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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:44 AM

Painted Lady crossing -- one billion butterflies cross California in an epic migration

https://patch.com/california/fountainvalley/butterfly-crossing-fountain-valley-show-your-butterfly-pics

According to expert Tom Merriman of Butterfly Farms, in a conversation with Pasadena Star News, 1 billion painted ladies are migrating north and will flutter by over the next few weeks as they travel to their breeding grounds in Oregon.

In Orange County, residents chatted up their painted lady stories on social media, discussing seeing clouds of butterflies taking off and zipping around from Baker Ranch to Aliso Viejo.

Residents in Rancho Santa Margarita reported it is hard to drive for not wanting to hit waves of the tiny butterflies. Hundreds of butterflies were seen flying north, up El Camino in San Clemente on Tuesday afternoon.

Butterflies were spotted in Foothill Ranch, Laguna Hills, and Laguna Niguel, and according to readers, they were flying along the immediate coastline.




The butterfly species Painted Ladies, cousins to the Monarch butterfly, are in a rush to reach breeding areas in Oregon after spending winter in the deserts of northern Mexico, according to Tom Merriman, a director of a butterfly non-profit group in Encinitas, in an interview with the Pasadena Star News. “They’ve laid tons of eggs in the desert, and so there may be over a billion butterflies,” Merriman told the paper.

Social media users in L.A. reported seeing the fluttering insects across the region, from Glendora to the beaches to South-Central L.A. Butterflies floated quickly across Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in South L.A. from downtown to Leimert Park.

https://www.lataco.com/swarm-billion-painted-lady-butterflies-migrating-socal/

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Reply Painted Lady crossing -- one billion butterflies cross California in an epic migration (Original post)
Demovictory9 Mar 14 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 14 #1
BigmanPigman Mar 14 #2
Liberty Belle Mar 14 #6
BigmanPigman Mar 14 #12
jaysunb Mar 14 #3
winstars Mar 14 #4
BadgerMom Mar 14 #5
calimary Mar 14 #7
Raine Mar 14 #8
BamaRefugee Mar 14 #9
MFM008 Mar 14 #10
CrossingTheRubicon Mar 14 #11
gristy Mar 14 #13
suffragette Mar 14 #14
Maru Kitteh Mar 14 #15
Ligyron Mar 14 #16
UniteFightBack Mar 14 #17
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 14 #18
Demovictory9 Mar 14 #19
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 14 #21
Demovictory9 Mar 15 #27
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 15 #29
Demovictory9 Mar 15 #30
yortsed snacilbuper Mar 14 #20
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 14 #22
trackfan Mar 15 #23
JudyM Mar 15 #24
Iggo Mar 15 #25
akraven Mar 15 #26
UTUSN Mar 15 #28
yortsed snacilbuper Wednesday #31

Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:54 AM

1. They were seen by a friend of mine locally, and I hope to get some photos tomorrow!



Godspeed the little butterflies as they head to their breeding areas north of here!

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:57 AM

2. Glad to see this.

My sister hatches them each year and for some reason there were hardly any this year in the San Diego area.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 03:31 AM

6. They're all over the Anza-Borrego Desert in San Diego's inland area.

I was there a couple of days ago. Beautiful. Soon the desert will be covered in caterpillars,which feast on the wildflowers in this superbloom season.

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Response to Liberty Belle (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 03:17 PM

12. I hope I see some when I drive down to Tecate

next week. Do you think they will be in that area, it has some flowers after the rains, not like the dessert though.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 02:34 AM

3. Saw a bunch here in Pasadena today. Amazing! Nt

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 02:47 AM

4. NO KIDDING, I saw at least a million on Monday afternoon as I drove around doing errands.

Had to at least that number, clouds of them. I even shut the windows of the car at red lights so none would come in. Freaking biblical, really... Like The Birds buts with what looked like moths because they are smallish for butterflies...

From the South-bay

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 02:48 AM

5. Saw them today in Thousand Oaks!

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 03:37 AM

7. COOOOOOOOOL!

Godspeed, little guys!

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 03:43 AM

8. I've seen them in my yard

this week as they are passing thru ... beautiful!

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 04:03 AM

9. There were literally thousands of them all over the San Gabriel Valley

I really felt bad while driving, there was no way you could avoid them with the car.
This is the most I’ve seen since driving up to China Lake Naval Station maybe a decade ago, where they were so thick it got hard to see out the windshield, at which point I made the big mistake of turning on the windshield wipers, creating a mess that took hours to clean off.
I love seeing all of them in such huge numbers.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 05:34 AM

10. Awesome

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 06:16 AM

11. It was a massive display in my corner of LA

 

And all the butterflies migratin' through the valley
Move west down Ventura Boulevard

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:00 PM

13. I'm seeing a few out back today - more than yesterday I think

We'll see how many there are tomorrow. These guys are really beautiful.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:16 PM

14. How beautiful!

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:21 PM

15. How incredibly lovely

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:24 PM

16. It's amazing to me these little guys can make such a journey.

Look so fragile and that's a marathon and a half. That they are capable of this blows my mind.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:28 PM

17. Plant milkweed for them. nt

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 10:04 PM

18. Here's one of the shots I was able to get:



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #18)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 11:40 PM

19. I haven't seen even one

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #19)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 11:54 PM

21. I am so sorry to hear this, my dear Demovictory9.

I found this one and quite a few more, in a little nature garden that's part of one of my town's parks.

The little garden grows California natives, and the butterflies love those.

Do you have anything like that near you? Or you could try a local nursery. They often have native plants that will attract these little butterflies.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #21)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 09:17 PM

27. Saw them!!!

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #27)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 09:54 PM

29. I'm so glad!

Where did you see them?

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #29)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:13 PM

30. while driving on a major street in Costa Mesa. Suddenly they were every where

kinda of worrying... didn't like seeing them flutter in traffic, between and around cars. didn't want them hurt.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #18)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 11:46 PM

20. Good going Peggy,

neat.

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Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Reply #20)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 11:55 PM

22. Thanks so much, my dear yortsed snacilbuper!

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 12:11 AM

23. There were a whole bunch in my area.

There were thousands flying by each minute.Weirdly, they were all going right down the street, but there were none in my back yard. Today, there were a few stragglers; about one every 15-20 seconds.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 12:18 AM

24. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 01:54 AM

25. It's fucking nuts.

We drove through them all the way from Commerce to Whittier this afternoon.

It's insane.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 02:34 AM

26. Flutterbyes! Lovely and thank you! nt

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 09:41 PM

28. K&R

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Wed Mar 20, 2019, 01:11 PM

31. Those interested in providing sustenance for butterflies of all kinds,

including the waning populatoin of Monarchs, are encouraged to plant milkweed.

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