Butterfly Observations

E.g., Monday, October 21, 2019
E.g., Monday, October 21, 2019
E.g., Monday, October 21, 2019
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Date and Time Latitude Longitude Species Type Number Observed Flight Direction (Degrees) Wind Direction (Degrees) Wind Speedsort descending Observed By Description/Notes
2019-05-06 17:35:00 40.11603196 -105.29511809999997 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 65m radius. Temperature 60 F, cloudy. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24703540 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...
2019-03-13 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...
2019-03-17 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...
2019-05-11 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...
2019-05-03 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...
2019-10-20 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...
2019-04-01 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...
2019-04-08 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...
2019-04-17 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...
2019-09-14 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...
2019-04-25 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...
2019-04-23 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...
2019-05-07 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...
2019-04-16 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...
2019-09-23 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...
2019-04-24 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...
2019-09-23 18:00:00 44.916308088506554 -93.31525818979674 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 1 270.0 4 Livewombat One red admiral that looked good except for missing the back of both front wings. It looked like a chomp from a bird. Amazingly it was flying pretty well. 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...
2019-09-20 17:00:00 44.92741729999999 -93.29575999999997 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 20 180.0 5 Livewombat About 20 painted lady butterflies on Verbena bonariensis, sedum "Autumn Joy" and purple salvia in a public pollinator garden. Similar numbers of monarch butterflies were also present. 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...
2019-09-20 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...
2019-05-10 23:15:00 42.02693564388424 -93.64475946068876 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 46 315.0 5 mariposa Iowa State University campus, Ames, Iowa. Location precision: within a 6m radius. Basking on the ground and occupying a territory. Survey type: survey of territories, 4:28 to 6:50 p.m. CDT. Sunny, 64 F, dew point 35 F, relative humidity 34%. More...
2019-09-23 20:25:00 44.9179091 -93.32016279999999 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 100 270.0 5 Livewombat At least 55 Painted Lady butterflies in a large strip of zinnias at 47th and York (position on map), plus five to 20 in every no-account little zinnia garden on a SE to NW diagonal from Lake Harriet to the city limit, bringing the total to 100 or more. More...
2019-03-16 16:57:00 35.22616307 -114.66905350000002 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 2 5 mariposa Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 15m radius. Nectaring on Chia. Light wind. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21335441 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...
2019-04-23 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...
2019-09-30 20:42:00 44.91633475379992 -93.31528997757789 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 1 202.5 6 Livewombat One red admiral stopped on my butterfly feeder for overripe banana More...
2019-09-22 15:30:00 44.91344714818965 -93.31657965245711 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 4 337.5 6 Livewombat Painted ladies among monarchs nectaring on tithonia in an elementary school butterfly garden, just as the first north wind in more than two weeks began to blow. More...
2019-04-22 18:30:00 42.08949 -91.50185099999999 American lady Presence of butterfly in your area 6 180.0 6 Cammie Nectaring on dandelion More...
2019-09-30 21:30:00 44.91780501899611 -93.32117557525635 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 60 202.5 6 Livewombat At this location on the map there were about 40 painted ladies on zinnias in a large planting along the streets of a corner lot Another 20 or so we're at scattered sites within 6 blocks, mostly on zinnias but also Verbena bonariensis, cosmos, tithonia, and just flying around. 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...
2019-09-20 05:22:00 44.9255441779305 -93.31909724404545 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 10 180.0 6 Livewombat Painted Ladies in a municipal park. They were nectaring in a butterfly garden. 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...
2019-09-16 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 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...
2019-10-09 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...
2019-10-18 21:56:00 44.92719072662773 -93.29612910747528 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 1 157.5 7 Livewombat One red admiral, nectaring on Verbena bonariensis in a municipal rose garden. More...
2019-10-18 21:45:00 44.92843162173962 -93.3072436679006 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 20 157.5 7 Livewombat Many painted lady butterflies on a large purple aster patch. The wind was gusty, and the butterflies were clinging to the flowers. 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...
2019-09-01 21:08:00 39.5494703 -84.42777030000002 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 3 135.0 315.0 7 Contechgolf No description. More...
2019-10-18 22:00:00 44.92719072662773 -93.29612910747528 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 4 157.5 8 Livewombat Four painted ladies on Verbena bonariensis in the municipal rose garden. 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 16:45:00 41.17973 -95.91815500000001 American lady First butterfly of the season 4 8 mariposa Fontenelle Forest Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. Doing weekly walk through Fontenelle Forest and saw 4 American Ladies. Survey from 11:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Temperature: mid-60s F. Observed by langabee, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. 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...
2019-09-28 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...
2019-09-18 20:04:00 39.5494703 -84.42777030000002 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 5 315.0 45.0 8 Contechgolf No description. More...
2019-04-24 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 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...
2019-02-17 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...

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