Butterfly sightings for September 2020

Sep 1

Fred Dike

Location: Spring Green Preserve East
Sauk County

sunny, low 60s, calm

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sep 1

Fred Dike

Location: Hay Rd
Iowa County

70s, sunny, slight breeze

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 1

Fred Dike

Location: Peck Rd Marsh
Sauk County

cloudy, upper 60s, slight breeze

Viceroy

Viceroy

Sep 2

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard in Stoughton
Dane County

Breezy, sunny, 75 degree, early afternoon,

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Sep 2

Bill and Ginny Nelson

Location: Walking Iron County Park
Dane County

Clouded Sulphurs were everywhere. My count is conservative.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 2

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Sunny and mild. Sign that summer is over soon: blooming Bottle Gentian and White Turtlehead.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Appalachian Brown

Appalachian Brown

Sep 2

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

Very windy today so not great for butterflying but I did quick stops at 3 of my favorite places.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Sep 2

Fred Dike

Location: Cross Plains State Park-Ice Age complex
Dane County

high 60s, sunny, breezy

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sep 2

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Lower Wisconsin Riverway.
Iowa County

Sunny and 84 degrees. 12 species.

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Sep 3

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Our yard, Lake Mills
Jefferson County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 3

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Edna Taylor Conservation Park, Madison
Dane County

Windy, mid-70s, midafternoon. I thought I'd see more, but the wind was complicating flight. I didn't count the Cabbage Whites; also, I saw a blue butterfly but it flew off too fast for ID.

Monarch

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 3

Adam Gundlach

Location: UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve
Dane County

One lone individual along south shore of Picnic Point.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 3

Babette Kis

Location: Barnes Prairie (tallgrass prairie)
Racine County

Partly cloudy, 79F. Windy.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 3

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My yard in Stoughton
Dane County

Very windy, sunny, 75 degree day. Too windy for photos! Butterflies only seen in flight.

Sep 3

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm on Star Lake Road, 1/2:mile w of Hwy 32
Oconto County

Early morning drizzle ended and sun came out. Monarchs were massed in red pines.

Sep 3

Rory Williams

Location: Lasley Point Archeological Site
Winnebago County

Mainly a bird watching trip. Some warblers and vireos were present

Sep 4

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Olbrich Gardens in Madison.
Dane County

77 degrees and sunny. 10 species. Common Buckeye and Painted Ladies should be returning southward.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Sep 4

Joel Trick

Location: Sand Bay road near Lakeshore road
Manitowoc County

Landed on gravel road at 11:00 AM and photographed before it flew away. Worn specimen. Location 44.2476, -87.5225.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Sep 4

Norma Ashmore

Location: Potosi, WI , back yard
Grant County

Feeding in my Zinnias.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 4

Fred Dike

Location: Pleasant Valley Conservancy
Dane County

60s to 70s, breezy, sunny

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 4

Ann Thering

Location: My butterfly garden
Dane County

Sep 4

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Prairie area and trails by Amundson Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Breezy, sunny, 65 degree morning. Also saw finches eating seeds on dried flowers in the prairie, a baby snapping turtle crossing the trail, 3 Sandhill cranes flying right overhead, and several Eastern Kingbirds on the edge of the prairie.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Sep 4

Cheryl Wettstein

Location: Near Kettle Moraine Lake
Fond du Lac County

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 5

Jeannie van Vianen

Location: Period Garden Park
Dane County

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Sep 5

Cheryl Wettstein

Location: Near Kettle Moraine Lake
Fond du Lac County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Sep 5

Rory Williams

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

Incidental while gardening

Sep 5

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My yard in Stoughton
Dane County

Sunny, breezy, 70 degree day.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Sep 5

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Lake Kegonsa State Park, Prairie Trail
Dane County

Clear, calm, 74 deg. We saw five Osprey on three different nests.

Osprey

Osprey

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Monarch

Monarch

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Sep 5

Fred Dike

Location: Love Creek Fishery area
Iowa County

70s, sunny, slight breeze

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Sep 5

Edgar Spalding

Location: My yard on South Avenue, Middleton
Dane County

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Sep 5

Terry Mortier

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

late afternoon, partly cloudy, light wind. Abel and Curry rds.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

'Karner' Melissa Blue

'Karner' Melissa Blue

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Monarch

Monarch

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Sep 5

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Shea Prairie - TPE Thank You!
Iowa County

At least 5 mating pairs of Promachus vertebratus (Robber Fly).

Promachus vertebratus

Promachus vertebratus

Promachus vertebratus

Promachus vertebratus

Sep 5

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
Juneau County

76 degrees and partly sunny. 10 species.

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Viceroy

Viceroy

Sep 5

Fred Dike

Location: Ridgeway Pine Relict
Iowa County

60s, sunny, calm

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sep 6

Penny L VanTassel

Location: Kellner, Wisconsin
Portage County

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 6

Pamela Skaar

Location: Yahara Heights Resource Area-East Entrance
Dane County

Clouded Sulfurs very common in old alfalfa field near the parking lot. 11:40 - 12:23, windy. Cicadas very loud. Not much diversity in the prairie plants.

Sep 6

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen Prairie SNA
Winnebago County

Incidental while removing invasive plants

Sep 7

Rory Williams

Location: Navarino Nature Center
Shawano County

Found a lot of Tiger Beetles on the prairie walk. There may have been 25 - 30 jumping at one time, in total hundreds.

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle

Sep 7

Fred Dike

Location: Goose Pond-Hopkins Rd Prairie
Columbia County

ptly sunny, breezy

Sep 7

Fred Dike

Location: Goose Pond- Lapinski-Kitze Prairie
Columbia County

ptly sunny

Sep 7

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Prairie area and trail at Amundson Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Mostly cloudy, breezy, 65 degree morning.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 7

Fred Dike

Location: Rocky Run Fishery Area
Columbia County

ptly sunny, breezy

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 7

Kyle Schumacher

Location: Dorothy Carnes County Park-East
Jefferson County

Viceroy

Viceroy

Viceroy

Viceroy

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 7

Jim Kabrhel

Location: Lower Henry Schuette Park
Manitowoc County

Monarch

Monarch

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 7

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Moely Prairie, Prairie du Sac
Sauk County

It was cloudy, slightly breezy, and pretty chilly. Most butterflies I found were laying low on the ground, seemingly looking for warmth and wind.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 7

Mike Reese

Location: private land along the Embarrass River
Shawano County

After seeing 16 Painted Ladies 3 weeks ago I was surprised to see none.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 7

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Light winds, cool temperature, mostly overcast. I spent 2 1/2 hours on the hawk tower looking for early raptors. There was a trickle of Monarchs throughout - between 1 and 10 in sight at all times.

Sep 9

Mike Reese

Location: Buena Vista Grasslands
Portage County

mainly looking for robber flies, especially Promachus fitchii, but only say two P. vertebratus.

Promachus vertebratus

Promachus vertebratus

Sep 10

K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

53 degrees and cloudy when I started so I wasn't expecting to see any butterflies but the day warmed up to the mid 60s when the sun came up.

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Sep 11

Fred Dike

Location: Erstad Prairie
Columbia County

cloudy, 60s, breezy

Sep 12

Ann Thering

Location: My butterfly garden
Dane County

Great to see a butterfly after all the misty rain!

Sep 12

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My flower garden in Stoughton
Dane County

First and only butterfly I've seen after 4+ days of rain and cold. It tried to find some nectar on the rain soaked flowers.

Sep 13

Fred Dike

Location: Yellowstone St Pk
Lafayette County

sunny, 60s, breezy

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 13

Fred Dike

Location: Cadiz Springs State Recreation area
Green County

Sunny, 60s, breezy

Sep 13

Mary Roen

Location: 805 Glover Road, River Falls, WI
St. Croix County

This butterfly was in our front lawn on a partially sunny, 66 degree afternoon with a light breeze.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Sep 13

Pamela Skaar

Location: Cherokee Marsh Nat Resource Area, East Trailhead
Dane County

14:11 - 15:34, sunny, 70 F. It was a great sight to see a perched white female clouded sulfur attract both a male clouded and a male orange sulfur. The three colors swirling around each other as mating decisions were made was beautifully exciting. The orange sulfur left. There were white female sulfurs among those counted but no separate numbers were kept today. Two alfalfa fields were on today's path of 1.87 miles.

Sep 13

Jim Kabrhel

Location: Lower Henry Schuette Park
Manitowoc County

The temperature was in the low 60s, and breezy. As usual for this park, I saw a few Monarchs, Cabbage Whites and a Fiery Skipper.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 13

Ann Thering

Location: My butterfly garden
Dane County

Sep 13

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Govenor Nelson State Park
Dane County

Partly sunny, calm, 73 deg.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 13

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen Prairie SNA
Winnebago County

Incidental while participating in a wildflower seed collection event.

Sep 13

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Fantastic day! I spent some time on the hawk tower and then walked the east and west prairie trails. Maybe 40 Monarchs flew past the tower; the rest were feeding in asters and goldenrods. In the past few weeks, the Monarchs have been worn-out, "Gen 4" Monarchs; today's were crisp, new "Gen 5" Monarchs. One odd-colored Monarch.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 13

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

When I first arrived at Lake Park around 8:30 am, there were still many Monarchs hanging in the trees near the children's playground. They were beginning to fly as the sun warmed them. Lots were feeding on the clover flowers in the grass.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 14

Fred Dike

Location: Horicon Marsh Redhead hiking trail
Dodge County

mostly cloudy, 60s, breezy

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 14

Mike Reese, Karen Oberhauser

Location: Schurch-Thomson Prairie
Iowa County

My latest, and the second latest Regal Fritillary reported to this website. The Downy Gentian was one of four gentians seen this day.

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Downy Gentian

Downy Gentian

Sep 14

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Capital Springs Dog Park
Dane County

The Clouded Sulphurs were plentiful and the Monarchs were busy nectaring. There were other butterflies, too, but I didn't get close enough to ID them.

Monarch

Monarch

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 14

Mike Reese

Location: Avoca Wildlife Area
Iowa County

I was hoping for Sleepy Orange again but no luck today.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

American Copper

American Copper

Proctacanthus milbertii

Proctacanthus milbertii

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 14

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Prairie areas and south trail at Amundson Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Partly sunny 68 degree afternoon.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sep 14

Fred Dike

Location: Horicon Education Center trail
Dodge County

sunny, 60s, slight breeze

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 14

Fred Dike

Location: Ziegler Park
Dodge County

60s, mstly sunny, slight breeze

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Viceroy

Viceroy

Sep 15

Jill Mertens

Location: City of Manitowoc
Manitowoc County

My backyard

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 15

Ann Thering

Location: My butterfly garden
Dane County

4:30 to 4:40 pm High 70s. Quick look around garden...so nice to see a fresh Gray Comma!

Sep 15

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Olbrich Gardens, Madison.
Dane County

77 degrees, sunny, somewhat breezy but also somewhat protected from that breeze. 9 species.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Sep 15

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My Backyard flower gardens in Stoughton
Dane County

Sunny, breezy, 75 degree afternoon. The lone monarch was enjoying nectar from my flowers for over three hours this afternoon.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 15

Bill and Ginny Nelson

Location: Walking Iron County Park
Dane County

We were surprised to see as many butterflies as we did given how windy it was. It did make an accurate count challenging.

Sep 15

Fred Dike

Location: UW Arboretum-Curtis Prairie
Dane County

60s, sunny, breezy

Sep 15

Dan Abel

Location: Cabin town of Alvin
Forest County

Sep 15

Fred Dike

Location: Waltham Park
Dane County

sunny, 60s, breezy

Sep 15

David Williams

Location: Madison Wisconsin Bike Path
Dane County

Fiery Skipper on Ironweed along bike path between Midvale Bld. and the Beltline. Only Fiery Skipper but hundreds of Monarchs enjoying 9 feet tall Ironween.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 15

Babette Kis

Location: Barnes Prairie
Racine County

Windy and in the mid 70s F. One monarch caterpillar, three adults.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

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

Sep 15

Susan Conrardy

Location: De Pere residential - on asters
Brown County

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 15

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Prairie area at Lake Farm County Park
Dane County

Windy early afternoon. The butterflies were drifting on the breeze and hanging tight to the tall prairie plants.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 16

Bill and Ginny Nelson

Location: Yahara Heights County Park
Dane County

We were very happy to see our first Little Yellow of the year.

Sep 16

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Prairie areas in Amundson Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Sunny, breezy, 72 degree morning. Fun having a Peck's Skipper land on my shoe and stay long enough for a photo.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 16

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard flower gardens in Stoughton
Dane County

Sunny, breezy, 75 degree afternoon.

Monarch

Monarch

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Sep 16

Ryan Brady

Location: My house west of Washburn
Bayfield County

Third one reported in the state this year!

Checkered White

Checkered White

Sep 16

Fred Dike

Location: Waltham Park
Dane County

70s, breezy, sunny

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 16

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Yellowstone State Park and Wildlife Area
Lafayette County

76 degrees, partly sunny to overcast (plus haze from California wildfire smoke). 14 species. 2/3 of Monarchs seen in an adjacent Red Clover field. Dorothy photographed the Clouded Sulphur, the Viceroy, Common Buckeye and Little Yellow.

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Viceroy

Viceroy

Sep 16

Mike Reese

Location: West of the Lake Gardens, Manitowoc
Manitowoc County

22 days after I saw 167 Painted Lady and zero Fiery Skippers I saw zero Painted Lady and 15 Fiery Skippers!
The female in the photo was the only female that I saw.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 17

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Olbrich Botanical Garden
Dane County

Comfortable, sunny, high 60s, light wind. Butterflies were plentiful and so were the hummingbirds. Surprisingly large number of Fiery Skippers. The Painted Ladies appeared to be warming on the paved walkways.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 17

Rory Williams

Location: Backyard in Neenah
Winnebago County

Sep 18

Jackie Barndt

Location: My backyard
Outagamie County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Sep 18

Fred Dike

Location: Schurch Thomson Prairie
Iowa County

50s, partly sunny, breezy

Clouded/Orange Sulphur female

Clouded/Orange Sulphur female

Sep 18

Fred Dike

Location: Hwy H roadside public hunting ground
Iowa County

mostly sunny, 60s, breezy

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 18

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Moely Prairie, Prairie du Sac
Sauk County

I've seen more Orange Sulphurs on the prairie this year than in any other year. The Monarchs also seem to be moving on as I'm only seeing one or two stragglers when I'm out there. Lots of Cabbage Whites, Pearl Crescents and Clouded Sulphurs enjoying the asters.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Monarch

Monarch

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Sep 18

Rory Williams

Location: Backyard in Neenah
Winnebago County

Sep 18

Tod Highsmith

Location: East Side Madison bike path
Dane County

Sep 19

Edgar Spalding

Location: Pheasant Branch stream corridor in Middleton
Dane County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Sep 19

Fred Dike

Location: Barneveld Prairie
Iowa County

60s, mostly sunny, breezy

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 19

Fred Dike

Location: Goose Pond
Columbia County

Sunny, 60s, breezy

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 19

Rory Williams

Location: Cty of Z on Country Club Road
Winnebago County

Incidental while gardening

Sep 19

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Aztalan State Park
Jefferson County

64 deg., calm, sunny

Viceroy

Viceroy

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 19

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My yard in Stoughton
Dane County

Sunny, breezy, 60 degree afternoon.

Sep 19

Pamela Skaar

Location: Indian Lake County Park
Dane County

Super crowded with people at art show and music festival. 14:10 - 15:50, 2.4 miles but mostly in the woods.

Sep 20

Fred Dike

Location: Devils Lake State Park-Burma Rd
Sauk County

60s, sunny, light breeze

Sep 20

Judith Huf

Location: Havenwoods State Forest
Milwaukee County

Sunny and mild

Question Mark

Question Mark

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Sep 20

Fred Dike

Location: Devils Lake State Park-Burma Rd
Sauk County

60s, sunny, light breeze

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Sep 20

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area, Sun Prairie
Dane County

70 deg., sunny

Monarch

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 20

Pamela Skaar

Location: Governor Nelson SP
Dane County

13 mph south winds with gusts to 21 mph. 13:21 - 14:17, 1.15 miles through the dog beach and Morningstar trail. Many people there today.

Sep 20

John McCaw

Location: Warnimont Park
Milwaukee County

Sunny and pleasant; temps in the 70s

Sep 20

Rory Williams

Location: Baird's Creek Parkway
Brown County

Sep 20

Kim Schippers

Location: Thompson, Washington County, WI
Washington County

Two male Monarchs spotted on lilac bush in front yard.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 21

Jay Watson

Location: Backyard Rosecrans
Manitowoc County

70F, sunny but hazey, breezy 10-15mph

Red-spotted purple very worn, Compton very fresh

Sep 21

Ann Thering

Location: My butterfly garden
Dane County

Sep 21

Jim Kabrhel

Location: Wetland area close to Sheboygan River and Lutheran High School
Sheboygan County

This area had dozens of sulphurs flying around the still blooming wild flowers.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Sep 21

Tracy Rath

Location: Pewaukee
Waukesha County

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 21

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison
Dane County

74 deg., sunny, calm, noon to 2:30 pm

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 22

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: on Muscallouge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Time: 12:30 -2:00 pm. Weather: Sunny and mid 70's with Daisy Fleabane as one of the popular flower choices of the day.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Monarch

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 22

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Rotary Gardens Botanical Garden in Janesville.
Rock County

79 degrees, sunny, light breeze. We went down to Rotary Gardens to look for the Ocola Skipper that Mike Reese found but did not see it. (Needle in a haystack.) However, we saw, and both photographed, a female Sachem. This may be only the 2nd one seen this year in WI. (Are there more on the way? Ocola Skipper? Sachem?)

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sep 22

Fred Dike

Location: Waltham Park
Dane County

Sunny, 70s, slight breeze

Sep 22

Kim Schippers

Location: Garden, on butterfly bush near home, Thompson, WI
Washington County

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 22

Fred Dike

Location: Bellbrook Rd
Dane County

Sunny, 70s, slight breeze

Sep 22

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: In the fields, along the gravel road, and in the garage by our cabin in Winter
Sawyer County

Breezy, sunny, 75 degree afternoon.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Monarch

Monarch

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Sep 22

Ruth Smith

Location: Mazomanie Oak Barren off Hwy 78 near the pond
Dane County

There was an abundance of sulphurs today. A couple with a lot of black on the edge drew my attention, so I took some pictures, and discovered a lifer.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Sep 22

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Botanical Gardens
Rock County

I have been looking for Ocola Skippers in Wisconsin for at least ten years at Olbrich Gardens and the Rotary Botanical Gardens. This was my first in Wisconsin and only the third in Wisconsin. The other two were at Olbrich Gardens in 2013 and 2018.

Ocola Skipper

Ocola Skipper

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

Sep 23

Alex Belisle

Location: Aldo Leopold Legacy Center
Sauk County

From to and from different showy goldenrods

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 23

Babette Kis

Location: Barnes Prairie
Racine County

Sunny, in mid 70s F. and breezy.

Orange/Clouded Sulphur

Orange/Clouded Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

American Lady

American Lady

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Viceroy

Viceroy

★ = New county photo record

Sep 23

Marci Lanois

Location: Mazomaine Oak Barrens - pond by Option 2 parking lot
Dane County

Warm, sunny, breezy day with temps around 77.

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Sep 23

Mike Reese

Location: West of the Lake Gardens
Manitowoc County

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 23

Rory Williams

Location: Wild Goose Trail
Fond du Lac County

Incidental while biking

Sep 23

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: In the fields and right by our cabin in Winter
Sawyer County

Overcast and 80 degree afternoon. The Compton Tortoiseshell was flying around and landing on our cabin, checking out spaces in the siding. It was possibly trying to find a good spot to overwinter.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 23

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Lower Wisconsin Riverway.
Iowa County

78 degrees, sunny, mostly calm. 11 species.

American Copper

American Copper

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Sep 23

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

I was thrilled to see another Compton Tortoiseshell today, but it was high up on the outside wall on the building and I couldn't get a good photo.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Sep 23

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

One of the Cabbage White butterflies was quite small - 1/2 to 2/3 normal size.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Viceroy

Viceroy

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Sep 24

Patrick Ready

Location: Mazomanie Oak Barrens, Hwy 78 unit
Dane County

Searched for and found the Southern Dogface butterflies reported 2 days ago. Lifer! Overcast, light breeze, 70. Light rain moved in before noon.

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Sep 24

Fred Dike

Location: Bark River Nature Park
Jefferson County

Sunny, 70s, slight breeze

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper