Los Angeles Butterfly Survey - How to Participate | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

The Queen butterfly, Danaus gilippus, occurs in many of our local deserts. Like the well-know Monarch butterfly, Queen caterpillars eat milkweed leaves, which contain toxins, and make them unpalatable to birds.
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How to Participate


Step 1: Find and Photograph Wild Butterflies and Moths

Go outside to find butterflies and moths. When you find them, take a photograph.

*Please note we only need photographs of wild butterflies and moths, images from our Butterfly Pavilion are not helpful for the scientists.


Step 2: Identify the Butterflies and Moths

Use our Identifying Butterflies page to help you determine what species you found. If you can't figure it out, don't worry the BAMONA staff will do it for you.


Step 3: Submit your Information

Upload your digital images using the submission form along with your sighting information (date, time, location, and additional field notes).

*Note if this is your first time submitting a sighting to BAMONA, you will need to register for an account, but it is quick and easy to do, and logged in users can track their submissions.