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)sort descending Wind Speed Observed By Description/Notes
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...
2019-06-01 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...
2019-04-23 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...
2019-04-25 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...
2019-04-23 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...
2019-10-18 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...
2019-04-23 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...
2019-10-18 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...
2019-04-23 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...
2019-10-18 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...
2019-05-17 17:50:00 41.16829 -95.91922999999997 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 3 157.5 16 mariposa 507 N 3rd St., Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: within a 187m radius. It had been raining and went to look at rain gauge and there were 3 red admirals on the alliums and iris. Survey from 12:45 to 1:00 p.m. Temperature, 73 F. 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...
2019-10-20 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...
2019-09-16 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...
2019-10-18 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...
2019-04-06 23:15:00 42.14632167030697 -93.82483938423172 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 1 180.0 15 mariposa Boone, Iowa. Location precision: estimated within an 80m radius. Observed by Lloyd Crim. 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...
2019-04-20 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...
2019-04-20 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...
2019-09-20 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...
2019-04-24 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...
2019-09-30 19:57:00 42.02631009425306 -93.61583071669276 Red admiral Migrating individual(s) 1 180.0 180.0 0 mariposa First National Bank, 5th and Burnett, Ames, Iowa. One Red Admiral flying south over the roof of the bank. Very warm and windy. 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...
2019-09-30 17:18:00 42.03053052762526 -93.64367000103618 Red admiral Migrating individual(s) 1 180.0 180.0 0 mariposa Iowa State University campus, Ames, Iowa. One Red Admiral flying south from the Horse Barn to the Meat Laboratory, about 2 meters above the street. Very warm and windy. More...
2019-04-17 18:15:00 41.730849 -88.00599749999998 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 1 180.0 11 ldieckman Spring flowers are sparse in this area. The Red Admiral observed was remaining close to a small patch of dandilions. 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...
2019-02-17 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...
2019-04-22 18:30:00 42.08949 -91.50185099999999 American lady Presence of butterfly in your area 6 180.0 6 Cammie Nectaring on dandelion More...
2019-09-20 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...
2019-04-15 20:30:00 41.98218365424309 -93.89297332334701 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 12 180.0 15 mariposa Lost Lake Trail, Ledges State Park, Boone County, Iowa. At least 12 Red Admirals flying or drinking sap from trees. Observed by Sylvia Carter, Cora Gartin, and Mia Gartin. More...
2019-04-06 23:03:00 42.02795263218926 -93.64591393316289 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 5 180.0 15 mariposa Iowa State University campus, Ames, Iowa. Location precision: within an 8m radius. First Red Admirals of the season. Two in one territory, three in the second. Weather: 24.4 C (76 F), dew point 10.6 C (51 F), mostly cloudy (80% altocumulus, stratocumulus, cirrostratus clouds). 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...
2019-09-20 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...
2019-04-06 20:45:00 42.06621701412259 -93.63096579384114 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 1 180.0 20 wolfoest circling around the bluff woods area More...
2019-05-18 18:00:00 42.02669487088881 -93.66033265604085 Red admiral Migrating individual(s), Presence of butterfly in your area 3 0.0 202.5 14 mariposa Three Red Admirals flying northward during a 30-minute period, three hours ahead of a rainstorm approaching from the south. Cirrostratus clouds, 81 F, dew point 62 F, relative humidity 63%, winds from the south-southwest to southwest (210 degrees azimuth), 14 mph, gusting to 23 mph. More...

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