The fall colors are sneaking in...in the form of butterflies!
The eastern tiger swallowtail is very common in Wisconsin but is often confused for a close relative, the canadian tiger swallowtail. Canadian tiger swallowtails, however, live mostly in northern Wisconsin and tend to disappear by August.
The first known drawing of a North American butterfly was of an eastern tiger swallowtail and was drawn by John White in 1587 during an expedition to Virginia. White named the drawing “Mamankanois,” which is believed to be a Croatoan word for “butterfly.”