Butterfly sightings for October 2018

Oct 2

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Ohlbrich Gardens, Madison
Dane County

Only submitting this because of Beth's sighting the next day, Oct 3. We weren't going to submit sighting since there wasn't much; but "negative" data often are as important/interesting. We walked around the gardens and out to the Thai Pavilion where many different flowers still in bloom.

Oct 3

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: Madison west side, private garden
Dane County

Brief stop in between errands. Eight monarchs enjoying the zinnias. And a couple of cabbage whites.

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 3

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail, Two Rivers/Manitowoc
Manitowoc County

Six days ago I counted 335 Monarchs over the same area. Since then it has cooled down considerably and this was the warmest day since then. It was 62 degrees today with cloudy skies and winds 15-20 mph.

Oct 3

Ginny Nelson and Hannah Engber

Location: Holy Wisdom Prairie and Middleton residential yard
Dane County

Five of the monarchs were seen incidentally while collecting prairie seeds at Holy Wisdom.

Oct 3

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Moely Prairie, Prairie du Sac
Sauk County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Oct 3

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

I walked the loop around the property. Still lots of migrating Common Green Darners and Black Saddlebags dragonflies. I saw two adult Silver-spotted Skippers at Forest Beach, and I included shots of a Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillar that I found at a different location today.

Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillar

Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillar

Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillar

Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillar

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 3

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Brisk wind from the SW, preventing monarch migration today. They were stalled at the gardens. Most monarchs looked strong and healthy; one had damaged wings but could still fly well. I stopped counting at 50. Most popular nectaring plant: Verbena bonariensis.

Monarch

Monarch

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 3

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Various stops from Potosi to Wyalusing State Park
Grant County

After a prolonged cool and rainy period we had 85 degrees and mostly sunny! We saw more than we expected. (But less than we hoped to see.) Roadside mowing within Wyalusing St. Pk. was extreme. We were surprised by the number of Little Yellows. We thought the Swallowtail was trying to nectar on dried up Queen Anne's Lace but the photo shows the proboscis coiled. Heard a Floodplain Cicada.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Question Mark

Question Mark

Oct 3

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Magnolia Bluff County Park outside of Evansville
Rock County

Hot, humid, and very windy day. Only a few wildflowers left blooming. Monarchs were flying close to the ground in grassy areas and Eastern Commas were sunning themselves on the trails.

Oct 3

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

After 5 days of cool, cloudy, rainy weather, it was warm today and windy! Saw 2 monarchs fighting the south winds, they stayed close to the ground.

Oct 3

Rory Williams

Location: Just south of Z and Country Club Road
Winnebago County

Oct 3

Dennis Higgins

Location: Ashwaubenon
Brown County

This Red Admiral decided to rest in my flower garden for a while today. Good luck for me!

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Oct 4

Tod Highsmith

Location: Lake Farm County Park
Dane County

Oct 4

Rory Williams

Location: Our house in Neenah
Winnebago County

Oct 4

Fred Dike

Location: kieps island trail Trempeleau Natl Wildlife Refuge
Trempealeau County

early afternoon

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Oct 4

Daniel Jackson

Location: French Island
La Crosse County

Also had 1 unidentified Skipper (Fiery/Peck's most likely) and an unidentified Comma.

Oct 8

Ginny Nelson

Location: Middleton residential yard.
Dane County

This was a very fresh butterfly.

Oct 8

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

Sun and warm temps again!

Oct 8

Charlene Gurney

Location: Sun Prairie
Dane County

Seen in flower beds at my residence.

Oct 8

Rory Williams

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

While out doing some hiking and a bumble bee survey

Oct 8

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Prairie area near Fox Prairie Elementary School in Stoughton
Dane County

Hot sunny day after several windy cool days with rain.

Oct 9

Fred Dike

Location: lower yahara bike trail bridge
Dane County

mid morning

Oct 9

Ann Thering

Location: My garden
Dane County

Oct 9

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

I walked the prairie loop around the Forest Beach property - beautiful, breezy day in the 70's with dramatic clouds. Not many dragonflies left.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Monarch

Monarch

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Oct 9

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail, Two Rivers/Manitowoc
Manitowoc County

66 degrees and sunny!! Fresh female Fiery Skipper. Also only the eighth report this year for Painted Lady in Wisconsin and probably only the seventh individual reported since there were two reports that included one on two consecutive days, and only with one report with two individuals.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Oct 9

Rory Williams

Location: Our Backyard in Neenah
Winnebago County

The Monarch had a broken/severely damaged wing but was still making good time going south

Oct 10

Fred Dike

Location: dyreson Rd roadside
Dane County

late AM

Oct 10

Fred Dike

Location: Kroncke Rd
Columbia County

mid afternoon

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Oct 10

Daniel Jackson

Location: Onalaska around L B White
La Crosse County

Oct 14

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

At noon it was 52 degrees and partly sunny. I wasn't expecting to see any butterflies. The Red Admiral was very fresh looking

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 16

Mike Reese

Location: Horicon NWR
Dodge County

I hiked some on the trails hoping to see some butterflies but saw none. I drove the auto loop from Hwy 49 and saw a Monarch fly across in front of me. I counted 9 Isabella Tiger Moth caterpillars (woolly bears) crossing the road.

Oct 16

Alex Harman

Location: Eldred Prairie
Grant County

In addition, 1 unidentified Polygonia spp.

Oct 16

Rory Williams

Location: Backyard in Neenah
Winnebago County

Helped me pick apples

Oct 16

Pam Campbell

Location: Lake Menomin Park
Dunn County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Oct 16

Mike Reese

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Not as many as I thought there would be. 59 degrees from 3:00-4:30.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 16

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

Oct 17

Peter Sveiks

Location: West side of Appleton
Outagamie County

Cool and sunny afternoon

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Oct 17

Fred Dike

Location: browntown Cadiz Springs Rec area
Green County

sunny breezy- high forties early afternoon

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

★ = New county photo record

Oct 18

Alex Harman

Location: Eagle Valley Nature Preserve
Grant County

Additionally 1 unidentified Polygonia

Oct 18

Douglas Buege

Location: O'Keeffe Middle School
Dane County

Oct 18

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville
Rock County

Few nectar sources available.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 18

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Also spotted one Polygonia spp. Almost all were nectaring on New England asters.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Red Admiral, Monarch

Red Admiral, Monarch

Oct 18

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Oct 18

Rory Williams

Location: Just South of Cty Z and Country Club Road
Winnebago County

While gardening

Oct 21

Daniel Jackson

Location: Rural Chaseburg
Vernon County

Hard frost but the sun came out and it warmed to 50 F. One Autumn Meadowhawk and one Eastern Comma out and about.

Oct 21

Alex Harman

Location: Spring Green SNA
Grant County

Oct 21

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

After yesterday's taste of winter (cold, windy, brief snow showers) today felt much warmer. Besides the flock of Goldfinches, not much was flying around.

Oct 22

Rory Williams

Location: Backyard in Neenah
Winnebago County

Unusual sighting for our yard

Oct 22

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Oct 22

Daniel Jackson

Location: Onalaska
La Crosse County

Sunny and 55 at noon. A couple butterflies were missed by frosts.

Oct 22

Mike Reese

Location: Port Washington Coal Dock
Ozaukee County

60 degrees and sunny, 2:00-2:45

Oct 22

Mike Reese

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

3:00-4:00. I saw 13 Common Green Darners and two Autumn Meadowhawks. I missed seeing a Kate Redmond!

Autumn Meadowhawk

Autumn Meadowhawk

Common Milkweed pods

Common Milkweed pods

Oct 22

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard in Stoughton
Dane County

Nice sunny 60 degree day after cold, wind, and snow two days ago.

Oct 22

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Beautiful October afternoon, mid-50's, light breeze, no mosquitoes.

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 22

Judith Huf

Location: My garden in Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee County

warm (60 degrees) and sunny

Oct 22

Tod Highsmith

Location: Intersection of Fair Oaks and W. Washington Aves.
Dane County

Oct 23

Alex Harman

Location: Ipswich Prairie SNA
Grant County

Oct 23

Fred Dike

Location: Sauk Prairie Recreation Area
Sauk County

sunny, about 50 degrees and breezy

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 24

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My yard in Stoughton
Dane County

Eastern Comma was resting on a fence near my garden. Sunny and 45 degrees.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Oct 29

Alex Harman

Location: Platteville
Grant County

Oct 29

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: In my yard in Stoughton
Dane County

Watched the Mourning Cloak butterfly sun itself in several locations in my yard. Each time it switched locations it would first fly around me near my feet. Sunny 50 degree afternoon.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Oct 31

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail, Two Rivers
Manitowoc County

Warmest day here in two weeks. 55 and sunny.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Oct 31

Fred Dike

Location: Moundsview Grasslands
Iowa County

light breeze, partially sunny, high 50s

Oct 31

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Beautiful afternoon, about 60 degrees, mostly sunny. A few meadowhawks and tree crickets still around, too.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur