Butterfly sightings for September 2022

Sep 1

WALTER MUELLER

Location: Scandinavia
Waupaca County

Saw this giant swallowtail on the neighbors phlox. I'm sure i'd never seen this species so I snapped a picture. The metadata contains the gps coordinates. The attached photo shows the Giant Swallowtail hovering.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sep 1

Fred Dike

Location: Morton Forest County Park
Dane County

about 80 degrees, slight breeze

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sep 1

Fred Dike

Location: Rettenmund Prairie
Dane County

70s, mostly sunny, light breeze

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Sep 1

Laura R Mishefske

Location: Wehr Nature Center, Franklin, WI
Milwaukee County

Seen about 9 a.m.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 1

Ashley Holland

Location: Front yard
Manitowoc County

Monarch

Monarch

Hummingbird Clearwing (moth)

Hummingbird Clearwing (moth)

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 1

Lynn Erickson

Location: Town of Marion, Corner of County G and 45th St
Juneau County

Sunny, breezy, 80s, around 11 am. Made a quick stop on my bike route to check out the butterfly activity along the marsh.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 1

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona
Dane County

Early afternoon, 80s, humid, slightly windy.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Viceroy

Viceroy

Sep 1

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm on Star Lake Road
Oconto County

Sep 1

Judith Huf

Location: Urban Ecology Center Riverside
Milwaukee County

Sunny, about noon.

Monarch

Monarch

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Sep 1

Joe Meyer

Location: Catholic Ecology Center; Near our ecology yurt on the boardwalk that goes through alder thickets
Dodge County

Harvester

Harvester

Harvester

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

Sep 1

Ethan Brown

Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County

Painted lady, and the Viceroy were both newly eclosed. They were seen “hopping” down the trailhead.

Sep 1

Jackie Barndt

Location: Backyard habitat
Outagamie County

Eastern Tailed-Blue, on leaf of small holly hock in my southern butterfly habitat . First ever sighting of Eastern Tailed-Blue.

Sep 2

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Pine Island Wildlife Area
Columbia County

8:00-8:35 a.m., occasional drizzle, no sun, 70 degrees F

Sep 2

Terry Mortier

Location: Lake Front Park, Hudson
St. Croix County

Warm, muggy, late afternoon.

Sep 2

Lynn Erickson

Location: Town of Marion near Castle Rock dam
Juneau County

Sunny, 82 degrees, late afternoon. Spotted these while out for a walk in the woods after the rain ended.

Monarch

Monarch

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Sep 2

Laura R Mishefske

Location: Boerner Botanical Gardens, Franklin, WI
Milwaukee County

Seen about 4 in the afternoon.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 2

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Prairie area of Bjoin Park in Stoughton
Dane County

The "resident" Sandhill Crane family was busy eating at the edge of the prairie. They'll be migrating south any day now.
Sunny, 76 degree morning.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 2

Steve Kinyon

Location: Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail, from trailhead to 3 miles east
Monroe County

9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Only 15 minutes of sun after 10, 71°. Most sightings in those 15 minutes

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

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

Sep 2

Steven lubahn

Location: Root River Parkway along County Line Road
Racine County

Question Mark

Question Mark

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

American Snout

American Snout

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Viceroy

Viceroy

Sep 2

Mike Reese

Location: front yard, Madison
Dane County

All five Monarchs were nectaring on Rough Blazingstar in the front yard.

Sep 2

Mike Reese

Location: Rock River Prairie State Natural Area
Rock County

Proctacanthus milbertii

Proctacanthus milbertii

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Sep 2

Mike Reese

Location: McKee Farms Park
Dane County

Sep 2

Judith Huf

Location: Monarch Consevation Area at Mke County Grounds
Milwaukee County

Only had a short time here around 10 am because I had a 11:15 apt. Sunny and warm.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 2

Fred Dike

Location: Lower, Wisconsin Riverway
Iowa County

mostly sunny, about 75 degrees, calm

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 2

Fred Dike

Location: Cassel Rd Prairie
Sauk County

partly sunny, breezy, about 70 degrees

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 2

Fred Dike

Location: Bakkens Pond
Sauk County

mostly cloudy, calm, about 72 degrees

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 3

Kim Lawler

Location: West edge of Spring Valley, by front porch garden & pots
Pierce County

Sunny, 78°, very light breeze

Butterfly was tattered but still going

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Sep 3

April Stanke

Location: Cedarburg Environmental OWLT
Ozaukee County

Sep 3

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen Prairie SNA
Winnebago County

Incidental while collecting seeds for replanting within the SNA

Sep 3

Ethan Brown

Location: Lions Den Gorge
Ozaukee County

Abysmal butterfly weather. 65 and cloudy.

Sep 3

Jennie Lanzendorf

Location: Mecan Springs State Natural Area
Waushara County

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Sep 3

Bob Ring, Dick Nikolai

Location: AriensCo Conservation Land
Calumet County

Breezy conditions, cloudy and sunny intervals, 68 degrees

Sep 3

Steven lubahn

Location: Disturbed undeveloped field adjacent to Sweet Applewood Lane, just south of Layton Ave. In Cudahy
Milwaukee County

Distinctive light brown/grayish zebra markings on underwings with two dark eye's on the lower outer angle of the hindwing consistent in size with the markings on the outer margin. The upper eye-spot being slightly larger than the lower. I only saw the upperwings ever so briefly but I believe I saw a bluish purple, possibly a male. The antenna were b/w stripped with pale clubs with a bit of orange. This was my first sighting of this species in Wisconsin. This field is disturbed with this butterfly on Birdsfoot Trefoil.

Sep 3

Joey Meyers

Location: N4417 Ostrander Road, New London Wi - Town of Mulwa
Waupaca County

Fluttered around on flocks. The butterfly would not land to rest but kept moving from flower to flower.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sep 3

Kim Lawler

Location: Van Buren Rd. In Spring Valley, by front porch on mums
Pierce County

Sunny, 79°, very slight breeze

Monarch very busy on mums

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 3

Terry Mortier

Location: T33N R15W Sec.12 (Clayton Twp). VPA program property #378
Polk County

Windy, warm sunny late afternoon.

Sep 4

Laura R Mishefske

Location: Wehr Nature Center, Franklin, WI
Milwaukee County

Seen about 5 in the evening. Light breeze.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 4

Daniel Jackson

Location: Genoa power plant boat landing
Vernon County

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Sep 4

Rory Williams

Location: Cty Z and Country Club Road
Winnebago County

Incidental while gardening

Sep 4

Judith Huf

Location: My Garden Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee County

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sep 4

Ethan Brown

Location: Spirit Lake
Ozaukee County

It feels like it’s mid October already. 66 and cloudy.

Sep 4

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Hogback Prairie State Natural Area
Crawford County

Very pleased to see Regals today. All seemed to be female and if they landed it was to head deep into the grass and continue to crawl around. I wondered if they were laying eggs but did not observe any. Love a good Butterfly Warrior and the Pearl Crescent earned the honors today.

The views at Hogback are outstanding and was so pleased to visit this unique prairie in Southwest Wisconsin.

Sunny with a breeze and temps around 70 F.

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

Sep 5

Steven lubahn

Location: Root River Parkway along County Line Rd.
Racine County

I first spotted The Common Checkered Skipper along the river on 081822 but not seen since until today. Only the second time I've seen a Tule Bluet here this summer, what luck!

American Rubyspot

American Rubyspot

Tule Bluet

Tule Bluet

American Rubyspot

American Rubyspot

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Familiar Blue

Familiar Blue

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

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

Sep 5

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: two roadside stops just off Hwy 35 in Crawford County, one a private residence
Crawford County

The Gray Hairstreak is a first for me. I am so pleased it opened its wings for the camera, too. When a relative says 'you should go here to look for butterflies' you never know what you will find!

Sunny with no wind and temps around 75F from 3:00-4:30.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Sep 5

Laura R Mishefske

Location: Grant Park, Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee County

Seen about 9 a.m. Clear sunny weather.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 5

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Beautiful, sunny, and cool, with a Lake breeze. The big dragonfly movement seems to be over.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Question Mark

Question Mark

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 5

Steve Kinyon

Location: Mathys Tract
La Crosse County

A pleasure to see a Variegated Fritillary, a first for me. It stopped for a brief moment on the path, enough time for a few pictures, at least of the dorsal side.

Sep 5

Jennie Lanzendorf

Location: Roelendorf Acres, Spring Green
Sauk County

My garden

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sep 5

Mike Reese

Location: Taproot farm
Iowa County

Sep 5

Terry Mortier

Location: Dunnville Barrens
Dunn County

Warm, light wind, Sunny.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

American Copper

American Copper

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sep 5

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard garden in Stoughton
Dane County

First Monarch I've seen in a while. Mostly cloudy 68 degree morning.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 5

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

Just a few butterflies while I was bird watching this morning

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 5

Jennie Lanzendorf

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

American Copper

American Copper

Sep 6

Judith Huf

Location: Virmond Park
Ozaukee County

Sunny and Warm about noon

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

'Summer' Spring Azure

Monarch

Monarch

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sep 6

Ethan Brown

Location: Mishicot
Manitowoc County

Sep 6

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Gardens, Janesville
Rock County

First Great Spreadwings of the year.

Sachem

Sachem

Great Spreadwing

Great Spreadwing

Sep 6

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Pine Island Wildlife Area
Columbia County

Dog Trial grassland and grassland just to east.

Sep 6

Mike Reese

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Lots of Great Spreadwings here.

Shadow Darner

Shadow Darner

Great Spreadwing

Great Spreadwing

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sachem

Sachem

American Snout

American Snout

Viceroy

Viceroy

Sep 6

Jesse Peterson

Location: Rettenmund Preirie State Natural Area, Black Earth
Dane County

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 6

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Token Cr. County Park
Dane County

Laurie had a caterpillar kinda day!

Grapeleaf Skeletonizer (moth)

Grapeleaf Skeletonizer (moth)

Viceroy

Viceroy

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Marsh Daggar (moth)

Marsh Daggar (moth)

Black Swallowtail caterpillar

Black Swallowtail caterpillar

Sep 6

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Schoeneberg Marsh
Columbia County

Trails and Dike at north end of N-S stretch of Harvey Road.

Sep 6

Ethan Brown

Location: Rahr Memorial Forest
Manitowoc County

Extremely disappointing results. This is the week is usually see Tortiseshells and Cloaks here.

Sep 7

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: IAT Jct Segment, Fitchburg
Dane County

A great Monarch-Rocky Mountain Blazing Star Liatris ligulistylis show! All monarchs on it.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 7

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Capital Springs Dog Park
Dane County

High 70s, calm, partly cloudy. Most monarchs I've seen in one place at one time all year.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 7

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Buena Vista Grasslands Wildlife Area
Portage County

2:40 hours.

Sep 7

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Leola Grassland Wildlife Area
Adams County

1:50 hours.

Sep 7

Mike Reese

Location: Russell Hill
Grant County

My first Common Checkered-Skipper of the year. This area has more Partridge Pea than any other area in the state that I know about. I am surprised that there isn't more Little Yellow here.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

White-lined Sphinx (moth)

White-lined Sphinx (moth)

Sep 7

Daniel Flynn

Location: Dutch Hollow Lake, La Valle
Sauk County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Sep 7

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

sunny, 75 degrees

Monarch

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sep 7

Nancy Olig

Location: Town of Taycheedah
Fond du Lac County

Saw this butterfly for several days on zinnia flowers around July 15, 2022.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sep 7

Dan Abel

Location: Cardinal street, New London
Waupaca County

Incidental sighting in residential neighborhood

☆ = New county sighting record

Sep 7

Ethan Brown

Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County

So many Yellow and black Garden Spiders.

Sep 7

Kate Redmond

Location: Riveredge Nature Center prairie and swamp boardwalk trails.
Ozaukee County

Beautiful day

Monarch

Monarch

Machimus sadyates

Machimus sadyates

Machimus sadyates

Machimus sadyates

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Sep 8

Pam Kindschi

Location: West of Beloit
Rock County

Sep 8

Mike Reese

Location: Muralt Bluff Prairie State Natural Area
Green County

Two-thirds of the Silver-spotted Skippers were nectaring on Rough Blazingstar.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Viceroy

Viceroy

Sep 8

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Lake Farm County Park prairie and woodland edges
Dane County

Late morning, high 70s, light breeze, partly cloudy.

Monarch

Monarch

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Viceroy

Viceroy

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 8

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

Surprised that I saw no Monarchs today. Mid-day, sunny and warm.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Sep 8

Sue Feyrer

Location: Home prairie
Waukesha County

Sep 8

Rory Williams

Location: Cty Z and Country Club Road
Winnebago County

Incidental while gardening

Sep 8

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscalounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Mostly morning finds with the grass still wet but saw the Viceroy later in the afternoon. The Meadow Fritillary and the Pearl Crescents were battling it out for the most until the Meadow Fritillary pulled ahead. Did note that the Pearl Crescent seemed to be more prevalent at both ends of a field and the Meadow Fritillary numbers were higher in the middle. Woods on one end but that didn't seem to make a difference.

Sunny with no wind and temps in the upper 70's.

Sep 8

Ethan Brown

Location: Spirit Lake
Ozaukee County

Sep 8

Laura R Mishefske

Location: Boerner Botanical Gardens, Franklin, WI
Milwaukee County

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

American Lady

American Lady

Sep 8

Laura R Mishefske

Location: Wehr Nature Center, Franklin, WI
Milwaukee County

Seen about 9 a.m. Calm sunny weather.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 8

Jennie Lanzendorf

Location: Roelendorf Acres, Spring Green
Sauk County

My garden - this butterfly's wings were very worn or torn, so they were constantly in motion, and it never fully landed. It hit several flowers in the garden but kept returning to this zinnia.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sep 8

Rich Kahl & Laurie Yahr

Location: Shea Prairie (TPE)
Iowa County

Sep 9

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Sep 9

Steve Kinyon

Location: Fort McCoy,16th Lane.43°57'59.1"N 90°40'42.0"W
Monroe County

9:15 to 10:30 am. 73 degrees, sunny.

American Copper

American Copper

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

leona

leona

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Sep 9

Ethan Brown

Location: Spirit Lake
Ozaukee County

Sep 9

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen Prairie SNA G Segment
Winnebago County

Incidental while picking seeds for replanting into SNA

Sep 9

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: 13 stops from Potosi to Glen Haven
Grant County

82 degrees, sunny, breezy. 12 species. Afternoon.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Sep 10

April Stanke

Location: River Barn Park
Ozaukee County

Sep 10

Mike Reese

Location: Hickory Hill Conservancy
Dane County

Holcocephala sp.

Holcocephala sp.

Sep 10

Peter Silvers

Location: Lake District Prairie Preserve
Jefferson County

Mostly sunny and 76 deg.

Viceroy

Viceroy

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Sep 10

Ethan Brown

Location: Caledonia Oak Leaf Trail
Racine County

Finally some interesting species. I saw a grayish-white skipper in the grass but it quickly fled. It wasn’t a checkered so I’m not sure what it was.

Sep 10

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Nojoshing Trail/WE Grasslands
Milwaukee County

I was really surprised by the amounts of crescents! I would say 75% were really fresh looking as well. I only found 1 Marine Blue in the area that they had been in.

Sep 10

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Boerner Botanical Gardens
Milwaukee County

Crazy amounts of Fiery Skippers! Most were in the trial garden.

Sep 10

Steven Lubahn

Location: Root River Parkway along County Line Road
Racine County

The most exciting sighting were two Fawn Darners feeding mid afternoon to dusk along a now very shallow Root river.

Sep 10

Terry Mortier

Location: Crex Meadows
Burnett County

Warm sunny afternoon.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 10

Terry Mortier

Location: Standing Cedars, Buffalo Skull Tract
Polk County

Cool, damp, mostly cloudy, late morning.

Sep 10

Terry Mortier

Location: Fish Lake SWA, Stolte rd., HWY O
Burnett County

Partly cloudy, early afternoon, light wind, warm. The Reakirt's was on Stolte rd.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Reakirt's Blue

Reakirt's Blue

Leonard's Skipper

Leonard's Skipper

Reakirt's Blue

Reakirt's Blue

Sep 11

Marc Williams

Location: Bottoms Unit Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
Trempealeau County

Cool overcast day. Many Least Skippers and Northern Crescents. Several Bronze Coppers. Single Chickweed Geometer.

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Chickweed Geometer (moth)

Chickweed Geometer (moth)

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Least Skipper

Least Skipper

★ = New county photo record

Sep 12

Amy Free

Location: Indian Creek
Polk County

An Orange Sulpher. A common butterfly, but rare to photograph with wings spread

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Sep 12

Kate Redmond

Location: Kohler-Andrae State Park Creeping Juniper Nature Trail
Sheboygan County

Cool, cloudy, breezy - more Robber flies than butterflies. Seen but not photographed - a Swamp Darner.

Machimus sadyates

Machimus sadyates

Machimus sadyates

Machimus sadyates

Proctacanthus milbertii

Proctacanthus milbertii

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 12

Chrissy Watson

Location: 11713 Mid Town Rd Verona WI 53593
Dane County

This butterfly must have been trapped inside of the shed we found it in. It was hanging upside down from the insulation on the ceiling. I was able to get it to cling to my finger in an attempt to get it water and warmth. It had little life left in it. Not sure if it was able to revive itself.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Sep 12

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

surprised to see any butterflies after the heavy rain yesterday.

Sep 13

April Stanke

Location: Trinity Creek Wetland Habitat
Ozaukee County

Sep 13

Ethan Brown

Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County

Sep 13

Mike Reese

Location: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway - Avoca Unit
Iowa County

A young hognose snake was crossing the gravel road.

Eastern Hognose Snake

Eastern Hognose Snake

Sep 13

Judith Huf

Location: Virmond Park
Ozaukee County

Stopped by on my way home from having my car serviced. I didn't have my camera, only the cell phone. While trying to get close enough to the skippers to photograph them, I came across a mantis hinding in the plants.

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 13

Cindy Harmeyer

Location: Tendick Park, Saukville
Ozaukee County

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Sep 13

Mike Reese

Location: Spring Green Preserve State Natural Area
Sauk County

The Regal Fritillary was a female apparently laying eggs. The first time I saw a spider in its hole!

spider sp

spider sp

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

Sep 13

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Zinnia and Mexican Sunflower provided the hot spots for butterfly visitors today. Unfortunately not much time to count butterflies today (12-1).

It was a beautiful sunny day, no wind, temps in low 80's F.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Sep 14

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Prairie at Bjoin Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Walked the prairie with a Sandhill Crane family today getting within 20 feet of them. Saw at least 10 Chickweed Geometer Moths among the wildflowers, plus a lost dog which we were able to reunite with her owner. Sunny, 70 degree late morning.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Chickweed Geometer (moth)

Chickweed Geometer (moth)

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Viceroy

Viceroy

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 14

Pamela Skaar

Location: Governor Nelson SP
Dane County

The butterflies were in the prairie filled with blooming goldenrod and some tall sunflower. 8:31 - 10:14, cloudy to foggy, 1.83 mi

Sep 14

Sue Feyrer

Location: Lapham Peak out of Homestead Hollow
Waukesha County

Sep 14

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

A few butterflies that I didn't see yesterday at this location. It seems that I seldom see the American Lady so happy to see this one even if it was beat up. I very seldom see butterfly predators when I am out and about but in the last few days I spotted the Meadow Fritillary under attack by three different predators: a bird literally swooped down in front of me and snapped one up, a Garden Spider had one wrapped in his web and today an Ambush Bug had one in it's clutches.
Another beautiful sunny day with no wind and temps in the lower 80's F.

Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

American Lady

American Lady

Sep 14

Fred Dike

Location: Hay Ln Rd -Avoca Prairie
Iowa County

60s, sunny, breezy

Viceroy

Viceroy

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Sep 14

Marcie O'Connor

Location: Prairie Haven
Buffalo County

Sachem

Sachem

Sep 14

Maureen Janz

Location: Town of Hull
Portage County

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sep 14

Judith Huf

Location: Nojoshing Trail
Milwaukee County

fewer butterflies since they mowed the fields. I got quite excited by a brown butterfly with an interesting pattern, but it turned out to be a Celery Looper Moth, still it was pretty and lively.

Celery Looper (moth)

Celery Looper (moth)

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Monarch

Monarch

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Sep 14

Chrissy Watson

Location: Ice age trail off Pine road
Dane County

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sep 14

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Gardens, Janesville
Rock County

2:30-4:00. Sunny and mid 70s. Not a lot of variety but there was only the eighth Horace's Duskywing reported since 2000 and the first since 2018. Also, lots of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

Horace's Duskywing

Horace's Duskywing

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Horace's Duskywing

Horace's Duskywing

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

Sep 14

Fred Dike

Location: lower Wi Riverway unit west of Avoca
Iowa County

Sunny, slight breeze, 70s

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

American Copper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 14

Fred Dike

Location: Morton Forest County Park
Dane County

low 60s, cloudy, slight breeze

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Sep 14

Steve Kinyon

Location: Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
Trempealeau County

11 am to 2 pm, hazy sun, 72°

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 14

Rory Williams

Location: Cty Z and Country Club Road
Winnebago County

Incidental while gardening

Sep 14

Karl and Dorothy Legler

Location: Devil's Lake State Park
Sauk County

73 degrees and sunny. Went for a short walk and took binoculars along. Didn't take camera. We saw more than we expected. 6 species.

Sep 15

Laura R Mishefske

Location: Boerner Botanical Gardens, Franklin, WI
Milwaukee County

about 3 p.m. warm, humid

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Sep 15

Tod Highsmith

Location: Yahara Place Park, Madison
Dane County

Sep 15

Angie Furger and Bob Ring

Location: Ariens Co Conservation Land
Calumet County

78 degrees partly cloudy with south wind 10-15 mph

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 15

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Sep 15

Greg Burns

Location: Miller Pond, Sherwood, WI
Calumet County

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 15

Ethan Brown

Location: Virmond Park
Ozaukee County

Found lots of Partridge pea which is very unusual for this area.

Sep 15

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Prairie area at Scheflker Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Very few butterflies today despite nice weather and many nectar sources available. Sunny, 76 degree early afternoon.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Sep 15

Mike Reese

Location: Walking Iron County Park
Dane County

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Prairie Gentian

Prairie Gentian

Sep 15

Rory Williams

Location: Mascoutin Trail
Winnebago County

Near the Green Lake County Line. Three Six Spotted Tiger Beetles and Five Twelve Spotted Tiger Beetles

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 15

Pamela Skaar

Location: Canal and Cherry, Marshall, WI
Dane County

36 minute, 0.72 mi. Wet area with many willows.

Sep 15

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Late-morning, hour-long tour around the sunny sections of the gardens. Partly cloudy, low 70s, light wind.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 15

Steven Lubahn

Location: Arlington Cemetery
Milwaukee County

This place hosts numerous Great Spreadwings in late summer and can be a nice spot for Skippers near the power lines, although quiet today.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Great Spreadwing

Great Spreadwing

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Sep 15

Mike Reese

Location: York Prairie State Natural Area
Green County

Saw my latest sightings of both Promachus vertebratus and Efferia pogonias.

Promachus vertebratus

Promachus vertebratus

Sep 16

Mike Reese

Location: Holy Wisdom Monastery
Dane County

Not very many butterflies considering the amount of nectar sources, but I was happy to see some Closed Gentian.

Bottle Gentian

Bottle Gentian

Sep 16

Laura R Mishefske

Location: Boerner Botanical Gardens, Franklin, WI
Milwaukee County

Warm and sunny. At least 10 different Monarchs.

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 16

Lynn Erickson

Location: Town of Marion. Corner of 45th St and County G
Juneau County

Sunny, breezy, early afternoon. Made a 10 minute stop at a marshy area along my bike route. It feels like summer but it's starting to look like fall on the marsh. Fewer butterflies each time I visit this spot.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 16

Steve Kinyon

Location: Fort McCoy, 16th Avenue
Monroe County

9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Hazy sun, 73°. No skippers. The American Lady and Eastern Tailed Blue were the only fresh things I saw. Most of the Rough Blazing Star flowers are now gone.

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 16

Tod Highsmith

Location: Nine Springs Sewage Lagoons
Dane County

Sep 16

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

75 degrees, sunny, and very humid.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Monarch

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Sep 16

Mike Reese

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

Sachem

Sachem

American Lady

American Lady

Sachem

Sachem

Sep 16

Tod Highsmith

Location: Capital Springs State Park, near Lake Farm
Dane County

A very brief walk through the prairie. I seem to see a Common Buckeye wherever I go these days.

Sep 16

Pam Campbell

Location: Red Cedar Trail/Irvington
Dunn County

While birding, before noon.

Bronzed Tiger Beetle

Bronzed Tiger Beetle

Viceroy

Viceroy

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 17

Steven Lubahn

Location: Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

I struggled to get a picture of the Duskywings with a digiscoping method.

Praying Manits

Praying Manits

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Sep 17

Terry Mortier

Location: Russel Hill
Grant County

Started out cloudy and scattered sprinkles in the morning to partly cloudy and at times very windy. I walked the entire length of the East -West ridge starting from the Paul Brant dedication plaque on both sides of the ridge. There were large numbers of Cabbage whites, orange sulphurs, and fewer clouded sulphurs.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Viceroy

Viceroy

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

★ = New county photo record

Sep 17

Lynn Erickson

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

Cloudy, mid-70s, breezy, 3:30 pm. Spotted while out in the garden this afternoon.

American Lady

American Lady

Sep 17

Steve Kinyon

Location: Butterfly Trail, Shelby
La Crosse County

2 to 3 p.m. 71°, hazy sun. Nothing but Monarchs, feeding on Goldenrod. Mostly, if not all, females.

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 17

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

Sightings during the Lake Park bird walk today. My photo of the Question Mark is not very revealing, but a friend who is taller, got a good photo of the "question mark" mark. I thought the pretty "yellow butterfly" was a Dainty Sulphur, until it landed, and turned out to be a common Chickweed Geometer moth. They are so pretty though.

Monarch

Monarch

Chickweed Geometer (moth)

Chickweed Geometer (moth)

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Question Mark

Question Mark

Sep 17

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen Prairie SNA
Winnebago County

Started out sunny but quickly turned cloudy and some spits of rain. 1 six spotted Tiger Beetle and two 12 Spotted Tiger Beetles. The 12 Spotted Tiger Beetles were on the G Segment of the SNA

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle

Sep 17

Amy Free

Location: Indian Creek
Polk County

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 17

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

As soon as I headed outside it seemed like it got cloudy but still some butterflies around.

Very windy and mostly cloudy from 11:45- 12:45 with temps in lower 70's F.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Monarch

Monarch

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Sep 17

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Cloudy, low 70's, racing the rain. Fantastic tree cricket chorus!

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 17

Ethan Brown

Location: Schurch Thompson Prarie
Iowa County

Mostly cloudy with some showers. 82.

Sep 17

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Sep 18

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

One of my favorite moths today, a White-lined Sphinx feeding on Jewelweed.

White-lined Sphinx (moth)

White-lined Sphinx (moth)

Monarch

Monarch

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 18

Mike Reese

Location: Schurch-Thomson Prairie
Iowa County

More large frits than I was expecting but they were all very worn, I saw four Aphrodite Fritillary on one group of Stiff Goldenrod and three Great Spangled Fritillary on one group of thistle. Three of the Monarchs were nectaring on the largest patch of Red Clover that I saw.

Stiff Gentian

Stiff Gentian

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Monarch

Monarch

Bottle Gentian

Bottle Gentian

Viceroy

Viceroy

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Sep 18

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Olbrich Gardens - Madison
Dane County

Sachem

Sachem

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Sep 18

April Stanke

Location: Trinity Creek Wetland
Ozaukee County

Sep 18

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Sep 18

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Butterflies around today that I didn't see yesterday. Sunnier today and warmer (lower 80's) and not as windy.

Question Mark

Question Mark

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 18

Edgar Spalding

Location: Putnum Park in Brodhead
Green County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

American Snout

American Snout

Sep 19

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: Capital Springs Dog Park, Madison
Dane County

Calm, sunny, mid-70s.

Sep 19

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Boerner Botanical Gardens
Milwaukee County

Mainly everything was in the trial garden

Sep 19

Lynn Erickson

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

Sunny and 80s. Lots of activity in the neighborhood today.

Monarch

Monarch

American Lady

American Lady

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

American Copper

American Copper

Sep 19

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Buena Vista Grasslands Wildlife Area
Portage County

3 hours. This is our latest date for seeing a Regal Fritillary by four days, and close to or actually our latest Aphrodite Fritillary date. Two female Regals in different plots nectared very near us on different kinds of thistles, then a Regal Fritillary flew right above the 2nd one kept going without us figuring out its gender. The Purplish Coppers were in 4 plots in 3 widely separated areas. The Common Checkered-Skipper was in fresh wing condition and was along Lake Road.

☆ = New county sighting record

Sep 19

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Olbrich Gardens in Madison
Dane County

Beautiful day to check out the gardens. Many butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Not as many Monarchs seen as in previous years. Sunny, 74 degree late morning.

Monarch

Monarch

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Monarch

Monarch

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Viceroy

Viceroy

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 19

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Leola Grasslands Wildlife Area
Adams County

1.75 hours. The Meadow Fritillary here was our 6th kind of fritillary seen today, combined with sightings at Buena Vista WA. This is close to our latest date in the year, or is our latest date, for seeing Variegated, Aphrodite, Great Spangled, and Silver-bordered Fritillaries. Lots of fresh male Purplish Coppers, so this flight could last a while longer: 45 of the Purplish Coppers were along Apache Avenue east of County Hwy W (44 of them on the south side), 5 were along Archer Avenue west of County Hwy W, and one was well south of Archer.

Sep 19

Sue Feyrer

Location: Ryan Park
Waukesha County

Sep 19

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA - Stolte Rd
Burnett County

76 degrees, a perfect day. I made 2 stops on Stolte Rd. This is only the 2nd time I've seen a Fiery Skipper.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Purplish Copper, Fiery Skipper

Purplish Copper, Fiery Skipper

Sep 19

Ann Stilp & Bob Ring

Location: AriensCo Conservation Lands
Calumet County

New England Asters were the most common host plant followed by Rigid Goldenrod. Skies were sunny, with temperatures in the mid-70's with a westerly wind around 7 mph. Noticed fewer species this check with the Red Admiral, Common Buckeye and Black Swallowtail noticeably absent.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Viceroy

Viceroy

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Giant Swallowtail caterpillar

Giant Swallowtail caterpillar

Monarch

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Sep 19

Mike Reese

Location: Russell Hill
Grant County

I walked the ridge heading south and found eight Southern Dogface and then found one more on the East/West ridge. Pretty excited to see nine Southern Dogface including a mated pair.

Southern Dogface, Little Yellow

Southern Dogface, Little Yellow

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Sachem

Sachem

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Sep 20

Steve Kinyon

Location: Fort McCoy, at southern entrance to Drop Zone
Monroe County

10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Cloudy to full sun, 82°
Returned to see if the Common Wood Nymph was still flying where I had seen it last week. I didn't see any. Quite a few Common Buckeyes, on flowers and along the road, near turkey tracks. The Regal Fritillaries were attracted to the blue color of my bag.

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

American Copper

American Copper

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

American Copper

American Copper

Sep 20

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Russell Hill
Grant County

I knew that it was going to be a good butterfly day so I decided to try Russell Hill where I had a good chance to find two species I have not seen - a Southern Dogface and Little Yellow. The Little Yellow was pretty easy to find but one Southern Dogface cooperated, too. The Common Buckeye is having a good year. I very seldom see more than one a day! The White-lined Sphinx Moth was the fourth one for me to see in the last three days.

It was a very long walk from 9:30 - 1:30 with an occasional breeze and temps between 72-80 F.

White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Sachem

Sachem

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Sep 20

Tim Fenske

Location: City of Middleton yard
Dane County

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sachem

Sachem

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Sep 20

Ethan Brown

Location: Germantown Prairie
Washington County

This place seems to have no formal name. It is rather obscure.

Sep 20

Mike Reese

Location: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway - Avoca Unit
Iowa County

I decided to go here when my weather app said it was going to be sunny all afternoon. Rained after I got to where I wanted to go.

Sep 20

Mike Reese

Location: Borah Creek Prairie State Natural Area
Grant County

This was my first Variegated Fritillary of the year. Lots of Prairie Gentian here!

Prairie Gentian

Prairie Gentian

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillary

Sep 20

Steve Kinyon

Location: Swift Creek, La Crosse. Behind Gunderson Lutheran Hospital
La Crosse County

Combined sightings for September 19 and 20. Sunny and 80° plus. 3:30 to 5 pm. Lots of Fiery skippers and sulphurs. First time for me to see the Common checkered skipper this year. Many White-lined sphinx all of a sudden. First time to see the Bronze copper at this location.

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sep 20

Emily Hjalmarson & Brett Roberts

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

The Ocola Skipper was nectaring the flowers along one of the main walkways just northeast of the Sunken Garden.

Ocola Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Ocola Skipper

Sep 21

Kate Redmond

Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Ozaukee County

Watching Monarchs fly past (some pretty high in the air) during the 6 hours I spent on the hawk tower at Forest Beach on 9/21. On 9/22, much colder and windier, I saw 20.

Sep 21

Mike Reese

Location: Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area off of Smith Rd.
Rock County

Mostly cloudy, windy, and 77 degrees

Orange Sulphur

Orange Sulphur

Sep 21

Mike Reese

Location: Rotary Gardens, Janesville
Rock County

three of the Sachems were females; low 70s and partly sunny

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Question Mark

Question Mark

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sep 21

Ethan Brown

Location: Merrill Park Roadside
Milwaukee County

Cold front blowing in. Probably not much butterfly activity the next couple days. Went to 2 new places, Kohl Park Hiking Trail and a roadside prairie along with the Mequon Nature Preserve, but didn’t see anything.

Sep 21

Judith Huf

Location: My Garden in Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee County

Monarch

Monarch

Sep 21

Rory Williams

Location: Lasley Point Archeology Site
Winnebago County

Looking for Duskywings but the birdwatching was better than the butterflies. One Robber Fly

Monarch

Monarch

Machimus sp. (robber fly)

Machimus sp. (robber fly)

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Sep 21

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

This is the only one I saw this year.

Sep 22

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

Monarch

Monarch

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 22

Stan Rehm

Location: Historic Hauge Park (Town of Perry)
Dane County

This 30-acre park was recently featured in the Groundswell Conservancy newsletter. Mowed trails through mostly a shortgrass prairie, voted "Best Place to Watch a Sunset in Dane County" by Madison Magazine.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Sep 22

Ethan Brown

Location: Roadside
Ozaukee County

Sep 22

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA - Stolte Rd
Burnett County

With a temperature of 59 and north winds I wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Purplish Copper

Purplish Copper

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Checkered White

Checkered White

Sep 22

Mike Reese

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

63 degrees, somewhat windy, and partly sunny. Plus one unidentified blue.

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Sachem

Sachem

Blue sp.

Blue sp.

Great Spreadwing

Great Spreadwing

Sep 23

Ethan Brown

Location: Roadside
Oconto County

Went up to stay at the Nicolet National Forest. Unfortunately, the weather was not optimal. Try again tomorrow.

Sep 23

Mike Reese

Location: Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy, Williams Bay
Walworth County

cloudy and 61 degrees. I walked four miles over the trails but not much was flying. Turtlehead growing through the boardwalk.

Turtlehead

Turtlehead

Sep 23

Ethan Brown

Location: Belgium
Sheboygan County

Sep 23

Mike Reese

Location: Lion's Field House grounds, Williams Bay
Walworth County

Cloudy, 61 degrees. Not a perfect day for butterflying but I decided to go to somewhere new and the first thing I saw was a male Sachem hiding in the grass.

Sachem

Sachem

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

Sep 24

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

First butterflies came out about 10:30 when it warmed up a little and the sun peeked out.

Monarch

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Monarch

Monarch

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Sep 24

Terry Mortier

Location: Russel Hill
Grant County

Excellent weather for taking a nap after the long drive to start off the day. Cold and wet. Late in the afternoon the sun made an appearance it was amazing to see the prairie come alive ... like flipping a switch. Once again, a lot of cabbage whites, clouded sulphurs, and orange sulphurs. One uncooperative southern dogface. The bronze coppers appeared to be very fresh.

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Bronze Copper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sachem

Sep 25

Pamela Skaar

Location: Yahara Park Place Neighborhood, Madison
Dane County

14:37 - 15:11, 0.9 miles. There was a rain shower in middle of a sunny and partly cloudy walk, which caused all the butterflies to go into hiding.

Sep 25

Lynn Erickson

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

Went for a quick walk in the woods between the rain showers. The sun made a brief appearance around 3 pm and the temps rose to 65 degrees. Spotted an Eastern Comma but couldn't get a pic. Also spotted a Common Green Darner male.

Common Green Darner

Common Green Darner

Sep 25

Daniel Jackson

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

Sep 25

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen Prairie SNA
Winnebago County

Incidental while collecting seeds to replant later in fall. Cool day, surprised to see any butterflies

Sep 25

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Low 70's, very windy, between 1-2 pm.

Peck's Skipper

Peck's Skipper

Sachem

Sachem

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Sep 25

Emily Hjalmarson & Brett Roberts

Location: Russell Hill
Grant County

We serendipitously ran into Mike Reese and had a great time butterflying together. It was mostly sunny but fairly windy during our 3 hour survey. The Southern Dogfaces were along the trail heading north and the Little Yellows were along the trail heading west. One Common Checkered-Skipper was also on the west trail, and another was nectaring a dandelion right in the parking area! It was difficult to count the Sulphurs and Whites given the large area we surveyed, so these numbers are a conservative estimate.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Sep 25

Mike Reese

Location: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway - Avoca Unit
Iowa County

Quick stop here on my way home. 4:15-4:50

Sep 26

Laura R Mishefske

Location: Boerner Botanical Gardens, Franklin, WI
Milwaukee County

cool and windy with partial sunshine. photo taken about 3 in the afternoon.

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Sep 26

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Lakeshore State Park
Milwaukee County

Sep 26

Bart and Mary Doherty

Location: Butler, Upper Frontier Park
Waukesha County

Sunny to Partly Cloudy, 59 Degrees with a Northwest breeze. I was surprised to see any species with the weather.

Sep 26

Mike Reese

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Dane County

60 degrees, windy, and mostly cloudy

Sep 26

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Lake Park - Linnwood Water Treatment
Milwaukee County