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Native Butterflies of the SF Bay Area

Native Butterflies of the SF Bay Area

Interested in sightings of California Bay Area Native Butterfly Species mainly. Below is a short list of species. Please document the small and seemingly "plain" butterflies that might be mistaken at first glance as moths, such as the California Ringlet or Cabbage White, as well as the showy butterflies... maybe you'll discover a species or variation not yet documented! On hikes I pack a laminated "Local Butterflies of the San Francisco Area" Quick-Guide. It's been great for in the field general identification satifaction! Please include comments with your photographs indicating how many butterflies of that species you saw that day in that location. For those of you super keen on contributing extra helpful data: photographs and identification of what the butterfly is feeding on such as native plants currently in blossom at the location will be much welcomed! Short List of San Francisco Bay Area Native Butterflies: Mission Blue, Western Pygmy-Blue, Spring Azure, Silvery Blue Purpleish Copper, Tailed Copper, Great Copper, Gorgon Copper California Hairstreak, Hedgerow Hairstreak, Great Purple Hairstreak California Ringlet, Sara Orangetip, Cabbage White, Veined White Common Buckeye, Common Wood-Nymph, Field Crescent Common-Checkered Skipper, Checker White, Chalcedon Checkerspot Propertius Duskywing, Mournful Duskywing, Northern Cloudywing California Dogface, Orange Sulfur, Anise Swallowtail Fiery Skipper, Rural Skipper, Woodland Skipper, Sandhill Skipper California Sister, California Tortoiseshell, Satyr Angelwing Also of interest: Monarch, Western Tiger Swallowtail, Pipevine Swallowtail, Morning Cloak Painted Lady, American Lady, West Coast Lady, Red Admiral Sign in to join mission

Native Butterflies of the SF Bay Area
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The Bay Area is home to so many native species of butterflies only found here! Interested in the current diversity of the Butterfly population right in your backyard or city park? Let's find out together what winged beauties are emerging each week and where to spot them! Once the data is collected from your butterfly spottings, two things can be constructed: a map of species clutters, and recommendation list of backyard garden plantings of specific native food source plants for those specific butterfly populations. San Francisco has an incredible variety of fluttery pollinator native species. Let's see who's out there and help those populations grow!

Native Butterflies of the SF Bay Area

Lat: 37.71 Long: -122.25

Recent Spottings

Western Pygmy Blue Jellis 10 3 Western Pygmy Blue
Gulf Fritillary Noahs Ark 2 0 Gulf Fritillary
Monarch Butterfly Noahs Ark 2 1 Monarch Butterfly
Fiery Skipper Noahs Ark 3 0 Fiery Skipper
Common Checkered-Skipper Noahs Ark 2 0 Common Checkered-Skipper
Gulf Fritillary Noahs Ark 2 0 Gulf Fritillary
Checkered White Noahs Ark 1 0 Checkered White
Monarch Caterpillar Mandy Hollman 1 0 Monarch Caterpillar
Acmon Blue Christy Chow 1 0 Acmon Blue
Variable checkerspot larva Christy Chow 2 0 Variable checkerspot larva
California Pipevine Swallowtail Jellis 1 0 California Pipevine Swallowtail
Common Buckeye Christy Chow 1 0 Common Buckeye
Fiery Skipper butterfly Marta RubioTexeira 1 0 Fiery Skipper butterfly
Fiery Skipper Marta RubioTexeira 2 0 Fiery Skipper
West Coast Lady Marta RubioTexeira 2 0 West Coast Lady
Pale Swallowtail StirredMocha 3 0 Pale Swallowtail
Anise Swallowtail StirredMocha 3 0 Anise Swallowtail
Western Pygmy Blue StirredMocha 25 13 Western Pygmy Blue
Skipper Christy Chow 0 2 Skipper
California Sister StirredMocha 1 0 California Sister
Woodland Skipper StirredMocha 1 0 Woodland Skipper
Lorquin's Admiral StirredMocha 6 3 Lorquin's Admiral
Red Admiral StirredMocha 1 0 Red Admiral
Chalcedon Checkerspot StirredMocha 2 2 Chalcedon Checkerspot
Anise Swallowtail StirredMocha 2 0 Anise Swallowtail
California Ringlet StirredMocha 1 0 California Ringlet
Acmon Blue StirredMocha 1 0 Acmon Blue
West Coast Lady StirredMocha 1 0 West Coast Lady
West Coast Lady Jellis 5 0 West Coast Lady
California Sister Jellis 2 0 California Sister
Chalcedon Checkerspot Jellis 6 3 Chalcedon Checkerspot
Lorquin's Admiral Jellis 1 0 Lorquin's Admiral
Variable Checkerspot Jellis 1 1 Variable Checkerspot
Boisduval's Blue Jellis 1 2 Boisduval's Blue
Common Checkered Skipper Jellis 0 1 Common Checkered Skipper
Mourning Cloak Jellis 0 0 Mourning Cloak
Common Buckeye SuzanneMoulton 0 0 Common Buckeye
Orange Sulpher Jellis 0 0 Orange Sulpher
Red Admiral Butterfly Jellis 0 0 Red Admiral Butterfly
Acmon Blue Jellis 0 0 Acmon Blue
Callippe Fritillary Jellis 0 0 Callippe Fritillary
Northern Checkerspot StirredMocha 0 0 Northern Checkerspot
Fiery skipper Samantha O 0 0 Fiery skipper
West coast lady Marta RubioTexeira 0 0 West coast lady
Red admiral Marta RubioTexeira 0 0 Red admiral
Skipper Christy Chow 0 0 Skipper
Common Checkered Skipper Christy Chow 0 0 Common Checkered Skipper
Umber Skipper Jellis 0 0 Umber Skipper

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