By Patrick May | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: March 14, 2019 at 11:54 am | UPDATED: March 14, 2019 at 11:54 am The butterflies are coming! In their annual migration north, clouds of the famed “painted ladies” are putting on quite a show this week in Southern California, from Monrovia to Santa Anita to West Hollywood and LAX. Social media is erupting with joy, compounded by the fact that this beautiful bounty comes in an era of crisis in California for butterflies of all make and model. The number of butterflies in the Golden State has been in decline for decades, according to some researchers reaching historic lows in 2018. A monarch butterfly count led by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in November “found only 28,429 of the iconic orange-and-black insects wintering along the California coast,” according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. “That figure represents an 85% drop from the previous year and a … [Read more...] about Butterfly fans, rejoice! The ‘painted ladies’ are headed north
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By Amy Graff, SFGATE Updated 2:09 pm PDT, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Painted lady butterflies pause to feed on the nectar of California's second 'super bloom' in two years during a rare mass migration triggered by recent abundant rainfall on March 9, 2019 near Thousand Palms. Painted lady butterflies pause to feed on the nectar of California's second 'super bloom' in two years during a rare mass migration triggered by recent abundant rainfall on March 9, 2019 near Thousand Palms. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images Photo: David McNew/Getty Images Image 1 of / 17 Caption Close Image 1 of 17 Painted lady butterflies pause to feed on the nectar of California's second 'super bloom' in two years during a rare mass migration triggered by recent abundant rainfall on March 9, 2019 near … [Read more...] about ‘They’re everywhere’: Butterflies swarming SoCal expected to reach NorCal any day
The migrating painted ladies are fueled by a packet of yellow abdominal fat, stored from their caterpillar days, that enables them to fly hundreds of miles without stopping. (That fat is responsible for the yellow streaks on your car windshield if you happen to run into one.) When the fat reserve runs out, they will stop and breed. The next generation will continue the trek north. … [Read more...] about In the middle of a butterfly crisis, California sees a burst of painted ladies
By Steve Scauzillo | [email protected] | San Gabriel Valley TribunePUBLISHED: March 8, 2019 at 4:39 pm | UPDATED: March 12, 2019 at 9:42 am Swarms of butterflies are invading inland sections of Southern California as a result of an unusually heavy migration of a common species making its way from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest to breed, experts say. About 1 billion butterflies, known as Painted Ladies, are flying at speeds of 20 miles per hour in a northerly direction from the deserts of Mexico to reach breeding grounds in Oregon, said Tom Merriman, a director of Butterfly Farms, a nonprofit in north San Diego County dedicated to restoring the health of butterflies as pollinators. Many callers have reported being amazed at the volume of these small, yellowish, orange and black butterflies the size of a silver dollar. Reports have come in from San Dimas, Glendora, Pasadena, Burbank, San Bernardino and Palm Desert. RELATED: Wildflower season is here! These will be the best spots to … [Read more...] about Why are there so many butterflies in Southern California right now?
Adrift in the Atlantic, a mere 28 miles from Land’s End, the Isles of Scilly are a walker’s dream. This stunning archipelago of over 150 islands (5 of which are inhabited) is England, but not as you know it. The weather is amongst the mildest and sunniest in the UK, hedgerows bloom with subtropical flowers and white sandy beaches fade into turquoise seas. Well, the islands aren’t designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for nothing… I had come to the Isles of Scilly for the WalkScilly Autumn Weekend, the sister event to the annual WalkScilly walking festival – held in April each year (4-14 April 2018). Over a jam-packed programme of guided walks, WalkScilly celebrates the very best that the Isles of Scilly have to offer – dark skies, delicious food, rich heritage and wonderful wildlife – … [Read more...] about Walking and Wildlife on the Isles of Scilly