Butterfly sightings for August 2015

Aug 1 2015

David Czoschke

Location: Norwegian Bay Boardwalk
Green Lake County

Eyed Brown

Eyed Brown

Aug 1 2015

Fern Springs

Location: South Kettle Morraine Eagle Trail
Waukesha County

American Copper

American Copper

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Northern Pearly-eye

Northern Pearly-eye

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Aug 1 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Leola Grassland Willdife Area
Adams County

2.25 hours. We walked 1.5 miles in the grassland together, then we each walked a different 1 mile of roadside. We have rarely or never before seen a Dion Skipper here.

☆ = New county sighting record

Aug 1 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Buena Vista Grassland
Portage County

5.2 hours. We walked almost 6 miles in the grassland. The Purplish Copper total might be our highest for one day here.

Aug 1 2015

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Fairfield Marsh Waterfowl Production Area
Sauk County

Hot, humid day--high 80s. Butterflies and Milkweed were plentiful. Silphiums (mainly Cup Plants and Rosinweeds) were in full bloom, and seemed to be the preferred nectar source. Some Goldenrod was starting to bloom, too.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 1 2015

D Nussbaum

Location: North side of Shady Lane
Winnebago County

9:15 to 11:30. Finally dry enough to take a long walk in and around the willows looking for Acadian Hairstreaks. No luck... maybe a little too late.

25 or 30 years ago I walked this same area in late August. I was in awe of the incredible number of bees there. The roar was amazingly loud. I bet I stood there ten minutes just trying to process how many bees surrounded me. Today the bees numbered way under one percent of that other day. Fewer willows and wild flowers too. Flora change is probably due to a combination of natural progression and canary grass.

Another moment of awe here came in October or November in that same time span. I walked through a patch of alders and flushed 25 or 30 Short-eared Owls, one at a time as I walked through. They were silent and ghostlike. Almost eerie. Two very memorable events here for me.

Broad-winged Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Aug 1 2015

Larry Wellstein

Location: Oak Creek, WI
Milwaukee County

Found on our screened patio net.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 1 2015

Mary Bartholomew

Location: New Berlin home garden on echinacea full sun
Waukesha County

Female, black form Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. Photo taken approximately mid-day, about noon.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 1 2015

Fern Springs

Location: Moore Rd
Wood County

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Aug 2 2015

John Schumacher

Location: Appleton, my garden
Outagamie County

Feeding on my lavender flowers

Aug 2 2015

Joshua Cullum

Location: Private Residence - Northwest Rock Co.
Rock County

I was sitting out on our front porch and noticed the little skipper sitting on some Brazilian Verbena. Looks like it is a Peck's Skipper, a lifer for me, and quite a cool looking one at that.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 2 2015

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

11:30-12:30 walk. Didn't stay long because of the oppressive heat and humidity nearly wiped me out. Best sighting was a Monarch Cat on a orange butterflyweed.

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Aug 2 2015

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Black Earth & Town of Vermont
Dane County

I spotted 2 tiger swallowtails (one dark form) and a giant swallowtail on phlox in the back yard, all at the same time..

Aug 2 2015

Alon Coppens

Location: Oak Savanna at Beaver Creek Reserve, Altoona.
Eau Claire County

Harvester

Harvester

Aug 2 2015

Roger James

Location: Town of Trempealeau
Trempealeau County

We have seen one swallowtail at a time, never 2 or 3, at our residence for a number of years.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 2 2015

Sallymae James

Location: Town of Trempealeau near Perrot State Park
Trempealeau County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 2 2015

Sue Feyrer

Location: Retzer Nature Center
Waukesha County

Sunny, high seventies and windy.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Aug 3 2015

Judith Huf

Location: along the Railroad Tracks in Fox Point
Milwaukee County

3 pm to 4:30 pm. Warm and sunny not too humid.

Northern Broken-Dash

Northern Broken-Dash

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 3 2015

David Czoschke

Location: Dawson Prairie at the Green Lake Conference Center
Green Lake County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 3 2015

Mike Reese

Location: Olbrich Gardens
Dane County

12:00 - 1:15. Not a lot of butterflies here now, especially with all the nectar sources available.

Aug 3 2015

Nick Gremban

Location: Knowles Creek Impoundment
Forest County

Survey time from 11:24 a.m. to 1:23 p.m. 69 degrees, partly cloudy with winds approximately 5-15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Noticeable decline in abundance of butterflies recently.

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Striped Hairstreak

Striped Hairstreak

Aug 3 2015

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

The female Monarch was depositing eggs all over the property. The Red-spotted Purple caterpillar was found a few days ago and formed its chrysalis today. Also found 3 first instar Promethea caterpillars on wild cherry.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Promethea Moth caterpillar

Promethea Moth caterpillar

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 3 2015

Alon Coppens

Location: Private grassland, Town of Wheaton
Chippewa County

Missed a lot of good shots today!
2 Eastern Tigers: one black and one yellow.
Monarchs have been the predominant large butterfly here for the past couple of weeks - the first time that's happened in a few years at least. The eight I saw included a mating pair that flitted in and out of my camera frame for a good minute or so. Still didn't get a good photo.

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 3 2015

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Gardens
Rock County

2:00 - 3:15. Nice fresh looking male Fiery Skipper. First of the year.

Aug 4 2015

Nick Gremban

Location: Catwillow Monarch Area
Forest County

Survey from 11:49 a.m. to 3:16 p.m. Partly cloudy, 64 degrees with winds approximately 5-15 mph.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 4 2015

Eric Pursifull

Location: Generations Park, Town of Sun Prairie
Dane County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 4 2015

Sue Feyrer

Location: Scuppernong Low Prairie Hwy 67 south of ZZ
Waukesha County

9:30-11:30 sunny, 72, breezy. Joe-Pye weed and Liatris were blooming.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Viceroy

Viceroy

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Aug 4 2015

Judith Huf

Location: Havenwoods State Forest
Milwaukee County

8:45-10:30am warm and sunny. Many dragonflies too, mostly Green Darners.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Aug 4 2015

Rich Kahl

Location: Avoca Prairie SNA
Richland County

Catching up on sightings.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Aug 4 2015

Jim Otto

Location: Yellowstone Lake State Park
Lafayette County

Banded Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Northern Pearly-eye

Northern Pearly-eye

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

★ = New county photo record

Aug 4 2015

Mike Reese

Location: Riverside Park and trails north to Hwy 53
La Crosse County

8:00-9:00

Aug 4 2015

SkyDoos Ganci

Location: Sandberg Woods
Dane County

in the parking lot of the Treehouse

Aug 4 2015

SkyDoos Ganci

Location: Sandberg Woods
Dane County

under a tree in the parking lot

Aug 4 2015

David Czoschke

Location: Pine Hollow SNA
Sauk County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Aug 4 2015

Mike Reese

Location: Brockway Rd. area
Jackson County

6F, 2M Karner Blues. One of the males was very fresh. First WI Variegated Fritillary of the year. Last year we only had two sightings. Holopogon sp. (7mm long)

Holopogon sp.

Holopogon sp.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Aug 4 2015

Joan Vennie

Location: My yard
Dane County

Today the butterflies came to me. One of the commas was very worn and faded, the other two were bright and colorful.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Aug 5 2015

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Our Yard, Meadow and Marsh
Marquette County

84° Mostly Sunny. Fresh Question Mark.

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Aug 5 2015

Heidi Haring

Location: Lakeshore State Park
Milwaukee County

The Cabbage Whites were spotted on the way to the park, the Monarchs within the park itself. It was during the afternoon (2-3) warm and breezy. There were an absolute ton of bees as well.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 5 2015

Robert Karl

Location: Sheridan
Waupaca County

flying and landing near our duck watering hole in our yard

Aug 5 2015

Mike Reese, Jeff Gruber

Location: Hugh Iltis Prairie
Marquette County

Seen while looking for robber flies. One photo shows a robber fly eating another.

Ommatius tibialis

Ommatius tibialis

Leptogaster sp.

Leptogaster sp.

Holopogon sp.

Holopogon sp.

Machimus sp.

Machimus sp.

Aug 5 2015

Linda Von De Bur

Location: Goold and Green Streets in Racine
Racine County

I was heading to the doctor's office when I saw a large butterfly being buffeted by the wind created by traffic. No matter how hard the butterfly tried to fly out of danger, it kept getting knocked down. I did a u-turn and pulled in front of other cars to block the butterfly, hopped out of my truck and gently picked up the butterfly by the body, and carried it into the truck. The butterfly fluttered to the passenger door and rested. I took it back to my house, since it was close and had lots of food for butterflies (butterfly bush, bee balm plant, other flowers). When I stopped the truck in the driveway, the butterfly seemed to know it was safe, it fluttered over to the driver's door, and I opened it slowly. Once the door was open, I carefully offered it a finger to climb on, so it wouldn't crash into the window. Once I moved away from the door, the butterfly flew up into the yew bush, landed and rested. It did have a bit of a tattered hindwing, but was able to fly without too much trouble. When I returned from the doc's office, the butterfly was gone. A friend, Jaye, helped identify it as a Giant Swallowtail.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 5 2015

Rich Kahl

Location: Curtis Prairie, UW Arb
Dane County

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 5 2015

Ryan Brady

Location: Chequamegon National Forest southeast of Grand View
Bayfield County

Many great nectar sources along the roads but relatively few butterflies utilizing them, even in sunshine at high noon. Season already waning!

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 5 2015

Bill and Ginny Nelson

Location: Governor Nelson State Park
Dane County

It was a great day to be looking for butterflies!

Aug 5 2015

Kathleen Kascewicz

Location: Just south of Fifield
Price County

Butterflies and bees frequent the echinacea by our house.

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aug 6 2015

Douglas Buege

Location: Avoca Prairie
Iowa County

Not much going on here.

Aug 6 2015

Mike Reese

Location: Avoca and Blue River Units, Lower Wisconsin Riverway
Iowa County

This was a scouting trip for the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association field trip on Saturday that we advertise as seeing southern immigrant butterflies. NO southern immigrants were seen today! Very dry conditions.
One of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtails was a black form female.

Aug 6 2015

Grant Stevens

Location: My backyard and Georgetown Park, Cedarburg WI
Ozaukee County

Nice weather for finding butterflies!

Monarch

Monarch

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 6 2015

Andy Paulios

Location: Mt. Vernon Fisheries Area - Town of Primrose
Dane County

Aug 6 2015

SkyDoos Ganci

Location: Sandberg Woods
Dane County

on our deck facing the Sandberg Woods

Aug 7 2015

Rich Kahl

Location: Lodi Marsh Segment, Ice Age Trail
Dane County

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 7 2015

Ron Arnold, Emily Thurber

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Aug 8 2015

Ron Arnold, Emily Thurber

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

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Aug 8 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Douglas County Wildllfie Area
Douglas County

4 Barren patches in 45 minutes to look for Leonard's Skippers. The 97 Wood Nymphs is not a typo.

Aug 8 2015

Ryan Chrouser

Location: Thompson Lake landing west of Durand
Pepin County

Nectaring on swamp milkweed

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 8 2015

Scott and Ann Swengelh

Location: Four bogs
Douglas County

We didn't have adequate acceptable weather to survey more than the four bogs with our most recent Purplish Fritillary sightings, and all of their roadsides. We think the Purplish Fritillary flight was past peak, although it topped our earlier count this year. The Purplish Fritillary count was higher than our best count in 2012 but lower than the counts in 2013, 2014, and most other years. All of the Purplish Fritillaries we saw were at Bear Lake Bog and its roadsides (both sides. especially west) and North Bear Lake and its west roadside. We also surveyed Lyman lake and Milchesky Road 1.15 miles. The Dorcas Copper was on North Bear Lake Bog, the same place we found our 1st Dorcas of the year on June 21.

Aug 8 2015

Gary Green

Location: West Allis
Milwaukee County

Aug 8 2015

Bill Drehfal

Location: Town of Ramond (7 mile rd & 76th st)
Racine County

Never saw a butterfly this big before! Gorgeous. (we also have lots of baby monarch caterpillars right now!)

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 8 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Grasslands northwest of Clam Lake
Bayfield County

Same openings as on July 25, but we didn't survey the Snake Trail Roadside this time. Our total count of Common Branded Skippers was the same as last time, but it decreased from last time in the rectangular opening bordering Namakagon Trail and increased at the other opening. Today's Milbert's Tortoiseshell was the 1st one we've seen this year.

Aug 8 2015

Kim Lawler

Location: West edge of Spring Valley, across from Golf Course, on crab apple tree, or garden, near prairie restoration
Pierce County

Afternoon, no wind, around cut oranges in crab apple tree

Monarch

Monarch

Viceroy

Viceroy

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

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

Aug 8 2015

Sue Feyrer

Location: Frog Bay Tribal National Park north of Bayfield
Bayfield County

Walked the Ravine & Beach trails. Sunny in the 60's.

Banded Hairstreak

Banded Hairstreak

White Admiral

White Admiral

Aug 9 2015

Nick Gremban

Location: Loon Rapids Road, Mountain, WI
Oconto County

Timing around 3:30 p.m. Partly cloudy and 83 degrees, winds calm to light. This was probably the largest diversity of butterflies I have seen in northeastern Wisconsin in the last couple of weeks!

White Admiral

White Admiral

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

Aug 9 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Four Lake Superior Coastal Bogs
Bayfield County

Same sites as on July 24, but with 96% fewer Bog Coppers seen than that day. Port Wing Boreal Forest SNA West bog had most of the Bog Coppers, but we saw at least one on every bog. This is a complete list of what we saw.

Aug 9 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Highway 27 Barrens south of Brule
Douglas County

2 stops, 45 minutes. Mainly looking for Leonard's Skippers, but we saw none of them.

Aug 9 2015

Pam Campbell

Location: North of Boyceville
Dunn County

All before noon. Very humid and warm day.

Harvester

Harvester

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 9 2015

Edward Friend, Lillian Friend

Location: Lower Genesee Lake
Waukesha County

Sighted on road, later on porch

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Aug 9 2015

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Backyard
Dane County

This butterfly was perched on rotting oranges that I leave out for birds and butterflies. The time was evening. It was getting dark, and I wasn't able to capture it with its wings open. If I see it on the orange again tomorrow, I'll try to get more photos.

Question Mark

Question Mark

Aug 9 2015

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

Very warm and humid.

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 9 2015

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

This was a good day for butterfly sightings even though it was overcast. The skippers weren't very cooperative for photos, I had to take them from too far away.

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 9 2015

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Property near Chaseburg
Vernon County

Had a Harvester land near me while I was working outside. Didn't have a camera. I did catch it with my bare hands and then let it go.

☆ = New county sighting record

Aug 9 2015

Bill and Ginny Nelson

Location: Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Dane County

This was only the second time I have seen a Bronze Copper.

Aug 10 2015

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

Aug 10 2015

Nick Gremban - USDA Forest Service

Location: Catwillow Monarch Area
Forest County

USDA Forest Service Pollinator Survey. Survey time from 2:00 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. Partly Cloudy, 72 degrees, light winds. Lots of milkweed and snagged some photos of an elusive Comma!

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Aug 10 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Bog roadside 1 mile east of Glidden
Ashland County

North and south sides of County N for a 0.3 mile stretch. This is a complete list of what we saw. The Bog Copper nectared on Rabbitfoot Clover north of the road.

Aug 10 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Four barrens along County Highway X.
Wood County

1.5 hours. Sites are three rights-of-way east of Sandhill Wildlife Area and a state-owned powerline ROW just south of Sandhill. We found Leonard's Skippers at 3 of the 4 sites. The combined Karner Blue Counts this summer counting the best day at each site (achieved on 2+ tries on three different dates July 15-30) was 247. Several of the Karners today were fresh, even newly emerged with crinkled wings, and we think a fair proportion of the Karners were from a partial 3rd brood.

Aug 10 2015

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

76 degrees and windy. I just did a count on 2 small areas of Southwest Dike Trail. The south end of the trail where it meets Cty Rd O was an interesting spot.

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Harvester

Harvester

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Aug 11 2015

Sue Feyrer

Location: Lapham Peak State Park
Waukesha County

9:30 to 12:00, sunny, 70's

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Viceroy

Viceroy

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Aug 11 2015

Rich Kahl

Location: Ice Age Trail Prairie S. of CTH PD
Dane County

Monarchs everywhere, mostly on Showy and Rough Blazing Stars, so 16 is the minimum I could be certain of.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 11 2015

Jim Otto

Location: Mud Lake State Wildlife Area
Columbia County

10:15am-1:25pm. I visited several locations, mostly along King Road. Cabbage Whites were very numerous today.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Aug 11 2015

Nick Gremban - USDA Forest Service

Location: Forest Road 2669
Forest County

USDA Forest Service Pollinator Survey. Survey time from 2:55 p.m. to 3:26 p.m. and was conducted in an opening (about 20 meter radius) on the road, surrounded by rich hardwood forests. Flora diversity high. Partly cloudy and 74 degrees.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 11 2015

Nick Gremban, JoAnne Lund - USDA Forest Service

Location: Knowles Creek Impoundment
Forest County

USDA Forest Service Pollinator Survey. Survey time from 12:37 p.m. to 2:14 p.m. Partly to mostly cloudy, 73 degrees, occasional gusts. We almost didn't see any butterflies until we were heading back and stumbled upon these two!

American Lady

American Lady

Striped Hairstreak

Striped Hairstreak

American Lady

American Lady

Aug 12 2015

Pam Campbell

Location: Dunnville SWA/Larrabee Road
Dunn County

Breezy day. The beautiful Swallowtails of two weeks ago are getting a bit worn. Cardinal flower and Cup plant are in bloom.

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower

Cup Plant

Cup Plant

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Viceroy

Viceroy

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Aug 12 2015

Erin Loth

Location: Burlington, WI
Racine County

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

★ = New county photo record

Aug 13 2015

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Katie's Garden in Platteville and various stops in East Dubuque area.
Grant County

Sixteen species. Little Yellow photographed by Dorothy. We also saw one whitish version. Other highlights were Common Sootywing and Wild Indigo Duskywings.

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Aug 13 2015

Jay Watson

Location: Woodland Dunes Nature Center
Manitowoc County

Havester seen along Willow Trail

Harvester

Harvester

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Harvester

Harvester

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 13 2015

Nancy Gunder

Location: International Crane Foundation grounds, garage
Sauk County

This Hackberry Emperor was resting by the building entering the international Crane Foundation, a first sighting for me.

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Aug 14 2015

David Czoschke

Location: Snake Creek Fen SNA
Green Lake County

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Aug 14 2015

Patty Loftus

Location: Janesville near I-90
Rock County

On patio 5-10 minutes
Attracted to fragments of peat pot that contained a Rosemary plant and 10-15 earwigs

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Aug 14 2015

Linda Von De Bur

Location: My home, 1900 block of N. Wisconsin St, Racine
Racine County

Dining on my butterfly bush. Mid afternoon, hot, sticky day.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 15 2015

Lester Doyle

Location: UW Platteville Campus: Walking Trails
Grant County

2:00-4:00 pm, Low 90's, Mostly Sunny. Lots of Cabbage Whites, Clouded Sulphurs, and Viceroys, smaller numbers of other species. Only one very worn Common Buckeye seen.

Common Buckey

Common Buckey

Aug 15 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Buena Vista Grasslands
Portage County

3 2/3 hours. 90-95 degrees F, sunny. This only includes butterflies seen while we walked 3 miles together in the grassland and each walked a different half mile of road edge. We have observed a 55 day Gray Copper flight this year, and probably gained Gray Copper sightings today on 2 forty-acre patches where we hadn't found them before. Butterfly activity dropped off after our 1st hour of surveying, due to the heat and their avoidance of drying out. We saw one female and three male Regal Fritillaries; 3 of Regals were in our 1st survey here, in a plot not usually good for Regals. later surveys in good Regal units found only one Regal, and we think Regals were hiding to avoid drying out. Giant Swallowtail are uncommon here, although we also saw one in 2014.

Aug 15 2015

Matthew Polifka

Location: Kohler, Wi
Sheboygan County

Sighted butterfly sun bathing on top of a roof at the Kohler Company.

Aug 15 2015

Faye Hampton

Location: rural home south of Cottage Grove
Dane County

This beauty has been at the impatience this afternoon. Had not seen one like this before. I believe it is a Giant Swallowtail.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 15 2015

Matthew Rethaber

Location: W291 County Rd. C
Lincoln County

11:40am

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Aug 15 2015

Jim Otto and Peter Fissel

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area and vicinity
Wood County

10:15am-1:50pm. Mostly sunny, temps in the low to mid-80F. We also saw about an additional 50 sulphurs which we were unable to ID to species.

White Admiral

White Admiral

Red-spotted Purple, Viceroy

Red-spotted Purple, Viceroy

Harvester

Harvester

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Aug 15 2015

Jim Otto and Peter Fissel

Location: Leola Marsh Wildlife Area
Adams County

Mid-afternoon. Partly cloudy, temps in the low 90F.

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Aug 15 2015

Sharon Miller

Location: Abbotsford Public Cemetery
Marathon County

We had yellow carnations placed on top of our Mother's casket, and a Black Swallowtail butterfly flew around and kept landing on the yellow carnations. The Swallowtail butterfly is on the first carnation to the right.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Aug 15 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Hamel's prairie, barrens, and bog
Marquette County

Shelley and Davids Hamel's property. We surveyed for 55 minutes. The Purplish Copper and Viceroy on the bog. Everything else was in the uplands. Ann Thering and Shelley Hamel have found Purplish Coppers here before.

Aug 16 2015

Dan Kornowski

Location: West Allis McCarty Park area
Milwaukee County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Aug 16 2015

Daniel Jackson

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

Harvester

Harvester

★ = New county photo record

Aug 16 2015

Joan Vennie

Location: Indian Lake County Park
Dane County

11am-1pm. Hot, humid, breezy. The Viceroys were in large patch of Rattlesnake Master near the wetlands.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Aug 16 2015

Lester Doyle

Location: Wildenberg Sand Prairie (Lodi town park)
Columbia County

Mid-afternoon, sunny, sometimes breezy, sunny, and around 90 degrees.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Aug 16 2015

Liesel Odden

Location: In my front yard in Oregon.
Dane County

The butterfly was on a black eyed susan flower in our front yard. It was sunny and hot outside.

Aug 17 2015

Tina Carpenter

Location: Cottage Grove
Dane County

Hung out on a Walnut Tree for around 15-20 minutes. I have a Willow Tree in my yard that is it's host plant. Beautiful Viceroy!

Viceroy

Viceroy

Aug 17 2015

Jorgen Goderstad

Location: Pope Farm Park Co.west of Madison
Dane County

Aug 17 2015

Rich Kahl

Location: Spring Green Preserve SNA
Sauk County

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aug 18 2015

Sue Feyrer

Location: My home prairie
Waukesha County

The cup plant is attracting the swallowtails.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 18 2015

Sue Feyrer

Location: Ryan Road corner of KF & JK
Waukesha County

In the seventies, partly sunny, no breeze, still wet from the rain.

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Aug 18 2015

Sara Sonntag

Location: Cascade, WI
Sheboygan County

I saw it in my garden this morning...and have never seen one like this before. I went to get my camera and was able to get a few shots...not the best...but got it before it flew away. This was about 10am this morning.
(14th WI record for this species and the 3rd in 2015. Mike Reese)

Funereal Duskywing

Funereal Duskywing

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

Aug 18 2015

Ginny Nelson

Location: Yahara Heights County Park
Dane County

These sightings were made incidentally as I collected prairie seeds.

Aug 18 2015

Matt Flower

Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Aug 19 2015

Martha Alibali

Location: Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Vernon County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Aug 20 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Mirror Lake Pine Barrens and vicinity
Sauk County

Only surveyed two of the usual 4 sites because it was too cloudy to finish. 1 Leonard's Skipper and 1 Wood Nymph were at Van Zelst prairie; all other butterflies were at Mirror Lake Pine Barrens (MLPB) west of Hastings Road. On August 12 I found 3 Leonard's Skippers at MLPB and none at Van Zelst.

Aug 21 2015

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Various stops from Potosi to Cassville.
Grant County

24 species. Many Monarchs. Immigrants were Fiery Skipper, Little Yellow and Common Buckeye. Other highlights were Common Sootywing and Tawny-edged Skipper. Also observed one of our favorite dragonflies, Wandering Glider. The Scissorsgrinder (cicada) was heard nearly everywhere (Potosi/Cassville/Lancaster). Its having a good year!

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Question Mark

Question Mark

Aug 21 2015

Sylvia Edlebeck, Joan Vennie

Location: rural roads east of Mazomanie
Dane County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Monarch

Monarch

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

Aug 21 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: John Shillinglaw's prairies and barrens west of Dakota
Waushara County

1.75 hours. Warm and mostly sunny.

Aug 21 2015

Sue Feyrer

Location: Scuppernong Low Prairie Hwy 67 south of Road X
Waukesha County

Sunny morning in the seventies, breezy.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Aug 21 2015

Tod Highsmith

Location: Cherokee Marsh
Dane County

Spent about 45 min. on the trail by Lu's Pond just after lunch. The Viceroys were very territorial, flying about and chasing each other, any Monarchs that happened by, dragonflies and even a flock of goldfinches.

Aug 21 2015

Dan Everson

Location: Two Alfalfa fields just off Rosebrook Road
Shawano County

My wife and I tagged 100 monarchs in one hour and 53 minutes. We probably could of tagged at least 100 more.

Aug 21 2015

Sue Feyrer

Location: Scuppernon Spring Nature Trail
Waukesha County

Sunny in the seventies from 10:30 - 11:30.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 22 2015

Darleen Horman

Location: My yard in Allenton
Washington County

Sunny and breezy. One of the monarchs was a faded female, depositing eggs. The common Wood-nymph was very worn.

Monarch

Monarch

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Aug 22 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens
Jackson County

Sites along Brockway Road, Bauer Road, cemetery Road, and Dike 17. We saw 14 Leonard's Skippers today in matched sites where we saw only 2 on August 16. We think the main reason for the increase is new rainfall since August 16, not a large improvement in phenology for finding Leonard's Skippers here. All 4 Peck's Skippers we've seen in the last 8 days were on Rough Blazingstars. It is unusual for us to see a Black Swallowtail here.

Aug 22 2015

Christine Stanke

Location: In our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 22 2015

Dave Czoschke

Location: Washington Island
Door County

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Aug 22 2015

Dan Everson

Location: Brener School Butterfly Garden/Hillcrest School Prairie
Shawano County

Found seven monarch caterpillars while dead-heading in the Brener butterfly garden. Saw 15 monarchs nectaring on tall Joe Pye Weed while walking on Hillcrest Prairie.

Aug 22 2015

Scott and Ann Swengelh

Location: Barrens near Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

Three ROWS along Wood County X and one site in Sandhill Wildlife Area. The Reakirt's Blue, a male, was in the Sandhill Wildlife Area "Westfield", an opening not far west or southwest of the tallest observation tower along the Trumpeter Trail Drive inside Sandhill.

In 3 sites along County X surveyed August 10, 16, and 22, we found 6, 2, and 7 Leonard's Skippers on those dates, respectively.

Aug 22 2015

Pam Campbell

Location: Lambs Creek SWA
Dunn County

Brutal winds, so I didn't stay long. This is my go-to place for Bronze Coppers. They're getting a little worn. Also, a few Cabbage Whites and Sulphurs.

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Aug 23 2015

Pam Campbell

Location: South of Menomonie
Dunn County

At 65 degrees, I wasn't looking for butterflies and didn't have a camera with me. So, of course, I see the first Painted Lady I've seen in years. Only got one (poor) pic with my phone before it was gone with the wind.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Aug 23 2015

Peter Thornquist

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

Monarch and Ailanthus webworm, (Atteva aurea) share a Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum) on the Island.

Aug 25 2015

Tracy Sengupta

Location: Town of Rock - 1 mile from Village of Afton
Rock County

We have had many Monarchs this year but no luck in getting a good photograph so far.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aug 26 2015

Dave Czoschke

Location: Fox River near Princeton
Green Lake County

There were a lot of them in the grass near the waters edge.

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Aug 26 2015

Karl Legler

Location: Lower Wisconsin Riverway from Boscobel east to county boundary.
Grant County

Huge swarm of juvenile Common Green Darners migrating and feeding along the river. A nearby Kestrel seemed plump and pleased.

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Aug 26 2015

Pam Campbell

Location: Colfax
Dunn County

Sunny but barely 70 degrees. Turtlehead is in bloom.

Turtlehead

Turtlehead

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Sulphurs puddling

Sulphurs puddling

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Aug 26 2015

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

Cool and sunny. All these were seen at the rain garden at the bottom of Waterfall Ravine which is full of beautiful flowers.
The Tiger Swallowtail was a dark female.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 26 2015

Karl Legler

Location: Lower Wisconsin Riverway from Avoca west to county line.
Iowa County

Photo of male Sulphur in flight is probably a Clouded Sulphur.

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Aug 26 2015

Scott Swengel

Location: Barrens of Mirror Lake State Park and vicinity
Sauk County

Mirror Lake Pine Barren (MLPB), 2 other sites in Mirror Lake State Park, and Van Zelst Prairie. 2 hours and 10 minutes; 69-77 degrees F, mostly sunny. 26 Leonard's Skippers at MLPB, 14 at Van Zelst, and 6 at Turtleville Barrens.

Aug 27 2015

Matthew Rethaber

Location: W291 County Rd. C Gleason, Wisconsin
Lincoln County

Found on the edge of my father’s horse pasture Lincoln Co. Wisconsin

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Viceroy

Viceroy

Aug 27 2015

Christine Stanke

Location: Our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 27 2015

Sylvia Edlebeck, Joan Vennie

Location: Olbrich Gardens, Madison
Dane County

Monarchs everywhere, which was great to see. It was interesting to see a silver-spotted skipper with its wings open. It stayed in that position for quite awhile. Also interesting was the red-spotted purple high up in a tree with the sun shining through its wings. A great day to be out.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Aug 27 2015

Pam Campbell

Location: Dunnville Barrens
Dunn County

One of the Monarchs was a female laying eggs. There were several Tiger Beetles.

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Monarch

Monarch

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle

Big Sand Tiger Beetle

Big Sand Tiger Beetle

Aug 27 2015

Rob Karl

Location: edge of woods by clothes line
Waupaca County

my son saw it on clothes hung to dry, it then flew to the edge the woods

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Aug 27 2015

Mike Reese

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Half of the Monarchs were nectaring on the abundant boneset on the western side of the property

Aug 27 2015

Chuck Petters

Location: Marsh Road
Waupaca County

Monarch

Monarch

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Aug 28 2015

Dave Czoschke

Location: Snake Creek Fen SNA
Green Lake County

The only one I saw.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aug 28 2015

Peter Thornquist

Location: Good Hope Island, Milwakee River
Milwaukee County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Aug 29 2015

Pam Campbell

Location: Dunnville Barrens
Dunn County

Only 66 degrees but was happy to find my FOY American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Aug 30 2015

Sue Feyrer

Location: Retzer Nature Center
Waukesha County

Early afternoon, high sixties, overcast just drying out from the rain.

Aug 30 2015

Mike Reese

Location: Lone Rock Unit - Lower Wisconsin State Riverway
Richland County

Aug 30 2015

Lester Doyle

Location: Lodi Town Park: Wildenberg Sand Prairie
Columbia County

Noon-2pm, mostly overcast with some ocassional sun. mid-high 70's. Not a lot of insect activity, three species of Tiger Beetles seen, including a Festive with some nice green iridescence. Also had my first Aphrodite Fritillary at this location.

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Festive Tiger Beetle

Festive Tiger Beetle

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Aug 30 2015

D Nussbaum

Location: Our property
Waupaca County

9:30 to 12:30. Dewy and mostly cloudy.

Monarch

Monarch

Aug 30 2015

Alex Harmon

Location: Wisconsin River and Sand Bars around Sauk City
Sauk County

Four tiger beetle species were also seen: 1 Cicindela scutellaris lecontei, 5 C. hirticollis hirticollis, 100+ C. repanda, and 1 Ellipsoptera macra

Aug 30 2015

Mike Reese

Location: Spring Green Preserve SNA
Sauk County

Six-lined Racerunner

Six-lined Racerunner

Jumping spider with prey

Jumping spider with prey

Aug 30 2015

Ryan Chrouser

Location: Otter Creek, 44.75679, -91.40348
Eau Claire County

Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet

Aug 30 2015

Sylvia Edlebeck, Joan Vennie

Location: Schurch Thomson and Shea Prairies
Iowa County

1:00-4:00, partly sunny.

Viceroy, Pearl Crescent

Viceroy, Pearl Crescent

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aug 30 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Buena Vista Grassland
Portage County

This only includes butterflies seen while we walked 3.5 miles in the grassland. Mostly cloudy, 68-78 degrees F. All 3 Regal Fritillaries were females, and all found 350-450 meters west-northwest to northwest of the Griffith Avenue/130th junction.

Aug 30 2015

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Leola Wildlife Area
Adams County

This only includes butterflies seen while we walked 3.5 miles together in the grassland and separately each walked a different mile of ditch by roads. Half sun, 62-82 degrees F. We also found 2 mature Monarch larvae on Common Milkweed leaves.

Aug 31 2015

Randy Powers

Location: Mequon, Wisconsin Private Residence
Ozaukee County

My last opportunity to photo graph an American snout butterfly was on our production farm property Washington Co., Newburg Wi on 080611. That day there was about a half dozen in the area. Today "Monday" afternoon at approximately 3Pm I went to our utility Van to get a piece of equipment, a butterfly flew in with me, and I just brushed it off my arm, not thinking, when it landed on the door arm rest, I realized it was something unusual, good thing my camera was on the dash!

American Snout

American Snout

American Snout

American Snout

American Snout

American Snout

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

Aug 31 2015

Sue Feyrer

Location: Lapham Peak State Park
Waukesha County

Parked at Evergreen parking lot and crossed C to walk the prairies. The many kinds of goldenrod were in full bloom with asters and Prairie dock, beautiful.

Aug 31 2015

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Lower Wisconsin Riverway
Iowa County

Unfortunately, the discovery of the very rare Sleepy Orange was accompanied by the discovery that the DNR was spraying Black Locust trees nearby, particularly a small number that fall within the Sleepy Orange breeding habitat.
The Cabbage White female exhibits rejection of male courtship by raising her abdomen.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Wisconsin DNR spraying Black Locust

Wisconsin DNR spraying Black Locust

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Aug 31 2015

Dave Czoschke

Location: French Creek SNA North
Marquette County

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper