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 Observed Flight Direction (Degrees) Wind Direction (Degrees) Wind Speedsort descending Observed By Description/Notes
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...
2019-05-02 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...
2019-09-30 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...
2019-05-08 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...
2019-10-09 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...
2019-04-20 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...
2019-10-18 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...
2019-09-01 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 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...
2019-06-25 21:58:00 42.031101 -93.647293 Red admiral 1 8 mariposa Fresh summer-generation butterfly momentarily resting on the wall of a building before flying away to the northeast 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...
2019-05-13 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...
2019-04-23 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...
2019-05-28 16:16:00 51.453332 -0.3007159999999658 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 1 315.0 8 mariposa Terrace Gardens, Richmond, England, United Kingdom. Location precision: estimated within a 120m radius. Nectaring on a flower in the mint family. Partly cloudy, 61 F, relative humidity 61%. Observation and photo by John Pleasants. 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...
2019-09-28 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...
2019-04-23 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...
2019-04-24 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...
2019-04-24 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...
2019-06-23 00:11:00 42.028715 -93.617181 Red admiral 2 9 mariposa Two Red Admirals contesting for a territory near the east end of a house 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...
2019-04-16 18:00:00 41.17973 -95.91815500000001 Painted lady First butterfly of the season, Presence of butterfly in your area 1 9 mariposa Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. First painted lady of the year at the forest feeding on spring beauty. left camera at home but comfirmed sighting at the gardens the day before. Temperature 71 F. Survey from 11:15 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. CDT. More...
2019-10-08 21:22:00 44.92741729999999 -93.29575999999997 Painted lady Migrating individual(s), Presence of butterfly in your area 60 180.0 9 Livewombat About 60 painted lady butterflies seen (probably lots more that we didn't see) in a municipal garden near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. They were mostly on Verbena bonariensis and purple salvia. The weather was sunny, around 60 degrees, with a fairly strong wind from the south. 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...
2019-04-16 18:00:00 41.17973 -95.91815500000001 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 44 9 mariposa Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. Saw 44 red admirals flying by or sunning. unfortunately I left the camera at home. Survey from 11:15 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. CDT. Temperature: 71 F. Observed by langabee, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. More...
2019-10-06 17:29:00 44.92742240620863 -93.29576969146729 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 30 270.0 9 Livewombat In locations east and west of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, we saw a total of 30 or more Painted Lady butterflies, mostly on zinnias and Salvia, and some on Verbena bonariensis. 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...
2019-06-05 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...
2019-04-22 17:10:00 42.604498 -83.58968700000003 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 1 247.5 10 mariposamonarca flying at random over an acre 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...
2019-04-14 16:38:00 42.2988771 -83.42451819999997 American lady First butterfly of the season 1 10 Brenda Dziedzic No description. 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...
2019-04-25 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...
2019-05-30 05:00:00 41.179753 -95.91783299999997 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 35 22.5 10 mariposa Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. Finally got sunny so could go out for a bit after 4 days of clouds and rain. about 3 hours in started to rain. Most of the red admirals were in very poor condition. We also saw a number of caterpillars. More...
2019-04-05 18:45:00 41.234332 -95.91649699999999 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 1 10 mariposa Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. Around sap from cut wood. Survey from 12:45 - 2:45 p.m. Temperature, 60 F. Observed by langabee, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22059442 More...
2019-10-06 16:36:00 44.91634742622037 -93.31526590502096 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 1 292.5 10 Livewombat A red admiral spent a long time on a butterfly feeder at a second floor window, eating an overripe banana. More...
2019-05-30 05:00:00 41.179753 -95.91783299999997 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 37 22.5 10 mariposa Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. After 4 days of rain finally the sun came out for a short time. The red admirals were very tattered and in poor condition for the most part. Temperature, 70 F; light winds. Survey from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. CDT. More...
2019-04-13 16:35:00 42.2988771 -83.42451819999997 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 2 10 Brenda Dziedzic They were nectaring on my Prairie Willow. More...
2019-05-30 05:00:00 41.179753 -95.91783299999997 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 2 22.5 10 mariposa Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. after 4 days of rain and cloud finally got a chance to get out for a couple of hours before it started raining again. Temperature, 73 F, light winds. Observed by langabee, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. More...
2019-04-02 18:30:00 41.234332 -95.91649699999999 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 2 10 mariposa Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. Basking in sun. 2 observed in a survey between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. CDT. Sunny, 49 F. Observed by langabee, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22059333 More...
2019-04-16 23:11:00 42.02708032185927 -93.64862054239961 American lady First butterfly of the season 1 225.0 10 mariposa Near south end of the Hub, Iowa State University, Ames. Partly to mostly sunny - 70% cirrus clouds in a blue sky. Observed during a survey of Red Admiral territories on campus. 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...
2019-05-30 05:00:00 41.179753 -95.91783299999997 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 3 22.5 10 mariposa Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. Finally had some sunshine if only for a short time. On Wednesday had over 2 inches of rain. Temperature, 70 F, light winds. Survey from 12:00 to 3:30 p.m. CDT. 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...
2019-04-16 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...

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