Butterfly sightings for April 2023

Apr 2

Daniel Jackson

Location: Goose Island County Park - Flag pole trail (Vernon County / refuge portio0n)
Vernon County

I got a very nice look at the first of 2.

Apr 2

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Although I went out to look for butterflies today I have to give my husband, Bill, the credit for seeing the first butterfly of the season.

Sunny and windy around 4:30 p.m. and a warm 59 degrees.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 6

Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Staff

Location: Grobschmidt Park
Milwaukee County

Apr 6

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: North end of the Yahara River Trail in Stoughton
Dane County

I've been checking out this area for the last 10 days in hopes of seeing a Mourning Cloak, as I often see them here, but no luck till today. Watched one flying in a wooded area right off the trail. I then saw two butterflies in the same area circling each other. One landed to sun itself, an Eastern Comma. Then the other landed, a Red Admiral. First butterflies I sighted this year! Also watched a group of about 20 pelicans riding the wind currants high above the trail. Windy, sunny, 52 degree afternoon.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 6

Mary Sobol

Location: McFarland backyard prairie
Dane County

Sunny, 40F, strong breezes

Apr 6

Ethan Brown

Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County

Also saw 3 Common Green Darner Dragonflies.

Let the season begin!

Apr 6

Judith Huf

Location: Lake Park
Milwaukee County

2 Red Admirals, one in Locust Ravine and one near Children's Playground. About 47F, sunny, around 2:30 pm.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 7

Lynn Erickson

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

First sightings of the year! Sunny, East Wind 7 mph, 52 degrees, late afternoon. Spotted the first Mourning Cloak along my MFL walking path. It wasn't interested in having its picture taken. The second one (pictured) was enjoying a warm spot in the leaf litter on the opposite side of the 40.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 7

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Kept going outside to circle to see what I might find and was rewarded every time with a flutter to follow. The sunny spots out of the wind covered with dried leaves were prime territory today! The Nettles are up 3-5 inches and the Pussy Toes are ready to support eggs so let's butterfly! Sunny, windy between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. around 57 degrees.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 7

Joye Zhou

Location: UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve --- Muir woods
Dane County

My first butterflies of the season!

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 7

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Walking Iron County Park
Dane County

Our first butterfly sightings of the year!

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 7

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: North end of Yahara River Trail in Stoughton
Dane County

Butterflies more active today. Also saw and heard more song birds along the trail, plus two Sandhill cranes flying over head, and several Bufflehead ducks swimming in a pond near the trail. Breezy, sunny, 52 degree afternoon.

Bufflehead

Bufflehead

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 8

Steven Lubahn

Location: Warnimont Park, Cudahy, Milwaukee co.
Milwaukee County

Apr 8

Daniel Jackson

Location: Jackson property just south of Chaseburg
Vernon County

Apr 8

Tod Highsmith

Location: Indian Lake County Park
Dane County

Apr 8

Kris Perlberg

Location: Stoughton Yard
Dane County

Feeding on sap from the silver maple

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 8

Marci Lanois

Location: Marsh Creek Access - Lower WI Riverway
Iowa County

sunny afternoon, low 60s with a very slight breeze

Apr 8

Eileen Scharenbroch

Location: North of Newburg,WI
Washington County

This Red Admiral was lazing in the sun on gray siding.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 8

Ann Thering and Dave Eide

Location: Cross Plains Segment, Ice Age Trail
Dane County

Apr 8

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

Checking out my Crocus around 4 and was very surprised to see the Common Checkered Skipper. I frequently see various bees and flies visiting the Crocus, but never a butterfly. I was thrilled at this first for me.
Sunny, some wind, between 2 - 4 p.m. with 65 degree temps.

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Apr 8

Marci Lanois

Location: Paffenrath Slough - Lower WI Riverway
Grant County

Sunny afternoon, low 60s with a very slight breeze

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 8

John & Susan Winegarden

Location: Seymour Sands
Eau Claire County

First butterfly of the year!

Apr 8

Sue Feyrer

Location: Retzer Nature Center
Waukesha County

Apr 9

April Stanke

Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 9

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: McFarland backyard
Dane County

Saw two butterflies: I was close enough to the Mourning Cloak to ID it. Not sure what the other one was, because it flew off.

Apr 9

Ann Thering and Dave Eide

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

Hepatica in bloom!

Apr 9

Dan Abel

Location: Cardinal street. New London
Waupaca County

Foy butterfly

Apr 9

Darcy Kind

Location: Near west side Madison
Dane County

Flew overhead then landed on the house and sunned itself for a few minutes

Apr 9

Bob Ring

Location: Near High Cliff State Park marina
Calumet County

Sunny, breezy, temp in the low 60's. My first sighting for 2023. Could not get a picture.

Apr 9

Mike Reese, Karen Oberhauser

Location: Leopolis area
Shawano County

Also saw The Infant (Archiearis infans) a moth. Our first butterfly of the year!

Apr 9

Jay Watson

Location: 4082 Hill Rd, Greenleaf, WI
Brown County

Beautiful weather, sunny in the mid 60sF, light SW breeze. First butterfly of the year in WI!

Apr 9

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm on Star Lake Road
Oconto County

Apr 10

Judy Cardin

Location: Our woodland backyard in Madison
Dane County

72 degrees and sunny

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

American Lady

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 10

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Apr 10

Lynn Erickson

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

Sunny, 75 degrees, southwest wind 10 mph. Found the Eastern Commas and Mourning Cloaks in a stand of old pines. Counted as many as 4 Eastern Commas at one time chasing each other.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 10

Joye Zhou

Location: UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve --- Muir woods
Dane County

All of the brushfoots were feeding on sap from holes drilled by Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Apr 10

Tod Highsmith

Location: Lake Farm County Park
Dane County

Apr 10

Jay Watson

Location: Backyard Rosecrans
Manitowoc County

Gorgeous weather, 68F sunny, 10-15mph SW.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 10

Judith Huf

Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee County

all three individuals were on the same sugar maple tree feeding from sapsucker holes.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 10

Douglas Buege

Location: Hwy 32 and Star Lake Rd
Oconto County

Apr 10

Pamela Skaar

Location: Sommers and Dunning, Madison, WI 53704
Dane County

sunny, 70s, 16:30

Apr 10

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Jobsite in Pleasant Prairie on hwy50
Kenosha County

Apr 10

Dan Abel

Location: Cardinal street yard, New London.
Waupaca County

Apr 10

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Reliably appears in the same spot where the garden abuts the woods. This fellow must be 10-12 years old by now.

Apr 10

Patti Punzi

Location: Town of Burlington
Racine County

Out in my backyard and saw this Red Admiral land on the windowsill.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 10

Jacob Collison

Location: County Grounds
Milwaukee County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 10

Lester Doyle

Location: Rocky Run SNA
Columbia County

Mid Afternoon, Sunny, Low 70's. Also saw has a few Festive Tiger Beetles.

Apr 10

Mary Jo Sundling

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

One of the Eastern Commas flew by me, the other landed on the trail. Along the trail I also watched three pelicans swimming in the river then take off, two ospreys at their nest, and several turtles sunning themselves on an old log. Beautiful sunny 72 degree afternoon.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

turtle sp.

turtle sp.

Osprey

Osprey

Apr 10

Jeri Casper

Location: Madison
Dane County

It was hanging out on the back of my garage where the sun was hitting. It was around 6 pm.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 10

Pam Kindschi

Location: West Side of Beloit
Rock County

Apr 11

K. Java

Location: Fish Lake SWA
Burnett County

77 degrees and windy. All gravel roads are driveable finally.

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Apr 11

Rory Williams

Location: Hortonville Bog SNA
Outagamie County

The Bog was so wet it was more like a marsh. Saw a few other brushfoots that went by too quickly to identify, but nothing unusual.

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 11

Mike Reese

Location: Madison bike trail between Glenway and Virginia Terrace
Dane County

I went walking along the trail hoping to see my first Cabbage Whites, but I only saw one.

Apr 11

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Apr 11

Richard André Rivard

Location: Glenwood City
St. Croix County

Glenwood City wastewater ponds.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 11

April Stanke

Location: Brown Deer Middle/High School
Milwaukee County

Apr 11

Joan Braune

Location: my yard in Madison
Dane County

Apr 11

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Grant Park
Milwaukee County

Apr 11

Ann Thering

Location: My Garden
Dane County

She was busy laying eggs. Pasque flower and Bloodroot blooming today.

Apr 12

Tod Highsmith

Location: Cherokee Marsh Fishery Area
Dane County

Apr 12

Jesse Peterson

Location: Indian Lake County Park
Dane County

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 12

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm on Star Lake Rd
Oconto County

Also 2 unidentified commas

Apr 12

Douglas Buege

Location: Camp Four Lake Ln
Oconto County

Also 3 unidentified commas

Apr 12

Patrick Ready

Location: Madison, Cherokee Marsh park
Dane County

In woodlands in southern section.

Apr 12

Jeannie van Vianen

Location: Black Earth Creek Wildlife Area - Sunnyside Unit
Dane County

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 12

Stephen White

Location: Glidden USFS Office
Ashland County

2 individuals were stuck inside an unheated garage. I released them outside on an unusually warm spring day.

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Apr 12

Mike Reese

Location: Muralt Bluff Prairie SNA
Green County

I saw my first Mourning Cloak, my first Pasque Flowers and Bloodroot of the year.

American Pasqueflower

American Pasqueflower

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

American Pasqueflower

American Pasqueflower

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

Apr 12

Paul Sparks

Location: Kletzsch Park
Milwaukee County

Apr 12

Jay Watson

Location: Woodland Dunes_Goodwin Road
Manitowoc County

76F, sunny breezy 15-20mph gusts higher out of SW.

Apr 12

Ryan Brady

Location: Herbster lakefront
Bayfield County

Compton Tortoiseshells have been active all week in various locations. Was a little surprised to see an American Lady had already blown up here. C. Green Darners and Variegated Meadowhawks as well.

Apr 13

Stan Rehm

Location: University of Wisconsin Arboretum
Dane County

The Grady Tract was post-prescribed-burn, pre-nectar-sources.

Apr 13

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: McFarland
Dane County

There were probably more, but I saw at least five Red Admirals at one time. They seem to like to nectar at the Pachysandra blooms this time of year. Warm day, high around 80F.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 13

Guido LaMoto

Location: Sauk/Jueau border
Sauk County

Apr 13

Joanna Parlee

Location: Zillmer Trails- Northern Kettle Moraine
Fond du Lac County

Apr 13

Marsha Janota

Location: Monona garden
Dane County

Red Admiral visiting Siberian squill

Apr 13

Pam Kindschi

Location: West Side of Beloit
Rock County

Apr 13

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Apr 13

Lindsey Dalton

Location: Lodi Marsh Ice Age Trail
Dane County

One landed on a log during golden hour, only to start chasing a second Red Admiral who fluttered into the area.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 13

Pamela Skaar

Location: Capitol Springs State Park, Madison, WI
Dane County

Flying high around large oak trees about 11 AM

Apr 13

Stan Rehm

Location: Fitchburg residential butterfly garden
Dane County

Apr 13

Terry Mortier

Location: Buffalo Skull tract Standing Cedars
Polk County

Mid-eighties, very windy,

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Apr 13

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard in Stoughton
Dane County

Spotted the Cabbage White flying through my yard. Breezy, sunny, 82 degree afternoon.

Apr 13

Nick Gremban

Location: Thunder Mountain Barrens
Oconto County

Sunny, warm, 70-80 degrees.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Green Comma

Green Comma

Compton Tortoiseshell

Compton Tortoiseshell

Green Comma

Green Comma

Green Comma

Green Comma

Apr 13

Amy Chamberlin

Location: Moely Prairie, Prairie du Sac
Sauk County

While out doing restoration work on remnant Moely Prairie, I watched this American Lady ovipositing on Pussytoes buds. My first butterfly sighting of the year! As soon as I noted the American Lady, a Clouded Sulphur flew by me! Another first of the year for us but no photo unfortunately.

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 14

Jesse Peterson

Location: Indian Lake County Park
Dane County

9:15 am - 10:45 am. Eastern half of the park.

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Apr 14

Stan Rehm

Location: Sub-Zero Wellness Walking Path, Fitchburg
Dane County

A nice new hiking location. About one mile loop, crushed gravel, mostly level, passes farm field, meadow, scrub woods, drainage pond, with several benches. Not on current Google Maps image; access from Bud's Drive behind Sub-Zero (park in their lot). Open to public. Will be good when nectar plants bloom.

Apr 14

Douglas Buege

Location: Farm on Star Lake Rd
Oconto County

Apr 14

Douglas Buege

Location: Camp Four Lake Ln
Oconto County

Apr 14

Ann Thering

Location: My Garden
Dane County

Apr 14

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

It was great to see a flash of blue and know it was a butterfly. Thought I had lost sight of it but waited a bit and it came back and landed. Saw at least one Red Admiral enjoying the sap from Yellow-bellied Sapsucker holes.
Between 5-6 p.m. with temps around 78 and no wind.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Apr 14

Mike Reese

Location: Spring Green Preserve SNA
Sauk County

Sunny, 82 degrees and breezy. After what seemed like a long winter, it has warmed up quickly. I was hoping for a first of the season Olympia Marble but settled for and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail which tied my earliest date in 2012. I also saw my first tiger beetles of the season.

hepatica

hepatica

hepatica

hepatica

Festive Tiger Beetle

Festive Tiger Beetle

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 14

Ginny Nelson

Location: Stricker's Woods in Middleton
Dane County

This was my first butterfly of the year.

Apr 14

Fern Springs

Location: My yard, Garden Valley
Jackson County

11-1:30, sunny, 80s

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Apr 14

Terry Mortier

Location: Prospect Park, Hudson
St. Croix County

late afternoon, sunny, warm, and windy

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 14

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Apr 14

Douglas Buege

Location: Saul Springs Rd
Oconto County

Apr 15

Ann Thering

Location: My Garden
Dane County

Apr 15

Ginny Nelson

Location: My yard in Middleton
Dane County

Hopefully this little butterfly will survive the next couple of days.

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 15

Jesse Peterson

Location: Cross Plains State Park
Dane County

Approximately 1:15 pm-2:45 pm. Wooded eastern portion of the park.

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Gray Comma

Apr 15

Ethan Brown

Location: Kettle Moraine Southern Unit
Waukesha County

Butterflies were absent until the storm ended around 4:00. The butterflies are finally out in this area!

Apr 15

Bob Ring

Location: High Cliff State Park trails
Calumet County

Sunny and near 80 degrees. Could not get photos of Red Admirals.

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 15

Lindsey Dalton

Location: McGilvra Woods SNA
Sauk County

I saw all three in the same section of the woods, in the area around the large rock formations, as the sun started to come out, between 4 and 5 pm.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 15

Lindsey Dalton

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

The Mourning Cloaks seemed to mostly concentrate in a few areas with the Eastern Commas, leading to lots of time chasing each other. The Common Checkered-Skipper was nectaring on buttercups just at the border of the woods and prairie

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Apr 15

Joan Braune and Tod Highsmith

Location: Cherokee Marsh in Madison
Dane County

Surprised and pleased to see the Common Buckeye!

Apr 15

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

The skipper landed briefly in my garden. It stayed just long enough for me to get my phone camera turned on, but then it left before I could get it on the screen. With no nectar sources yet, it left in a hurry. This will likely be the best sighting of the year for me, I was totally shocked to see one this time of year.

Apr 15

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: My backyard in Stoughton.
Dane County

The Cabbage Whites never landed, just flew through my yard while I was out doing yard work. Sunny 78 degree late morning.

Apr 16

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Apr 18

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

What's a little snow and freezing weather to a Wisconsin butterfly? Didn't stop these two Red Admirals! Found these adaptable generalists out for the last of today's sun around 6:00 p.m. with temps around 55 F. Looks like the Magnolia blossoms survived, too. Yeah!

Magnolia

Magnolia

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 18

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: North end of Yahara River Trail in Stoughton
Dane County

Checked out this part of the trail to see if the butterflies I saw there before the recent snow and freezing temps were still in the area. Several were out sunning themselves. Breezy, sunny, 50 degree afternoon.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 18

Fred Dike

Location: UW Arboretum Grady Tract
Dane County

American Lady

American Lady

Apr 20

Ethan Brown

Location: I-43
Milwaukee County

Flying along the freeway.

Apr 20

Bob Ring

Location: High Cliff State Park
Calumet County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 20

Joan Braune

Location: Hoyt Park
Dane County

Apr 20

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Apr 20

Mary Stephan

Location: Milwaukee near 100th and Lisbon
Milwaukee County

Saw a Red Admiral flying in my yard today.

Apr 20

Mike Reese

Location: Nakoma neighborhood, Madison
Dane County

Apr 20

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen Prairie SNA
Winnebago County

First butterfly at the SNA this year. Only 57 degrees. Found bloodroot in bloom but butterfly was not interested

Apr 20

Jeremy Meyer

Location: Jobsite on 27th & Ryan Rd.
Milwaukee County

Had a very nice hawk migration and while watching hawks, I kept seeing butterflies coming zipping by. Honestly can say I've never seen butterfly migration too! Guessing it's going to be a banner year for a Red Admiral?!

Apr 21

Fred Dike

Location: UW Arboretum
Dane County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 21

Joanna Marr Baker

Location: Whitewater - Lincoln Elementary Growing and Learning Garden
Walworth County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 21

Steven Lubahn

Location: South Metro Pier in South Milwaukee
Milwaukee County

The Common Checkered Skipper was on the paved path below toward the lake. I spotted a tiny butterfly land on the edge of the path. I was very surprised to see what it was. This skipper displayed a black and white checkered pattern that merged into a dark bluishgray body. I’m familiar with this species as I photographed one just last year in Racine. It flew before I could get a photo, never saw it again despite extensive searching.

Apr 21

Jennifer Lauer

Location: Waterville Segment, Ice Age Trail
Waukesha County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 21

Ethan Brown

Location: Cedarburg Bog
Ozaukee County

Apr 21

Pamela Skaar

Location: 2000 block of Helena Street, Madison, WI
Dane County

11:20 AM

Apr 21

Rory Williams

Location: Asylum Point Park
Winnebago County

Only 50 degrees but the butterfly found a spot in the sun. This Park has been cleaned up of its buckthorn last year and this year they have a substantial number of waterleaf, lillies and Dutchman's Breeches. The Breeches are just beginning to bloom

Apr 24

Freda Van den Broek

Location: Mariner's Point neighborhood, Port Washington
Ozaukee County

I've been seeing Red Admirals on sunny days since about April 11th, but this was the closest I've been able to get to photograph one. It was nectaring on Scilla.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 25

Nan Meske

Location: Fort Atkinson home
Jefferson County

Landed in yard.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 26

Tod Highsmith

Location: East Side Madison
Dane County

Apr 26

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Cornucopia
Bayfield County

Apr 26

Donna M Williams-Richter

Location: Muscallounge Road near Beetown
Grant County

The Red Admirals were visiting the Plum Tree and found Dandelions, too.
Sunny and 54 F between 3 and 4.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

'Spring' Spring Azure

'Spring' Spring Azure

Apr 26

Mary Jo Sundling

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

I was hoping to see more butterflies today as dandelions and ground ivy are now blooming, but our lows are still below freezing at night. I did have fun watching four American White Pelicans swimming in the Yahara River and also a Sandhill Crane walking next to the trail. Sunny 50 degree early afternoon.

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

Apr 26

Mike Reese

Location: Spring Green Preserve
Sauk County

I was hoping to see my first Olympia Marble of the year but got distracted by the Painted Redstart. Lots of buttercup and Bird's Foot Violet in flower. These are easy to spot after the burn, although it is starting to green up.

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Painted Redstart

Painted Redstart

Apr 26

Judith Huf

Location: Sheridan Park
Milwaukee County

cold, 38 degrees but bright sun

Apr 27

Jay Watson

Location: UW Madison Arboretum Longnecker Gardens
Dane County

Traveling Survey, Duration: 1 hr, 3 min; Distance: 0.83 miles; sunny, calm, 65F, red admiral 10 probably more, many solitary bees out, one male Osmia bucephala. Nests of Colletes inaequils in the ground some individuals out. Cherries and rhododendrons a few other shrubs and plums in flower. Thought I saw maybe one of the lady butterflies possibly American lady.

Colletes inaequils

Colletes inaequils

Osmia bucephala

Osmia bucephala

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 27

Mike Reese

Location: Spring Green Preserve SNA
Sauk County

others there saw azures and Mourning Cloak. I was looking for the Olympia Marbles up on the bluff as I expected them to be flying. Saw just two but still fun to see them.

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle

Obliqued-lined Tiger Beetle

Apr 27

Rory Williams

Location: Oshkosh Larsen Prairie SNA
Winnebago County

Incidental while removing garlic mustard from SNA

Apr 27

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: McFarland backyard
Dane County

Another beautiful, windless, sunny day. The red admirals were active again on the Pachysandra.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 27

Kate Redmond

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

Beautiful day - nice to see butterfly shadows on the trail.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

‘Spring’ Spring Azure

‘Spring’ Spring Azure

Apr 27

Nansi Colley

Location: Madison, Wi
Dane County

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 27

Lindsey Dalton

Location: Spring Green Preserve SNA
Iowa County

I once again failed to find my first-ever Olympia Marbles, but I got to spend time with Red Admirals as a consolation prize! They were seen between 6:30 and 7:30 pm, at the edge of the forest and the first bluff overlook. At one point, I saw three of them look like they were drinking the sap from the same birch tree. It was partly cloudy and in the mid 60s.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 27

Mary Jo Sundling

Location: Admunson Park in Stoughton
Dane County

Breezy, sunny, 62 degree afternoon.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 27

Joan Braune

Location: Olbrich gardens in Madison
Dane County

Apr 27

Stan Rehm

Location: UW Arboretum, Grady Tract
Dane County

The American Lady was visiting the pussytoes, which are emerging abundantly beside the path on the western knoll. In the middle of the Evjue pine woods a group of Polygonias and Red Admirals were battling for territory in a sunny spot.

Eastern Comma

Eastern Comma

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 27

Ann Thering

Location: My Garden
Dane County

Apr 27

Mike Reese

Location: Nakoma neighborhood, Madison
Dane County

Apr 27

Ethan Brown

Location: Spirit Lake
Ozaukee County

Apr 27

April Stanke

Location: Thiensville Village Park
Ozaukee County

Apr 27

April Stanke

Location: My Yard in Brown Deer
Milwaukee County

Apr 28

Ginny Nelson

Location: Stricker’s Pond
Dane County

My first Red Admiral of the year.

Apr 28

Lindsey Dalton

Location: Spring Green Preserve SNA
Sauk County

I went out between 2:30 and 6 pm. It was sunny and in the upper 60s.

I was thrilled to find my first-ever Olympia Marbles! They were on the bluffs, near where their host plant can be found. They stayed extremely busy, rarely landing for more than a second. I saw them between 3 and 4 pm. When I checked back on them around 5 pm, I didn't see them.

The American Ladies were all in the lower prairie area, and I didn't see any when I walked back through that area around 6 pm.

Festive Tiger Beetles were abundant.

Cabbage White

Cabbage White

‘Spring’ Spring Azure

‘Spring’ Spring Azure

American Lady

American Lady

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Festive Tiger Beetle

Festive Tiger Beetle

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Apr 28

Charlene Gurney

Location: Sun Prairie
Dane County

On pearly everlasting in my back yard

Apr 28

Ethan Brown

Location: i43
Milwaukee County

Apr 28

Paula Zarling

Location: St Francis near Green Park
Milwaukee County

Sunny day, 50°F, found in grass in backyard. 1pm

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Apr 28

Pamela Skaar

Location: Hickory Hill Preserve, Cross Plains Ice Age Trail
Dane County

13:25 - 15:35, 2.2 miles. It was flying high in trees in savannah area along the path.

Apr 28

Marci Lanois

Location: Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
Juneau County

Henry's Elfin

Henry's Elfin

Olympia Marble

Olympia Marble

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

★ = New county photo record

Apr 28

Joan Rickert

Location: My yard, rural Medford
Taylor County

Finally! FOY

Apr 28

Ann Thering

Location: My Garden
Dane County

Apr 28

April Stanke

Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County

Apr 28

Ethan Brown

Location: Cedarburg Bog
Ozaukee County

Apr 28

Scott and Ann Swengel

Location: Barrens along Wood County Hwy X
Wood County

Four sites

Apr 28

Mike Reese

Location: Albany Wildlife Area off Schneeberger Rd.
Green County

Apr 28

Mike Reese

Location: Muralt Bluff Prairie SNA
Green County

Partly cloudy, low 60s. 11:00-12:30. Saw about 20 Bumble Flower Beetles along the main trail .

Bumble Flower Beetle

Bumble Flower Beetle

Apr 28

Bob Ring

Location: AriensCo conservation land
Calumet County

First butterfly of season seen on the conservation grounds. Could not photograph, but was able to get a close look the few seconds it landed.