The Flight of the Lady

Vanessa cardui, Painte Lady. Photo copyright Christopher Christie, http://calphotos.berkeley.edu

Vanessa cardui, Painte Lady. Photo copyright Christopher Christie, http://calphotos.berkeley.edu

Painted Lady butterflies have been pouring through our preserved lands in the migration corridor, single-mindedly going north.  The waves of fluttering wings are truly impressive and thought-provoking.  How do they survive the 60mph gusts of wind we’ve been having?  Check out these links to learn more!

For more information, read our “On the Wild Side” article in our Spring 2006 newsletter: the Flight of the Lady.

For real time information on the Painted Lady’s migration in California, check out Art Shapiro’s Butterfly Site. He’s been monitoring butterfly migrations for the last 35 years.

Click here for a fantastic you tube video of the development and emergence of the Painted Lady butterfly.

Karen and Serena

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