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    Default Migrating Butterflies



    Several species of butterflies migrate through SoCal every year. This year however due to the wet winter and desert super bloom we got super migration.

    During my short commute to work this morning I saw over a hundred of painted lady butterflies. They were everywhere but not easy to capture on phone. Here are the best out of 20 shots. One has 4 and other at least 5 butterflies.



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    Default Re: Migrating Butterflies

    Very nice Bigzmey, I would love to see something like that or the Monarch migrations.
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    Default Re: Migrating Butterflies

    I only moved out of NYC (after 10 yrs there) 6 years ago, to the North Country NY and enjoyed the access to the countryside that I missed.
    My "missed" countryside was England so I had no good reference point.
    I was charmed and delighted to see the famed Monarch butterflies in the local state park in my first year here. I saw perhaps 10 in a few hours walk in the season.
    5 years later I take the same walk and see NONE!
    This is not good.

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    Default Re: Migrating Butterflies

    One of the things I will likely miss when I move are the butterflies. My neighbors down the hill have noticed a decline and see none. But I had many every summer up here. Used to call them "flutter byes"......

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    Default Re: Migrating Butterflies

    I'm having the same problem Bigzmey! They are messing with my solar imaging! This is from this morning.

    https://youtu.be/1wc9WpTNrl8
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    Default Re: Migrating Butterflies

    Mass migrations are beautiful and a wonder of the natural world.
    Here in Africa we get to see the massive migration of all sorts of animals.

    Whenever the Swallows arrive from Europe they form huge flocks here and then slowly disperse, when they are ready to return I see their numbers starting to swell as they fill the skies here again in preparation for the return trip.
    That tiny internal clock telling them the equinox is here and it's time to fly.
    Many of them were born here and this will be their first long haul flight.
    Just this week I pointed them out to my wife as they swoop around playfully in the skies getting ready to leave.

    Whether it be birds, butterflies or wilderbeest, it's a beautiful thing.
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    Default Re: Migrating Butterflies

    I don't have to miss these. Because literally right down the road from me I have this:



    I paid this place a visit a couple weekends ago. Kinda pricey, but I admit its way cooler than I thought it would be.

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    Default Re: Migrating Butterflies

    I saw a monarch yesterday when I was mowing the lawn, first one of the season.
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    Years ago when I lived in Northern California we were at a local park and one of the trees had several thousand Monarchs resting on it's limbs. We watched in amazement as two kids, about 10 and 12 years old, and with their parents sitting right there, began THROWING ROCKS at the beautiful creatures! I yelled at them to stop and they did. The Father Threatened to call the Cops so I pulled out my badge and Id. The look on his face was priceless! Lol! They gathered up their delinquents and departed. Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by burris View Post
    Years ago when I lived in Northern California we were at a local park and one of the trees had several thousand Monarchs resting on it's limbs. We watched in amazement as two kids, about 10 and 12 years old, and with their parents sitting right there, began THROWING ROCKS at the beautiful creatures! I yelled at them to stop and they did. The Father Threatened to call the Cops so I pulled out my badge and Id. The look on his face was priceless! Lol! They gathered up their delinquents and departed. Bill
    Heh heh, bet that was satisfying.

    I saw thousands and thousands of monarchs migrating over a mountain pass in Mexico when I was driving here a couple of years ago. It was like a being in a snowstorm of butterflies.
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