Butterfly sightings for April 2014

Apr 2 2014

Michael Dearing

Location: Korback & Z, Dodgeville Township
Iowa County

Apr 5 2014

Jim Otto

Location: Spring Green Prairie Preserve north of Jones Rd.
Sauk County

This was a mid to late morning visit. I hiked the trail to its end at the top of the bluff. The Mourning Cloak was in the woods on the back side of the bluff. My first butterfly of 2014!

Apr 5 2014

Annie Keith

Location: backyard, Orchard Ridge Neighborhood-Madison
Dane County

Mourning Cloak sighted in backyard sunning itself in wooded area, by black oak and weeping willow. Sunny, breezy day.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 5 2014

Greg Hottman

Location: Baxter's Hollow Parking Lot
Sauk County

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 5 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Cherokee Marsh, Lu's Pond
Dane County

1:30 pm, sunny but breezy

Apr 6 2014

Todd Koeppen

Location: Greenfield Park
Milwaukee County

On oak leaves aggressively basking.....

Apr 6 2014

Joshua Cullum

Location: Gibbs Lake County Park
Rock County

As I was watching birds, I walked into a meadow area and a butterfly flew up from right in front of me. I immediately could see that it was a comma species due to the small size, orange and brown marking above with dark spots, and the brown mottling below. I suspected Eastern Comma, but I wasn't sure, so I got closer. I was able to verify it as an Eastern Comma. Later in my hike, I flushed another butterfly up that was obviously a comma, but it did not land so I couldn't identify it. Later and in a different place, I saw another comma that I was able to verify as an Eastern, and then a little later spotted another comma that flew away before I was able to identify it. In total, I saw 4 commas, 2 of which were Eastern Commas and the other two unidentified, but were almost certainly Eastern as well.
About 60˚ F. out with a fairly strong wind from the south and sunny.

Apr 6 2014

Jym Mooney

Location: Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

Apr 7 2014

Tod Highsmith

Location: Our East Side Madison back yard
Dane County

Our first backyard butterfly of the year. It flitted between the bird feeder and this barren, windswept plateau looking for the perfect place to sun itself.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 7 2014

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Our marsh
Marquette County

61° and cloudy.

Apr 7 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Viroqua Landfill
Vernon County

south winds, overcast

Apr 8 2014

Kristin Gjerdset

Location: Hawthorn Glen Outdoor Education Center
Milwaukee County

My first butterfly of the year!

Apr 8 2014

Joshua Cullum

Location: 8 miles northwest of Janesville
Rock County

I glanced out the window and noticed a comma sitting on an old rug that we put outside yesterday. The rug warms up very quickly, so the comma was warming itself on it. I had seen a comma yesterday that I only saw briefly, and I think this is the same one.

Apr 8 2014

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: McFarland
Dane County

Fluttering around in the late afternoon, finding sunny spots to rest.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 9 2014

Judith Huf

Location: Havenwoods State Forest
Milwaukee County

Yea! My first Wisconsin butterflies for this year. Two of the Mourning Cloaks I saw separately. Three I saw together flying in circles around each other (amorously?) All moved too fast for photos. Also saw a cute Wooly Bear Caterpillar and a Garter Snake. Lovely spring morning.

Apr 9 2014

Mike Reese, Bob Bergen

Location: Necedah NWR
Juneau County

Apr 9 2014

Jim Otto

Location: Mud Lake SWA along Tollefson Rd.
Columbia County

Apr 9 2014

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Same corner of the yard, every year, like clockwork. This was not our latest first sighting (Apr 13 in 2008).

Apr 9 2014

Ann Thering

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Apr 9 2014

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Devils Lake State Park
Sauk County

62° and Sunny. 11:45-1:30 PM. Saw one other butterfly that was probably a comma.

Apr 9 2014

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Our marsh
Marquette County

64° Sun > Cloudy. Both were sucking sap on a boxelder stump.

Apr 10 2014

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

A reminder that the Mourning Cloaks and anglewings that survived our long winter are emerging from hibernation hungry, and have only tree sap available. They love overripe fruit.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 10 2014

Ingrid

Location: Garner Park, Madison, WI
Dane County

This Nymphalis antiopa passed by around noon, sunned itself on the pavement for several minutes, then flew away.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 10 2014

Pam Campbell

Location: North of Boyceville
Dunn County

My first butterfly of the year. Sadly, I didn't have my camera. The Mourning cloak was flitting about on a country dirt road.

Apr 10 2014

Joshua Cullum

Location: 8 miles northwest of Janesville
Rock County

I was walking through our woods and noticed a comma sunning itself on the bark of some trees and sometimes flying to the ground to sun on the leaves. I got closer, and could tell that it was a Gray Comma (probably the one I saw the other day), so I continued to watch it. In a few minutes, I saw that another comma flew in, and after close inspection, realized it was a Gray Comma as well.
Realizing that this is the highest count for me in Rock County (maybe the highest count in this database?) I went inside to get the camera to get some photos. After coming back out, I saw that they were still there and I photographed both of them extensively. I have included some of the photos in the checklist. I will have to watch the commas closely this year to see if this is going to be a good year for Gray Commas.

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Apr 11 2014

Joshua Cullum

Location: 8 miles northwest of Janesville
Rock County

I was out birding and noticed these butterflies. 60˚-65˚f. out with a slight breeze and sunny.

I was surprised to see the Red Admiral, and he was flying around too fast to get a photo of him.

Apr 11 2014

Ginny Nelson

Location: My yard in Middleton
Dane County

It is my first butterfly of the year. It was nectaring on blue scilla, one of the few non-natives in my yard.

Apr 18 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: on Old Settlement Road, near Millston
Jackson County

Apr 18 2014

Alex Harmon

Location: Outside of Platteville
Grant County

Apr 18 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Castle Mounds Park
Jackson County

Apr 18 2014

Todd Koeppen

Location: Greenfield Park
Milwaukee County

It was a cold 51 degrees and the sun not very warm with the cold wind off the lake. Possible Red Admiral sighted here about a week prior.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 18 2014

Charles Cook

Location: Pleasant Prairie
Kenosha County

Sunning in my driveway

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 19 2014

Todd Koeppen

Location: Greenfield Park
Milwaukee County

It was warmer and there were Morning Cloaks, and an occasional Red Admiral flying and checking each other out.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 19 2014

Carla Strating

Location: Delavan, in our garden
Walworth County

American Lady

American Lady

★ = New county photo record

Apr 19 2014

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Stricker's Pond, Middleton
Dane County

Finally, my first butterfly of the year!

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 19 2014

Dennis Malueg

Location: Alp Rd northeast corner of Waushara
Waushara County

Apr 20 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Gibraltar Rock
Columbia County

Apr 20 2014

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Madison - downtown
Dane County

Apr 20 2014

Suzanne

Location: Madison
Dane County

Apr 20 2014

Ryan Brady

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

First butterfly of the year, despite 95+% snow cover yet. I'm guessing this one overwintered in my garage...

Apr 21 2014

Scott Puchalski

Location: Trempealeau Nation Wildlife Refuge
Trempealeau County

Apr 21 2014

Kathy Kascewicz

Location: along Davis Rd. south of Fifield
Price County

First butterfly of the year, alighting on the ground and flying about in the trees. Most of the snow gone on a warm sunny day.

Apr 21 2014

Ryan Brady

Location: Flag River State Fishery Area near Port Wing
Bayfield County

Lots of snow yet but a few butterflies aloft. Had three more unidentifieds in addition to those reported here.

Green Comma

Green Comma

Green Comma

Green Comma

Apr 21 2014

Jym Mooney

Location: Lake Park, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

Apr 21 2014

Mike Reese

Location: Necedah NWR
Juneau County

Annual trip to look for Trailing Arbutus and my first elfin. Found both!

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Trailing Arbutus

Trailing Arbutus

Apr 22 2014

Joan Rickert

Location: Grover Dr. west of Medford
Taylor County

First butterfly for me.

Apr 22 2014

Scott Puchalski

Location: Myrick Marsh Trails
La Crosse County

Apr 22 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Belgium / Lake Church Wisc
Ozaukee County

One Red Admiral was visiting a bleeding sap hole from maple sugaring, tap had been removed seven days earlier!

American Lady

American Lady

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 22 2014

Stan Rehm

Location: UW Arboretum
Dane County

The Grady Tract of the Arboretum has had lots of underbrush removed and has had an extensive prescribed burn. At least one Mourning Cloak survived (but probably not many mantis eggcases...)

Apr 22 2014

Scott Puchalski

Location: Great River Bike Trail- Midway
La Crosse County

Apr 25 2014

Stan Rehm

Location: Nine Springs Golf Course
Dane County

67 degrees sunny day.

Apr 25 2014

Joshua Cullum

Location: 8 miles northwest of Janesville
Rock County

Apr 25 2014

John Davis

Location: my backyard
Crawford County

low 60's, sunny

first butterflies of the spring

Apr 25 2014

Pam Heilman

Location: my yard, west of Paoli
Dane County

Apr 25 2014

Jim Ebner

Location: Okauchee
Waukesha County

Steady restless flight atop lawn. Bright and sunny. Noon. My first of the year.

Apr 25 2014

Tod Highsmith

Location: East Side Madison
Dane County

Ho hum...

Apr 26 2014

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park Golf Course
Milwaukee County

Finally a butterfly today.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Apr 26 2014

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Farm. 1/2 mile S of Chaseburg on County K
Vernon County

Apr 26 2014

Annie Keith

Location: Orchard Ridge neighborhood, Madison
Dane County

Mourning Cloak was sunning on the trunk of crabapple tree, around 1:25pm in the front yard of our house.

Apr 29 2014

Joshua Cullum

Location: 8 miles northwest of Janesville
Rock County

I saw this 'Spring' Spring Azure while watching birds.

☆ = New county sighting record