in Oconomowoc
Waukesha County

Aug 17 2013

Jon Jackson

Location: Cassville
Grant County

The Giant Swallowtail was flitting around my south facing front flower garden while I was watering. It stopped for about a minute and spread its wings wide and was perfectly still. I went to get my camera but it was gone when I cam back out. I had met Mike the week before in the area and he told me about recent sightings in the area. This is my first time on the site. Really nice. Thanks

Aug 17 2013

Bud Hammes

Location: Village of Trempealeau, Lake Road near Mississippi River
Trempealeau County

We saw a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly. It flew around our flowering planets for about an hour. It liked the color red. What a beautiful sight.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 17 2013

Nancy Gunder

Location: Town of Middleton
Dane County

Pope Farm prairie

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 17 2013

Kathy Kascewicz

Location: 1 mile south of Fifield
Price County

The Aphrodite Fritillaries were attracted to the echinacea behind our house on a warm sunny afternoon.

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aug 17 2013

Joan Rickert

Location: approx 4 mi s of Hwy 29 by Stanley on County rd H
Chippewa County

Harvester

Harvester

Aug 17 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Suk Cerney Peatlands SNA
Juneau County

9:30 am, sunny, 70F. Thought I had my first monarch of the year sighting, 'til I saw those 2 black lines.

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Aug 17 2013

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

Warm and sunny day. I'm finding monarch eggs and caterpillars on the milkweed. Also found 5 common buckeye caterpillars, but haven't seen an adult yet this year. 2 hummingbird clearwings were sharing the bergamot with the bees. Also saw a small grass skipper.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Aug 17 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Vosse Coulee SNA
Trempealeau County

5 pm, mostly sunny, 81F. Not a lot of butterflies, but very active.

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

★ = New county photo record

Aug 17 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Pioneer Trail and County A
Douglas County

11:30-12:30. The Purplish Frits were fresh.

Aug 17 2013

John & Gail

Location: East Willow Dr, Lima Center. Lima Marsh Wildlife Area
Rock County

Road walking the Ice Age Trail just west of Lima Center we found this Black Form Eastern Tiger Swallowtail among the thistles and grape vines on East Willow Road.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 17 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fireman's Park, Verona
Dane County

Didn't have time today for a road trip, so I stopped at a local Verona park, 12:00 noon-12:30. Most of the cabbage whites and Eastern tailed blues were enjoying a wet patch of gravel/dirt near the edge of the pond.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Aug 18 2013

Douglas Buege

Location: Rettenmund Prairie
Dane County

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Aug 18 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park along the Lakeshore
Milwaukee County

Mostly out looking for shorebirds but there were a few butterflies about. Also a couple of Celery Looper Moths, one of which was feeding from a flower with its wings open, which made me mistake it for a spread-wing skipper of some sort at first.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Celery Looper

Celery Looper

Monarch

Monarch

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Aug 18 2013

Peg Bavin

Location: my home in Amery WI
Polk County

I was sitting on my enclosed porch when I noticed this large butterfly on a flower in a hanging basket. It flew away, but then came back so I was able to get several pictures. I later learned that it was a giant swallowtail.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 18 2013

Randal Rake

Location: East De Pere back yard native plant garden
Brown County

Monarch, white cabbage

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Aug 18 2013

Sue Gadbois

Location: Between West Bend and Kewaskum
Washington County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 18 2013

Jym Mooney

Location: Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit
Waukesha County

An excellent day, with a fine variety of species. Sunny and 75 degrees.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aug 18 2013

Nancy Gunder

Location: Town of Middleton
Dane County

Giant swallowtail on penta plant on my deck in the Town of Middleton

Springwater Dancer

Springwater Dancer

Aug 18 2013

Joan Rickert

Location: 4 miles south of Taylor co border on Pray Ave near Owen
Clark County

A friend called me about all the caterpillars on her dill. There were about 60 Black Swallowtail caterpillars in this picture! I have never seen so many at one time!

Black Swallowtail caterpillars

Black Swallowtail caterpillars

☆ = New county sighting record

Aug 18 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Town of Clayton
Winnebago County

WIOUWASH Trail, Shady Lane, etal. 9:20 to 10:45. Streaky. Walked 1.5 miles and saw ten Least Skippers before I saw any other species. Then three Viceroys in a row. Seems like we are in a pretty big lull around here right now.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Viceroy

Viceroy

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Aug 18 2013

Joshua Cullum

Location: 8 miles north west of Janesville
Rock County

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

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

Aug 18 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Snake Trail
Bayfield County

Mike met me in Clam Lake and he found a fork(plastic) in the road at a fork in the road on snake trail. Great couple of hours butterflying!!

Common Branded Skipper

Common Branded Skipper

Common Branded Skipper

Common Branded Skipper

Aug 18 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Bean Creek Fishery Area and Fire Lane Road
Washburn County

Low 80s and Sunny. 3-6 PM

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

White Admiral

White Admiral

Mustard White

Mustard White

Banded Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

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

Aug 19 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Scott Lake Rd.
Forest County

Aug 19 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: The front yard of the cabin I stay in in Springbrook
Washburn County

80s and Sunny. Trying to leave for home and the butterflies were still coming.

American Copper

American Copper

★ = New county photo record

Aug 19 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Tie Mill Rd.
Florence County

9:30-12:30. Most surprised by the Long Dash which was still somewhat fresh.

Aug 19 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Buboltz Nature Preserve
Outagamie County

What a difference a day makes. Today I had five different species in the first 200 yards. Out from 9:30 to noon.

Many trees down from the storm a couple of weeks ago. Lots of hard work was put in to get the trails open. I had heard that the trails at Ledgeview Nature Center in Calumet County are closed for the year because they had so much damage.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Aug 19 2013

Melanie Hammer

Location: Rogers Memorial Hosp Oconomowoc, Wi
Waukesha County

Around 10-:30 am in our perennial garden in our phlox mass planting we spotted the Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 19 2013

Joshua Cullum

Location: 8 miles north west of Janesville
Rock County

Two of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtails were dark morph females. The Northern Pearly-eyes were sitting on the side of a tree in the woods.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Northern Pearly-eye

Northern Pearly-eye

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

★ = New county photo record

Aug 19 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

It is disheartening to walk for 2 hours in meadows filled with native wildflowers and see so few butterflies.

Aug 19 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Pioneer Rd & County A
Douglas County

70s to low 80s Cloudy changed to full Sunny. Stopped to take a pict of a sulphur and ended up finding the Purplish Frits. The one on the bottom in the pict with 3 was dead.

Purplish Fritillary

Purplish Fritillary

Purplish Fritillary

Purplish Fritillary

Aug 20 2013

Vicki Depies

Location: Random Lake, our backyard
Sheboygan County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 20 2013

Daniel Schneider

Location: Cold Spring Road Yard
Jefferson County

Aug 20 2013

Pam Campbell

Location: My garden near Colfax.
Dunn County

Over 90 degrees today.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

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

Aug 20 2013

Ellen Smith

Location: South Street Clinic in Oconomowoc
Waukesha County

I saw three cabbage whites on the way in the door and on the way out 1 landed on me and surprised me! I was stopped in my tracks by the little lightweight :)

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Aug 21 2013

Terrence J. Doyle

Location: 2517 Upham St., Madison
Dane County

Feeding on peppermint in my back yard.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 21 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: McKee Park, Fitchburg
Dane County

Mid-upper 80's, around noon. The skippers were very entertaining. They were all on one bush. Not much throughout the rest of the park, despite a good number of nectar plants.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Aug 21 2013

Kim McDonald

Location: Grantsburg Township
Burnett County

Enjoying my Impatiens planted in a strawberry jar.
Gone when I got back with my camera!

Aug 21 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Badger Prairie Park, Verona
Dane County

I visited all of the good liatris patches in the park, and almost no butterflies. Five monarchs flying but not nectaring. Usually the liatris here draws monarchs like a magnet, plus skippers and other butterflies, but not this year. I spotted the Eastern tiger swallowtail near the parking lot, nowhere near any of the nectar sources. Another example of how unusual this year has been.

Aug 21 2013

Carolyn Zilinski

Location: Black Earth
Dane County

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 22 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Back Roads Near Weyauwega
Waupaca County

Cool, cloudy and humid. 10:30 to 1:30. Colic Slough Road, Marsh Roads north and south of Weyauwega.
One of those tornados a couple of weeks ago crossed the north Marsh Rd. Took out about 95% of the trees in its path through a pine plantation west of the road and about 80% of the hardwoods to the east. I have not seen this many large oaks snapped off since the Wautoma tornado.

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Viceroy

Viceroy

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Aug 22 2013

Judith Huf

Location: County Grounds, Wauwatosa
Milwaukee County

Overcast morning. Lots of flowers, but pretty dry, at least until the rain started at about 10:30am. More birds than butterflies today.

Aug 23 2013

Ann Thering

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Aug 23 2013

Randal Rake

Location: East De Pere city backyard native plant garden
Brown County

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aug 23 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Lots of Silver-spotted Skippers today. I like the way they look totally different with their wings open. They are so plain drab brown that way, unlike the striking pattern of the underwing. And the Red Admiral is almost the exact opposite, with a striking pattern above with a subtle almost dried leaf appearance from below. The Red-spotted Purple was on the beach sipping from the wet sand.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 23 2013

Joshua Cullum

Location: 8 miles north west of Janesville
Rock County

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

Aug 23 2013

Randy Machkovitz

Location: Horicon
Dodge County

5:00 pm sunny, 80 deg. Went to all flower baskets on back patio.

Aug 23 2013

Pam Campbell

Location: Near Colfax.
Dunn County

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Viceroy

Viceroy

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

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

Aug 23 2013

K. Java

Location: Shore of Dueholn Flowage-Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

I walked the shore of Dueholm Flowage today just because you can with the water drawn down. Not exactly prime butterfly habitat Later drove to Southwest Dike Trail to look for Karners (none) but saw the Giant flying along County Rd O Flowage on the way there. Last year hundreds of Dainty Sulphurs, this year I've only seen 2.

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Aug 23 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Shea Prairie
Iowa County

Noon-2:00. Most of the action occurred in the parking lot and adjacent area where it looked like soil was being prepared for prairie plantings. Most species spotted here. Swallowtails and fritillaries were nectaring on the large thistle patches along the road. A lot less going on in the prairie itself.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Aug 23 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Schurch Thomson Prairie
Iowa County

2:30-4:30. Highlights: A fritillary trying to burrow under the grass, and a meadow fritillary who decided to sit first on my slacks, then on my shoe, then on my arm.

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 24 2013

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

Very sunny, warm and breezy day. Great-spangled fritillary was in the violets, depositing eggs I hope. Also saw 1 monarch fourth instar caterpillar on common milkweed and 2 third instar black swallowtail caterpillars on dill.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 24 2013

Ellen Bev & Forbes Smith

Location: Ottwa Lake State Park - Boat Launch
Waukesha County

Aug 24 2013

Joey Reichhoff

Location: 183rd Ave
Polk County

Totally kicking myself for not having my camera available! Huge Swallowtail flew by and landed near me for a couple seconds. Gorgeous species

Aug 24 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Badger Prairie Park, Verona
Dane County

Noon-12:30, sunny and 82. What a difference a few days makes. When I was hear this past Wednesday (also around noon), I walked through a lot more of the park, but I saw only 5 monarchs and they were flying, not nectaring. Today I spent less time and visited only one area, a trail where I know there is lots of liatris. Monarchs were everywhere and they were very active, flying from plant to plant. Very cool.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Monarchs

Monarchs

Aug 24 2013

Pat Duss

Location: 4 miles northwest of Stanley
Chippewa County

On Dwarf Butterfly Bush

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 24 2013

Jim Otto & Peter Fissel

Location: Yellowstone Lake State Park
Lafayette County

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

★ = New county photo record

Aug 24 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Dunnville Barrens SNA
Dunn County

7-8pm, 85F, windy, mostly cloudy. Rough blazing stars just starting to get underway. Not much to see though, as far as butterflies go.

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Aug 24 2013

Stan Rehm

Location: Walking Iron Park, Mazomanie
Dane County

I went in hopes of spotting a certain type of butterfly seen years ago, but with no success. And not many others either, in part because the prairies (other than the remnant one) and hayfields have disappointingly been mown down to stubble.

Aug 24 2013

John & Gail

Location: Milton College Historic District City of Milton, WI
Rock County

Walking the Ice Age Trail we spotted this Giant Swallowtail in a front yard flower garden on Rogers Street in the old Milton College neighborhood.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 24 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

1st time this year than the Monarchs went into the double digits (barely).

Aug 25 2013

Sylvia Barbarich

Location: my back yard in Appleton
Outagamie County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

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

Aug 25 2013

Denise Larson

Location: Wisconsin Rapids, in my back yard, Pryne Rd.
Wood County

I was taking photos of flowers around 9:00 AM and all of a sudden I caught sight of the largest butterfly I have ever seen. I did not know what it was till I read it on your web sight. It enjoyed my phlox for a long while. Very challenging to photograph on such a windy day.

giant

giant

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 25 2013

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA - Southwest Dike Trail
Burnett County

25 MPH wind gusts and 90 degrees by 10 am. Just butterflied a 100' section of Southwest Dike Trail on the western side looking for Karners. One Butterfly Milkweed plant was still in bloom attracting the Blues.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Aug 25 2013

Vicki Depies

Location: Random Lake, our backyard
Sheboygan County

Have never seen one of these in our yard before.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Aug 25 2013

Jym Mooney

Location: Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Aug 25 2013

Sharon Morgan

Location: My Town of Menasha yard
Winnebago County

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 25 2013

Rose Tiegs

Location: Navarino wildlife area
Shawano County

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

★ = New county photo record

Aug 26 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Was out a little too early this morning 7:45 to 10 am to find many butterflies. Overcast and very humid.

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Aug 26 2013

Randal Rake

Location: Backyard native plant garden
Brown County

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 26 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Whitefish Bay (My garden)
Milwaukee County

Finally! With this hot weather I actually have a few butterflies in my "butterfly" garden. And a bonus Hummingbird Clearwing Moth feeding from the Jewelweed.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 27 2013

K. Java

Location: Amsterdam Slough SWA
Burnett County

75 and drizzling..not ideal conditions for butterflies. The Giant was pretty worn and I'm pretty sure I saw an extremely worn Great Spangled Frit too but not positive.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 27 2013

Lois Ballard

Location: Rice Lake, Wi
Barron County

Aug 27 2013

Ginny Nelson

Location: Indian Lake
Dane County

I observed these butterflies while collecting prairie seeds for Dane County between 0900 and 1130.

Aug 28 2013

Pam Campbell

Location: Near Colfax
Dunn County

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

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

Aug 28 2013

Nancy Gunder

Location: Town of Middleton
Dane County

I spotted a silver spotted skipper and 2 cabbage whites on our catmint plants this afternoon in the Town of Middleton.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Aug 28 2013

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Lower Wisconsin Riverway and private property
Grant County

We were glad to see some Leonard's Skippers. We wondered if they had survived the 2012 severe drought in the southern part of the state. Yup.
Cloudless seen on private property.

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Aug 28 2013

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

I was surprised to see a Common Ringlet at this uncommon time of year.

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 28 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
Dodge County

I hiked the Bud Cook hiking trail and the western half of the Old Marsh Road. Most of the Orange Sulphurs were along the Old Marsh Road.

Monarch

Monarch

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Aug 28 2013

Joan Rickert

Location: my yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

What a pleasure to finally see a Giant Swallowtail!

☆ = New county sighting record

Aug 29 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens in and near Mirror Lake
Sauk County

11:20 am to 1:19 PM, 86-92 degrees F, 98% sunshine, wind 0-5 mph. Saw 14 males, 17 females, and 48 unknown gender among the Leonard's Skippers. Found 46 Leonard's Skippers at Van Zelst (2 seen on Aug. 20), 6 at Turtleville (4 on Aug. 20; sier is in Mirror Lake State park), 27 at Mirror Lake Pine Barrens west of Hastings Road (4 Leonard's, plus a Delaware Skipper, on Aug. 20), and 0 at a south-facing bank along Fern Dell Road (0 on Aug. 20).

Aug 29 2013

Herman Bender

Location: Fond du Lac
Fond du Lac County

Living in the city, I maintain a native prairie patch which gives way to sunflowers this time of the year. Today at about 12:30 while looking out the kitchen window, I saw this visitor, a Great Spangled Fritillary.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 29 2013

Pam Campbell

Location: Near Colfax
Dunn County

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 29 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee County

I searched the gardens and parks for over 2 hours and found very few butterflies compared to past years. Lots of Sphinx Moths this year though.

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 30 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Also 7 White-lined Sphinx moths feeding from the Jewelweed and Monarda.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 30 2013

Dave Hanson & David Bratley

Location: City of Washburn
Bayfield County

Sachem was welcome as the first one for 2013. We now have seen Sachems every year since 2002.
Also saw a couple of White-lined Sphinx moths.

Sachem

Sachem

Aug 30 2013

Dave Baker

Location: lake geneva -home
Walworth County

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 31 2013

Ryan Brady

Location: Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center west of Ashland
Bayfield County

Aug 31 2013

Pamela Skaar

Location: Olbrich Gardens
Dane County

The ten foot high dark purple butterfly bushes in the herb garden knot were a real draw.

Aug 31 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Dunnville Barrens State Natural Area
Dunn County

quick stop around 5 pm to look for leonards.

Aug 31 2013

Ron Arnold

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

There was quite a bit of nectaring today on large patches of goldenrod. There's a field road with corn on both sides and it acts like a funnel for butterflies. I like to check it for immigrant species, and that's where I found the dainty sulphur and the checkered skippers.

Aug 31 2013

Dan

Location: West Bend/Trenton
Washington County

Giant swallowtail
Lovely sight, enjoying my zinnias

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 31 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Friendship Trail and Shady Lane
Winnebago County

Went out for a little more than an hour after the Badger game. No copper photo. I had shorts on and it evaded me by going into the nettles.

☆ = New county sighting record

Aug 31 2013

Ryan Brady

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

Slim pickings most of the year and no different now, despite many nectar sources.

Aug 31 2013

Jym Mooney

Location: Lake Park, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

Seen in conjunction with the Lake Park Warbler Walk this morning.

Aug 31 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Badger Prairie Park, Verona
Dane County

Stopped by Badger Prairie Park to see if the monarchs were still hanging out on the liatris and they were, in great numbers. The monarchs were everywhere, flying around my head, in front of my face, etc. At one point I counted 25 monarchs nectaring at one time on the best liatris patch in the park. It was great to feel surrounded. A number of great spangled fritillaries joined them on the liatris, and I spotted a few other butterflies in other parts of the park. Time well spent.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph