Butterfly sightings for September 2013

Sep 1 2013

Joshua Cullum

Location: Riverside Park, Janesville
Rock County

Sep 1 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Kohler-Peet Barrens SNA
Burnett County

cloudy, breezy, a chilly 71F. Surprised to see as many butterflies as I did. I kept thinking I almost need a jacket.

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 1 2013

Dan Belter

Location: Big Eau Pleine County Park, located in the south-central part of Marathon County
Marathon County

I was looking for shorebirds along the reservoir that borders the park. The reservoir is slowly being drawn down, so I had plenty of beach area to hike on to a spot where I have seen shorebirds in the past. While looking for shorebirds, I saw a butterfly flying around me that at first I thought was a Viceroy, but when it landed about 8 to 10 feet from me, something didn't look right for it to be a Viceroy. I put my binoculars on it (Swarovski 10x42, close focus to 6 feet), and I knew it was something different, and a new butterfly that I have never seen before. What struck me the most was the orange in the front wings with black markings. The wing tips were black with white spots. The hind wing was also black with white spots running down the entire length to a black area on the back wing, which was also marked with white spots. Like I said, I knew for sure this was a new butterfly for me, one that I have never seen before. I know many of the more common butterflies, so later in the afternoon I called my friend Mary Backus, who is an avid butterfly observer here in Marathon County, to ask her about what I saw. I also went page by page through the only butterfly field guide I have (Kaufman's Field Guide to Butterflies of North America), and the only butterfly I can come up with is a female Regal Fritillary. The habitat I saw this butterfly in is all wrong from where it should be. It was flying along the beach area of the drawn down reservoir, with heavy forest cover along the edges. I'm thinking with the strong west winds we have had with some recent storms this past week, including the storm in the early morning hours of Sept. 1, 2013 (today), that this might have blown in the butterfly? I did not get any photos as I don't own any high quality cameras (like what Mary has), so I did not get any photos.

☆ = New county sighting record

Sep 1 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Fitchburg, private property
Dane County

Lovely garden with ample nectar sources, where in other years there have been many butterflies of many species. This year, not so much. I was ready to head home, having seen my 2 silver-spotted skippers and 5 cabbage whites, when over my right shoulder flew an Eastern tiger swallowtail that landed on a flower right in front of me. A nice end to what had appeared to be an ordinary day.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Sep 1 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Greenwood Refuge
Waushara County

This is my favorite place in Waushara County for migrating Monarchs. Not many today.

Sep 1 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Schoenebergs Marsh Waterfowl Production Area
Columbia County

This was an afternoon visit. I was glad to see two Monarch caterpillars. An adult Bald Eagle was a bonus sighting.

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Viceroy

Viceroy

Sep 2 2013

Pat Duss

Location: 4 miles northwest of Stanley
Chippewa County

On Black-Eyed Susans

American Lady

American Lady

Sep 2 2013

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Most of these were seen while mowing my yard and trails in my field and woods.

Sep 3 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Lower Wilson Marsh Flowage, Black River State Forest
Jackson County

I hiked all the way around this flowage. I was surprised to see my first Dainty Sulphur of 2013.

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Sep 3 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Meadow Valley State Wildlife Area along Autumn Rd.
Monroe County

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

★ = New county photo record

Sep 3 2013

Vicki Depies

Location: Random Lake, our backyard
Sheboygan County

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 3 2013

Ilona Loser

Location: Cross Plains - back yard
Dane County

One Monarch attracted to a Butterfly Bush.

Sep 4 2013

Susan M Mueller

Location: Chippewa Falls WI
Chippewa County

I saw this beautiful butterfly on a flower in my front yard. I have never seen a butterfly like this!

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sep 4 2013

Todd Koeppen

Location: Prairie Du Chien
Crawford County

Dainty Sulphur. Saw two flying up river into the wind.

Sep 4 2013

Nancy Gunder

Location: Town of Middleton
Dane County

Trails in Prairie Home Estates

Sep 4 2013

Kathleen Jeske

Location: my yard in West Bend
Washington County

Have Giant Swallowtail coming to my yard, on Zinnias and butterfly bush. I never saw one before.

Sep 4 2013

Vicki Depies

Location: Random Lake, our backyard
Sheboygan County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Sep 4 2013

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and also private property
Grant County

Very frequent calling of the Scissors Grinder (cicada) including in Lancaster.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Sep 5 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Governor Nelson State Park
Dane County

I parked my car near the fish cleaning station, then hiked the Woodland Trail loop. This was mainly a bird watching trip, but I did also find some interesting butterflies. The Common Checkered-Skipper was flitting about the lawn near the fish cleaning station. The Hackberry Emperor was flying up in the tree tops where it landed, then sat. This Hackberry Emperor was so tattered that it took a while before I recognized what species it was. I submit the poor quality, much enlarged photo of this Emperor because this is a near record late sighting date.

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Sep 5 2013

Daniel Schneider

Location: Cold Spring Road Yard
Jefferson County

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

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

Sep 5 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard & Marsh
Marquette County

75° Sunny. Lots on turtlehead blooming in the marsh.

Sep 5 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Hegge Rd. NE of Alpha
Burnett County

First alfalfa field that I have seen this year where sulphurs were abundant. Short stop, where I counted 100 Clouded, stopped counting and then counted the Orange Sulphurs over the same area. Many, many more of each.

Sep 5 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Sep 5 2013

Lyn Socks

Location: Lions Den Gorge
Ozaukee County

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 6 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Shady Lane and WIOUWASH Trail
Winnebago County

11:30 to 1:15. Sunny and windy enough for a pleasant walk on the trail.

The photographed N. Crescent was so large I couldn't figure out what it was for 10 minutes, until I finally got a good look.

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Viceroy

Viceroy

Sep 6 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Leola Wildlife Area
Adams County

8:30-9:55 and 3:30-4:10 pm, 64-90 degrees F, sunny, wind SW 6-14 mph. Walked two areas totaling 1.3 miles in the grassland. The Milbert's Tortoiseshell was south of the rock west of County W. We have only seen 2-3 other Milbert's (two were in a Forest Co. bog) this year.

☆ = New county sighting record

Sep 6 2013

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Buena Vista Wildlife Area
Portage County

10:20 am to 3:00 pm, 76-92 degrees F, sunny, wind S 6-12mph. Walked almost 6 miles surveying 9 grassland plots. 38 Aphrodite, all 3 Great Spangled, and 1 female Regal Fritillary were in one plot. We saw one male and one female Regal altogether. It has been a low year for Bolorias here.

Sep 7 2013

Alex Harmon

Location: Outside of Platteville
Grant County

Meadow Fritillaries were very numerous. Red Admiral, Question Mark, Commas, and Viceroy were on rotting apples.

☆ = New county sighting record

Sep 7 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Schoeneberg Marsh Waterfowl Production Area
Columbia County

I hiked the paved trail from the parking area on the north side of Priem Rd out to the viewing platform, then back again.

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Sep 7 2013

Pamela Skaar

Location: Schumacher Farm County Park
Dane County

Two chickweed geometer moths and two white faced meadowhawks allowed me to observe them closely for several minutes.

Sep 7 2013

Dory Owen

Location: Elmer & Edna Culver Wetlands Conservancy
Dane County

1 pair each of E. Tailed Blues & Cabbage whites flying while mating. Also plenty of celery loopers nectaring and chickweed moths.

Sep 7 2013

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

93 degrees today.

Sep 7 2013

Pam Campbell

Location: Near Colfax
Dunn County

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Sep 7 2013

James Olson

Location: North Long Lake Rd., Iron River
Bayfield County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

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

Sep 7 2013

Terence J. Doyle

Location: 2517 Upham St., Madison
Dane County

Feeding on peppermint in my backyard.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 7 2013

Peter Thornquist

Location: Milwaukee River
Milwaukee County

Seen by Heather Eiden on Good Hope Island, Milwaukee River

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 8 2013

Fern Springs

Location: My yard in Brockway
Jackson County

Overcast, 12-2pm

Sep 8 2013

Sarah Stokes

Location: Wehr Nature Center
Milwaukee County

I was amazed to see a Giant Swallowtail right outside the building at Wehr Nature Center, feeding on the thistle flowers. Sorry that I didn't have a camera with me.

Sep 8 2013

Ryan Brady

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

Sep 9 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Steinke Basin & Baxters Hollow(Stones Pocket Rd)
Sauk County

94° Sunny & Humid.

Sep 9 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Very humid. I arrived early (7:30am) to look for birds and was surprised to see Monarchs active.

Sep 9 2013

Nancy Gunder

Location: Town of Middleton
Dane County

Around my yard in the Summit Pass neighborhood.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 9 2013

Mike Reese

Location: several stops in the western part of the county
Waushara County

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Sep 10 2013

Joan Rickert

Location: yard-rural Medford
Taylor County

This is the latest I've ever seen the Northern Pearly-eye and American Lady in my yard.

Sep 10 2013

Lisa Wendt

Location: Whitewater
Rock County

About 15 Common Buckeyes hang around our home. Saw a few together it is not common, I beg to to differ.

Sep 10 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Schoenebergs Marsh Waterfowl Production Area
Columbia County

I again hiked the paved trail from the parking area on Priem Road. The Purplish Coppers seem to be hanging around the boardwalk section of the trail.

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Sep 10 2013

Fulton Martin

Location: Town of Emmet farm yard (N44 49.27, W89 54.42)
Marathon County

The Monarchs were flitting around the evergreens
The American Lady was in an alfalfa field, along with a lot of sulphurs, including clouded, white and at least one orange.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

American Lady

American Lady

Monarch

Monarch

American Lady

American Lady

Sep 10 2013

Vicki Depies

Location: Random Lake, our backyard
Sheboygan County

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 11 2013

Vicki Depies

Location: Random Lake, our backyard
Sheboygan County

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 11 2013

Fern Springs

Location: Hwy 8 Wayside west of Hawkins
Rusk County

10 AM, sunny 70s

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Sep 11 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Wisconsin Point
Douglas County

Went up to look for Jaegers but didn't see any on this day. I finally saw one Parasitic Jaeger on Thursday afternoon and two on Friday morning.

Parasitic Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Sep 11 2013

Fern Springs

Location: CR-M north of CR-W
Sawyer County

My first Viceroy!
5:15 PM, sunny

Viceroy

Viceroy

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

Sep 11 2013

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and private property
Grant County

The recent warm weather seems to have wafted more immigrants into Wisconsin!
Also saw two swarms of a dozen Green Darners, a Russet-tipped Clubtail and Wandering Glider (dragonflies). Good numbers of Scissors Grinder (cicada) are still calling.

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Sep 13 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard
Marquette County

67° Sunny.

Sep 13 2013

Lois Ballard

Location: My cottage between Wautoma & Neshkoro
Waushara County

Saw one fresh American Lady and a very worn one. Lots of American Coppers on the Sedum.

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Lady

American Lady

Sep 13 2013

Fern Springs

Location: My yard in Brockway
Jackson County

Guests in my garden today:
Hackberry Emperor in the lemon balm,
Green frog in the cucumbers,
Cluster of bumblebees in the last squash blossom.
4:30 PM, 70s, sunny.

Sep 14 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Gardens
Rock County

I had meant for this to be a quick trip and then check out the Avon Bottoms area but the White-lined Sphinx moths, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and the Giant Spreadwings were all so photogenic today that I spent too much time here. 11:30-3:15

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Great Spreadwing

Great Spreadwing

Sep 14 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Monticello, Montesian Lake and Gardens
Green County

Cabbage whites and clouded sulphurs everywhere. The highlight of the day was seeing a white-lined sphinx moth. This was the first time I had ever seen this moth.

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

Sep 14 2013

Nancy Gunder

Location: Town of Middleton
Dane County

Backyard on aster plants

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 14 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Muir Park
Marquette County

Sep 16 2013

Timothy Danke

Location: Town of Caledonia, section 24
Waupaca County

Sep 16 2013

Joshua Cullum

Location: 8 miles north west of Janesville
Rock County

One of the Clouded Sulphurs was so pale at first I thought it was a Cabbage White at first!

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 16 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: WIOUWASH Trail
Outagamie County

Sunny but chilly and breezy this aft. Walked less than two miles. Not much here.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 16 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Prairie Moraine County Park, Verona
Dane County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 16 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Horicon NWR
Dodge County

Sep 16 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard, meadow and marsh
Marquette County

64° Sunny. The weather is getting cooler. The zinnizs in the garden is still the hot spot. Purple asters in the marsh are still blooming.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

American Lady

American Lady

Sep 17 2013

Nancy Gunder

Location: Town of Middleton
Dane County

Backyard (Monarchs & Cabbage White) and Prairie Home Estates trail (Orange Sulphur & Cabbage White)

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 17 2013

Joan Rickert

Location: my yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Sep 17 2013

Janet Mueller

Location: 12 miles east of Bloomer on Cornell Lake
Chippewa County

Cabbage White. Day after our first frost.

Sep 18 2013

Darleen Horman

Location: My Yard
Washington County

Sunny warm day, hoping to see more monarchs, but I did see 2 common buckeyes, 1 eastern-tailed blue, several cabbage whites and 2 orange sulphurs. Also saw a variety of bees on the showy goldenrod.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

★ = New county photo record

Sep 18 2013

John Davis

Location: My backyard in Prairie du Chien
Crawford County

Warm, windy, and partly cloudy.

Seen my first Sachem, I may have seen this year 15 to 20 grass-skippers, the last 2 years I've at least double this number on sunny day in August and September.

Had 5 Monarchs in the late afternoon, most of the day there was at least one in the garden.

Finally, the garden as been filled with up 10 White-lined Sphinx moth for the last few weeks.

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

Sep 18 2013

Ilona Loser

Location: Ice Age Trail - wildflower fields near Hickory Hill, Cross Plains, WI
Dane County

1 Monarch, 1 Common Buckeye, 1 Sulphur (undetermined species).

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 18 2013

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Private Property
Grant County

We also found a White-lined Sphinx (moth), observed a singing Scissors Grinder cicada, and a Lance-tipped Darner (dragonfly).

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Scissors Grinder Cicada

Scissors Grinder Cicada

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Lance-tipped Darner

Lance-tipped Darner

Sep 19 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Madison, behind Oakwood Village West
Dane County

Low 80s and sunny. Ground was wet from a.m. rain. After visiting a friend at Oakwood West, I walked around in back on a whim, not expecting to see much. I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few butterflies, especially the American and painted ladies, which I'd only seen a few times this year.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

American Lady

American Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Sep 19 2013

Tim Fenske

Location: City of Middleton yard
Dane County

Sachem

Sachem

Sep 19 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: WIOUWASH Trail
Winnebago County

Near the junction of Y and S. Maybe the last hot day of the year.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 19 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My yard, meadow and marsh
Marquette County

85° Mostly Sunny. At one point the question mark would have been in the pict, too. For some reason this section of the honeysuckle was a hot spot. The only thing we saw in the rest of the woods/marsh were whites on the far end.
No monarchs today.
Saw 1 white this evening trying to find shelter in the pouring rain.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Sep 19 2013

Daniel Schneider

Location: Cold Spring Road
Jefferson County

Sep 19 2013

Daniel Schneider

Location: Cold Spring Road Yard
Jefferson County

Sep 20 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Wisconsin Point
Douglas County

A compilation from several individuals. Peter Fissel spotted the Monarch flying at near treetop height down the beach. He also saw a White-lined Sphinx.

Sep 21 2013

Jym Mooney

Location: Wisconsin Point, Superior
Douglas County

During Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Jaegerfest, Sept. 20-22, 2013. Bronze Copper landed on my leg, and is a lifer for me.

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

★ = New county photo record

Sep 21 2013

Alex Harmon

Location: Necedah NWR
Juneau County

Also saw about 175+ Nevada Buckmoths (Hemileuca nevadensis)

Nevada Buckmoth

Nevada Buckmoth

Sep 21 2013

Pam Campbell

Location: Near Colfax
Dunn County

The Monarchs were flying high and in a fairly straight line to the Southwest. Mexico or bust!

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

★ = New county photo record

Sep 22 2013

Ron Arnold

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

Sep 22 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard, Meadow, and Marsh
Marquette County

64 degrees and sunny.

Sep 22 2013

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

Sunny and calm this morning, 50 degrees. Saw 1 male monarch basking and nectaring on New England asters. Several cabbage whites and 1 clouded sulphur.

Sep 22 2013

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

Was walking around in the afternoon and saw many more butterflies! Saw another monarch-this one was a female. Also saw a pandorus sphinx caterpillar.

Pandorus Sphinx caterpillar

Pandorus Sphinx caterpillar

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

American Lady

American Lady

Sep 22 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Rotary Gardens, Janesville
Rock County

A perfect weather day. Saw a black swallowtail caterpillar on parsley. There were lots of white-striped sphinx moths, spotted in various parts of the gardens. Two hummingbirds were very entertaining. Many of the fiery skippers were on the orange flowers (marigolds and other flowers) that line the edges of the parking lot.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Black Swallowtail caterpillar

Black Swallowtail caterpillar

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

Viceroy

Viceroy

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

★ = New county photo record

Sep 22 2013

K. Java

Location: Kylingstad Flowage - Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

A few remaining Goldenrod flowers attracted tons of bees and one lone Copper. The Comma was the 1st one I've seen in this area this year. Buckmoths are everywhere.

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Sep 22 2013

Alex Harmon

Location: Necedah NWR
Juneau County

Again, buckmoths very abundant, but a lot more active in sunny weather. All monarchs were fairly low to the ground and three were at flowers.

Sep 23 2013

Tim Fenske

Location: City of Middleton yard
Dane County

My first Fiery Skipper, seen on the same sedum as the Sachem from a few days ago.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 23 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard, Meadow & Marsh
Marquette County

66° Sunny. "Admirables" & a comma like the bait I put out. Have been waiting for the commas. :) Almost stepped on the White-lined Sphinx while moving the picnic table.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

Sep 23 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Necedah NWR
Juneau County

4:30-6:00. Still looking for my first buckmoth.

American Copper

American Copper

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

★ = New county photo record

Sep 23 2013

Jym Mooney

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Sep 23 2013

Ginny Nelson

Location: My neighborhood in Middleton/Madison including Stricker's Pond.
Dane County

It was my first Red Admiral of the year.

Sep 23 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

Went hoping to find Buckmoths, but didn't see any. Few nectar sources except near the parking lot and in the first restored prairie. All but three butterflies were seen in these two spots.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 23 2013

Joan Rickert

Location: yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 23 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Grand Marsh WLA
Green Lake County

69° Sunny 3:30-4:30 PM CC Skipper was terribly tattered, but could still fly faster than I could follow. Clouded Sulphurs never paired up.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

★ = New county photo record

Sep 23 2013

Nancy Gunder

Location: Town of Middleton
Dane County

A glorious day in my backyard which seemed filled with butterflies when I wandered out there.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 24 2013

Tim Fenske

Location: City of Middleton yard
Dane County

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Sep 24 2013

D Nussbaum

Location: Bohn Lake, Hancock Park and Pine Lake
Waushara County

Lifer! Went to Mr. Reese's P. Copper spots to see if I could find one. I brought along the GPS to grab a couple of geocaches and it's a good thing I did. I found a cache at the Pine Lake boat landing and also found four P. Coppers.

10:00 to 1:00. Partly cloudy and cool. At Redgranite I had one O. Sulphur, two E-t Blues, one C. Buckeye and one M. Cloak on the way home.

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 24 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Horicon NWR
Dodge County

Sep 24 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Yellowstone Lake State Park
Lafayette County

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Sep 24 2013

Jim Otto

Location: Schoeneberg Marsh Waterfowl Production Area
Columbia County

This was an afternoon visit. The little Northern Brown Snake was sunning itself on the blacktop trail surface.

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Brown Snake

Brown Snake

Sep 24 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Olbrich Gardens
Dane County

76 degrees and Sunny. More Monarchs than one could count!

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 25 2013

Daniel Schneider

Location: Cold Spring Yard
Jefferson County

On western slope of drumlin near center N-S.

Sep 25 2013

Fern Springs

Location: Namekagon-Court Oreilles Portage Marker Hwy 27
Sawyer County

1 PM, 60s, sunny. Numerous cabbage whites along Hwy 27 between Hayward & Ladysmith.

Sep 25 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Olbrich Gardens, Madison
Dane County

Mid-70s and sunny, 1:00-3:00. Monarchs everywhere. Most on purple butterfly bush, but a fair number were attracted to these orange flowers as well. Found 2 white-lined sphinx moths. Very cool. Strange to think that I'd never seen one of these moths, and in the last week and a half I've seen them in FOUR different locations (one was in northern Illinois, so not reported here). I notice that alot of other folks are seeing them too, so we're fortunate to have lots of these visitors this year.

Monarch

Monarch

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 25 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Necedah NWR
Juneau County

Boghaunter trail. 1:15-4:00. Got my first looks (lifer!) at an adult buckmoth. They were bigger and faster fliers than I expected. Not a chance of getting a photo today.

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle

Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Common Green Darner

Common Green Darner

Sep 26 2013

John Davis

Location: my backyard in Praire du Chien
Crawford County

mid 70's, light wind, and sunny

Counted 18 monarchs in the flowers at one time this afternoon, amazing I have never seen this many in my yard.

Have also had a large number of White-lined Sphinx moths, Cabbage Whites, Clouded Sulphurs, and Orange Sulphurs in the flowers for the last week or so.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 26 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Madison, behind Oakwood Village West
Dane County

The American lady was quite worn. I watched it and the monarch for quite awhile. On a number of occasions the American lady flew over to where the monarch was nectaring and sat close by for awhile (15 seconds?). Then flew away and came back. This happened three or four times.

American Lady

American Lady

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 26 2013

Ann Thering

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

It was a surprise to find a single female Checkered White in the midst of all the Cabbage Whites. Other species found were similar to those reported from Olbrich recently.

First sighting of the year. This species has been seen every year in Wisconsin since 2005.
Mike

Checkered White

Checkered White

Sep 26 2013

Stan Rehm

Location: Nine Springs Golf Course
Dane County

I was surprised to see a cluster of the most Buckeyes I've ever encountered in one spot, all nectaring together on asters. Sadly I had only an 8-iron, not a camera.

Sep 27 2013

Darleen Horman

Location: my yard in Allenton
Washington County

Sunny, warm and breezy

Sep 27 2013

Judith Huf

Location: Stein Garden Center, Mequon
Ozaukee County

First Fiery Skipper (a female) that I've seen this year was feeding on the fall flower display. The Monarch was flying by.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 27 2013

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Edna Taylor Conservation Park, Monona
Dane County

Took a walk around Edna Taylor Conservation Park 9:15am-10:30am. Wasn't expecting to see any butterflies at that hour. However, there was one early riser, a Pearl Crescent, seen at 9:42am. The only other butterflies seen were 3 Cabbage Whites at the edge of the parking lot just before I left.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Sep 27 2013

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: private property
Grant County

The female Sachem was so worn that it was starting to look like a Long Dash!

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Sachem

Sachem

★ = New county photo record

Sep 27 2013

Nancy Gunder

Location: Town of Middleton
Dane County

Sightings during a brief afternoon walk in my backyard.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Sep 27 2013

Pamela Skaar

Location: field next to 2802 Agriculture Drive, Madison
Dane County

Sep 27 2013

Douglas Buege

Location: Avoca Prairie
Iowa County

Sep 28 2013

Alex Harmon

Location: Platteville
Grant County

Also found a Gray Hairstreak caterpillar while picking green beans.

Sep 29 2013

Pam Campbell

Location: Near Colfax
Dunn County

I'm seeing some fall color in the area.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 29 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Upper St. Croix Lake Public Boat Landing
Douglas County

cloudless, 68F

Sep 29 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Leola Marsh area
Adams County

Went looking for the White-tailed Kite first seen this morning by Quentin Yoerger. The butterflies were casually seen while watching the Kite. Dan Belter spotted the Mourning Cloak.

White-tailed Kite

White-tailed Kite

Sep 29 2013

Pamela Skaar

Location: neighborhood around Eastwood and Dunning (Marquette)
Dane County

sunny, warm and calm. The sulfurs and monarch flew south after feeding on New England asters.

Sep 29 2013

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard and Marsh & Summerton Bog
Marquette County

66° Sunny. Admiral & Comma still by the bait. Comma has a more jagged edge than the one in my photo on the 23rd. Just slightly more than an hour 2 survey the two Summerton locations.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Sep 30 2013

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Gardens
Rock County

2:00-4:00 pm. My first Sachems of the year. Amazing number of American Goldfinch at the gardens.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Giant Spreadwing

Giant Spreadwing

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Sep 30 2013

Tim Fenske

Location: City of Middleton yard
Dane County

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Sep 30 2013

Darleen Horman

Location: my yayd in Allenton
Washington County

Sunny, warm and breezy day. Saw 1 male monarch basking and nectaring on asters

Sep 30 2013

Pamela Skaar

Location: around 2802 Agricullture Drive and adjoining field
Dane County

72 F south wind, 13 mph about 3 PM A pair of sandhill cranes was hunting grasshoppers in the field.