Butterfly sightings for May 2017

May 1 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: In our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

May 1 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Brown Deer Elementary
Milwaukee County

May 3 2017

Mike Reese

Location: backyard in Wautoma
Waushara County

May 3 2017

Pam Campbell

Location: Hoffman Hills SRA
Dunn County

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

American Lady

American Lady

May 3 2017

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Stricker's Pond, Middleton
Dane County

Lots of cabbage whites, but only one other butterfly, a red admiral. Interesting birds though. FIVE great blue herons (alot for this small pond). They were very active, flying from one side of the pond to the other, fishing, etc. Plus sandpipers, terns, and a few warblers and sparrows.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

May 3 2017

Mike Reese

Location: DNR land NW of Mt. Morris
Waushara County

First Henry's Elfins of the year.

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

May 3 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Settler's Park in Thiensville
Ozaukee County

May 3 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Donges Bay Gorge in Mequon
Ozaukee County

May 3 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Virmond Park in Mequon
Ozaukee County

May 3 2017

Jim Otto

Location: Black River State Forest, Dike 17 area and along Battle Point Road
Jackson County

(This was a bird atlasing trip.) I was surprised to see a monarch this early in the year. The monarch was structurally intact, but was missing lots of scales. It left before I could get my camera ready. I also saw one flitty dark (black?) skipper that would not sit still long enough to be IDed.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

American Lady

American Lady

May 3 2017

Matt Kramer

Location: Schmeeckle Reserve: Stevens Point
Portage County

Each butterfly was found near patches of blooming Brassicacieae or Euphorbiaceae (species unknown)

May 3 2017

Pam Campbell

Location: Dobbs Landing
Dunn County

Also, a Tiger Swallowtail.

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

Harvester

Harvester

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 3 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: Ryan property JK & KF
Waukesha County

May 3 2017

Douglas Buege

Location: La Follette High School
Dane County

May 4 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Swan Road Prairie
Ozaukee County

May 4 2017

Mary Sanders

Location: Winchester Hill, my backyard
Winnebago County

Mourning Cloak landed on a tulip in my backyard. This is a first for me.

May 4 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Brown Deer Park
Milwaukee County

May 4 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County

I also saw three Six-spotted Tiger Beetles.

May 4 2017

Pam Campbell

Location: Dunnville Barrens
Dunn County

Sunny, mid 60's and a bit too windy.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

American Lady

American Lady

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 4 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: Pike Lake State Park
Washington County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 4 2017

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: W6835 Cnty D, Oxford(yard, meadow and marsh) and Cnty T, Endeavor(Doreen's home farm)
Marquette County

Upper 60s and Sunny. Doreen was with me. In-laws saw there first Balt. Oriole today. 8 of the Juniper Hairstreaks were tree-topping(the one in the photo was 40' up). Was surprised by the S. Blue when I got home and looked at the photos.

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

May 4 2017

Rich Kahl

Location: Grady Knoll, UW Arb
Dane County

May 4 2017

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Backyard
Dane County

A lone Red Admiral kept me entertained in the early evening. Their unique behavior of twirling up and then returning to the same spot is fascinating. This one repeatedly landed on the hummingbird feeder and other sunny surfaces near it.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 5 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Cedarburg Bog SNA
Ozaukee County

May 5 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

1/2 hour driving--saw the Mourning Cloaks. 1/2 hour walking--where we saw everything else. 67-72 degrees F, 35% sun.

May 5 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Lion's Den Gorge
Ozaukee County

May 5 2017

Alon Coppens

Location: Town of Wheton, Chippewa River floodplain, 5m west of Chippewa Falls, field and woods
Chippewa County

70 degrees, sunny, with a moderate breeze.

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

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

May 5 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Blue Heron Wildlife Sanctuary
Ozaukee County

May 5 2017

Mark E. Johnson

Location: Sandhill WR
Wood County

68 F. Also saw 3 Ringed Boghaunters and 1 Ebony Boghaunter.

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

May 5 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: Retzer Nature Center
Waukesha County

Sunny, 60, and windy.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

May 5 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Granville Rd.
Ozaukee County

May 5 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens near Brockway and Bauer Roads, and Hwy 54.
Jackson County

6.2 hours, 59-75 degrees F, 100% sun. We saw at least 16 unidentified elfins and 10 unidentified duskywings. Ann found the Painted lady--at least 4 small spots of equal size near margin of hind wing below. I think we were fortunate to find a Persius Duskywing this early.

May 5 2017

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Twin Valley (While fishing and at the boat landing), & Bethel Horizons
Iowa County

Mid 60s and Sunny. Sighting is for both the 5th and 6th. Most of the butterflies were at the boat landing while we were launching and loading the boat.

May 5 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: 3 barrens along County Hwy X
Wood County

1 hour, 70-74 degrees F, 80% sun.

May 6 2017

Peter Fissel

Location: Wyalusing State Park
Grant County

Most of the swallowtails were on the prairie by the observatory, as was a pale tan butterfly that I never got a good look at. I thought Eyed Brown, but seems very early.

May 6 2017

Rose Tiegs

Location: Navarino wildlife area
Shawano County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

★ = New county photo record

May 6 2017

Lia Montgomery

Location: Whitefish Dunes SP
Door County

May 6 2017

Darleen Horman

Location: Our yard in Allenton
Washington County

Very windy, but sunny. Saw a mating pair of Red admirals, plus single sightings x 3, might have been the same ones. All near stinging nettle. Found more eggs on stinging nettle. An Eastern Tiger swallowtail that I raised last year on wild black cherry emerged this morning!

May 6 2017

Kevin Brown

Location: Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail
Waukesha County

First of year American Coppers for me.

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

May 6 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: In our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

May 6 2017

Lester Doyle

Location: Wildenberg Sand Prairie (Lodi Town Park)
Columbia County

Mid-day, sunny, mid-low 60's

American Copper

American Copper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

May 6 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: Lapham Peak State Park
Waukesha County

May 6 2017

Mark E. Johnson

Location: Lake Paffenrath
Grant County

63 F. Also saw Festive and Big Sands Tiger Beetles. My first ever Juniper Hairstreak which was my target for the day.

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

May 6 2017

Douglas Buege

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

May 6 2017

Douglas Buege

Location: Walking Iron and Halfway Prairie
Dane County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

May 6 2017

Rich Kahl

Location: Dunes Segment Ice Age Trail
Manitowoc County

☆ = New county sighting record

May 7 2017

Rich Kahl

Location: Cherney Maribel Caves Co. Park
Manitowoc County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

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

May 7 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens west of Hunter Haven Road
Jackson County

Approx. 8 mile walking loop (includes some out and back sections where we didn't double count butterflies) of sand tracks and adjacent forests west of Hunter Haven starting 1/2 mile north of Stanton Creek Road. 1 hour, 70-74 degrees F, 80% sun. 4.25 hours, 55-69 degrees F, 100% sun. We had 5 unidentified elfins and 6 unidentified duskywings.

May 7 2017

Phil Peterson

Location: Pope Lake SNA
Waupaca County

May 7 2017

Kevin Brown

Location: Cedarburg Bog SNA off of State Hwy 33
Ozaukee County

One individual flying along path leading to Watts Lake

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

May 7 2017

Darleen Horman

Location: Our yard in Allenton
Washington County

One of the Cabbage Whiites was depositing eggs on tiny mustard seedlings

May 7 2017

Pam Campbell

Location: Dunnville Bottoms/Larrabee Rd
Dunn County

Also, one Tiger Swallowtail and numerous Whites. First Sulphur and Fritillary of the year.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

May 7 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Cedarburg Environmental Study Area
Ozaukee County

May 7 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Fellenz Woods
Ozaukee County

May 8 2017

D Nussbaum

Location: Franzoi Park
Winnebago County

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 8 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: In our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

May 8 2017

David Czoschke

Location: White River Prairie-Tamaracks SNA
Green Lake County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

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

May 10 2017

Kate Redmond

Location: Riveredge Nature Center
Ozaukee County

A two-swallowtail day, with orioles in the background.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

May 10 2017

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Warnimont Park
Milwaukee County

Question Mark

Question Mark

May 10 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Homestead Hollow County Park
Washington County

May 10 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Schoen Laufen Park
Washington County

May 10 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: County Line Rd.
Milwaukee County

May 10 2017

Ryan Brady

Location: My house near Washburn
Bayfield County

Finally a warm day without a lake breeze!

May 10 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: On our property
Waukesha County

May 11 2017

Stan Rehm

Location: UW Arboretum
Dane County

Just a reminder that if you want to see the lilac collection in max bloom, this is the week to visit.

May 11 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

May 11 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: Scuppernong Low Prairie Hwy 67
Waukesha County

May 11 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Rotary Pukaite Woods in Mequon
Ozaukee County

May 11 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: N. Fielding Rd. Mequon
Ozaukee County

May 11 2017

Phil Peterson

Location: Pope Lake SNA
Waupaca County

May 11 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Settlers Park in Thiensville
Ozaukee County

May 11 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Brown Deer Elementary
Milwaukee County

May 11 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: N. Shoreland Pkwy. Mequon
Ozaukee County

May 12 2017

Jay Watson

Location: Hwy 16 near County O
Columbia County

May 12 2017

Jay Watson

Location: Horicon Wildlife Refuge Auto Tour
Dodge County

May 12 2017

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Doreens home farm
Marquette County

72° Mostly Sunny. A quick stop after boating on the Fox River on the East end of the farm. When the sun hid behind the clouds many the butterflies disappeared only to return again a minute after it reappeared. All Junipers were tree-topping.

May 12 2017

Janice Steinbach

Location: Perot State park and New Amsterdam Grasslands
Trempealeau County

Harvester flying close to ground at Perot State Park during the climb up to Brady's bluff and then luckily it landed for a few minutes for pictures.

Black swallowtail seen at New Amsterdam grasslands.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Harvester

Harvester

Harvester

Harvester

★ = New county photo record

May 12 2017

Peter Thornquist

Location: Good Hope Island
Milwaukee County

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

American Lady

American Lady

May 13 2017

Tim Fenske

Location: Mazomanie Oak Barrens
Dane County

American Copper

American Copper

May 13 2017

Kevin Brown

Location: Ottawa Horse Trails, S. Kettle Moraine SF
Waukesha County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

May 13 2017

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Our Yard, Meadow and Marsh
Marquette County

76° Mostly Sunny. Harvester Photo was with a cell phone.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Harvester

Harvester

May 13 2017

Christopher E. Smith

Location: Carpenter Nature Center Property
St. Croix County

Monarch

Monarch

May 13 2017

Dean Hansen

Location: Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

Temp near 80, light-moderate winds. But dry. No puddles on roads, no butterflies seen on road gravel. Olympias, Duskywings, Blues were all very flighty and would rarely land for a photo. Possibly saw a Gorgone Checkerspot. Possibly. Violets, orange puccoon, juneberry, strawberry in bloom. Lupine barely starting to bloom on south-facing roadside of Klots Rd. Probably saw 20 or more undeterminable Erynnis.

American Lady

American Lady

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

May 13 2017

Lester Doyle

Location: Spring Green Preserve SNA West Unit (Pearl Rd)
Sauk County

The Juniper Hairstreak was seen nectaring at the top of the west side bluff, about 10 am, sunny, not sure of temp, but most likely in the low 70's.

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

May 13 2017

Tim Fenske

Location: Baxter's Hollow
Sauk County

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

May 13 2017

Pamela Skaar

Location: Pertra Road
Columbia County

birding Durward's Glen CE

May 13 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: Ryan Road county property
Waukesha County

Warm but cloudy and windy.

May 13 2017

Darleen Horman

Location: Our yard in Allenton
Washington County

May 13 2017

Darleen Horman

Location: Allenton Wildlife Area
Washington County

May 13 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Cty Rd. T Rosholt
Portage County

We also saw two whites.

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Porcupine

Porcupine

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

May 13 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Five bogs near Amnicon Lake
Douglas County

2.5 hours. 26 minutes. 64-71 degrees F, 70% sunshine. We ran out of time to survey and skipped 3 bogs because it became sunny too late to leave us much time. Surveyed Lyman Lake Bog, 2 bogs along County Hwy A, and 2 bogs along Milchesky Road. One of our best Freija sites had bad weather or else we'd have had an even higher total than 110.

May 13 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens near Brule
Douglas County

26 minutes. 65 degrees F, 30% sunshine.

May 13 2017

Douglas Buege

Location: Sherman Terrace, my backyard
Dane County

May 13 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Douglas County Wildlife Area
Douglas County

3 of our 4 long-term survey areas were burned in 2 large fires. We skipped one of the burned sites and surveyed 3 places. 23 minutes. 70 degrees F, 100% sunshine.

May 14 2017

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Moundville Cemetary
Marquette County

74° Sunny. Went to visit a grave and the Juniper Hairstreak was 10 feet behind it.

May 14 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Moquah Barrens SNA
Bayfield County

40 minutes. 55-60 degrees F, 65% sunshine.

May 14 2017

Douglas Buege

Location: Tenney Park
Dane County

May 14 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: Lapham Peak State Park
Waukesha County

Sixties, sunny, slight breeze. Beautiful day and the park was full of people enjoying it.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

May 14 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Zilmer Trails Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest
Fond du Lac County

May 14 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Bogs in and near Riley Lake WIldlife Area
Price County

4 bogs along Forest Road 137, 1 bog south of Forest Road 136, and 2 bogs east of Forest Road 505. We saw Red-disked Alpines on the 4 bogs with the biggest hummocks, as well as along the road by FR 137 (and 1 Freija there) 2.3 miles south of Hwy 70. Plant seasonal development here is about 3 days slower than the Douglas County bogs, which is the opposite pattern we usually see.

May 14 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Cty Rd. T Rosholt
Portage County

We also saw another yellow swallowtail and 10+ blues that we didn't get a close look at.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

American Lady

American Lady

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Mustard White

Mustard White

May 14 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Addison Rd. Allenton
Washington County

May 14 2017

Nick Gremban

Location: Loon Rapids Road, Mountain
Oconto County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

May 15 2017

Pam Campbell

Location: Dobbs Landing
Dunn County

My first coppers of the season. Clouds and rain moving in.

American Copper

American Copper

May 15 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: Pike Lake State Park
Washington County

May 15 2017

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: REM-Laing Creek
Marquette County

85° Mostly Sunny. Still on the quest for more Juniper Hairstreaks. Found them in the farthest North Juniper in the meadow.

May 15 2017

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Hugh Iltis Prairie
Marquette County

85° Mostly Sunny > Cloudy. The thunder started rolling as soon as I stepped from the truck. A fast walk to the Blueberry patch Scott Swengel found them last year and one Brown Elfin was waiting for me. I search all the bushes while the thunder continued with no avail. Didn't look hard for Junipers. Next time.

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

★ = New county photo record

May 15 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville
Ozaukee County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Harvester

Harvester

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 15 2017

Mike Plant

Location: Blue Gill Bay County Park, Wausau WI
Marathon County

Harvester

Harvester

May 16 2017

Mary Pollock

Location: Rural Centuria
Polk County

This is the first time I have seen one this early.

May 16 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Kletsch Park in Glendale
Milwaukee County

May 16 2017

Dave Hogg

Location: Town of Berry, Scott Rd and Enchanted Valley Rd
Dane County

Saw monarch briefly on wing (very windy), later found a monarch egg on 5 inch common milkweed stem at Pleasant Valley Conservancy, Dane Co. (photo included).

Monarch egg

Monarch egg

May 16 2017

Janice Steinbach

Location: Harrington State Park
Ozaukee County

May 16 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: Home property
Waukesha County

May 16 2017

John Davis

Location: Prairie du Chien High School
Crawford County

Sunny, very warm, strong south wind, late afternoon during baseball game

May 16 2017

Tod Highsmith

Location: St. Feriole Island Park
Crawford County

May 16 2017

Dan Sonnenberg and Douglas Buege

Location: Near Bauer-Brockway SNA
Jackson County

Lot's o' ticks and black flies around. Lots of sun too broken up by brief threats of rain that never materialized. We searched diligently for cobweb skippers and Frosted elfin with no luck. We did see Scott Swengel who saw both those species.

American Copper

American Copper

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Hoary Elfin

Hoary Elfin

Dusted Skipper

Dusted Skipper

May 17 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Settlers Park in Thiensville
Ozaukee County

May 17 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

May 17 2017

Andy Paulios

Location: Town of Dunn
Dane County

May 17 2017

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Milkweed has essentially taken over our front yard. We have delayed mowing and were rewarded today when the FOY Monarch arrived and battled gusty winds to oviposit. We found about a dozen eggs.

Monarch

Monarch

May 17 2017

David Czoschke

Location: Haskell Noyes Memorial Woods SNA
Fond du Lac County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

May 17 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Schoen Laufen Park
Washington County

May 18 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Virmond Park in Mequon
Ozaukee County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Prairie Trilliium

Prairie Trilliium

May 18 2017

Fred Dike

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Common Sootywing

Common Sootywing

American Copper

American Copper

May 18 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Donges Bay Gorge in Mequon
Ozaukee County

May 18 2017

Dave Hogg

Location: Janesville Country Club
Rock County

May 18 2017

Rose Tiegs

Location: Navarino wildlife area
Shawano County

American Copper

American Copper

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

May 21 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville
Ozaukee County

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Question Mark

Question Mark

American Lady

American Lady

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

May 22 2017

Scott Swengel

Location: Barrens 1.5 to 3 miles south of Castle Mound Road between Haunter Haven and Brockway Roads, and at Stanton Creek Road, Bauer Road, near Highway 54, and Dike 17
Jackson County

65-75 degrees F, 75% sun. I surveyed 12 miles of barrens transects, 10.5 miles of which were to complete our Frosted Elfin long-term monitoring surveys. 30 of the Frosted Elfins were in one very large area and one medium/large survey area south of Castle Mound Road. I also saw an unidentified Tiger Swallowtail, 2+ unidentified elfins, 1 unidentified blue, and >42 unidentified duskywings. The overall number of individual butterflies was small compared to usual for these sites, suggesting that the many cloudy and rainy days are simply making there be shorter, smaller flights.

May 22 2017

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Wedde Creek Fishery Area & Crystal Lake Club property
Marquette County

Warm and Sunny 2:30-4 pm

May 22 2017

Janice Steinbach

Location: Horicon Marsh Federal Section Auto Tour
Dodge County

May 22 2017

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Hugh Iltis Prairie
Marquette County

Sunny and Warm. 1-2pm

May 22 2017

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Our Yard, Meadow & Marsh
Marquette County

72° Sunny 10am-Noon while picking asparagus

May 22 2017

Scott Swengel

Location: Highway 54 Bog
Jackson County

May 22 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: N. Shoreland Pkwy. Mequon
Ozaukee County

May 22 2017

Pam Campbell

Location: Dunnville Barrens
Dunn County

Mid 60's and breezy. My first Monarch of the year.

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Common Roadside-Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

American Copper

American Copper

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Hudsonian Whiteface

Hudsonian Whiteface

May 24 2017

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: The concrete apron in front of my garage
Marquette County

54° Cloudy with sprinkles on and off. I moved it to the flower box where Doreen could see it when she got home.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

May 25 2017

Darleen Horman

Location: Lizard Mound County Park
Washington County

Plenty of milkweed around, but lots of poison ivy as well

May 25 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: My yard
Waukesha County

May 25 2017

Darleen Horman

Location: Our yard in Allenton
Washington County

Finally seeing some sunshine! I brought in 2 Hummingbird Clearwing moth caterpillars last year and over the winter kept the cocoons in the attic. They both emerged within a couple days of each other. It was fascinating to watch them as their wings dried. Hopefully I'll see them again around the yard.

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

May 25 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Seven bogs near Amnicon Lake and Moose Junction
Douglas County

Bogs were Lyman Lake, North Bear and Bear along County Hwy A, Milchesky Road 1.15 and 1.9 miles west of Hwy A, paired bogs north of Moose Junction along Hwy 35, and a bog west of Hwy 35. We saw a Jutta Arctic on every bog but the two nearest to Moose Junction. We tried for Frigga Fritillaries on two of the three bogs where we've found them here.

May 25 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville
Ozaukee County

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

American Lady

American Lady

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Dot-tailed Whiteface

May 25 2017

Marci Lanois

Location: Necedah NWR
Juneau County

It was 57 degrees with a slight wind.

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

American Copper

American Copper

May 25 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: In our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Monarch

Monarch

May 25 2017

Peter Sveiks

Location: Apple Creek Trail, Appleton
Outagamie County

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

May 25 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Cedarburg Bog off of Cedar Sauk Rd.
Ozaukee County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

May 25 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Frenz's Garden Center in Thiensville
Ozaukee County

May 25 2017

Rich Kahl

Location: Frederick Hill area, Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton
Dane County

Probably 7+ black swallowtails but several subsequent sightings in same areas as previous sightings. Only 1 each white and yellow seen from about 11:30 am-1 pm with mostly sunny, light winds.

May 25 2017

Kelly Mitchell

Location: Sycamore Dog Park Madison
Dane County

A couple of Black swallowtails flitting from dandelion dandelion on top of the hill at the dog park.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 25 2017

SWBA Field Trip

Location: Bauer-Brockway Barrens
Jackson County

This was the 11th annual field trip of the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association. The trip had to be postponed but 6 of us spent the day observing butterflies with binoculars and cameras, led by Mike Reese. 29 species were found, 2nd only to 2012. Funereal Duskywing is a stray from the South, seen by Dan Sonnenberg.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Gorgone Checkerspot

Gorgone Checkerspot

May 25 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens south of Brule
Douglas County

3 sites, a little more than one hour searching. We saw at least 18 unidentified elfins.

May 26 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Our neighbor's yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

May 26 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: Scuppernong Nature Trail
Waukesha County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Giant Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

May 26 2017

Chuck Petters

Location: Marsh Road
Waupaca County

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

May 26 2017

Darleen Horman

Location: Our yard in Allenton
Washington County

May 26 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: Scuppernong Low Prairie Hwy 67
Waukesha County

Question Mark

Question Mark

May 27 2017

Mike Reese

Location: Mountain Bay State Trail, north of Cty A 1.3 miles
Shawano County

Seen incidentally while on a Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas field trip.

May 27 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: Ryan road county property
Waukesha County

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

May 27 2017

Stan Rehm

Location: Ice Age Trail, Verona segment
Dane County

A rather disappointing count for a 2-hour hike on a warm sunny afternoon.

May 27 2017

Marci Lanois

Location: Necedah NWR
Juneau County

I found one male Karner Blue Butterfly on Lupine along the Lupine Loop today. It was sunny and about 74 degrees with a slight wind.

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

May 27 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Fellenz Woods in West Bend
Washington County

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

May 27 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: In our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

May 27 2017

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Doreens home farm
Marquette County

Warm and Sunny! Family picnic along the Fox River. Butterflies seen while taking the family for rides on the ranger and teaching them about butterflies.

May 27 2017

Pamela Skaar

Location: Scheiffelbein and Cty V
Columbia County

one clouded sulfur stayed still long enough for me to tell it was a female.

May 27 2017

Pamela Skaar

Location: Tipperary and Cty V
Columbia County

May 27 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Caqroline Lake Bog
Iron County

25 minutes. The Cabbage White was by our car. The other butterflies were on the bog.

May 27 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Riley Lake Bogs east of Fifield
Price County

7 Bogs: 0.25 miles east of Foret Road 148, south side of Hwy 70, 1.9 and 2.3 miles south of Hwy 70, east side of FR 137, 2.3+ mile south of Hwy 70, southwest side of FR 137, south of FR 136, and 1.7 and 5.4 mile south of Hwy 70, east side of FR 505. All four bogs where we regularly see Frigga Fritillaries produced at least one. Four of the Friggas were south of FR 136. Rain or snow on about 80% of the dates from the April 20s to May 27 (and it kept raining to May 30) seem to have depressed the overall butterfly numbers in the northland.

May 28 2017

Stan Rehm

Location: Verona library and water tower
Dane County

Too windy for most butterflies except the ground-huggers. Maybe one Least Skipper, but it blew away.

May 28 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Mill St. in Saukville
Ozaukee County

May 28 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Lion's Den Gorge in Grafton
Ozaukee County

May 28 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Blue Heron Wildlife Sanctuary in Saukville
Ozaukee County

May 28 2017

Darleen Horman

Location: Our yard in Allenton
Washington County

May 28 2017

Lester Doyle

Location: Wildenberg Sand Prairie (Lodi Town Park)
Columbia County

Mid-day, Sunny, mid-70's...Included in photos is a "hard to find" Goldsmith Beetle from yesterday (same location)

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Goldsmith Beetle

Goldsmith Beetle

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

May 28 2017

Sue Feyrer

Location: UW Waukesha Field Station
Waukesha County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

May 28 2017

Douglas Buege

Location: Glocke Lake
Oconto County

11 am to 12:15 pm. Sunny, mostly. Lots of odonates emerging!

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Chalk-Fronted Corporal

Chalk-Fronted Corporal

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Bog Fritillary

Bog Fritillary

May 28 2017

Douglas Buege

Location: Along Ada Lake Road
Langlade County

Town of Wolf River

May 28 2017

Mike Reese, Nancy Nabak

Location: Fallen Timbers Environmental Station
Outagamie County

Seen while birding. My first of the year for both species.

May 28 2017

Douglas Buege

Location: Ada Lake
Forest County

Mostly cloudy with breaks in the clouds, 1pm.

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

May 28 2017

Janice Steinbach

Location: City of Milwaukee -13th & Canal -private business with prairie plantings
Milwaukee County

Monarch laying eggs.

May 28 2017

Sylvia Edlebeck, Joan Vennie

Location: rural Mazomanie, a number of different roads and parking lots
Dane County

Also saw 3 butterflies that looked like common wood nymphs, but they were too far away to make a positive ID.

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Question Mark

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

American Copper

American Copper

May 28 2017

Kate Judson

Location: Rome, WI, on Lake Arrowhead
Adams County

We found this Giant Swallowtail on our blueberry bushes

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

May 28 2017

Pamela Skaar

Location: Black Road Oak Grove and surrounds
Columbia County

very gusty winds from the west. This was a white female clouded sulfur

May 28 2017

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Mangan Woods, Whitnall Park
Milwaukee County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

May 28 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Stolte Road at Fish lake Wildlife Area
Burnett County

1/2 hour or less Phlox Moth searching with the sky shutting down for butterflies, but the Gorgone Checkerspots just kept cranking. 5% sunshine, 64 degrees F, windy. 1 Phlox Moth seen.

May 28 2017

Pamela Skaar

Location: Kent Road Marsh near County V
Columbia County

Bullfrogs singing. Gusty winds.

May 28 2017

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

More than 5 hours searching for Phlox Moths. We found 8. 50% sunshine, 61-71 degrees F, windy.

May 28 2017

Pat Fojut

Location: LaBudde Creek fishery, Ice Age Trail
Sheboygan County

Caterpillar found on water hemlock, Baltimore Checkerspot

Baltimore Checkerspot caterpillar

Baltimore Checkerspot caterpillar

Northern Cloudywing

Northern Cloudywing

Baltimore Checkerspot caterpillar

Baltimore Checkerspot caterpillar

May 28 2017

Kate Redmond

Location: Riveredge Nature Center
Ozaukee County

Beautiful afternoon after an inch of rain. Also seen - an eight spotted six-spotted tiger beetle and a newly-emerged damselfly teneral on a water lily leaf.

teneral damselfly

teneral damselfly

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

May 28 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: In our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

May 29 2017

Douglas Buege

Location: Along Diamond Roof Road
Oconto County

Starting 1:38 pm. Break in clouds for 10 minutes.

May 29 2017

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm on Star Lake Road, 1/2 mile from HWY 32
Oconto County

Mostly cloudy and breezy.

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

May 30 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Hwy 33 in Saukville
Ozaukee County

May 30 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville
Ozaukee County

May 30 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: Hwy Y
Washington County

May 30 2017

Ann Thering

Location: my garden
Dane County

May 31 2017

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Page Creek SNA
Marquette County

74° Sunny *Field Trip Trial Run with Laurel Bennett from the Prairie Sands chapter of TPE.

Indian Skipper

Indian Skipper

Indian Skipper

Indian Skipper

Little Wood-Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

May 31 2017

Dan Sonnenberg

Location: Our Yard, Meadow and Marsh
Marquette County

74° Sunny Late afternoon.

May 31 2017

Christine Stanke

Location: In our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

May 31 2017

Douglas Buege

Location: Near Saul Springs Road
Oconto County

Partly cloudy, started counting at 1pm. Lots of puddles in the road invited nectaring swallowtails and duskywings.

Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

Dreamy Duskywing

May 31 2017

Mike Reese

Location: N. of County S along Willow Creek
Waushara County

Seen while atlasing for birds. My first ones of the year were all flying before 7:30! high 50s and sunny.

May 31 2017

Douglas Buege

Location: Saul Springs Road
Langlade County

I'm pretty sure these are WV Whites, not really that far from Ada Lake as the crow flies.

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

West Virginia White

May 31 2017

Douglas Buege

Location: Glocke Lake
Oconto County

10 am to Noon, partly cloudy to mostly cloudy, 60-65 degrees F

No luck with Juttas.

May 31 2017

John Davis

Location: My backyard in Prairie du Chien
Crawford County

Sunny, mid 70's, and gusty wind

My first skipper of the year, difficult to get a photo as it was very nervous

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

May 31 2017

Scott Swengel

Location: Phlox moth barrens
Jackson County

Six hours monitoring Phlox Moths at about 17 sites or subsites where we have seen them, including all of our long-term Phlox Moth sites (mostly 1994-2017). 68-77 degrees F, 90% sun. Found >12 Phlox Moths, mostly one per survey area. The Karner Blue count (4 males) was extremely low, but butterfly activity declined greatly after 12:30 PM, and I didn't get to good Karner sites till 2 PM.

May 31 2017

Pam Heilman

Location: My prairie, west of Paoli
Dane County