Butterflies and Moths


June 28, 2010 - Common Wood Nymphs were exceptionaly abundant for about a week at Marsh Haven Nature Center, and on June 29th, I got the best pictures I could, of the only Eyed Brown I've ever seen so far.

May 28, 2010 - My first Red Spotted Purple, at a sunny spot along a trail through the wooded area at Marsh Haven Nature Center.

May 27, 2010 - An Arctic Skipper nectering on Wild Geranium at Wisconsin State Natural Area #51, in Fond Du Lac County, near the northern edge of its range.

June 28, 2010 - On my way out of the Marsh Haven Nature Center, I got back out of my van to shoot this "Summer" Spring Azure, which turned out to be laying eggs on Alfalfa flowers.

August 12, 2008 - An EASTERN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL in Beaver Dam, WI.

August 24, 2008 - An EASTERN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL at Wendy's place in Kewaskum, WI.

The GIANT SWALLOWTAIL is considered an uncommon stray in most parts of Wisconsin (It's normally found to the south). In August of 2008, I was seeing them nearly every time I visited Wendy's place in Kewaskum.

Black Swallowtails - The first two shots are in Beaver Dam, WI, on August 29, 2006.The third is the earliest sighting of a Black Swallowtail in Wisconsin, on April 22, 2010, at least according to www.wisconsinbutterflies.org, and the fourth is a Black Swallowtail laying eggs on Wild Parsnip, both at the Marsh Haven Nature Center.

An EASTERN COMMA at Parfrey's Glen SNA, and another at Horicon Marsh NWR, as an ant tries crawling onto its antenna.

August 13, 2007 - A PAINTED LADY in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

July 26, 2010 - An AMERICAN LADY at Marsh Haven Nature Center.

July 29, 2007 - A RED ADMIRAL at Horicon Marsh NWR.
June 29, 2010 - A close-up of a Red Admiral at a neat angle at Marsh Haven Nature Center.

A couple pictures of a CLOUDED SULPHUR at the Marsh Haven Nature Center, on September 25, 2008.
Another CLOUDED SULPHUR at the Marsh Haven Nature Center on July 26, 2010.

A couple pictures of CRESENT butterflies (I can't tell the difference between the NORTHERN CRESCENT, and the PEARL CRESCENT), at the Marsh Haven Nature Center.

August 10, 2008 - At the Marsh Haven Nature Center, on Hwy 49, boardering Horicon Marsh NWR, two pictures of an Eastern Tailed Blue.

July 9, 2007 - A STRIPED HAIRSTREAK just outside of Kewaskum, WI.

August 10, 2008 - A LEAST SKIPPER at the Marsh Haven Nature Center,
August 12, 2008 - A PECK'S SKIPPER in Beaver Dam, WI, and
August 27, 2010 - A FIERY SKIPPER at the Marsh Haven Nature Center.

A SILVER-SPOTTED SKIPPER at Wendy's place on July 4, 2008, and a couple more on September 6, 2008, on a field trip to Olebrich Botanical Gardens, in Madison, WI.


The following butterflies are not native to Wisconsin. They were photographed at the indoor live butterfly exhibit at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin, during the summer of 2008.
Pic 1 & 2 - Zebra Longwings, native to GA and FL to TX.
Pic 3 - A White Peacock, native to south FL to south TX.

Pics 1,2, & 3 - Julia Butterflies, native to south FL and south TX.


An unexpected surprise at Wendy's place, this CLEARWING HUMMINGBIRD MOTH showed up in mid-August of 2008, and was a very reliable visitor to the yard until it got cooler, and the flowers were gone.

July 26, 2010 - While working the trails in the wooded area of Marsh Haven Nature Center, I thought for sure I had come across a rare butterfly, at least in Wisconsin, but it turned out to be a White-striped Black Moth.

Also at Wendy's, I got this neat close-up of an unidentified moth, on September 28, 2008, and a couple more shots for those willing to take on the challenge of identifiying it for me. (Use the file name in parenthesies to refer to this particular moth.)


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