Butterfly sightings for May 2014

May 3 2014

Alex Harmon

Location: Platteville
Grant County

May 3 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Musser Lake, Chequamegan Forest
Price County

Gusty windy day, more clouds than sun. From cloud openings sun revealed itself only for a few minutes throughout the day, barely reaching fifty degrees! Forest roads still have some snow piles in various locations along the edges. Some fire lanes are rutted and impassable. One fire-lane to a remote lake was deeply rutted at the entrance, flooded in the middle and I walked through two foot deep snow at the back end to get to the lake.
One of the earliest lepidoptera to appear in the spring, in northern Wisconsin is a moth, the Infant Geometer, Reliably so, it marks virtually every year, the beginning of the Lepidopteran season, usually preceding any early butterflies! One battered Morning Cloak & one Eastern Comma ( Fr. Rd 130 ), three Infant Geometer Moths ( 1-Gates Rd, 2-Riley Road for a five -hour day of driving & walking.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

The Infant

The Infant

The Infant

The Infant

The Infant

The Infant

★ = New county photo record

May 3 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens bordering Brockway Road
Jackson County

9:50 am - 11:20 am. 54-59 degrees F, sunny, wind NW 2-15. This is the only butterfly we saw. From 12:00 – 12:50 pm we searched west of Hunter Haven Road and found no butterflies; 57-64 degrees F, 50% sunshine, wind NW 5-15.

May 3 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Spring Green Reserve
Sauk County

Seriously, one of the toughest of Wisconsin's butterflies. These guys were clinging to the flowers despite a strong wind from the northwest.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

May 3 2014

Jim Otto

Location: Dike 17 area, Black River State Forest
Jackson County

It was breezy. I was looking for both birds and butterflies.

Common Loon

Common Loon

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

May 3 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Avoca, west road
Iowa County

The lady was out on the road through the prairie. The cloaks and admiral were all in the woods--first 150 meters in from the prairie. Two Mourning Cloaks were courting.

Mourning clo

Mourning clo

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 4 2014

Lois Ballard

Location: My home and adjacent areas
Waushara County

The Olympia Marble was the FIRST butterfly I've seen this year!

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

May 4 2014

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg
Ozaukee County

May 4 2014

Matthew Drollinger

Location: Saukville; Just west of where Hwy33 meets I43
Ozaukee County

Seen while driving

May 4 2014

Ron Arnold

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

I was hoping to find some Elfins today.

May 4 2014

Pamela Skaar

Location: 2601 Agriculture Drive, Madison WI 53718
Dane County

sunny

May 4 2014

Dennis Malueg

Location: Marsh Rd
Waupaca County

May 4 2014

Daniel Jackson

Location: Rural Holmen near Holland Sand Prairie
La Crosse County

May 4 2014

Gabriella and Shane Brossman

Location: Alma, WI Buena Vista Park Trail
Buffalo County

My husband and I took the 2 mile hike down the Alma Buena Vista Park Trail and spotted this lovely Butterfly spreading it's wings out in the sun.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 4 2014

Daniel Jackson

Location: County F about 2 miles north of Grantsburg
Burnett County

May 4 2014

Randy Powers

Location: County Forest & Hunting Grounds
Lincoln County

Drove South this morning to Spirit Falls, Wisconsin entering the forest ground at its NW end. A fourteen mile drive through and walk, headed SE towards Merrill, Wisconsin proved to be quite fruitful compared to yesterday: One Spring Azure-marginata form & two Morning Cloaks ( New Wood rd. ). Nine Anglewings - ,four photographed and the rest declined to have picture taken, & five Infant Geometer Day Moths, of which I only could photograph three ( Camp Ave. Rd. ). Mostly sunny this day, a few clouds and fifty-eight + degrees. According to a thermometer I carry with me, in direct sun on the sandy & gravelly roads temperatures reached into the mid sixties.

The Infant

The Infant

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

The Infant

The Infant

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

May 4 2014

Alex Harmon

Location: Dodgeville
Iowa County

Also saw my 1st Green Darner of the year.

May 5 2014

Mike Reese

Location: Brockway Rd. several stops
Jackson County

3:45-5:00, Sunny and 60 degrees

Festive Tiger Beetle

Festive Tiger Beetle

Smooth Greensnake

Smooth Greensnake

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

May 5 2014

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Prairie Moraine Park, Verona
Dane County

May 6 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Mirror Lake State Park barrens
Sauk County

Sites along Hastings, Fern Dell, and Turtleville Roads. 12:27 – 1:50 pm, 62-71 degrees F , 75% sunshine, wind SE 5-10. Also saw one Polygonia sp.

May 6 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Van Zelst barrens SW of Mirror Lake S.P.
Sauk County

2:03-2:24 pm, 67-70 degrees F , 70% sunshine, wind E 4-12

May 6 2014

Mike Reese

Location: George Sorenson Natural Area
Waushara County

May 8 2014

Joshua Cullum

Location: 8 miles northwest of Janesville
Rock County

I was surprised to see the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail flying around.

May 8 2014

Jym Mooney

Location: Lake Park, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

May 8 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Mosquitoe Hill Nature Center
Outagamie County

Sky cloudy, temperature 68 degrees, air is a foggy haze, with the sun trying to peek through between shower bursts! Early afternoon walk through woodland edge, next to a native meadow restoration:

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

May 8 2014

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Our farm and Doreen,s home farm
Marquette County

82° and mostly cloudy. 3:45-6 PM
There was another blue that might have been a Silvery Blue.

May 8 2014

Tim Fenske

Location: City of Middleton yard
Dane County

May 8 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Good Hope Island
Milwaukee County

Sky almost clear, temperature is mid 70's, mildly windy. A butterfly flying across the Milwaukee River lands right next to us, on the warm sunny ground. As I raise to shoot the camera, my motion chases it away.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

May 8 2014

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

It finally warmed up, maybe too warm it reached the mid 80's today. Saw 2 painted ladies and 1 red admiral flying around in the late afternoon. Finally saw my first butterflies of the season!

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

May 9 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Kettle Moraine St. Forest South Unit
Waukesha County

Bright sunny day, calm gentle winds as I arrived around 2PM, by the time I got out on the trails gusty winds prevented any opportunities to photograph what butterflies I flushed.

May 9 2014

Paul Sparks

Location: My backyard in Glendale near the Milwaukee River.
Milwaukee County

May 9 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: CTH I, 4 miles south of HWY 8
Marinette County

Along the road where the power line goes through. Spring Beauty and Bloodroot in bloom.

May 9 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Benson Lake Road, 5 miles W of Goodman Park
Marinette County

May 9 2014

Peter Thornquist

Location: Good Hope Island, Milwaukee River, River Hills
Milwaukee County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 10 2014

Darleen Horman

Location: my yard in Allenton
Washington County

Found this red admiral basking in the garden. Its left forewing was torn. It could still fly, but not very fast. It crawled onto my finger so I carried it to the stinging nettle patch. It immediately started depositing eggs. What a thrill to watch!

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 10 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: North side of Bogus Swamp
Langlade County

No swamp butterflies evident. I walked out on the peat for a little while.

May 10 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Hwy 54 bog
Jackson County

2:24 pm to 2:36 pm; 75-76 degrees F, 50% sun, wind southwest 2-5 mph.

May 10 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Pence Lake Road, about 3 miles north of CTH A
Langlade County

May 10 2014

Esjay

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Missed one Lady ID. Would not land and took off across pond. Meadows plant growth slow. Water levels very high. Cool start (64) but very warm after noon.

May 10 2014

Jim Ebner

Location: Okauchee
Waukesha County

Single Couded Sulfur meandering on my lawn, seeking dandelions.
Kettle Morraine St Forest nr Eagle, void of butterflies except Cabbage Whites.

May 10 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Hunter Haven Road Area
Jackson County

11:35 am to 1:15 pm; 68-75 degrees F, 98% sun, wind west 1-5 mph. The E. Pine Elfin was right next to Hunter Haven Road, where we also saw an unidentified duskywing.

May 10 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Private Residence Sussex, Wisconsin
Waukesha County

The first sighting of a butterfly in my yard for this year! A Painted Lady, flew through this AM while walking the dog outside in the morning!

May 10 2014

Ann Thering and Dave Eide

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

May 10 2014

Dory Owen

Location: Cherokee Marsh Park, Madison
Dane County

North side of big hill. Sunny, warm, calm...FINALLY!

May 10 2014

John Davis

Location: my backyard in Prairie du Chien
Crawford County

sunny, 60's light wind

May 10 2014

D Nussbaum

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

Warm, sunny and breezy, noon to 2:45. This was nicest day I've had off since November 15, when I saw a Question Mark in the UP. Now, almost six months later, I finally saw some more. At Stockbridge I saw a nervous lady or punctuation butterfly. I also saw 13 new birds for the year including the first Orchard Oriole I've seen in a long time.

Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

May 10 2014

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

Finally...the FOY butterflies seen on Jimmy Carter Rd and Cty Rd O. I also had one yellow fly-by. Identity unknown.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 10 2014

Fern Springs

Location: Brockway Rd/Hwy 54
Jackson County

70, sunny breezy

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

May 10 2014

Mike Reese

Location: various stops along Brockway Rd. and Wildcat Rd.
Jackson County

1:15-4:00. Cloudy after 3:00.

May 10 2014

Pamela Skaar

Location: 2046 Helena Street, Madison WI 53704
Dane County

Honeybees on muscari. Native bees on Cut Leaved Dentaria and serviceberry. Sunny, 60s.

May 10 2014

Fern Springs

Location: Perry Creek Rd
Jackson County

70, sunny, breezy

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman's Breeches

May 10 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Bauer-Brockway Area barrens
Jackson County

9:18-11:08 am and 1:40-2:03 pm, 60-78 degrees F, 100% sun, wind NW 0-5 mph. It seems like Hoary and E. Pine Elfins might be having a low abundance year. The Hoary Elfin was in Wazee County Park and the Henry's Elfin was in South Brockway West doing spiral flight with an unidentified elfin. Seeing a Clouded Sulphur before our first Hoary Elfin of the year was the biggest surprise. One pictured Olympia was nectaring on Early Buttercup

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

May 10 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

3:30 pm to 3:42 pm; 76 degrees F, 60% sun, wind southwest 3-5 mph.

May 10 2014

Alex Harmon

Location: Platteville
Grant County

May 11 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Production Farm, Newburg, Wisconsin
Washington County

Inspection of native planted meadows, for potential burn management this spring.

May 11 2014

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Our marsh
Marquette County

80° and hazey. 12:30-1:30 PM. Have been hoping/waiting for this first sighting of a mating pair of Harvesters. A few moments before this shot they were just courting. Flying seperately, round and round in the air. Doreen saw them land on the branch wise I never would have gotten the pict for you to see.

Harvester

Harvester

May 11 2014

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

Another beautiful day, warm and a bit humid.

May 11 2014

D Nussbaum

Location: Weyauwega Back Roads
Waupaca County

Between Marsh Roads north and south of Weyauwega. 12:15 to 1:45. Warm with filtered sun. Also saw three whites that were determined not to get their feet dirty.

Also Mosquito hill (Outagamie) from 10:15 to noon. The Lupine is coming up at the base of the hill. Nothing here but a R-S Purple, swallow-tail or something else I could not ID.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Lupine

Lupine

May 11 2014

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

I saw these while mowing in my yard. Also saw a white Pierid and an unidentified Lady. So far this year I've seen most butterflies while not looking for them.

May 11 2014

Mike Reese

Location: Wood County Wildlife Area
Wood County

Almost ran over the Western Fox Snake sunning itself on the road.

Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Western Fox Snake

Western Fox Snake

May 11 2014

Judith Huf

Location: Warnimont Park
Milwaukee County

Sunny and warm this morning although still a cool breeze from the lake once and a while.

American Lady

American Lady

May 11 2014

Alex Harmon

Location: Dodgeville
Iowa County

Accidentally hit it while driving!

May 11 2014

Fern Springs

Location: My yard in Brockway
Jackson County

noon, 68, sunny

May 11 2014

Bob Ring

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

My first sighting of the entire year so far.

May 11 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Near Tenney Park
Dane County

May 11 2014

Annie Keith

Location: Madison, WI
Dane County

2 Red Admirals were flying around us while we were sitting in our backyard (3:30 pm). One landed on a hand and stayed there for 5+ minutes. The day was partly cloudy and 70+ degrees.
Cabbage White sighted in our backyard around 9:30 this morning. 65 degrees, sunny.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 12 2014

Mike Reese

Location: Leola Marsh
Adams County

My first Cabbage White of the year!

May 12 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: 2 miles northeast of Dodgeville
Iowa County

A brief respite from the rain around 3pm.

May 14 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens east of Black River Falls
Jackson County

Dike 17, Brockway Road sites both north and south of Castle Mound Road, and sites west of Hunter Haven Road. 8:57 am to 4:15 pm, 53-65 degrees F, 60% sunshine. We found more butterflies in central Wisconsin barrens (including Wood Co.) on May 10 than on either May 11 or May 14. The Pine Elfin and Karner Blue caterpillar + tending ant pictures are from May 11 in two of the sites surveyed today.

'Karner' Melissa Blue caterpillar

'Karner' Melissa Blue caterpillar

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

May 17 2014

Stan Rehm

Location: Bauer Brockway Barrens
Jackson County

This is one of the Olympia Marbles seen during today's SWBA field trip.

I also spent an hour exploring the grounds of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant in Sauk County, which is open to the public until May 27. No butterflies seen today, but this looks like it will become one of the premier butterflying locations in south central Wisconsin.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

May 17 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Riley Lake Bogs 4
Price County

4 Bogs along Forest Road 137 (Riley lake Road), 1 along FR 136 (Gates lake Road), and 2 along FR 505 (Hemlock Road). 8:47-2:25 am, 52-65 degrees F, 75% sunshine, wind west 2-8 mph. The only Freija we saw was in the phenologically fastest Wisconsin Freija site that we regularly visit, and the best site for them out of these bogs, south of FR 136. We have seen Red-disked Alpines at all 7 bogs, so their flight must not have been detectable yet. The Green Comma was in a bog east of FR 505.

May 17 2014

Bob Ring

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

May 17 2014

Southern Wis Butterfly Association Field Trip

Location: Bauer Brockway Barrens
Jackson County

This was the 8th annual Bauer Brockway Barrens Field Trip of the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association. Twelve people braved temperatures only up to 63 degrees. We saw a total of 9 species which is the lowest number in the 8 years. No doubt due to a very cool spring which has delayed vegetation and the flights of butterflies. Tim Fenske photographed the porcupine we observed and Ann Thering Photographed the Sleepy Duskywing. We missed the Frosted Elfin and Henry's Elfin, but we had many great views of the Olympia Marbles, which weren't as active in the cooler temps. And the E. Pine Elfins are always neat. In summary we found less than we'd hoped but more than we feared!

Porcupine

Porcupine

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

May 17 2014

Lois Ballard

Location: My cottage between Wautoma and Neshkoro
Waushara County

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

May 17 2014

Alex Harmon

Location: Dodgeville
Iowa County

May 17 2014

Dean Hansen

Location: Gomulak Fire Lane, Namekagon Barrens
Burnett County

Only butterfly sighted for certain on the Barrens. Spring is way behind there. No Prunus out, no Prairie Buttercup; just two Pasque flowers seen in the woods.

May 17 2014

Jim Ebner

Location: Ottawa
Waukesha County

Singleton Monarch and first of the year for me.

May 18 2014

Joshua Cullum

Location: 8 miles northwest of Janesville
Rock County

The first Meadow Fritillary I have seen this year.

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

May 18 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Wolf Lake Bog
Forest County

Surveyed the part of the bog that is well north of Forest Road 2182, east of Three Lakes. 1:40-2:28 pm, 70-75 degrees F, 35% sunshine, wind northwest 2-6 mph. This is a good Freija Fritillary and Red-disked Alpine bog, but we didn't think their flight would quite be started here.

May 18 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Shea Prairie
Iowa County

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

May 18 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Marinette County I barrens and Dunbar Barrens SNA
Marinette County

8:47-10:59 am, 62-75 degrees F, 95% sunshine, wind west 5-10 mph. Elfins seemed in the early part of their flight because Hoary Elfins are quite abundant on some of these sites. All 8 patches we surveyed have Chryxus Arctics, so it seemed like their flight was not detectable here yet.

May 18 2014

Esjay

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Too windy! Temps good. Ran into Dean Hansen and we chatted about lack of plant/flowers so far. Lots of water on the meadows. Lupine starting to grow. Bearberry budding. A very few violets in bloom.

May 18 2014

Ann Thering

Location: my garden
Dane County

My husband also found wing remnants of a very fresh Black Swallowtail on our patio.

May 18 2014

Dean Hansen

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Hit five spots in Crex Meadows. Saw two "blues" in flight, but neither was seen long enough to get a positive ID. Spots where I've seen a couple dozen spring butterflies in previous years were totally devoid of any butterflies. No prunus, blueberry, or Juneberry in bloom. Some prairie buttercups were in bloom. Like the Barrens yesterday, the place is very behind the normal plant phenology.

May 18 2014

Alex Harmon

Location: Governor Dodge State Park
Iowa County

May 18 2014

Dean Hansen

Location: St. Joseph Twp, 4 miles east of Houlton
St. Croix County

Single American Lady on the ground or on a dandelion bloom.

May 18 2014

Mike Reese

Location: Tri-County School Forest
Waushara County

May 18 2014

Darleen Horman

Location: my yard in Allenton
Washington County

I hadn't seen any butterflies all week (the weather turned cool and rainy), but today a red admiral showed up. It's in the mid 60's and sunny

May 18 2014

Lois Ballard

Location: My cottage between Wautoma & Neshkoro
Waushara County

In addition to the ID'd butterflies, I saw 3 more blues, but wasn't able to catch up with them for a positive ID, it's possible they were also Silvery Blues.

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

May 18 2014

Lester Doyle

Location: Lodi - Wildenberg Sand Prairie
Columbia County

Sunny, 73 degrees, around 1:00 pm

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

May 18 2014

Bob Ring

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

I keep seeing Cabbage Whites and nothing else so far this year.

May 18 2014

Mike Reese

Location: North of Mount Morris
Waushara County

May 18 2014

Rose Tiegs

Location: Navarino wildlife area
Shawano County

Mustard White

Mustard White

May 18 2014

Jim Otto

Location: Mud Lake State Wildlife Area
Columbia County

May 20 2014

K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

I drove the roads slowly for 50 miles today and only spotted 2 butterflies.

May 20 2014

Tim Fenske

Location: City of Middleton yard
Dane County

May 20 2014

Mike Reese

Location: Snake Trail Rd. (Forest Rd. 194)
Bayfield County

Ryan Brady referred to this as Comma City but there were no commas today.

Winter Wren

Winter Wren

May 20 2014

Stan Rehm

Location: Nine Springs Golf Course
Dane County

Also one Lady who didn't stop long enough for a precise ID.

May 20 2014

Lester Doyle

Location: Lodi: Wildenberg Sand Prairie
Columbia County

Around 5:30 pm, Sunny, 91 degrees

Also had Festive and Big Sand Tiger Beetles (picture)

Big Sand Tiger Beetle

Big Sand Tiger Beetle

American Copper

American Copper

May 20 2014

Lester Doyle

Location: Town of Burke: Token Creek Park
Dane County

Around 3:30 pm, Sunny, 88 degrees

May 20 2014

D Nussbaum

Location: Buboltz Nature Preserve
Outagamie County

11:00 to 1:00.

American Lady

American Lady

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

May 20 2014

Ann Thering

Location: Pheasant Branch
Dane County

Noted while birding.

May 21 2014

Joshua Cullum

Location: 8 miles northwest of Janesville
Rock County

The first Silver-spotted Skipper I have seen this year.

May 21 2014

Mike Reese

Location: Northwest of Mt. Morris
Waushara County

This has been my favorite Henry's Elfin site for over 25 years.

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

May 21 2014

D Nussbaum

Location: Emmons Creek Road
Waupaca County

10:00 to 10:20. 10:00, a white. 10:05, a a blue. 10:10, a duskywing. 10:20, a tiger swallowtail? Oh, yeah... this is going to be a good day!

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

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

May 21 2014

D Nussbaum

Location: Hartman Creek State Park
Waupaca County

12:10 to 1:30. Too windy. A lot of blues here.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

May 21 2014

Jim Ebner

Location: Kettle Moraine Forest Hwy S near Eagle
Waukesha County

Perfect day, but butterflies very scarce. No Silvery Blues, thus far. No Juvenal's either.
Dreamy Dusky wing occupied itself on wet gravel and sand.

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

May 21 2014

Mike Reese

Location: Bowers Creek Fishery Area
Waushara County

My first Mustard Whites of the year.

May 21 2014

Jenn jackson

Location: Town of Oregon backyard
Dane County

I actually chased the monarch!

Butterflies spotted between 11 and two. Temps in high 70s low 80s

May 21 2014

Alex Harmon

Location: Dodgeville
Iowa County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

May 21 2014

D Nussbaum

Location: Emmons Creek Barrens
Portage County

10:20 to noon. Sunny warm and windy. A lot of unidentified blues.

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

American Lady

American Lady

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

May 21 2014

Tim Fenske

Location: Cross Plains State Park
Dane County

May 21 2014

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Potosi to Wyalusing State Park
Grant County

May 21 2014

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton
Dane County

I was over at Stricker's and Tiedeman's Ponds in Middleton as well, and only one cabbage white all day.

May 21 2014

Jym Mooney

Location: Riveredge Nature Center, Newburgh
Ozaukee County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

May 21 2014

Ginny Nelson

Location: My yard in Middleton
Dane County

May 21 2014

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Yellowstone State Park
Lafayette County

84 degrees and sunny.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Swallowtails puddling

Swallowtails puddling

May 21 2014

Annie Keith

Location: Madison, WI
Dane County

In backyard hosta bed next to house. 6:30 pm.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 21 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens
Jackson County

Just Scott today. Most sites were south of Castle Mound Road between Hunter Haven and Brockway Roads, but I also searched Black River State Forest sites at Clay School Road, Seils Road, and Dike 17. 15 miles on foot. 8:16-8:43 am and 9:22 am to 5:35 pm, 69-80 degrees F, 90% sunshine, wind NW 5-10 mph. The Frosted Elfins were all 1.1 to 3.1 miles south of Castle Mound Road. The Persius Duskywing was 1.5 miles south and 1 mile west of the junction of Castle Mound and Brockway Roads. The Sleepy Duskywing was 3/4 mile west of Hunter Haven Road. I heard a pair of Whooping Cranes Unison-calling west of Dike 17. In the poor photos I got of one Frosted Elfin, only the first one (B) shows the thecla spot. The 2nd pic (A)shows the tails better, but a grass blade shadows the thecla spot.

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

May 21 2014

Larry Scheunemann

Location: 11703 E, Berg Rd, Whitewater (our Yard)
Rock County

A monarch was observed in our yard about 10:00 am. It looked to be in good condition, so it probably was not one that was coming up from Mexico.

May 22 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Three Bridges Park, Menomonee Valley
Milwaukee County

A twenty-four acre, new native meadow reconstruction on mostly fabricated soil! Conducting the spring plant species inventory for both invasive & native seedlings, walked sixteen acres of the area over a five hour period,and had "Thirty One" sightings! Including the four Chickweed Geometer day-flying moths.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Chickweek Geometer

Chickweek Geometer

eastern tai

eastern tai

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

May 22 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens near Bauer Road-Brockway Road junction
Jackson County

No overlap between these sites and ones visited May 21. 2:38-5:06 pm, 70-79 degrees F, wind south 2-6 mph.

May 22 2014

Jym Mooney

Location: Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest
Waukesha County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

May 22 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Sussex Residence
Waukesha County

Eight AM front yard, on Dandelions, flushed a Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, 1st of the season, run to get my camera, spilling a cup of coffee on the camera front lens, I still try to take the photo, ET Tiger flys to the nearest tree and lands. Note Photo looks like the butterfly is smeared! Hence the coffee covered lens!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

May 22 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Town of Somers, RR Prairie Remnant
Kenosha County

Numerous American Ladies today, laying their eggs on Pussytoes, and Burdock. also sighted Spring Azures, & Clouded Sulphurs & Red Admirals

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

May 22 2014

Jym Mooney

Location: Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest
Walworth County

The Elfin and the Azure were both feeding on garlic mustard in the same patch alongside a trail in a pine forest.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

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

May 22 2014

Annie Keith

Location: Madison, WI (Orchard Ridge neighborhood)
Dane County

2 Red Admirals flitting around the hosta bed an for ~20 minutes. Early evening (7:00).

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 23 2014

Tim Fenske

Location: City of Middleton yard
Dane County

May 23 2014

Lester Doyle

Location: Poynette: Mackenzie Environmental Center
Columbia County

Mid-day, in the 70's and sunny. Seeing a lot of sulfurs and whites on the roadside while driving, but not much elsewhere.

May 23 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Ada Lake Road, 2 miles south of Ada Lake
Langlade County

Verifying existence of WV White in Langlade Co. I believe I saw more west of Lily, HWY 52.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

★ = New county photo record

May 23 2014

Fern Springs

Location: Slough Gundy, north of Hawkins
Rusk County

70s, sunny, 3-4PM

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

May 23 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Near Ada Lake
Forest County

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

May 23 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Riley Lake Bogs
Price County

Eight bogs along a loop of Hwy 70, Forest Road 505/Hemlock Road, Forest Road 136/Gates Lake Road, and Forest Road 137/Riley Lake Road. 10:08 am to 2:59 pm, 63-77 degrees F, 99% sunshine, wind east 2-8 mph. This Freija Fritillary count doubles our previous record high for these sites set last year. This is in keeping with the significant increase in Freijas we found in an analysis of 2002-13. The Brown Elfin seems to be in a multi-year peak here that began in 2012 as part of an approximate 5-year abundance cycle in bogs. Both patterns are discussed in our presentation "Assessing abundance patterns of specialized bog butterflies over 12 years in northern Wisconsin USA".
Two Freijas landed on Ann and one on Scott as we walked. We also saw at least 71 unidentified elfins.

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

May 23 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Diamond Roof Road, 3-4 miles west of HWY 32
Oconto County

Confirming presence of WV White in Oconto Co.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

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

May 23 2014

Esjay

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

66 when I entered the meadows. Very little wind all day and sunny skys. Slow start but in afternoon I began to encounter butterflies. Missed a few duskywings as they were not settling down for pics. One possible Comptons tortoiseshell flew by. One possible juvenals but it was a quick flyby. Searched several spots for brown elfin but came up emtpy. Many butterflies seemed to be taking their first flights right before my eyes. Wish I could have returned to meadows over weekend.

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

May 23 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Cottonville Historic Rd #50
Adams County

One Spring Azure. What I thought to be seven Juvenales Duskywings, really turned out to be five juvies and if I have ID this right Horace's Duskywing, I have never seen this one before. One pair of Duskywings was mating, as I approached to take a photo the pair broke up, while flying, one flew away and the other fell to the ground. But this one I photographed was not a juvi. I had to wait till I got home to figure this one out!

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

May 23 2014

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Badger Prairie County Park, Verona
Dane County

Between 3:00 and 5:00pm. Sunny and low 70s.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 23 2014

Fern Springs

Location: N River Rd
Price County

74, sunny, ~12:30
Only one butterfly but I found wild ramps for the first time.

Mustard White

Mustard White

★ = New county photo record

May 23 2014

Randy Koehn

Location: New Richmond
St. Croix County

Spotted it flying from south to north in our backyard. It didn't stop to land. Looked pretty battered from the trip its been on!

May 23 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Wild Rose Area
Waushara County

Hoping for some Karner activity, although in some areas the Lupine is starting to open did not see any.
Three American Ladies,all laying eggs on Pussytoes, and one spring azure also laying eggs on a Prunus shrub spp., and five Cabbage Whites!
A dark purple bi-colored Birds Foot Violet is a rare find in WIsconsin. Very common in Illinois!

Bird's-foot Violet

Bird's-foot Violet

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

American Lady

American Lady

May 23 2014

D Nussbaum

Location: Northern Winnebago County Backroads
Winnebago County

High pressure, moderate wind, low count. 12:30 to 2:00.

May 23 2014

Lester Doyle

Location: Lodi: Wildneberg Sand Prairie
Columbia County

Late afternoon, 70's and sunny. Included is a picture of what I believe to be a Red-belted Bumble Bee (Bombus rufocinctus).

American Copper

American Copper

Red-belted Bumble Bee

Red-belted Bumble Bee

May 23 2014

Mike Reese

Location: Greenwood Refuge
Waushara County

May 23 2014

Ryan Chrouser

Location: Bruan's Bay of Carson Park in Eau Claire
Eau Claire County

May 23 2014

Randy Koehn

Location: Calvary Cemetery, Deer Park
St. Croix County

Visiting local cemeteries on Memorial Day weekend. This one landed but flew off before I could get a picture.

☆ = New county sighting record

May 23 2014

Alex Harmon

Location: Spring Green SNA
Sauk County

Went there around 6:45, but mosquitos were prevalent, so we only stayed for about 25 minutes. 3 Nessus Sphinx moths were also seen.

May 23 2014

Joan Rickert

Location: my yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

May 23 2014

Fern Springs

Location: Wayside Co L & Hwy 51
Oneida County

66, 11:30, sunny with breeze. The last time I was here at an earlier time in the year blackberries were in bloom and the place was teaming with butterflies. This time the blackberries didn't even have leaves and I only saw 3 butterflies in half an hour. There were quite a few false morels.

False Morel

False Morel

Mustard White

Mustard White

May 23 2014

Tod Highsmith

Location: East Side Madison
Dane County

Seen while trying to relocate a male Summer Tanager in Hudson Park.

May 24 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Scott Lake Road
Forest County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

May 24 2014

Ron Arnold, Isabel Thurber

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

May 24 2014

Annie Keith

Location: Starbucks on Clairmont, Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire County

Butterfly flew in front of us at the Starbucks drive thru in Eau Claire, WI. It rested on the building wall, in the sun. It was a warm sunny day (77 degrees and time was 9:00 am). First Swallowtail of the year for us.

May 24 2014

Cheryl Morschauser

Location: Town of Porterfield, Schacht Rd. private property
Marinette County

I was surprised at the variety of butterflies seen but very happy to see them. Field pussytoes were blossoming and the Elfins seem to love them. I also saw some type of swallowtail fly past but wasn't able to confirm the type and a comma that wasn't identifiable.

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

May 24 2014

Rose Tiegs

Location: Navarino wildlife area
Shawano County

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

May 24 2014

D Nussbaum

Location: Backroads Near Weyauwega
Waupaca County

High pressure... moderate winds... fair skies... fair numbers I guess... for this year anyway. The best spot was the south end of the north Marsh Rd.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Harvester

Harvester

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

★ = New county photo record

May 24 2014

Fern Springs, Mike Reese, Dan Nedrelo, Allen Sheldon

Location: Bauer Brockway
Jackson County

10-12, 84, sunny
I also saw a tiger swallowtail in my yard around 9:30 and discovered some morels in my flowerbed when I came home. Snake photo by Mike Reese.

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Morel in garden

Morel in garden

Eastern Hognose

Eastern Hognose

May 24 2014

Joshua Cullum

Location: 8 miles northwest of Janesville
Rock County

I was biking around mostly looking for birds, but also trying to keep a count of butterflies as well. There were too many Clouded Sulphurs to count.

May 24 2014

Alex Harmon

Location: Bauer-Brockway Barrens
Jackson County

Many unknown Duskywings were seen. Cicindela sexguttata, scutellaris lecontei, formosa generosa, and patruela were also present.

May 24 2014

Darleen Horman

Location: Mayville Ledge Beech-Maple Woods State Natural Area
Dodge County

Late afternoon hike in the woods, only saw one butterfly, a red admiral. We did see a spotted salamander, great blue heron and a pair of Indigo buntings.

May 24 2014

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

Sunny and warm today. Saw my first black swallowtail of the year! Also saw several bumble bees.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 24 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Dunbar Barrens
Marinette County

I couldn't photograph the Chryxus Arctic--moving too fast and flew into private property. I thought I'd see more.

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

Festive Tiger Beetle

Festive Tiger Beetle

Sleepy Duskywing

Sleepy Duskywing

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

May 24 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Bog off Shrine Road, .5 miles N of HWY 8
Marinette County

May 24 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Glocke Lake
Oconto County

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

★ = New county photo record

May 24 2014

Scott Puchalski

Location: Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
Trempealeau County

May 24 2014

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Buffalo Lake, near Montello
Marquette County

American Copper

American Copper

May 24 2014

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

May 24 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: 1.5 miles N of HWY 8 off 101, nature road
Forest County

Spruce grouse was really pretty tame. I"m not surprised that they are rare.

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

★ = New county photo record

May 24 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Douglas County barrens
Douglas County

Sites east and south of Solon Springs. 8:23-10:17 am, 68-79 degrees F, 100% sunshine, wind west to south 5-10 mph. All of the Olympias and the Western Tailed-Blue were in Douglas County Wildlife Area. The Chryxus Arctic was well east of Solon Springs, where the next day we saw one Olympia and twice as many Hoary Elfins as today. We saw one unidentified duskywing.

May 24 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Eight Bogs near Amnicon Lake and Moose Junction
Douglas County

10:45 am to 2:40 pm, 78-85 degrees F, 99% sunshine, wind east 2-8 mph. The phenology here was slower than in Price County. The Red-disked Alpine was south of Milchesky Road. We aw 2-9 Freijas on each of 5 bogs, including one near Moose Junction where we had not seen a Freija in several years. We also saw >8 unidentified elfins.

May 24 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens in northeast corner of County
Burnett County

3:10-4:11 pm, 84-88 degrees F, 100% sunshine, wind southwest 10-20 mph. Sixteen Olympia Marbles were found on Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area and a Henry's Elfin briefly entered the wildlife area. All other butterflies were northeast of the wildlife area. We saw 2 unidentified duskywings.

May 25 2014

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Shea Prairie
Iowa County

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

May 25 2014

Pamela Skaar

Location: Sauk Prairie Recreation Area
Sauk County

11:31 - 14:41 Sunny 78 - 84 F. wind S 7.5 - 16 mph. Numerous Hymenopterans, including native bees. I walked at the cemetery, northeastern ponds, water storage area, firing range, and Area 4 near buildings and RR loading platforms.

May 25 2014

Jym Mooney

Location: Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest
Waukesha County

Also had two Nessus Sphinx Moths on fresh scat.

Nessus Sphinx

Nessus Sphinx

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

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

May 25 2014

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

Sunny and warm today. 2 male black swallowtails, one being chased away by the other. Painted Lady busy depositing eggs on Canada thistle

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

May 25 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Bogs off Pine River Road, west of HWY 55
Forest County

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

May 25 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Bogus Swamp
Langlade County

Bad pic of the mustard white but I did get the mustard.

If anybody knows anything about Bogus Swamp butterflying, please email me djbuege@gmail.com

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Mustard White

Mustard White

★ = New county photo record

May 25 2014

Joan Rickert

Location: my yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

May 25 2014

D Nussbaum

Location: Brillion Marsh
Calumet County

11:20 to 1:00. Sunny and windy. Lack of butterflies a bit disturbing. Orange Mint Moth the best find.

Orange Mint Moth

Orange Mint Moth

May 25 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Chequamegon: Riley Lake Area
Price County

184 Butterfly sightings that day, Hot, clear sky, calm in the AM, but windy in the PM. 100 of that # are Brown Elfin's but I stopped counting them after that!
Two Day moths for 103 count: 100+ on the Black Banded Orange, and three of a Mystery Moth. My first MONARCH for the season this day! Mustard Whites did not want their pictures taken , they were moving & on a mission.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Red-disked Alpine

Red-disked Alpine

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

★ = New county photo record

May 25 2014

Joan Berkopec

Location: Brown County Reforestation Camp
Brown County

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

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

May 25 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Clam Lake Bogs
Ashland County

Three bogs in Black Creek SNA area and one near Clam Lake. 9:52-11:45 am, 79-83 degrees F, 70% sunshine, wind south 2-4 mph.

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

☆ = New county sighting record

May 25 2014

Lois Ballard

Location: Observatory Hill SNA
Marquette County

Watched one Black Swallowtail for about an hour waiting for it to land to get a picture. Also saw one or two Tiger Swallowtails, but they didn't come down out of the treetops, so I wasn't able to get an ID on them. A few "blues" of some type, also not cooperative.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 25 2014

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: My Yard and corn field.
Marquette County

87° and sunny. OM in the corn field dancing in the rock cress. Nothing in the marsh except mosquitoes(Lots of mosquitoes). They laughed when I said I was making decoys. He landed a number of times.

May 25 2014

Alex Harmon

Location: Spring Green SNA
Sauk County

Tried finding Cicindela splendida, but I couldn't.

American Copper

American Copper

Dusted Skipper

Dusted Skipper

May 25 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Bog just west of the MacArthur Pine remains
Forest County

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

May 25 2014

Dean Hansen

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Temperature in the low 80s brought up the migrant Monarchs. Not one overwintering guy seen. Numbers still very low, but duskywings and blues are starting. But no elfins yet. Only a couple duskywings seen on damp gravel of roads. Where are the coyote droppings when you need them? None were seen. Several undetermined duskywings seen.

May 25 2014

Stephanie Daigle

Location: Amnicon Township
Douglas County

Spotted yesterday a lovely Monarch on top of budding willow in my back yard, which is about 10 miles east of Superior Wi.

Monarch

Monarch

May 25 2014

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Donald County Park
Dane County

May 26 2014

Stan Rehm

Location: Schluckebier Sand Prairie
Sauk County

The abundance of sulphurs can be attributed to the adjacent alfalfa field. Sadly, the tattered and weak-flying Monarch did not have many milkweeds available for ovipositing.

Monarch egg

Monarch egg

May 26 2014

Annie Keith

Location: Madison, WI
Dane County

In front yard garden of house in Orchard Ridge Neighborhood. 4:35, Cloudy, 80 degrees.

May 26 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Mondeaux Flowage: FR108 Lake 19 Road
Taylor County

Cloudy afternoon, mostly windy, when winds slow down it feels muggy, Monday PM: 24 sightings for six butterfly species. Finely get to photo graph the Mustard Whites. Passed on all other butterfly options for pictures! Met my traveling & exploration companion April - Second Monarch of the Season!

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

May 26 2014

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: McKee Park, Fitchburg
Dane County

11:30am, sunny, low 80s and very humid -- before the rain moved in. A short stop at McKee Park (20 minutes maybe).

May 26 2014

Mike Reese

Location: Old Shingle Mill Rd., Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Oconto County

This site is just north of Menominee County, but outside the South Branch Beech Grove SNA. The only records for Early Hairstreak from Wisconsin are from Menominee County. Since beech is their hostplant it should be a great place to look. I never saw a sign for the SNA, but there were plenty of beech trees. West Virginia White was a surprise, and was nectaring on its hostplant Two-leaved Toothwort.

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

May 26 2014

Randy Koehn

Location: Warren
St. Croix County

Walking the trails around Warren Town Hall. These were flying ahead of us, until I tried to take a picture.

May 26 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Riley Lake Bogs
Price County

May 26 Price County . Riley Lake Bogs. Re-surveyed four of the same bogs as on May 23 to check on Frigga Fritillary and Jutta Arctic phenology, and to try for Red-disked Alpines at different sites. Bogs were along Hwy 70 and Forest Roads 505 and 137. 1:19-2:34 pm, 82-86 degrees F, 25% sunshine, wind south 4-6 mph. The Frigga Fritillary was found in the furthest of these bogs away from the sighting on May 23. The Red-disked Alpines were found in a bog where we saw none of them May 23. One unidentified Polygonia.

May 26 2014

SD Mittelsteadt

Location: Lake Beulah channel at Stringer's Bridge Road
Walworth County

Spotted a Giant Swallowtail sipping water on our front patio (about 30 yards from the waterfront). It had all the markings of the Giant Swallowtail as shown on this website, but it seemed to be missing its tails.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

May 26 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Chequamegon: Riley Lake Area
Price County

Species Similar to yesterday, AM 114 sightings of which 87 were butterflies and 28 were day moths, mostly Black Banded Orange & today I managed to take a pix of the mystery moth which is Boreal Gem (Heliothis borealis) Also today one Dreamy Duskywing

Red-disked Alpine

Red-disked Alpine

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

Black-banded Orange

Black-banded Orange

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Boreal Gem

Boreal Gem

May 26 2014

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

Warm, sunny day. It's also humid and breezy. Saw my first monarch of the year! A female and she was depositing eggs. Counted 8 eggs on the common milkweed.

Monarch

Monarch

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 26 2014

Scott Puchalski

Location: Myrick Marsh
La Crosse County

May 26 2014

Stan Rehm

Location: Badger Army Ammunition Plant
Sauk County

Also one brilliantly metallic (Silvery?) blue that never stopped flying for an I.D. Pretty good variety, but not much abundance, probably because of seasonal factors. Too bad this large and diverse habitat is closing for the rest of this year.

May 26 2014

Fern Springs

Location: Trempeleau National Wildlife Refuge
Trempealeau County

80s, sunny, 4:30

Lupine

Lupine

May 26 2014

Fern Springs

Location: My yard, Brockway
Jackson County

4PM, sunny, 75

May 27 2014

Randy Koehn

Location: Cedar Lake
Polk County

May 27 2014

John Davis

Location: my backyard in Prairie du Chien
Crawford County

hot, humid, and sunny

the swallowtails flew through the yard never stopping for long

May 27 2014

Mike Reese

Location: Uihlein Waterfowl Production Area
Winnebago County

My first Monarch of the year!

May 28 2014

Ryan Chrouser

Location: Otter Creek just south of Eau Claire WI
Eau Claire County

Also saw a small blue butterfly and a type of Fritillary but neither stuck around for an ID.

May 28 2014

Thomas Young

Location: Waupaca city limits
Waupaca County

I saw more than one of these butterflies but could not get a great upright image and had to settle for turning the image here upside down.

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Monarch

Monarch

May 28 2014

Ryan Chrouser

Location: Otter Creek just south of Eau Claire
Eau Claire County

also observed a White-striped Black Moth (Trichodezia albovittata)

May 28 2014

Mike Reese

Location: Chafee Creek Fishery Area, South of Coloma on County CH
Waushara County

Lots of Puccoon in flower but no butterflies nectaring, just lots of bee flies! Saw my first Common Whitetail (female) of the year.

Common Whitetail

Common Whitetail

bee fly

bee fly

May 28 2014

K. Java

Location: My yard on Spirit Lake
Burnett County

I watched the first Monarch in my yard laying eggs on the Swamp Milkweed on our shoreline. Milkweed plants are only about 6" tall but it didn't stop her.

Monarch egg

Monarch egg

May 28 2014

Randy Koehn

Location: Hudson
St. Croix County

Flying across the road as we were driving on County A north of Hudson

May 28 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Wales, Wi. Residence in Kettle Moraine
Waukesha County

Late afternoon 4:30 PM Sunny, hot and windy. Butterflies were along the driveway and woodland edge! Eight butterfly sitings and two Eight Spotted Forester sightings.

American Lady

American Lady

Eight-spotted Forester

Eight-spotted Forester

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 28 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Just Scott surveying. 11:35 am to 1:55 pm, 70-78 degrees F, 10% sunshine, wind south 2-3 mph.

May 29 2014

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Verona
Dane County

I didn't have time to go out for a real butterfly hike today, but I still managed to see a butterfly. I stopped at the Farm and Fleet Garden Center to buy a a few things, and a pearl crescent appeared inside one of the greenhouse enclosures.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

May 29 2014

Lois Ballard

Location: Around my cottage between Wautoma and Neshkoro
Waushara County

Bluish Spring Moth

Bluish Spring Moth

May 29 2014

Fern Springs

Location: Perry Creek Rd
Jackson County

86, sunny, humid
Lots of flowers - lupine, pussytoes, puccoon, and others but few butterflies. I saw 4 tiger swallowtails and a comma that were not identifiable.

Trilliums

Trilliums

May 29 2014

Joan Rickert

Location: my yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

May 29 2014

Jym Mooney

Location: Riveredge Nature Center, Newburgh.
Ozaukee County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

American Lady

American Lady

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

May 29 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens near Hunter Haven, Castle Mound, Brockway, and Bauer Roads
Jackson County

8:08 am to 5:13 pm. We also found 9 unidentified tiger swallowtails and 4 unidentified elfins. We walked more than 14 miles in Frosted Elfin and Cobweb Skipper sites. We found Frosteds in 13 of the 29 subsites visited today where we have seen Frosteds before, and in one State Natural Area subsite where we had not seen them before. 13 Frosteds were on the 8 mile Hunter Haven Loop, four were in the South Brockway motorcycle trail forest + ATV Trail, and four were in the Bauer-Brockway area. One Cobweb Skipper was our first sighting for the species at the South Brockway ATV Trail. The Cobweb Skipper count is below average for main flight. All 3 Dusted Skippers were seen in the last hour, so maybe they were increasingly emerging in this area today. The photos are of Frosted Elfins at 3 different sites of the 7 Frosteds that Scott photographed.

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Frosted Elfin

May 29 2014

Judith Huf

Location: Milwaukee County Grounds
Milwaukee County

My first Monarchs of the year.

May 29 2014

Mary Backus

Location: Riley Lake WMA
Price County

Found 2 life butterflies (Red-disked Alpine & Freija Fritillary) this afternoon at Riley Lake WMA. Also saw 3 Gray Jays. Mike Reese and Dan Sonnenberg were looking for butterflies there too. Before running into them I had spotted a Red-disked Alpine. After they arrived to where I was hunting, Mike spotted a Freija Fritillary. Very successful afternoon:)

Gray Jay

Gray Jay

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

Red-disked Alpine

Red-disked Alpine

May 29 2014

Tim Fenske

Location: Mazomanie Oak Barrens SNA
Dane County

May 29 2014

Ilona Loser

Location: Cross Plains
Dane County

Butterfly flew through back yard at 12:40 pm.

May 29 2014

Kristin Gjerdset

Location: West Allis
Milwaukee County

May 29 2014

Tod Highsmith

Location: East Side Madison
Dane County

May 29 2014

Dan Sonnenberg and Mike Reese

Location: Riley Lake Bogs
Price County

87° and sunny. Forest Roads 136, 137 & 505 as well as my virgin trip into a "2' sponge ball covered bog" North of 136. We didn't keep strict count. Brown Elfins might have been closer to 200+. Was wonderful to meet Mary B. there. Some of our numbers overlapped. Many thanks to the Swengel's for all their efforts to find & share these places, and to Mike for his guide work & helping add 4 more to my lifelist. Note the green to me on the Dreamy's hindwing.

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

May 30 2014

Jim Ebner

Location: Lu Lu Lake Preserve
Walworth County

No Mustard Whites seen. Butterflies very very scarce. Found 5 Lupine plants along a dry roadside which faced west.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Lupine

Lupine

May 30 2014

Paul Sparks

Location: Pick N Save parking lot in Glendale on Port Washington Rd.
Milwaukee County

It's not where I expected to see my first Monarch of the season, but still nice to see.

May 30 2014

Jym Mooney

Location: Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest
Waukesha County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

May 30 2014

Chris Williams

Location: Janesville
Rock County

May 30 2014

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Cross Plains
Dane County

May 30 2014

Fern Springs

Location: Brockway/Bauer & my yard in Brockway
Jackson County

Sunny 88 degrees, ~3PM
Swallowtail and cabbage white were in my yard around 10AM. High 78s then

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

May 30 2014

Stan Rehm

Location: Bakke Conservancy, DeForest
Dane County

This sighting is hardly worth reporting, except to emphasize the absence of other species on a sunny warm perfect-for-butterflying day.

May 30 2014

Jim Ebner

Location: Kettle Moraine St Forest nr Eagle
Waukesha County

Visited cites where Silvery Blue, Juniper Hairstreak, and Duskywings used to be prevalent. None sighted. In general all butterflies very scarce.

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

White-striped Black

White-striped Black

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

May 30 2014

D Nussbaum

Location: Collins and Killsnake Marshes
Manitowoc County

Found seven minutes after starting a nearly two hour hunt. Seems like it will be a good year for mosquitos though.

Yellow Lady's Slipper

Yellow Lady's Slipper

May 30 2014

Mike Reese

Location: Meadow Valley Flowage
Juneau County

Way more ticks than butterflies. 100+ wood ticks, but only 1 deer tick. Evidently the ticks survived the winter well... First Arctic Skipper of the year.

May 30 2014

D Nussbaum

Location: Doty Park Neenah
Winnebago County

My first.

May 30 2014

Tim Fenske

Location: Gov. Nelson S.P.
Dane County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

May 30 2014

Chuck Petters

Location: Marsh Road
Waupaca County

The Only Butterfly that I could find out on Marsh Road today and there were 9 of them.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 30 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Rocky Run Creek
Columbia County

Afternoon sunny and windy, most butterflies when flushed, get taken away by the gusty winds. 2PM through 4:30 PM. Monarchs were mating, and some of the females laying eggs on the Whorled Milkweed in the restored fields.

American Copper

American Copper

Monarch

Monarch

Chickweed Geometer

Chickweed Geometer

Monarch

Monarch

May 30 2014

Ann Thering

Location: Swamplovers Ice Age Trail
Dane County

May 30 2014

Randy Powers

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Hot sunny morning in the "desert", periodic gusty winds all of the American Coppers were at the trails beginning for about the first 1000 to 2500 feet, as we approached scattered tree area NE more butterfly species were encountered. In the woodland I found the Spring Azures & a White-striped Black moth. Sixty + sightings in all this morning!

White-striped Black

White-striped Black

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

May 31 2014

Kristin Gjerdset

Location: West Allis
Milwaukee County

Landed on maple leaf, catching the morning sun.

May 31 2014

Jim Ebner

Location: Nature Hill Preserve Oconomowoc
Waukesha County

Saw only 4 butterflies in 45 minutes! Depressing!!!!

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

American Lady

American Lady

May 31 2014

Cindy Vana

Location: Carlin Weld Co Park
Jefferson County

We were getting ready for a WCA road race and my fiancé spotted this beauty. He flew away as I approached but as I stood still he came back. I took several pictures with my iPhone and got this with his wings spread.

I just finished a butterfly garden at my house and am new to butterfly watching so it was fun getting this picture.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 31 2014

Jym Mooney

Location: Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

May 31 2014

Douglas Buege

Location: Riley Lake area
Price County

Thanks bunches to Scott Swengel for the great advice, though I hiked the muskeg bog twice, Friday evening and Saturday morning, and only saw two Friggas in there. I went to the cattail area and felt pretty exhausted by walking and fighting black flies.

I was seeing elfins and duskywings starting at 7:20 am.
Freijas were all seen in bogs along Riley Lake Road while Friggas were down Gates Lake Road--on road and in bogs.

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Freija Fritillary

Freija Fritillary

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Frigga Fritillary

Frigga Fritillary

Frigga Fritillary

Frigga Fritillary

American Lady

American Lady

May 31 2014

Esjay

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Cloudy very few breaks allowing sunshine. Very high humidity. 74 on entry @ 9am Rainshowers for first hour varied from misting to rain. 66 on exit after downpour @ 3:30 pm Estimate temps reached 82-84. Difficult to photograph as most butterflies seen are constantly moving. Increased butterfly numbers compared to last week but still below expectations.

Likely Checkered white below ridge but unable to photograph to confirm.

Best find of day. Newly emerged Sphinx moth. Wings like wet paper.

Western Tailed-Blue

Western Tailed-Blue

May 31 2014

Mary Backus

Location: Ada Lake Road
Forest County

Found 4 West Virginia Whites flying along Ada Lake Road near the entrance to Ada Lake Campground. Life Butterfly! Sunny and 80 degrees.

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

May 31 2014

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

The BST eclosed this morning from a chrysalis that had overwintered on our screen porch, giving us the Swallowtail Trifecta today.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 31 2014

Josh P

Location: Governor Dodge, Twin Valley Campground, Site 271
Iowa County

6+ Giant Swallowtails circling each other in tight climbing spirals to the tops of the white oaks surrounding the campsite. Also landing on the nearby, unidentified, flowering bushes.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

May 31 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Hwy 8 bog west of Bradley
Lincoln County

8:29-9:17 am, 72-77 degrees F, 95% sunshine, wind south 5-8 mph.

May 31 2014

Alex Harmon

Location: Mount Olympus Waterpark
Sauk County

May 31 2014

Lois Ballard

Location: My cottage between Wautoma and Nehskoro
Waushara County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

May 31 2014

Jim Otto

Location: Black River State Forest, various locations south of HWY 54
Jackson County

It was sunny, breezy, very warm, and very dry. There were almost no road locations for butterflies to puddle at. I saw the Western Fox Snake sunning itself on a road. A fresh pile of wolf scat attracted several Canadian Tiger Swallowtails and Juvenal's Duskywings. I saw several other Duskywings that I was unable to ID to species, plus one sulphur butterfly that was either a Clouded Sulphur or a Pink-edged Sulphur, but I couldn't get close enough to be sure.

American Lady

American Lady

Western Fox Snake

Western Fox Snake

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

May 31 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Six bogs east of Three Lakes along Nicolet National Forest Roads 2182 (4 bogs) 2414, and 2174, and a 7th bog not on those roads.
Forest County

10:31 am to 3:10 pm, 78-90 degrees F, 100% sunshine, wind south 4-8 mph. One of the bogs (we didn't find much there)is barely in Oneida County. All of the Red-disked Alpines and 23 of the Freijas were east and north of Wolf Lake north of 2182, primarily more than 1/2 mile out the bog. We walked a mile out the bog and back, but the best area by far can be accessed by walking northeast on a wide trail, a former railroad grade, which starts at a paved parking lot north of 2182 just east (maybe 0.2 Miles) of the Bailey Lake Horse Trail. 0.75-0.8 miles up this trail a wide flat snowmobile trail goes to the right (SE) across at least a mile of bog. The snowmobile trail is obvious so not hard to recognize. The snowmobile trail is good for Freijas and Alpines from the very west end to well out onto the bog, and the bog within 1/4 mile of the snowmobile trail is also good for those species near the trail's west end.

May 31 2014

Mike Reese

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

moccassin flower

moccassin flower

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

May 31 2014

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens at Dunbar Barrens SNA and County I
Marinette County

3:35 am to 5:35 pm, 86-90 degrees F, 100% sunshine, wind southwest 5-10 mph. Both areas had significant #s Chryxus Arctics, Hoary Elfins, and Meadow Fritillaries. County I sites were were along the powerline/ATV Row near County Forest Road 602 up to a mile to the south, about 7 miles south of Hwy 8.

Chryxus Arctic

Chryxus Arctic

Chryxus Arctic

Chryxus Arctic

Chryxus Arctic

Chryxus Arctic

Chryxus Arctic

Chryxus Arctic

★ = New county photo record