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) Wind Direction (Degrees)sort descending Wind Speed Observed By Description/Notes
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...
2019-03-13 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...
2019-04-06 17:13:00 35.11183883 -106.47202170000003 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Cibola National Forest, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Location precision: within a 24m radius. Observed by mirandak, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22106300 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...
2019-04-25 17:00:00 34.172044 -116.54700200000002 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 100 0 mariposa Pioneertown Mountains Preserve, SanBernardino County, California, slightly north west of Pioneertown, elevation 4300-5300 feet. [Location estimated within a 2 km radius.] Full sun mid 80s? More...
2019-04-25 20:23:00 39.94381194 -105.27615300000002 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Shadow Canyon, Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 25m radius. And a ton of them in the mahonia patch along the southern road bit of Shadow Canyon. Temperature 65F. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. More...
2019-04-24 22:12:00 42.59074138 -99.71970550999998 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Nebraska, US. Location (within 28 km) obscured by request of observer. Mostly sunny. Observed by allysond, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/23748147 More...
2019-05-12 20:32:00 32.66179348 -94.15030086000002 American lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Fly-N-Fish Lodge Airport, Karnack, Texas 75661, USA. Location precision: within a 5m radius. Observed by cosmiccat, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/25041070 More...
2019-08-15 16:09:00 44.7662 -92.92919999999998 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 34 0 John Shier Hastings, Dakota County, Minnesota. This recent pic was taken at a unit of Dakota County Parks. We counted 34 of them in an hour that day, which is more-or-less unprecedented for mid-August. The purple prairie coneflowers are the big draw. I expect a vigorous fall migration. 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...
2019-03-11 18:00:00 35.47414189 -114.82435709999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 5 0 mariposa Searchlight, Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 30m radius. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21152287 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...
2019-04-06 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...
2019-04-13 18:41:00 41.168709 -95.89897200000001 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 2 0 mariposa Vanessa atalanta, Sarpy County, Nebraska, 04/13/2019. Location precision: within a 400m radius. Posing on sunny side of tree. Sunny, low 40s F. Observed by keithroragen, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22421659 More...
2019-04-22 16:00:00 42.4525111 -85.539378 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 1 0 butterflyqueen No description. More...
2019-05-13 21:39:00 41.7310127 -88.006913 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 3 0.0 9 ldieckman No description. More...
2019-05-10 18:00:00 41.17973 -95.91815500000001 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 2 0.0 0 mariposa Fontanelle Forest, Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. Finally a sunny day after 3.5 days of clouds and rain. Moving quickly that I did not get a good picture. Survey route, between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Temperature, 60 F. 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...
2019-05-10 18:00:00 41.17973 -95.91815500000001 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 32 0.0 0 mariposa Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. Did my weekly walk. First sunny day all week. Survey route, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Temperature 60 F. Observed by langabee, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24908965 More...
2019-04-20 16:30:00 42.0580218 -87.6905213 American lady First butterfly of the season 2 0.0 14 ryanwc they've remained in the yard all morning, not heading anywhere. 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...
2019-04-20 17:50:00 41.727568 -88.0059 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 5 22.5 19 ldieckman Red Admirals were mainly flying close to the ground and landing on leaf litter at the forest preserve. More...
2019-04-16 16:00:00 42.06657648302973 -93.6291556404571 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 4 45.0 13 wolfoest milling around, no general direction More...
2019-04-16 15:35:00 42.066250861801606 -93.63366175160212 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 5 45.0 13 wolfoest flitting about a willow 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...
2019-04-16 15:35:00 42.066246329335364 -93.63375727160633 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 45.0 13 wolfoest on a willow More...
2019-04-16 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...
2019-05-08 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...
2019-09-14 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...
2019-04-16 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...
2019-04-23 22:56:00 42.025279 -93.64896099999999 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 78 90.0 6 mariposa Iowa State University campus, Ames, Iowa. Location precision: within an 8m radius. One of five occupants jointly occupying a territory in a tree. 65 F, dew point 35 F, relative humidity 33%, partly sunny, blue sky with 70% cirrus clouds. Survey from 4:50 to 7:16 p.m. CDT. 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...
2019-06-01 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...
2019-04-25 16:22:00 42.14716630426073 -87.83512038316911 Red admiral First butterfly of the season, Presence of butterfly in your area 2 0.0 112.5 10 jdd No description. More...
2019-04-17 17:45:00 42.0580218 -87.6905213 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 3 135.0 3 ryanwc all 3 were nectaring. One eventually flew away to the SW, but it didn't strike me as directional so much as just leaving for another yard. More...
2019-04-11 20:00:00 41.42063723662397 -93.08592520942909 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 3 0.0 135.0 25 John.Pearson@dn... 3 scattered individuals spotted over 2-hour period flying low to ground in woodland edge on blufftop overlooking north shore of Lake Red Rock in Cordova County Park. 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...
2019-04-21 17:07:00 41.2451916 -96.08179969999998 Red admiral Migrating individual(s) 1 135.0 15 Am30668 Not in full flight. Moving around a small garden plot containing violets in bloom. Was unable to observe a departure. More...
2019-04-24 00:01:00 42.024394 -93.64270599999998 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 78 135.0 9 mariposa Iowa State University campus, Ames, Iowa. Location precision: within a 4m radius. One occupant occupying a sidewalk territory on the east side of campus. Survey from 4:50 to 7:16 p.m. CDT. 64 F, 70% cirrus and cirrostratus; clouds thicker to the west. More...
2019-04-29 21:10:00 42.0276709 -93.6295111 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 1 135.0 12 mariposa Brookside Park, Ames, Iowa. Flew into the woods, then was basking in the sun and landing near nettles. Location precision: within a 5m radius. Mostly sunny, windy. Observed by iowabiologist, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. More...
2019-09-16 20:18:00 44.91636166787902 -93.31524106796746 American lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 157.5 5 Livewombat One very faded American Painted Lady nectaring on tithonia and chasing monarch butterflies off the best flowers. More...
2019-04-23 19:00:00 42.1680868 -93.03531980000002 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 30 157.5 8 mariposa Grammer Grove County Wildlife Area, Marshall County, Iowa. Location precision: within a 1m radius. At least 30 individuals seen between the parking and shelter area and the bluff/bottomlands. 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...
2019-04-23 19:00:00 42.1678178 -93.03688 American lady Presence of butterfly in your area 2 157.5 8 mariposa At least two individuals were spotted and photographed at Grammer Grove Park, Marshall County, IA. More...
2019-05-13 23:26:00 42.02687416491353 -93.65959779937862 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 3 157.5 8 mariposa Woods east of Forest Glen Street, Ames, Iowa. Location precision: within a 4m radius. Three butterflies maintaining two territories in a small-stream valley. Mostly sunny, 64 F, dew point 39 F, relative humidity 40%. Survey type: incidental, 18:15 - 18:35 CDT. More...
2019-09-16 22:48:00 44.92780220677869 -93.29551219940186 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 12 157.5 6 Livewombat About a dozen Painted Lady butterflies in excellent condition, bright and fresh looking. They were nectaring on sedum, verbena bonariensis, and other plants in a municipal garden. More...
2019-04-20 15:14:00 42.027063 -93.65976 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 12 180.0 12 mariposa 510/520 Forest Glen St., Ames, Iowa. Location precision: within a 6m radius. Red Admirals drinking sap flowing from a small hole in the trunk of a tree. Fair/Sunny, 60 F, dew point 35 F, relative humidity 39%. Survey: Incidental sighting, from 10:05 to 10:20 a.m. CDT. 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...
2019-04-24 18:14:00 44.7568 -92.98340000000002 Painted lady First butterfly of the season 1 180.0 4 John Shier Rosemount, Minnesota. I have never seen any butterfly nectaring at bloodroot, so this is a first. I take the butterfly to be a painted lady (you might see if you agree). [Confirmed from attached photo.] Such early butterflies find few food resources. N 44.7568 W -92.9834 John More...

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