Painted Lady Butterfly Migration 2019

March 13th, 2019

 

Have you noticed the hundreds of butterflies fluttering through our little city? Or perhaps, you’ve noticed them more inland, or on the beach? This extraordinary occurrence has peaked our curiosity and we’ve done a little research!

The Painted Lady Butterfly is currently in migration from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest.

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There are up to a billion butterflies making their way, feeding and laying eggs! Since a Painted Lady’s adult life only lasts a few weeks, they lay eggs and once developed, the new butterflies continue North.

Due to the abundance of rain and cooler temperatures we’ve experienced this winter (very weird for SoCal), this migration is considered a mega-migration. This unusual weather has produced many herbaceous plants for the butterflies to feed on. The last mega-migration occurred in 2005! According to experts, if the weather doesn’t get too hot/dry, this mega-migration could continue for up to 3 months.

And it’s not just happening here in SoCal, the Painted Ladies are fluttering between Africa and Europe, too!

 

Get outside and witness this truly amazing natural phenomenon!

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