Butterfly sightings for April 2021

Apr 2

Dan Abel

Location: Logger lake parking area, town of armstrong creek.
Forest County

Apr 2

Dan Abel

Location: Dunbar barrens
Marinette County

Sunny and windy.

Apr 3

Ann Thering and Dave Eide

Location: Pleasant Valley Conservancy
Dane County

60s; Bloodroot in bloom.

Apr 3

Ethan Brown

Location: Whitnil park, forest near Wehr Nature Center
Milwaukee County

I chased it for about 2 hours. I’m trying to maybe raise caterpillars of this species this year. It eventually disappeared. I’m pretty sure it was a male based on habits and size. I have never seen this species this south before!

FOY!

Apr 3

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Two locations in McFarland residential neighborhood
Dane County

I noticed one Mourning Cloak in the back yard, and then I saw another one later, floating on a breeze in my neighbor's front yard. Very light breeze; temperatures in the 60s, with a high of 70.

Apr 3

Mary Frank

Location: Harambee yard, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

A Mourning Cloak was floating around my front yard on 4/3. I saw it again, or another one, in my backyard on 4/4.

Apr 3

Daniel Jackson

Location: Elver Park - Woods trails
Dane County

Apr 3

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Milwaukee River Pkwy Section 2
Milwaukee County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 3

Debra Rade

Location: Peninsula State Park
Door County

Saw this tattered butterfly flitting about on the trail near the tennis courts.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 3

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Noyes Park
Milwaukee County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 3

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: 4 miles east of Cornucopia
Bayfield County

Junction of Stage Road and Mountain Road at east edge of Bell Twp. We also saw 1 of the day-flying moth Scarce Infant (Leucobrephos brephoides, black and white colored).

Apr 3

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Northeast of Mt. Valhalla
Bayfield County

We walked northeast from County Hwy C for the first mile of Forest Road 256. We identified two kinds of day-flying moths: 12 Infants (Archiearis infans, orange, black, and white colored) and 4 Scarce Infants (Leucobrephos brephoides (black and white colored)

Apr 3

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: 1 mile SW of Cornucopia
Bayfield County

Northern end of Klemik Road.

Apr 3

Marisa Lee

Location: County Highway J
Bayfield County

I am not sure whether I saw two or just one very active butterfly.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 3

Janet Mueller

Location: Cornell Lake, Town of Warren
Chippewa County

Calm, full sun, 60s light breeze. On moss at base of birch. Cell phone shot, sorry.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 3

Fred Dike

Location: Blue Mound State Park
Dane County

Sunny, 60s, slight breeze

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 3

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Wehr Nature Center, Whitnall Park
Milwaukee County

First butterfly of the year.

Apr 4

John Davis

Location: By the bluff behind my house in Prairie du Chien
Crawford County

Beautiful day, about 60, with no wind and sunny, take care and enjoy Easter everyone

Apr 4

Mark E. Johnson

Location: Sauk Prairie State Rec Area
Sauk County

Saw all five together as a group flying around bushes and road. Only one perched long enough for a photo.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 4

Ann Thering

Location: my garden
Dane County

Apr 4

Marisa Lee

Location: County Highway J, Town of Bayfield
Bayfield County

Apr 4

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Yahara River Trail in Stoughton
Dane County

Most of the Mourning Cloak butterflies I saw were flying in pairs. One pair landed on the trunk of a nearby tree as seen in these photos. If I hadn't noticed them land there, I never would have known, as they were very well camouflaged. 75 degrees and breezy.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 4

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton
Dane County

Apr 4

Ethan Brown

Location: Whitnall Park, Forests near Wehr
Milwaukee County

Went for another round at Whitnall Park. Beautiful Easter Day around 70 degrees. Didn’t see a tortoiseshell but a beautiful comma.

Happy Easter everyone!

Apr 4

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: South of Herbster
Bayfield County

The gravel part of Forest Road 262 (The Lenawee Trail) from 3 miles south of Herbster to its junction with Forest Road 236. We found Lepidoptera every time we stopped, but the junction with FR 683 had the most individuals. Moths: we saw 25 Infants and 13 Scarce Infants.

Apr 4

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: 5 miles S of Cornucopia
Bayfield County

South end of Old County Hwy C, near North Boundary Road. Moths seen: 3 Infants

Apr 4

Pamela Skaar

Location: New Glarus Woods, SP Buffalo Trail woods and prairis
Green County

FOY in sunny spots in the woods on leaf litter

Apr 4

Terry Mortier

Location: Standing Cedars natural area
Polk County

Beautiful sunny afternoon.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 4

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson Property about 1/4 mile south of Chaseburg off of County K
Vernon County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 4

Stephen Braband

Location: Dell Prairie at Lake of the Dells
Adams County

saw 3 on my morning hike in a wooded ravine

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 4

Dean Hansen

Location: Fish Lake & Crex Meadows SWAs
Burnett County

Five Mourning Cloaks were seen on Fish Lake SWA on damp sand/mud of Hickorson, Jimmy Carter, and Stolte Roads. The Eastern Comma was on the unnamed east-west road between Hickorson and Jimmy Carter Road. A single Mourning Cloak was seen near the northern end of Curry Road in Crex Meadows SWA. Air temp was a delightful 75 degrees. Butterflying resumes! Also common on damp mud was a native bee, I believe a species of Colletes.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 4

Daniel Jackson

Location: Genoa Fish Hatchery
Vernon County

Surprised to see my first Cabbage White!

Apr 4

Pam Campbell

Location: Russian Slough County Park
Dunn County

Apr 5

Pam Campbell

Location: Hoffman Hills
Dunn County

Warm temps in the 70s.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 5

Ethan Brown

Location: Yahara River Trail (Forest)
Dane County

With all the recent sightings I decided to check it out.
MAN! I have never seen these early spring fliers in such numbers before! They were very friendly and flew right up to me. A fantastic sunny 74 degree afternoon.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 5

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

82 degrees and windy. I stopped at my favorite butterfly spot at the intersection of County Rd O and Southwest Dike Trail where I found the Compton and 1 Mourning Cloak. Other Mourning Cloaks seen as I drove other areas.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 5

Mike Reese

Location: Necedah NWR
Juneau County

The dirt/gravel roads at Necedah are dry and I saw no butterflies on the road where I normally would see them this time of year. Three of the Mourning Cloak were nectaring on one small willow. I saw and sniffed my first Trailing Arbutus of the year. My first tiger beetles of the year also was my first two-fer, since it was a male Festive Tiger Beetle attempting to mate with a Bronzed Tiger Beetle.

Trailing Arbutus

Trailing Arbutus

Festive Tiger Beetle, Bronzed Tiger Beetle

Festive Tiger Beetle, Bronzed Tiger Beetle

Pasque Flower

Pasque Flower

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 5

Nancy Nabak

Location: Richard J. Drumm Memorial Forest
Manitowoc County

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 5

Bob Jacobson

Location: Chippewa County Forest, Deer Fly Trail and Hickory Ridge Trail
Chippewa County

Along somewhat shaded sections of dirt-and-gravel roads through the Chippewa County Forest. Most seen while driving. Widely scattered. No photos.

Apr 5

Mary Sobol

Location: McFarland backyard
Dane County

flying over & landing in backyard prairie burn; overcast & warm

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Apr 5

Kate Redmond

Location: Cedarburg Bog - public trails at the north end of the Bog, off Hwy 33.
Ozaukee County

Spectacular day, about 70 degrees, with a backdrop of wood frogs and peepers.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

Cecropia cocoon

Cecropia cocoon

Apr 5

Pamela Skaar

Location: Williamson Street near Yahara River
Dane County

13:15 First butterfly I have seen in Madison this year

Apr 5

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Holt Park
Milwaukee County

Apr 5

Donna Miller

Location: Oregon
Dane County

Apr 5

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: 5 miles south of Cornucopia
Bayfield County

North end of Old County Hwy C. Moths seen: 3 Infants, 1 Scarce Infant.

Apr 5

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: 3-5 Miles east of Cornucopia
Bayfield County

Stage Road. Most butterflies were at the junction with Mountain Road, but 3 Mourning Cloaks and 1 Compton TS were further northwest than that.

Apr 6

Donna Miller

Location: Oregon
Dane County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 6

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Apr 6

Ethan Brown

Location: Cedarburg Bog off the 33
Ozaukee County

Never seen so many of these semi rare butterflies in one spot. When I walked into the forest, I couldn’t believe how many I could spot. About 77 degrees.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 6

Rory Williams

Location: Public Hunting Ground on County E, east parking area
Green Lake County

8 Festive Tiger Beetles and 1 Oblique Lined Tiger Beetle. Providing two pictures of Festive to show the normal pattern variation

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Festive Tiger Beetle

Festive Tiger Beetle

Festive Tiger Beetle

Festive Tiger Beetle

Apr 6

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Holt Park
Milwaukee County

Nectaring on pussy willow.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 6

David Wittrock

Location: Plummer Lake Road, Lac du Flambeau
Vilas County

First butterfly of the year!

Apr 6

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Around 12:30, very sunny, mid-70's. Excited to see these butterfly visitors and very pleased to see another brilliant Spring beauty, the Sarcoscypha coccinea, also known as the Scarlet Cup Fungus or my favorite name the Scarlet Elf Cup. Although very tiny (3-5 cm) it is very recognizable.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Scarlet Cup Fungus

Scarlet Cup Fungus

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 6

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: our backyard in Madison
Dane County

Apr 6

Pamela Skaar

Location: Hudson Park Neighborhood
Dane County

13:20 This individual was whiter than yesterday's Cabbage White and in a garden

Apr 6

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Cherokee Marsh
Dane County

Tod also saw our first dragonflies of the year- a mating pair of green darners.

Apr 6

Ethan Brown

Location: Backyard in Mequon
Ozaukee County

Flying across front yard.

Apr 7

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Honey Creek Pkwy - Section 3
Milwaukee County

Apr 7

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Honey Creek Pkwy - Section 1 confluence with the Menomonee River
Milwaukee County

Apr 7

Joan Vennie

Location: Badger Prairie, Verona
Dane County

Apr 7

Edgar Spalding

Location: Frautschi Pt, Lakeshore Nature Preserve, Madison
Dane County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 7

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Moely Prairie, Prairie du Sac
Sauk County

I was out in search of bumblebee queens today and this skipper caught my eye immediately. This is the first time this skipper has been seen on Moely Prairie and definitely our first butterfly sighting of the year. It was sunny and about 68 degrees. She was particularly drawn to the new-blooming Prairie Smoke.
[In the last four years only 12 Common Checkered-Skippers have been reported to this website. This is an early date for this species with the previous early record being May 16, 2012! MCR]

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Apr 7

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson propert 1/4 mile south of Chaseburg
Vernon County

Apr 7

Eileen Scharenbroch

Location: Town of Trenton,
Washington County

Spring Azure was seen on blooming Bloodroot.

Apr 7

Patty Penner

Location: Indian springs Park, Madison, Wisc
Dane County

there are at least two of these and twice now one has flown all around us and landed on my husbands head

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 7

Ethan Brown

Location: Avoca Preserve/ lower Wisconsin River way
Iowa County

Apr 7

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Oak Creek Pkwy - Section 4
Milwaukee County

Apr 7

Dan Abel

Location: Nicolet recreation trail north of wisconsin creek rd. Town of tipler
Florence County

70's and sunny.

Apr 7

Rory Williams

Location: Navarino Wildlife Area
Shawano County

Been a while since I have seen a Gray Comma Also saw 16 of the 12 Spotted Tiger Beetles.

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

The Infant (moth)

The Infant (moth)

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Apr 7

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Root River Pkwy - former Rainbow Airport
Milwaukee County

Sunning in sandbar willows

Apr 8

Dan Abel

Location: Nicolet recreation trail north of wisconsin creek road town of tipler
Florence County

Mid 60's . Partly sunny

Apr 12

Ethan Brown

Location: Cedarburg Bog of the 33
Ozaukee County

First tortoiseshell in ozaukee. I found a female and male. Camouflage was amazing. About 63 degrees and sunny.
Sorry for the bad photo. It was sitting with the mourning cloaks.

Compton Tortoiseshell, Mourning Cloak

Compton Tortoiseshell, Mourning Cloak

Compton Tortoiseshell, Mourning Cloak

Compton Tortoiseshell, Mourning Cloak

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

Apr 15

Judith Huf

Location: County Grounds Park
Menominee County

11 am: rather chilly and windy and overcast, but lots of non-native flowers blooming and attracting clouds of Cabbage Whites.

Apr 16

Dan Abel

Location: Marsh road east of white lake. Town of Royalton.
Waupaca County

Sunny. Mid 50's.

Apr 16

Daniel Jackson

Location: Great River Bike Trail below Sunset Vista in Onalaska
La Crosse County

Apr 16

Roxana Reitz

Location: Hixon Township
Clark County

Mustard Whites are here is large numbers and are dispersed so I can't say how many total. I counted 35 at one time on our driveway. Most likely many more than the number I posted.

Mustard White

Mustard White

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

Apr 16

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Jacobus Park
Milwaukee County

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 16

Bill Fehrenbach

Location: Foxfire Golf Course
Waupaca County

Apr 16

Douglas Buege

Location: Along Jones Spring Lane
Oconto County

Temp low 50s, sunny, slight breeze.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 16

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Honey Creek Pkwy 1
Milwaukee County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 16

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: West end of Mirror Lake
Sauk County

The Olympia was in a place we've never looked for them before, flying along both sides of Lake View road 150-300 meters west of the township boat ramp on the NW side of the lake. We then did a half-mile transect survey at one of our nearby spots and found no butterflies.

Apr 16

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

One Cabbage White at the UW Arboretum. More significantly, the first spike of milkweed in our home garden, about on schedule compared to previous years.

Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed

Apr 17

Jeannie van Vianen

Location: Lake Farm County Park
Dane County

Apr 17

Bill Fehrenbach

Location: Faraway Loop Segment of Ice Age Trail
Portage County

Apr 17

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Yahara River Trail in Stoughton
Dane County

No too many butterflies today, but lots of birds including red-bellied woodpeckers, cardinals, red-winged blackbirds, ducks, robins, and a soaring turkey vulture. Sunny, breezy 60 degree afternoon.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Apr 17

Douglas Buege

Location: Bachman Rapids Rd
Oconto County

Unidentified comma flew by

Apr 17

Ethan Brown

Location: Cedarburg Bog off 33
Ozaukee County

Butterflies mostly disappeared after an hour. A relatively cool afternoon. Around 53 degrees and sunny. No tortoiseshells today.

Can anyone answer this for me? 2 weeks ago I found the 50+ Mourning Cloaks all one area. Where did they all go? I didn’t think they could migrate. Also, I didn’t see any pairs. Now, most seem to be gone.

Apr 17

Susan Mayer

Location: NE 35-35N-08W
Rusk County

i was walking through forest when I saw it.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

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

Apr 17

Bob Jacobson

Location: Chippewa County Forest, along the Deer Fly and Hay Meadow Flowage Trails
Chippewa County

Sunny, about 60 degrees. Not a lot of butterfly activity. Few tiger beetles seen. Observation time: 12:00 - 16:00.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

‘Spring’ Spring Azure

‘Spring’ Spring Azure

Apr 17

Tamara Miltz Miller

Location: Trade Lake
Burnett County

Sunny 57 degrees

Apr 17

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson propert 1/4 mile south of Chaseburg
Vernon County

Apr 18

Ann Thering and Dave Eide

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

10 to noon, 51 to 61 degrees.

Apr 18

Hayley Cramer

Location: Marathon City, woods on the Big Rib River
Marathon County

Mustard white was feeding on Spring Beauty flowers.

Mustard White

Mustard White

Apr 18

Mike Reese, Karen Oberhauser

Location: Private land along the Embarrass River
Shawano County

Apr 18

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Lake Farm County Park
Dane County

Lots of wildflowers in bloom, too!

Apr 18

Dan Abel

Location: Lower wolf river bottoms herb behnkie unit , oak savanna west of hwy m, shiocton
Outagamie County

Partly sunny,high 50,s

Apr 18

Terry Mortier

Location: Standing Cedars SNA
Polk County

Upper 50s cloudy windy

Apr 18

Janet Mueller

Location: Cornell Lake, Town of Warren
Chippewa County

Full sun, warm. Feeding on the native ephemerals.

Mustard White

Mustard White

Apr 18

John & Susan Winegarden

Location: Seymour Sands
Eau Claire County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

★ = New county photo record

Apr 18

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens between Millston and Black River Falls.
Jackson County

6 hours. Sites were both east and west of Brockway Road, along the first 3/4 mile of Bauer Road west of Brockway, near Hwy 54, west of Hunter Haven Road, and along Stanton Creek Road. We also saw 4 unidentified elfins, and 4 flying butterflies that could all have been Juvenal's or Dreamy Duskywings: 3 dark spreadwing skippers and 1 duskywing sp.

Apr 21

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Jacobus Park
Milwaukee County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 22

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Paul Olson Wildlife Area
Portage County

We walked about 2 miles to survey Portage County parts of the wildlife area for birds. 1 unidentified white in same plot as the identified Mustard White.

Apr 22

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Yahara River Trail near Admunson Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Breezy, sunny, 58 degree afternoon. First sightings of Cabbage White butterflies this year. Also saw two sandhill cranes near the trail and several American White Pelicans feeding in the river.

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Apr 22

Judith Huf

Location: Harbinger Woods
Milwaukee County

Finally, my first Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 22

Michael Herriot

Location: Quincy Bluff and Wetlands SNA
Adams County

Approximately 18 miles hiked over 13 hours. Temperature was 26 degrees to start and warmed to 61 degrees. Moderate winds from southwest.

Apr 22

Stan Rehm

Location: Grady Tract of the UW Arboretum
Dane County

Kudos to the director and staff at the Arboretum for their ongoing aggressive removal of trees and underbrush from this site. There will be a ton more nectar plants this summer and in the years to come.

Apr 22

Mary Coleman

Location: Town of Lisbon
Waukesha County

This little one came to visit today.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Apr 22

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area
Wood County

Surveyed 3 elfin long-term monitoring units totaling 0.85 transect miles (1 Olympia Marble) and drove the Trumpeter Trail (1 Olymnpia, 1 Mourning Cloak).

Apr 22

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Paul Olson Wildlife Area
Wood County

All Mustard Whites were in the west right-of-way of Lundberg Road immediately south (6 individuals ) or north (1) of its junction with Tenpas Road, just across the road from the wildlife area.

Apr 22

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens along County Hwy X
Wood County

We walked four elfin and Karner Blue long-term monitoring patches units totaling 2.25 miles. All are ROWs bordering County X or perpendicular to it.

Apr 22

Ruth Smith

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Excited to find two of these beauties in the grass

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Apr 23

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Yahara River Trail in Stoughton
Dane County

Mostly cloudy 55 degree afternoon. Not too many butterflies, but did enjoy watching several American Coots in the river.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

American Coot

American Coot

Apr 23

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Cudahy Nature Preserve
Milwaukee County

On marsh marigold.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 24

Pamela Skaar

Location: Cherokee Marsh Nat Resource area-East Trailhead
Dane County

11:49-13:19, 59-60F, variable wind 5 - 3 mph, partly cloudy, 1.61 mi

Apr 24

Jeannie van Vianen

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Apr 25

Fred Dike

Location: Garman Nature Preserve
Jefferson County

Mostly sunny, 50s

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

★ = New county photo record

Apr 25

Molly Jahn

Location: Wisconsin Riverway, Mazomanie
Dane County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Apr 25

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Moely Prairie, Prairie du Sac, WI
Sauk County

Partly sunny with temps in the low 50's. This is our first sighting of both the American Lady and the Eastern-tailed Blue.

American Lady

American Lady

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Apr 26

Pam Skaar and Ginny Nelson

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Much of the preserve had been recently burned so we saw very little rock cress. It will be interesting to see what the Olympia Marble numbers are like next year.

Apr 26

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Edna Taylor Conservancy in Monona
Dane County

One Mourning Cloak kept landing on Joan's hat.

Apr 26

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Root River East Branch @ Rawson Ave
Milwaukee County

Apr 26

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Yahara River Trail in Stoughton
Dane County

Windy, 75 degree afternoon. Had fun walking the trail with two sandhill cranes today.

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Apr 26

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: our yard in Madison
Dane County

Apr 27

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Wisconsin Riverway
Iowa County

75 degrees. We expected cloudy conditions but it turned out to be mostly sunny at mid-day. Saw more than we expected. Very pleasant.

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 27

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Water St, Sauk City
Sauk County

No photo as I didn’t have my camera, but I spotted an American Lady ovipositing on the Pussytoes we have in our prairie garden behind our house. We just planted this native garden in the last two years and I’m thrilled she was able to find it!

Apr 27

Ethan Brown

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Nice 82 degree day. Every thing is coming out a month early this year. Silvery blue was a first.

Apr 27

Jay Watson

Location: Maywood Environmental Area
Sheboygan County

Cool (47F), breezy of the lake and mostly cloudy. Saw a male common green darner dragonfly.

Common Green Darner

Common Green Darner

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 27

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Franklin, my yard
Milwaukee County

Apr 27

Jay Watson

Location: Horicon Marsh NWR auto tour
Dodge County

65F, mostly cloudy, light breeze. I think this is my earliest record for black swallowtail.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Apr 27

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Grant Park
Milwaukee County

Apr 28

Bob Jacobson

Location: Undisturbed, weedy field at the north edge of the City of Bloomer
Chippewa County

Multiple white butterflies observed. Confirmed the identity of only one. Based on experience the others were likely the same species.

Mustard White

Mustard White

Apr 28

Randy Powers

Location: Worchester Township
Price County

5:30pm in the afternoon the thermometer in the sun reading 64 degrees, a spring azure sits around the scats on the driveway from our pet dog. With a walk down to the pier area after unloading the car I flush a Morning Cloak off of the pier platforms still on land. The Cloak took off avoiding a digital moment! Musser Lake Cottage.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 28

K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

Just stopped once at the corner of Klotz Rd and James Rd. The Mourning Cloak was landing high in the tree tops. I saw several other Mourning Cloaks but not at this spot.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 28

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Lyons Park
Milwaukee County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 28

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Fern Dell Gorge SNA gravel parking lot
Sauk County

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Apr 29

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Milwaukee River Pkwy just south of Silver Spring Rd
Milwaukee County

Apr 29

Jen Maerz

Location: Mountain Bay Trail in Weston
Marathon County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 29

Jeremy Meyer

Location: My jobsite, Wind Rush Rd
Ozaukee County

Apr 29

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Moely Prairie, Prairie du Sac
Sauk County

While doing restoration work on the prairie, I spied Eastern-tailed Blues, an American Lady ovipositing on Pussytoes, and our first recorded Red Admiral this year!

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 29

Pamela Skaar

Location: Lab of Hygiene, Madison, WI
Dane County

14:15 flew close enough to me to see the black wing edging on a yellow butterfly.

Apr 29

Sandra Halbur

Location: Forest Township Northeast of Dotyville; South of Mt Calvary
Fond du Lac County

My first Morning Cloak! It just wanted to sun it’s wings and rest. Sunny day 66 degrees with a chance of rain in the forecast by the end of the day.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 29

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Along road by our cabin in Winter
Sawyer County

Mostly sunny, breezy, 55 degree afternoon.

‘Spring’ Spring Azure

‘Spring’ Spring Azure

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

Mustard White

Apr 29

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens in and near Mirror Lake State Park
Sauk County

Three long-term monitoring sites and one newer site in the Park, and one long-term site near the Park. We also saw 6 unidentified duskywings.

Apr 29

Kate Redmond

Location: Spruce Lake Bog
Fond du Lac County

Beautiful day - cranes, Wood Ducks, Northern Waterthrush, Common Green Darner, and all kinds of emerging bog plants. The Harvester did a lot of flying around and not much landing.

Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plant

Royal Fern

Royal Fern

jumping spider

jumping spider

Harvester

Harvester

Apr 30

Mike Reese

Location: ATV trail north of Stanton Creek Rd, east of Hunter Haven Rd. one mile
Jackson County

I had never been to Stanton Creek Rd. and I thought I was there and walked down the ATV trail. It didn't seem right but I walked a mile and turned back. Stanton Creek Rd was about 100 yards farther south and looked like a wonderful place.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Eastern Pine Elfin

Eastern Pine Elfin

Apr 30

Peter Sveiks

Location: Schueler Woods in Town of Greenville
Outagamie County

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Apr 30

Fred Dike

Location: Donald Park
Dane County

50s, sunny, breezy

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Apr 30

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Falk Park
Milwaukee County

Apr 30

Jay Watson

Location: Backyard Rosecrans
Manitowoc County

50F, sunny cold south breeze, walk with the boys. Greater bee fly landed on my son and looked cold.

Greater Bee Fly

Greater Bee Fly

Apr 30

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Along trails on our property in Winter
Sawyer County

Mostly sunny 60 degree afternoon.

Mustard White

Mustard White

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Mustard White

Mustard White

Apr 30

Mike Reese

Location: Stanton Creek Rd.
Jackson County

Looking for my first Frosted Elfins of the year.

Apr 30

Jay Watson

Location: Neshota County Park
Brown County

Sunny, 60F, breezy, spring bees active, six spotted tiger beetle 3, green darner abundant 20+.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Andrenid bee

Andrenid bee

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 30

Terry Mortier

Location: Crex Meadows and Burnett County Forest ( south edge of the Clam Lake Fire Break)
Burnett County

Sunny mild day. Elfins were along the south edge of the Clam Lake Fire Break off of Peet Rd. North of Reed Lake Rd. Olympia marbles various locations in Crex.

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Apr 30

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Noyes Park
Milwaukee County

Apr 30

Randy Powers

Location: Worchester - Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest
Price County

Very Windy, Sunny, 55 degrees 1Pm-4Pm, Popple Creek to Gates Lake up to Riley and back. An Infant Moth, a Brown-Shaded Carpet Moth and many "dozens" of Bombylius major, busy Bee-Flies all over the place!

Greater Bee Fly (Bombylius major)

Greater Bee Fly (Bombylius major)

Brown-shaded Carpet (moth)

Brown-shaded Carpet (moth)

The Infant (moth)

The Infant (moth)

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 30

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Along the trails on our property in Winter.
Sawyer County

Saw the Eastern Comma while planting trees for Arbor Day. Sunny, 60 degree afternoon.

Mustard White

Mustard White

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Mustard White

Mustard White

Apr 30

Kate Redmond

Location: Cedarburg Bog - public trails at the north end of the Bog off of Hwy. 33
Ozaukee County

Nice day - cool and sunny, with a light breeze.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma