Butterfly Observations

E.g., Friday, October 18, 2019
E.g., Friday, October 18, 2019
E.g., Friday, October 18, 2019
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Date and Time Latitude Longitude Species Type Number Observed Flight Direction (Degrees)sort ascending Wind Direction (Degrees) Wind Speed Observed By Description/Notes
2019-04-17 05:00:00 34.1705609 -118.83759370000001 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 20 337.5 0 mariposa I was outside today on a nice clear warm day after a cool overcast day yesterday here in Thousand Oaks, CA, and I was surprised to still see a small number of Painted Ladies frantically flying by towards the north-northwest. More...
2019-03-12 05:00:00 34.1705609 -118.83759370000001 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 100 337.5 0 mariposa Here in Thousand Oaks (Ventura Co.), California (elev. ~800'), Location precision: estimated within a 5 km radius. More...
2019-03-12 19:35:00 34.25352059901827 -118.61181298788642 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 200 337.5 270.0 11 LisaFebre A constant fluttering of butterflies in the air today! More...
2019-03-05 16:00:00 33.2558717 -116.37501199999997 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 500 315.0 135.0 10 shelley hamel This was an all-day, multi-day event starting March 3, 2019 and ending March 6,2019. During the course of a single day, the numbers were much larger than the 500/hr reported here -- thousands. The flight coincided with the 'super bloom' in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. More...
2019-05-24 16:00:00 39.5296329 -119.8138027 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 100 315.0 0 mariposa Reno, Nevada. It is the same here in Reno. So many flying by, and it looks like they are heading west or NW. I have seen more than a hundred yesterday [May 11, 2019]. Observed by Joe Eggy, DesertLeps Newsgroup, May 12, 2019. More...
2019-03-13 05:00:00 34.170561 -118.83759399999997 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 400 315.0 0 mariposa Thousand Oaks, California. Thank you! This is so timely. There were hundreds of them today around Thousand Oaks. I didn’t notice them on an afternoon hike. I noticed them as I drove home. They seemed to be heading northwest. Observed by CalBearMom, Daily Kos. More...
2019-05-01 16:00:00 34.174072 -118.89699719999999 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 25 315.0 0 mariposa Weather today is clear and sunny, and the Ladies have resumed their desperate flight to the NW. Fairly common today. Got to practice my net swing for the upcoming collecting season. Although I am usually not too good with mid-air swings, I got plenty of opportunities. More...
2019-04-25 20:30:00 42.183208 -121.73011810000003 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 300 315.0 45.0 3 Naturetreker counted 300 individuals in 15 minutes. More...
2019-09-18 20:04:00 39.5494703 -84.42777030000002 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 5 315.0 45.0 8 Contechgolf No description. More...
2019-04-17 18:30:00 42.1275267 -87.82895480000002 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 1 270.0 0 drsally This butterfly was darting around and, in general, moving toward the west. More...
2019-03-13 05:00:00 34.147785 -118.14451600000001 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 1000 270.0 0 mariposa Pasadena, California. They’ve been passing through the Pasadena foothills for a week, at least. Here it seems the migration is westward bound. It is uncanny, I don’t recall ever seeing anything like it. Observed by 714day, Daily Kos. Location precision: estimated within a 12 km radius. More...
2019-03-13 05:00:00 34.118843 -118.30046900000002 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 1000 270.0 0 mariposa Los Angeles, California. It’s still happening in LA! To see them heading West over the front lawn at Griffith Observatory is simply miraculous! Observed by pyramus, Daily Kos. Location precision: within a 50m radius. More...
2019-09-14 16:56:00 44.9504415 -93.26072499999998 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 3 247.5 90.0 3 Livewombat On the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis Minnesota, I saw three painted ladies. One was nectaring on a dandelion. The other two were in flight, but not strongly directional. More...
2019-10-01 18:04:00 42.03113843250022 -93.64722448525009 Red admiral Migrating individual(s) 1 202.5 0 mariposa Genetics Chick Isolation Building, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. One Red Admiral migrating south-southwest from the east end of Chick Isolation toward the roof of the Genetics Laboratory. 72 F, humid, overcast, nearly calm. More...
2019-04-06 08:50:00 41.53766080199767 -90.57177766371501 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 1 180.0 0 Cedar County Co... Red Admiral was fresh looking (non-tattered wings) and was flying about very quickly. Landed on a bush and was able to identify before it flew off. More...
2019-09-28 20:45:00 44.91780501899611 -93.32117557525635 Painted lady Migrating individual(s), Presence of butterfly in your area 40 180.0 0.0 12 Livewombat This is a combination of observations. I spent most of the morning about three miles to the northeast of the indicated area and saw individual painted ladies in flight. For the first time in many days, the flag near that site was showing a strong wind toward the south. More...
2019-09-30 19:57:00 42.02631009425306 -93.61583071669276 Red admiral Migrating individual(s) 1 180.0 180.0 0 mariposa First National Bank, 5th and Burnett, Ames, Iowa. One Red Admiral flying south over the roof of the bank. Very warm and windy. More...
2019-09-28 15:34:00 39.5038205 -84.39392240000001 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 14 180.0 225.0 8 Contechgolf Have observed 3-4 Painted Ladies at a time every day, the entire month of September with exception to Tuesday 9/24 (temp dropped: low was upper 50s/low 60s ;winds 10mph, gusts up to 20mph). More...
2019-09-30 17:18:00 42.03053052762526 -93.64367000103618 Red admiral Migrating individual(s) 1 180.0 180.0 0 mariposa Iowa State University campus, Ames, Iowa. One Red Admiral flying south from the Horse Barn to the Meat Laboratory, about 2 meters above the street. Very warm and windy. More...
2019-09-01 21:08:00 39.5494703 -84.42777030000002 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 3 135.0 315.0 7 Contechgolf No description. More...
2019-04-07 17:10:00 42.06909328862572 -93.62731028065485 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 1 90.0 225.0 6 wolfoest from lakes trail flew towards the north lake More...
2019-04-16 15:00:00 42.36090422318132 -85.67896439212342 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 2 90.0 270.0 6 butterflyqueen two on rails to trails park More...
2019-04-09 20:08:00 40.04449724 -105.1840555 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 90.0 0 mariposa Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 139m radius. Thought i'd seen some careening east with the winds. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22267000 More...
2019-05-12 16:00:00 37.3614238 -118.3996636 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 1000 90.0 0 mariposa Bishop, California. "In Bishop, California this morning, we are being assaulted by what can only be described as swarms of painted ladies. In over 30 years of living out West, we’ve never seen so many. Immediately in front of us we can see upwards of 100 continuously. More...
2019-04-13 20:10:00 41.727568 -88.0059 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 4 90.0 270.0 14 ldieckman About 4 Red Admiral butterflies were observed at the forest preserve. Several were on a dandelion. More...
2019-04-13 20:34:00 43.65706976 -79.49779802 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 1 67.5 0 mariposa Magwood Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Location precision: within a 75m radius. Sunny, 15 C. Observed by dkaposi, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22434644 More...
2019-05-08 15:00:00 38.939926 -119.97718680000003 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 200 45.0 67.5 7 mariposa South Lake Tahoe, California. Location precision: estimated within a 4 km radius. Observed by Ian Watkinson, DesertLeps newsgroup. Even though I’m a moth man, thought I would pass on that painted ladies are in amazing abundance here in South Lake Tahoe where we are taking a few days break. More...
2019-04-20 20:10:00 41.2451916 -96.08179969999998 Red admiral Migrating individual(s) 1 45.0 180.0 7 Am30668 Sitting for several minutes on a violet bloom. Flew to northeast. More...
2019-04-08 07:32:00 41.4080327 -92.916405 Red admiral Migrating individual(s) 2 45.0 225.0 3 Stephen R Johnson two individuals nectaring on Siberian squill (Scilla sibirica) More...
2019-06-01 18:27:00 40.3062736 -121.23190979999998 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 500 45.0 90.0 5 kmbovee Nectaring on lilacs that have just started to bloom in Chester, California. Migrating painted ladies were observed flying down Main Street in town, and also across a 17 mile stretch of Highway 89 along the western edge of Lake Almanor. More...
2019-04-20 16:22:00 41.2451916 -96.08179969999998 Red admiral Migrating individual(s) 1 45.0 180.0 10 Am30668 Flying through the yard, lit momentarily on violet bloom. Then, continued over the house in northeast direction. More...
2019-04-13 17:00:00 41.72177340165998 -91.23319889487817 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 4 45.0 315.0 15 Cedar County Co... I found all four butterflies on the trail behind Shelter One at Cedar Valley Park. They simply flew down the trail, which happened to be to the north east. It was partly cloudy that day. Temperature was 51 degrees F, dewpoint was 27 degrees F, with 39 percent humidity, pressure was 29.4 in. More...
2019-05-07 05:00:00 38.7296252 -120.79854599999999 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 300 45.0 225.0 3 mariposa Placerville, California. Location precision: estimated within a 4 km radius. Observed by Paul Cherubini, DesertLeps Newsgroup. "Ditto in Placerville, California, west and downhill from South Lake Tahoe. More...
2019-03-17 22:20:00 37.025119 -121.56375700000001 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 50 22.5 0 mariposa Gilroy, California. Location precision: uncertain. Migrating painted ladies. 50 migrating north-northeast between 17:20 and 17:40 PDT. Clear, warm, light wind. Observed by avtanski, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21343197 More...
2019-04-16 21:05:00 41.885620440110834 -87.81447244035644 Red admiral First butterfly of the season, Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0.0 180.0 3 Kathleen Garness First butterfly of the season of any species seen in my neighborhood. More...
2019-04-01 02:07:00 38.43803596757765 -122.5794872803188 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 37 0.0 2 Lisahug actually saw many more painted Ladies. I sat still for exactly 5 minutes (set timer on phone). watched an area about 50 feet wide. individually counted 37 vanessa cardui zipping north during that time frame. Have been seeing these butterflies in the area since March 15. warm 70deg. calm. More...
2019-02-17 21:26:00 31.96254730643463 -113.6181657058305 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 1000 0.0 180.0 8 swashko Exact count unsure, but thousands of individuals everywhere. The dominant flowers at the time for butterfly feeding were Lasthenia sp. and Sphaeralcea coulteri. More...
2019-04-16 16:37:00 41.7310127 -88.006913 Red admiral Migrating individual(s) 1 0.0 45.0 14 ldieckman Single Red Admiral flying North. Observed for about 2 minutes. More...
2019-03-13 05:00:00 34.150179 -118.354961 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 5000 0.0 0 mariposa I live in a suburb of LA called Toluca Lake, near Universal Studios, and for two full days, MILLIONS of these butterflies have been flying right outside my door! They are all flying in the same direction, due north, and it is a real sight to behold. They are small and fast and determined! More...
2019-03-14 17:49:00 33.43806010000001 -117.00878769999997 American lady Migrating individual(s) 20000 0.0 0 ryanch86 No description. More...
2019-03-15 17:00:00 34.032958 -118.84655800000002 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 300 0.0 10 mariposa Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Los Angeles County, California. Location precision: within a 440m radius. Hundreds of them, migrating north. Survey from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Observed by avtanski, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. More...
2019-03-14 05:00:00 34.317099 -118.77049599999998 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 5 0.0 22.5 0 mariposa Eastern Ventura County, California. Location precision: estimated within a 15 km radius. Yes, mainly north to a bit westerly. Have only seen a few today, but haven’t been outside much. The wind has been strong out of the NNE. Observed by hopeful4life, Daily Kos. More...
2019-04-25 01:00:00 42.21050183569384 -121.70575147966184 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 83 0.0 0 RonLarson On 4-24-19, my wife and I counted 83 painted ladies flying past us flying in a NW to NE direction over a 45 minute period. Most of them were single butterflies, but about 20% were pairs flying within 1 foot of each other. Most were flying at 4-5 feet in elevation. More...
2019-05-12 05:00:00 44.9428975 -123.03509630000002 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 100 0.0 0 mariposa They are flying up in Salem, Oregon, as well (50 miles south of Portland). Around 1-3 per minute. Very faded and very skittish - I’m having a hard time finding one that’s not flying in order to get a still photo. So I may have to shoot video and extract a still from the video. More...
2019-04-16 20:35:00 41.244982031873775 -96.0816882244115 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 2 0.0 90.0 11 Am30668 Flew in from southwest, landed on a river birch, moving from spot to spot for several minutes, then flew toward the northeast. More...
2019-03-12 05:00:00 34.150179 -118.354961 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 5000 0.0 0 mariposa I live in a suburb of LA called Toluca Lake, near Universal Studios, and for two full days, MILLIONS of these butterflies have been flying right outside my door! They are all flying in the same direction, due north, and it is a real sight to behold. They are small and fast and determined! More...
2019-04-26 21:10:00 42.08983440394542 -91.50175784121313 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0.0 337.5 22 Cammie Sunning out of wind. More...
2019-03-16 17:00:00 35.247532 -120.706009 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 100 0.0 270.0 10 mariposa Irish Hills Natural Reserve, Los Osos, California. Location precision: not recorded. Lots of them, going straight north. Survey time from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Observed by avtanski, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. More...
2019-03-13 05:00:00 34.317099 -118.77049599999998 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 1000 0.0 0 mariposa Thousands flying through on Tuesday, a bit less today, in eastern Ventura county, California. Location precision: estimated within a 15 km radius. Lovely to experience. Observed by hopeful4life, Daily Kos. More...
2019-05-11 23:16:00 42.183208 -121.73011810000003 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 88 0.0 90.0 1 Naturetreker 88 individuals in 15 minutes. More...

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