Butterfly Observations

E.g., Monday, October 21, 2019
E.g., Monday, October 21, 2019
E.g., Monday, October 21, 2019
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Date and Time Latitude Longitude Species Type Number Observedsort descending Flight Direction (Degrees) Wind Direction (Degrees) Wind Speed Observed By Description/Notes
2019-04-22 05:00:00 43.6757 -84.25310000000002 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 20 0 DenBrook Midland, Michigan. I had about 15 -20 red admirals in about 2 hours in central Michigan (43.6757, -84.2531). The most in a long time. Denny Brooks More...
2019-04-17 05:00:00 34.1705609 -118.83759370000001 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 20 337.5 0 mariposa I was outside today on a nice clear warm day after a cool overcast day yesterday here in Thousand Oaks, CA, and I was surprised to still see a small number of Painted Ladies frantically flying by towards the north-northwest. 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...
2019-04-23 17:37:00 40.13655509 -105.18560539999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 20 0 mariposa Lagerman Reservoir, Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 147m radius. Either they're looping the shoreline or there are a bunch of them. Temperature 70 F, light winds. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. 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...
2019-05-13 05:00:00 34.74666731993429 -112.13109446944583 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 20 0 mariposa Jerome Grande Shaft, Yavapai County, Arizona. Location precision: estimated within a 200m radius. Observed by Tom Horton, posted to Desert Leps Newsgroup. "I had wanted to make this trip last Monday, but it rained. I drove up yesterday. It was a gorgeous day. 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...
2019-04-23 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...
2019-04-25 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...
2019-05-05 05:00:00 43.6051 -84.29840000000002 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 21 0 DenBrook May 5, 2019 – 21 Red Admirals in Midland County, Michigan (43.6051, - 84.2984). Still waiting for some ladies. More...
2019-05-16 05:00:00 43.996591 -77.71920499999999 American lady Presence of butterfly in your area 21 0 Donald Davis Wow! Karen Anderson reported from Presqu'ile Provincial Park on May 16th: "Finally my first Painted Lady of 2019 - May 16 2019 at Presqu'ile Provincial Park. Also saw 21 American Lady Butterflies and 48 Red Admirals." [Location precision: within a 3 km radius] More...
2019-03-07 19:00:00 36.4388373 -115.35999190000001 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 25 0 mariposa Corn Creek, Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 6m radius. Nectaring on Cherry blossom. North west of Las Vegas at this location was quite a number of Painted Lady butterflies nectaring and obtaining mineral salts from the damp ground. 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...
2019-05-01 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...
2019-04-15 17:00:00 41.234332 -95.91649699999999 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 28 20 mariposa Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. Did our weekly walk of the gardens. There were lots of red admirals throughout the gardens. They were feeding on violets and pachysandra. Survey from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. CDT. 65 F, moderate winds. 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...
2019-05-06 08:23:00 40.1160822 -105.29370189999997 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 30 0 mariposa Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 68m radius. 60 F, cloudy between thunderstorms around area. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24703541 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...
2019-05-11 05:00:00 43.99453383607617 -77.70710159084507 American lady Presence of butterfly in your area 31 0 Donald Davis Presqu'ile Provincial Park, my favorite park, on north shore of Lake Ontario opposite Rochester, New York. More...
2019-05-10 18:00:00 41.17973 -95.91815500000001 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 32 0.0 0 mariposa Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Nebraska. Location precision: not recorded. Did my weekly walk. First sunny day all week. Survey route, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Temperature 60 F. Observed by langabee, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24908965 More...
2019-08-15 16:09:00 44.7662 -92.92919999999998 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 34 0 John Shier Hastings, Dakota County, Minnesota. This recent pic was taken at a unit of Dakota County Parks. We counted 34 of them in an hour that day, which is more-or-less unprecedented for mid-August. The purple prairie coneflowers are the big draw. I expect a vigorous fall migration. More...
2019-04-01 02:07:00 38.43803596757765 -122.5794872803188 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 37 0.0 2 Lisahug actually saw many more painted Ladies. I sat still for exactly 5 minutes (set timer on phone). watched an area about 50 feet wide. individually counted 37 vanessa cardui zipping north during that time frame. Have been seeing these butterflies in the area since March 15. warm 70deg. calm. 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...
2019-04-16 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...
2019-05-10 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...
2019-05-16 05:00:00 43.996591 -77.71920499999999 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 48 0 Donald Davis Wow! Karen Anderson reported from Presqu'ile Provincial Park on May 16th: "Finally my first Painted Lady of 2019 - May 16 2019 at Presqu'ile Provincial Park. Also saw 21 American Lady Butterflies and 48 Red Admirals." [Location precision: within a 3 km radius] More...
2019-03-10 06:00:00 37.8815913 -121.91415280000001 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 50 0 mariposa We saw many painted lady butterflies while hiking on Mt Diablo on March 10th. (East of San Francisco, Northern California) Observed by Vicki Day. 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...
2019-10-20 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...
2019-05-22 16:11:00 43.16174830000001 -70.64825810000002 Red admiral Presence of butterfly in your area 50 0 mariposa York, Maine. Location precision: estimated within a 5 km radius. Observed by Judy Goodell. "I read about your study in Xerces Society Gardening With Butterflies book today. I am forwarding photos taken in my yard on May 22 at 11:11 AM. More...
2019-05-04 16:05:00 40.01544146 -105.31292619999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 50 0 mariposa Boulder Canyon Drive, Boulder County, Colorado. Location precision: within a 113m radius. Temperature 65 F, breezy, off and on cloudy. Observed by roomthily, Vanessa Migration Project page, iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24545537 More...
2019-03-08 16:11:00 34.25103405244353 -118.62519763947967 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 50 0 LisaFebre Dozens of Painted Ladies swarming the wildflowers. We have had a lot of rain in the last month, here in the San Fernando Valley, so a lot of blooms and wet conditions. More...
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...
2019-05-01 05:00:00 42.8847052085674 -79.09574704111947 Red admiral Migrating individual(s), Presence of butterfly in your area 55 0 Donald Davis Friendship Trail, Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. [Rick Cavasin is an Ontario butterfly expert.] The weather was finally reasonable today and I went for a cycle on the bike path between Port Colborne and Sherkston (southern Niagara region). More...
2019-05-01 05:00:00 42.887337509968894 -79.22605354885565 Red admiral Migrating individual(s), Presence of butterfly in your area 55 0 Donald Davis Friendship Trail, Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. [Rick Cavasin is an Ontario butterfly expert.] The weather was finally reasonable today and I went for a cycle on the bike path between Port Colborne and Sherkston (southern Niagara region). 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...
2019-04-22 17:00:00 42.67758 -81.22035800000003 American lady Migrating individual(s), Presence of butterfly in your area 60 0.0 0 Donald Davis Union Road, Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada. Location precision: estimated within a 500m radius. [Observed by James Holdsworth, Ontario Butterflies newsgroup]. While doing a field visit to a site in Union, just north of Port Stanley, I noticed good numbers of Red Admiral along the field edges. 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...
2019-04-23 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...
2019-03-04 17:52:00 35.70750384 -114.71356750000001 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 75 0 mariposa Near the Colorado River north of Lake Mojave, Clark County, Nevada. Location precision: within a 24m radius. Nectaring on Encelia farniosa. More...
2019-08-06 19:40:00 41.78266591873879 -93.79131836816669 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 76 5 Heidi Anderson Many painted ladies on mountain mint flowers in a large native flowerbed in front of the Jester Park Nature Center. 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...
2019-04-23 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...
2019-04-25 01:00:00 42.21050183569384 -121.70575147966184 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 83 0.0 0 RonLarson On 4-24-19, my wife and I counted 83 painted ladies flying past us flying in a NW to NE direction over a 45 minute period. Most of them were single butterflies, but about 20% were pairs flying within 1 foot of each other. Most were flying at 4-5 feet in elevation. 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...
2019-03-13 05:00:00 34.895796 -117.01728300000002 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 100 0 mariposa Barstow, California. Location precision: estimated within a radius of 4 km. I’ve seen quite a few of them here in Barstow. That’s in the Mojave. I didn’t know they migrated, very cool. Thanks for the diary. Observed by ontheleftcoast, Daily Kos. More...
2019-03-13 05:00:00 33.130832 -116.30189999999999 Painted lady Presence of butterfly in your area 100 0 mariposa I went out to Anza-Borrego today for that very reason. Wasn’t all that impressed with the flowers, but the butterflies were everywhere (and all through Oceanside, CA too). And the scenery, including the drive to and from, was breathtaking. Great trip! More...
2019-03-16 21:00:00 35.489417 -120.670725 Painted lady Migrating individual(s) 100 0 mariposa We just saw the painted ladies fly over Atascadero, California, today, around 4 pm. Location precision: estimated within a 3 km radius. Observed by Jim Carlisle, Daily Kos. 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...
2019-02-18 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...

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