Please report your Red Admiral, Painted Lady, American Lady, and West Coast Lady sightings

Richard Worth rworth at
Mon Apr 28 10:39:01 EDT 2008

Hi Royce,

I saw three PLs on April 26 in my backyard in (West) Salem, Polk Co.,  
Oregon, and they were all moving due north during mid day at about  
70deg F.  BTW, thank you for not calling the RAs "Red Admirables".   
That drives me crazy!  My common name rule of thumb: the well  
established American common names can be found in the old Zinn Golden  
Guide to Butterflies and Moths.  If it's not in there, it really  
doesn't need one.

Best, Richard

Richard Worth
Entomologist / Lepidopterist
Plant Division
Oregon Dept. of Agriculture
635 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR  97301
503-871-7108: cell
rworth at

On Apr 24, 2008, at 10:50 AM, Royce J Bitzer wrote:

> Leps-L members,
> This message is to announce the ongoing 2008 season of the Vanessa  
> Migration Project.  In a way similar to Journey North's Monarch  
> tracking, we are mapping seasonal distribution and migration of  
> four Vanessa butterflies in North America:
> Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
> Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
> American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
> West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)
> 1. Please report the first date when you see (or have seen) any of  
> these butterflies in your area, and the numbers seen that day.
> 2. Please report any directional migrations of these species that  
> you see this year.
> 3. Please report the presence or abundance of these butterflies  
> later in the season.  We encourage multiple observations from the  
> same location.
> When sending reports, please include your full name, e-mail  
> address, the location from which you observed, and the date or  
> dates when you see these butterflies.  For evident directional  
> migrations, also include the direction toward which they seem to be  
> moving.  A rough estimate of how frequently they are passing  
> through (for example, 10 butterflies over 20 minutes) would also be  
> helpful, as would notes on
> temperature, wind speed and direction, and type and extent of cloud  
> cover.
> For more information about this project and how to report your  
> observations, see the Red Admiral and Painted Lady Research Site
> Once there, select the links, "Help Track the 2008 North American  
> Migration" and "How to Report Your Observations."  We are now  
> taking observations either directly via e-mail or through our  
> reporting form and database.
> We also have an interactive map that opens from the map images on  
> our home page, as well as complete instructions for viewing and  
> working with the map ("How to Use Our Interactive Map").
> If you have observations from previous years that you would like to  
> share, please feel free to send these to us also.  We will add them  
> to our database and interactive map.
> We would appreciate it very much if you could monitor Red Admirals  
> and Ladies this year!  Or pass this message on to others whom you  
> think would be interested in our program.
> Thank you,
> Royce J. Bitzer
> mariposa at
> The Red Admiral and Painted Lady Research Site
> Territorial behavior, migration, and distribution of Vanessa  
> butterflies

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