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 Speciessort descending Type Number Observed Flight Direction (Degrees) Wind Direction (Degrees) Wind Speed Observed By Description/Notes
2019-08-18 17:00:00 44.7822064 -88.60899169999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 50 225.0 15 deverson 12 at our house. 3 at one garden near school. Too any to count at Monarch Waystation on playground of same school. All were nectaring on flowers. We have had painted ladies on our flowers by our house for a week or two. This was my first time down at school for a week. 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...
2019-04-06 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 34.150179 -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...
2019-08-20 17:45:00 33.457582211481814 -80.74352502822876 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Orangeburg, South Carolina. Observed by Dennis Forsythe, CarolinaLeps Newsgroup. All, Donna and I spent from 12:45 until 3:30 PM and drove 7 mi at the Orangeburg Super Sod Farm. More...
2019-04-25 17:13:00 42.47216022 -99.62909983999998 Painted lady First butterfly of the season 8 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/23744156 More...
2019-05-01 16:00:00 34.174072 -118.89699719999999 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 25 315.0 0 mariposa Weather today is clear and sunny, and the Ladies have resumed their desperate flight to the NW. Fairly common today. Got to practice my net swing for the upcoming collecting season. Although I am usually not too good with mid-air swings, I got plenty of opportunities. 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...
2019-09-04 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...
2019-04-27 14:39:00 36.39383303 -116.28833099999997 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 4 0 mariposa Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nye County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 31m radius. Nectaring on Ash Meadows Sunray. Temperature, 88 F. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24050386 More...
2019-03-13 05:00:00 33.130832 -116.30355800000001 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 100 0 mariposa Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Location precision: estimated within a 5 km radius. We went through Anza-Borrego on March 13th, and they were noticeable and fairly abundant. Go Painted Ladies. Good luck. Observed by LynnJP, Daily Kos. 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...
2019-05-02 16:56:00 36.1238002 -115.4764472 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, 68 F. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24397771 More...
2019-03-16 05:00:00 34.36928 -118.50104399999998 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 100 0 mariposa Santa Clarita, California. I took a long drive this morning from the coast (Long Beach) up north to ultimately the high desert and back. 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...
2019-05-02 18:15:00 41.17973 -95.91815500000001 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 4 6 mariposa Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. The Painted Ladies were hard to get a picture of but landed long enough to get positive id. Temperature: 55 F. Survey from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. CDT. Observed by langabee, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. 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 19:54:00 35.8230366 -115.5164289 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 5m radius. 70 F, light winds. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22536321 More...
2019-03-30 15:00:00 35.31247009475271 -120.86496444636248 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 100 0 mariposa Los Osos/Morro Bay State Park, California. Location precision: estimated within a 400m radius. The weather on Saturday was warm and clear. The entire habitat is lush and full of wildflowers. This just added to the already innate beauty of Morro Bay. More...
2019-09-20 05:00:00 33.957764 -77.93044399999997 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Hermit Trail/Basin Trail, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, New Hanover County, North Carolina. Location precision: estimated within a 600m radius. Observed by John Taggart, CarolinaLeps Newsgroup. " … Painted Lady 1..." More...
2019-05-03 18:01:00 36.058483 -115.55976909999998 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 7 0 mariposa Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 10m radius. Temperature 77 F. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24474594 More...
2019-06-06 12:57:06 38.7097814 13.1921161 Painted lady 2 mariposa No description. 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...
2019-04-16 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...
2019-03-17 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...
2019-06-19 09:37:00 46.18315929 20.40095143 Painted lady mariposa No description. 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...
2019-05-06 15:41:00 36.15772952 -115.4262817 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 3 0 mariposa Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 13m radius. Temperature 73 F, wind speed, calm. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24751282 More...
2019-04-17 22:02:00 40.08254886 -105.1783211 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 4 0 mariposa Gunbarrel, Colorado. Location precision: within a 42m radius. Maybe four up to Niwot. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22642041 More...
2019-06-29 07:45:00 45.72375017 9.374362016 Painted lady mariposa No description. 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...
2019-05-10 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...
2019-04-20 17:13:00 40.01517311 -105.31468030000002 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 3 0 mariposa Boulder Canyon Trail, Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 174m radius. A few around but no mourning cloaks this week. Temperature 65 F, calm. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22786695 More...
2019-04-01 15:15:00 34.76847833 -106.76292999999998 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa 1036A Miller Rd, Los Lunas, New Mexico. Location precision: within a 12m radius. Observed by mirandak, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21882078 More...
2019-02-07 18:20:00 31.62454563 -101.60561999999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Glasscock County, Texas. Location precision (and coordinates obscured): 29.2 km. Observed by shaunmichael, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/20188539 More...
2019-10-03 19:50:00 42.03156680032869 -93.64605022022056 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 315.0 13 mariposa Lot 33 bioswale planting, Iowa State University campus, Ames, Iowa. One fresh Painted Lady nectaring on New England Aster. Mostly cloudy; broken stratocumulus clouds. 57 F, dew point 44 F, relative humidity 62%, winds gusting to 21 mph. More...
2019-05-10 18:07:00 35.80996666 -115.96261119999997 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 25 0 mariposa Inyo County, California. Location precision: within a 5m radius. 58 degrees F, calm. Just post rain all night and am. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24910268 More...
2019-04-25 17:21:00 39.95347219 -105.24258099999997 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 20 0 mariposa Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 344m radius. Temperature 75 F, light winds. So many in the dandelions along the flats there. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/23086536 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...
2019-10-09 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...
2019-04-27 17:17:00 40.01397115 -105.30971779999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 15 0 mariposa Boulder Canyon Trail, Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 225m radius. Temperature 70 F, light winds. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/23494946 More...
2019-03-04 18:31:00 35.70738188 -114.7076022 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Colorado River north of Lake Mohave, Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within an 11m radius. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21007128 More...
2019-07-28 05:00:00 41.672522950678434 -75.06445750311593 Painted lady First butterfly of the season 1 0 mariposa Calkins Creek, Milanville, Pennsylvania. Location precision: Estimated within a 400m radius. Observed by Ed Wesely. “1st P.L. I’ve seen [this season] - at Joe Pye Weed on a gravel bar in Calkins Creek.” (E-mail communication.) 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...
2019-04-28 16:06:00 40.09264135 -105.28747440000001 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 15 0 mariposa Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 184m radius. Temperature 70 F, gusting winds. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/23763616 More...
2019-03-07 19:57:00 35.99110075 -115.2549856 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 4 0 mariposa Enterprise, Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 16m radius. Nectaring on Cherry blossom. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21067447 More...
2019-09-13 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 faded P.L. in THCG.” (E-mail communication). More...
2019-10-13 05:00:00 43.9491784 -78.29344679999997 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 Donald Davis FYI: Saw one myself on October 13th in Port Hope, Ontario. [Location estimated within a 4 km radius.] 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...
2019-03-05 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...

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