Butterfly sightings for October 2022

Oct 1

Ethan Brown

Location: Belgium Beachside
Ozaukee County

Oct 1

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen Prairie Trails SNA
Winnebago County

Incidental while helping on a seed collection workday

Oct 1

Terry Mortier

Location: Russell Hill
Grant County

Cloudy until around 1:30. It warmed up nicely after the sun came out and the butterflies were active.The Southern Dogface were on the north ridge and nectaring on New England asters.

Sachem

Sachem

American Lady

American Lady

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Oct 1

Sue Feyrer

Location: Ryan Park
Waukesha County

Oct 1

Terry Mortier

Location: St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens
Crawford County

Early morning, cool but sunny. Not a lot of flowers left.

Oct 1

Ethan Brown

Location: Kohler-Andrea
Sheboygan County

Oct 1

Ethan Brown

Location: Outside of Belgium
Sheboygan County

So many cabbage whites!

Oct 1

April Stanke

Location: Rosholt, WI
Portage County

Oct 1

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Hogback Prairie State Natural Area
Crawford County

Arrived around 11:30 to cloudy weather so butterflies were scarce initially. As the temps increased and the sun finally came out to stay there were more butterflies. My husband was the first to spot the Bronze Copper -- a new butterfly for us both! I have not seen either the Black Swallowtail or the Great Spangled Fritillary in the past few weeks so was pleasantly surprised to see more than one of both species. The Monarchs were very intent on fueling up. Nectar sources seem to be good at this location.

No wind, with temps ranging from lower 60s -70 F.

Monarch

Monarch

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Sachem

Sachem

Monarch

Monarch

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Oct 1

Richard Ouren

Location: Nahley Road
Grant County

Oct 1

Bob Ring & Dick Nikolai

Location: AriensCo Conservation Lands
Calumet County

Sunny, light breeze, 68 degrees. All species feeding on New England Aster which is just past peak bloom. Quite a surprise to see the Veriegated Fritiallary.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

American Lady

American Lady

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

Oct 1

Mike Reese

Location: Nakoma neighborhood, Madison
Dane County

Oct 2

Tod Highsmith

Location: Pheasant Branch in Middleton
Dane County

Oct 2

Fred Dike

Location: Oak Rd
Grant County

about 70 degrees, mostly sunny, slight breeze

Oct 2

Ethan Brown

Location: Near Fennimore
Grant County

Oct 2

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Along trail and in picnic area at Copper Falls State Park
Ashland County

Two Compton Tortoiseshell butterflies were sunning themselves along the hiking trail by the falls. The other two were on an old log building near our picnic table and going in the cracks in the logs checking out possible shelter for the upcoming winter. Mostly sunny, 68 degree early afternoon.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Oct 2

Mike Reese

Location: Farm/Art Dtour
Sauk County

Drove the whole route. There were many Clouded Sulphurs in a couple of alfalfa fields, while others had none.

Oct 2

Lynn Erickson

Location: Town of Marion, near Castle Rock Dam
Juneau County

Sunny, 65 degrees, late afternoon. Just one skipper spotted in the zinnias along the house today.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 2

Ethan Brown

Location: Russel Hill
Grant County

Bit of a drive but it was worth it! Sunny and 70. Beautiful hiking spot.

Oct 3

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

The Frost Asters were very popular and very beautiful today.

Mostly sunny with slight breeze and temps between 65-70 F.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Sachem, Orange Sulphur

Sachem, Orange Sulphur

Sachem

Sachem

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Oct 3

Mary Mirasola

Location: Town of Delton, WI River Tributary, private property
Sauk County

Found on New England Aster, wetland woodland edge, wildlife gardens

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 3

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: By our cabin and along our trails in Winter.
Sawyer County

Compton Tortoiseshell butterfly was checking out spots to shelter under the eaves of our cabin. The Clouded Sulphur was enjoying the sun on one of our trails. Very few nectar sources still available. Mostly sunny, breezy, 68 degree afternoon.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 3

Ryan Brady

Location: My house west of Washburn
Bayfield County

Oct 3

Laura R Mishefske

Location: Boerner Botanical Gardens, Franklin, WI
Milwaukee County

sunny and clear. about 65 degrees.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Oct 3

Mike Reese

Location: Russell Hill
Grant County

I saw four Southern Dogface all nectaring at the same time.

Sachem

Sachem

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Oct 3

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Capital Springs Dog Park, Madison
Dane County

Perfect day; light wind, high 60s, sunny. Thought I'd see more butterflies.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Oct 3

Steve Kinyon

Location: Chaseburg Walking Trail
Vernon County

2:30 to 3:30 pm, sunny, 70°

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 4

Lynn Erickson

Location: Town of Lemonweir, 50th St
Juneau County

Sunny, 70 degrees, around 4 pm. Spotted the Monarch on the edge of a bean field while biking. Still plenty of Cabbage Whites around.

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 4

Pam Campbell

Location: Lakeside Park, Menomonie
Dunn County

Stopped for a few minutes to see what might be sampling the asters.

Sachem

Sachem

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Oct 4

Fred Dike

Location: 400 trail between LaValle and Wonewoc
Sauk County

about 70 degrees, mostly sunny, slight breeze

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Viceroy

Viceroy

Oct 4

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Olbrich Gardens - Madison
Dane County

Oct 4

Pamela Skaar

Location: Governor nelson SP Prairie
Dane County

about 10 AM, sunny, 64 F. One of the blues was a female.

Oct 4

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Gardens
Rock County

11:45-12:30

Oct 4

Pam Campbell

Location: Red Cedar Trail/Irvington
Dunn County

While birding. Before 11am.

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 4

K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

74 degrees, a beautiful day. If you can find blooming Hoary Alyssum you can probably find Purplish Coppers. The problem this year is finding Hoary Alyssum with all the mowing and brush cutting.

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Oct 5

April Stanke

Location: Brown Deer Retention Pond
Milwaukee County

Oct 5

Bob Ring

Location: AriensCo Conservation Lands
Calumet County

Conducted survey in large prairie near silo on the south end of the conservation lands. Sunny and 73 F, with SW wind 8 mph. All butterflies feeding on New England Asters that are well past peak stage. Tagged all 10 Monarchs that were present. 6 females, 4 males. The most Monarchs seen in the last ten days.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Viceroy

Viceroy

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 5

Mike Reese

Location: Black Earth Creek Wildlife Area Sunnyside Unit
Dane County

First time I have stopped here. All sulphurs were seen in the alfalfa field.

Oct 5

Mike Reese

Location: Swamplovers Preserve
Dane County

73 degrees and mostly sunny. Not a lot of nectar sources here now, but it was fun to see a familiar Black Swallowtail on the hill.

Oct 5

Fred Dike

Location: Lake Farm County Park
Dane County

Partly sunny, about 73 degrees, slight breeze

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Oct 5

Ethan Brown

Location: Marquette University High School
Milwaukee County

Oct 6

Ethan Brown

Location: Spirit Lake
Ozaukee County

Oct 7

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Didn't really expect to see much for butterflies today because it was windy, chilly and cloudy for most of the day. Around 2:15 the sun came out and the wind died down momentarily, but 'Butterfly Weather' didn't last long. Temps were in the lower 50's F.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Viceroy

Viceroy

Viceroy

Viceroy

Oct 7

Tod Highsmith

Location: Capital Springs State Recreation Area
Dane County

50 degrees and sunny and not even the grasshoppers were active, but this little guy was flying along the ground.

Oct 8

Ethan Brown

Location: Esofea-Rentz Park
Vernon County

Oct 8

Lynn Erickson

Location: Town of Marion, near Castle Rock dam
Juneau County

Sunny, mid 50s, windy. The hard frost last night killed most of the remaining flowers in the garden. Just one Eastern Comma spotted while on my walk in the woods around 3:15 pm.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Oct 8

Ethan Brown

Location: Readstown
Vernon County

Oct 8

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: McFarland Dog Park
Dane County

Windy, mid-50s, partly cloudy. Open woods.

Question Mark

Question Mark

Oct 8

Ethan Brown

Location: Private farm near Soldier’s Grove (Fleming Road)
Crawford County

Had a hard freeze last night. 53-60 degrees and sunny.

Oct 8

Terry Mortier

Location: Standing Cedars Land conservancy, Buffalo Skull and Tewksbury tracts
Polk County

54 degrees, mostly sunny, and windy. The commas were warming themselves in the sun near the parking lots at both tracts. The clouded sulphurs were active in a ditch bordering a hay field next to Tewksbury. The mourning cloak was at the Buffalo Skull tract.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Oct 8

Ethan Brown

Location: Milwaukee Roadside
Milwaukee County

Oct 9

Mary Jo Sundling

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

Osprey have migrated south but a pair of Sandhill cranes joined us along the trails. Nice to see a few butterflies in the prairie areas. Partly sunny breezy 67 degree afternoon.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 9

Ethan Brown

Location: Russel Hill
Grant County

Got here late but still 67ish and sunny. I thought all the dogface where killed by the deep frost. But a member of my party said they saw some. I can’t say for sure.

Oct 9

Ann Thering

Location: My garden
Dane County

Oct 9

Ethan Brown

Location: Private Farm near Soldier’s Grove
Crawford County

55-64 degrees and sunny. My latest ever pearl crescent.

Oct 9

Ethan Brown

Location: Fleming Orchard
Crawford County

The commas were enjoying all the fallen apples.

Oct 10

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My yard in Stoughton
Dane County

Sunny 68 degree afternoon.

Oct 10

Bob Ring

Location: AriensCo Conservation Lands
Calumet County

A few butterflies seen feeding on New England Asters in Giant Prairie area.

Oct 10

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Always pleased when a beautiful butterfly day provides a few surprises. I have not seen a Silver-spotted Skipper in over two weeks and have only ever seen the Gray Hairstreak once before, and in another county. Sachem numbers were definitely higher than expected, too.

Sunny with a light breeze, temps between 68-72 F from 1-3.

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 10

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Our yard in Sauk City.
Sauk County

Upper 60's and sunny. Both Fiery Skippers were females. Both Sachems were males.

Sachem

Sachem

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 10

Sue Feyrer

Location: Retzer Nature Center
Waukesha County

Oct 10

Kathi Dwelle

Location: Post Farm pollinator garden, Shorewood Hills
Dane County

Early afternoon. Hungry monarch feeding on purple asters. Several small bumble bees also on the asters.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 10

Pam Campbell

Location: Lakeside Park, Menomonie
Dunn County

Sunny and 70 degrees after morning temps in the 30s.

Monarch

Monarch

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 10

Terry Mortier

Location: Hayfield next to parking lot at work. NE of Hudson
St. Croix County

One Monarch flying along the edge of the parking lot. Sunny, warm, light wind, late afternoon. Tempted to call in "sick". Lol

Oct 11

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Oct 11

Rory Williams

Location: Backyard in Neenah
Winnebago County

Incidental while picking apples and trying to recover from COVID

Oct 12

Steve Kinyon

Location: Swift Creek, behind Gunderson Lutheran
La Crosse County

1:30 to 2:30pm, sunny, 64°, windy. All records were seeing either flying or close to, or on the ground. The Fiery skipper shown was on a very short dandelion.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 12

Tod Highsmith

Location: Olbrich Park
Dane County

Oct 12

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Timing and weather are so important! A rainy morning suddenly became sunny around noon and the butterflies seemed to be out just enjoying the sunshine. I have never seen so many Red Admirals at once. I was also pleased to see the Painted Lady and the sharp new looking Pearl Crescent. Around 2 p.m. it became very cloudy and windy and the butterflies disappeared. It was nice to see these butterflies today but considerably less numbers than a couple of days ago. Temps between 54-60 F.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Oct 15

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Sunny spots near the apple trees but out of the wind seemed to be more of a draw today that the apples themselves. I did check the field with the Frost Asters but very cold and windy and didn't see any butterflies. Most of the other flowers have succumbed to the frost so food supply is definitely getting less but very happy to see the 'Butters' I did. Sent the Praying Mantis on his way because I think he was looking for a butterfly lunch. Around 4 pm. still some butterflies out enjoying the warmth of the sun.

Around noon with temps in mid 50's F.

Question Mark

Question Mark

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Question Mark

Question Mark

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 15

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Oct 15

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: While on a walk in my neighborhood in Stoughton
Dane County

Nice to see a butterfly after the 32 degree low temperature this morning. Sunny, breezy, 50 degree afternoon.

Oct 16

Ethan Brown

Location: Milwaukee Roadside
Milwaukee County

My latest CW sighting I think.

Oct 16

Ethan Brown

Location: Kettle Moraine Southern Unit
Waukesha County

Things seem pretty dead in the southeast part of the state. I haven’t seen any of the usual late season nymphalids.

Oct 18

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

A few Brave Butterflies! With the temp at 41 F (burrr!!!!) a Red Admiral and an Eastern Comma were finding sunny, protected spots out of the wind at 1:00 p.m. I wasn't quick enough to catch a photo of the Orange Sulphur that surprised me by landing on my leg momentarily. Hoping the predicted warmer weather will mean one or two butterfly surprises before the 2022 season ends in Wisconsin.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Oct 19

Fred Dike

Location: Waltham Park- Madison
Dane County

40s, sunny

Oct 20

Mike Reese

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

59 degrees, little wind, and sunny. Both skippers were males

Oct 20

Tod Highsmith

Location: Capital Springs State Park
Dane County

Oct 20

Pam Campbell

Location: Red Cedar Trail, Irvington
Dunn County

Sunny, temps in the 50s.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Common Green Darner

Common Green Darner

Autumn Meadowhawk

Autumn Meadowhawk

Oct 20

Ann Thering

Location: My garden.
Dane County

Oct 20

April Stanke

Location: Brown Deer High School
Milwaukee County

Oct 20

Fred Dike

Location: Blue River Barrens
Grant County

upper 50s, sunny

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

American Copper

American Copper

Oct 20

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Only nectar source left is the Frost Aster. The True Brushfoot (Nymphalinae) were quite active today. Included a 'seek and find' photo of the Eastern Comma in the leaves. The white butterfly photo is either a Clouded or Orange Sulphur.

Sunny, no wind, with temps about 60 F at noon.

Question Mark

Question Mark

Clouded/Orange Sulphur

Clouded/Orange Sulphur

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Oct 20

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Oct 20

Fred Dike

Location: Pine River Trail in Richland Center
Richland County

sunny, 50s

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Oct 20

Mike Reese

Location: McKee Farms Park
Dane County

56 degrees and sunny. 11:15-12:15

Oct 20

Ann Thering

Location: Swamplovers
Dane County

Oct 21

Judith Huf

Location: Virmond Park
Ozaukee County

at 10:30 it had warmed to almost 60 degrees on this sunny day. Still many far asters blooming.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Oct 21

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson property 1/4 mile south of Chaseburg on county K
Vernon County

Oct 21

Rory Williams

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

Incidental while gardening.

Oct 21

Ethan Brown

Location: Mequon Neighborhood
Ozaukee County

Oct 21

Fred Dike

Location: Fish Camp Park
Dane County

sunny, breezy, around 70 degrees

Oct 21

Bob Ring

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

Sunny and beautiful and over 70 F. Very strong winds gusting to 30 mph from the SW, but diminished rapidly during the afternoon. First Monarchs in two weeks were seen.

Oct 21

Judith Huf

Location: County Grounds
Milwaukee County

70 degrees and sunny. I only had my cell phone to take photos.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 21

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Prairie area and trails in Admunson Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Most of the butterflies were on the few remaining purple asters. Sunny, breezy, 75 degree afternoon.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Oct 21

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Botanical Gardens
Rock County

77 degrees, sunny, but windy.

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

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

Oct 21

Sue Feyrer

Location: Retzer Nature Center
Waukesha County

Oct 21

Ethan Brown

Location: Madison
Dane County

Oct 21

Ethan Brown

Location: Mazomanie Dog Trial Grounds
Dane County

Sunny and 76!

Oct 21

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Saw all of the same butterflies as posted on October 20th. Butterflies today with higher numbers than yesterday were the Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur and Eastern Comma. The Question Mark, Painted Lady and Red Admiral were the same number as yesterday. Pleased to find a couple of skippers and surprised to watch the Mourning Cloak crawl in and out of the rock pile. Hope it found a spot to spend the winter! There must have been 2 dozen Celery Looper Moths finding nectar today. I think this moth moves very similar to a skipper so they really kept me on my toes.

Sunny, windy with temps in the low 70's F around noon. The Sachem was spotted around 3:30p.m.

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Celery Looper (moth)

Celery Looper (moth)

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 21

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Oct 21

Steve Kinyon

Location: Swift Creek, behind Gunderson hospital
La Crosse County

1:30 to 2:30 pm. 70°. Female was dinner for some insect.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Oct 22

Judith Huf

Location: Urban Ecology Center, Riverside
Milwaukee County

With temps in the 70s and sunny, more butterflies today. Two of the Sulphurs were mating!

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Oct 22

Kaona Koehn

Location: Schmeekle Reserve, Stevens Point
Portage County

Saw it soaking up some sun on the boardwalk near the visitor center, it was too quick for me to get a picture of it unfortunately!

Oct 22

Mike Reese

Location: Russell Hill
Grant County

Oct 22

Jeremy Meyer

Location: My yard, Franklin
Milwaukee County

Oct 22

Ethan Brown

Location: Ehorn Private Wildlife Area
Crawford County

Sunny and 68-82.

Oct 22

Ethan Brown

Location: Near Prarie du Chien
Crawford County

Oct 22

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Another beautiful day for butterflies!

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

American Lady

American Lady

Oct 22

Patrick Ready

Location: Tenney Park, Madison
Dane County

Near the locks going to Asters in the prairie gardens.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Oct 22

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Oct 22

Ethan Brown

Location: Wauzeka Viewing Area
Crawford County

Oct 22

Ethan Brown

Location: Beetown
Grant County

Oct 22

Pam Kindschi

Location: West Side of Beloit
Rock County

Oct 22

Bob Ring

Location: AriensCo conservation Lands
Calumet County

Sunny, breezy 73 F. All species feeding were on New England Asters. Plenty of Sulphur butterflies, most were Clouded, but several Orange noted as well. Still a few Monarchs around after freezing temperatures and minor snow accumulation earlier in the week.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Celery Looper (moth)

Celery Looper (moth)

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 22

Jennie Lanzendorf

Location: Sugar River State Trail, Albany WI
Green County

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 23

Steve Kinyon

Location: Swift Creek, behind Gunderson Hospital
La Crosse County

4 to 5pm, mostly sunny, mid 70s. the commas were perching high on sunny leaves and tree trunks.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Oct 23

Ethan Brown

Location: Ehorn Private Wildlife Area
Crawford County

Many snake species have been crossing the road. Question Mark was flying unusually high up.

Oct 23

Lynn Erickson

Location: Town of Marion near Castle Rock Dam
Juneau County

Sunny, 75 degrees, windy, mid-afternoon. Spotted this fresh male monarch in my garden while I was digging out glad bulbs. He lingered on the dill weed and then moved on to a sunny spot.

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Oct 23

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

BEETOWN BUTTERFLY BLOWOUT BASH!
First to arrive, as usual, were the Red Admirals, a lovely party of four! The Admirals are always so friendly and are sure to make everyone feel welcome. A single American Lady strolled in and made many heads swivel! What a beauty! Next the Eastern Commas appear with their constant movement. Each and every Comma flies in, then out, making it impossible to know whether they are coming or going, and if they have the decency to land for a moment why must they gather their wings in so tightly so no one can see them. Why come to a party if you can’t stay or don’t want to visit with the other guests? On another note though, one Comma did provide a bit of comic relief as it grasped a fallen leaf tightly just when a gust of wind whipped the leaf and butterfly into the next county. More merriment ensued from there! Everyone was pleased to see another attendee, a Monarch, but she simply waved and flew on explaining that she had a previous commitment, the ‘Day of the Dead’ celebration further south and needed to take flight straightaway! A couple of Cool Dude Gray Commas strolled through just to make sure the photographers and everyone else saw their spots or lack thereof because that seems to set them apart from the crowd. The elegant Question Mark was a single party attendee. They seldom travel with others so it really wasn’t a surprise to anyone. Cabbage White arrived fashionably late, stopping to visit her children along the way. She shared that Cabbage Lane had been crawling with activity. Later that afternoon’s wild windy weather without warning ended the wingding! Oh well, there’s always another day in Wisco for a Beetown Butterfly Bash but more likely it will be in 2023!

American Lady

American Lady

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Question Mark

Question Mark

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Oct 23

Terry Mortier

Location: Russell Hill and parking areas along County Rd C
Grant County

Warm and very windy. I checked most of the parking areas along County Rd. C to avoid the wind. All the commas were seen in the parking areas. Everything else was seen at Russell Hill. I didn't arrive at Russel Hill until 2:45 PM. In hindsight I wish I had saved more time for Russel Hill despite the wind.

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Oct 23

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Oct 23

Joan Braune

Location: east side neighborhood in Madison
Dane County

Oct 23

Pamela Skaar

Location: Cherokee Marsh NRA - East Trailhead
Dane County

about 10:15 near the alfalfa field close to the parking lot, sunny, 66 F

Oct 23

Steve Kinyon

Location: Sugar Creek Bluff and Rush Creek State Natural Areas
Crawford County

10:30 am to 2:30 pm, high 70s. Other than a few sulphurs, 2 commas flew by but could not get pictures. The Monarchs were seen on Highway 35 where you turn off to Rush Creek.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Oct 24

Mary Murrell

Location: Monona, WI (backyard)
Dane County

In the prairie we have planted in our backyard. Next to Wicawak Bay (Lake Monona)

Viceroy

Viceroy

Oct 24

Ethan Brown

Location: Rolling Ground
Crawford County

Oct 24

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Capital Springs Dog Park
Dane County

While it was a warm (70s) afternoon, I was surprised to see this Painted Lady because it was so windy and late in the season. It was the only butterfly I saw, though.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Oct 24

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Menominee County

Quite a surprise seeing a Monarch this late. Weather still warm and sunny.

Oct 24

Fred Dike

Location: Lake Farm County Park
Dane County

ptly sunny, breezy, around 70 degrees

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 26

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Expected to see Eastern Comma but what happened to the Red Admirals?

Sunny, no wind and 50 F around 2 p.m. Checked back around 3:30 and still a few butterflies. Definitely less butterflies than three days ago and less flying and more sunning today.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Oct 27

Tod Highsmith

Location: Nine Springs Sewage Lagoons
Dane County

Oct 27

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: uscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Cloudy most of the day. A short window of sun around 1:45 with temps around 57 brought some visitors.

Question Mark

Question Mark

Oct 28

Ann Thering

Location: My garden.
Dane County

Oct 28

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Grassy area along trail in Admunson Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Late blooming dandelions were about the only nectar sources available today. Sunny, 60 degree afternoon.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Oct 28

Fred Dike

Location: Browntown-Cadiz Springs SRA
Green County

50s, mostly sunny, slight breeze

Oct 28

Rory Williams

Location: Bubolz Nature Area
Outagamie County

Oct 29

Ann Thering

Location: My garden.
Dane County

Oct 29

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen Prairie SNA
Winnebago County

One brushfoot but I could not identify, may have been a really dark buckeye. Incidental while preparing sites on SNA for replanting of seeds

Oct 29

Ethan Brown

Location: Mequon
Ozaukee County

Oct 29

Tod Highsmith

Location: Schiller Ct., East Side Madison
Dane County

Oct 29

Ethan Brown

Location: Kettle Moraine Pike Lake Unit
Washington County

Beautiful day. Hoping for more nymphalids.

Oct 29

Tim Fenske

Location: City of Middleton yard
Dane County

Oct 29

Ethan Brown

Location: Germantown
Washington County

Oct 29

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Prairie area at Bjoin Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Very faded worn Clouded Sulphurs. Sunny, 65 degree afternoon.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Oct 30

Rory Williams

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

Incidental while cleaning up garden and picking pears

Oct 31

Naomi Borgenhagen

Location: Sheboygan Falls
Sheboygan County

The Monarch was in good condition. Flying between a Cedar Tree and a Maple Tree in my backyard on Falcon Way in Sheboygan Falls

Oct 31

Bob Ring and Ann Stilp

Location: AriensCo conservation lands
Calumet County

Unseasonably warm, but New England Asters are fading rapidly and nectar sources are becoming harder to find. The sighting was an incidental sighting while conducting a bumble bee survey.

Oct 31

Rory Williams

Location: Backyard in Neenah
Winnebago County

One female Monarch landed on flowers and then flew south

Oct 31

Ann Thering

Location: My garden.
Dane County

Oct 31

Cindy Harmeyer

Location: Tendick Park in Saukville.
Ozaukee County

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail