Butterfly Observations

E.g., Monday, December 9, 2019
E.g., Monday, December 9, 2019
E.g., Monday, December 9, 2019
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Date and Time Latitude Longitude Speciessort descending Type Number Observed Flight Direction (Degrees) Wind Direction (Degrees) Wind Speed Observed By Description/Notes
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...
2019-10-18 18:42:00 44.855777541370564 -93.60660552978516 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 12 157.5 8 Livewombat A dozen or so Painted Ladies, mostly in one butterfly garden at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. More...
2019-03-07 18:53:00 36.43891826 -115.35944030000002 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Corn Creek, Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 3m radius. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21067082 More...
2019-08-03 05:00:00 41.709034 -75.053469 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Cochecton, New York. Location precision: estimated within a 1.5 km radius. Observed by Ed Wesely. “A single P.L. nectaring on Thistle flowers, 3 miles North of Milanville.” (E-mail communication). More...
2019-10-20 16:13:00 44.9219616 -93.30616079999999 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 50 157.5 1 Livewombat Two concentrations of Painted Lady butterflies around Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, with at least a couple dozen on a big purple aster near the bandshell and a similar number on Verbena bonariensis and other flowers in the rose garden. 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...
2019-05-01 18:41:00 40.13320399 -105.18396589999998 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 5 10 mariposa Lagerman Reservoir, Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within an 89m radius. Maybe fifteen minutes of sun when most were out, but one or two were flying in the gloom. 45 F, cloudy, ~10mph gusts. More...
2019-03-07 21:55:00 35.99110943 -115.25495339999998 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 4 0 mariposa Enterprise, Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 19m radius. Nectaring. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21067469 More...
2019-09-15 05:00:00 41.60873369999999 -75.0588391 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Tusten Heritage Community Garden, Narrowsburg, New York. Location precision: estimated within a 40m radius. Observed by Ed Wesely. “a fresh P.L. in THCG.” (E-mail communication). More...
2019-10-15 05:00:00 43.59288639739822 -79.51389226796891 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 2 0 Donald Davis Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. Location estimated within a 700m radius. Observed by Andrew Keaveney, Ontario Butterflies Newsgroup. "2 seen on Tuesday the 15th with that warm weather. Perhaps getting late for the species. 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...
2019-05-06 08:23:00 40.1160822 -105.29370189999997 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 30 0 mariposa Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 68m radius. 60 F, cloudy between thunderstorms around area. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24703541 More...
2019-03-11 16:58:00 35.46902797 -114.8881733 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa 1012-1014 Cottonwood Cove Rd, Searchlight, Nevada. Location precision: within a 5m radius. Found dead. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21147836 More...
2019-10-10 05:00:00 41.60873369999999 -75.0588391 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 3 0 mariposa Tusten Heritage Community Garden, Narrowsburg, New York. Location precision: estimated within a 40m radius. Observed by Ed Wesely. “3 P.L’s on Buddleia Bush in THCG.” (E-mail communication). Note: The Tusten Garden — ca. More...
2019-10-20 17:30:00 41.92569088277493 -82.51367553731706 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 3 180.0 0 Donald Davis West Beach, Point Pelee National Park, Wheatley, Ontario. Location precision: estimated within a 600m radius. Observed by Steve Pike, Ontario Butterflies Newsgroup. 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...
2019-04-17 14:45:00 33.66663 -116.40361330000002 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Riverside, California, United States. Location precision: not recorded. Observed by cwbarrows, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22645142 More...
2019-04-16 15:35:00 42.066246329335364 -93.63375727160633 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 45.0 13 wolfoest on a willow More...
2019-03-12 22:03:00 35.91422697 -116.5513181 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 4 0 mariposa Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, California. Location precision: within a 5m radius. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21190660 More...
2019-10-28 05:00:00 41.60873369999999 -75.0588391 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 3 0 mariposa Tusten Heritage Community Garden, Narrowsburg, New York. Location precision: estimated within a 40m radius. Observed by Ed Wesely. “ a P.L. in a.m.; 2 P.L’s in p.m.– one faded, one ‘fresh’.” (E-mail communication). Note: The Tusten Garden — ca. More...
2019-05-16 16:45:00 41.234332 -95.91649699999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0.0 6 mariposa Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. On my weekly walk saw it on an iris which i have never seen feeding on before. Survey from 10:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. CDT. Temperature, 83 F. Observed by langabee, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. 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...
2019-04-22 05:00:00 43.433241 -92.00346400000001 Painted lady First butterfly of the season 1 0 MJ Hatfield First Painted Lady of the season. Location precision: within a 600m radius. 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...
2019-04-23 19:00:00 42.168063 -93.03319499999998 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 157.5 8 mariposa Grammer Grove County Wildlife Area, Marshall County, Iowa. Location precision: within a 1m radius. One individual seen in open area with turf grass and a few trees. This individual was very yellow-tan in color, compared to the more saturated colors of others. 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...
2019-05-23 05:00:00 41.234332 -95.91649699999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 12 22.5 6 mariposa Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. There was 86% cloud cover yet I saw a fair number of painted ladies. They were feeding on lilac and allium. Temperature, 61 F, light winds. Survey from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. CDT. More...
2019-08-06 19:40:00 41.78266591873879 -93.79131836816669 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 76 5 Heidi Anderson Many painted ladies on mountain mint flowers in a large native flowerbed in front of the Jester Park Nature Center. More...
2019-04-24 18:08:00 42.012996 -93.65291000000002 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 5 0.0 202.5 8 mariposa Iowa State University Cross-Country Field, Ames, Iowa. Location precision: within a 20m radius. Migrating butterfly flying north to north-northeast 30 cm above the ground and repeatedly landing in the grass. Flight direction monitoring survey from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. CDT. 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...
2019-03-14 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...
2019-08-19 19:09:00 44.92865295094274 -93.29607009887695 Painted lady Migrating individual(s), Presence of butterfly in your area 20 0 Livewombat Many painted ladies on various plants in a public garden, including Salvia, Zinnia, tithonia, and others. This was in addition to many in other spots around the neighborhood. First Painted lady sighting for the year was just 2 days earlier. More...
2019-04-25 14:25:00 36.16510886 -115.45129480000003 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 5 0 mariposa Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 5m radius. Temperature, 82 F. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/23069890 More...
2019-04-06 15:09:00 36.14012969 -115.1239339 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa 2734 El Toreador St, Las Vegas, Nevada. Location precision: within a 180m radius. Observed by m1272552, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22149708 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...
2019-05-31 21:21:00 42.0124474 -93.74674529999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 4 270.0 9 mariposa Sorenson Farm, Boone County, Iowa. Location precision: within a 3m radius. Nectaring on white clover near the edge of a planted prairie plot. Partly cloudy, cumulus clouds, 87 F, dew point 56 F, relative humidity 35%, light winds. Survey from 4:14 to 4:26 p.m. CDT. More...
2019-04-27 18:10:00 36.4451622 -116.3499215 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 4 0 mariposa Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nye County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 5m radius. Temperature, 95 F. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/23522711 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...
2019-05-31 18:00:00 41.234332 -95.91649699999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 3 247.5 0 mariposa Lauritzen Gardens Omaha, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. It was hazy due to the smoke from Canada. Weekly walk. Temperature, 75 F; winds, near-calm. Survey from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. CDT. Observed by langabee, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. More...
2019-04-13 15:51:00 36.40156557 -116.2754122 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Nye County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 22m radius. Larva, probably 5th instar. 70 F, light winds. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22446815 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...
2019-09-20 15:15:00 44.9179091 -93.32016279999999 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 20 180.0 5 Livewombat About 20 Painted lady butterflies nectaring on a large planting of zinnias. They were with a similar number of monarchs.This was one of two groups of this size that I saw; the other is being reported separately, since it was in a different garden. 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...
2019-04-01 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...
2019-06-03 00:10:00 42.0865851 -93.597292 Painted lady 1 3 mariposa One occupant maintaining a territory - very fast flying and difficult to approach More...
2019-09-18 05:00:00 35.88581257167321 -75.66805582510682 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 3 0 mariposa Roanoke Island, North Carolina. Location precision: estimated within a 100m radius. Observed by Mike Turner, CarolinaLeps Newsgroup. "On Wednesday I stopped at the Outer Banks Visitors Center in Manteo, NC to check the Lantana for butterflies. In about one hour I saw the following. More...
2019-05-02 15:28:00 36.1229778 -115.48410960000001 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 3 0 mariposa Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 12m radius. Temperature 62 F. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24455236 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...
2019-04-15 05:00:00 41.234332 -95.91649699999999 Painted lady First butterfly of the season 5 20 mariposa Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska. Location precision: Not recorded. Walking our weekly survey of the garden. Saw our first Painted Lady of the year. They were feeding on pachysandra Survey from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT. Temperature, 65 F, moderate winds. 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...

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