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Los Angeles Butterfly Survey

Main Project Information
Presented By Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Goal Help compile complete record of butterflies in L.A.
Task Spot, record, share sightings of LA butterflies.
Where Los Angeles None California Los Angeles, California

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is partnering with Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) to share data and learn more about L.A. butterflies and moths. Help us find and photograph them in Los Angeles.

We know there are 237 species recorded for L.A, County, but how many can you find?

How to Join

Step 1: Find and Photograph Wild Butterflies and Moths. Go outside to find wild butterflies and moths. When you find them, take a photograph. In L.A. butterflies and moths can be found year round, but the best time to find them is Spring through Fall.

Step 2: Identify the Butterflies and Moths. If you can't figure it out, don't worry the BAMONA staff will do it for you.

Step 3: Submit your Information. Go to the Museum’s website to link to the submission page. There you can upload your digital images along with your sighting information (date, time, location, and additional field notes).

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Required Gear

digital camera
smartphone with a camera
computer (desktop, laptop, tablet) with an Internet connection
butterfly field guide

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At home
Tags BAMONA, biodiversity, Butterflies and Months of North America, butterfly, citizen science, habitat, Los Angeles, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, NHM
Project Updated 05/23/2018