As I headed for my vehicle this morning one of the elusive monarchs swooped down beside me. Upon reaching the Wild Ones Center in Neenah, the Director mentioned that 6 monarchs released during the recent national conference continue to be spotted in the area.
I spotted 2 and then 4 alighting on tall spikes of liatris in close proximity to each other.
A female Tiger Swallowtail was observed on a nearby liatris plant. The black form female of this species has a very thin row of white spots on the upper forewing margin that is easily spotted in the field and is unlike any other black colored swallowtail in Wisconsin.
A website maintained by Mike Reese serves as a handy reference to the butterflies of Wisconsin