Butterfly sightings for April 2018

Apr 12

Rory Williams

Location: Czech and County N
Waushara County

Found three Eastern Comma in sunny splashes within red/white pine plantation which was selectively cut last year

Apr 12

John Davis

Location: On the bluff behind my house in Prairie du Chien
Crawford County

Mid to high 50's with sunshine, the woods were filled with Eastern Commas. Was very difficult to approach them, so I waited for them to come to me.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 12

Lynne Roberts

Location: Devil's Lake South Shore
Sauk County

I was not expecting this! Glad I had my camera.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 20

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

55 degrees, sunny. 3 snowstorms since my first sighting.

Apr 20

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA - County Rd O
Burnett County

Finally the first butterflies of the year.

Apr 20

Anne Snow

Location: 3501 Park Lane Drive in front of Hillview Nursing Home
La Crosse County

It had landed on a car, stopped for a moment and it was off again!

Apr 21

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

This is the first time I've managed to get a picture of my FOY butterfly.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 21

Pam Campbell

Location: Hoffman Hills
Dunn County

Yay! Butterfly season is finally here! Also a couple of commas, probably Eastern. Temps in the 50's but there is still snow on some of the trails.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 21

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Property, rural Chaseburg
Vernon County

still quite a bit of snow on most slopes. South-facing hills open. 1 Eastern Comma seen on one of these open slopes.

Apr 22

Tammy Verbrick

Location: Potowatomi State Park
Door County

Snow everywhere but sunny and low 60’s.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 22

Kathy Kascewicz

Location: Just south of Fifield
Price County

First butterflies, noon, sunny and about 60, on our driveway. Rich colors! Snow is still piled around.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 22

Sue Feyrer

Location: Smout farmstead
Green County

A walk in the woods and finally a butterfly.

Apr 22

Mike Reese

Location: Ball Rd. south of Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

My favorite road for finding my first Mourning Cloaks of the year did not disappoint! Not a lot of variety but double figures is good.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 22

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Property, rural Chaseburg
Vernon County

60s!! Most snow now gone.

Apr 23

Deb Pritchard

Location: Our home in the Township of Calamus South of Beaver Dam
Dodge County

Had 2 Red Admirals very interested in our Box Elder Tree at around 11 am this morning.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 23

Douglas Buege

Location: Olbrich Gardens
Dane County

Finally

Apr 23

Sylvia Edlebeck, Joan Vennie

Location: Blue Mound State Park
Dane County

How nice to be surrounded by butterflies again! Lots of commas and Mourning Cloaks as hoped for, but several surprises too. All of the commas spotted appeared to be gray commas. We saw one Compton Tortoiseshell, not a butterfly I've ever seen this far south in Wisconsin (good views so a positive ID, but no good photos). AND while going through my photos I spotted a Red Admiral in the same picture as a mourning cloak. Wasn't expecting that, so was surprised.

Mourning Cloak, Red Admiral

Mourning Cloak, Red Admiral

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Apr 23

Aaron Carlson

Location: Faville Woods
Jefferson County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 23

Ginny Nelson

Location: Yard in Middleton
Dane County

I am never this excited about seeing a cabbage white, but it has been a LONG winter!

Apr 23

Daniel Jackson

Location: Onalaska Bike Trail below Sunset Vista Rd
La Crosse County

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Apr 24

Mike Reese

Location: Brockway Rd.
Jackson County

Apr 24

Joan Braune

Location: Madison yard
Dane County

Apr 24

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden (dormant)
Dane County

No photo (but not a difficult i.d.). The latest date we've recorded for a FOY butterfly in our yard.

Apr 24

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: McFarland backyard
Dane County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 24

Alex Harman

Location: UW-Platteville
Grant County

Apr 24

Jason Nickels

Location: Mequon, Mequon Nature Preserve Elton's Woods
Ozaukee County

Apr 25

Mike Reese

Location: Cranberry Rd. outside of Mather
Juneau County

sunny and 45 degrees

Apr 25

Mike Reese

Location: 3rd Ave. just south of Sprague-Mather Rd
Juneau County

sunny and 47 degrees

Apr 27

Sue Feyrer

Location: Ryan Rd county property
Waukesha County

Sixty and sunny.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 28

Mike Reese

Location: Avoca Wildlife Area
Iowa County

It was 44 degrees when I saw the Mourning Cloak and 45 degrees when I saw a Common Green Darner.

Apr 28

Mike Reese. Karl Legler, Dorothy Legler

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

55 degrees and sunny.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Apr 28

Christine Stanke

Location: Cty Hwy T Rosholt
Portage County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 28

Ann Thering

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

51 degrees and cool north wind gusting to 20.

Apr 29

Sue Feyrer

Location: UW Waukesha Field Station
Waukesha County

Sixty and sunny again.

Apr 30

Daniel Jackson

Location: Bike Trail below Sunset Vista Rd in Onalaska
La Crosse County

Apr 30

Christine Stanke

Location: Our yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Apr 30

Christine Stanke

Location: Cty Hwy T Rosholt
Portage County

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 30

Christine Stanke

Location: Division Rd. in Germantown
Washington County