Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Los Angeles Butterfly Survey

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.

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 the Butterfly Pavilion are not helpful for the scientists.

Step 2: Identify the Butterflies and Moths
Use the Survey's Identifying Butterflies page to help you determine what species you found. If you can't figure it out, the BAMONA coordinators 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.

Learn more about this collaboration on the Los Angeles Butterfly Survey website.

See all data from Los Angeles County in the Data Explorer.