Butterfly Observations

E.g., Friday, October 18, 2019
E.g., Friday, October 18, 2019
E.g., Friday, October 18, 2019
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Date and Time Latitude Longitudesort descending Species Type Number Observed Flight Direction (Degrees) Wind Direction (Degrees) Wind Speed Observed By Description/Notes
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...
2019-05-13 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...
2019-04-24 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 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...
2019-04-16 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...
2019-10-01 18:04:00 42.03113843250022 -93.64722448525009 Red admiral Migrating individual(s) 1 202.5 0 mariposa Genetics Chick Isolation Building, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. One Red Admiral migrating south-southwest from the east end of Chick Isolation toward the roof of the Genetics Laboratory. 72 F, humid, overcast, nearly calm. 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...
2019-04-06 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...
2019-05-10 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...
2019-09-30 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...
2019-04-24 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...
2019-04-08 17:45:00 42.061998749480146 -93.63552039368244 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 1 225.0 18 wolfoest circling around backyard 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 15:35:00 42.066250861801606 -93.63366175160212 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 5 45.0 13 wolfoest flitting about a willow 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...
2019-04-29 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...
2019-04-16 16:00:00 42.06657648302973 -93.6291556404571 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 4 45.0 13 wolfoest milling around, no general direction 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...
2019-09-27 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...
2019-09-04 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...
2019-10-09 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...
2019-09-30 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...
2019-04-26 22:00:00 45.0867009 -93.4789012 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 3 0 mariposa 7259 Fish Lake Road, Maple Grove, Minnesota. Maintaining a territory. Observed by Sylvia Carter. Location to be refined. More...
2019-05-15 12:10:00 44.91519682429559 -93.32458584797041 American lady Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 Livewombat American Lady butterfly nectaring on dandelions next to the tennis courts in Pershing Park. More...
2019-09-28 20:45:00 44.91780501899611 -93.32117557525635 Painted lady Migrating individual(s), Presence of butterfly in your area 40 180.0 0.0 12 Livewombat This is a combination of observations. I spent most of the morning about three miles to the northeast of the indicated area and saw individual painted ladies in flight. For the first time in many days, the flag near that site was showing a strong wind toward the south. 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...
2019-09-20 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...
2019-09-23 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...
2019-09-20 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...
2019-09-22 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...
2019-05-12 21:00:00 44.916433885456115 -93.31553611843992 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 1 0 Livewombat Red Admiral butterfly sitting on a white frost blanket for long periods of time, interrupted by short flights. He's actually been there off and on for a few days. More...
2019-04-21 13:18:00 44.9162814 -93.3153838 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 1 0 Livewombat One red admiral on overripe banana on a butterfly feeder located at second-story window level. I searched for more, especially on the pussy willows where they usually make their first appearance in April, but I couldn't find any others. (I promptly put out more feeders.) More...
2019-04-23 16:08:00 44.9162814 -93.3153838 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 20 0 Livewombat Large number of red admirals, mostly on two pussy willow bushes, but also on a butterfly feeder with overripe bananas. Twenty is an estimate, because they were very quick and hard to count; we often saw a dozen at once. They were around all day on April 23 and 24. More...
2019-04-23 16:00:00 44.9162814 -93.3153838 American lady First butterfly of the season, Presence of butterfly in your area 6 0 Livewombat At least six American Painted Lady butterflies nectaring on Scilla siberica on a sunny day on April 23, all day. One did also try the pussy willows (which were full of red admirals), but they were almost exclusively on the squill. They remained in smaller numbers on April 24. More...
2019-05-05 22:16:00 44.916166610206375 -93.3153139503923 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 4 0 Livewombat Red Admirals were flying around in the late afternoon in our yard. One was sitting on a concrete wall of a raised bed. Another flew into view and the one on the concrete took off in pursuit. They were in a close spiral, flying around the limbs of a large maple tree. 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...
2019-10-06 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...
2019-09-23 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...
2019-09-16 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...
2019-08-19 19:09:00 44.92865295094274 -93.29607009887695 Painted lady Migrating individual(s), Presence of butterfly in your area 20 0 Livewombat Many painted ladies on various plants in a public garden, including Salvia, Zinnia, tithonia, and others. This was in addition to many in other spots around the neighborhood. First Painted lady sighting for the year was just 2 days earlier. 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...
2019-10-08 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...
2019-09-20 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 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...
2019-09-23 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...
2019-09-14 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...
2019-04-20 05:00:00 44.689 -93.089 Red admiral First butterfly of the season 1 0 John Shier Whitetail Woods Regional Park, Farmington, Minnesota. We saw the first one of the season on April 20. Only one. More...
2019-04-08 05:00:00 41.424929 -93.08664351724872 American lady First butterfly of the season 1 0 mariposa Cordova Park, Marion County, Iowa. Location precision: estimated within a 1 km radius. A little tattered American Lady on Snow Trillium today. Many Red Admirals out today as well. Cordova Park, Marion County, Iowa. Observed by Marla Hill Mertz, Iowa Butterflies Facebook page. 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...
2019-04-23 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...

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