Butterfly sightings for September 2018

Sep 1

Fred Dike

Location: Schurch Thomson
Iowa County

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Question Mark

Question Mark

Monarch

Monarch

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 1

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail, Two Rivers
Manitowoc County

Very foggy but some sun peaking through occasionally. Windy off the lake with the temps in the upper 60s.

Sep 1

C L Gleason

Location: Brown Count, Along the East River
Brown County

Mid 70's a bit breezy and humid, partly sunny. The spider was preying on a ladybug.

Black-and-Yellow Argiope

Black-and-Yellow Argiope

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Black Swallowtail, Monarch

Black Swallowtail, Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 1

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Lincoln Park
Milwaukee County

Rain, drizzle, and then the sun peeked out

Sep 1

Douglas Buege

Location: Along Rush Creek Road
Crawford County

Sep 2

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

Most of the butterflies were in the alfalfa field.

Monarch

Monarch

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

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

Sep 2

Kate Redmond

Location: Riveredge Nature Center
Ozaukee County

I walked the prairie trails east and south of the Interpretive Center for a few hours between rain showers. Found two Giant Swallowtail caterpillars on prickly ash. As the rain started, I saw two Great spangled Fritillaries tuck in under a clump of sugar maple leaves.

Giant Swallowtail caterpillar

Giant Swallowtail caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 2

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Merrimac Preserve
Sauk County

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 2

Thomas J Hickey

Location: Monarch Way Station in my back yard
Milwaukee County

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 2

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Botanical Gardens
Milwaukee County

Sep 2

C L Gleason

Location: Pulaski Area
Brown County

Garden Flowers and nearby wooded land. Very breezy, mid 80s, humid.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 2

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail
Manitowoc County

Seen while walking along the trail (2.5 miles). When I started the fog was still heavy and visibility was less than half a mile. Temps were in the upper 60s with wind off the lake. Does not include the northern two miles of the trail.

Sep 2

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Lake Kegonsa State Park
Dane County

Variable weather today. Showers interspersed with sunshine. Not the best day for butterflies, but I did see a few in between the raindrops. Also, a corn earworm moth.

Monarch

Monarch

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Monarch

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Corn Earworm (moth)

Corn Earworm (moth)

Sep 2

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg
Dane County

7 Monarchs tagged and released today. 56 chrysalises pending. This has been our most productive year ever for Monarchs.

Sep 2

Ed Buchs

Location: Bloomfield Township
Walworth County

Seen on Wild Quinine Flower

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

★ = New county photo record

Sep 2

Mike Reese

Location: West of the Lake Gardens, Manitowoc
Manitowoc County

The fog had lifted when I got here but there were just as many Monarchs nectaring in the shade as there were in the sun.

Sep 2

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Horicon Marsh
Dodge County

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Viceroy

Viceroy

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 3

Sarah Kerr

Location: Horicon marsh trails
Dodge County

Rainy off and on but warm

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Sep 3

Matt Payette

Location: Francis Creek
Manitowoc County

100’s of Monarchs in my backyard. Not sure why but it’s a neat thing.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 4

Guido LaMoto

Location: rural Lyndon Station
Sauk County

Sep 4

Rory Williams

Location: Public Hunting Ground on Cty E (East Parking Area)
Green Lake County

Less standing water at this site. Hot, humid and very sunny but not many butterflies. Found a bear cub in a tree and found a coyote that was barking at me - both firsts in WI

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

American Copper

American Copper

Sep 4

Kathi Dwelle

Location: Original Pancake House parking lot garden, Madison
Dane County

Last year the owners of the Original Pancake House created a small, but very effective butterfly garden in their parking lot. It's adorable and attracts a number of different species. Today was monarch day!

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 4

Sylvia Edlebeck

Location: outside Meriter Monona clinic
Dane County

After a doctor's appointment, I stopped by the large field next to the clinc which had goldenrod and a few other types of plants. There were LOTS of monarchs, most nectaring, but quite a few just flying around (one within several inches of my face). Some were flying around the parking lot and some ventured across the street to Menards. Also saw an interesting moth.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 4

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail, Two Rivers/Manitowc
Manitowoc County

walked most of the trail and stopped at all the main garden areas; 75 degrees with fog and some spotty sunlight shining through. They closed the West of the Lake Gardens for the year for construction. The numbers of Monarchs has been higher there than along the Mariner Trail in the last month

Sep 4

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residence
Dane County

10 Monarchs eclosed today. Tagged and released (from the south-facing front door rather than the north-facing porch, to give them a head-start on their trip to Mexico).

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 4

Kathi Dwelle

Location: Post Farm Community Gardens, Shorewood Hills
Dane County

The recent flooding wiped out the veggie crops, but the zinnias are going strong and feeding the butterflies.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 4

Susan Robertson

Location: Hobart wooded trail off Centennial Blvd
Outagamie County

off in the bushes at the side of the trail after the rain.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Sep 4

Sarah Kerr

Location: Port Washington
Ozaukee County

Hot muggy and sunny

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Sep 4

Rory Williams

Location: Czech and County N
Waushara County

Our property has several inches of water over much of the acreage - something I have never seen. Not good for butterflies.

Sep 4

Rory Williams

Location: Public Hunting Ground on Cty E (West Parking Area)
Green Lake County

Very wet with water standing in the sand.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 4

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

What a day on the prairie! Warm and breezy, more butterflies than I expected (including a friendly Eastern Tailed-Blue), and abundant Common Green Darner and Black Saddlebags dragonflies. One monarch pair.

Autumn Meadowhawk

Autumn Meadowhawk

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 4

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: McFarland suburban garden
Dane County

The day was one of few sunny, clear, and windless ones in a string of rainy days. I released three monarchs, but noticed another one. The skippers enjoyed nestling in the zinnias while sipping the nectar.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 4

Ed Buchs

Location: Bloomfield Township
Walworth County

Monarch and Painted Lady seen on Blazing Star.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 5

Ed Buchs

Location: Bloomfield Township
Walworth County

Monarch still around, spotted a monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 5

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg
Dane County

12 more Monarchs eclosed on this persistently rainy day. Normally by midafternoon they would be fluttering, but this group hunkered down to wait. We'll tag and release them tomorrow.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 6

Fred Dike

Location: Goose Lake Area
Dane County

Breezy late morning

Viceroy

Viceroy

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail, Viceroy

Black Swallowtail, Viceroy

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Sep 6

Alex Harman

Location: Yellowstone Lake State Park
Lafayette County

25th Funereal Duskywing sighting in Wisconsin and 7th this year!

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

Sep 6

Chuck Petters

Location: Marsh Road
Waupaca County

Sep 6

Pam Campbell

Location: Dunnville Barrens & Larrabee Road
Dunn County

High of 72, sunny and perfect.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Monarch

Monarch

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Viceroy

Viceroy

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

American Copper

American Copper

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Tawny Emperor

Tawny Emperor

Tawny Emperor

Tawny Emperor

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Sep 6

Rory Williams

Location: At our house in Neenah and water retention pond a block away
Winnebago County

The water retention pond was seeded with wild flowers but this is the first that I have seen species that are more than transients

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Sep 6

Mark E. Johnson

Location: Lakeview Park, Middleton
Dane County

Butterflies were only seen in very small area with blooming flowers. Images of Fiery Skipper.

Sep 6

Jay Watson

Location: Puchyan Prairie SNA
Green Lake County

Sunny 72F 5-10mph

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Sep 7

Pam Campbell

Location: Dobbs Landing
Dunn County

Sunny and pleasant day.

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

American Copper

American Copper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mustard White

Mustard White

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Sep 7

Susan Robertson

Location: wooded trail
Outagamie County

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 8

Douglas Buege

Location: Along Star Lake Road, 1/2 mile west of HWY 32
Oconto County

The Great Spangled Frits were about as worn as possible.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 8

Mary Pueschner

Location: Fitchburg, backyard pollinator gardens
Dane County

24th record for Wisconsin and the 6th this year.

Funereal Duskywing

Funereal Duskywing

Funereal Duskywing

Funereal Duskywing

Sep 8

Rory Williams

Location: Red Banks State Nature Area
Brown County

Part of a hike put on by the Land trust and led by a DNR employee

Sep 9

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

Sep 9

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Riveredge Nature Ctr
Ozaukee County

All fritillaries quite tattered and faded; most on thistles. All viceroys crisp and bright. NO monarchs!
Female Common Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)

Eastern Pondhawk

Eastern Pondhawk

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 9

Alex Harman

Location: Lake Joy Campground
Lafayette County

Sep 9

Lois Ballard

Location: My cottage between Wautoma and Neshkoro
Waushara County

The Autumn Joy sedum in our yard is attractive to lots of bees and a few butterflies. The 26th Wisconsin sighting for the Funereal Duskywing and 8th this year. Only the 6th sighting of a Gray Hairstreak this year.

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Funereal Duskywing

Funereal Duskywing

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

Sep 9

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Paradise Valley Wildlife Area
Waukesha County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Viceroy

Viceroy

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sep 9

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Lake Kegonsa State Park
Dane County

Late morning, so not the best time for a butterfly survey, but I did see a few. One monarch was a release, the other was flying directionally toward the southwest for the migration.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Viceroy

Viceroy

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 9

Bill and Ginny Nelson

Location: Walking Iron County Park in Mazomanie
Dane County

American Copper

American Copper

Sep 9

Larry Kapp

Location: one mile south of La Farge
Vernon County

seen in prairie type area

Promachus vertebratus

Promachus vertebratus

Promachus vertebratus

Promachus vertebratus

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Sep 10

Thomas J Hickey

Location: Urban Ecology Center, Riverside
Milwaukee County

First Monarch that I have see in the wild tagged!

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 10

Ginny Nelson

Location: Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie State Natural Area
Dane County

Sep 10

Fred Dike

Location: Ice Age Trail Devils Lake State Park
Sauk County

Sunny and calm middday

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sep 10

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residence
Dane County

Ovipositing on Queen Anne's Lace at a neighborhood park. Last week we harvested four BST caterpillars from a patch of rue around our mailbox; this morning we found two more. One of the caterpillars has already formed a chrysalis in a terrarium on the screen porch.

Monarchs still eclosing and departing; we've used up all 50 of our tags.

Sep 10

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Along trails on our property near Winter, WI
Sawyer County

While walking our trails looking for butterflies, I happened to find a patch of Bottle (Closed) Gentian wildflowers. The one pictured below was the tallest with four layers of flowers.

Bottle Gentian

Bottle Gentian

Sep 10

Dean Hansen

Location: Five acre old field hillside, St. Joseph Twp
St. Croix County

Missing parts of one hind wing, but still eagerly nectaring on showy goldenrod.

Sep 11

Mike Reese

Location: Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve
Manitowoc County

This little hike was meant to see my first Fringed Gentians of the year, but I was surprised at how few butterflies I saw.

Fringed Gentian

Fringed Gentian

Bottle Gentian

Bottle Gentian

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Spiranthes sp.

Spiranthes sp.

Sep 11

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

It was a beautiful day to walk around the property except that every time I stopped to take a picture, I gave blood. Just a few Monarchs, and a lot of the Black Saddlebags and Common Green Darners have moved on, too.

Lance-tipped Darner

Lance-tipped Darner

mosquito sp.

mosquito sp.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Sep 11

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

The Monarchs were all intensely nectaring on stiff goldenrod

Sep 11

Pam Skaar, Bill and Ginny Nelson

Location: Yahara Heights County Park
Dane County

One of the Pearl Crescents was very worn with at least a third of its wings missing but it was still flying without difficulty.

Sep 11

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Lake Farm Park--Lower Yahara River Trail
Dane County

Monarchs were nectaring on sunflowers, goldenrod and asters. A few were flying directionally to the southwest.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Monarch

Monarch

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 12

Rory Williams

Location: Public Hunting Ground on Cty E (East Parking Area)
Green Lake County

tough to see the butterflies for all the mosquitoes

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 12

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard garden
Dane County

While out watering my Mexican sunflowers, I watched not only Monarchs sipping nectar, but also two hummingbirds. The hummingbirds however were too fast for me to get photos of, as they quickly went from flower to flower then flew off.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 12

Rory Williams

Location: Czech and County N
Waushara County

Viceroy

Viceroy

Sep 12

Rory Williams

Location: Public Hunting Ground on Cty E (West Parking Area)
Green Lake County

I have never seen a Delaware Skipper this late in the season. (Late record by four days! MR)

Delaware Skipper

Delaware Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

American Copper

American Copper

Sep 12

Kate Redmond

Location: Riveredge Nature Center
Ozaukee County

I walked several of the prairie trails at Riveredge. There was an 8'x5' patch of asters in bloom, in the sun, with at least 25 sulphurs and Cabbage Whites on it.

Black Saddlebags

Black Saddlebags

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 12

Halley Minser

Location: Slinger, home garden
Washington County

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 13

Mike Reese

Location: Toft Point SNA
Door County

Surprised by the Common Wood-Nymph. Not all that worn for this late in the year. The late date for this species in September 14.

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Lesser Fringed Gentian

Lesser Fringed Gentian

Sep 13

Stan Rehm

Location: UW Arboretum Grady Tract
Dane County

Hike terminated early because the mosquito-to-butterfly ratio was about 5,000:1 and it just wasn't worth it.

Sep 13

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Moely Prairie
Sauk County

The day before I noted these sightings, I found many sulphurs and Cabbage Whites nectaring on white aster in the prairie. There were too many to count and I didn't get close enough to determine the specific species. The photo I'm submitting today was taken the next day and was the only specimen on the flowers although I saw a few others flitting about from afar.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Sep 13

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residence
Dane County

Five Monarchs eclosed this morning; just a few more left in chrysalises. We're finally nearing the end of an incredibly productive year.

The Black Swallowtail cats are starting to form Js (above the head of the big one in the pic is the remnant of a prior year's chrysalis because we reuse their favorite sticks).

Monarch

Monarch

Black Swallowtail caterpillars

Black Swallowtail caterpillars

Sep 13

K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

I was just passing through and saw a couple of butterflies trying to fly in the heavy winds by the control structure at Kylingstad Flowage so I stopped and managed to get a couple of photos. What's interesting is that I had only seen 1 Least Skipper this year prior to today.

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Sep 13

Fred Dike

Location: Sauk Prairie Recreation Area
Sauk County

Viceroy

Viceroy

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 14

Halley Minser

Location: Slinger, home garden
Washington County

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 14

Dreux Watermolen

Location: Albany State Wildlife Area
Green County

☆ = New county sighting record

Sep 14

Todd Sima

Location: Woodman area
Grant County

The butterfly sightings were all incidental while I was doing bird bath videos. I was finally able to get the bird species that has been taunting me with their songs all spring and summer, the Yellow Billed Cuckoo. It took an interesting bath by smashing its large body into the water and then standing back up. The day before I was lucky to watch a Woodcock take a nice long bath that lasted ten minutes. They also take an interesting bath by washing one side of their head at a time. I guess when you have that long of a beak you need to be creative.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

American Woodcock

American Woodcock

American Woodcock

American Woodcock

American Woodcock

American Woodcock

American Woodcock

American Woodcock

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Sep 14

Richard André Rivard

Location: Warren Township
St. Croix County

A residence garden at 107th Avenue near Willow River State Wildlife Area.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 14

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail, Manitowoc/Two Rivers
Manitowoc County

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 14

Sara James

Location: Delta Wi
Bayfield County

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Sep 14

Fred Dike

Location: Otter Creek Rd area
Lafayette County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Sep 15

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: On flowers in my yard
Dane County

Sep 15

Dreux Watermolen

Location: Vernon Marsh Wildlife Area
Waukesha County

casual observations over two hour period

Sep 15

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Wind Point/Shoop Park
Racine County

Mid 80's, sunny, very calm

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 15

Susan Robertson

Location: wooded trail Hobart
Outagamie County

breezy and only had cell phone.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 16

Doug Kieser

Location: Neillsville
Clark County

Sep 16

Anna Hipke-Krueger

Location: Herbster
Bayfield County

Sunny, slight breeze, 67° F. Highs in the 80s all last week and throughout the county. This was an incidental sighting while I was gardening, so I only managed one poor photo with my phone. But the Cloudless Sulphur was unmistakable: huge, greenish-yellow, with very few small markings (a male?). It hung around the phlox for a while, then took off. Lucky me!

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Sep 16

Kim Lawler

Location: West edge of Spring Valley, across Van Buren Rd.
Pierce County

No wind, 80’s. Sunny . On flowers in front yard, near porch.
Preferred the phlox.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sep 16

Rory Williams

Location: Our house in Neenah
Winnebago County

First time in over forty years of working with butterflies that I have seen a Monarch with a tag! Then to see it when I was doing a bumble bee survey with a camera at the ready- what are the chances??!!

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 16

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard flower garden
Dane County

Monarch

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sep 16

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

Most of the butterflies were nectaring on New England asters

Sep 16

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Zeloski Marsh off London Rd. parking lot
Jefferson County

82 deg. , sunny, calm

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Viceroy

Viceroy

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Sep 16

Mike Reese

Location: Toft Point
Door County

Lance-tipped Darner

Lance-tipped Darner

Lesser Fringed Gentian, American Grass-of-Parnassus

Lesser Fringed Gentian, American Grass-of-Parnassus

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle

Sep 17

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison
Dane County

Just a quick visit to Olbrich Gardens this morning, as it was such a hot and humid day. My husband and I had counted around 15 Monarchs on various flowers throughout the gardens, when we came upon a tree covered with white flowers. We stood in amazement watching dozens of Monarchs flying from flower to flower on the tree, sipping nectar. After counting about 30 Monarchs we had to give up, as there were just too many to count. Definitely the most monarchs we have ever seen in one place. How fun!

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 17

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Gordon Lodge
Door County

All nectaring on planted landscape Clethra sp. bushes.

2 Gray Tree Frogs (Hyla sp.) greeted us every morning outside the entrance to our lodging bldg, having feasted on insects drawn to the night lighting.

Gray Treefrog

Gray Treefrog

Gray Treefrog

Gray Treefrog

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 17

Jay Watson

Location: Point Beach SF
Manitowoc County

Sunny, 75F, light breeze
Mosquitoes terrible!

Tiger beetles
Festive 2
Oblique lined 4
Big sand 3
Bronzed 3

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Bronzed Tiger Beetle

Bronzed Tiger Beetle

Bronzed Tiger Beetle

Bronzed Tiger Beetle

Festive Tiger Beetle

Festive Tiger Beetle

Big Sand Tiger Beetle

Big Sand Tiger Beetle

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle

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

Sep 17

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Very humid and way too many mosquitoes.

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 17

Kate Redmond

Location: Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve east of Grafton
Ozaukee County

I walked the bluff trail to the stairs and back on the inner loop. This place can be magic for Monarchs on the right day.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 17

Rory Williams

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

Very low numbers of monarchs the last two days

Sep 17

C L Gleason

Location: Pulaski Area, Garden Flowers and surrounding woodlands.
Brown County

Mid morning, humid, 80's, clear with slight to moderate breeze.
Captured these Cabbage Whites mating! Over 200 Monarchs were sighted! The most I have seen in one trip! One Monarch had visibly damaged wings... but was able to easily fly.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Sep 17

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail, Two Rivers/Manitowoc
Manitowoc County

Viceroy

Viceroy

American Lady

American Lady

Sep 17

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard flower gardens
Dane County

Watched five monarchs sipping nectar from my Mexican sunflowers at the same time. I usually only see one or two.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 17

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands SNA along beach
Door County

All Monarchs nectaring on Goldenrods; at least 8 unidentified small Crescent-like butterflies.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 19

Judith Huf

Location: County Grounds, Wauwatosa
Milwaukee County

Overcast. Most of the butterflies were on the north end area which is designated as the Monarch Sanctuary.

Sep 20

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Throughout my yard
Dane County

Finally seeing butterflies again after over two days of rain and clouds.

Sep 21

Ed Buchs

Location: Bloomfield Township
Walworth County

Seen in my native gardens on New England Aster and also on my non-native Zinnia flowers. Pictures taken on Zinnia plant.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Sep 22

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Hwy, C between Packwaukee and Montello
Dane County

We always see many migrating monarchs near our Marquette County property at this time of year--on calm days, flying at a leisurely pace WSW, along the highway and the shore of Buffalo Lake.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 22

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Botanical Gardens
Rock County

Great Spreadwing

Great Spreadwing

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Sep 22

Mike Reese

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

4:00-4:40

Great Spreadwing

Great Spreadwing

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 22

Joan Vennie

Location: McKee Farm Park
Dane County

Sep 22

Pam Skaar, Bill and Ginny Nelson

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

2nd Wisconsin record for the Ocola Skipper! Both from Olbrich Gardens

Ocola Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Sep 22

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Pleasure Valley Trail, Blue Mounds SP; actually at border of Iowa/Dane cos.
Iowa County

Most monarchs nectaring on abundant New England Aster. Quite annoyed Garter Snake (Thamnophis sp.) at my close intrusion.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 22

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

Asters were the preferred nectar source today

Monarch

Monarch

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Sep 22

Steve Thiessen

Location: Rutland-Dunn Road, near Island Lake
Dane County

Walking fallow field

Sep 22

Ed Buchs

Location: Bloomfield Township
Walworth County

Seen on New England Asters.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 23

Mike Reese

Location: Green Bay Botanical Gardens
Brown County

Sep 23

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail, Two Rivers/Manitowoc
Manitowoc County

Sep 23

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

I walked the big loop around the east and west ends of the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in mid-afternoon. Butterflies were loving the asters. One Eastern Tailed-Blue was ovipositing on clover.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Monarch

Monarch

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Striped Saddlebags

Striped Saddlebags

Monarch

Monarch

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 23

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

12 Monarchs came fluttering out of a quaking aspen this morning stating around 7:30am. They were all over all day, mostly nectaring on New England asters.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 23

K. Java

Location: Buckland Road
Burnett County

I was driving and noticed an ET Blue flying on the side of a gravel road so I stopped and got out. I walked along side the road for about 100'. What a surprise to find the one and only Painted Lady I've seen this year.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Sep 23

Joan Vennie

Location: West Madison Ag Research Station
Dane County

Beautiful day in the research garden. The Monarchs were photographic and plentiful. The Fiery Skippers were so busy chasing the bees and other skippers, it was difficult to get a good pik.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 23

Ed Buchs

Location: Bloomfield Township
Walworth County

Seen on asters in my native gardens.

Monarch

Monarch

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 23

Rory Williams

Location: Stevens Point Green Circle Trail
Portage County

I spent most of the day out biking. Should have picked sunnier (Warmer) trails

Sep 24

Joan Vennie

Location: Badger Prairie Park
Dane County

Mid 70's, sunny. 3:15-3:45 I rushed out to the park late afternoon when I heard there would be rain tomorrow. I walked the hill by the shelter in hopes of locating Monarchs. I saw quite a few butterflies before the clouds moved in and the mosquitoes forced me home.

Sep 24

Fred Dike

Location: Helena Rd
Iowa County

early afternoon sunny

Sep 24

Fred Dike

Location: Rattlesnake Ridge
Iowa County

Sunny light breeze late afternoon

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 24

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Madison: Nine Springs E-Way and Lower Yahara River Trail/Lake Farm Park
Dane County

I started at the Nine Springs E-Way, but I didn't see many butterflies so I went down the road to Lake Farm Park. I thought I would see more butterflies, but a lot of the sunflowers, goldenrod, and other plants have gone to seed. Still quite a few asters around, and actually the Monarchs seemed to be going for the clover. I saw a few Clouded Sulphurs, but I didn't get close enough to photograph them.

Chickweed Geometer

Chickweed Geometer

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 24

Fred Dike

Location: Arena boat landing
Iowa County

sunny with a light breeze midday

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Sep 24

Mike Reese

Location: Hancock Agricultural Research Station
Waushara County

Sep 24

Mike Reese

Location: Greenwood Wildlife Area
Waushara County

Downy Gentian

Downy Gentian

Downy Gentian

Downy Gentian

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 25

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: On a walk this morning through my neighborhood in Stoughton.
Dane County

Sep 26

Fred Dike

Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center Trail
Dodge County

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 26

Fred Dike

Location: Northern Rd
Dodge County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Sep 26

Darleen Horman

Location: West Bend, Rolfs ave.
Washington County

Sep 26

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

I walked the big loop around the prairies at Forest Beach. Of the 103 Monarchs I saw in about 2 miles, almost half were in a stretch about 50 yards long with lots of New England asters. I saw at least 400 Common Green Darner dragonflies.

Monarch

Monarch

Common Green Darner

Common Green Darner

Sep 26

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail, Two Rivers/Manitowoc
Manitowoc County

I had my best Monarch day of the year. I was surprised because I thought Migration was nearly over here. I had a very conservative count of 335, most of which were nectaring on New England Asters. I say conservative because I didn't want to disturb them and only counted the ones I could see nectaring or those that passed by me heading south. In the fall, I always start from the south and work my way north. After I finished looking at the major nectar sources I stood in one spot and counted the Monarchs that migrated between me and Lake Michigan. In 10 minutes I counted 26 Monarchs (4:11pm start) that flew by.

Sep 26

Fred Dike

Location: Wild Goose State Trail
Dodge County

South of Hwy 49

Sep 26

Daniel Jackson

Location: L B White grounds
La Crosse County

Sep 27

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison
Dane County

Just a quick stop at Olbrich Gardens to ID the tree I saw there last week that was loaded with white flowers and Monarchs. (It's a Seven Son Flower bush/tree). There were only a few flowers left blooming on the tree, but Monarchs could be seen nectaring on Brazilian Verbena throughout the area. It was a cool, cloudy, and windy afternoon.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 27

Mike Reese

Location: Boerner Botanical Gardens
Milwaukee County

All seven species were seen in the open trial garden, but only three species were seen in the main gardens which had much more shade.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 27

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

Cool and sunny. Monarchs everywhere, in the trees, the grass, on flowers, flying. Also thousands of migrating dragonflies.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 27

Todd Sima

Location: north gotham sands area
Richland County

After my survey I headed to Richland Center and wound up having a Chinese Praying Mantis fly into my windshield. This is the first one that I have ever seen in Wisconsin. I also came across this large green caterpillar with red spots and a horn.

Sep 27

Daniel Jackson

Location: Spillway Dikes on French Island near La Crosse
La Crosse County

Cool and getting cloudy. Found a few species while surveying for dragonflies and damselflies. Highlight was a female Striped Saddlebags Dragonfly.

Striped Saddlebags

Striped Saddlebags

Monarch, chyrysalis

Monarch, chyrysalis

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 28

Pam Campbell

Location: Lake Menomin Park
Dunn County

All before 12:30pm. Barely 50 degrees. This field with Butterflyweed was mowed a few weeks ago, causing it to rebloom now.

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch