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Painted Lady butterflies

Discussion in 'Non-Diving Related Stuff' started by MaxBottomtime, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Solo Diver

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    Painted Lady butterflies, Vanessa cardui were at record low numbers last year. The long Winter of rain this year has produced a huge number. The small relatives of Monarch butterflies are migrating from the deserts of Mexico to Oregon to mate. Yesterday the swarm was spotted all over Southern California. With dive conditions as bad as they are, I took some time for a little topside photography today.
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  2. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    As a former entomology enthusiast (all three of my uncle's were entomologists at one point), it anazes me that these tiny creatures can survive such long migrations. Saw a few while driving to my chemo session this morning.
     
  3. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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  4. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    My little town is noted for many things,
    It was the unattainable destination of Buggs bunny
    It is in a micro climate great sunny weather
    and
    It has a huge very popular butterfly grove that attracts people from all over the world

    I look out my second story window to our yard there are butterflies flipping around
    lovely sight !
    SDM
     
  5. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    The differences between the monarch and painted lady are quite obvious (at least to my partly antomologically trained eye). It has been cool to see them flying in numbers out here this month
     
  6. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Solo Diver

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  7. tep

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    These were swarming through the north inland part of San Diego all day today. South to North, looked like several large bee swarms, then a pause, then more.

    Glorious!
     

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