Monarch butterfly on milkweed

 

  • Purple coneflower, prairie dock, and the compass plant bloom in Wisconsin prairies.
  • Cicadas and katydids begin to sing on warm summer days. Male katydids begin calling as they rub their legs over their rasped and ridged wings like a fiddle and bow. They can be found in trees feeding on cherry, oak, maple, and apple trees.
  • Monarch butterflies are seen feeding on blooming milkweed plants.
  • July can bring hot temperatures and lots of sunshine. If you live in eastern Wisconsin, listen carefully to the news for announcements of Air Quality Watch days.
  • Black raspberries and blackberries ripen along fencerows. Berries are plucked for a meal by hungry chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons, fox, skunk, black bears, birds, and people - yum!
  • Karner blue butterfly adults emerge from their cocoon-like chrysalis and take flight.
  • Loons are commonly seen and heard on northern lakes.
  • The gypsy moth larvae, an alien invader, reaches maturity and eats all the leaves from trees in the process.
  • Nothern pike and muskellunge fingerlings (young) leave wetlands for open water.
  • Young spiders scatter by casting their long-spun threads into the air from tree tops, riding the wind to new locations.