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
2019-04-24 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...
2019-04-17 22:31:00 35.70740934 -114.71452850000003 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 8 0 mariposa Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 50m radius. Temperature, 77 F. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22639524 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...
2019-08-26 05:00:00 46.67224295260723 -53.241670841445966 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 10 0 Donald Davis The Drook, near Portugal Cove South, Newfoundland. Observation by Jeff Harrison, nf.insects Newsgroup. Location precision: estimated within a 50m radius. More...
2019-05-06 18:00:00 36.15843204 -115.43058189999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 2 0 mariposa Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 30m radius. Temperature 73 F, wind speed, calm. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24697612 More...
2019-04-09 20:08:00 40.04449724 -105.1840555 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 90.0 0 mariposa Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 139m radius. Thought i'd seen some careening east with the winds. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22267000 More...
2019-03-18 05:00:00 37.035398 -121.987122 Painted lady First butterfly of the season 4 0 mariposa Santa Cruz, California. Location precision: within a 6.67 km radius. I saw four Lady Butterflies on my Dark Star Ceanothus today. I used my laminated Butterfly guide, and decided that I thought they were Painted Ladies, but I'm not sure. Warm, sunny. More...
2019-06-24 00:06:00 42.02593 -93.648708 Painted lady 2 6 mariposa Two Painted Ladies observed during a survey of Red Admiral territories. 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...
2019-05-06 15:43:00 36.15818863 -115.426625 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 2 0 mariposa Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 12m radius. Temperature, 73 F, wind speed, calm. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24751354 More...
2019-04-17 22:57:00 40.08959525 -105.16825289999997 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 2 0 mariposa Niwot, Colorado 80503, USA. Location precision: within a 43m radius. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22642182 More...
2019-03-25 15:37:00 36.09474698 -114.9523087 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 5 0 mariposa Clark County Wetlands Park, Las Vegas, Nevada. Location precision: within an 11m radius. Nectaring. Weather warm and clear. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21618323 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...
2019-06-29 09:55:00 45.70454985 9.383975333 Painted lady mariposa No description. More...
2019-04-20 17:23:00 40.0148265 -105.2967089 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 4 0 mariposa Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 58m radius. Temperature 75 F, light winds. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22787596 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...
2019-02-18 19:22:00 33.88254166 -116.5026474 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 100 0 mariposa Saw close to 100 individuals flying over Dillon Road (to place of sighting). Many crossing the road. Roadkill estimates likely high. 22755 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, California 92240. Location precision: not recorded. Observed by inlewis, 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...
2019-05-10 15:17:00 40.04034934 -105.19757800000002 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 5 0 mariposa Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 115m radius. Post-spring snow storm. popped up once the clouds broke (for a bit). Partly cloudy, mid-40s, calm. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24914108 More...
2019-04-25 19:32:00 39.94577738 -105.28385980000002 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 10 0 mariposa Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 98m radius. Temperature 65 F, light winds. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/23086866 More...
2019-02-27 15:30:00 33.467529 -117.66156699999999 Painted lady First butterfly of the season 5 0 mariposa Spotted 5 Painted Lady Butterflies nectaring on CA native Salvia Brandegeei in my back yard - coastal San Clemente, California. I've been seeing a few for a week or so. Location precision: not recorded. Sunny, warm, light wind. 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...
2019-03-07 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...
2019-08-03 05:00:00 41.709034 -75.053469 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 mariposa Cochecton, New York. Location precision: estimated within a 1.5 km radius. Observed by Ed Wesely. “A single P.L. nectaring on Thistle flowers, 3 miles North of Milanville.” (E-mail communication). 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...
2019-05-23 17:00:00 48.8799647 -115.05350010000001 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 3000 0 mariposa Eureka, Montana. Started about noon today with about 200 per minute, maybe more. Hard to measure. Observed by Ken, Journey North (probable Painted Lady observation). https://journeynorth.org/sightings/query_result.html?record_id=1526404534 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...
2019-03-07 21:55:00 35.99110943 -115.25495339999998 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 4 0 mariposa Enterprise, Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 19m radius. Nectaring. Observed by lonnyholmes, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21067469 More...
2019-09-15 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 fresh P.L. in THCG.” (E-mail communication). More...
2019-10-15 05:00:00 43.59288639739822 -79.51389226796891 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 2 0 Donald Davis Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. Location estimated within a 700m radius. Observed by Andrew Keaveney, Ontario Butterflies Newsgroup. "2 seen on Tuesday the 15th with that warm weather. Perhaps getting late for the species. 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...

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