Species Distribution

Numbers in the Wing

  • There are currently 1106 butterflies representing 71 different Species in the Wing!
  • Since the beginning of the year, 10717 butterflies have been released in the Wing!
  • There's only one Papilio thoas in the wing right now. Try to find it!

Nathan's Notes



The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is having a really good year this year.  This Iowa native species is a regular on the landscape but this year their high populations are making people take note of them.  It is not uncommon for a species of butterfly to have high and low populations depending on a variety of conditions.  Keep an eye out for the Painted Lady as their numbers will only continue to grow as we go into the fall season.