Butterfly sightings for October 2020

Oct 1

Edgar Spalding

Location: Lakeview Park
Dane County

This poor fiery skipper was alive but barely.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 1

Judith Huf

Location: Concordia College
Ozaukee County

While watching hawks in the short hour around noon before rain and hail, I saw 2 migrating Monarchs.

Oct 2

Fred Dike

Location: Mud Lake Wildlife area
Columbia County

50s, partly sunny, slight breeze

Oct 4

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: On Homer Road near Fennimore
Grant County

Temperatures were a chilly 50 degrees. All of the butterflies spotted were in sunny locations

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 4

Kimberly King

Location: Madison. Ice Age Trail at PD
Dane County

Walking on the grassy trail at 1pm Slight breeze. 50 degrees.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Oct 4

Pamela Skaar

Location: Shenk-Atwood neighborhood, Madison, WI
Dane County

50 F, 13:20 - 14:08, 1.32 miles. I know this is a bit lame but I haven't seen any butterflies for quite some time in my daily neighborhood walks.

Oct 5

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Property 1/4 south of Chaseburg on County K
Vernon County

This has been a huge year for Meadow Fritillaries on my land. Multiple broods with high counts near 100 on several occasions. Several around last week and at least 1 survived the frosts. [New late date by two days. MR]

Oct 5

Pam Campbell

Location: Red Cedar Trail south of Irvington
Dunn County

Sunny, 50 degrees with a strong south wind.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Oct 5

Dan Abel

Location: Stevens lake cabin,town of alvin.
Forest County

On sunny side of cabin.

Oct 5

Lynda Meyers

Location: 2154 Beardslee Pl., River Falls, WI
Pierce County

I was unloading groceries from my car and this guy came and landed on my leg. It was very content to just hang on for a while!

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

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

Oct 6

Rory Williams

Location: Tomorrow River Bike Trail
Waupaca County

Incidental while biking

Oct 6

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Prairie area at Amundson Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Windy, sunny, 74 degree afternoon.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Oct 6

Fred Dike

Location: UW Arboretum- Curtis Prairie
Dane County

60s, sunny, slight breeze

Oct 6

Mike Reese

Location: West of the Lake Gardens
Manitowoc County

65 degrees, sunny, but still windy

Oct 6

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Property 1/4 south of Chaseburg on Coutny K
Vernon County

Oct 6

Mike Reese

Location: Mariners Trail - Manitow to Two Rivers
Manitowoc County

65 degrees and sunny but still windy

Oct 6

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Sheridan Park
Milwaukee County

I watched a huge yellow butterfly, with no markings on it's wings, fly along the bluff tree line. I watched as far as I could see it, hoping it would land, to get a photo. It flew across the entire park, south to north. It was at least twice a large as the Clouded Sulphurs. It flew right past 2 of them for a great size comparison.

☆ = New county sighting record

Oct 6

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Olbrich Gardens
Dane County

Sunny, 73 deg.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Oct 6

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My yard in Stoughton
Dane County

Sunny, windy, 70 degree day.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Oct 6

K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows SWA-Cranberry Dike Rd
Burnett County

67 degrees but 30 mph wind gusts. Had to use my cellphone to get photos.

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Oct 6

Janet Mueller

Location: Cornell Lake, Town of Warren
Chippewa County

Overcast, 70s, gusting winds. Feeding on late blooming Phlox thanks to the deer eating the buds in June.

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Oct 6

Tod Highsmith

Location: Lake Farm County Park
Dane County

Oct 7

Tod Highsmith

Location: Indian Lake County Park
Dane County

Hiked for 4 miles on a beautiful day in the 70s and only saw two butterflies!

Oct 7

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Cambridge Wildlife and Fishing Area
Jefferson County

72 Deg., sunny

Viceroy

Viceroy

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Oct 7

Joan Braune

Location: Olbrich Gardens
Dane County

Oct 7

Fred Dike

Location: Pleasant Valley Conservancy
Dane County

60s, very breezy, sunny.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 7

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

sunny and 70 degrees

American Lady

American Lady

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 8

Daniel Jackson

Location: Spillway Dike off of Fishermen's Rd by La Crosse Airport
La Crosse County

Also 1 skipper. It disappeared before I could get a picture or ID.

Oct 8

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson property 3/4 mile south of Chaseburg on County Rd K
Vernon County

Another frost last night but Meadow Fritillaries still flying.

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Oct 8

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: McFarland garden
Dane County

Calm day, upper 60s, sunny. I saw a Monarch fly up into my shagbark hickory tree, and then later saw one on the Mexican sunflowers. It could be the same one, but I don't know. I've seen very few Monarchs, or any butterflies, for a couple of weeks.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 8

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Yahara River Trail by Amundson Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Sunny 62 degree afternoon. There were more bees and wasps on the asters today than butterflies. Also saw Sandhill Cranes and Mallards by the Yahara River and a small group of Cedar Waxwings eating berries in a tree along the trail.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Oct 9

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve
Dane County

Windy, sunny and high 70's. All of the butterflies were in an area that was partially protected from the wind. The deep purple New England Asters were definitely the flower of choice. The Monarchs were especially focused on fueling up.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 9

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory {reserve
Ozaukee County

Beautiful October day!

Oct 9

Darleen Horman

Location: Yard in Allenton
Washington County

Very warm and windy today!

Viceroy

Viceroy

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Oct 9

Pamela Skaar

Location: Governor Nelson SP
Dane County

79 F, SSW wind 13 mph with gusts to 30 mph. There was one butterfly flying low over a mowed path.

Oct 9

Fred Dike

Location: Jones Lake area
Grant County

mostly sunny, high 70s, windy

Oct 9

Fred Dike

Location: Avoca Prairie
Iowa County

sunny, 70s, breezy

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Oct 9

Fred Dike

Location: Schurch Thomson Prairie
Iowa County

60s, mostly sunny, breezy

Oct 9

Jim Kabrhel

Location: Wetland Area adjacent to Lutheran High and UW-Green Bay Sheboygan Campus
Sheboygan County

Warm day. Lots of New England and Heath asters around which the Cabbage Whites and Sulphurs love.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 9

Jay Watson

Location: Backyard Rosecrans
Manitowoc County

Mostly sunny, 75F, windy (south 15-20mph)

Red-leggeed Grasshopper

Red-leggeed Grasshopper

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Oct 10

Tim Fenske

Location: City of Middleton yard
Dane County

Surprised to see this on my suburban lawn. [Another new late date record for this species! MR]

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Oct 10

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Amundson Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Sunny 73 degree afternoon.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Oct 10

Max G Lagally

Location: Madison; field opposite CUNA Mutual on Mineral Point Road, by Oakwood
Dane County

Saturday afternoon October 10 at 2:30pm. Warm and sunny. I have never seen this species before, I think it is a Checkered White, but would like confirmation from experts. Nectaring on frost aster.

Checkered White

Checkered White

Checkered White

Checkered White

Oct 10

Richard Parins

Location: Chappell School Playground
Brown County

We were surprised to see a beautiful Monarch this gorgeous Fall day. At the school playground with our 2.5 yr old granddaughter who also loves the butterflies and most little creatures. She and I went over to take a picture of this beauty. I suspect it's the last annual generation for this far North.

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 10

Douglas Buege

Location: Tenney park
Dane County

Oct 11

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Janesville Rotary Gardens
Rock County

Overcast, but then it cleared for our walk, 67 deg.

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 11

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Property south of Chaseburg on County K
Vernon County

Three Meadow Fritillaries still flying. Nectar sources pretty scarce. [Another new late date for this species! MR]

Oct 11

Daniel Jackson

Location: Genoa Power Plant Landing
Vernon County

Oct 12

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Property 1/2 mile south of Chaseburg on County K
Vernon County

Still at least 5 Meadow Fritillaries flying. [Another new late date! MR]

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Oct 12

Rory Williams

Location: Just south of Z on Country Club Rd
Winnebago County

Oct 13

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Property on County K south of Chaseburg
Vernon County

Still pretty cool at noon and only 2 butterflies seen. Came back too late and shadows had reached the field.

Oct 13

Jay Watson

Location: Backyard Rosecrans
Manitowoc County

Mostly sunny, very windy, 60F

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 13

Vicki Sokolowski

Location: Ladysmith, WI
Rusk County

Very tickled to see this Milbert’s Tortoiseshell on my flowers during very high winds! Not sure how they manage to stay on the flowers during those conditions.

Oct 14

Ann Thering

Location: My butterfly garden
Dane County

Oct 14

Vicki Sokolowski

Location: Ladysmith, WI
Rusk County

Nice warm day and I was delighted to find a butterfly yet on my flowers. I thought butterfly season was done for the year already.

Checkered White

Checkered White

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

Oct 15

April Stanke

Location: My Yard In Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Oct 16

Fred Dike

Location: Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
Juneau County

windy, mostly sunny, 60s. roadside

Oct 16

Ann Thering

Location: My butterfly garden
Dane County

Oct 16

Ruth Smith

Location: Yellowstone Lake State Park
Green County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Oct 17

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Mush Ke Se Day Park, Fort Atkinson
Jefferson County

Overcast, 58 deg. very windy

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur