Butterfly Observations

E.g., Sunday, December 15, 2019
E.g., Sunday, December 15, 2019
E.g., Sunday, December 15, 2019
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Date and Time Latitude Longitudesort descending Species Type Number Observed Flight Direction (Degrees) Wind Direction (Degrees) Wind Speed Observed By Description/Notes
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...
2019-04-17 18:28:00 42.47880486252633 -122.91496412720812 Painted lady First butterfly of the season 1 0 AdmiralsandLadies it wasnt really flying any particluar direction. went east then came back and settled in some grass, without even nectaring, then took off again, More...
2019-04-23 16:30:00 42.2016060675054 -122.69809627504952 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 68 0.0 180.0 3 AdmiralsandLadies I sat here for 2 hours and saw 68 painted ladies fly by, with about 6 out of 7 going north. I was in a 30 m diameter patch of flowering dandelions, and about 1 out of 8 stopped briefly at dandelions, before moving on. 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...
2019-02-05 21:32:00 37.76240833 -122.43771329999998 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 1 0 mariposa First of the ‘19 Season. Freshly emerged. 4112 17th St, San Francisco, California. Location precision: within a 10m radius. Observed by robberfly, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/20137375 More...
2019-03-18 05:00:00 37.035398 -121.987122 Painted lady First butterfly of the season 4 0 mariposa Santa Cruz, California. Location precision: within a 6.67 km radius. I saw four Lady Butterflies on my Dark Star Ceanothus today. I used my laminated Butterfly guide, and decided that I thought they were Painted Ladies, but I'm not sure. Warm, sunny. More...
2019-03-10 06:00:00 37.8815913 -121.91415280000001 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 50 0 mariposa We saw many painted lady butterflies while hiking on Mt Diablo on March 10th. (East of San Francisco, Northern California) Observed by Vicki Day. More...
2019-03-17 23:20:00 37.253198 -121.81536499999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa South San José, California. Location precision: uncertain. Feeding on a tree. Clear skies, light wind. Observed by avtanski, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21343071 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...
2019-05-11 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...
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...
2019-03-17 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...
2019-06-01 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...
2019-03-13 22:00:00 39.25615553080485 -121.21631613607497 West coast lady First butterfly of the season 2 0 David Adams I saw two Painted Ladies (probably West Coast Ladies) doing their "mating flight dance" this last Wednesday in my back yard here on 5 acres in Penn Valley, California (foothills in western Nevada County northeast of Sacramento). More...
2019-03-30 15:00:00 35.3124062978467 -120.8651830687196 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 100 0 mariposa Los Osos/Morro Bay State Park, California. Location precision: estimated within a 400m radius. The weather on Saturday was warm and clear. The entire habitat is lush and full of wildflowers. This just added to the already innate beauty of Morro Bay. More...
2019-03-30 15:00:00 35.31247009475271 -120.86496444636248 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 100 0 mariposa Los Osos/Morro Bay State Park, California. Location precision: estimated within a 400m radius. The weather on Saturday was warm and clear. The entire habitat is lush and full of wildflowers. This just added to the already innate beauty of Morro Bay. 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...
2019-03-16 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...
2019-03-16 21:00:00 35.489417 -120.670725 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 100 0 mariposa We just saw the painted ladies fly over Atascadero, California, today, around 4 pm. Location precision: estimated within a 3 km radius. Observed by Jim Carlisle, Daily Kos. 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...
2019-03-18 05:00:00 35.189864 -119.86329699999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 100 0 mariposa Carrizo Plain National Monument, California. Location precision: estimated within a 200m radius. Saw lots yesterday at the Carrizo Plain Natl Monument, where a lot of yellow composites are blooming away (hillside daisy, goldfields, more). Observed by carolyncurtis, Daily Kos. More...
2019-05-17 17:51:00 39.50052385 -119.85953369999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa 1010 Caughlin Crossing, Reno, Nevada. Location precision: within a 19m radius. Observed by justbarrett, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/25277286 More...
2019-05-20 12:03:00 39.2452 -119.84759500000001 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa 6205 Franktown Rd, Washoe Valley, Nevada. Location precision: within an 8m radius. Observed by gchisholm, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/25441945 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...
2019-05-27 23:14:00 39.614655 -119.66049169999997 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa 89436, Sparks, Nevada. Location precision: within a 70m radius. Observed by bradgrimm, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/25918867 More...
2019-03-16 05:00:00 34.291272 -119.29658 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 100 0 mariposa Ventura, California. Location precision: estimated within a 3 km radius. Still here in Ventura. It's great. Observed by AvengingAngel, 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...
2019-05-11 17:00:00 34.173972 -118.89663389999998 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 200 0 mariposa Thousand Oaks, California. "After more than 2 days of overcast here and showers in the mountains and deserts, much warmer (73F) temps today have resulted in probably the largest flyby I have seen all spring here in Thousand Oaks. 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...
2019-03-13 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...
2019-04-17 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 05:00:00 34.317099 -118.77049599999998 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 1000 0.0 0 mariposa Thousands flying through [today] on Tuesday [March 12], a bit less … [on March 13], in eastern Ventura county, CA. Location precision: estimated within a 15 km radius. Lovely to experience. Observed by hopeful4life, Daily Kos. 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...
2019-03-13 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...
2019-05-16 18:16:00 34.09619532 -118.7178485 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 225.0 6 mariposa Malibu Creek State Park, Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, California. Location precision: within a 46m radius. Painted Lady close to the creek at Malibu State Park. It looks like the butterfly was sipping water from the moist sand… Temperature, 72 F; clear sky, moderate winds. More...
2019-03-08 16:11:00 34.25103405244353 -118.62519763947967 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 50 0 LisaFebre Dozens of Painted Ladies swarming the wildflowers. We have had a lot of rain in the last month, here in the San Fernando Valley, so a lot of blooms and wet conditions. 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...
2019-03-16 05:00:00 34.36928 -118.50104399999998 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 100 0 mariposa Santa Clarita, California. I took a long drive this morning from the coast (Long Beach) up north to ultimately the high desert and back. 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...
2019-03-13 05:00:00 33.949848 -118.38449700000001 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 200 0 mariposa Near Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California. I live near LAX and they're everywhere. Had a nice break on the patio, watching them flutter by in the scores. Observed by hissing kitty, Daily Kos. Location precision: estimated within an 8 km radius. 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...
2019-03-12 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...
2019-03-09 18:41:00 34.00875816 -118.33464179999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Los Angeles County, California. Location precision: within 28.87 km (obscured). Observed by bbunny, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21086689 More...
2019-03-13 17:00:00 34.180839 -118.308966 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 100 0 mariposa Burbank, California. Location precision: estimated within a 7 km radius. Thank you. I live in LA and work in Burbank. On my lunch walks yesterday and today I have been walking through this endless stream of butterflies. 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...
2019-03-13 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...
2019-05-03 21:10:00 33.7657922 -118.04177659999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 4 270.0 1 Bud Foshee After the recent migration, I have noticed many Painted Ladies in the area. It's as if the migration seeded the area as it passed through. I noticed many stragglers immediately after the migration and now witness daily perching and mating activity. Several individuals daily. More...
2019-03-16 05:00:00 33.618883 -117.92984899999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 100 0 mariposa Newport Beach, California. Location precision: estimated within a 2 km radius. They have been passing through south Orange County (CA) in waves since early this week, some looking a bit worse for wear. Shots from Newport Beach area today (3/16). Observed by ARSchmidt, Daily Kos. More...
2019-02-27 15:30:00 33.467529 -117.66156699999999 Painted lady First butterfly of the season 5 0 mariposa Spotted 5 Painted Lady Butterflies nectaring on CA native Salvia Brandegeei in my back yard - coastal San Clemente, California. I've been seeing a few for a week or so. Location precision: not recorded. Sunny, warm, light wind. More...

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