Butterfly sightings for October 2021

Oct 1

David Wittrock

Location: Powell Marsh SWA
Vilas County

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 1

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Our backyard in Lake Mills
Jefferson County

Black Swallowtail caterpillar on a dill plant.

Monarch

Monarch

Black Swallowtail caterpillar

Black Swallowtail caterpillar

Oct 1

John McCaw

Location: Parkwood Lodge (across from Peninsula SP)
Door County

This butterfly was roosting on the steps of one of the motel's outdoor staircases, so I moved it to a safer location.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Oct 1

Lynn Erickson

Location: Town of Marion near Castle Rock dam
Juneau County

Hazy, low 80s, calm, late afternoon. Observed lots of activity in the unmowed strip along my driveway again today. The Monarch kept returning to the fresh thistle. This is the first time that I've seen a Bronze Copper.

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 2

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard garden in Stoughton.
Dane County

Partly sunny 75 degree morning.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Oct 2

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

warm

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 2

Mike Reese, Frank Alstad

Location: Capital Springs Disc Golf Course
Dane County

Oct 2

Jeannie van Vianen

Location: Ice Age Trail - Montrose Segment
Dane County

This trail segment was surrounded by many alfalfa fields, which were full of sulphurs and Silver-spotted Skippers. Many of the skippers were dull and tattered.

Oct 2

Lynn Erickson

Location: Town of Marion near Castle Rock dam
Juneau County

Sunny, low 80s, breezy, late afternoon. Just one beautiful visitor spotted in my garden this afternoon. This is the first Red Admiral that I've seen.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Oct 2

Melissa Bryan

Location: Perrot State Park, Trempealeau, WI
Trempealeau County

When I asked for ID on a Wisconsin Butterfly/Moth FB page regarding photos I took today of a butterfly, I was guided to submit my sighting for a Common Checkered-Skipper Burnsius communis, as these are uncommon in the area I was in today. I only photographed the one I saw.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

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

Oct 3

Kathi Dwelle

Location: Shorewood Hills Community gardens
Dane County

Monarchs were on a stand of Mexican sunflowers, along with a few bumble bees.

Oct 3

Ethan Brown

Location: Warnimont Park
Milwaukee County

Cloudy to almost sunny. 76 degrees.

For the past week it has been “sulphur-palooza”
Tons of suphurs have been flying everywhere. Today it was a banner day for Orange Sulphurs. The B. Swallowtail was a young caterpillar.

Oct 3

Mark E. Johnson

Location: Lake Barney
Dane County

Overcast, no wind, 71 F.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Oct 4

Mike Reese

Location: Madison
Dane County

Cloudy most of the day but the sun came out at 4:00 and I saw a few butterflies on a walk

Oct 4

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

66 degrees and sunny. I just made one stop on Jimmy Carter Road when I noticed the Skippers flying.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Oct 5

K. Java

Location: CrexMeadows SWA
Burnett County

59 degrees with heavy fog that didn't lift until 11:30 then the sun came out and temps went into the mid 70s. Ambush bugs are really taking a toll on the Purplish Coppers. I found 3 of them attacked but it was too late to save them. (See photo)

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Oct 6

Fred Dike

Location: Saul Prairie Recreation Area
Sauk County

mostly sunny, 70s

Oct 6

Lynn Erickson

Location: Town of Marion near Castle Rock dam
Juneau County

Sunny, 75 and breezy. Spotted a frayed frit and beautiful blue in the grassy strip along my driveway.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Oct 6

Randy Powers

Location: River Hills - Private Residence
Milwaukee County

Dainty Sulphur - a rare and nice find for me in Wisconsin!

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

★ = New county photo record

Oct 6

JE Cooper

Location: Meadow near Valton
Sauk County

75 degrees, sunny.

Oct 6

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Sunny, mid 70's, no wind, early afternoon. A Red Admiral even landed on me. How lovely!

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Oct 6

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

Warm and Sunny about 10 am

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Oct 6

Mike Reese

Location: Oblich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Mostly sunny and in the mid - 70s. The azure was kind of beat up but when I went to try to photograph it, it flew over the tallest trees. All Red Admirals were on butterfly bush.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Bird of Paradise (outdoor potted plant)

Bird of Paradise (outdoor potted plant)

Oct 7

Mary Jo Sundling

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

Sunny, 70 degree day.

Oct 8

Kathi Dwelle

Location: Shorewood Hills Community gardens
Dane County

Sunny day with Tithonia (Mexican sunflower)
being the preferred flower

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Oct 8

Ethan Brown

Location: Denmark
Brown County

Sunny and 70.

Oct 8

Ruth Smith

Location: Evansville Wildlife Area
Rock County

Walked the perimeter.

Dainty Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Oct 9

Jeannie van Vianen

Location: Ice Age Trail Springfield Hill Segment
Dane County

Oct 9

K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

78 degrees and sunny. I had to turn my A/C on in the car. I made a few stops, mostly at water control structures that have Hoary Alyssum by them. The surprise was a Monarch. I hadn't seen one for weeks in this area.

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Oct 9

Fred Dike

Location: 2613 Waltham Rd
Dane County

mostly sunny, upper 70s, light breeze

Oct 9

Carolyn Aita

Location: Horicon Marsh
Dodge County

We saw this butterfly early this morning nectaring on a dandelion on a DNR trail in the Horicon Marsh. I think it is a clouded sulphur but perhaps it is a pink sulfur.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 9

Mike Reese

Location: Avoca Unit - LWSR
Iowa County

My first Common Checkered-Skipper since 2012! Also my first praying mantis in WI.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

American Copper

American Copper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

praying mantis

praying mantis

Oct 9

Fern Springs

Location: My yard in Garden Valley
Jackson County

1:45, sunny, 72゚

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 9

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Along our trails and near our cabin in Winter.
Sawyer County

The Compton Tortoiseshell was flying right near our cabin, landing on the wood siding. The other butterflies were flying along our trails stopping at any wildflower still in bloom. Sunny, 72 degree afternoon.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Oct 9

Edgar Spalding

Location: Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Dane County

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Oct 9

Lynn Erickson

Location: Town of Marion near Castle Rock dam
Juneau County

Sunny, 78 degrees, breezy, afternoon. All pictures were taken in the unmowed strip along my driveway. The yellow bumblebee photo was taken in the same area but on 10/7 between rain showers. Typically I see numerous two-spotted bumblebees so this fellow caught my eye.

bumble bee sp.

bumble bee sp.

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 10

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Near our cabin in Winter.
Sawyer County

Very windy, mostly sunny, 75 degree day.

Oct 10

Pamela Skaar

Location: Yahara Heights County Park, Wanakee
Dane County

11:42-12:58, 72 F but cloudy with a 10 - 14 mph S wind, 1.4 mi. Not good butterflying conditions!

Oct 12

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beeach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Three butterflies plus 357 migrating raptors.

Ailianthus Webworm Moth

Ailianthus Webworm Moth

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 12

Ethan Brown

Location: Private residence
Ozaukee County

Oct 14

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

American Lady

American Lady

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Oct 14

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Yahara River Trail by Admunson Park
Dane County

Sunny 65 degree afternoon.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Oct 14

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Mid-afternoon, light winds, high 60s. I was pleased to see Monarchs, since I haven't seen many around town for a couple of weeks. I hope they'll have time and good winds for migration; it's getting late.

American Lady

American Lady

Monarch

Monarch

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

American Lady

American Lady

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

American Lady

American Lady

Oct 14

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Sunny but low 60's and windy. Didn't see anything until around 11. Still windy and warmer around 1 but when I went back out to check at 4:30 that is when the wind died down and I saw the Common Checkered Skipper and the American Lady. . . Both species made me smile. Woohoo!

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Monarch

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Oct 14

Lynn Erickson

Location: Town of Marion near Castle Rock dam
Juneau County

Sunny, 68 degrees, breezy, early afternoon. Noticed three Silver-spotted skippers on the zinnias this afternoon.

Oct 14

Mike Reese

Location: Hardscrabble Prairie SNA
Lafayette County

Temps 60s and sunny. Few nectar sources. About an hour 1-2:00pm.

Oct 14

Mike Reese

Location: End of Eagle Point Rd. near the dam
Grant County

Fiery Skipper was a male.

Oct 14

Mike Reese

Location: Katie's Gardens Platteville
Grant County

Oct 14

Fred Dike

Location: Donald Park
Dane County

Sunny, around 70

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Monarch

Monarch

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Oct 14

Fred Dike

Location: Lake Farm County Park
Dane County

60s, sunny

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Autumn Meadowhawk

Autumn Meadowhawk

Oct 14

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen Prairie SNA
Winnebago County

Incidental while collecting and replanting seeds on the SNA. I am seeing more gynes (next years bumblebee queens) than I ever have before. May be because I am more in tune and not really a true increase in the number of gynes

Oct 15

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: A neighbor's yard in Stoughton.
Dane County

While on a walk throughout my neighborhood I checked asters, cosmos, zinnias, etc. for butterflies, but saw only bees. Then found a lone Cabbage White on a late blooming dandelion.

Oct 16

Mike Reese

Location: private property along the Embarrass River
Shawano County

Oct 16

Ethan Brown

Location: Many locations around Brockway & Bauer road
Jackson County

Sunny and 59-63

Disappointing results. And this is before the first freeze, which supposedly happens tonight. I thought we might find some Commas, Tortoiseshells, and Mourning Cloaks.

Oct 16

Mike Reese, Karen Oberhauser

Location: roadsides near Leopolis
Shawano County

Oct 16

Judith Huf

Location: Concordia University
Ozaukee County

Just a few butterfly observations while at the hawkwatch for about an hour and a half in the afternoon.

Oct 16

Terry Mortier

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Windy and cool afternoon. The Clouded Sulphurs were seen along S. Williams rd. about 1 mile South of Grantsburg. The Purplish Copper was at the Reed Lake boat landing.

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Oct 17

Mike Reese

Location: Hancock Agricultural Research Station
Waushara County

I like stopping here in the late fall to see what may be here. Not much this year on a beautiful sunny day with the temperature about 68. The area I stop is called A. R. Albert - Viletta Harley-Albert Horticultural Garden.

Oct 17

Ethan Brown

Location: Lower Wisconsin Riverway near Muscoda
Grant County

Oct 17

Ethan Brown

Location: Roadside
Monroe County

Sunny and 62

Oct 17

Fred Dike

Location: Donald Park
Dane County

mid 60s, sunny, breezy

Oct 17

Ethan Brown

Location: Private Farm near Soldier’s Grove
Crawford County

Sunny and 52-60

Terrible head wind!

Oct 17

Terry Mortier

Location: Cylon Marsh
St. Croix County

Sunny, warm, light wind

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

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

Oct 17

April Stanke

Location: Barthel Fruit Farm in Mequon
Ozaukee County

Oct 17

Ethan Brown

Location: Private Farm near Soldier’s Grove
Crawford County

First AL since I don’t even know when. Also, my 2nd MC for this location.

Oct 17

Rory Williams

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

Incidental while gardening

Oct 17

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: By our cabin in Winter
Sawyer County

Low of 30 degrees early today. Sunny and 65 degrees in the afternoon when I saw the Compton Tortoiseshell butterfly outside the cabin window. No other butterflies seen while out walking our fields and trails this afternoon.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Oct 17

Richard Ouren

Location: Ouren Farm
Grant County

Nectaring on a split tomato.

Oct 17

Judith Huf

Location: Grant Park
Milwaukee County

Sunny and about 55 degrees. Monarchs still migrating.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Oct 17

Mike Reese

Location: Hetzel Field, Hancock
Waushara County

This baseball field often has Purplish Coppers nectaring on the dandelions or other weedy species in the outfield.

Oct 17

Mike Reese

Location: Cemetery to the east of Highway 51/39 in Westfield
Marquette County

Oct 17

Ethan Brown

Location: Avoca Oak Savanna
Iowa County

Sunny and 68
Notes: Again. Disappointing results.

Oct 18

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Buena Vista Grasslands Wildlife Area
Portage County

Oct 18

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Beautiful warm fall day. A bit windy at times. Definitely orange on the Sulphur when flying, but hard to tell in the photo.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Oct 18

Fred Dike

Location: Water St in Cobb
Iowa County

60s, sunny, light breeze

Oct 18

Mike Reese

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

I saw at least eight Great Spreadwings.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Great Spreadwing

Great Spreadwing

Monarch

Monarch

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Oct 18

Lynn Erickson

Location: Town of Marion near Castle Rock dam
Juneau County

Sunny, 72 degrees, breezy, early afternoon. Spotted a Fiery Skipper on the thistle plant along my driveway. This is the first time that I've observed a Fiery Skipper. A single Red Admiral visited the garden again today along with a Silver-spotted Skipper.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 19

Fred Dike

Location: Lower Wisconsin Riverway
Iowa County

upper 60s, sunny, light breeze

Oct 19

Fred Dike

Location: Hay Rd
Iowa County

upper 60s, sunny, light breeze

Oct 19

Ryan Brady

Location: My house west of Washburn
Bayfield County

I think this was the 3rd butterfly I've seen in over a month. Had dreams of a Checkered Skipper but I'll take it.

American Lady

American Lady

Oct 19

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Botanical Gardens
Rock County

First female Fiery Skipper of the year for me.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

American Lady

American Lady

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 20

Jay Watson

Location: Manitowoc Impoudment
Manitowoc County

62F, sunny, calm

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Oct 22

Pamela Skaar

Location: Lake Ripley Prairie Preserve, Cambridge, WI
Jefferson County

11:08-12:35, 1.8 mi. This looks like a nice prairie and should have many butterflies next summer.

Oct 23

April Stanke

Location: Virmond Park
Ozaukee County

Oct 23

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Moely Prairie, Prairie du sac
Sauk County

60 and sunny, little wind. Saw a monarch flying low over the prairie heading south. :)

Oct 23

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Sunny, 50 degrees, no wind, 12:30 -1:30.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 23

Ethan Brown

Location: Private Residence
Ozaukee County

Oct 23

Ethan Brown

Location: Virmond Park
Ozaukee County

Wow! A Buckeye. Only the second one reported this year. I never thought it would be on a cool late October day in a soccer field. It was a newly eclosed female.

Oct 23

Douglas Buege

Location: Rush Creek Rd And Dog Hollow Rd
Crawford County