July 10, 2016 NABA Butterfly count in the Preserve
Glenda Denniston and Dave Hogg
Eastern Tailed-blue 1
Banded Hairstreak 4
Clouded Sulphur 1
Dun Skipper 2
Least Skipper 1
Cabbage White 12
Common Buckeye 1
Butterflies of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
Some of the most visible and identifiable insects are butterflies. Butterfly diversity can serve as a measure of restoration success. The 2007 Preserve butterfly count, described in Increasing Insect Diversity, is one measure of butterfly diversity. Lakeshore Nature Preserve butterfly numbers and diversity were lower at the 2008 NABA Butterfly Count.
For general information on butterflies, see the Wisconsin Butterfly Association. This site provides brief descriptions, excellent photos, weekly sighting statistics in Wisconsin. You can also report your own sightings. The list of butterfly sightings in the Preserve, compiled some time ago by Glenda Denniston, with the help of Edgar Spalding, Dave Fallow and Kyle Evan Johnson, needs updating (see the Dane County Species List). Please send your butterfly observation records (species, date, and place seen, and photo if possible) to preserveFriends@gmail.com
Also check out butterflies in other parts of the world in Learn About Butterflies. This site has a wealth of information on anything related to butterflies.