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 Longitude Species Type Number Observedsort ascending Flight Direction (Degrees) Wind Direction (Degrees) Wind Speed Observed By Description/Notes
2019-03-14 17:49:00 33.43806010000001 -117.00878769999997 American lady Migrating individual(s) 20000 0.0 0 ryanch86 No description. More...
2019-03-09 06:00:00 33.380533 -115.78758500000004 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 5000 0 mariposa Eastern shore of the Salton Sea. I surveyed three wireless communications facilities in Arizona last week on 3/7 (Mesa), 3/8 (Douglas), and 3/9 (Yuma). Driving back home to LA on Saturday, I noticed that the painted ladies were everywhere. 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...
2019-03-09 06:00:00 32.774682 -115.50056699999999 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 5000 0 mariposa Near El Centro, California. I surveyed three wireless communications facilities in Arizona last week on 3/7 (Mesa), 3/8 (Douglas), and 3/9 (Yuma). Driving back home to LA on Saturday, I noticed that the painted ladies were everywhere. 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 06:00:00 33.721326 -116.20691699999998 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 5000 0 mariposa Indio, California. I surveyed three wireless communications facilities in Arizona last week on 3/7 (Mesa), 3/8 (Douglas), and 3/9 (Yuma). Driving back home to LA on Saturday, I noticed that the painted ladies were everywhere. More...
2019-05-23 17:00:00 48.8799647 -115.05350010000001 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 3000 0 mariposa Eureka, Montana. Started about noon today with about 200 per minute, maybe more. Hard to measure. Observed by Ken, Journey North (probable Painted Lady observation). https://journeynorth.org/sightings/query_result.html?record_id=1526404534 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...
2019-03-13 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...
2019-03-13 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...
2019-03-14 05:00:00 34.758195 -117.283615 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 1000 0.0 0 mariposa I’m halfway between Barstow and Victorville on Rt. 66, and I’ve been seeing them since around March 1st. Mostly moving north, sometimes east. I love seeing them, but when they get thick, I get really sad about driving. Observed by commaist, Daily Kos. 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...
2019-05-12 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...
2019-03-01 06:00:00 34.758195 -117.283615 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 1000 0.0 0 mariposa I’m halfway between Barstow and Victorville on Rt. 66, and I’ve been seeing them since around March 1st. Mostly moving north, sometimes east. I love seeing them, but when they get thick, I get really sad about driving. Location precision: estimated within a radius of 6 km. 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...
2019-04-22 17:00:00 42.67758 -81.22035800000003 Red admiral Migrating individual(s), Presence of butterfly in your area 700 0.0 0 Donald Davis Union Road, Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada. Location precision: estimated within a 500m radius. [Observed by James Holdsworth] While doing a field visit to a site in Union, just north of Port Stanley, I noticed good numbers of Red Admiral along the field edges. More...
2019-09-08 05:00:00 41.95107873627999 -82.51345494428841 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 640 0 Donald Davis Point Pelee National Park, Wheatley, Ontario, Canada. Location precision: estimated within a 4.5 km radius. Observed by Steve Pike. 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...
2019-06-01 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 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...
2019-04-23 16:45:00 41.17973 -95.91815500000001 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 332 8 mariposa Fontenelle Forest Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. For this early in the year was amazed at how many Red Admirals we saw. It was the most butterflies we have seen in one day in April since we have been going weekly since 2015. Survey from 11:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. 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...
2019-04-25 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...
2019-05-07 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...
2019-09-27 20:00:00 44.8621967 -93.61627909999999 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 300 0 Livewombat Large numbers of Painted Lady butterflies at multiple sites around the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. They were nectaring on salvia, tithonia, dahlias, zinnias, and others. More...
2019-05-11 05:00:00 43.994452454914644 -77.69672918433855 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 293 0 Donald Davis Presqu'ile Provincial Park, my favorite park, on north shore of Lake Ontario opposite Rochester, New York. 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...
2019-05-08 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...
2019-04-15 19:50:00 35.82351508 -115.51687770000001 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 200 0 mariposa Near Goodsprings, Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 10m radius. Number observed: greater than 200. 70 F, light winds. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22536249 More...
2019-05-10 18:06:00 35.80978942 -115.96261320000002 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 200 0 mariposa Inyo County, California. Location precision: within a 5m radius. Two hundred or more (200). They were thick as ants in this small valley. Probably the most butterflies I have seen in one small canyon ever! 58 degrees F, calm. Post rain, all night and early am. More...
2019-10-09 15:10:00 44.8621967 -93.61627909999999 Painted lady Migrating individual(s), Presence of butterfly in your area 200 180.0 7 Livewombat The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was full of Painted Ladies, on dahlias, salvias, Verbena bonariensis, asters, and sunning on pavement. There were a few monarchs, but I didn't see any other Vanessa butterflies with them. 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...
2019-04-15 21:48:00 35.8236937 -115.51710639999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 200 0 mariposa Near Goodsprings, Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 10m radius. 70 F, light winds. Total seen in afternoon greater than 200. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22536230 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...
2019-04-15 19:39:00 35.82430017 -115.51736490000002 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 200 0 mariposa Near Goodsprings, Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 5m radius. 70 F, light winds. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. More...
2019-05-10 16:42:00 35.81363441 -115.96967619999998 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 200 0 mariposa Inyo County, California. Location precision: within a 10m radius. 200 plus in this small valley! 58 degrees F, calm. Post rain all night and am. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24896474 More...
2019-05-22 05:00:00 41.179753 -95.91783299999997 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 183 225.0 18 mariposa Fontenelle Forest Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. The red admirals were enjoying nectar from wild raspberries and wild waterleaf. Last week saw very few red admirals and this week there was an abundance of them. Temperature, 66 F. Survey from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CDT. More...
2019-05-02 18:15:00 41.17973 -95.91815500000001 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 137 6 mariposa Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. There were plenty of Red Admirals today but nothing like last week. This was my weekly survey for the forest. Temperature: 55 F. Survey from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. CDT. More...
2019-06-05 01:03:00 42.0249746 -93.6476296 Red admiral 112 10 mariposa One of three contesting for a territory in this particular spot. Many more small Red Admirals have arrived in central Iowa during the past week. More...
2019-03-13 05:00:00 34.895796 -117.01728300000002 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 100 0 mariposa Barstow, California. Location precision: estimated within a radius of 4 km. I’ve seen quite a few of them here in Barstow. That’s in the Mojave. I didn’t know they migrated, very cool. Thanks for the diary. Observed by ontheleftcoast, Daily Kos. More...
2019-09-04 19:23:00 44.8621967 -93.61627909999999 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 100 0 Livewombat Large numbers of Painted Lady butterflies at many sites in the Arboretum. We saw probably a hundred or more of them. More...
2019-03-13 05:00:00 33.130832 -116.30189999999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 100 0 mariposa I went out to Anza-Borrego today for that very reason. Wasn’t all that impressed with the flowers, but the butterflies were everywhere (and all through Oceanside, CA too). And the scenery, including the drive to and from, was breathtaking. Great trip! 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...
2019-05-12 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...
2019-02-18 19:22:00 33.88254166 -116.5026474 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 100 0 mariposa Saw close to 100 individuals flying over Dillon Road (to place of sighting). Many crossing the road. Roadkill estimates likely high. 22755 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, California 92240. Location precision: not recorded. Observed by inlewis, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. More...
2019-09-23 16:34:00 44.9272180834077 -93.29528909674877 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 100 270.0 4 Livewombat Huge crowds of Painted Lady butterflies in a municipal pollinator garden. They were nectaring on purple salvia and assorted other flowers. 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...
2019-03-16 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...
2019-05-24 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...
2019-03-12 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...

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