Butterfly sightings for October 2019

Oct 1

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard flower garden in Stoughton
Dane County

Butterflies were out between rain storms. Cloudy and 70 degrees. One Monarch had crumpled wings, with a hole in the middle of one wing.

Monarch

Monarch

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Monarch

Monarch

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Oct 1

Jeremy Meyer

Location: My yard
Milwaukee County

Oct 1

Jeremy Meyer

Location: 75th & North Ave
Milwaukee County

Lutheran Homes jobsite

Oct 4

Fred Dike

Location: UW Arboretum
Dane County

cloudy and cool

Oct 4

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

Oct 4

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

The recent rains and colder weather seems to mean the end of butterfly migration. Sunny today but cool.

Oct 4

Rory Williams

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

Cool day, but some action in the sun

Oct 6

Judith Huf

Location: Harrington Beach State Park
Ozaukee County

Sunny and in 60s

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 6

Fred Dike

Location: my Waltham Rd yard
Dane County

partly cloudy, breezy

Oct 6

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Warnimont Park
Milwaukee County

Oct 6

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

It was sunny at times today but windy. The high was 63 degrees F. Also saw a woolly bear.

Oct 6

Fred Dike

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

partly cloudy, mid 60s

Oct 6

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Bike trail on the south of Rock Lake, at the railroad bridge
Jefferson County

53 deg. but sunny

Oct 6

Pamela Skaar, Ginny and Bill Nelson

Location: Olbrich Gardens
Dane County

10:17 - 12:15, 1.0 mile. Birds were really active after all the rainy days. The Monarch was so recently eclosed that it couldn't fly very well. It was windy (WSW 7 - 13 mph with gusts to 25 mph). Saw woolly bear caterpillars with long red sections.

Oct 6

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Cool, and breezy-to-gusty. A few lingering darners and other migrants.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 6

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Disc golf course behind the high school
Jefferson County

60's, sunny, but very breezy. Four small moths that we hoped to be skippers - but no.

Celery Looper

Celery Looper

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Oct 6

Dorothy Legler

Location: My butterfly garden.
Sauk County

3 of the 5 species are two-way migrants. But not the Cabbage White. I don't know about the Fiery.

Oct 6

Rory Williams

Location: Ice Age Trail by County O
Waushara County

Incidental while hiking. Where are the Eastern Commas this fall?

Oct 6

Ann Thering

Location: Lodi Marsh area
Dane County

We counted 118 woolly bear caterpillars while hiking 7.8 miles from Springfield Hill to Lodi Marsh.

Oct 6

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Fields on our property near Winter, WI
Sawyer County

Sunny windy 50 degree morning. Butterflies having a hard time finding flowers for nectaring and managing the wind. Just a few asters and clover left blooming. Late sighting of White Admiral.

Oct 7

Fred Dike

Location: my Waltham Rd yard
Dane County

sunny, upper 50s, slightly breezy

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Oct 7

Pamela Skaar

Location: 2100-2200 Center and Sommers streets, Madison
Dane County

12:40 - 13:10 while walking my dog - so low counts. 64 F, NW wind 8 mph with gusts to 17 mph. All 10 Painted Ladies were on 1 New England Aster plant. Both the Red Admiral and the Monarch were fresh.

Oct 7

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: I39/I90 from Madison to Janesville and back
Rock County

Saw at least 10 migrating monarchs fighting a stiff west wind to fly southwest across the highway.

Oct 7

Jim Otto & Peter Fissel

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

9:00 am to 11:45 am. Our group of four from the Madison area were at the Preserve to watch for hawks and other raptors. While watching for birds from the observation platform at the NE corner of the property, we had a steady trickle of Monarch butterflies flying to the south.

Oct 7

Laura Menefee

Location: Gardner
Door County

Sunning on my porch

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Oct 7

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Sunny and about 65 degrees

Oct 7

Joel Trick

Location: Neshotah Beach
Manitowoc County

Monarchs observed migrating from 10:10 to 11:10 AM tallied 163.

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 7

Joel Trick

Location: Holy Cross Cemetery
Manitowoc County

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 8

Douglas Buege

Location: Community Garden behind Kennedy Elementary, Madison
Dane County

Oct 8

Judith Huf

Location: Library Garden Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee County

Sunny 55 degrees about 10-10:30 am

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 8

Rory Williams

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

Incidental while gardening

Oct 8

Ryan Brady

Location: My house near Washburn
Bayfield County

Oct 8

Nancy Hutchinson

Location: 9227 County Road Z, Pound, WI
Oconto County

Sunny and 68,

Oct 9

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Sheridan Park
Milwaukee County

Oct 9

Fred Dike

Location: Giebel Ct
Sauk County

early afternoon, sunny, breezy, in the 70s

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Oct 9

Fred Dike

Location: Walgreens pkg lot 6601 Mckee Rd Madison
Dane County

mid afternoon, sunny, breezy, mid 70s. in floral planting

Oct 9

Raymie Miller

Location: Lawrence University
Outagamie County

Only one butterfly seen - it's pretty behind!

Oct 9

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen Prairie
Winnebago County

Incidental while collecting wildflower seeds for the DNR

Oct 9

Bob Leary

Location: Lowes in Oshkosh
Winnebago County

13 painted ladies on one sedum plant!

Oct 9

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Watertown
Dodge County

Prairie trail at the end of Memorial Drive in Watertown. Sunny, 63 deg. and breezy. Butterflies and moths (Celery Loopers as we've learned) were nectaring on the purple and Frost asters.

Oct 9

Patrick Ready

Location: Confluence Ponds, Middleton
Dane County

The Confluence Ponds are near COSCO in Middleton, along Deming Way. Lots of Painted Ladies still around. Butterflies were at the west end of the ponds nectaring on clover right near the trail.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 10

Fred Dike

Location: Yellowstone Lake State Park
Lafayette County

overcast, about 70 degrees, calm.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Oct 14

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

I spent a few hours on the hawk tower at Forest Beach and saw monarchs drifting south, along with a few Common Green Darners. And hawks.

Oct 14

Edgar Spalding

Location: Department of Botany Garden on UW-Madison Campus
Dane County

29th Wisconsin record for this species which was first seen in Wisconsin in 2002.

Funereal Duskywing

Funereal Duskywing

Oct 15

Mike Reese

Location: Coal Dock Park, Port Washington
Ozaukee County

55 degrees, mostly sunny but windy off the lake; 12:30-1:30pm

Oct 16

Rory Williams

Location: Just South of Z and Country Club
Winnebago County

53 degrees but just sunny enough to bring out a butterfly

Oct 16

Jim Otto & Mark Martin

Location: Cedar Grove Ornithological Research Station
Sheboygan County

High temp of 51F, with brisk wind from the NW. While visiting with the staff of the research station we saw a few Monarchs flying south.

Oct 16

Judy Cardin

Location: Middleton
Dane County

Sunny day, on asters

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Oct 16

Jessica Meacham

Location: Southern Door County School District Forest
Door County

Walking the school woods to our pond with one of my STEAM classes. We found a Monarch on the path, unable to fly. It was below 50 degrees. Brought it inside (after about a minute it started flying around the cafeteria). Offered her some freshly picked wildflowers from our prairie and fed her hummingbird food too. Going to release her today (it's right at 50 degrees-- hoping it can fly off!).

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 16

Mike Reese

Location: Two Rivers
Manitowoc County

Incidental sighting outside my apartment. It was very windy, 50 degrees,and the Monarch was on the ground. It was very much alive but in the parking lot so I picked it up and held it for awhile and released it along the apartment building in the sun.

Oct 18

Tom Ehrlichmann

Location: Stockholm Township
Pepin County

Mid 50’s. Sunny&breezy

Oct 18

Fred Dike

Location: Eagle Point Rd
Grant County

mid 60s, sunny, breezy

Oct 18

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Oct 18

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

mild, sunny, no wind

Oct 19

Terry Mortier

Location: Birkmose Park, Hudson
St. Croix County

Warm and sunny afternoon.

American Lady

American Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Oct 19

Douglas Buege

Location: Tenney Park
Dane County

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Oct 19

Pam Campbell

Location: Wakanda Park
Dunn County

Oct 19

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Horicon Marsh Nature and Education Center
Dodge County

Calm, 60 deg., mostly cloudy

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Oct 20

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Olbrich Gardens
Dane County

Calm, 51 degrees, cloudy at first but then it completely cleared up.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 20

K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

64 degrees and beautiful. I think this might be the latest I've ever seen a Monarch in my neck of the woods.

Oct 20

Peter Thornquist

Location: Lizard Mound County Park
Washington County

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 20

Mike Reese

Location: Hwy 51 about two miles north of Waupun
Fond du Lac County

The Monarch was flying south just above car level as I drove north.

Oct 20

Pam Skaar, Bill and Ginny Nelson

Location: Olbrich Botanical Garden
Dane County

We were pleasantly surprised at the number of butterflies. We walked 1.6 miles from1104-1231. Temp max was 55 degrees. All of the Monarchs were very fresh.

Oct 20

Judith Huf

Location: Warnimont Park
Milwaukee County

55 degrees and sunny with no wind.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 20

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

A few sulphurs were expected, but not the Red Admiral. I'm behind on my record keeping, but I'm sure that this is a new late date for me for Red Admirals.

Oct 20

Kate Redmond

Location: UWM Cedarburg Bog Field Station
Ozaukee County

Sunny and 60!

Oct 20

Fred Dike

Location: Lower Yahara Bike Trail
Dane County

mostly sunny, 60s, calm

Oct 20

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen Prairie
Winnebago County

Incidental while collecting wildflower seeds for DNR. End of a very enjoyable year of butterflying.

Oct 20

Douglas Buege

Location: Tenney Park
Dane County

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Oct 21

Daniel Jackson

Location: Onalaska Bike Trail
La Crosse County

Sun came out after a few hours of rain

Oct 23

Kate Redmond

Location: Port Washington Harbor
Ozaukee County

Oct 23

Mike Reese

Location: Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve
Manitowoc County

Spotted flying through the parking lot. This is only the fifth Mourning Cloak I have seen in Manitowoc County.

Oct 23

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail, Manitowoc/Two Rivers
Manitowoc County

After seeing the Mourning Cloak earlier I decided to check out the Mariners Trail. 55 degrees, windy, but sunny

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 24

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

I spent 3 hours on the hawk tower and saw 33 migrating raptors plus a Common Green Darner and 2 Monarchs. Mostly sunny, high 40's with 5 to 10 mph wind.

Oct 24

Pam Campbell

Location: Wakanda Park
Dunn County

41 degrees with a chilly breeze.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Oct 25

Douglas Buege

Location: Dog Hollow Road, off Rush Creek Road
Crawford County

Oct 25

Bob Ring

Location: My backyard
Calumet County

Painted Lady was seen in native prairie area in my yard.

Oct 26

Bob Ring

Location: My backyard
Calumet County

Saw a Painted Lady butterfly in my native prairie area.

Oct 27

David Czoschke

Location: Kamrath Creek Forest and Fen SNA
Sheboygan County

Question Mark

Question Mark

Oct 27

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail, Manitowoc/Two Rivers
Manitowoc County

Sunny, high of 53, winds at 10+mph. Based on the forecast, this was probably the last butterflies of the year. If so, this will be the first time since at least 2005 that we haven't had a report of a butterfly in November.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Familiar Bluet

Familiar Bluet

Common Green Darner

Common Green Darner

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 27

Bob Ring

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

Saw some sulpher butterflies, along with a Painted Lady, and another possible Painted Lady, but I couldn't identify this one because it flew past too quickly.

Oct 27

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

A few Monarchs, Red Admirals around the hawk platform today, plus some Common Green Darners.

Oct 27

Fred Dike

Location: Blue Mound St Pk
Dane County

low 60's, sunny, light breeze

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Oct 27

Patrick Ready

Location: Paeck’s Produce market
Sauk County

Stopping for apples & treats I spotted a Monarch flying south over the field.

Oct 28

Andy Nelson

Location: Riley, WI
Dane County

Eastern Common, Polygonia comma - sighted hanging on the eave of our house.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma