Butterfly sightings for April 2022

Apr 3

Ann Thering and Dave Eide

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

We saw a single buttercup blooming, flat on the ground, and one hepatica flower, the shoot of which had not yet elongated.

Apr 9

Mike Reese, Karen Oberhauser

Location: Muralt Bluff Prairie State Natural Area
Green County

First butterfly of the year!

Pasque Flower

Pasque Flower

Apr 9

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

So surprised and pleased to see this Compton Tortoiseshell near the garage. Not only is it the first sighting of the year for me but it is a first time sighting for me for this butterfly. Some Maple Trees were recently tapped in the neighborhood so should be sap to find. Hope to see again!

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

★ = New county photo record

Apr 9

Mike Reese, Karen Oberhauser

Location: Abraham's Woods State Natural Area
Green County

Apr 9

Daniel Jackson

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

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 9

Chrissy Thompson

Location: Private land near Independence.
Trempealeau County

Apr 10

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Estabrook Park
Milwaukee County

Apr 10

April Stanke

Location: Villa Grove Park in Mequon
Ozaukee County

Apr 10

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm on Star Lake Road
Oconto County

FOY and birthday butterfly

Apr 10

Jeannie van Vianen

Location: Blue Mound State Park
Dane County

FOY!

Apr 10

Pamela Hoyland

Location: Colfax Ferry gravel pit.
Dunn County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 10

Ann Elaine

Location: South Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

Couldn't get a picture with the wings open.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 10

Ethan Brown

Location: Kettle Moraine Southern Unit
Walworth County

Windy and 55-58 degrees. Party sunny to mostly cloudy.

Apr 10

Rory Williams

Location: Wiouwash Trail near Oakridge Rd
Winnebago County

Incidental while checking on the Larsen Prairie SNA. Surprised to see this number of butterflies with how cool it was.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 10

Bob Jacobson

Location: Wooded area along Harbors Ln, about two miles south of Couderay
Sawyer County

Mostly cloudy, temp mid 50s F

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 10

Ben Lindberg

Location: Picnic Point - UW Campus
Dane County

This friendly Mourning Cloak stopped by for a visit as we explored Picnic Point this weekend. It even crawled on Nellie’s hand to pose for a photo! For a moment we thought it was a grasshopper :)

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 10

Nick Gremban

Location: Loon Rapids Road, Mountain
Oconto County

First butterflies of the year!

Apr 10

Teena Parker

Location: LL Phillips CO Park
Eau Claire County

Spotted these next to Seven Mile Creek, in tall grass and foliage. A wonderful addition to other spring sightings!!

Apr 10

Judith Huf

Location: Near the Little Menomonee River, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

My first butterfly of this cold spring

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 10

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Along the road near our cabin in Winter.
Sawyer County

I was out for a walk when a Compton Tortoiseshell butterfly flew past me, then back and around me before flying off into the nearby pines. Cloudy and very windy 55 degree afternoon.

Apr 11

John & Susan Winegarden

Location: LL Phillips County Park
Eau Claire County

Warm but very windy day. Tough to get pics!

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 11

Fred Dike

Location: Bakkens Pond
Sauk County

Sunny. Mid 60s, breezy

Apr 11

Fred Dike

Location: Morton County Forest
Dane County

Sunny, early afternoon, around 60 degrees, light breeze

The Infant (moth)

The Infant (moth)

The Infant (moth)

The Infant (moth)

The Infant (moth)

The Infant (moth)

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 11

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Foy!

Apr 11

Patrick Ready

Location: Arena boat landing
Sauk County

Sitting on ground in sandy parking lot.

Apr 11

Jay Watson

Location: Backyard Rosecrans
Manitowoc County

Backyard and across the road in woods by house. Wood frogs starting to call.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 11

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson property just south of Chaseburg on County K
Vernon County

Spotted 3 Compton's Tortoiseshells and 1 Eastern Comma feeding on sap on a small tree in the woods.

Apr 11

Pamela Skaar

Location: Schmist's Woods, Waunakee, WI
Dane County

First time at this location and FOY butterflies. One of the Mourning Cloaks had tattered wing edges and dull color. It was sitting in a sunny space opening and closing it's wings, possibly displaying.

Apr 11

Mike Reese

Location: Walking Iron County Park
Dane County

Also saw my first tiger beetles of the year. All that I saw well were Oblique-lined Tiger Beetles

Apr 11

Kate Redmond

Location: North end of the Cedarburg Bog, off Highway 33
Ozaukee County

A beautiful day for watching butterflies, with a soundtrack provided by a spring peeper, Flickers, a Red-tailed Hawk, an Osprey, and a Barred Owl.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 11

Dan Abel

Location: north loop rd. woods, rat river SWA, Winchester.
Winnebago County

Windy. Seen flying into the woods from the large cattail/sedge marsh.

Apr 12

Ethan Brown

Location: Lion’s Den Nature
Ozaukee County

Red admiral was a surprise.

Apr 12

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Lake Kegonsa State Park
Dane County

Warm (mid 60s), windy day. Sighted along an open path adjacent to the woods, where the wind was calmer.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 15

Ethan Brown

Location: Cedarburg Bog
Ozaukee County

Not too many flyers. 42 and mostly cloudy.

Apr 16

Christine Kemp

Location: Ogema
Price County

Found 2 Compton tortoiseshell at our residence today

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 17

Teena Parker

Location: Chippewa River Bike Trail, Caryville
Dunn County

Along the bike trail, in tall grass, near a bridge
46°

Apr 17

Nick Gremban

Location: Loon Rapids Road, Mountain
Oconto County

Sunny, 45 degrees.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 19

K. Java

Location: Crex Meadows SWA
Burnett County

Calm sunny and 45 degrees. The FOY butterflies for me found at the Phantom Lake boat landing.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 19

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Cornuocpia
Bayfield County

41 degrees F, mostly sunny. 20% cover of 12-15 inch deep snow.

Apr 19

Bob Jacobson

Location: Bloomer
Chippewa County

Near a stream north of the industrial park at the north edge of the city. Mostly sunny, moderate wind, 39 degrees F. Approximately 1:30pm.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 19

Marci Lanois

Location: Necedah NWR - Speedway Rd, 7th Ave, 11th Ave
Juneau County

Sunny and 44˚. Light wind.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 21

Judith Huf

Location: Oak Leaf Trail near N. 91st Street
Milwaukee County

60 degrees and Sunny

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 21

Eileen Scharenbroch

Location: North of Newburg, Town of Trenton
Washington County

The Mourning Cloak was sunning itself on our stone tile porch.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 21

Mike Reese

Location: Spring Green Preserve SNA
Sauk County

The only nectar sources I saw were these hepaticas.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Round-lobed Hepatica

Round-lobed Hepatica

Apr 21

Mike Reese

Location: Nakoma Neighborhood, Madison
Dane County

First of the year!

Apr 21

Patrick Ready

Location: Pheasant Br Concervancy east trail.
Dane County

Found both on same tree.

Apr 21

Ethan Brown

Location: Cedarburg Bog
Ozaukee County

Wonderful 64 degree sunny day. Thought I saw a small Orange lycanidae butterfly. Could of been a Harvester.

Apr 21

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Gallistel Woods, UW Arb
Dane County

Apr 21

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Ryan Rd Substation, Oak Creek
Milwaukee County

Apr 21

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Heritage Sanctuary
Dane County

Apr 22

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Moely Prairie, Prairie du Sac
Sauk County

Cabbage White was seen flying through the prairie during a restoration work day. No camera on hand unfortunately!

Apr 23

Tod Highsmith

Location: Lake Farm County Park
Dane County

Apr 23

Rory Williams

Location: Navarino Wildlife Area
Shawano County

Looking for Brown Elfins, did not find any during our six mile walk. We did find five 12 spotted Tiger Beetles.

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 23

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: McFarland Backyard
Dane County

The very tattered Mourning Cloak, amazingly, was still able to fly. Sighted at midday; 78F, slight wind; many bees and flies in the area, too.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Apr 23

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Zeloski Marsh
Jefferson County

Apr 23

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: On the crocuses in my backyard in Stoughton
Dane County

First painted Lady this year. Mostly sunny, windy, 73 degree morning.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Apr 23

Pam Kindschi

Location: Beloit
Rock County

Apr 23

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Poyer's flower and pie stand, Fort Atkinson
Jefferson County

Lady on a hanging basket

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 23

April Stanke

Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 23

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Kettle Morraine State Forest headquarters
Waukesha County

Cloudy, windy, 77 deg. our first butterflies of the year.

Apr 23

Peter and Charlotte Silvers

Location: Kettle Morraine State Forest headquarters
Waukesha County

Cloudy, windy, 77 deg. our first butterflies of the year.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 23

Paul Sparks

Location: Kellings Lakes
Sheboygan County

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

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

Apr 24

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Grant Park
Milwaukee County

Apr 24

Pam Campbell

Location: Hoffman Hills
Dunn County

First butterfly of the season. (Finally!) And first dragonflies.

Common Green Darner

Common Green Darner

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 24

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Warnimont Park Golf Course
Milwaukee County

Apr 24

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Hickory Hill Conservancy
Dane County

Apr 24

Jay Watson

Location: Neshota County Park
Brown County

Willow female flowers out and spring beauty just beginning to flower, saw a few solitary bees visiting willow; 72F and windy (20mph)

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

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

Apr 24

Dan Abel

Location: North shore of Stevens lake,town of alvin
Forest County

Sunny,60s and windy.

Apr 24

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard in Stoughton
Dane County

My first sighting of cabbage whites this year. Not many nectar sources available in area. Sunny, windy, 65 degree afternoon.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Apr 24

Sue Feyrer

Location: Lake Country Trail near Pewaukee Lake
Waukesha County

Finally saw my first of the year floating along the trail.

Apr 29

Lester Doyle

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Mid-Afternoon. Cloudy, Windy, mid to low 60's. Not a lot of activity of any kind. Only saw two Tiger Beetles Individuals (Festive and Oblique-lined). Good news, The Lark Sparrows are back.

Apr 29

Pamela Hoyland

Location: 940th st. Colfax, yard
Dunn County

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 29

Terry Mortier

Location: Stolte rd. Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

Late afternoon, sunny, temp near 60, puddling on a low spot and coyote scat.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 29

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Along our trails behind our cabin in Winter
Sawyer County

Mostly sunny, 55 degree late afternoon.